Ask the Dietitian Could It Be Normal to continually Experience Hunger

 

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What To Do If You NEVER Feel FULL! Plus Intuitive Eating With a Medical Condition (Like Celiac)

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6 Diet & Food Myths.. BUSTED! | UK Dietitian Nichola Whitehead

Video taken from the channel: Nichola Ludlam-Raine


That’s why it’s perfectly normal to feel hungry as soon as you start eating fewer calories to lose weight. Before you reheat those leftovers, let’s get to know what hunger really means. After all, it’s your body’s way of communicating with you. WHAT CAUSES YOU TO FEEL HUNGRY?Is It Normal to Always Feel Hungry? | Ask the Dietitian Hunger is your brain telling you that your body is low on the fuel it needs to keep moving — just like a car’s tank.

You may feel hungry frequently if your diet lacks protein, fiber, or fat, all of which promote fullness and reduce appetite. Extreme hunger is also a sign of inadequate sleep and chronic stress. I get asked what type of “diet” I eat, or believe in, almost every single day. I hate that word “diet”. Just because I’m a dietitian does not mean I’m a fan of a certain type of diets..

What I do believe in: mindful and intuitive eating.That is, being conscious about what you are eating and why and learning to listen in to what your body is feeling. READ MORE ASK THE DIETITIAN > Is It Normal to Always Feel Hungry? Tags ask the dietitian nutrition tips science-backed advice. About the Author.

Sidney Fry, MS, RD. Sidney is a two-time James Beard Award-winning food and nutrition writer, editor and mom based out of Birmingham, Alabama. A registered dietitian with a passion for research and.

Allowing Kids To Get Hungry Helps Cut Down On Picky Eating Part of the responsibility of feeding children has to do with allowing enough time, in between eating occasions, to allow a child to get hungry. Indeed, allowing a child to get hungry is a gift it makes food taste better, and it helps him become more willing to try new foods. You shouldn’t be starving, but you should feel a little stomach rumbling.

If you’re still not hungry five hours after the meal, try cutting back a little on your portions the next day. The goal is to establish a steady hunger/fullness pattern –you want to be hungry when you wake up, then mildly hungry every three to five hours after that. While there are many reasons why you may become hangry (hungry and angry) while trying to eat more plant-based, much of this can be attributed to not eating sufficient energy (ie. calories) and nutrients on a vegan or vegetarian diet. Top 10 ways you can deal with hunger. Continued.

7. Have some fat with your carbs but not too much! When we eat fat, a hormone called leptin is released from our fat cells. This is a good thing.

If you find yourself asking “Why am I always hungry?”, even after eating a meal, you could be experiencing leptin resistance. Effects of Leptin Resistance Someone with normal leptin function will not feel hunger after eating until it’s time for the next meal.

List of related literature:

It is much more common for people to experience their usual degree of hunger and usual intake even after a period of overeating.

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from Nutritional Foundations and Clinical Applications E-Book: A Nursing Approach
by Michele Grodner, Sylvia Escott-Stump, Suzanne Dorner
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Normal eating is being able to eat when you are hungry and continue eating until you are satisfied….

“Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders” by Patricia Fallon, Melanie A. Katzman, Susan C. Wooley
from Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders
by Patricia Fallon, Melanie A. Katzman, Susan C. Wooley
Guilford Publications, 1996

If you simply never feel like eating, common sense should tell you it’s not normal.

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from It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
by Dallas Hartwig, Melissa Hartwig
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This hungry feeling is a frequent concomitant of Psorinum complaints.

“Lectures on Clinical Materia Medica” by E. A. Farrington
from Lectures on Clinical Materia Medica
by E. A. Farrington
B Jain Publishers Pvt Limited, 1999

Appetite is normal.

“Clinical Veterinary Microbiology E-Book” by Bryan Markey, Finola Leonard, Marie Archambault, Ann Cullinane, Dores Maguire
from Clinical Veterinary Microbiology E-Book
by Bryan Markey, Finola Leonard, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

If patients seek advice about the quantity they should eat, and in particular • whether they should eat until they feel full, they should be told that their sensations of appetite, hunger, and fullness are all likely to be disturbed at present and should not be used as a guide as to what to eat.

“The Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Clinical Handbook” by Carlos M. Grilo, James E. Mitchell
from The Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Clinical Handbook
by Carlos M. Grilo, James E. Mitchell
Guilford Publications, 2009

Normal eating is overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable.

“Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook” by Nancy Clark
from Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook
by Nancy Clark
Human Kinetics, 2019

Some people gain weight; because fuel is not reaching tissues and organs efficiently, the body may crave more food than is normal, leading to overeating and weight gain.

“Diseases and Disorders” by Marshall Cavendish Corporation
from Diseases and Disorders
by Marshall Cavendish Corporation
Marshall Cavendish, 2007

The appetite is usually normal.

“Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants” by Murray Fowler, Susan K. Mikota
from Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants
by Murray Fowler, Susan K. Mikota
Wiley, 2006

When you first start eating keto, you may find that you’re overly hungry as your body adjusts.

“The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence” by Leanne Vogel
from The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence
by Leanne Vogel
Victory Belt Publishing, 2017

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  • @Nichola Whitehead Like the video! What uni did you study at to become an RD? Do you work in a clinical setting or something different, and what’s it like? Thanks!

  • This was the worst part for me when I went ip. I went in the first time & they just had me maintain and two weeks after I left I went back in and I had to gain weight that time. My 1st meal I cried because it was so much food & then they started me on ensure plus. The emotions/feelings I had when they were having me gain weight were horrible. I guess this is why I keep things a secret so I don’t have to do that again.

  • As for the “clean your plate” part… this is EXACTLY how I grew up, and I still struggle with it now. One of my most vivid memories is of my dad finishing off anything that was left. For example, say we had a pack of cookies and there were 3 left. He would say verbatim “these last 3 cookies look pretty lonely, I’m gonna finish them off.” Lol. It’s interesting how big of an impact small comments like this make. If I have children one day, I’m definitely making sure I don’t give them this mentality, because it’s really hard to recover from.

  • Please correct me if I’m wrong but I thought we needed a small amount of (naturally sourced) saturated fat. As for the breakfast thing, I’ve been trying to tell someone this at work. Her first bit of food is a yogurt at lunch then she says as soon as she’s home she can’t stop eating. She tries eating breakfast for a few days and says it’s not helping without giving it time to retrain her body/mind. It’s frustrating because she keeps calling herself fat (which she is far from fat) and wants to lose a few pounds but at 53 still insists of fads.

  • I loved this video, thanks for making it:)
    If I get tempted to “fridge pick” at night I go and brush my teeth and I find that helps. No point in snacking if you’ve just cleaned your teeth!

  • Hi Nicole. what do you think of the low gi diet? Is it good for weight loss? Could you pls do a video on low gi foods? Thanks for your educational videos, keep up the fantastic work.x

  • Great Video Nic!  I too love bread, but I currently refrain from having it, as my goal is body fat reduction, so I have reduced my carb % on certain days.  Bread in general is very high. I received my first Muslcfood order this week, but they omitted the Ezekiel cinnamon bread from my order, Im looking forward to trying this when it does arrive, I will build it into a training day!  As I have learned that a little of what you fancy keeps you motivated and allows for living a healthy lifestyle long term rather than total deprivation! xx By the way loved your Yoga/Alpro Video, you rocked those positions!!

