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Weight Gain Fullness after meals :( Apr 10 2011
21:07 (UTC)

I'm definitely stealing this suggestion from another poster, but if you're looking for a small, high-calorie, and fairly high-protein meal: grilled cheese sandwiches (assuming you're willing to bring back bread)!  Two slices of a thick, seedy bread (~260) and 1.5 ounces of cheese (~150), pan-fried in butter (100/tablespoon).  And that's without any sort of sauces or condiments.  Add a glass of juice or milk and you're at at least 640 calories, with plenty of room for a side. 

Another perennial favourite: bread (260) with peanut butter (200/two tablespoons), banana (about 70), and honey (60/tablespoon).  With a glass of milk or a Boost/Ensure.  Very dense, very delicious c:

If you do decide to stick with your protein shakes, try making them with full-fat coconut milk.  A good one can get you 170 calories in a quarter cup.

If you have a food processor/magic bullet type thing, dried fruit (specifically dates), and nuts, you can make your own "Larabars" quite easily, and something the size of a deck of cards can end up upwards of 260 calories.

Health & Support ed and getting pregnant Apr 10 2011
20:58 (UTC)

I'd say first thing's first: gain to 55-56kg where you've had your period before.  Even if you were to get pregnant at your current weight, it would be easier on your body to have more body fat around when you do conceive.  I'd recommend talking to a gynecologist even if your period does come back one kilogram from now, but there is still hope to become pregnant after years of no periods (barring any other genetic factors).

ETA: After reading Kikt's post, I think it's important that I add the disclaimer that I'm only referring to the biological aspects of getting pregnant.  Psychologically, you have to be absolutely certain you're in a place where you can deal with the onslaught of physical changes and incredible stress pregnancy brings.

Fitness Need help with aerobics! Apr 10 2011
20:53 (UTC)

Standing mountain climbers, plank/traditional mountain climbers,  jumping lunges, side-to-side single leg jump and hold, plank jacks, rockstar jumps... and that's all I've got that hasn't yet been named.

Foods My tofu smells/tastes like formaldehyde? Apr 10 2011
16:46 (UTC)
Original Post by _adrienne_:

I think it could be off.  Tofu usually smells odorless and bland to me. 

Rosalie: You have not experienced chemistry until you have smelled an isonitrile.  :)  I'm a chem major, and I definitely know what you mean about remembering weird odors from the lab.  Benzaldehyde smells like cherries, DMDTC smells like rotting pumpkins, etc. 

I think I'll (try my best to) take your word for the odour of isonitriles.  From the first-hand accounts... well, I'd rather not have that anecdote.

Foods My tofu smells/tastes like formaldehyde? Apr 09 2011
23:03 (UTC)

Are you accustomed to the actual taste of soybeans?  Because straight soy products like tofu and unsweetened soymilk can have a pretty distinctive taste if you don't know what soy actually tastes like. 

It could just be the intrinsic odour of that particular brand of tofu.  It's more likely that it's gone off, though, if it smells that oddly.  Alternatively, if it just smells like a chem/bio lab rather than like a pickled fetal pig, it could just be that you're associating the odour of the magnesium sulfate/ calcium chloride/ calcium sulfate used to actually make the tofu.  My sensory memory goes kind of weird when I'm in chem class and using certain compounds.

Foods Is eating healthy really that much more expensive? Apr 09 2011
03:03 (UTC)
Original Post by aimmij:

I think it is!  Greek yogurt (if that's even considered a health food lol) is breaking my pockets!  One day I'm gonna try to make my own.

You should!  All you need is some paper towel or a paper coffee filter and some yogurt.  And a bit of time.  But that's definitely worth saving three dollars on your yogurt.

Fitness Does this equal that? Apr 09 2011
02:40 (UTC)

Please please seek help.  Your eating habits and self perception are already distorted--you are headed towards a full blown eating disorder.  Your posts and threads are worrying.  Please seek help.

Foods Is eating healthy really that much more expensive? Apr 09 2011
01:30 (UTC)

I think it's really easy for healthy eating to get out of control expensive once you start buying foods that label themselves as being healthy.  Or when your definition of healthy is things like Lean Cuisine, Activia, Silhouette, etc. 

I try to always buy my vegetables/fruit a) from the reduced-produce shelf b) when they're on special c) frozen (particularly applicable to frozen fruit when it's on sale) d) from farmers markets when they're open.  Recently, with a lot of vegetables being at prices like 3.99/lb, I've been acquainting myself with root vegetables like rutabaga, turnip, and beets--they're only 0.69/pound and pretty darn delicious.  I like to buy organic, but it's not always the most financially reasonable option.

I admit that I'm lazy enough to use canned beans, but I only ever buy them on sale.  I use dried lentils, though.  Grains are bought from bulk food stores or ethnic food stores.  Breads tend to be frozen english muffins, or, again, on sale tortillas/breads.  Buying bread of the reduced to clear shelf and simply freezing it that day has become a regular habit.  I won't say no to a six-pack of store-brand whole wheat low-sodium english muffins for 0.50$.

