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by 0 · April 07, 2014 at 3:58 AM

Hello all, Apologies for the length of this. Need some advice about weight loss and what I might need to do different to start losing. I???m a 39 year old male and have gained and lost the same 160 (!!!) pounds since the time I was in my... (more)

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samc 0 · April 07, 2014 at 3:58 AM

The faster you take weight off, usually the faster it is going to come back. I did several cycles of losing big amounts of weight over my lifetime and finally with sticking to a pretty strict Paleo diet I've slowly taken off a lot of weight and... (more)

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by 0 · September 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM

I'm a young girl and I have an (undiagnosed) eating disorder. I'm currently seeking therapy for it and also for some other reasons, but I'm not sure if my psychiatrists understands my issues with eating. And I don't know how to explain paleo to... (more)

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blur 0 · September 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM

I have struggled with this too, and am currently seeing a therapist for it, which I would highly recommend. I was forced to see a nutritionist for a while, and while we differed in our food ideologies (paleo kind of spurred my ED), she worked... (more)

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by 51 · September 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I think we all are. Right? At least to some extent. Initially I thought this was a joke. But apparently it's not. Now people that eat healthy have a mental disorder. http://www.naturalnews.com/029098_orthorexia_mental_disorder.html (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · July 03, 2010 at 1:58 PM

A disorder would be if paleo made you socially isolated or malnourished (like many raw vegans or macrobiotics). If you aren't an asshole about being paleo and you eat plenty of good paleo food, you don't have to worry.

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by 20 · September 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

I know, it's always weird to post your body pics and ask random strangers what they think about it, but I really need honest opinions. I'm not an attention seeker. The thing is, mirrors lie to me. http://postimg.org/image/unatlbqp1/ (more)

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Varelse 0 · August 30, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Honest answer: I want to feed you, not eat you. In my opinion, you are quite a bit too thin all over and do not look very healthy.

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by 388 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I need help. I figure it's best to be really honest here. I am trying to recover from unhealthy eating patterns. Mostly binge eating, sometimes anorexic eating, and a history/tendency of purging (that part's pretty rare now, but still runs... (more)

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Allison_14 0 · August 18, 2013 at 8:18 PM

I have been there too, Little Rain. I suffered from anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating for a little under a decade. I also found that my idea of nutrition clashed with the dieticians I saw. Could you find a paleo dietician? The sad thing is that... (more)

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by 75 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

My lastest blog post for encouragement and self-acceptance. Good luck in your recovery and may you find ultimate physical and mental health! http://www.runninginsilence.com/a-glimpse-of-where-i-am-now/ (more)

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by 187 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

hi there, so i have been paleo for a little over a year now, it has been a strict year of meat fish veg and occasional fruit and nuts with no paleo baked goods or dairy. i've been going through a really stressful time over the past few weeks... (more)

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greymouser 0 · May 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

i was thinking about a 24 hour fast and plenty of water, but i dont think that will address the underlying issues this binge has raised. I'm not a mental health professional, but in my humble opinion castigating yourself by swinging in the... (more)

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by 10480 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Paleohacks is the main forum I post at, so I realize that this may be more of a Paleohacks thing than a Paleo thing. But I am getting seriously disturbed at the amount of eating disorder talk that goes on. To clarify, I'm not talking about people... (more)

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MikePancho 0 · April 07, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Very disturbed as to what the user above has to offer on the subject and I hope it is not indicative of the kind of people that frequent the site...

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by 659 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Got a problem folks. Binge eater from way back. Was 130kg, lost a heap, probably half starved myself to 88kg now sitting at a well muscled 95kg. The issue is that the eating disorder rears its head when stressed, bored, insert other emotions... (more)

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Nance 0 · April 03, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Binge eating is a tough nut to crack, let's face it. For each person, I suspect the underlying emotional states and food relationships that trigger or soothe binge eating will differ. For me, any unsettled emotions will trigger an urge to eat but... (more)

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by 20 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

i eat about 1000-1200 calories every morning, so i eat a lot of bread and peanutbutter. In fact in the morning i pretty much only eat bread and peanutbutter. Im a teenager, five five, and about 113 pounds. i have lost ten pounds since i began... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · February 27, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Eating like you describe will always result in muscle wasting and the flabby, skinny-fat look you have. Nobody ever actually gets an attractive body by starving themselves. Sure, your weight will drop, but your bodyfat percentage will actually... (more)

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by 118 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Ok sorry for all the questions! I don't have access to a nutritionist, and I question their knowledge considering most encourage the SAD diet and gov myplate crap, and I've had two duds in the past. Anyways, I'm 15, 5'7", female, and 107-110... (more)

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mojay75 0 · February 18, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Zombers, You and I have vastly different goals for making changes in our diets and are in vastly different places physically, emotionally and chronologically (I'm in my late 30s, very out of shape, morbidly obese and my goal is excess fat loss).... (more)

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by 118 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Ok so this might be a bit long. I'll try to sum it up lol. If you read this all I appreciate it. OK so it started off last year when my mom suggested for me the paleo diet because I could not lose weight and thought I was eating healthy... (more)

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RK 0 · February 12, 2013 at 5:29 PM

First, I want to say that I think you are doing AWESOME. You totally have ownership of your health and you are acquiring knowledge about how to take care of yourself. You go girl. :) Are you getting into eating disorder territory? Yes,... (more)

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by 185 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Just wanted to see how many of you have dealt with an eating disorder before going into paleo and if you still struggle with it while doing paleo. I just started writing a blog about my journey from raw food into paleo and beyond while running... (more)

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Jen_42 0 · December 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Hey Rachael : ) Thank you for sharing your journey with us thus far. I have a similar background- have always been concerned about weight gain since early puberty and have gone through periods of extreme restriction, which then morphed into... (more)

