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51 minutes ago, ms.sss said:

I still could not bring myself to eat items that were "off plan" even though I knew it would've been ok. I mean, I ate, I just ate the "healthier" stuff over the non-so-healthy stuff. Sometimes I wonder if I have a complex, or if this is just they way I eat now. *shrugs*.

Please ignore this information If does not apply to your situation. (newbies and people in weight loss mode this is not for you)

Are there similarities in bariatric lifestyle and disordered eating? I had to wrap my head around this question in maintenance mode. Where do I draw the line between bariatric healthy habits “rules” and unhealthy obsession? (I’m not diagnosing anyone – Just information to think about)

Finding your balance test:

http://www.findingbalance.com/eating-issues-test-part-1/

The following was copied from a website: click here

Orthorexia: The preoccupation with eating healthy. desire to consume pure, healthy foods, obsessing over maintaining a perfect diet rather than an ideal weight. They may cut out any food that is considered unhealthy or impure. Wanting to eat a healthy, pure diet can be a great thing. However, when these compulsive behaviors and mental preoccupations with healthy eating start to impair your quality of life, you may end up suffering from severe weight loss, malnutrition, or some other type of medical condition based on severe diet restrictions. If you are suffering from Orthorexia Nervosa, you may also suffer from negative self-worth, negative body image, and become obsessively dependent on your healthy eating lifestyle to the point of social isolation.

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1 hour ago, ms.sss said:

P.S. at this party my mother-in-law told me I need to gain some weight back because I have gotten too thin. While I may agree with her, I don't like her telling me so! *clenches fists*

People that mean well “me included” Sometime comments that you are too thin or a post about orthorexia is not helpful. Weight loss is hard enough for you to deal with.

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17 hours ago, Healthy_life2 said:

Are there similarities in bariatric lifestyle and disordered eating? I had to wrap my head around this question in maintenance mode. Where do I draw the line between bariatric healthy habits “rules” and unhealthy obsession? (I’m not diagnosing anyone – Just information to think about)

Finding your balance test:

http://www.findingbalance.com/eating-issues-test-part-1/

I have thought about this many times myself, but hesitated to say it out loud/type it out thinking that either I did actually develop an eating disorder and don't want to admit it, or that I am being over-analytical and hypochondriac-y.

I took that test you provided a link for and I got zeros in everything except "Restrictive Eating" (2/6) and "Food Fears" (1/4). Which I sort of knew already and identified as my fear of carbs, and am currently working on it :).

I don't believe (at least right now) that my carb-avoidance behaviours are impairing my quality of life nor resulting in negative self-worth/negative body image. Honestly I think that I am all that and a bag of chips these days. At most, I sometimes worry that I should be worrying more, if that makes any sense..but because of this I am keeping an eye on myself and mental well-being, so that's a good thing. :1007_hearts:

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17 hours ago, Healthy_life2 said:

People that mean well “me included” Sometime comments that you are too thin or a post about orthorexia is not helpful. Weight loss is hard enough for you to deal with.

Being on the receiving end of advice/comments/opinions from fellow bariatric patients is a lot easier to swallow/accept than from my mother-in-law :P

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13 minutes ago, ms.sss said:

I have thought about this many times myself, but hesitated to say it out loud/type it out thinking that either I did actually develop an eating disorder and don't want to admit it, or that I am being over-analytical and hypochondriac-y.

I took that test you provided a link for and I got zeros in everything except "Restrictive Eating" (2/6) and "Food Fears" (1/4). Which I sort of knew already and identified as my fear of carbs, and am currently working on it :).

I don't believe (at least right now) that my carb-avoidance behaviours are impairing my quality of life nor resulting in negative self-worth/negative body image. Honestly I think that I am all that and a bag of chips these days. At most, I sometimes worry that I should be worrying more, if that makes any sense..but because of this I am keeping an eye on myself and mental well-being, so that's a good thing. :1007_hearts:

Eating disorders are a mental illness as defined by the DSMV. Per many, many, many doctors, you cannot fast or restrict your way into a mental illness such as an eating disorder. In all situations, the eating disorder came before the restrictive episodes. Meaning it was an underlying condition.

Fear of regain is natural and appropriate. You are on time and on track for having to deal with this conundrum as part of your walk into maintenance. You are a rockstar. You will begin trusting yourself and understanding your maintenance boundaries. Good job and congrats on where you are right now!!!

Fill up your new maintenance calories 100-200calories at a time from very nutrient dense and more caloric measures. Use the full fat versions of what you've been eating. Add your carbs back (healthy ones) in the 5-10g blocks you're doing. You are doing everything right. Ignore everyone else. Regain DOES happen. You shouldn't artificially try to regain the weight you've lost. Try this week to go from 900 cals to 1000 or 1100. See what happens. Your maintenance will likely fall somewhere between having low days in the 800-900 range and high days maybe in the 1400-1800 area. It will probably average somewhere around 1200-1400cals per day unless you are super exercising. .

