Anonymous asked: im in recovery like you, and i need to personally know if this food intake is normal for a recovering person. Breakfast- 2 weetbix, with 5 strawberries, 200ml of soy milk Snack: 2 servings of almonds, Lunch- pumpkin and feta pie (size of a medium plate) snack- piece of toast wth honey, dinner- big bowl of cheesy pasta with chicken, supper: chobani greek yoghurt and a timtam
Well, this is a tough question because there isn’t necessarily a “correct” amount for everyone’s food intake. I know, I know. You’ve either heard this a billion times or went through an eating disorder recovery program where they said otherwise, but it’s true. For the bulimic in me, I approach food with a little more caution than when I let my “anorexic” mindset into the thought process. (By “caution” I mean, stop myself before I get to a point where I’ll be tempted to get rid of it rather than letting myself enjoy every bit of my meal and more). Yet, the list you gave seems to be fine from what I can see. There’s nothing bad to say about it because you’ve got a lot of nutrients you probably need to replenish. If you want a “nutritionists” advice, then I’d go speak with one because that could maybe alleviate some stress over what you’re eating.
I wish I could give you a definitive answer here. Knowing what’s “normal” is so hard when you’ve spent years doing something that whether society thinks it is normal or not, you wholeheartedly feel it is. Even telling you things like, “eat until your full” or “just eat whatever you want” wont help because they’re just so circumstantial and hard to estimate. I also don’t think they’ll make you feel safe either—more anxiety does not need to be attached to food.
If you want my real advice on this, though…I’d say enjoy food. No need to keep track of what you ate and how much you had because that’s still practicing ED habits, just in a new, more “disguise-able” way. Make sure you eat enough to make your body happy and function-able. Starving it wont help. Over-feeding wont help. Over-working it wont either. I know when I started my journey in recovery, food was still my enemy and feeling full was still the worst possible thing. Yet I was persistent, even though I was throwing up some meals still. I told myself to not over due it on portions, but I definitely didn’t limit myself either. It’s a nice balance that I’m still working on today. Who cares if I slip some days! I’m a work-in progress and I’ll get to full recovery when I get there. I’ve got time. Anyways, balance is key, but no one can shape it for you. Find what works in giving your body the healthiest or, more importantly, the most enjoyable day (not addictive enjoyable either).
Oh I hoped this wasn’t too much…I’m so sorry if it was. I just get to typin’ sometimes! I hope you’re recovery is going well and continues to do so. Keep responding back with anything. I hope I’ll be able to be a little more helpful than this go around!