Hi everyone. To make a long story as short as possible, i started eating Paleo in January of 2011. After years and years of battling bulimia and anorexia athletica (exercising obsessively to purge calories) I have finally started to do better. I have been having alot of issues with the compulsion that comes with bulimia, and was put on adderall in November 11. While this has had a great effect on my bulimic behavior, I am having a lot of trouble eating.
Before the adderall I had been doing a kind of programmed paleo diet, where I would eat set portions of protein, fats, etc at set times thruout the day to ensure correct nutrition (still a part of the eating disorder..) I havent really been making too much progress, and my CrossFit coach said to start intuitive eating. The first week or two was really hard for me, I had a really hard time identifying when I was hungry and mostly what I was hungry for. After that I started to really feel in tune with my body, and so FREE from the programmed calculated eating. As soon as I started taking adderall i lost my appetite all together. The intuitive eating is basiclly impossible because with the medication i dont know if I'm hungry or what Im hungry for.. let alone how much of it my body needs. Because of this I have started to regain old behaviors like waking up in the middle of the night and raiding the fridge, and feeling crappy.
Has anyone had experience with intuitive eating and adderall? I am finally making some ground with my ED and I am afraid to give up the adderall until I am doing a little bit better for an extended period.. I just dont know what my body wants to eat or how ot listen to it and Im afraid Im doing more damage than good.
I can't say I have specific experience of Adderall, but I'd say you have to choose how you are going to proceed with recovering from your ED and then wait until you feel more secure in your progress before worrying about the rest of it. Keep track of your eating decisions and how you feel afterwards and try and shift the balance towards positive choices. You may not know what your body needs, but you know what it doesn't need, so don't let confusion allow you to fall back on old habits. Be aware of what you're doing. Take pictures of everything you eat if that's convenient. But most of all don't worry so long as you're making progress some way or other, however gradual. People have put their bodies through a lot and survived - the road to thriving is always one step at a time.
As an aside, since I got into fasting I've lost a lot of obsession about eating - I know that my body will function perfectly well for quite a long time without eating anything, so I just work on building good habits and trust my body to take care of itself.
Adderall is a stimulant that can suppress your appetite. I have no desire to eat when I've taken it either. In order to eat on Adderall, I have to plan what/when I'm going to eat and basically force myself to eat it. I suggest you do the same. I would suggest you try your hardest to get off the Adderall since it's an amphetamine also, but definitely work with your doctor on that.
Instead of focusing on eating intuitively, why not just eat foods you know are good? You can't go wrong with lots of fresh, lean cuts of meat and green leafy vegetables. And if your intuition is dysfunctional because of the Adderall, it's probably best to eat foods that you KNOW are good for you.
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