  • Do you have tips for those on SSRIs which, increase Serotonin which increase hunger? I have been on my SSRI for a year and gained 30 pounds. I have been eating the same diet and even have been exercising regularly

  • Okay so this is something I used to struggle with on a daily basis, in fact by the second shall I say. Due to the fact of not being taken seriously by members of family, friends etc i’ve actually lost a considerable amount of weight and now classed as underweight again. I felt as if no one believed me when I was healthy and found it so so hard to want to recover because I felt as if I was already recovered as I was weight restored. It’s unfortunate that it’s lead me back to this but can you see where I’m coming from?

  • Thank you for this it’s really helpful x I have a question I have just found out I have pcos and want to lose weight could you give me any tips on what I can do to lose weight ie diet and exercise ️xx

  • I think this is true for me. I over ate my whole life to fill a void. At my core I always thought I’m underserving of joy and affection. I’m a musician and I was rejected from a gig because I didn’t really look the part. I was too fat. I lost weight after that. It was actually healthy weight loss. It took me two years and I lost 85lbs and I never restricted and I never over exercised. I mostly walked and did a little weight lifting. Then I was with a girl for two years who didn’t provide me with affection and when I expressed feelings she said that she was the man and I act like a woman. Men have feelings too and it hurt to be denied. I would like to be cuddled too. After the break up atypical anorexia assumed control. I restricted, over excised

  • Abbeyi am SO grateful you’ve made these videos, i have been watching you for a year now, and have just begun my own intuitive eating journey and i can’t get enough of your videos. it’s so informative, and has truly made a difference in my thoughts on food. keep up your incredible work:)

  • Abbey, the current pandemic is really straining my relationship with food. There’s an element of binge eating being triggered by stress. But also, I have gotten strangely food aggressive with other members of my family, started to get really upset by food waste (which leads to an intensification of the clean your plate mentality that I grew up with), and gotten angry when family members use nonparishable food out of the pantry instead of eating from the fridge. I think news of empty grocery stores and supply chain failures is really triggering for me, even though my family has a full pantry. I suspect that I am being particularly sensitive to these stressors because I have lived through food scarcity in the past, but I also suspect that many of your other viewers might be struggling to maintain a healthy relationship with food when faced with the current events. I don’t know if there’s a question buried in here so much as I wanted to flag this as something that might be on your viewers’ minds.

  • Gosh, this ‘clean plate’ mentality just drives me crazy. It was a rule when I was a kid. I understand that it came from place of care, but now I’m 22-year-old who’ve been working on eating habits and accepting my body for over ten years now. Although I made a huge progress with the second problem and now unconditionally love my body, I’m currently struggling with my hunger/ fullness signals. Such a small phrase, such a big effect��

  • What are some positive messages I can say when I know I’ve over eaten? The script in my head is that you were ‘bad at listening to your body’ ‘you should have slowed down’ now I need to eat less at my next meal so I don’t gain weight’ when really I’d like to just brush it off and move forward

  • Ohh I have a question, don’t know if you can help but worth a try. Is it normal to like not remember your childhood? I am 15, but I don’t really remember anything from like age 5-10. Thanks!
    -Kylie-

  • I’ve been trying IE for a long time bc of my mentality with the clean your plate issue. My parents were like plate soldiers handing out a plate of adult sized portions throughout my whole childhood and I was forced to stuff myself no matter what. I now put less than I think I want/need for any meal, knowing if I’m still hungry I can go back for a second plate which a lot of times I don’t. But if don’t put less on the plate I find myself overeating bc my plate still has food and I don’t want to waste it. This is a LONG process but it’s well worth the time and effort. As a mom I give small portions to my kids (using the hand method to portion out sizes for them and myself) and I never tell them their plate has to be finished but only that they’re full. Kids naturally eat smaller meals more often throughout the day and I make sure to work with that. LOVE your videos!!

  • Can you make a video about nutrition for those who observe fasting during Ramadan where people fast from dawn to sunset. Thanks I appreciate it.

  • hi abbey! I’m a bit late to this video since I only just found you but I love the way that you look at food, it actually used to be how I used to eat until I crumbled to the pressure of diet culture. I’m trying to allow myself to eat intuitively again, but I’m finding it a bit difficult. I’m not particularly hungry but I have a severe lack of energy, feeling tired while even going about the house, does this mean that I need to eat and refuel? Even after I eat, I only have energy for the next hour or so before becoming tired again, is this normal?

  • Hello Abbey. On the topic of no distractions I have a question: What if I feel more comfortable eating when I am watching my favourite show? For me, eating while watching something I like, makes me feel more positive about the meal. I have real problems to sit down and eat without anything else. For instance, I work at a restaurant and barely ever eat there before work, because it’s literally just sitting at a table by myself, eating. I don’t enjoy that at all and often choose to not eat in situations like that and wait until I’m at home, comfortably in front of the TV. Is that okay?

  • Great video Kati!!!

    But..I have a question that’s totally unrelated…

    What’s the difference between social anxiety and feeling anxiety in social situations like eating in front of people, talking in class, eye contact…?

  • You reminded me of that old Weight Watchers proverb I heard in the 1980s: Tell the food pusher “Would you please find another way, without food, to show your affection and love for me?”

  • Hi abbey, I feel like my two ways of thinking of eating are either 1. Eat intuitively and everything in moderation, or 2. Eat however much I want of something as long as it’s healthy (roasted veggies, grilled chicken, zero points items on WW). Is one better than the other or should I strive for somewhere in between? I feel like 1 is the “eat to live” and 2. Is the “live to eat” mentality. But overall I’m thinking the most sustainable lifestyle is option 1

  • Growing up with 3 older brothers it was always who eats the fastest that gets the best food and the most cookies on the plate
    I notice that I eat wayyyy faster than all of my friends and I am already getting better at actually chewing the food. But often I still overeat because I eat so fast and 1 hour later I feel sick or just uncomfortably full:(
    I hope this video will help me!
    Thank you for sharing your advice☺

  • I grew up on the ‘finish your plate’ mentality and to make matters worse i am a fast eater. It is really difficult for me to know when I’m satiated during eating because of this. I am also interested as to whether you suggest eating the food on the plate together, I tend to eat bits separately, focussing on meat first (as i have a protein goal), veggies next and carbs last. Is it better to eat a little piece of each at a time to stop myself from finishing off the whole plate even if im not hungry?

  • I had this problem for a month after changing my eating routine because of an intership. What helped me was looking for food which made me full in general. Then I ate the food really slow. Like eating one spoon in 20 secs and chew every spoonful really long. Also I went back to my normal eating routine and when I got hungry, I just first drank and looked 10 minutes after if i was still that hungry. Now I’m back to my normal eating!

