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Foods What did YOU eat today? Apr 09 2013
07:29 (UTC)


Breakfast: Toasted rye bread, once slice w. butter and cheese, one w. almond butter, sliced banana, and nutmeg; unsulphured dried apricots, a pear.

Lunch: Pan-fried haloumi; Turkish yoghurt mixed w. olive oil, lemon peel+juice, and cracked pepper; salad made of lamb's lettuce, black beans, sundried tomatoes, toasted buckwheat, avocado, olive oil + seasoning.

Snack: 2 dates, a Magnum creme caramel.

Dinner: Turkish yoghurt w. passionfruit, frozen blueberries, natural muesli, and walnuts.

Snack: Cup of mint tea, dried cranberries, 1/2 banana, a few squares almond & sea salt dark chocolate.


The Lounge I dislike fat people Feb 24 2013
13:05 (UTC)
Original Post by snooglies:

And this is where I beg people to replace the word "fat" with another word like "black" or "poor" or "handicapped" or "gay". Read it back to yourself using one of those words instead.

Now, how do you feel about proclaiming such a thing in a public forum? How much understanding from others would you expect to get from making such a statement?

The fact is, all of those things are interchangeable, in that they all represent demographics of people who are constantly discriminated against. The difference being, that "fat" is one of the last socially acceptable groups of people that are permitted to be openly ridiculed with the least amount of resistance.

I'm sorry you grew up in a family of bigots, but that's no reason to adopt that bigotry for yourself. If anything, you should be making up your mind to buck that mindset so you can go through life without grimacing at the sight of someone who doesn't have the physical appearance or qualities you think they ought to have.

This exactly, well said.

To the OP, you have clearly stated that you don't want to be prejudiced, so, educate yourself. One of the best weapons against narrow-mindedness and bigotry is knowledge, and learning to see the world from different perspectives, learning that things are not black and white, but very,very grey.

Here are a few great blogs that might get you started. The last two also have excellent resources sections, where they have listed a large number of peer-reviewed scientific studies.

Dances With Fat

The Fat Nutritionist

Fat: No More Fear, No More Contempt (blog series from Your Eatopia, link to subsequent post on the same topic are at the bottom of this one.)



Health & Support Well... how do I go about it? Feb 14 2013
10:24 (UTC)
Original Post by zombers:

No you cant help me mentally but I would just like something to read, some sort of evidence or proof that its not all in my head that i actually need to eat more, like a study or something? Does that make sense?

Google "The Minnesota Starvation Experiment".

And read these posts:

http://www.youreatopia.com/blog/2012/11/23/ph ases-of-recovery-from-a-restrictive-eating-di sorder.html

http://www.youreatopia.com/blog/2011/9/14/i-n eed-how-many-calories.html

All the scientific articles she refers to can be found in the resources section of the same website, so you can check the info for yourself.


Foods What's for breakfast? Jan 03 2013
10:00 (UTC)

Soy and linseed bread (toasted) with butter and Gouda cheese; Greek yoghurt with flaxmeal, natural muesli, and dried berries.

Foods What's for breakfast? Dec 24 2012
10:55 (UTC)

Spelt crispbread with butter and edam cheese; Greek yoghurt topped with passion fruit, mixed nut muesli and dried cranberries; glass of berry smoothie; 4 Lindt Pralines du Confiseur chocolate truffles (courtesy of Christmas parcel from my mumLaughing).

Young Calorie Counters an I anorexic? Nov 12 2012
17:04 (UTC)

To the OP: Please tell someone in your life what's going on. Talk to your parents if you feel able to confide in them. And whether you tell your parents or not, I would strongly recommend that you see a doctor and get a referral for counselling (and possibly to a dietician as well). Your current eating habits are harmful, physically and mentally, but I also expect that you wouldn't be doing this in the first place if you were feeling great to begin with. So please do seek some help and support before these behaviours get more ingrained. You do not have to be clinically underweight for your health to be at risk from starving yourself.

To everyone else: This is going to sound preachy and self-righteous, but I don't give a ****. I rarely frequent CC anymore, but the H&S forum used to be a generally supportive place where people could come for genuine advice. A young girl starts a thread asking for help regarding her very dangerous eating habits and it descends into a petty and absolutely ridiculous argument about correct definitions of anorexia,  followed by exceptionally rude comments about her size. This just makes me so **** sad.

