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I forgot to add that I’ve been weight stable for about one year and most of my edema is gone as well.
Hi Cat. I’m 46.5 and I’ve been trying to recover for 3 years but I’ve actually been doing really well at it for just over two years so I figured I’d share my experience.
I recently realized that I probably have not overshot much but definitely if I have it is within the 10% described in the Minnesota starvation experiment. For the longest time I assumed I had overshot because I failed to consider the normal amount of weight gain that happens in adults between ages 20-60. Once I added 26 pounds to my weight *before I developed ED* I came up with a number very close to my current weight. I got the information about normal adult weight gain from the book What is Fat For? by Dr. Ignatius Brady. I think a lot of people forget about that factor and maybe assume they have overshot more than they actually have. My metabolism seems to be fine and although I’m a bit older than you i started trying to recover at your age. I hope that helps you some.
Yum Potato. That sounds delicious. I’m going to have to try your zucchini noodles. I’ve actually started enjoying more vegetables again lately.
You’re welcome Potato. I tried and tried eating gluten again but it didn’t work out in the end. I kept getting these very painful rashes and finally went to the dermatologist because the pain would wake me up at night and it was determined that I have dermatitis herpetiformis which is caused by gluten. I was sad that I had to go back to gluten free because I did that during ED but this time around it has been much better. I’ve found replacements for everything including ramen noodles believe it or not.
I understand we need to challenge ourselves and branch out in our eating but I honestly think I did more harm than good forcing myself to eat gluten when there were clear signs that it didn’t agree with me. I read on youreatopia that it can sometimes take the digestive system years to fully heal. I guess the only option is to find foods we tolerate well and be sure to keep eating.
I hope you enjoy those dishes with the zucchini noodles! Do you make them yourself from fresh zucchini?
Another filling dish I like is shepherd’s pie.