  • I eat fast so therefore I eat too much im trying to eat slower and trying to use a smaller plate, I’m trying to change my old habits

  • I always forced myself to eat my entire plate partially cause of my parents and mostly cause of family members that would visit and my middle eastern family does NOT like wasting food. Now this has sadly gotten me into a mindset of genuinely feeling like a piece of shit if I don’t eat every piece of food on the plate, which ends up with me getting EXTREME stomach aches, constipation, bad energy and mood etc.

    And it’s really frustrating to then in the past few years see my sister side eyeing me for eating so much because she managed to lose weight even though she knows I have binge ED and body dysmorphia and PCOS AND fibromyalgia which makes working out harder, and my mom who shames me when I say I’m hungry when I just ate. It’s not fun too already be negative about your own body, the way you eat, how much you eat and forcing yourself to empty a plate, something you learned from your family, and then suddenly get shamed by your family for doing the exact thing they taught you whilst simultaneously having an ED.

    I’ve tried intermittent fasting which did help me stop my binging for a short while, but I was always low energy and noticed I’d either starve myself or I’d binge in those few hours. Then I quit and had a good diet for a few weeks until I started binging again, then felt bad and starved myself with literally 4 boiled eggs in 1 day and cried myself to sleep cause my stomach was in so much pain and then binged for months on end again. This time intermitten fasting does not help and tends to actually make me binge more because I end up not eating enough throughout the day and then in the middle of the night grabbing a huge bag of chips and starting my binge.

    I’m really glad I found your channel and I think this might be a better solution for me, listening to my body. I’ve already started making changes in the past 3 months which includes removing dairy and as much gluten and possible as I realized it caused me inflammation in my stomach and focusing more on omega-3’s which also helped a lot, I’m also getting used to making healthier snack choices, but these videos are helping a lot! Thank you for all this information and I’m excited to slowly but hopefully get better:) I’ve also been started to count calories again, but instead of counting it to lose weight I’ve been counting calories of dishes I really enjoy to make sure I eat ENOUGH in a day! I really hope this will help me in the long run and help me get a healthier mindset with food knowing I also ate enough

  • Abbey! Sorry for the rude question. I want to thank you as much as possible for the amazing job you do! If I buy something from Amazon through your link, do I get to “send” you royalties somehow?

  • When I let myself eat, I get extreme hunger. I’m so worried about letting it happen though, and trusting it, as I used to be obese my whole life until I started fasting and restricting. I only stopped being obese due to not eating… I dont want to get obese again

  • I’ve been getting serious about my recovery with my ED. And omg i thank god i have found your videos. You’ve helped me so much❤❤ Thank you!

  • what about when you can’t stop thinking of food. food is ALWAYS on my mind. i can be hungry or full and all i can think of is food. what is with that. i havent been dieting. but i have lived a diet mentally and that changed once i gave birth to my son. and i stopped thinking of food. but after about a year. my mind is back on the obsessed by food thinkig train. and im gaining weight and its all falling apart!

  • This is exactly why I stopped the whole “5 small meals a day” it would always leave me feeling unsatisfied and obsessively thinking about my next meal which ultimately led to binging. Now I eat one large meal a day which meets all my macros, nutrients and calories and I feel better than ever!

  • Ive struggles with an ed on and off since I was a teenager, as a result I can go a really long time not feeling hungry and other times I will feel hungry ALL the time. The only way I’ve been able to deal with this is by eating at certain times and make sure I’m eating enough meals/snacks and trying to stick to what I learned in ed treatment! I feel like I won’t be able to eat intuitively until I fully recover (I’ve only ever been in partial recovery).

  • I’ve been having trouble with this lately and thought you might have some advice for me.

    The problem occurs when I sit down to a meal and finish my plate but still feel slightly hungry. I’ll sit there for a while trying to figure out if I’m actually still hungry. Often times I don’t feel sharply hungry, as I did when I started the meal, but I don’t notice a clear fullness signal either. I’ve finished the food that I prepared so I spend the next 30 minutes to an hour getting small bits of food from the cupboard to try and reach the feeling of “last bite threshold” (which I am familiar with and usually pretty good at identifying). I eat a little bit, wait, don’t feel anything and so get a little bit more. This continues and sometimes I get frustrated because the fullness feeling just isn’t coming and I’m running out of things to eat. Does anyone else experience this? Any advice?

  • Mrs.Sharp,
    I am a male who has a large appetite and never really struggled with weight until after college. I then gained 80 pounds. I try to eat a nutritious diet filled with a good deal of fiber and protein to help with satiety. I also try to follow the principle of eating low calorie dense foods to hep with satiety. The problem I am running into is that I am both rarely full and rarely satisfied. I can easily eat 4-6 pounds of food in a sitting and an hour later be ready to eat again. I have tried a wide variety of dietary changes and just am having an incredibly difficult time controlling calorie intake. Have you run into someone like this before? Thank you!

  • We must remember that snacking is an activity that can be done with anything edible. If you eat one granola bar between breakfast and lunch, that’s a snack. If you eat a length of celery with peanut butter smeared on top an hour after breakfast, that’s a snack. If you eat a single peeled hardboiled egg at ten pm that is a snack.
    Snacking does not have to involve consuming products from the Frito-Lay company.

  • You reminded me of that old Weight Watchers proverb I heard in the 1980s: Tell the food pusher “Would you please find another way, without food, to show your affection and love for me?”

  • Watched this while eating a huge bowl of vegetable broth. Zero attention, 100 percent air food. Wow I have a lot to work on ����‍♀️

  • I grew up intuitive eating family and I never thought much about it, you eat when hungry, you don’t eat when full. However my adult life was quickly crazy (children, stress, long hours as a waitress) and I fell into a cycle of being too busy to eat well or at all for years. Now I find myself super full very easily but I almost never feel hungry. I am known for forgetting to eat and my loved ones know to check in on my food intake if I’m irritable. Is there a way to adapt this to usually feeling full or cueing into hunger signs?

  • Can you make a video about these few questions?

    If your doctors see cuts, or burns, or scars on your body, and you tell them to not tell your parents or anyone else, and they say they have to. If you tell them you would kill your self if they told anyone, what would happen?

    How can you reduce depression?

    How do you reduce anxiety, or overthinking?

    and lastly, How can you stop suicidal thoughts? 

  • I put myself inpatient at a psych ward for my ED and depression, and I’m at what you would call a “normal weight.”
    I used to be overweight, and I dropped a lot in matter of a few months.
    I am still in patient (but home for the weekend), I am still working with it.
    I decided to get help because before it could really take a big toll on my physical health, it took a huge mega toll on my mental health.
    You don’t have to be severely underweight to get help, I promise you. You don’t have to hit rock bottom to get help. I miss feeling better, I miss feeling good, I want that back. I don’t have it yet, but I want it back.

  • But Abbey, have you considered cultural influences towards finishing your plate? If I don’t finish my dinner, my mom would actually slap me upside the head! This goes for all Asian parents. In the culture, it is incredibly disrespectful don’t to finish your dinner.