For the record, however, since you are all such experts you are no doubt already aware of this, but as there does seem to be some doubt I thought I'd remind you:

1. It is widely known in the medical community (and to anyone who has visited the DSM-V taskforce website for that matter) that the definition of anorexia is expected to change in the next edition of the DSM to reflect clinical data (and much current practice). The criteria of amenorrhoea will disappear, as will the threshold of a BMI of 17.5.

2. The ICD-10 does not list either of those criteria as necessary for a diagnosis of anorexia.

3. You will find that some physicians follow the current DSM-IV definition, some follow the ICD-10, and some diagnose according to a mixture of diagnostic guidelines and their own clinical experience.

4. The DSM, and any other diagnostic manual, is not some kind of medical "law". The parameters of diagnoses change all the time to reflect new research and changing clinical pictures.

Health & Support Difference in gaining with how much you restricted? Oct 08 2012
11:00 (UTC)

I don't think it's a stupid question, but I also don't believe for a moment that you're 'just curious how it might work' - if you had no anxiety about weight gain you wouldn't be restricting your calorie intake in the first place. I'm guessing that what you're hoping for is some kind of reassurance that you'll have less water retention and therefore less of a rapid gain this time, and who knows, that may be the case,but since (as you suggest yourself) everyone's bodies react a little differently you can't really predict what your experience is going to be like based on what happened to someone else.

If you're scared of gaining weight, that's ok, it's fine to feel that way and maybe the best thing you can do is recognise that fear as legitimate and normal, and then carry on. Increasing your food intake significantly and deliberately gaining weight when you have been under-eating and losing is always going to be difficult,  both mentally and physically, it's going to be a process fraught with anxiety and distress at times. But at the same time,the more you re-nourish your body, the better you will feel both physically and mentally, and the easier the process of recovery will get.

Rather than trying to predict what will happen so you can be prepared, it might be more helpful to prepare yourself to stick with recovery regardless of what happens, to commit to it fully despite the uncertainties, to promise yourself that even if your body reacts in ways that makes it more difficult and stressful (e.g. rapid weight gain and bloating) you will not go back to restricting.

Good luck, and I hope your appointment with the dietician goes well!


Health & Support 7:30 pm food cravings? Oct 05 2012
09:02 (UTC)
Original Post by miranda013:

no, not restrict. i eat about 1400 calories when i dont "binge", and i feel that i eat plenty

So, have you decided to ignore the excellent advice you were given in this thread? As Linden suggests, you're binging at night because you're under-eating, 1400 calories a day is far too little for you, but you know that already. So really, it's not binging, it's just your body trying to function and keep you alive. Give your body the energy it desperately needs, and the night-time cravings will eventually stop.

Health & Support 5 months in..now what? Oct 04 2012
20:48 (UTC)
Original Post by smw: Bodies are amazingly resilient if you give them enough fuel and rest they do an incredible job to repair themselves.


And while I don't want to diminish your effort so far, if you want to fully recover, physically and mentally, you need to give your body a chance to do just that. You're still a very low weight for your height, and you're also most likely putting a lot of strain on your body through exercise, so my advice would be to stop exercising completely. You're also eating the bare minimum for recovery so it wouldn't hurt to increase your calories a bit more as well, as the poster above suggested, but at the very least take an indefinite break from all strenuous physical activity.

It varies a lot at what point women lose their periods and when they get them back, and I'm certainly no expert, but according to the stats above you're still borderline underweight and I wouldn't be surprised if you need to gain at least another 10 lbs before you start getting a regular period again.

Recipes potato ! Oct 02 2012
20:38 (UTC)

One of my favourite ways too cook potatoes is to cut them up and roast them with olive oil, rosemary, paprika, salt and pepper, with crumbled feta cheese and sunflower seeds sprinkled on top.

Or potato gratin - sliced potato layered in a casserole dish with panfried leek and onion, season each layer, pour lots of cream over, top with grated mature cheese, and bake in the oven until potatoes are soft and have absorbed most of the cream, and the top is golden brown and crispy (usually 40-60 mins, depending on how how many layers). If want to reduce calories, milk will work instead of cream, but it won't taste quite as good...

