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Does this sound like anorexia?

_Lukas

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I sometimes wonder if maybe I have an eating disorder because I exercise excessively and diet even though I'm in shape and at a healthy or below-average weight. I eat once a day and I'll only eat low-calorie stuff and things like salad and things with protein in them (like chicken, pork, eggs, salmon, cheese, yogurt, etc.) I have an iron deficiency which makes me crave red meat but I try to avoid eating a lot of red meat. I'm scared that it will make me gain weight and clog my arteries.
Does this sound like an eating disorder? I mentioned the dieting and excessive weight-lifting and strenuous exercise to my therapist (not out of concern, just in casual conversation) and she was worried about it.
I should mention that I'm not working out excessively to get "ripped" or anything, I'm doing it more out of a fear of gaining weight or getting out of shape.
I don't like eating in front of people because I'm afraid they'll comment on how much I'm eating, even though I don't eat that much. When I have to eat in front of people I get very anxious and start to feel nauseous and not hungry anymore.
I don't have a scale in my house because I'm scared to weigh myself. When they weigh me at the doctor's, I feel like I'm going to have a panic attack.
Dave has been saying for a long time that he thinks I might be anorexic. I know anorexia nervosa manifests slightly differently in men than it does in women, and it's not as common in males, so it may not have been that obvious to other people (or even myself) if I do have it.
I know I'm not bulimic because I don't binge/purge or make myself throw up on purpose or use laxatives or diet pills. But I do work out excessively and I'm somewhat restrictive with my diet and portions, and I feel uncomfortable eating or working out in front of other people.
Any advice or thoughts on this would be very much appreciated.
 

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Lukas. It sounds like your anorexic. I was bulimic. The careful calorie counting get and the exercise and the thing that clinched it for me was the same of eating in front of others. I used to do the same thing in addition to making myself throw up. To me... throwing up provided me with confidence and when I was dry heaving afterwards. ..it provided me with a high that could not be beat. My now husband found this out and while we were dating ...he made me eat and stopped my throwing up for good. It's good to have red meat...just opt for lean beef such as flank steak. .put it in a salad. My aunt says your meal should be 20%meat and 80%vegetable. And she's a nurse too. EAT RED MEAT!.lol. I know what your going through and believe me...you will be a lot happier if you take it easy.
 

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Lukas. It sounds like your anorexic. I was bulimic. The careful calorie counting get and the exercise and the thing that clinched it for me was the same of eating in front of others. I used to do the same thing in addition to making myself throw up. To me... throwing up provided me with confidence and when I was dry heaving afterwards. ..it provided me with a high that could not be beat. My now husband found this out and while we were dating ...he made me eat and stopped my throwing up for good. It's good to have red meat...just opt for lean beef such as flank steak. .put it in a salad. My aunt says your meal should be 20%meat and 80%vegetable. And she's a nurse too. EAT RED MEAT!.lol. I know what your going through and believe me...you will be a lot happier if you take it easy.
Thank you. I appreciate your support!
I'll talk to my therapist about this more in-depth and look into getting treatment for it. I realized after reading my own post that yeah, it does sound like I'm anorexic... I'll try to get some professional help!
 

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I'm not going to lie..it's going to be a little tuff to kick . But, I think that you can do it. You will have to learn to love yourself again. This is going to be an emotional roller coaster. I know you will get through this. If you need me...i'm hear for you.
 

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I'm not going to lie..it's going to be a little tuff to kick . But, I think that you can do it. You will have to learn to love yourself again. This is going to be an emotional roller coaster. I know you will get through this. If you need me...i'm hear for you.
Thank you :) I'm here if you need me too.
 
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I sometimes wonder if maybe I have an eating disorder because I exercise excessively and diet even though I'm in shape and at a healthy or below-average weight. I eat once a day and I'll only eat low-calorie stuff and things like salad and things with protein in them (like chicken, pork, eggs, salmon, cheese, yogurt, etc.) I have an iron deficiency which makes me crave red meat but I try to avoid eating a lot of red meat. I'm scared that it will make me gain weight and clog my arteries.
Does this sound like an eating disorder? I mentioned the dieting and excessive weight-lifting and strenuous exercise to my therapist (not out of concern, just in casual conversation) and she was worried about it.
I should mention that I'm not working out excessively to get "ripped" or anything, I'm doing it more out of a fear of gaining weight or getting out of shape.
I don't like eating in front of people because I'm afraid they'll comment on how much I'm eating, even though I don't eat that much. When I have to eat in front of people I get very anxious and start to feel nauseous and not hungry anymore.
I don't have a scale in my house because I'm scared to weigh myself. When they weigh me at the doctor's, I feel like I'm going to have a panic attack.
Dave has been saying for a long time that he thinks I might be anorexic. I know anorexia nervosa manifests slightly differently in men than it does in women, and it's not as common in males, so it may not have been that obvious to other people (or even myself) if I do have it.
I know I'm not bulimic because I don't binge/purge or make myself throw up on purpose or use laxatives or diet pills. But I do work out excessively and I'm somewhat restrictive with my diet and portions, and I feel uncomfortable eating or working out in front of other people.
Any advice or thoughts on this would be very much appreciated.
I'm not sure if it is anorexia that you have, but it does sound like there is some kind of eating disorder there. You are not doing wrong by trying to eat healthily but try to eat three times a day instead of just once. Do you have a trainer? Or is there a trainer or a nutritionist at your gym who could give you some advice on how much exercise and what to eat?
 

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I'm not sure if it is anorexia that you have, but it does sound like there is some kind of eating disorder there. You are not doing wrong by trying to eat healthily but try to eat three times a day instead of just once. Do you have a trainer? Or is there a trainer or a nutritionist at your gym who could give you some advice on how much exercise and what to eat?
I don't currently have a trainer, but I could look into working with one. I think that's a good idea. I'm sure someone could give me good advice about what to eat and how much to eat, and how much I should be exercising.
 
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I don't currently have a trainer, but I could look into working with one. I think that's a good idea. I'm sure someone could give me good advice about what to eat and how much to eat, and how much I should be exercising.
There may be a nutritionist at your gym, but if not your doctors' surgery can advise you where to find one. Then, if Dave is eating the same food as you, you will both be really healthy!
 

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There may be a nutritionist at your gym, but if not your doctors' surgery can advise you where to find one. Then, if Dave is eating the same food as you, you will both be really healthy!
I found the contact information for some trainers at my gym, so I'll get in touch with one of them within the next few days and see about nutrition and exercise stuff.
Lol, Dave would have a nutty if he had to eat the same food as me! :D All he eats are carbs and fast food lol and he's perfectly content with that. I don't think he minds being overweight to be honest. I don't mind either, I don't know anyone who would complain about those curves! ;)
I like what you're thinking but I don't think Dave would be eager to jump on board with eating my "gross" healthy food! :p
 
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I found the contact information for some trainers at my gym, so I'll get in touch with one of them within the next few days and see about nutrition and exercise stuff.
Lol, Dave would have a nutty if he had to eat the same food as me! :D All he eats are carbs and fast food lol and he's perfectly content with that. I don't think he minds being overweight to be honest. I don't mind either, I don't know anyone who would complain about those curves! ;)
I like what you're thinking but I don't think Dave would be eager to jump on board with eating my "gross" healthy food! :p
My mum is into slimming world food. They have books out and have loads of recipes that taste just the same cooked a healthy way. I'm beginning to come round to it more now as I've tried some of the dishes and they are just as lush as if they were cooked with fat.

It doesn't matter what weight anybody is, just as long as they are healthy and happy.
 
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