  • I have celiac but I have the opposite problem! I always feel full and bloated and have to force myself to eat most of the time. ��

  • Hey Abbey! I’ve been trying to move into intuitive eating as by inspired by you! However, when allowing myself all the foods I find that I’m eating anything sweet and so much that I feel so sick that I can’t move, how do I find a balance to not restrict these foods but also not go overboard? Thanks!

  • Hello Abby! I have been struggling with feeling my hunger. I’m recovering of an ED and it seems like my body is never satisfied. Sometimes I eat until my body feels sick and I have compulsion. Do you have any tips? Could you make a video more specific about this topic?:)

  • Thankyou for this. I changed a lot and this explains why, as my partner and I moved in together I noticied how he eats and his healthier habits and taken them on myself and lost a fair bit of weight this way.

  • What are some positive messages I can say when I know I’ve over eaten? The script in my head is that you were ‘bad at listening to your body’ ‘you should have slowed down’ now I need to eat less at my next meal so I don’t gain weight’ when really I’d like to just brush it off and move forward

  • Please could you review Autumn Bates. Her videos are backed by science but the diet she recommends seems very restrictive and not flexible. She supports low carb and IF saying you should not eat grains such as brown rice and oatmeal. Her diet advice focuses a lot of “fat burning” and getting rid of belly fat. I feel as though her approach could be quite restrictive to a lot of people, and the diet plan she advises doesn’t seem as though it would be very easy to stick with long term.

  • Hi Abbey, before I started eating intuitively I was trying to lose weight. My dietitian told me to avoid carbs at dinnertime, because it would help me to lower my fat%. After a couple of months, I decided that the way I was eating, wasn’t the way I wanted to eat for the rest of my life. I wanted to be free from those diet-rules and being able to eat whatever I felt like. So now I’ve been trying to eat intuitively. Most of the time it works really well, but there are days that I feel bad about myself because I am not losing the weight as quickly as I was before. I know my body is not at it’s setpoint-range and I will probably lose some weight over time. By eating intuitively it will take some time for my body to lose the extra weight, but I know that I am doing it at a healthy pace. Do you have any tips on how I can try to overcome those bad days and still continu my intuitive eating without feeling guilty?

  • Can you please review the What I eat in a day of Annie Jaffrey? It seems she follows a plant based diet predominantly but occassionally she eats eggs and fish. <3 Also she has over 800k subscribers and has been on Youtube for quite a long time and I bet it would be really interesting for us to see your point of view on her eating habits.:) <3

  • what about when you can’t stop thinking of food. food is ALWAYS on my mind. i can be hungry or full and all i can think of is food. what is with that. i havent been dieting. but i have lived a diet mentally and that changed once i gave birth to my son. and i stopped thinking of food. but after about a year. my mind is back on the obsessed by food thinkig train. and im gaining weight and its all falling apart!

  • Hi Abbey! I have recently started binging on your videos (hello unhealthy binge habits!��) Could you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do a video on vitamins/minerals/fats/ necessary for those of us with a B12 Deficiency or autoimmune disease? I have had a B12 deficiency for 10 years since some trauma in my early 20s. I have to inject every few days. My four older sisters, my mother, and so far 3 of my Nieces also have it and one of my nephews is borderline. We cook from scratch mainly, try to get good fats and protein and carbs into meals, and I try to limit sugar but I do eat it! I’m always unsure of what I can do for my energy levels as I tend to constantly crave sugar due to low energy even though I’ve eaten. So a video on things that are needed most with a B12 deficiency would be great (I don’t mean adding red meat and foods with B12 in of course as I don’t absorb them properly!) �� xx

  • I want to try this but it’s honestly so scary to me. I’ve been cutting calories on and off since I was 11 years old. I haven’t been overweight one day in my life yet I was called fat for years and years and it has completely messed me up.

  • Thanks Abby as always! I’m reading the book along with your videos. I keep missing out on my fullness cues even when consciously eating but hope I learn when to stop through the process. As you said, it is a long-term journey! Love and thanks from South Korea♥️

  • Hi Abbey! I just watched this video and at the end this youtuber mentioned you. It’s about tiktok and these pro anorexia videos.
    https://youtu.be/MaJZeTOwJI4

  • Recommendations for after dinner snacks? I usually eat an apple with cinnamon and peppermint tea, but variety is the spice of life!

  • I have misophonia, and when my husband and I are watching TV in the evening, I end up eating chips if he’s snacking because it drowns out the sound of his eating. If I don’t, I end up getting really angry and frustrated because of the increased anxiety. The more stressed I am, the harder it is to deal with. Any thoughts on that?

  • Hi abbey, I feel like my two ways of thinking of eating are either 1. Eat intuitively and everything in moderation, or 2. Eat however much I want of something as long as it’s healthy (roasted veggies, grilled chicken, zero points items on WW). Is one better than the other or should I strive for somewhere in between? I feel like 1 is the “eat to live” and 2. Is the “live to eat” mentality. But overall I’m thinking the most sustainable lifestyle is option 1

  • Thank you so much for making this video. I’ve been dealing with bulimia for many years now and went to treatment for it was told all about mindfulness when eating but then I deal with the anxiety of having food in my stomach. I also love all food. So right now I feel almost hopeless that I can never get over this. I also have very strict rules on what time to eat. Everything is just very overwhelming and unknown for me. I start off the day with a very nutritious meal that I try to eat mindfully but then as the day goes on I get so hungry it’s uncomfortable and I end up losing control. I am so fearful of recovery but your video wants me to give another it shot and very good advice here in your video. Anyways thank you!!

  • I don’t restrict any foods but I track everything, almost all days (exception obvious blow out days like holidays). I want to start intuitive eating but find my tracking app is hard to get away from before lunch if I haven’t yet logged anything. I have fitness goals so like to hit at least a certain amount of protein. I also know that Fat is important for hormones and nutrition absorption but for me is easy to over do, Is there a way to slowly introduce intuitive eating without going cold turkey with tracking yet also keeping some control on macro intake?

  • Thank you so much for this. Currently my dietician (Ontario) has me doing mechanical eating (myriad of health reasons and disordered eating tendencies) with intuitive eating being the goal. I still find these videos inspiring and when you mentioned how this is a journey, I found that so liberating. Like most things, I want immediate results, but I’m learning how patient consistency is how i’ll get there. Also, I could cry in gratitude at how you call-out diet culture. At one point I was AFRAID of oil as all the “healthy” thin people spoke as if it poison. Keep fighting the good fight. For every diet culture promoter criticizing you, there are more people like me, a mom of three who is finally breaking free of unhealthy mindsets. You as well as my dietician have changed my life. Thank you ❤️������

  • Great video. This may sound strange and totally off topic, but would you ever consider doing a beauty video? LOL your eyebrows are to die for. <3

  • Thank you! I know all these principles but with the quarantine I’ve been really struggling to remember them as food quickly becomes an activity

  • Hi Abbey, before I started eating intuitively I was trying to lose weight. My dietitian told me to avoid carbs at dinnertime, because it would help me to lower my fat%. After a couple of months, I decided that the way I was eating, wasn’t the way I wanted to eat for the rest of my life. I wanted to be free from those diet-rules and being able to eat whatever I felt like. So now I’ve been trying to eat intuitively. Most of the time it works really well, but there are days that I feel bad about myself because I am not losing the weight as quickly as I was before. I know my body is not at it’s setpoint-range and I will probably lose some weight over time. By eating intuitively it will take some time for my body to lose the extra weight, but I know that I am doing it at a healthy pace. Do you have any tips on how I can try to overcome those bad days and still continu my intuitive eating without feeling guilty?