I'm also a fan of potato rösti - it's basically just grated potato formed into a cake and panfried on both sides. Season with a bit of salt and pepper, I usually add grated cheese as well for flavour and to help bind the potato together.

And a childhood summer favourite: new potatoes boiled with fresh dill and eaten with lots of butter and salt.


Weight Gain help needed! Oct 02 2012
19:06 (UTC)

Sorry to hear you're still struggling. I know it might not seem like it now, but the more you eat and the more weight you gain, the better you'll feel and the less anxious you'll be about eating. Please just try to push through. Even if you can't ignore the fear of eating more and gaining, you can keep going despite that fear, you don't have to give in to it.

In regards to getting your head around eating 3000+ calories, I would strongly urge you to read this. And don't just skim through it, read it. Any concerns you have about that info you can post about it on the forum of that website too, there's a lot of support and encouragement there.

Don't give up, you can do this. And it will get easier eventually, I promise.

Health & Support Skinny but still have belly pudge? Oct 01 2012
18:06 (UTC)
Original Post by randomnessliz:

It's your uterus.  This is why ALL women have this regardless of size/weight.  Genetics play a pretty big role here.  Some people's will be more noticeable than others.  A number of people also have a tilted uterus - again causing a more pronounced pooch.  The only way to get this to go completely away is to have a hysterectomy.

Consider this - how many women - not girls - have you seen in person - not on TV, not in media - that have a perfectly flat belly?  I'll bet the answer is next to none because a woman's stomach is not designed to ever be perfectly flat.  Getting SUPER ripped can help hide the issue, but it still won't make it go away 100%.

Well said.

To the OP, I realise most of us probably obsess about our bodies from time to time, it's difficult not to when we live in such a body conscious, appearance centred culture. But while I don't want to belittle how you're feeling, I really think the key to this problem is perspective. I know having an eating disorder really messes with your perspective and priorities, but that's even more reason to challenge this whole way of thinking (rather than just trying to find 'acceptable' reasons for having a pot belly). Ask yourself if this is what really what matters in life - the size of your stomach? Is that what defines you as a human being? Think about other things that are important to you and think about things that you're good at, think about your relationships with the people you love, how you act toward people around you - family, friends, and strangers. These are the things that make you who you are, these are the things that matter. No one else cares about the size of your stomach except you. And I know it's incredibly difficult to let go of negative body image, but the sooner you try, really try, to appreciate other things about yourself, things that have nothing to do with your appearance, the sooner you realise that other people will appreciate what an awesome person you are, not how your stomach looks, and this is what's important. The sooner you realise that, the happier you'll be, believe me.

And just FYI, I know where you're coming from, even when I was quite underweight and was working out loads, I still had a pot belly. And I have one now too. And I used to obsess a lot about it, too. These days I couldn't care less most days, but occasionally I'll look in the mirror and feel pretty crap about it. But you know what? In the last few years I've lost several people close to me, and I would happily walk around looking 9 months' pregnant with quadruplets for the rest of my life if it meant I could have five more minutes with just one of those people. And when I look at it that way, suddenly the size of my stomach becomes pretty **** irrelevant.


Health & Support Anxiety and exercise Sep 29 2012
11:09 (UTC)


I'm really sorry you're going through this, it's not a fun place to be, but you can definitely get better, and it sounds like you're already taking control of the situation and are on the road to recovery, so well done. It might take a little while, but you will get your life back.

I've dealt with severe panic attacks and agoraphobia on and off for 6-7 years and I while think each person's situation and experience - and ways of coping - will be very individual, I'll tell you what I've learnt and you can take what you want from it.

First of all, while you can definitely get better, don't expect that therapy and/or meds will "make you better" - these can be useful and helpful tools if you make the most of them, but at the end of the day, regardless of which approach you take, you have to actively work to make yourself better.  In my experience, an important part of this is to stop trying to avoid the anxiety and panic attacks, because that will only prolong the fear and apprehension. You know that as horrible as a panic attack feels, it's not actually dangerous, it's not going to kill you. So, ask yourself what is the worst thing that can possible happen when you have a panic attack, and then accept that this might happen, but even if it does, that's ok. Then, next time you start to feel the onset of panic, whether it's from exercise or a different trigger, don't fight it. Just wait. Let it happen. I'm not saying you should force yourself to endure it,  but just allow it to happen, to wash over you, without responding.