It's natural to have days where you aren't hungry and days where you are a hungry hungry hippo. It's simple. The days when you aren't hungry, don't eat. The days when you are hungry, fill yourself up with nutritious and super healthy foods!!! :) That's what naturally thin people do!

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18 minutes ago, ms.sss said:

I have thought about this many times myself, but hesitated to say it out loud/type it out thinking that either I did actually develop an eating disorder and don't want to admit it, or that I am being over-analytical and hypochondriac-y.

I took that test you provided a link for and I got zeros in everything except "Restrictive Eating" (2/6) and "Food Fears" (1/4). Which I sort of knew already and identified as my fear of carbs, and am currently working on it :).

I don't believe (at least right now) that my carb-avoidance behaviours are impairing my quality of life nor resulting in negative self-worth/negative body image. Honestly I think that I am all that and a bag of chips these days. At most, I sometimes worry that I should be worrying more, if that makes any sense..but because of this I am keeping an eye on myself and mental well-being, so that's a good thing. :1007_hearts:

I had the same thoughts. I wondered if my difficulty letting go of the rules and my fear of regain was normal. Changing into a maintenance had me questioning many things. I think this is true for many of us trying to find our balance with this new phase.

You are all that and a bag of chips

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On 06/17/2019 at 12:22, FluffyChix said:





Eating disorders are a mental illness as defined by the DSMV. Per many, many, many doctors, you cannot fast or restrict your way into a mental illness such as an eating disorder. In all situations, the eating disorder came before the restrictive episodes. Meaning it was an underlying condition.




Fear of regain is natural and appropriate. You are on time and on track for having to deal with this conundrum as part of your walk into maintenance. You are a rockstar. You will begin trusting yourself and understanding your maintenance boundaries. Good job and congrats on where you are right now!!!




Fill up your new maintenance calories 100-200calories at a time from very nutrient dense and more caloric measures. Use the full fat versions of what you've been eating. Add your carbs back (healthy ones) in the 5-10g blocks you're doing. You are doing everything right. Ignore everyone else. Regain DOES happen. You shouldn't artificially try to regain the weight you've lost. Try this week to go from 900 cals to 1000 or 1100. See what happens. Your maintenance will likely fall somewhere between having low days in the 800-900 range and high days maybe in the 1400-1800 area. It will probably average somewhere around 1200-1400cals per day unless you are super exercising. .




It's natural to have days where you aren't hungry and days where you are a hungry hungry hippo. It's simple. The days when you aren't hungry, don't eat. The days when you are hungry, fill yourself up with nutritious and super healthy foods!!! :) That's what naturally thin people do!






Love this! I often feel like I have to stuff as many calories in me to maintain....and hopefully regain a little...but in the back of my head I know that it’s a process and it will level out eventually. But I get lots of push back from others, which I largely ignore. 😃
Just had my 9month follow up with surgeon and dietician. I’m currently 5’7” and weigh 122lbs. They’re glad I feel good and have great labs but said don’t lose anymore. I’m planning on adding in strength training which they say will help stop weight loss and add some weight.

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1 hour ago, FluffyChix said:

Eating disorders are a mental illness as defined by the DSMV. Per many, many, many doctors, you cannot fast or restrict your way into a mental illness such as an eating disorder. In all situations, the eating disorder came before the restrictive episodes. Meaning it was an underlying condition.

Fear of regain is natural and appropriate. You are on time and on track for having to deal with this conundrum as part of your walk into maintenance. You are a rockstar. You will begin trusting yourself and understanding your maintenance boundaries. Good job and congrats on where you are right now!!!

Fill up your new maintenance calories 100-200calories at a time from very nutrient dense and more caloric measures. Use the full fat versions of what you've been eating. Add your carbs back (healthy ones) in the 5-10g blocks you're doing. You are doing everything right. Ignore everyone else. Regain DOES happen. You shouldn't artificially try to regain the weight you've lost. Try this week to go from 900 cals to 1000 or 1100. See what happens. Your maintenance will likely fall somewhere between having low days in the 800-900 range and high days maybe in the 1400-1800 area. It will probably average somewhere around 1200-1400cals per day unless you are super exercising. .

It's natural to have days where you aren't hungry and days where you are a hungry hungry hippo. It's simple. The days when you aren't hungry, don't eat. The days when you are hungry, fill yourself up with nutritious and super healthy foods!!! :) That's what naturally thin people do!

:1007_hearts::1007_hearts::1007_hearts::1007_hearts::1007_hearts::1007_hearts::1007_hearts:

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50 minutes ago, Healthy_life2 said:

You are all that and a bag of chips

Right back at cha.

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