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Too many grains?

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I hope this isn't a stupid question but I'm really struggling with choosing what to eat. Looking at other people's meal plans makes me feel like I ate too many (grain) carbs. An example of which amounts of grains I'm eating would be:

2 slices of whole-grain bread

1/2 cup of oat bran

1/3 to 1/2 cup of (dry weight) rice

and then nibbles of granola, homemade whole-wheat muffins, ...


Is that too much? I'm still getting in lots of fruit, vegetables, dairy, nut butters but I'm just craving grains such a lot. Is that unbalanced or unhealthy? Which amounts of grains do you eat?

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The rule of thumb reccomended time and time again for recovering anorexics is: Eat what your body craves until you are at a healthy BMI and then worry about the ratios of fats/proteins/carbs. Right now think calories in calories out. Your body is much smarter than you think and will tell you what it needs.

As for quantity you are perfectly fine to eat that much especially since they are healthy carbs. Whole grains are perfect as they have vitamins and minerals in them too. The Food Pyramid even reccomends 6-10 servings of carbs for the average maintaining person so more would be recommended for you.

Im recovering too (from 79-95 at 5' 1") and I eat LOADS of fruit, yogurt, nuts and grains. Loads. Go with what works and what tastes good and if you are worried take a multivitamin. I take iron too to help w/ my iron deficiency and help w/ my circulation.

Hope this helps!!

Thank you so much! This really helped me. I just feel like I'm eating too much of everything. Too much fruit (I won't even say how much more than the recommended amount I consume - it's embarrassing!), too much dairy (I used to eat vegan but my nutritionist and doctor told me to eat dairy again and now I seem kind of addicted) and way too many legumes. But as for the latter I guess it's probably kind of "normal" as a lacto-vegetarian?

I'm not trusting my body signals. Sometimes I can't clearly tell what I am craving or whether a craving is "true" or just imagined. Recovery seems seriously hard for me at the moment.

I know what you mean about not being able to tell what you're craving or if it's just an imagined craving. I'm having the same difficulty right now and I'm not really sure what to do about it. Some people said that if I start thinking about a certain food, even if I'm not hungry, to just eat it because you're allowing yourself to have whatever you're thinking about. After doing this for awhile, you'll stop having the cravings since you're not depriving yourself of the certain foods. That's what I've been told by some people, but I just don't know how to allow myself to do that right now since my stomach seems stuffed all the time. I know this probably just seems like I'm rambling on and on, but I just wanted to let you know that you're not alone, I'm struggling with the same issue and I'm sure plenty of other people on here are too.

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