Hello everybody it’s Elisa here And I’m an eating disorder recovery coach helping you to recover from your eating disorder and today’s video I’m not gonna only answer one of your questions, but actually I’m gonna answer like a longer comment I got from one of you asking my advice about your recovery Yeah, but I want to say that just by knowing somebody’s eating disorder through a comment then there is not enough information for me obviously to Have a full picture of what’s really going on and in any case I always recommend you to speak to a doctor But just based on this comment what can I… what could I advise you. And I will put the comment somewhere here So you can keep an eye on that because it is like pretty long Yes, so you are like updated or you can keep an eye what I’m reading and what I’m talking about Elisa, I have a question. It is about knowing if I’m eating too much or not Because I dieted fir several months eating around thousand four hundred calories doing sports every day Sometimes twice a day, but I did never had an eating disorder The thing is that I lost my period and I had got it back now because I take the pill So okay, I’m gonna pause it here and just discuss what I learned from learn from this information So she was dieting she was eating around a thousand four hundred calories a day doing sports so it is a starvation, under eating, very unhealthy obviously And she lost her period and now she got it back because she’s taking the pill but actually taking the pill will not give you a real period, taking the pill doesn’t mean that your hormones are actually working again pill period is a withdrawal bleed from the pill Yes, so to actually get your period back You need to recover from an eating disorder, you need to rest, you need to re-feed, you need to eat high-calorie foods Yeah, and I can link an article for you down below to read how to get their period back and what I recommend, but yeah I just want to put it out there that just by taking the pill it doesn’t mean that actually your hormones are working and you have the real period And also another thing what I noticed here Is that she says that she ate a low amount of calories, but she never had an eating disorder, so… I just want to quickly say here that just because you didn’t have like an actual eating disorder or you were never diagnosed with the actual eating disorder. It doesn’t mean that your body is not in a very unhealthy place, and you can actually have the eat disorder symptoms without being diagnosed with eating disorder and restricting calories and doing over exercising not having your period It’s unhealthy for you whether or not you have an eating disorder, so… So yeah, and you do need recovery if you didn’t have the eating disorder Then besides eating disorder recovery There is something also called diet recovery, you need to literally recover from restricting, undereating, dieting, to get your body functioning normally again and to get healthy so okay Let’s read on I’m retaining a lot of water, but I am practically sure that I’m also gaining fat because of Because a lot of days I eat a lot of food during this week more or less 2000 but for example today 2500 calories or something like so. And she is saying that she is gaining fat. yes, this is a very normal response after you have been through starvation like severely restricting your calories overexercising, you didn’t had your period, your body was in a state of starvation so your body yes, if the weight comes on very quickly it can be mostly water weight but actually in the first stages of restoring your weight and getting out from the starvation your body actually wants to restore more fat. By restoring more fat in case of next I famine But if you stick with recovery then over time the weight will redistribute and the fat levels will go back to normal But gaining more fat in the beginning of your recovery it’s very normal, it’s very much needed There is nothing wrong with that, but if you keep on with your recovery resting, eating enough, Yeah, then the fat levels will kind of like Even out or redistribute in the most healthy levels for your body yeah, and she’s also indicating that she’s eating a lot of food and I want to include the calories here And the numbers because it’s very hard otherwise to understand what I mean. She said she’s eating a lot of food this week for her means eating 2,000 calories or even like 2500 calories but 2500 is only a minimum for eating disorder recovery and to recover your metabolism, your hormones, get your period back and stuff so and 2,000 calories is under eating like that’s for sure and even 2500 calories is under eating if you’re hungry for more even 5,000 calories is under eating and restricting if you actually desire more food so that’s why it’s very important to eat enough like the minimum calorie requirements the 2500 to 3500 as minimums But go way over that these are only minimums They are not maximums and go way over that to eat to your full hunger. Whatever it may be. Yeah, and I will read on. So I eat so much because I crave sugar a lot And I don’t know if it’s because of my period because I’m restricting or what’s happening So what I would like to know is if I should still eat all the sugars that I crave And if I should eat over my calories because sometimes is just that I’m mentally full but I still think about food You need to eat what you crave in recovery, this is what I did Yeah, your body craves those sugars for a reason as you said you don’t have your healthy period back and having sugar actually is the quickest form of… quickest source of energy to your body and especially to your brain function, our brain runs exclusively on glucose, if the brain doesn’t get straight sugar and glucose it will have to spend energy to make the food… or convert the food to glucose to get energy for your brain Yes, so sugar is important for you in recovery also like high carb foods and obviously things like fats, high fat foods and generally very concentrated sources of calories are very good for you in recovery And many times I see people are overthinking it, their overanalysing like why this is happening, but actually like the cravings and hunger comes for a reason, there is no doubt about it that your body is sending you those signals for a reason and It’s not because your body doesn’t know what to do actually like you need to listen to those signals and stop overanalyzing Stop overthinking and just follow your body Because the overanalyzing, the worry and the fear it is the eating disorder fear irrational fear that wants you to stop you from recovering and eating so… in recovery despite the fear, despite the anxiety you have despite the worry, all the questions you need to be answered Actually all you have to do is just follow your body, trust your body and eat. she’s also asking if I should still eat like “over my calories” But she is not even overeating she’s… barely getting enough calories. She’s definitely not overeating and obviously when you come from low calorie dieting any food more than that seems like you are overeating and your metabolism is suppressed maybe you’re not even as hungry, your hunger can be suppressed because Yeah as I said your hunger cues are not even working normally Your digestion is so super slow maybe you only go to a toilet like once a week, your body is literally shut down so every food seems like you are “overeating”, but no you’re not overeating Actually, you need to eat way more food. And the last part that she’s writing. I hope you can help me out because I don’t know if I should still eat like so or not because I don’t think I need to gain any weight I Have a BMI of 21. So BMI 21 Maybe for some people it’s healthy but just based on like she doesn’t have a period, she comes from low calorie dieting. She’s still just barely getting enough calories, minimums Rather still under eating, BMI 21 is just like it doesn’t sound like it’s your healthy set point weight or even when it is you still… you can’t focus on like “maintaining your weight” right now you simply have to respond to your body full on. Just follow recovery, eat enough calories Stop all exercising, give your body enough rest, and if then your body goes to BMI 21 then fine but you can’t simply decide what is your healthy BMI right now even though it is like in a healthy BMI range. If you are still restricting you can’t say that this is my healthy weight or you think this is your healthy weight Yeah, you have to focus on recovery, don’t focus on your weight If you simply follow your body, let your body recover, your body will find out the best weight for you or your set point weight, and there is nothing you can do about it to control it Yeah, it’s only up to your body. Yes, so this is my answer I hope it made sense and you followed me as I was answering her question Yeah, so let me know what you think in the comments below and you can like this video if you find it helpful and also subscribe to my channel for more future videos and Yeah, so see you next time. Bye!