In my view, there are two very important things to learn about panic attacks and anxiety if you want to start feeling better and be able to do things you previously enjoyed - such as exercise. One, panic attacks and anxiety are self-perpetuating. So, the expectation of anxiety will cause anxiety (as you will know, I'm sure). Two, while in your situation these feelings and reactions may be disproportionate or out of place, they are at the same time an important part of what it is to be human. Fear, worry, emotional pain and distress, these are just as much an essential part of our emotional repertoire as joy, happiness, contentment, etc. The problem is, of course, when fear and anxiety reaches unmanageable proportions, become self-perpetuating, prevent people from living their lives, and cause unnecessary levels of pain and suffering.

So, following from this, the best way to create a life where anxiety and panic are not pathologically debilitating is to stop trying to avoid these feelings, because the more you do, the greater the anticipating fear will become, because you know you can never avoid them completely. But if you turn things around and think "well, the worst that can happen is that I get a really bad panic attack", then you will gradually disarm the panic, make it less terrifying. And I do know how incredibly awful it is to have an attack, and I know how awful it is to walk around every waking hour with a permanent sense of dread and fear, feeling like you just want a **** break from your own mind, just for a moment. But I've also learnt that even if the worst happens - and sometimes it has - it won't last forever, and the world won't end. I don't want to go into too much detail about my own situation, but very briefly I've been at the point where I was literally unable to leave my home and was so suicidal that a psychiatrist who evaluated me at home suggested that A) I would not get better without medication and B) that I would need to go to an inpatient facility as it would be too much of a risk for me to start a course of medication without around the clock medical supervision. Because of the way the law works in relation to psychiatric inpatient treatment in the UK (where I am) I didn't want to go down that route, and I have some very strong personal reasons for not wanting to take antidepressants (or sedatives). To tell you the truth though, at the time I thought the psychiatrist was right, I didn't think I could come back from where I was without medical intervention. But I did. I've still got a very long way to go until I have the kind of life I want, but I'm functioning in my day-to-day life again, I live by myself and have no problems getting out and about. However, for me personally, I could not have got to this point if I'd not first decided to accept the anxiety, panic, and (in my case) agoraphobia, as legitimate and unavoidable emotions. The wonderful irony is that the more you accept that you'll feel this way sometimes, the less frequent those feelings become.

Now, these are not my ideas of course, a lot of it comes from an aspect of behavioural therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - ACT - (google it if you're interested), and some of it from Mindfulness (which, I believe, is in fact increasingly incorporated into CBT). Because I've been dealing with these issues on and off for many years I've had plenty of time to read up on various therapeutic approaches and familiarise myself with a lot of the clinical literature on panic attacks. And ACT was what sounded most useful to me, as it is more closely aligned with my core beliefs than, say, CBT or psychotherapy. So I guess the key is to find what works for you. If you're interested though, I strongly recommend this book:

Steven Hayes et. al. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change (2nd ed), New York, The Guilford Press, 2012

It's written by clinicians for clinicians, but I basically just read it and applied it to myself (a bit like being your own therapist I guess!).

Finally,  I've never tried any kind of medication, but I assume you have been prescribed a relatively mild dose of SSRIs, and clearly some people do find that these take the edge off. As for CBT, I've tried it and it wasn't for me, as I can't get on board with its basic assumptions about how the human psyche works, but again it is obviously very helpful for many people, so I think that if you trust the process and commit to it 100%, do the "homework" you will be given,  and so on, it can be very effective.

I hope you find a solution that works for you. To get back to your original question, though, yes, I've experienced the same problem in relation to exercise. I basically stopped all high-intensity workouts for months and cancelled my gym membership. But it was very counter-productive and only made me feel worse in the long run. So I eventually got back into it, and when my hear trate went up and caused me to start to panic, I'd just wait, let it happen, and try to breathe. After a while it wasn't so scary anymore, and now I'm back to exercising regularly again. I have, however, continued to stay out of crowded gyms for the time being, instead going for runs and bike rides outdoors, or doing metabolic circuit training at home.

