SE with restrictions??

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MagicLanternAmber's picture
SE with restrictions??

I'm kind of conflicted with how to eat for recovery ... my ED specialist has told me to completely avoid a number of foods. I am already vegan for ethical reasons, but comparatively that doesn't limit me so much. Now there are a whole bunch more foods/types of food I *could* eat before, and now am not supposed to! I won't go into particulars because I don't want to trigger anybody, but for example he believes based on my symptoms that I have gluten intolerance. I am wondering if anybody has any advice on how I might be able to reconcile this to the structured eating, no-restrictions system ... for any ideas or advice, thank you!

"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything." - Chuck Palahniuk

susan2012's picture
have you taken the test to

have you taken the test to see if you are gluten intolerant?

in my experience, to follow SE with restrictions leads to cravings and urges. I would not cut any food unless I am SURE to be intolerant and that the caused effects if eaten are so bad that I really MUST avoid that food.

Sasha's picture
I am not vegan, but I do

I am not vegan, but I do avoid gluten. Not sure if I'm intolerant or not, I just know I feel better and less bloated when I don't eat it. I think it is very difficult to recover having so many restrictions, but I don't believe that it's impossible either. There are many people with gluten intolerance, so that means there are many different gluten free options at the grocery store. Gluten free bread, rice pasta, etc. I go to a nutritionist who specializes in eating disorders. She recommends I eat 1 serving of carbs, protein, and fat at each meal. That could mean some rice, beans or tofu, mixed veggies, and some avocado for some healthy fat. That is just 1 example. I think having more food restrictions just means you get to be more creative with your food. Have fun with it! Just make sure you're eating enough calories. I'm not sure if you take any supplements, but you definitely need something for B12 as you can only get that from animal products. If your worried about feeling deprived, allow yourself some "treats". There are many gluten free and vegan cookies, cupcakes, etc. I'm not sure where you live, but most health food stores carry these products. Hope that helped!

MagicLanternAmber's picture
What test are you referring

What test are you referring to, Susan? I have read that the usual (blood?) test only accounts for one of the compounds that can cause gluten intolerance - gliadin, I think - so it's not terribly accurate. Is there a better one? All this is pretty new to me!

Thanks for the info, Sasha! I have been vegan for 10 years, and for much of that did not have any EDs, so I have also enjoyed the creative challenges of "restrictive" eating (though I don't think of veganism as truly restrictive - when I went vegan I started eating a LOT more foods than I did before!). I definitely get enough calories, but I wish I could get more variety, as my town only has a smallish grocery store and I can't usually get anywhere else to shop. As for B12, I consume a fair bit of fortified nutritional yeast and soymilk. I have considered trying to get injections of it as well, just to be sure.

"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything." - Chuck Palahniuk

Inebranlable's picture
I would get your B12 tested

I would get your B12 tested before you get any injections. B12 is actually formed by bacteria in the soil and bacteria in our large intestines. The reason that animal products have B12 is because animals don't wash their food so they consume soil containing B12 with it and it goes into their flesh, milk and eggs. Chemicals such as fertilisers, pesticides, fungicides etc put into the soil can kill the B12 bacteria so these days it is not uncommon for full on meat eaters to be B12 deficient because the animals they eat have been fed food grown in B12 bacteria deficient soils.

Their are also B12 producing bacteria which live naturally in our large intestines but they are often ineffective due to our bad, modern diets (lots of processed food and chemicals and not enough fibre and fresh fruit and veg). Organic produce can also contain some B12 from the soil.

I know of someone who has been raw vegan (basically eats only organic fruit and vegetables) for 8 years and has never taken any B12 supplements, injections or fortified foods and her B12 levels are absolutely fine. It is a myth that if you are vegan you will automatically be B12 deficient if you don't supplement and it is also a myth that if you eat meat it is impossible to be B12 deficient. It always pays to get tested.

MagicLanternAmber's picture
You mean FullyRawKristina?

You mean FullyRawKristina? I'm very much into raw veganism! I still eat a lot of raw food (my ED doctor advises that as well) but I'm putting 100% raw on hold until I completely recover. Yep, as a long-term vegan I'm very well informed about B12, thanks :) but I haven't gone for injections because I really don't know whether I'm deficient or not - I am going to get my blood tested before getting any supplements or injections.

"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything." - Chuck Palahniuk

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