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1 eating disorder & cravings on Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:07 pm

Ever since I've had an eating disorder, I've always craved peanut butter & still do (about 3 months in recovery). But PRE-ED I ate peanut butter but I could definitely go without it & not have strong cravings for it. Why is this??

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2 Re: eating disorder & cravings on Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:59 am

I got excessive cravings for carbohydrates and fat in general in the first stages of recovery because that's what I had restricted most. Your body is craving fat because it needs it. PB has a high fat percentage and we need fat to get our hormone production going, build cells, energy storage etc. Enjoy your peanut butter! It's very essential for your body! And when your body has gained the weight it needs to and repaired the damage, your cravings will stabilize.

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3 Re: eating disorder & cravings on Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:10 pm

During my ED and recovery I've been craving just about every food there is. Malnourishment, vitamin & mineral deficiencies and all that jazz made me crave even some foods I've never eaten or have always hated. Funnily enough, because of the whole process of ED & recovery, I've discovered so many new foods and started to like most foods where as before I was very picky Wink

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4 Re: eating disorder & cravings on Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:29 am

It is strange...I have noticed that quite a lot of recovering ED persons go crazy about avocado, oats, bananas, PB and quest bars......

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5 Re: eating disorder & cravings on Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:33 am

All of those things are great, except for questbars which I can't imagine anyone is REALLY craving, but they eat it because it feels safer. Questbars are full if protein, and usually the body will crave sugar and fat during recovery, so it doesn't make sense to crave it that much. I ate it during my illness, but as soon as I started recovery, I realized they really taste like sawdust and glue.

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6 Re: eating disorder & cravings on Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:51 am

I means that some of them have for breakfast and lunch the same oat mixture...Is it because they are sort of craving for sweet things...
It seem that during the recovery sweets things are mainly eaten

I do not have the sugar crave at all, nor salty crave...no food crave at all....

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7 Re: eating disorder & cravings on Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:07 pm

It will come soon Smile

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8 Re: eating disorder & cravings on Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:19 pm

I also craved oatmeal like 3-4 times a day during early recovery. It was because I had deprived myself of carbohydrates so much during restriction. What we restricted most is usually the stuff we will crave the most in recovery. It's so cool how our bodies work Smile

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9 Re: eating disorder & cravings on Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:01 pm

thanks so much guys for the explanations & shared experiences it make me feel so much better !!

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