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Weight Gain obsessing over sugar :/ Jul 30 2016
03:52 (UTC)

HI All

I  just got out of one week on a medical ward--that was all the dr. here would give me--he suggested i weight restore at home whilst being closely monitored.  I find i have the same problem--i over analyze every food item and worry about too much sugar.  One thing i did find was a drink called Orgain--it's similar to Ensure but is all natural..made from grass fed whey protein and it contains coconut palm sugar in fairly moderate amounts. There is also a protein powder you can buy that has about 320 cals per scoop and if you mix it with whole milk--well it has more cals than Ensure. So you could try that..i think it's called N8kd.  But don't quote me!  

Health & Support IBS problems Oct 12 2015
15:09 (UTC)

Have you talked to your dr. about something like Linzess (in Canada it is called Constella) it is a new medication for people with constipation dominant IBS.  I hear it is quite helpful.  

Health & Support Can't believe i am posting, but... (ED related) Sep 30 2015
17:01 (UTC)

krayola i am sorry to hear you relapsed, but good that you are nipping it in the bud. I think your over analysis of everything is just that..over analysis. It's ED thinking...not you. He wants to "control" intake and worry about BMI's and what not.  I think you KNOW how many cals to get--2,500.  That is what it will take to shut the beast up. You are active no--running etc?  You probably even need more.   And 7 pounds is NOT a lot in 38 days..not at all.  I think you need to see the dietitian and counselor pronto and follow their advice.  Also google Chris Sandel and listen to some of his podcasts...they will help.  Wishing you the best...

Health & Support Yes, I'm back on the roller coaster, stuck AGAIN (TW) Sep 29 2015
15:23 (UTC)



I can relate to this as i am older and have been off an on this site for a while. But here's something to consider--i too "semi-recovered" and maintained that semi reasonable weight for a while. BUT then the tsunami hit--both my parents died and my relationship broke up--presto a BIG relapse. I'm now in my 50's and emaciated with a ridiculously low BMI.  A year and a half ago another tsunami--the worst--i was badly burnt in an accident and almost lost my life. The AN and the fire left me with a neuropathy in both my lower limbs. IT may or may not get better-- much depends on my gaining weight i suppose...but even then they can't guarantee anything. SO i guess what im trying to say is that when yoiu stay semi-recovered you're always at danger of relapse.  The only way out of this is to weight restore to a normal weight. THAT does seem impossible doesn't it?  Yet i know many people who HAVE done it.  The fear is mind boggling--but the only way through is to face it and do it anyway as the saying goes.  I read this post this morning by this superb British nutritionist Chris Sandel. I highly recommend his work--listen to his various podcasts..they are brilliant. Here's a link to what i read this morning... ut-weight/


Also i can provide links to his podcasts if you like.  We should form an "oldies" group haha and support one another.  Strength in numbers sort of thing. This is tough...for sure.  

Health & Support Am I anorexic? Sep 15 2015
16:34 (UTC)

Yes you ARE anorexic. There is no calorie number that magically depicts anorexia--if you eat below your calorie needs consistently then you ARE anorexic.   And guess BMI is TW..very very low...its just below 12 and i eat 1200 cals every day and never go below it ever...nor did i ever go below that amount. Yet i am dangerously thin...the weight came off gradually at yours is doing so now..but keep it up and you will end up very sick.  Thankfully i am getting help and am turning things around--i pray you too can reach out and get the help you need. 

Weight Gain Anorexia Recovery - trying intuitive eating. Opinions on intake? TW numbers Sep 15 2015
16:17 (UTC)

This does not look like a weight restoration diet---it doesn't seem like enough calories to repair the damage the ED has done.  You may need to eat a more structured diet until you are weight restored--and THEN perhaps you can focus on intuitive eating. I think it may be too early in the game for that just now--particularly as you are struggling and bordering on relapse. 

Weight Gain I don't want ensure plus!!! Sep 14 2015
16:19 (UTC)

Perhaps come up with an alternative drink that has the same amount of calories. Like coconut milk blended with a banana, some dates and honey.  I was told to drink Ensure too but it's not the cals in it that make me not want to drink it--it's the amount of sugars, the GMO ingredients and the chemicals.  If possible i would prefer not to have those things..even in recovery.  

