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Following the prescribed meal plan - March 7th 2017, 04:31 PM

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I just left residential treatment for an eating disorder. While I was there a dietician handled my menu and decided how many and what type of nutrients I could have with each meal. It was actually really helpful in educating me what I should eat for my health and body type. When I left she gave me a copy of my meal plan. The meal plan stressed the point that you should stress your meal plan as if it were "medication" and strictly follow it once home.

The only problem with the meal plan in treatment was I had to eat meals AND snacks all day, which was a big change from restricting as much as I was. Even though I did well by eating the required amount I still felt it was too much food. Since I've gotten home (i.e. Sunday) I haven't been following my meal plan. I slipped back into my old routine. I thought my ED thoughts were gone, too, but yesterday I had strong urges to restrict. I also tried eating dessert and I thought I would feel fine but I ended up hating myself after eating it. So I guess my ED problems are still there.

I start PHP on Thursday and I will eat most of my meals and snacks there since it's ten hours a day every day. I can probably stick to that meal plan okay since I'm barley in charge of any of my food intake but I don't know how to make myself stick to a meal plan on my own because I feel like it's "too much" food. Is there anyway to get myself to follow that type of structure? I know I felt healthier when I was eating like I was at treatment, which is good, but I can't seem to manage to do it now that I'm out. Thoughts?


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Re: Following the prescribed meal plan - March 7th 2017, 05:06 PM

Hey Jordan,
I know how hard sticking to a meal plan can be. When I got out of residential, I had the hardest time following my meal plan because I didn't really understand it. But what I did was I thought about what snacks they had and went and bought the same things they had that I liked. Also what really helped me to get myself to eat is I would set alarm clocks on my phone for 6 times a day that way when one went off I would know it was time to eat and I would know what I had to beat whether it be breakfast snack lunch or dinner. I would really try to by the foods you liked or of they made any food that you thought was really good, if the dietion you had gave you her email you could probably email her and ask her if you could get the recipies for those foods.

I hope this helped a little bit. Sorry if there or spelling mistakes I am on my phone right now and I have fat fingers.

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