  • What do i do as I ALWAYS feel full with functional dyspepsia. It stuffs up everything and makes me feel and that It’s hard to eat normally like I want to. I don’t need much food. Sometimes just snacking small serves can fill me up. Even eating air foods fill me up for hours sometimes. Its ridiculous and I don’t know what to do anymore. Its impossible to e ast 3 solid meals a day with snacks. No Way. I would blow up inside it feels.
    Any tips tricks or ideas. At witts end and it’s always worst after Crohns flare.
    I have to skip meals in order to feel hungry at dinner. Its not normal. Then I worry about calories and feels like vicious cycle. And I refuse anymore ensure plus after 2.5 yrs for calories. Over it. In a way it’s enough to create appearancd of some kind of eating problems when really it’s because I am FULL. If I eat a normal serve of food at dinner (air food) I can still be full y hrs later when I go to bed. Its not normal. Then sometimes the constipation from new food trials fills me up. The bloating feeling from it. Am sooooooo over it. Its ridiculous. If it’s not functional dyspepsia, functional oesophaguel pain then it’s Ibs. Just no winning. I can’t seem to get off the ra t race spinng my wheels. Sick of food intolerance etc. Just want toneat normal sith NO consequences like I use to before my Crohns flare 3 years ago. Had enough

  • “The more frequently you eat, the less hungry you end up being” and you mentioned blood sugar levels. Have you sources or studies to that?

    I heard that it’s very stressfull for the body to deal with constantly high sugar blood levels and it highly increases your chances of becoming insulin resistent and developing diabetes 2.

    Please, could you do a video on that?

  • Hey Abby I just watched “Too fat to toddle (child obesity documentary)” on youtube. I would love to hear your opinion on this. I think it’s an issue that lots of people are torn on but is important to address.

  • Yes, that makes so much sense. Thank you for your speedy reply:) I’m very glad I found your channel too! I’m seeing a counselor right now; I think I’ll express things I’ve started to consider after watching this video. One more question to ask you that I’ll also ask my counselor.
    Sometimes in the moment of a binge it’s really hard to stop and think: I should color, or call a friend. I feel fast paced. How do I keep myself accountable if Im embarrassed to share my problems with friends/family?

  • Thank you so much for this. Currently my dietician (Ontario) has me doing mechanical eating (myriad of health reasons and disordered eating tendencies) with intuitive eating being the goal. I still find these videos inspiring and when you mentioned how this is a journey, I found that so liberating. Like most things, I want immediate results, but I’m learning how patient consistency is how i’ll get there. Also, I could cry in gratitude at how you call-out diet culture. At one point I was AFRAID of oil as all the “healthy” thin people spoke as if it poison. Keep fighting the good fight. For every diet culture promoter criticizing you, there are more people like me, a mom of three who is finally breaking free of unhealthy mindsets. You as well as my dietician have changed my life. Thank you ❤️������

  • The problem I have is that I am well aware that I’m full…even really full…but I want more because it’s more of a craving than hunger. Eating is such a pleasure for me that I don’t want that pleasure to end. I can eat until I feel like throwing up. I don’t like getting to that point, and don’t often, but I can do it. I eat only healthy foods (never junk food) I just probably eat too much. I’m not overweight, because I can go days eating a perfect number of calories and very healthy like I said, but sometimes I really want peanut butter or something which isn’t unhealthy, but I’ll eat half a jar in one sitting. Then I feel sick and guilty.

  • Eating is so complex. I really try to eat intuitively but there are two major factors that I find difficult. EconomicallyI was raised to never waste food as money was always tight growing up and we couldn’t afford to waste anything, including food so eating was focused on making sure we ate the best nutritional meals we could afford, rather than what we wanted to have that day. Next I have recently found that some foods have great benefits to my health while others cause me pain, but sometimes I want that bread even if I know its going to give me a stomach ache I crave it because it’s comfort food for me. And my healthy plan (doc recommended) is actually really calorific but I feel better and weigh less when I stick to it so it clearly is what my body needs but the psychological stuff with eating is hard to translate into intuitive eating. I feel like these days I always crave the foods that make me sick and that I still have some of that wastefulness guilt associated with my consumptionmeal times are a lot of emotions for me.

  • Hi Abbey could you review “Nutrition by Victoria”.. What she’s preaching is kind of scary.. specifically I think you might find these two videos interesting/crazy. https://youtu.be/TfNJI9YEA0E & https://youtu.be/-4aHT8nXfHA.

    I feel like her videos are dangerous.. would love to hear a REAL nutritionists feed back. thanks.

  • One of the things that I have done over the years to prevent over eating or binge eating is refraining from purchasing certain foods at all at the grocery store that I know I tend to crave and overeat… How would you suggest trying to incorporate intuitive eating principles given this coping mechanism?

  • I’m currently at a (doctor agreed) ” healthy weight” and looked into seeing a dietitian when I started slipping in my recovery, but found out my insurance won’t cover a dietitian until I develop obesity or diabetes:(

  • Abbey, the current pandemic is really straining my relationship with food. There’s an element of binge eating being triggered by stress. But also, I have gotten strangely food aggressive with other members of my family, started to get really upset by food waste (which leads to an intensification of the clean your plate mentality that I grew up with), and gotten angry when family members use nonparishable food out of the pantry instead of eating from the fridge. I think news of empty grocery stores and supply chain failures is really triggering for me, even though my family has a full pantry. I suspect that I am being particularly sensitive to these stressors because I have lived through food scarcity in the past, but I also suspect that many of your other viewers might be struggling to maintain a healthy relationship with food when faced with the current events. I don’t know if there’s a question buried in here so much as I wanted to flag this as something that might be on your viewers’ minds.

  • Eating is so complex. I really try to eat intuitively but there are two major factors that I find difficult. EconomicallyI was raised to never waste food as money was always tight growing up and we couldn’t afford to waste anything, including food so eating was focused on making sure we ate the best nutritional meals we could afford, rather than what we wanted to have that day. Next I have recently found that some foods have great benefits to my health while others cause me pain, but sometimes I want that bread even if I know its going to give me a stomach ache I crave it because it’s comfort food for me. And my healthy plan (doc recommended) is actually really calorific but I feel better and weigh less when I stick to it so it clearly is what my body needs but the psychological stuff with eating is hard to translate into intuitive eating. I feel like these days I always crave the foods that make me sick and that I still have some of that wastefulness guilt associated with my consumptionmeal times are a lot of emotions for me.

  • When I get weight restored do I need to eat the same amount? I liked my meal plan but I’m worried if I keep eating it I’ll gain weight

  • I’m really sick again I’m scared to go back into recovery because I just got out of a center I can’t stand up for long amounts of time

  • Since my Ed started I went from 40kg to 29kg and while I was in recovery I was maintaining under 40kg for some reason. But then I decided to restrict and exercise again, instead of loosing weight I started GAINING. It’s been 1 year I’m still restricting and more fat then when I started, so I can’t recovery cause I’ll gain even more.