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by 121 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

EDIT: So I've tried to increase calories this past week, but I really feel full on my current amount of food. I've also been tracking nutrients, and according to Cron-O-Meter I'm hitting about 80% of my requirements, with mild deficits in... (more)

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Sunny_Beaches 0 · December 08, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Your metabolism is probably low right now to be on that number of calories and maintaining (or are you losing?). I'm sure you'll be getting comments about how your weight is "fine" but it is not just about the numbers. You're feeling run down,... (more)

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by 93 · September 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

So I just met with my school health services trying to get exempt from the school's meal plan. I explained that my Dr. has recommended I go on a grain, legume, dairy and vegetable oil free diet (the truth!) and that it is impossible to eat that... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · October 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I'd start by canceling the appointment with counselor. If you haven't already asked for it, get your doctor's recommendation in writing. Ask what forms the school requires be completed and have them signed by your MD. I loathe schools that... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

My husband has been eating a mostly-paleo diet for several months, and has been trying to get me to come on board. I was anorexic about ten years ago and though I am healthy now, I still find myself worrying about calories when I get stressed out.... (more)

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eric_9 0 · October 08, 2012 at 2:55 AM

I was there in the same place once. Looking back I think the advice I would give, if you were serious about going paleo, is to go slowly. Make the changes to diet slowly. Check out the feedback your body will give you.

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by 35 · September 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Hello! I just had my cholesterol measured for the first time the other day, and as my situation is a little messy, I thought I'd post to see if anyone might have some thoughts. I'm 23, 5'6", and currently 120 pounds. Dealt with a mild eating... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · August 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Elevated cholesterol is typical for blood lipid panels in anorexics. It is normal, and may be a protective mechanism. Do not worry about your cholesterol/blood lipids, focus on getting to a healthier body weight, and things will level out in... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Hi. I have some questions about recommendations for a healthy diet plan for myself. I do yoga, crossit (daily) an occasional mile run and I'm also in therapy for recovery from my Eating Disorder. I've been advised to seek a nutritionist so I'd... (more)

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elguaposbj 0 · August 22, 2012 at 1:48 PM

A lot depends on your current health and where you are in recovery. Refeeding is the most dangerous part of eating disorder recovery, (assuming anorexia...if this is a bad assumpltion I apologize). You need professional guidance if you are in... (more)

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by 2199 · September 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Have you ever battled anorexia nervosa (AN)? What has worked for you in overcoming it? To what extent have effective AN treatment been medically or dietarily treated vs through psychotherapy and body image cognitive treatment? Of course they are... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Hi, TH. I used to be anorexic from 12-15, kinda 16. I was treated in a hospital on 3 seperate occasions, and my last visit lasted around 4 months in duration. I will say that I do not beleive my psychiatrist played any significant role in my... (more)

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by 15 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Hi everyone! So I've been struggling with BED for years now, and the episodes have become more and more frequent over the past few months. I eat pretty healthy on a regular basis, and then go into these maniacal eating sprees where I can scarf... (more)

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Team_Oberg 0 · August 03, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Unfortunately paleo cannot fix this problem entirely on it's own, you have to undress the underlying psychological causes of the binge eating. Paleo will help in the sense that you will feel more sated, and less hungry most of the time. Also,... (more)

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by 2422 · September 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

I have an eating disorder (ED-NOS: bulimia, anorexia, binge/purge, orthorexia). I went Paleo 9 months ago, thinking that eating whole foods (plenty of fat, meat and low-carb veggies) and intermittent fasting would restore my hunger/satiety signals... (more)

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thhq 0 · June 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM

At 25.7 BMI why do you NEED to lose weight? This is slightly overweight, not morbid obesity, and not enough to raise any health concerns. Don't obsess over it and drift back into disordered eating. Just figure out how to maintain.

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by 30 · September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

I'm hoping someone can give me some input... A little background on me: I'm semi-recovering anorexic/bulimic (that hurts to say out loud). Before starting Paleo I had lost about 25-30lbs, admittedly not in the healthiest way, and then stumbled... (more)

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Kevin_20 0 · May 23, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Seek qualified, professional help. While this forum can be helpful in grasping and implementing paleo concepts, an eating disorder is a serious medical condition and I doubt that anyone here is qualified to give you the help you need. Since you... (more)

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by 388 · September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

So... I will be starting counselling for an ED soon. Mainly binge eating, with a history of bulimia and anorexic eating. Mostly binge eating, though. That is the main problem I have now. I'll also be seeing a nutritionist. I've looked up the... (more)

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tdgor 0 · May 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

This answer is a bit of a ramble, because I have several different unrelated thoughts on this subject. One, I don't know how the initial interview is structured, but I'm pretty sure that at first, the nutritionist will be asking you a number of... (more)

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by 600 · September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Brief background: I've always been big girl but it's hard to sell yourself 'It's just baby fat' when you are 27. Four years ago I lost over 30 kilos using Calorie King (counting calories limiting fat) I was told to only consume 20g of fat a day. I... (more)

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Amanda_13 0 · May 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

As a recovered calorie counter/fat phobic that's been eating pretty strict paleo for four months, I have given up my numbers obsession. I no longer weigh myself, count calories or pay attention to how many grams are in what. At 30, this is the... (more)

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by 78417 · September 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

In the last few weeks I've seen some behavior that I find worrisome. I have developed some real reservations about some of what happens on the site. I've seen people who are showing signs of eat disorders being encouraged to fast. I've seen... (more)

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Rogue_Nutritionist 0 · April 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

While ultimately, we are all responsible for doing our own homework, I also think that we are each also held responsible to only give advice in a public forum with limited information on any one person that is broad and fairly generalized. No one... (more)