Rob, thanks for your reply, it’s really encouraging to read your words! It’s good to know that it’s pretty common to have this type of experience with refeeding. It’s been (and will continue to be I imagine!) a steep learning curve so far, and no day is the same. Some days I’m eating all around me and other days I have no interest in food at all and have to make myself eat!
When I had the stomach pains it had been almost 2 hours since my last meal, so not very long really. Last night I had to get back out of bed to eat (I had been reading so didn’t go to sleep right away) and then I had trouble falling asleep! Then this morning, a mere 6 hours later, I woke up feeling ravenous (but with a temp of 98.5 yay) and had to eat right away. I’ve been making sure to eat very regularly today and guess what? No afternoon slump at all.
I had a big meal of chilli beef and rice an hour ago and now I can feel rumblings again! I’m going to roll with this and see what happens. Just keep eating, just keep eating :)
j-lo, thanks for the reminder! I’ve been reading bits of YE about what to expect with refeeding, but hadn’t got to the part about extreme hunger yet :) I kind of assumed that was just about the very start when your brain goes mad for all the stuff you restricted before. I have been through that, then gone through the disinterest, and now I seem to be back at the “eat everything” bit again!
Thanks for the reassurance, I’ll just keep plodding on and hope that in time the belly & swelling will go down again. I feel like I have someone else’s body just now!