  • Is over exercising and weighing/ counting calories eating disorder behaviour? I workout for at least an hour after I eat, weigh everything and count my calories constantly but I look normal so I’m kind of confused

  • Such an important topic. I’m a small YouTuber posting videos about ed recovery when weight restored, including what I eat in a day videos, I’d love it if you’d check me out

  • my parents and doctors under absolutely no circumstances can know about my eating disorder (just trust me on this. i know them all very well and none of them would treat it the way it needs to be treated) but i really really wanna recover. my metabolism is wrecked but my doctor says i’m at a healthy weight for my age and height (4’10 and 104lb) so how do i heal my metabolism and get it back to normal?

  • ik this video is old but i need to put this out there
    to all those ignorant people:
    having an ed is not about being skinny, or being too fat.
    it has nothing to do with weight.
    an eating disorder is a mindset.
    an eating disorder is having an unhealthy relationship with food.
    an eating disorder is counting calories with every food you eat, even if you eat a healthy amount.
    an eating disorder is hating yourself every time you eat, even if you eat a good amount, not too much and not too little.
    an eating disorder is not about how skinny or how fat you are. you can still have a disorder and be normal weight
    as a victim of anorexia in recovery, i feel this is so important to put out there, not only for people who don’t eat enough or overeat, but for people who have an eating disorder, but either don’t believe they have one due to their weight being healthy or too much. it’s never too late to get help.

  • I’m just hoping you answer this cause im desperate and sad and ive been searching your videos but there’s a ton and i cant seem to find anything to relate.
    HOW DO YOU COPE WITH YOU THERAPY COMING TO AN END? i have my last session this week and im devastated. please help me or someone 

  • I’ve been trying IE for a long time bc of my mentality with the clean your plate issue. My parents were like plate soldiers handing out a plate of adult sized portions throughout my whole childhood and I was forced to stuff myself no matter what. I now put less than I think I want/need for any meal, knowing if I’m still hungry I can go back for a second plate which a lot of times I don’t. But if don’t put less on the plate I find myself overeating bc my plate still has food and I don’t want to waste it. This is a LONG process but it’s well worth the time and effort. As a mom I give small portions to my kids (using the hand method to portion out sizes for them and myself) and I never tell them their plate has to be finished but only that they’re full. Kids naturally eat smaller meals more often throughout the day and I make sure to work with that. LOVE your videos!!

  • Its awful how treatment centers dont take someone who is not underweight serious. I have 2 wait 9 months before i can go ip even tho i purge blood daily and my heart is struggling. I am borderline underweight so its not a big problem 2 them… a friend of mine has 2 go ip in the same center 4 anorexia and only weights 4 kg less than me. And i have 2 weight 7 months longer than she? This is not fair!

  • For CAMHS I literally saw the diatiecan once and they only care about my target weight no bone mass or anything like that they only care what weight you are for you bmi I went down by a few pounds and everyone went Ballistic! Like o felt like I was happier slightly under my target than over my target I was happy being a few pounds under all I’m going to do is hit That weight and maintain for a bit then they let me go and didn’t give me a therapist for my anorexia! And didn’t give a crap about my depressions and how it caused my ED! And said it was some normal teenage low mood! And that it was just hormones that has caused all of this that’s why I did a reckless thing! My mum loves them as they basically just force feeding me I’m never getting referred to CAMHS again they made me feel so invalidated!! And just care about my weight even though they don’t say that and just make excuses! I only want to put on weight so I can get out of their!!! For me recovery is not just putting on just over a stone like I had to it’s having a healthy weight AND relationship with food and trying v hard everyday to fight I’m not sure about America but that’s how it is in the uk

  • I was normal weight throughout my eating disorder and even in recovery but I still ate A LOT of food. I came from bulimia so my body was just deprived. And I just responded to my body, nothing bad happened! And now I am free!:) thanks, Kati, love your videos about recovery!

  • I know this an old video but I have a question I hope someone can help with. First I live in the UK. I have a history of anorexia and am at the start of my second relapse. I’ve been to my GP to try get eating disorder help and the response I got was that unless I get to a bmi of 15 or lower the NHS eating disorder team can not work with me. This seems crazy! I’ve been at that low weight twice before…. I know what is happening and where it is going to lead but nobody will help until I actually get ill. I’m losing weight but because my bmi is still normal the eating disorder team won’t even see me. I’m falling apart. Can anyone at all who understands the way things work in the UK give me any advice on how I can across help? Thanks

  • I know this is an old video but I just want to say you’re videos are really helping me understand my issues. I’m due to see an eating disorder dietitian tomorrow and I’m scared they are going to say I’m wasting their time because when I was referred to them I was underweight but last week the nurse said my bmi just hit “normal”. it’s like my body is recovering but my thoughts around food are still entrenched in my eating disorder

  • Watching your videos have given me the courage to go see someone about my eating disorder. I’ve only seen my therapist once, but I feel that I have chosen the right path. I guess recovery will be worth it.

  • Hi @*****  What should we do if we’ve been struggling with EDNOS and have opened up to our doctor about it but not much has been done to help us (because we’re at a heathy/normal weight etc.) In my experience, I had started trying to recover on my own for quite a while before I was able to get in to see my doctor and as a result I had been able to normalize my weight and most of my blood work, but since physically I appeared pretty healthy the only advice I was given was to keep trying to increase my intake. Now I feel kind of uncomfortable discussing it with my doctor because I feel like she doesn’t believe that I have an ED. Thank you so much for all of your help! I love all of your videos, tweets, etc.! xxx

  • i live in a 16hr residential program and my roommate knows im in treatment for anorexia and she always is saying i need more calories or how i need to eat and i feel very frustrated by it because it becomes triggering when she talks about food that way. ive been under more stress and my meal plan has become a struggle ive finally found a way to get breakfast in but i still struggle with my  dinner… is it really her place to say things like that to me? how do i handle it?

  • If avoiding gluten is necessary for good health, does that mean the popular vegan food seitan isn’t good for health? A lot of vegans recommend it if you’re trying to get more protein since gluten is literally wheat protein.

  • i have a problem with not being able to identify hunger cues.. im recovering from an ed so that obviously plays a big role in this, but it just seems like i’ll never be able to follow the intuitive part of my body. i always feel an emptiness in my stomach, whether it’s before, during, or after a meal, and my stomach doesn’t rly make hunger noises unless i’ve been awake for like an hour without eating. so ig what ima trying to ask is what do hunger/fullness/satisfaction cues feel like? and how can u identify them and start to get in touch w them?

  • I apologise for my previous comment, I should never have posted it, I realise it could be triggering. I am soo sorry if it upset you.

  • Kati Morton
    Nice job on this video.
    When do you find the time to make all of your videos, study for your MFT exam, post comments, write workbooks, and keep your marriage going? Please tell me.
    One last thing, when do you eat and sleep?
    With all the things you do, do you sleep and eat.