For "health foods", I go to bulk food stores--the price difference between chia seeds there and in my grocery store aisles is ridiculous.  And for nut butters, I buy on half-price clearance, store-brand, or from ethnic food stores (tahini from the Lebanese grocery store is about half the cost compared to MaraNatha); I hope to try making my own.  For more expensive things, like Larabars or Clif Bars and really high quality chocolate, which I know are nothing but treats and should be spent on accordingly, it's on sale or out of the cart.  I'm not going to spend two dollars for a 45 gram bar.

I know your post wasn't an "I'm looking for tips" one, haha, I just thought I'd chime in on how it actually is feasible to eat very healthily without spending a fortune.  It just takes a little more effort.  I definitely agree with what you said about it being convenience that people pay for more than actual food value.  Many restaurants will jack up their prices on fresh foods because they're so perishable--particularly fast food joints that usually run off frozen foods.

Young Calorie Counters OW My TUMMY Apr 09 2011
00:05 (UTC)

If you've been eating very little for an extended period of time**, then your body's digestive tract literally is not able to process more food properly.  It's well documented in recovering anorexics or anyone who has had a restricted food intake (I'm talking actual food quantities, not behaviours, as I don't really know your eating background) will have a tought time initially with bloating and/or constipation.  It will get better, but you have to eat more, and consistently do so, for that to happen.  In the interim, you do still need to get in at least 2000 calories--you could look into things like Boost/Ensure Plus, or make up some high-calorie homemade smoothies/milkshakes.

Since it's impossible that you've actually gained any weight that would have gone to your stomach, and since you're dealing with slow bowel motility, any sort of distention in your lower abdomen is simply the back up of food.  Eating a lot of fats/oils, low-bulk foods, and things like yogurt and kefir (you need to repopulate your intestinal bacteria) will help, but it will take time.

Milk is only bad for digestion if you have an intolerance to dairy/lactose.  You could try eliminating it, but I doubt that is where your problem is stemming from, and as I mentioned before, yogurt and kefir would be helpful for you at the moment.

**I'm not too clear on whether this is a recent problem, i.e. you used to eat 2000+ calories, or if you've been eating around 1000 for a while.  If it's the former, then you should consult a doctor.  If it's the latter, then you simply need to eat and wait it out (easier said than done, I know).

Foods Ice Cream Substitutes Apr 08 2011
16:42 (UTC)

Chop up a ripe banana, pop it in the freezer, and then give it a whirl in the food processor or blender with a touch of milk.  It gets the same texture as soft-serve ice cream!  You could also throw in some cocoa powder, cinnamon, extracts, chocolate chips, nuts, cookie crumbles... anything really.  I think I prefer banana soft-serve to the actual kind, honestly!

EDIT: Looks like someone beat me to the recommendation ;)

Weight Gain Eating after surgury ? Apr 08 2011
01:09 (UTC)

You have likely lost a fair bit of water weight from dehydration, and maybe a pound or two.  Obviously not eating isn't healthy or sustainable.  If you are unable to chew foods still, you need to start drinking/eating things like milkshakes, smoothies, soups, mashed potatoes, applesauce, yogurt etc.  (Obviously without a straw and at a mild temperature.)

Your body needs calories to heal.You won't "get fat" from eating after surgery--you will only accumulate fat if you consume more calories than you need to maintain your weight (you can use the CalorieCount tool or this one if you are 21 or under to calculate your approximate maintenance needs.)

Fitness School exercises in secret! Apr 06 2011
11:20 (UTC)
Original Post by samanthabs:

And that burns calories??

It was a joke. 


To answer the actual question, you might burn like... ten more calories than usual.  Just walk around between classes, use a bathroom on a different floor.  You're not going to rack up a major calorie burn without being really obvious.

Fitness School exercises in secret! Apr 06 2011
01:20 (UTC)


If you need to feel like you're "working out" while sitting, just focus on sitting up straight and keeping your abdominals tight. 

Vegetarian hello all, I'm vegetarian! Apr 05 2011
20:36 (UTC)

The aubergine question:

Aubergine, courgette/zucchini, tomato, herbes de provence, garlic, onion, and olive oil (French Provencal ratatouille-ish)

Aubergine, chickpeas, parsley, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, garlic (More Lebanese inspired)

Flavor inspiration: .htm

Go to your local library, or a bookstore, and read through some cookbooks.  They don't even have to be vegetarian or vegan--it's flavour inspiration you're looking for.  If you see a braised meat stew or soup that sounds great, you can switch it for beans or tofu.  Stir-frys with meat can use tofu, tempeh, or seitan. 

And there's absolutely no reason for you to not have spices and herbs in your diet unless you find the taste offensive--your body knows how to break them down so there's no reason it would "toxify" your body.  They're not bad--they're actualy quite good for you.  And more importantly, they make your food taste better, which is rather important if you're planning on sticking with your cooking-for-myself way of life.  Although, after two months, there's not going to be anything "toxic" left in your body. 

