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Maintaining good habits during times of illness - March 19th 2019, 01:40 AM

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I am in recovery from ED. It was going well, but I've been horribly ill for about six weeks now, which has included lots of nausea and vomiting. As a result, I've had poor appetite for a long time and haven't been eating much. I've lost a not insignificant amount of weight during this time and I think it's starting to go to my head, especially because I've had to cut out certain foods/food groups from my diet. Cutting out things has often been a trigger for me. I notice I'm looking at calorie labels more and thinking I "wouldn't mind" losing more weight, even though the means by which it's happening are quite unpleasant.

My old pattern was restricting for a long time and then overeating. I've had to "restrict" for a long time now. Then today, randomly, my symptoms did a complete reversal. I have been inexplicably hungry all day. Even right after eating a rather large meal it felt like I hadn't eaten at all. I felt super nauseated like I usually do after eating but my stomach was still growling.

How do I maintain recovery while sick? I won't get into what's wrong here but it's looking like it might be a chronic illness and I may experience nausea/vomiting for a long time. However, the intense hunger makes it a bit much. I don't know how to balance. I know I could "stick to my meal plan" but every time I quit ED treatment I stop eating like they taught me to. It's just easier to eat according to the schedule I have maintained for years.

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Re: Maintaining good habits during times of illness - March 19th 2019, 06:30 PM

I'm sorry to hear you are struggling right now. I absolutely know how difficult it is to have stomach issues (ie, stomach bug, flu, etc. that causes you to lose your appetite) while already having an eating disorder. It tricks your mind into thinking that you do need to eat more or believe that, because of your illness, it's ok to not eat more. It only serves to make it worse when you have to stick to a diet plan upon doctor's orders due to that said illness. I can definitely, totally relate with you on that. It isn't easy and feels impossible to manage.

I'm sorry I don't have much advice to give, but I wanted to let you know you aren't the only one struggling with an illness or stomach disease (ie, gastric reflux) while already dealing with an eating disorder.



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Re: Maintaining good habits during times of illness - March 19th 2019, 10:04 PM

Hey Jordan,
I am so sorry that you are dealing with this. I know how hard you have worked on your ED recovery.

I am wondering if you have a nutritionist and a therapist you see for your eating disorder. If you do I would recommend talking to both of them and inform them what is going on. Because maybe they can tweak your meal plan so it fits your basic needs but also what you are going through. If you do not have either of those I would try to make an appointment with one or both.

For now I would try to do what is working with stick to it as much as you can. When I was sick and could hardly eat I would eat Popsicle maybe try some of those?

I hope this has helped and if you ever need to talk just PM/VM me.
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