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Question... - August 9th 2016, 11:47 PM

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Re: Question... - August 10th 2016, 12:15 PM

From personal experience, not it's not healthy but it's good you're trying to fight it. As crappy as it is to hear, it is extremely important you tell someone who can get you help straight away especially as you've realised that something isn't right in your behaviours which is something not many realise (I certainly didn't and still have a hard to accepting it). You're one of the lucky ones for noticing it, don't let it go too far. like I said before, please tell someone who can help.
   
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Re: Question... - August 10th 2016, 01:12 PM

Fad diets or any that are restrictive are never healthy in general. Losing more than a certain amount of weight a week is definitely not healthy at all unless recommended by a doctor (such as in the case of bariatric surgery). Something to keep in mind is that BMI and weight only mean so much (as in it's pretty much BS) in regards to how healthy a person is. A person can really be healthy at almost any weight even if it is above the ~normal~ BMI range. It all depends on how activity levels and having a balanced diet. Something else to remember is that while you might not being losing weight in numbers, you may be losing fat and gaining muscle. So you could be becoming healthier while also staying close to your original weight. Regardless, I would recommend not focusing on weight or size and look at how you feel. Some people who don't exercise much have trouble walking fast or running or just have low energy levels in general. Look back at how you are now compared to before you started exercising regularly, are you feeling more awake or energetic? Exercising and eating balanced will also help with emotion regulation. Maybe you were more down or anxious a month ago and feel a bit of a difference now. These things, among others, will continue to improve as months go on.

Something I learned in ED treatment was that our bodies have a set point weight. Where if you are eating and exercising a healthy amount your body will maintain/lose/gain weight accordingly. I'm not good at explaining things, but **this** article from NEDIC is a good explanation of what it is. It's a Canadian organization, but still relevant.

I would perhaps recommend looking into seeing a nutritionist to get a better idea for yourself of what you should be eating specifically tailored for you (because you should eat every food in moderation and not restrict any). If you can find a nutritionist that specializes in eating disorders then even better, but it's not necessary. Personally in my recovery from the bingeing aspect of my ED, I've learned that if I'm craving something then I will allow myself to have it in the proper portion. Something required from my treatment center's general meal plan was dessert once a day. Having it helped keep my sugar cravings down for sure.

Something I do on Facebook for people that are triggering (or, lets get real, flat out annoying) I unfollow them. This allows me to remain friends with them, but I won't see their posts in my feed. It can be helpful, but it is up to you to protect your own well being and recovery from your ED.

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