And I use the word toxic very very very loosely.

Vegetarian If something contains milk and egg, can it still be 0 cholesterol Apr 04 2011
22:35 (UTC)

If the trace egg is from egg whites, as is usually the case, yes.  One cup of milk ranges from 4-33mg of cholesterol based on fat percentage, as well, so the amount in a non-milk-based product would be quite small. 

Also, if it's "may contain", the amount would be so trace that labelling laws would allow them to simply round down the figure to zero, or it would be so close to zero/serving that it is essentially negligible.

Health & Support losing period on 2200 calories a day Apr 04 2011
20:09 (UTC)

With the caveat that I'm not an expert by any means, my recommendation would be to take some days without running and/or reduce your mileage on the days that you do run, as well as to increase your calories.  You definitely need at least 2500 with that level of activity, and most likely far more than that to get your energy levels back to normal.  I'd also suggest looking up the "Female Athlete Triad".

Foods Oatmeal..Please Help Apr 04 2011
01:58 (UTC)

A few ideas: baked oatmeal cakes vered-recipes/all-things-oatmeal/oatmeal-cake -flavors/

Breakfast cookies: h-waking-up-for/

"Cookie dough cereal": /

I also love to use them in overnight oats: let them sit overnight with yogurt, fruit, milk, plus whatever else you like to add in (flax, nuts, nut butters, dried fruit, applesauce, pumpkin, cocoa powder, something crunchy on top in the morning).  It works best with rolled oats as they have enough chew to them (compared to quick oats) but aren't rock solid like steel cut. 

Young Calorie Counters Advice needed! Apr 04 2011
01:25 (UTC)

Go see a doctor about your eating disorder.

Weight Gain new therapist doesn't want me to try and gain weight- help please? Apr 03 2011
21:53 (UTC)

I'm not really sure how maintaining a low weight will be conducive to treating disordered thoughts.  By doing so you are holding your body in its state of starvation, you are clinging to the identity of an anorexic (sadly, many people believe only the underweight can have eating disorders). 

When your body is that starved and running that immense a caloric deficit, all it wants is food--all you'll be able to think about is food.  How is that going to help you to not obsess over food? Time after time girls who are in the later stages of recovery post about how now that they're at or near their goal weights, they find the preoccupation with food, the fear of food, has decreased significantly.  I cannot recall a single person who said they got better while still underweight. 

If you stick yourself with the label of maintainer, then you won't be able to feel the freedom to eat fear foods--I don't say this to be discouraging or to doubt your resolve, merely as an observation of something I've seen and experienced many times.  You can't heal your relationship with food or with your body when you're not changing it. 

In some cases, changing everything all at once is counterproductive; this is not one of those cases.  An eating disorder affects every aspect of your life--you can't only change one and hope everything else falls into place.  It just doesn't work that way.  You say you want to enjoy your year abroad?  Well now's the time to start getting as much practice as you can with enjoying food and its role in your social and private life.  You want to be in the best physical condition?  Staying underweight isn't going to help that any. 

Imagine you were talking to someone else in your condition--eliminate any of the bias your ED instills.  Is it in her best interest to prolong her time spent in a state of severe physical distress?  Is it in her best interest to just hope things get better or to actively try to make them better?  I think the answer is pretty obvious.

The one point I do agree with is to eliminate the words "I want to get better".  It's the kind of vague nonspecific statement that doesn't get you anywhere.  A good plan is specific, sets a time frame, is realistic, and is attainable.  Instead of saying I want to get better, say

  • "I want to be able to eat in a restaurant during my year abroad.  I will do this by developing my comfort levels in restaurants.  Eating out at least twice a month will help me do this." 
  • Or "I want to be healthy; I can do this by gaining to a healthy weight.  I know this isn't easy, but it can be done.  Eating at least 2500 calories will help me do this.  I will eat enough to gain at least one pound a week." 
  • Or "I want to have no 'fear foods'.  I will never conquer my fears unless I challenge them.  I will challenge a fear food at least twice a week; tomorrow I will eat _____; Wednesday I will eat ________."


It's hard.  I know it is.  You know it is.  Your therapist knows it is.  But really, it's never going to get easier unless you make a change.  This is one of those times where good things do not come to those who wait.

Foods Hot Meals?? Apr 03 2011
21:29 (UTC)
Original Post by shariebabiee:

Do you guys know if curry dishes are healthy? Or is that too high in sodium?

Making your own curries is ridiculously easy (if not entirely "authentic", but who decides that anyway).  Sautee some vegetables, add cooked beans, split red lentils, paneer, couscous, roasted root veggies, meat, or what have you; fresh cilantro; lemon juice; lots of spices (or a good masala blend).  Takes 30-40 minutes including prep work, and is incredibly handy to turn into a two-three serving meal.