im coming from a disordered eating background and i just started 811...
having a lot of difficulty with eating enough/how muh i feel is too much
and having fear of storing it as fat...
today for breakfast i had 3 peaches and 4 dates
lunch-almost half a watermelon and a whole canteloupe
an hour later i had another 3 dates and 2 mangos...
just feeling very "am i doing the right thing" and "is this going to make me gain weight"
You may gain weight within the first year considering you came from a disordered eating background, but please believe me when I tell you this is only TEMPORARY. As DR and Freelee have stated many times before there are no long term "large" 811ers, because it's just not possible. Eat all the juicy sweet fruit you care for. If it's tough to get in 2,500 calories, blend more of your meals and work up to it. Maybe 4 meals of 5 blended bananas. I would suggest you try mono-meals for a bit to make sure that nothing is bothering your digestion. I come from a background of drug/alcohol abuse in my teens and anorexia. I know that after 6 months on this lifestyle my digestive system is still healing and sorting itself out. So please bear with yourself and with the process because it can be slow.
I send you all the love and encouragement you need and hope that you stick to this lifestyle. If you want to chat more specifically about this please feel free to send me a personal message. I'd be glad to share my story and give you any tips that I can.
-Peace, love & fruit!
Everything looks pretty healthy so far. I personally feel great adding in some greens! Maybe you will agree, even if you have to "hide" them in a smoothie.
If you are worried about gaining weight, yes, remember that any time you change your diet or habits, you risk it...but, as Chantal said, it's generally going to be temporary.
Also just make sure you get your EXERCISE! It will make you feel better, help your moods, and keep your mind off of what you are hungry for and ON the fact that you are doing something great for your body!
Cronometer really helped me gauge how much I was taking in (or NOT taking in as the case often was). It is VERY important to make sure you are getting enough calories. I know most people recommend 2500 for women and 3000 for men as a base but I am pretty sure that when we start this lifestyle we need a lot more in order to help detox, fill the void of SAD foods, and halt cravings. This is my 16th day and I am taking in about 4000 calories now but I started out doing about 4500+. Cronometer was invaluable to me to gauge how many calories I was getting and how many it took for me to feel stable. I have read some of your posts and I wish you the absolute best! It is very hard to go from an "eat less" to an "eat more" mentality. Believe in the fruit! It can do you no harm! Best wishes!!
thank you everybody for the encouragement
It helps to understand that excess carb calories are burned thermogenically as body heat.
If you gain any weight initially it is not because you are eating too much, it is because your metabolism has not adjusted, or your digestion has not adjusted, your body is still healing, etc. Also sometimes it is because you are not eating enough (fat storage mode.)
An island helps. Banana island - 10 days. Fast track to 80-10-10 heaven.
I go to OA. OA is Overeater's Anonymous, but they are there to help people with all sorts of eating disorders.
The first step in OA is to recognize that your attempts to control your life and your eating have failed, and that you need help. The second step is to start to rely on a Higher Power, a personal Higher Power that you choose, for help and guidance. I was pretty skeptical about this, because I grew up in an abusive religious household and wanted nothing to do with religion! However, this is not about religion, it is about faith.
I can't tell you how important having a Higher Power has been to helping me recover. When I asked for help and guidance every day, I got it. When I honestly realized that my attempts at control were harming myself and asked to be shown what to do, then I started to get intuition about who to listen to, what to eat, how much to eat, etc. I also realized that my weight and my body's appearance is not as important as being helpful to others or living my dreams and my values.
It was only then that I could start to recover.
Best wishes on your journey.