Health & Support does ibs go away when getting to healthy weight? anorexia and ibs Sep 14 2015
16:14 (UTC)

supergirl77 can i ask if the linzess helped? Did you get any side effects from it? My dr. suggested it to me, but as it's quite expensive, i'm not sure about using it. Any info would be great!  

Weight Gain High calorie smoothie ideas with no dairy? (450 +) Dec 29 2013
17:08 (UTC)



HAve you tried amasake--it's a fermented rice beverage that is lovely and sweet and full of good probiotics.  You could add that to smoothies--it's delicious and comes in flavors like hazelnut, almond and i think there is one made with organic chocolate too. 

Weight Gain Weight gainers! What did YOU eat today? 1 January - 1 August 2013 Jul 30 2013
21:27 (UTC)

Zebulancherry i think your hair loss could be due to not getting in enough cals. Your  meal plans are healthy--but they do consist of a lot of low calorie but filling foods like vegetables and cottage cheese.  If you are swimming daily you are probably burning more than what you are currently taking in.   You have had an ED for a while so your calorie requirements will be sky high--and as i've never stopped exercising throughout recovery...right?  So in effect you have been in quasi recovery and this means you can still have symptoms and moreover it means your body hasn't been able to properly do the repairs it needs to. 

If you were my client i'd have you up your calorie intake and add in some more "fear foods" and  more calorie dense options.  something to consider! 


Weight Gain Celiac? Jul 30 2013
21:12 (UTC)

No--it actually sounds like symptoms related to being extremely underweight.  Are you exercising at all?  And are you still practicing bulimia habits?  That would explain your symptoms...i would bet good money you are NOT celiac.

Weight Gain Sticky To all weight gain forum members: please read & respond that you agree before starting threads .... Jun 23 2013
15:25 (UTC)

Sure agree and accept

Health & Support weird gait and muscle cramps May 14 2013
21:46 (UTC)

Thanks guys...well calm everyone, myself seems part of the prob..the majority apparently has to do with faulty foot mechanics. I put in an orthotic insert and presto...the prob remedied itself!  And no my potassium levels are fine as is my calcium.  As a nutritionist i am well aware of the signs of hypercalcemia and low potassium...i have neither prob. And those things are checked regularly anyway. 


I know what you mean'd think with a BMI of 13 i'd be able to get into the hospital, but alas such is not the case. I am actually thinking of moving to the UK to be with family so i can get treatment. I've always been lured by that side of the pond why not?  Thanks all. 

Health & Support weird gait and muscle cramps May 12 2013
16:04 (UTC)

It's not an electrolyte problem..that is checked regular..weekly in fact. And they tested for vitamin deficiencies--the only thing i was deficient in was Vitamin D and that was slight.  Ironically im a nutritionist so i know what to eat to get the most bang for my buck nutritionally speaking. I also take some supplements.  I have had muscular imbalances prior to the weight loss---it was suggested i get orthotics...but this seems something else....perhaps just muscle wasting.


My brother and his wife have offered to do a sort of Maudsley like thing with/for me---but im a bit reluctant to give up my independence and to impose on them like that. Hard call. 

Health & Support weird gait and muscle cramps May 12 2013
15:40 (UTC)



I've gone to the ER and they just sent me home--you can't get admitted here unless you are in a medical "crises". All my stats are normal (blood work, ecg etc.) so they just sent me on my way. MEdical beds here are in very short supply. 

Health & Support I know I want to recover.....but why do sometimes i dont and cant let it go? May 12 2013
15:00 (UTC)

IT sounds like you might need IP---you can't get beyond this feeling of not wanting to let go--so maybe it's time to admit that to yourself and let others help you. 

Health & Support the voice lies? Apr 28 2013
22:13 (UTC)

spindrifting--im laughing my head off...that's priceless!!  And so true!

Health & Support the voice lies? Apr 27 2013
15:22 (UTC)

Belle you're just doing the dance...i've done it often enough myself to recognize it. you've got EVERY excuse in the book not to do do have we all at one point or another.  I think perhaps we should just leave you to your own devices...if you don't want to get well....well, it's a free world so you can choose that if you like....we should perhaps just quit arguing with you and let you get on with self destruction.  Pity to waste your life and let ED win though--but it's your call. I do get the whole "i'm eating so therefore it's not a weight thing---BUT it is really isn't it?  Because your BMI is still only what 14--so that means you've got to eat above and beyond what is normal UNTIL you reach a healthy BMI of 20.  you KNOW that.