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Is this TOO MUCH FOOD for a 16 year old female?

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Created April 16, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Here are two days of eating for me.

Ive tracked calories for years, started tracking macros, and just said SCREW IT last week and stopped it all.

I have suffered from disordered eating. Was underweight at 93lbs 16months ago, now I am 5ft 5.5in and 115lbs.

My training: heavy lifting (free weights) 4x/week, HIIT 3x, power yoga 1-2x.

I have had over eating problems before and work on it daily. But I still feel I am eating way to freaking much. I mean, with the amount I train and my age, I hear that I NEED to eat a lot. But since lifting heavier weights since December Ive gained 8lbs (up from 108. Hopefully muscle) and overall feel fat and gross. But I love to eat...

I should also note that I LOVE cooking and 95% of what I eat is wholesome and cooked at home. I don't eat gluten, only sprouted grains/legumes, and limit dairy due to intolerance. Also only natural sugars (fruit and honey).

Yesterday:

1) .6 cups oats, 5-6oz lean ground turkey, >TBSP nut butter, some tomato paste , banana

2) 3 slices homemade paleo thin bread (flax and coconut flour), a few TBSP nut butter, homemade jam

3) 1 chicken drumstick, .5 sweet potato, 2 eggs

4)1 cup full fat greek yogurt, a few TBSP raw honey

5) 1 chicken breast, 1 avocado 1/2 cup dry lentils, some veggies, 1/2 sweet potato, tomato paste

6) 3 small pieces healthy homemade paleo brownies (cocoa flower, coconut flour), nut butter

Today:

1) piece homemade paleo thinbread, banana, >TBSP nut butter, 1/2 chicken breast, 1/2 sweet potato, 1 avocado, asparagus

2) chicken drumstick, 1/2 sweet potato, 1 egg, spinach, some apple

3) 1 chicken breast, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup dry beans, tomato paste, veggies, 1 sweet potato

4) 3/4 banana, almond butter

5) slice paleo thin bread, almond butter, homemade jam

6) 2 small paleo brownies, some raw honey, nut butter

Im such a pig. Jeez! Is this too much?

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0 · April 18, 2014 at 9:57 PM

I just want to say, I have seen so many of your questions on here always asking if you're eating enough or too much. You need to stop that if you want to completely be over your eating disorder. It does NOT matter how much you eat compared to other people. If you are nourishing your body, listening to it, and feeling good, then keep doing what you're doing. Your weight is pretty low, I think around 120-125 is recommended for your height, but you know your body better than I do. I can eat just as much if not more than you do (I'm 16 too.) Just eat as much as you like and relax.

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41544 · April 18, 2014 at 1:58 AM

And if we told you that you were underweight, undereating, overtraining, etc… would you do anything different? Nobody here is going to validate disordered eating/behaviour.

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0 · April 18, 2014 at 12:39 AM

I do feel that younger people have a place on this forum because even if some do show signs on disordered behavior, at least there are people on here who can help correct it @wtfgod @ivymcivy .

I didn't mean for this to cause an argument... I just wanted someone to help to me and tell me what they thought, and advise me on how much I should aim to consume a day based on my activity, age, ext.

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245 · April 18, 2014 at 12:35 AM

I don't agree, in the OP she used the past tense and mentioned that she has been gaining weight and has recently stopped counting calories. Since when do disordered eaters gain weight intentionally then stop counting calories in the pursuit of a healthy diet?

He was clearly projecting strongly onto her and the community about what we would say and how she would react.

I'm sure one could make a very good argument as to why people in her position should be more free to ask for advice, not less.

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1197 · April 18, 2014 at 12:32 AM

You are enabling this girl's eating disorder by telling her to use a calorie calculator. In treatment, disordered eaters have to learn to NOT TRACK CALORIES. Just because this isn't your problem and you feel good about your calorie restriction, don't throw gasoline on this fire! You are basically telling an addict how to use their drug better. Shame on you. Listen to the girl - she is saying SHE HAS AN EATING DISORDER.

I agree with much of what you post, but here you are treading dangerously. There are consequences to what you advise young people. Please proceed with awareness!

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1197 · April 18, 2014 at 12:27 AM

@wtfgod - @Matt 11 isn't labeling her - she said in her OP that she suffered from disordered eating. What you do with your own calorie restriction is your business, but there ARE clear signs of anorexia, orthorexia, and binge/purge behaviors coming from many of the posts on this site from young girls. Once someone is an adult, that's one thing, but a young girl engaging in these behaviors is at high risk for serious complications. Anorexia is not benign. This girl is currently in a binge cycle using exercise as her tool for purging. It isn't about what she is eating, it is HOW she eats

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245 · April 17, 2014 at 11:48 PM

You're not helping your case. :D

If you like you can plug your stats into a calorie calculator as a general guide, I usually don't go more than 500-1000 over what the calorie calculator gives me.

If for arguments sake you were consuming too much and wanted to reduce it while keeping your satiety I would include more fibrous foods while removing some of the better tasting foods/variety that you consume. As loving the 'flavor' can lead to 'loving' food and overeating, that's why companies make food hyperpalitable

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0 · April 17, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Like I said, I HAVE had disordered eating problems. I still do, but work on it daily. I went to therapy for over a year too.

I like to focus my negative energy into my training. I love to train. But I also love food... and my god, can I eat a lot. I just want to make sure I am not eating TOO much because I don't think I can handle more fat gain. I just wanted some adult opinions here. Because I eat way more than any adult I know...

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245 · April 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

I would point out that there is a difference between eating a lot and gluttony. Eating a lot does not make one a 'pig', eating to EXCESS makes one a pig, either that or the manner in which you eat. ( No manners )

But I think that way of thinking is more of a teen girl thing...

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245 · April 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

If I could throw in my 2 cents.

I don't think you should label people Matt11, while I do think that chronic undereating is certainly bad, most people including myself cut calories to improve body composition and I personally don't consider myself to have an eating disorder when I do it. Some may argue that calorie restriction is even wise for longevity. (not so much exercising a lot while doing it)

On the actual question: When exercising I often feel the need to consume more calories than normal, if you are maintaining your BF% you can eat as much as you want. ( Weight != BF% though)

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41544 · April 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM

The problem is the OP has an eating disorder, still does… overtraining, underweight, overly concerned with body condition, call oneself a pig… textbook eating disorder behaviours. Paleo is not an answer to disordered eating, it's really only encourages obsessive behaviours. The problem is everybody piles on praising her dedication to paleo, but it's really just making things worse. Somebody else can reopen it if they want. I won't reclose it, but it's definitely a violation of ToS.

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0 · April 17, 2014 at 9:52 PM

My thoughts exactly @Methodician . Id rather ask here than on some meathead buff site. Sheesh

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598 · April 17, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Is @Matt 11 our new moderator? I disagree with closing the post. Minors need advice more than anyone and this one seems smart enough to make her own decisions. If we treat them like this they'll just stop posting their age.

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