  • I wish I had seen this earlier. I’ve been in recovery since December 2018 and learned so so much from this. I’m experiencing this now and I think it’s because of quarantine my body is taking that opportunity to really get to the end of recover. Quarantine has done me wonders for recovery. I’ve gained fat but also muscle. It’s scary but I’m so much more healthy. It’s weird though because I still restrict treats like cookies but I’m eating more and I’m especially eating cheese and other fear foods I had.

  • Kati FAQ: hello kati my question is how do u tell a counsellor you selfharm because my parents know and it would like to bring it up to her and I’ve been to her 3 times since I’ve thought about telling her and I can’t do it I just can’t tell her it’s so hard I find it hard talking anyway that’s why I have to see her but telling her this how can I tell her because I’m finding it hard and I think it would be best if she knew

  • Hi Kati, could you please do a video about a overweight person with an ED? some people dont get that you can have an ED even if youre overweight. love your videos:)

  • I have been watching you for so long and you help me thro alooot but right now I think im at my worst. A really close friend to me has an ed and you know how that hurts especially to see you friend or almost sister struggle and don’t eat much and a few of days ago I found out that my other best friend has an ed too which really devastated me because now I feel like I have no power and such a terrible friend for not being able to help both of them and to top this all I myself have an eating disorder and I was diagnosed with anorexia nervousa and im hidding it from them and it’s just too much pressure I feel this constant need to fix them both when I myself is broken and it is so triggering to my ed to have to deal with this. I sometimes feel like such a lair and a total bitch for trying make them recover when I myself is in deep shit. 
    WHAT DO U THINK I SHOULD DO   
    please please kati i need help

  • It is just so very hard to shake the feeling of “I’m not a certain weight/shape/size, therefore I can’t get help”. Which actually is often times the case (sadly) in the UK with the NHS. I was struggling mentally and my doctor refused to give me any help because my BMI was healthy despite a recent history if anorexia.  Two months later I went back because of a bad foot and was whisked straight into the eating disorder service, despite the fact that I was doing really well mentally with my new (private) therapist.  It’s a shame that the medical system focusing on weight gets in the way of us getting treatment.  
    Having said that I don’t want to put anyone off getting help.  I have shared my experience but it is only mine with one doctor.  Always get help, no matter what. You’re worth it break through the stigma.
    Thanks for an excellent and encouraging video Kati xx

  • #katiFAQ
    Hi Kati I had a question
    What are some ideas somebody can do to get out of a flash back if the 5 senses aren’t working?

  • I’m just hoping you answer this cause im desperate and sad and ive been searching your videos but there’s a ton and i cant seem to find anything to relate.
    HOW DO YOU COPE WITH YOU THERAPY COMING TO AN END? i have my last session this week and im devastated. please help me or someone 

  • I am in the healthy range and my head is just as messed up as before. This is hard work. I feel I’m wasting my dieticians time now that I am at this weight.

  • Kati,
    Is there a way for you to make a video about flash backs and PTSD? I’ve seen your videos about PTSD, but I need a little more info Of how to come back to reality if the 5 Senses don’t work.
    Also can you do a video about EMDR?

  • YOU DID THIS!!!!:D Made my day(and I’m sick so its very s***y) but  this helped! oh my gosh I’m so happy you touched on this topic! Quick question: my “healthy weight” was a certain number from my doctor and then a different number from my nutritionist and there isnt a BIG gap between it but somewhat so I’m confused who I listen to?! (Only saw the nutritionist once tho….)

  • Hey Abbey! I never comment on stuff but I recently found your channel and have started binging your videos during quarantine:) I love your positive attitude and the respect you have for other influencers you review on this platform. You come from a professional standpoint and seem like you truly care and want to help rather than bash people. That makes me happy:) I have been struggling with eating especially now with quarantine beginning and have enjoyed the educational aspect of your videos. I have realized that I am so focused on calories and weight that I haven’t been eating a balanced diet. I find myself either nauseous/ not hungry or super snacky/not able to be satisfied. It mostly leans on the “can’t eat enough” side of things but you’ve taught me tricks to get the right things in my body even if I’m struggling to get things down. Or if I super hungry that day and want to eat the whole pantry, how to satisfy cravings, and fill up while being well rounded and making healthy choices. As I’ve done this I’m slowly beginning to see my appetite balance out and I’m not feeling as sicky anymore. It feels so much healthier to find validation from your diet not from changes on the scale but from how your body feels:) I can enjoy workouts more and am reaching new strength and endurance goals. Its a journey but I love your vibe and your message. I don’t even know you but you’ve quickly become one of my favorite content creators/youtube mommas. I love you and your videos! It’s an easy peasy subscribe and thumbs up for me<3 I hope you see this, thanks for all you do!

  • This was really helpful. I’m in recovery and I’m at a healthy weight right now, and have felt like I’ve sort of hit a wall in my recovery. Physically I’m better and healthy, so I’ve been unsure how to keep progressing from here but this video helped a lot. Thanks Kati!

  • #KatiFAQ How do they restore your metabolism? My metabolism has been pretty much destroyed because of illness over the last 5 years. My doctor said I just have to ‘wait’ for it to kick in again, but is there something I can do? Would it be better for me to see a dietician? I struggle to eat on a regular schedule, and my exercise fluctuates depending on my health. I’ve been trying for so long and it feels like I’m getting nowhere:(

  • Kati,
    Is there a way for you to make a video about flash backs and PTSD? I’ve seen your videos about PTSD, but I need a little more info Of how to come back to reality if the 5 Senses don’t work.
    Also can you do a video about EMDR?

  • Great video. This may sound strange and totally off topic, but would you ever consider doing a beauty video? LOL your eyebrows are to die for. <3

  • something that i struggle with now that im at a healthy weight, friends and family automatically assume that i am recovered. i find myself having to explain frequently that just because my weight is restored, doesnt mean my brain is, or that my behaviors are.

  • I have never really been underweight, i mean whenever i go to the doctor im at a healthy point.  I dont weigh myself now, so i dont know the number, but its is what i think it is, then its ok. the issue i have is that i barely have money for my therapist,no way i could afford more help.plus i tend to feel very punished by being told what to do with food or guided really. I dont know why i just dont respond well to it.

  • Kati, how do I deal with the feeling that I CANNOT get professional help unless the situation gets serious enough to be acknowledged? I’ve struggled with disordered eating for years, went through all kinds of stuff but never had major weight changes, nothing so big to alarm anyone, especially not my parents (we live together but hardly ever have meals together). I often think I’ve gone too far but I’m afraid of asking for help, I feel like it should be something so absolutely necessary that everyone insists I go.
    I feel stuck in this weird limbo where I’m not bad enough to be noticed, but bad enough to be damaging my health… too weak to get better, too afraid to get worse. Help?!:/

  • This video came up in such a good time! I’m going to see a dietitian for the first time on tuesday and I’m kind of nervous about it. I know it will be fine but I can’t help to stress about it and the thoughts in my mind are spinning round and round.
    Great video as always Kati!:)

  • I agree that you can be at a completely loose end when you’re at a ‘normal weight.’ I didn’t actually realise that your metabolism had to rise to a healthy level either, as strange as that seems. So thanks for covering that Kati! Also the fact that just because we hit our healthy weight doesn’t mean that we are fully recovered, we just have to keep working and working. Plus watch Kati’s videos!:) xoxo

  • Well that’s why I just see my therapist. Last time I told my family i was going into treatment, my oldest sister treated me like shit and this was when I was still leaving in PA. She literally yelled at me and told me I was being selfish. Plus, I don’t think I am sick enough for treatment….