Oh, and one more thing - perhaps the most important one. It might be a different situation for you, but the reason I have had these problems for so long is because I refused or was unable to see the connection between the anxiety and various things that had happened in my life. But one day, when I was at my worst, the penny just dropped, and I could see why I'd felt so atrocious every day for years, and that perhaps it wasn't so strange that i felt that way considering certain events in my life. This also made the panic and other destructive feelings suddenly seem quite legitimate and explicable, and therefor less like a medical problem to be solved and more like a normal, human reaction to difficult life events. So I would really strongly advice you to look at what the root causes of your anxiety are (if any), and to allow yourself to feel what you're feeling, even if you don't think it's warranted (anxiety and depression tends to come with an awful lot of self-deprecation, but giving in to that really isn't very helpful - you're feeling what you're feeling, and that means you have both right and reason to feel that way).

Sorry for the essay.... I realise you might not have read it all, but either way, best of luck and hope things start to improve for you soon!

Health & Support Title Meal Plan Help, please Sep 25 2012
20:03 (UTC)

I agree with Wtfrail, work your way up to 2500. Once you're up to that amount though, try to keep it as your minimum, and if you find that you're not gaining on this amount, or gaining too slowly, and/or if you start to get hungrier after a while, don't be afraid to increase your food intake further. Try not to drop back below 2500 though, your body needs all the energy and nutrients it can get.

And I know that changing these kinds of habits can be pretty difficult (no matter how destructive they are) so don't be too hard on yourself if you don't succeed every day, and it might be better to increase your meals gradually if that means you're more likely to stick with it. If you're not having breakfast at all at the moment, start with a small breakfast, and then a mid-morning snack (such as a handful of nuts) before lunch, and try to fit in a small snack between lunch and dinner as well. It's good that you're feeling hungry a lot of the time, the fact that you do get hunger signals should make it easier to eat more!

Here are a few of my favourite ways to get extra calories in:

Olive oil (I drizzle it on everything!)

Seeds (e.g. sunflower, pumpkin, linseed, etc)


Full fat dairy

Nut butters



Ice cream

Dark chocolate

Foods What are foods you consider to be of utmost importance to eat daily? Sep 19 2012
18:02 (UTC)
Original Post by toronto88:

What are your health essential foods? And what are the benefits of those food items?

Chocolate. And the benefit is that I enjoy it, so it makes me happy.

Health & Support Pneumonia and anorexia Sep 19 2012
17:57 (UTC)
Original Post by ev167710:

I cannot handle gaining right now

Yes you can. It might feel like you can't but you can. It might cause you a lot of anxiety and distress but that doesn't mean you can't handle it. Please answer me this (and this is a genuine, serious question, not a rhetorical one): What is the worst that can happen if you gain a few pounds?

I realise you have a seriously disordered attitude to your body and to food, and I know it's difficult to act against those kinds of thoughts, but just because it's difficult doesn't mean it's impossible. You can increase your food intake and while you most likely won't gain any weight (beyond a little fluid retention at first), if you do end up gaining a little you can cope with it. People deal with much worse things every day. You can always cope with loads more than you think, humans are very resilient. Feeling stressed out and panicking about stuff is not the same as being unable to handle it. You can handle things despite those feelings, if it's important enough. And I'd say your health and your life are about as important as it gets. Wouldn't you?

You have pneumonia. It's a serious illness and it does kill people, even in countries where most people have access to medical care. Don't be **** stupid, you need to take care of yourself. Being skinny isn't going to do you much good if it kills you (not that it's going to do you any good anyway).

Health & Support bmi of 12.4? :(( i'm so lost!! Sep 16 2012
12:11 (UTC)

OP, are you in the US? If so, use the National Association of Free Clinics website to search for your nearest free clinic:


Finding a full ED program that is free of charge may be much more difficult, but the most immediate concern right now is that you get access to medical care asap, you need to be examined by a doctor and have your vitals checked, as others have suggested. Please do not ignore this advice, you are in critical danger.

This website has some excellent information for both you and your mum. This section specifically addresses lots of different questions and concerns that your mum might have about how to help you develop a treatment plan.

You or your mum can also call this helpline for advice about treatment options.

Please, please get yourself to a hospital or medical centre.


Weight Gain help needed! Sep 14 2012
20:34 (UTC)

Try to aim for at least 3000 calories every day (more if you can). I would strongly advice you to add more fat to your diet, your body really needs it. Also, a bit more protein wouldn't hurt. Are you vegetarian? If not, having fish and/or chicken a few times a week would be good. If yes, try to add more protein from dairy, eggs, soy products, beans and legumes, etc.

