Anorexia Recovery Eating: There is never too much food

[Video] It is okay to eat a lot of food in Anorexia recovery 10

I am excited to announce that this week we launched Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults (AEDRA) Meal Support Service.

This is a worldwide service where any person can receive support at a mealtime to help overcome anxiety. We also have post meal support slots available for people who struggle with purging and post-meal anxiety. Binge Eating Disorder is also supported!

You can find out more about AEDRA here, and in the video below:

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About Tabitha Farrar

I work as Head of Marketing for a software startup in Boulder. As a recovered Anorexia sufferer, I advocate for proper understanding of eating disorders in my spare time. On that note, I wrote a book about my own journey into eating again called Love Fat.

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10 thoughts on “[Video] It is okay to eat a lot of food in Anorexia recovery

  • Lucy

    Thank u for such an amazing post! I just have one question what do u do if u r weight restored but want to eat? Will I gain weight? I wish I had done this when I was weight restoring!

    • Tabitha Farrar Post author

      Hi Lucy

      Everyone differs, there is no single answer here. Some people gain a bit more. Some people don’t. The body is not a calculator, so some of us eat more and still don’t gain more, some of us do. But the main thing to remember is that either way, you will return to your set point weight when your body is ready. So you will either gain a bit more and then return back to a lower weight naturally without restricting, or you will not gain … both routes lead to the same place in the end.

      Go for it Lucy!

  • Firecracker!

    You’ve done a fantastic job with this, and visual learners like myself are grateful for something to turn to, again and again. The Anorexia hated your video. Well done! You are helping me attack from many angles!

  • Bit lost on this exact topic?

    Thank you for this visual learning. It’s another great tool to use and one that is particuliar useful for visual learners as already mentioned in another comment.
    What is your response to one who is recovering from restrictive AN and is eating soooo much of an evening into the late night, that it can make one ill? So full that when in an anxious state (anxiety sufferer) that it’s easy to become nauseated and be ill.
    Is trying to stop oneself from too much eating reasonable in this scenario? Or is that still restricting?

    • Tabitha Farrar Post author

      Hiya. Yes, trying to stop oneself from eating would be restricting. I had this exact same night eating pattern it sounds like – would often eat so much at night I would feel physically sick. As you can read in my other blogs in more detail, and on a podcast I did on the binge-restrict cycle, the way out of it is to eat a lot more in the day AND continue to allow yourself to eat at night. Once the body is ready to it will taper the night eating.

  • K robson

    32 years bulimic tryed web sites Dr Togo get help blood pain voice just about gone throat so badly burnt blister the among of blood and clots please don’t end up like me went Dr 28 years ago men don’t get e d went back three years later sent me to slimming club humliated ashamed crushed 27 years later reaching out for help again can’t do just can’t

  • Amanda

    Hi sorry this comment is coming so long after you did this video. My issue is that I don’t want to eat more. I have never been one of those anorexics who thinks about food all the time. I want to avoid it at all costs usually. I have no desire really to eat and I don’t feel hunger like you describe here. Sometimes I wish I did feel hunger so I could eat more. Can you help me understand why this is? How can I kick my hunger signals in gear? I understand that my body is probably starving as I am very malnourished so why is my brain/body not responding? It is sooooo frustrating!!

    • Tabitha Farrar Post author

      Amanda this too is very normal

      All aspects of hunger are described in this podcast

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