Simple question, but something I can't seem to grasp

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Zahara's picture
Simple question, but something I can't seem to grasp

I feel as though I restrict without meaning too on my good eating days. I really want to do the "six meals a day" because I feel as though it is the most logical for the body and not only keeps the metabolism in play, but also will keep me not hungry throughout the day. I just don't know exactly what the correct portions would be. How big should my meals be? my snacks? What kinds of foods would be best?

It sound so silly, and such an easy task but I can't grasp it right for myself. At the end of a good day I always find myself wanting more, and my cravings not fulfilled at all. Even if I have one little treat, it seems like the end of the world because I felt like I had too much, or my healthy meal was too big and it gets my binge urges stronger. I really need help with portion sizes for the meals and if anyone knows or has advice/experience, I would greatly appreciate it! xx

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A dietitian once told me that

A dietitian once told me that plates are made the size they are for a reason. That's the amount we should be eating. Then she showed me pictures of various portion sizes, what I chose as normal at the time (pre-recovery) was 2 times less then the normal/recommended size.

She also said a good breakfast comes in a bowl with something on the side, f. ex:
Oatmeal and a banana
Yogurt with fruit and a slice of toast with cheese
Muesli with Milk and an apple

Here's a suggestion, just the basics.

Meats: a serving the size of your palm
1 whole chicken thigh
two slices of meatloaf
1 - 1 1/2 cups of stew
1- 1 1-2 cups meat sauce

1 Cup of rice
1- 1 1/2 cups pasta
1/2 cup of oats for oatmeal if adding nuts, dried fruit, honey or fruit. If adding nothing take 2/3's cup. (depending if you use milk or not as well, as all those things fill you up.)

Vegetables: I would not limit this serving cause even if you eat three times the recommended serving you will not gain weigh or have any harm by doing this.

2 cookies for a snack (with an apple perhaps)
2 crackers with peanut butter and a fruit
Dried fruit: 5 apricots and 5 dates (or which ever you prefer)

Nuts: 2/3 - 1/2 a cup
Chocolate 2 large squares or four small (preferably dark.)

When starting off with SE, any foods work. try to keep it nutritious so your body feel fulfilled. But the most important is to get the habit of SE into your system.

I hope that wasn't too rambly and that you find some help in it. Portions are hard, I used to struggle in my mind after serving myself, or even start weeping if I felt it was too much, or too little and I wanted more. It's hard and it takes time, I even had my bf be my Jiminy Cricket making sense of it all and why that was or wasn't a feasible meal.

Life is too short to not be happy

freakyblonde88's picture
Try to check out this site as

Try to check out this site as well:

Mine was this one. I exercise moderately throughout the week and am 5'9

Life is too short to not be happy

Zahara's picture
Wow! That actually was

Wow! That actually was incredibly helpful, thank you and I can't wait to take a look at the website next! It's so strange how the bulimia has distorted my perceptions with food. I guess I expected it from all the binging, my stomach must be two sizes too big or something! So its pretty hard for me to be able to understand when I'm completely satisfied, plus, as you said, either ill make a meal too small and want more (usually triggering a binge if I have more) and then if I "think" I eat too much, I'm clearly not satisfied either, but ill give this a great try and hope that soon portions won't be too complicated for me! Again, thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

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I'm happy to help, feel free

I'm happy to help, feel free to write me if you are in need of more support, judging portion size and food control/lack of control is so hard. So I'm happy to help if I can.

Good luck starting SE. *Hugs*

Life is too short to not be happy

Zahara's picture
I absolutely will, I used

I absolutely will, I used your portion advice yesterday & day 1 was a success! xxx

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