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8/12/19 6:11 A

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You're welcome. Keep us posted with how things are going!

Meghan in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


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8/12/19 5:44 A

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Thank you all so much.

Besides the fact I just know this isn't healthy (and my energy has gone down and I'm getting more migraines), I'm worried that when I *can* start eating again, I'll have messed up my metabolism and I'll gain more weight back than I'm losing, even if I go back to the same eating habits I had before this started. I don't know how likely that is, but I did work hard to get to where I was and don't want to mess it up.

MLAN613, I am definitely going to ask for a referral to a therapist, and hoping it doesn't take too long to go through. I have been in therapy before for difficult life events, and it really helped then. It's hard when you have to fit it *around* the life events that are making things so stressful, of course.

LININPARADISE7, yes that is how I feel when I even think about food. And a few times I have forced myself to eat more despite it and my digestive system rebelled in very unpleasant ways, which I think has made me even more anxious. It's very frustrating. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who gets this way.

SPARK_MERLE and SLIMMERKIWI, thank you for the articles. There were some helpful tips in them and things I can add to the grocery list.

I'm going to have to adjust my thinking. I've conditioned myself to not use extra oil or dressings or margarine, or drink high calorie beverages, and Spark People has really helped me do that. But I'm just not getting to my calorie range with what I'm doing now.



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8/12/19 12:26 A



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Hi TSERISA - I am really sorry to hear that your stress has affected you like that. Unfortunately, this is how a lot of people react to it. I am really pleased that you have an appointment with your Dr to help with the issue. That is something that a lot of people don't do, so kudos to you!

In addition to the articles that Spark_Merle has provided, below is an article which MAY help you a little re dealing with the stress:
www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-m
anagement.htm


Here is another article re increasing your food:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=593


Sometimes just having a few nuts in an easily accessible place, along with cut up pieces of fruit can help a lot. When I haven't felt like eating anything, but I know I should, it will often eat a few spoons of Greek Yoghurt and a piece of banana, or if I need to take a medication which needs taking with some fat, I will have a few nuts. Not long after that, I suddenly feel like eating more.

Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing!

Take care,
Kris

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I am not a Dr - please check with your qualified Health Professional for a diagnosis and treatment plan


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8/11/19 6:33 P

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Hi TSERISA,

I am sorry to hear you have so much stress in your life right now. It is good that you have a doctor appointment scheduled. While you wait for that, here are a couple of articles that may have some helpful info for you.

Dealing with stress:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=2101


How to Eat When You're Struggling to Eat Enough:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=2271


I hope this helps! It sounds like you are already doing things to increase your calorie intake, which is great. Hoping the above articles give you some additional tips.

Spark_Merle

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"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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8/11/19 8:26 A

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I react the same way to intense stress.
It feels like you have a pit in your stomach and the thought of adding something makes you uneasy and nauseated? If so, that's how I feel, too.
Happy you are going to your doctor. He/she will have some solutions, hopefully.

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8/11/19 8:01 A

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Honestly, I think the appointment with your doctor is the best place to start to rule out any physical ailments. It sounds like some life events have caused some issues for you. Seeking helped from a trained therapist is a perfectly normal and healthy thing to do. Getting a referral from your doctor may be a wise decision.

In the meantime, I am sorry you are dealing with life challenges. Keep eating what you can.

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8/11/19 5:20 A

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Without going into too much detail, after losing weight using SparkPeople, I've been maintaining my weight perfectly for eight months (under my PCP's direction that I stop losing weight) until about a month ago.

Some extremely stressful stuff has happened, probably the most stressful things I have gone through in my life. I have no appetite. This tends to be how my digestive system reacts to stress but I usually just have a bad week or two and then the stress gets better so I can eat again. This particular situation isn't going to change any time soon.

I can only eat tiny amounts at a time without feeling (and sometimes being) sick. Nothing sounds good at all.

I've been trying to add in high calorie stuff like peanut butter, and trying smoothies and the like, but I'm struggling and rarely make it to 1200 calories.

I know long term this is going to mess up my metabolism, and I'm not getting enough nutrition. I'm taking vitamins but I know that's not enough.

I have an appointment with my PCP scheduled, but it won't be for a couple weeks.

I know it's a long shot, but any advice is welcome.



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