  • Hi Kati, I am struggling with a restricted eating disorder. I am frustrated because my state insurance company refused treatment for me since I am “bigger” but losing weight fast with restricting and over exercise. I have been in this place 2 other times and before and before this relapse I was treated for binge eating disorder. My hair is already starting to fall out, I get headaches every day, digestion is slowed, I get lightheaded etc. I have no idea what to do. I feel like I am not “sick enough” for treatment and I am also scared that if they do approve my appeal, will treatment be a high calorie content or would it be tailored to me to help me get to a healthy weight. I hate this and feel very hopeless and depressed. Do you have any ideas on what could help me?

  • Now when I just started eating properly I feel hungry 24/7. Just every second and that’s so scary because rarely was hungry before and now I’m the whole time

  • Hi kati and kate. What if u r resistant to following the meal pl ans AND decreasing exercise? Not playing games but really struggling with increasing intake. Seeing both dietician and therapist but so afraid of losing control of things AND guess I am also giving control to my dietician. Help…love ur videos and u are my walking buddy now since I have no other support systems.

  • Kati, I know this is an old video but I have a question. What’s the difference between a healthy weight range and your own, ideal weight?

  • hi im in treatment now actually and im working with a dietitian now and shes really great………………………………im finally entering maintenance and im scared can u put up a video about maintenance and how that’s a whole other hill to climb………….

  • Such a good video! Part of the reason I am scared to gain back to healthy is because I feel like I wont be able to recover then as I wont have a job to do anymore! Maybe weight restoration wouldn’t be as scary as I think! Thanks xxx

  • When I moved back to WI back in 2010 I was suppose to go IP and then residential but I didn’t. I told my mom I would just find a treatment team knowing that I wouldn’t. I feel like if I go back to treatment I will be failing them once again especially since they think I am fine. Its sad that they live 3 minutes away and yet have no idea that I still cut and still have my eating disorder. But then again growing up I was able to keep what happened to me a secret for so many years…

  • This was the worst part for me when I went ip. I went in the first time & they just had me maintain and two weeks after I left I went back in and I had to gain weight that time. My 1st meal I cried because it was so much food & then they started me on ensure plus. The emotions/feelings I had when they were having me gain weight were horrible. I guess this is why I keep things a secret so I don’t have to do that again.

  • thats exactly what scares me. when i start to eat, i get hungrier:(.. so i tend to put off eating breakfast till about 12noon. coz i think, well i’m gonna be sleepin well into the night 1or 2pm (due to reali bad insomnia which sometimes means more hours to binge) then maybe i should start eating later. put off eating for a couple hours. i dont know what times i’m supposed to eat.

  • hi.. i experience the hunger when i start eating. its like b4 i eat, i’m fine. but after i start eating its hard to stop. how long does it take for that feeling to go away and until it doesn, what can i do to prevent over eating or binging?

  • I am interested in becoming a psychologist and i am interested in what you say you do. What exactly is the name of the type of psychology you do? I am just wondering because I would like to go into psychology and I don’t know what to go into.

  • I get extremely hungry. And I will get disappointed if gain some weight but I know it’s for my best. But when we gain weight and recover can we start to exercise

  • I am so scared I May get bulimia because of the so much eating, but I can’t stop or control my physical hunger.
    It seems as if nothing can satisfy my belly.
    I feel so freaking trapped and tired.

  • So i had extreme hunger for like 3 weeks and then my hunger has balanced out now. I don’t wake up in the night of hunger and get so hungry sometimes throughout the day. My extreme mood swings are gone and i have noticed that my skin is better now and my headache is gone. I think that my body is healing and i’m so happy about it❤️but i haven’t gained any fat tho.

  • Im on my first days of recovery. And i can’t stop eat. And i only eat sweat like biscuit or carbs. I stopped restrict my food purging and fasting. And now im eating so much. Like i can eat 2 packet of oreos and cereal and bread and everything. Im on a healthy weight im so scared to get obese. I eat i eat all day long.

  • Does anyone experience hunger, but you don’t crave anything? Sometimes just the thought of food makes me feel sick, but I recognize that huger is there. I just end up eating without enjoying it

  • Thanks so much for talking about this. I haven’t seen this addressed much in the intuitive eating space. I have had celiac for 6 yrs and I definitely have struggled with this. I find the best thing for me is to make the GF option of what I really want. For example if i’m craving fast food I will make a well seasoned (and tons of toppings) burger with a GF bun or lettuce bun. I will also make fries out of potatoes and bake them with garlic and salt/pepper. In my experience it usually tastes better than any fast food you could buy anyway!

  • I needed to see this. I’m terrified though but I decised to eat freely qnd it’s scary I’ve had my ED for years but I’m trying to just let myself eat. It’s just a lot harder than I thought it would be.

  • Please correct me if I’m wrong but I thought we needed a small amount of (naturally sourced) saturated fat. As for the breakfast thing, I’ve been trying to tell someone this at work. Her first bit of food is a yogurt at lunch then she says as soon as she’s home she can’t stop eating. She tries eating breakfast for a few days and says it’s not helping without giving it time to retrain her body/mind. It’s frustrating because she keeps calling herself fat (which she is far from fat) and wants to lose a few pounds but at 53 still insists of fads.

  • i am in recovery now and i have not extreme hunger,i eat like normal person,i dont want binging,so is it possible don’t gain weight and recovery without binging and eat more food?

  • Thank you Lisa <3 However, is it normal that I've been in extreme hunger for 8 months now? I gained 12 kgs and I want to go back to my previous weight. I don't see how healthy bingeing on junk food everyday is:'(.

  • Im currently in the recovery process of anorexia nervosa….just in the beginning i guess.just wanted to say cheers for they advice

  • What if you’re always hungry? I am always hungry. I can eat huge portions and still feel hungry after. The ‘check-in’ doesn’t work for me because it will almost always be ‘hungry’.

  • I’m just starting my recovery from anorexia and I have a meal plan and I’m never full after any meal and have relapsed and binged but every time I go on huge binges my mom yells at me and mocks me saying “you’re binging” and makes me feel horrible about myself. She just doesn’t understand I think and I don’t know what to do, do I starve myself even though I’m eating a lot of food on my meal plan already and not give into extreme hunger. Am I supposed to go on binges and give in? I’m so confused

  • Thank you for the video:) But is it wrong if I don’t have extreme hunger? Will my body still go out of starvation mode?(I eat 3000 kcal a day, no exercise).

  • How long did you find extreme hunger lasted for you? I’m about a week into extreme hunger and I’m just wondering how long this may last!