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Arrow No appetite - June 4th 2018, 02:05 PM

So I've been recovered from my eating disorder for a good 4-5 years now. I still get some of the old thoughts but I've grown and recovered enough to be able to dismiss and ignore them. But recently eating for me has been really difficult.
It started in my first year of university when the stress of school made me lose my appetite. The only reason I'd eat was to make my stomach stop growling, but never really because I wanted to eat. It's been like this ever since, and I'm going into my third year this September.
It's gotten to the point where I won't want to eat breakfast, but think it's okay because I'll just have a big lunch, but then come lunch time the thought of eating turns me off and I'll just have a snack to keep me going. The only real meal I eat during the day consistently is diner since I live at home.
I have a lot of trouble keeping my weight up, so I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions about what I can do to help convince myself to at least have two meals a day and a snack at breakfast.
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Re: No appetite - June 4th 2018, 07:51 PM

Hey there, congratulations on being in recovery from your eating disorder for several years!

When I am stressed out, my appetite goes down and I can go 5-8 hours without eating. So after a reasonable amount of time (say 3-6 hours) I know I should eat again, but I just don't want to eat. For me, personally (may be different for others) is that when I force myself to eat after those 3-6 hours I feel nauseous.

I think maybe having small snacks throughout the day will be useful. Something that is high in protein and a good source of vitamins. Sometimes, all I have thru the day, if I am stressed, is snacks. Drinking some water will be useful too, as it keeps you hydrated.

Sorry I couldn't be of much help.
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Re: No appetite - June 5th 2018, 10:04 AM

You should try eating with the company. I understand what you eat with your parents and it helps you eat.
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Re: No appetite - June 8th 2018, 09:15 AM

How about sports? I know when you do sports your metabolism changes and your appetite become better.
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