Here are just a few minor suggestions for additions to your current meal plan:

Breakfast- 40g bran flakes sprinkled with 1-2 tbsp chopped nuts and served with full fat milk. Small banana 2 crumpets with peanut butter. Yoghurt 1 tub

Morning snack- dry apple Yoghurt and a handful of mixed nuts

Lunch- 2 egg pies Crisps + carrot sticks with 2-3 tbsp hummus

Afternoon snack- crumpet with peanut butter (or dairy butter)

Dinner - spaghetti [what kind of sauce do you have with it? A mixture of vegetables, protein, and some healthy fat such as olive oil would be ideal. Also, add extra cals by topping your pasta with grated cheese] Pita bread Ice cream

Night snack- dry apple Yoghurt with muesli or granola, plus a hot chocolate made with full fat milk

You seem to eat quite a lot of yoghurt - perhaps swap one of your yoghurt snacks for a couple of slices of toast with nut butter, with a glass of full fat milk on the side? Also, what kind of yoghurt do you eat? Make sure it's a full fat calorie dense kind (such as Greek yoghurt for instance).

Good luck!

Weight Gain help needed! Sep 11 2012
20:01 (UTC)
Original Post by samtateboyle:

Guys this is urgent I need to gain weight this week or I'm going back to a place I don't want to can any one help just a bit of guidance may help so much pleaseeeeeee .

Have a look at these threads for advice and suggestions of how much and what to eat:

Recovery Meal Plan for Males with Eating Disorders

A Guide to Weight Gain

Weight gainers' "What did you eat today?" thread

Have a look through these threads, you'll find lots of helpful information. However, it sounds like you could benefit from medical advice regarding a weight gain plan, as your weight is very low. How tall are you and how much are you currently eating?

Health & Support Struggling.. Sep 11 2012
11:58 (UTC)

Hey, sorry if it seems like I'm stalking your threads!

You could try setting yourself small weekly or daily targets. So, for instance, tomorrow decide that you will have your usual chicken, veggies, and salad, but add some cheese or full fat dressing to the salad. And the next day (or week) add a slice of buttered bread. Then a glass of full fat milk. And so on. Do it gradually and it might not seem quite as intimidating, and you might be less likely to freak out and just stick with the safe option. As long as you are currently meeting your calorie target in other ways perhaps you can afford to make gradual changes rather than big, radical ones. And slow, gradual changes to behaviour are usually much easier to sustain in the long run (in my experience). Also, always make your decision about what to eat before you go into the cafeteria (if you can - based on what the options usually are) that way you don't give yourself the opportunity to walk around worrying about what to get, all you have to do is stick with what you've decided in advance (I find this kind of pre-planning strategy really helpful when faced with difficult/challenging food choices - though, of course, eventually it's better to aim for less structured, more intuitive eating).

Sometimes, though, it might be more helpful to simply tell yourself "**** it, I'm just going to do this!". A few weeks ago I spent about 45 mins in a large supermarket walking around looking at all the bread - picking up all the different kinds, reading the labels, and putting them down again. I had not eaten gluten in probably six months. Not because I'm gluten intolerant or allergic, but because eliminating certain foods from my diet had become a kind of coping strategy for other stuff I didn't want to deal with. It was getting more and more restrictive, and I was also finally starting to realise what i was doing - plus I really, really wanted some decent bread! In the end, before I could change my mind I quickly bought a loaf of my favourite dark rye bread, went home, and made a sandwich. I was massively tense and scared the whole time I was eating it, almost as if I was expecting to drop dead at any moment from gluten poisoning or something... But guess what - nothing happened! Since then I've re-introduced more and more previously eliminated foods into my diet, and while it is still scary at times it does make life so much easier! The other night I had store-bought ice cream for the first time in many months (instead of my home made, sugar free ice cream) and while I found it a bit too sweet and was stressing a little from having eaten something that I felt might damage my body, again nothing happened (of course!).

Changing eating habits and letting go of 'safe' behaviour and starting to eat 'unsafe' food is so difficult and scary, but the rewards are truly worth it - it makes life a lot easier, it reduces stress around food in the long term, it makes it much easier to get the amount of energy your body needs even when food options are limited, and it's wonderful to feel like you're able to eat 'normally'.