Extreme hunger in recovery when we have struggled with a restrictive type of an eating disorder.
What that means is that we are eating what is on our meal plan and yet we are still really really hungry! Why? It can be so triggering and cause our ED voice to sneak back in and tell us that we can’t keep eating like this and that we will keep gaining weight. Don’t listen!
Truth is, that our hunger is based on how much damage was done to our body during our eating disorder. This has nothing to do with weight or type of eating disorder. This has everything to do with your body and what it has been put through. So listen to it, because it will tell you what it needs.
It is also very common to crave sugars, carbs, and fats when we are in recovery. This is okay because our body just needs easily processed energy to keep it going. It is working overtime and is going to need energy that is can get quickly. We obviously still need to have a well-rounded diet, but that’s why those cravings are there and it’s okay to listen to them.
Lastly, no you won’t keep gaining weight! Hooray! As crazy as it sounds, if we are eating when we are hungry and stopping when we are full we will only be giving our body what is needs. Wild huh? So you can trust it, HONEST! So do your best to listen to your body and give it what it asks for. Just make sure to check in and know whether that craving or want is coming from your body or your emotions.
Also, when we are under weight and are in recovery it is normal to regain most of our weight on our torso. That’s because all of our organs are there and our body is trying to keep all its energy close to where it needs to do most of its repairs. This weight will redistribute, we just have to be patient and give it time to heal.
I hope this helps! I know many people worry about listening to their body’s hunger and fullness cues. But trust me, they only tell you the truth! So listen up!! xoxo
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