Counting Calories

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NeverGiveUp's picture
Counting Calories

So i started counting calories because i was eating wayy too few. Since i started couting calories it almost became like my saving grace- i know my limits on when i should stop eating- i guess im not using intuitive eating yet- and im trying to work my way over to that- any suggestions?? im on day 23 and the calorie couting has really helped so much-- havent been this many days b/p ever since i started- IT FEELS AMAZING <3

nrida1's picture
Great I am trying to do the

Great I am trying to do the same, but I feel like I worry too much about not getting enough. Also I still struggle on emotional eating. But its great thats counting is working for you.

KatieW01's picture
Hi, out of curiosity do you

Hi, out of curiosity do you count just what ever amount you eat, or are you sticking to a certain amount of calories per day?
I am struggling with SE at the moment, and am really just over-eating, binging (not as intense as before). I don't know what's 'normal'. I have managed to stop vomiting but binging is taking control of me! I have put on weight, feel REALLY uncomfortable but I don't want to go back to the b/p cycle so I'm 'wearing' it at the moment. I totally agree in structured eating but I was wondering if anyone has any ideas re how much to eat.

I feel stupid asking this question as it's probably Bulmia Help 'illegal' to count calories, which I understand. However I really cant rely on my distended stomach to tell me when enough is enough at the moment.

LeaLea's picture
An alternative to calorie

An alternative to calorie counting is to use the "plate model". This gives you a portion controlled approach to each of the essential food groups and gives you a rough idea of what to put on your plate without resorting to counting calories. Try looking at this one

There are lots of models around, but this one is really simple and I've found it useful in helping me decide what to eat. Instead of obsessing about calories, we can use our own intuition about what is a healthy versus unhealthy food choice and mindfully choose our meals using the portion control plate.


ElsieSoproni's picture
I've been told a fist and a

I've been told a fist and a half (size) is what is ideal for your stomach too, but this only works if you are deliberate and plate your food.

faye713's picture
Hey there! Counting calories

Hey there!

Counting calories was my saving grace when I first began real recovery. I struggled with recovery for a long time until I met a mentor who told me calorie counting (and even weighing myself) was ok. The tracking let me not freak out about micro changes that my mind would blow way out of proportion.

I designed my own satisfying little Google Spreadsheet where I would track all my calories BUT I *did not* use this as an excuse to restrict or limit.

Calorie counting was an act of observation, rather than an act of restriction. Instead of aiming to be 'under' a certain amount like I used to, I looked at it differently. I aimed to 'hit' a certain healthy 'middle path' calorie intake amount, which helped immensely to stay consistent every day. It switched my thinking from controlling for the end result (my body size PERCEPTION) to managing the process (consistent healthy food intake).

It also calmed me down! Anyway, it really helped :)

I think with structured eating, and especially with intuitive eating, there can easily get to be a gray zone where some of the bulimia tendencies start to creep in (whether that's bingeing or restricting). Calorie counting kept me honest and on track.

I have been recovered for almost 1 year (in July!) with 3 slips (in November, January and April) that I know would not have happened if I'd stayed in my comfort zone of consistency. This month I started to track using a site called Cronometer (but there are tons out there), and have been feeling strong and consistent.

Angel333's picture
My only advice here is too be

My only advice here is too be very very careful when counting calories. As it can be helpful at the same time as being destructive.
The aim of recovery is to be 'normal' around food. If it helps in the beginning then yes go for it. But it can be very triggering as I used to be obsessed with the app 'my fitness pal' and lost hrs constantly a short term method if your eating enough great but long term we want to be eating without constantly thinking about what we are eating and what we can eat. We want to have a healthy relationship with food and in my experience tracking of any kind led to obsessiveness.
Now im conscious of what im eating but I couldn't tell you to the round number how much cals I have eaten. Long term this is the healthy approach.

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