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Duke of Ed - January 27th 2009, 02:03 PM

So, i'm really determined to complete my Gold. I've got soo far, and dont want to let my eating hold me back.

Thing is, we have to eat XXXX aday. For 4days. And I cant. The thought makes me physically sick. I cant eat that much just thinking about it triggers panick attacks.

I'll be in wild country, without toilets, surrounded by people. So purging is going to be near impossible.

I spoke to my female leader today, so she knows whats going on. But she said that although she'll help. They will check bag at begining and end of trip, and you have to have eaten everything.

I dont want to let my ED spoil this for me. It will be such an achievement. I just want to do something for once, without food controlling it.

There's 6 people in my group. 1 person knows about my eating, the others dont. I dont want to let them down, but i'm scared of htem forcing me to eat. I'm just scared plain and simple.

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Re: Duke of Ed - January 27th 2009, 02:14 PM

Wow that's tough.

I'm proud of you for at least wanting to eat! that's an achievement in itself.
I don't have any advice really but I think you can do that.

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Re: Duke of Ed - January 27th 2009, 02:21 PM

Firstly, referring to the forum rules, you're not allowed to post calories and I would suggest editing it out before a Mod does for you.

Secondly, I've also been participating in DoE for a few years and this is the first time I've heard of having to eat a certain amount of calories. Are you sure this is so?
Anyway, more on topic...
If you don't want the thought of food to overtake your hikes, then think of all the extra exercise you would be doing and how good for you body and mind the whole experience is. Take healthy foods that don't play with your mind. Focus on your friends and not getting lost rather than each bite. Before you know it, it'll be over, and you'll be begging for a rest again.
If people are trying to make you eat, then the only way to stop that, is to eat a little something at least. 4 days on minimum calories and excessive walking will not benefit you or your team.
You may even become faint and have to be taken home.
It is possible. Take the support and use it.
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Re: Duke of Ed - January 28th 2009, 07:01 PM

Maia,

It may be difficult to eat, but you can do it. Just like it will be difficult to complete your Gold, but you can do it! Focus on the task at hand--being successful, for you and for your team. And try to understand that eating healthy is a part of that. When we don't eat properly, it's difficult for our minds and bodies to function as well as they should.

Ask for the support of your team. And most importantly, trust in yourself to do well. Good luck!



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Re: Duke of Ed - January 30th 2009, 11:11 AM

Heya Maia I can understand how this must feel. As other people have already written please don't let this hold you back. You will be doing a lot of extra exercise which will help to burn off the calories that you have to eat. I know this probably doesn't seem to be much of a comfort and therefore I suggest that you talk to your leader again about this and explain the problem and how you don't want it to hold you back. Perhaps you could come up with a solution or a compromise? Good luck, please take care of yourself and pm me at any time. xxx


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Re: Duke of Ed - January 30th 2009, 01:28 PM

heya,

I'm not sure how much this will help but i've done Gold duke of ed, and you acutally need the food, we had some one who had eating issues with us who was like i'll never eat it never ever eat it, and by the end was eating it all, it's sooo sooo exauhsting

and when you think about it the ammount of exercise that you'll be doing is going to totally kill the extra calories thats why you have to eat them

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Re: Duke of Ed - January 31st 2009, 03:09 AM

Thing is....all my other expeditions...i've eaten a lot more than normal and it's kept me going...but this is just way too much. I'm going to look at different foods that wont panick me, but they have to be light and last 8days....so limited


   
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Re: Duke of Ed - January 31st 2009, 04:30 AM

it sounds weird but have you thought about the like "space" packets of food you add water to them and they cook in the packet.. you can get htem in most camping stores and they are super high in calories but there isn't very much of them so you won't feel like you're eating a tonne?
   
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Re: Duke of Ed - January 31st 2009, 07:04 AM

Heya well done for doing this, I would suggest you stock up on things like nuts and dried fruit. These are a healthy way of eating lots of calories and are easy to carry. Good luck. xxx


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Re: Duke of Ed - January 31st 2009, 11:42 AM

Hey -

Whilst you are on your D of E it is so important to eat the correct foods, and to eat the correct ammounts of those foods.

I used to have an ED and I seamed to think that I could walk 15/20 miles a day without having to eat anymore than I normally would, which if im honest was barly anything.

I attempted to complete my D of E in the state I was in and after a few days I was at the point where I could barley walk straight - carrying a pack was out of the question. I was lucky enough to be in a group of only three, one of the girls was my best friend and she knew everything, and the other was one I didnt really know much about untill that weekend.

So my friend tried getting me too eat, and the other member of the group realised what was going on, and it turned out that she used to have an eating disorder. She knew how serious the situation was, and we had to set up camp early going via an escape route. That night she talked to me for hours, and in the end we had to call off the expidition.

What im saying is, if you want to do it - do it when you are well enough to eat the correct ammount of food, you dont want to end u having to drop out!

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Re: Duke of Ed - February 2nd 2009, 11:02 AM

No doubt it may be difficult to eat, but I am sure you can do it. Only Focus on the task at hand--being successful, for you and for your team as well.

And try to understand that eating healthy is the only goal. When we don't eat properly, it's difficult for our minds and bodies to function in a proper way.
   
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