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Can restricting foods cause eating disorders?

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Created March 12, 2012 at 7:01 AM

So I saw this http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/019566639090004R and I wondered, have my recent obsession with food (seriously cannot stop thinking about it 24/7 it really sucks) and my newly developed (last few months or so) binge eating disorder been caused by the very diet I thought was so healthy for me? What should I do? Stop caring about what I eat? Any help please!!!!

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on March 14, 2012
at 02:10 PM

+1 Completely agree with the 1st sentence

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on March 14, 2012
at 02:09 PM

+10000 Very wise

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on March 13, 2012
at 11:00 AM

I find the taste okay, but the texture is horrible. It takes a while to get used to...

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on March 12, 2012
at 09:17 PM

Very good point! You sounded like how I was

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on March 12, 2012
at 05:23 PM

hey, do you like the taste of beef liver, because I cooked a liver last night, and I hate it, and now i must eat it.

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on March 12, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Step one....stop visiting paleo hacks or any other food obsessed forum. Step two....Continue eating paleo.

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on March 12, 2012
at 12:35 PM

Good stuff. Nature restricted food for us, and we reversed it with technology. The SAD eaters are the crazy ones. Cold turkey was the best way to switch for me. I don't give a rat's backside about hanging on to taste, reward, or anything like that. I just want to know whats right and I'll do the rest and stick with it.

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on March 12, 2012
at 07:35 AM

The fast-food, bread-heavy diet is an eating disorder.

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on March 12, 2012
at 08:06 AM

I have experienced similar

Have you heard about the Stockholm solution?

It's a new form of treatment for anorexics. They now believe that eating disorders are not mental illnesses, and are just mental symptoms actually caused by starvation. You can watch the documentary here.

http://www.babelgum.com/2831/the-stockholm-solution.html

A study by Ancel Keys ( I'm sure many of us know him for his wonderful cholesterol theory * sarcasm ) showed the effects of people's behaviors after being starved for six months. The people studied were 6 healthy males, both physically and mentally healthy. AFter starving them, they had all these preoccupations with food, picking at food, hiding food, thinking about it non-stop, exercising compulsively, and being concerned about their body image when returning to a normal size.

I am a naturally skinny person, and after being bullied by other girls in my year, who were jealous of my weight, I had a irrational pressure to stay this way, so I started counting calories, restricting foods, exercising compulsively. The more i seemed to restrict, the more "crazy about food" I became, in a way this relates to the experiment, and this resulted in me becoming 4 kg's underweight, I believe i experienced similar to the men from the study. I had crazy obsessions with food, measuring, snacking, eating one huge meal a day, you name it, I did it. and I felt guilty. I've been at a healthy weight for 3 months now, but only very recently has my eating pattern restored

and this is how I did it.

I stopped counting calories. I chucked out my scale. and I follow two rules.

Eat when your hungry, stop when your full.

Take time to eat your food, and listen to your body signals.

Your body will naturally eat the appropriate calories that your body requires.

Don't try to think of restricting S.A.D foods as a restriction, I know that every now and then I feel like I want to try something from the S.A.D but I feel horrible afterwards, that reminds me that its not good for me, then I don't want it anymore.

If you still have a problem, you might wanna ease yourself into paleo, and not go Cold turkey. Some people can't handle loosing everything in one go.

Once you establish all paleo foods, these will be your new foods, and you won't feel so restricted anymore

I hope i'm making sense i'm a bit sick at the moment!

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on March 12, 2012
at 12:35 PM

Good stuff. Nature restricted food for us, and we reversed it with technology. The SAD eaters are the crazy ones. Cold turkey was the best way to switch for me. I don't give a rat's backside about hanging on to taste, reward, or anything like that. I just want to know whats right and I'll do the rest and stick with it.

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on March 12, 2012
at 07:41 AM

Reading J Stanton's series on hunger suggests that binge eating may result from a shortage of certain nutrients in the diet.

For me, binge eating tendencies have gone down substantially since I started to add a lot more variety in the foods I eat. I don't need to exercise as much care around certain supermarket aisles any more.

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on March 12, 2012
at 11:59 AM

If you are genetically predisposed to restrictive eating, then going paleo AND restricting your calories could cause an eating disorder. I say this because I was fine before I went paleo (I weighed a few pounds more than I would have liked but I was in the normal weight range) and after about 9 months I was diagnosed with anorexia, having lost about 35 lbs (I am a petite 19 year old) and my period. I had no idea what I was doing to myself because I thought I was being all healthy eating this way. The truth is, I didn't need to be fasting every day or stopping eating just short of being satisfied, or cutting out fruit/starchy carbs, which are things you'll see people on this forum suggest. I'm not saying those things don't work for people, but if you have a tendency towards disordered eating, you should be really careful with those strategies and place your health first in all cases.

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on March 12, 2012
at 09:17 PM

Very good point! You sounded like how I was

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on March 12, 2012
at 11:01 AM

I don't think restricting certain foods CAUSES eating disorders, I think that people with eating disorders may naturally gravitate towards restrictive diets like vegan or macrobiotic diets in order to MASK their symptoms. Google "Orthorexia".

Binge eating, though, sounds like it stems from chronic nutritional deficiencies.

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on March 14, 2012
at 02:09 PM

+10000 Very wise

Da018cb47587503f0e2f22d2a782b3c0

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on March 14, 2012
at 02:10 PM

+1 Completely agree with the 1st sentence

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:53 AM

I've said this in other threads too : there's nothing that keeps me full as long as beef liver. So, like dav says, binge eating is probably a result of nutrient shortage. That nutrient could be anything from fat to sugar, from copper to zinc, ...

I remember, for example, when I tried to track down my food allergies. As I had a mold allergy, I ended up cutting out everything from my diet except for grapes (only meat and coconut oil and veggies were okay, but I wanted to be raw vegan and thus didn' know that). It resulted in huge binges, eating a box of 500g kellog's and still be hungry, eating nuts like crazy, ... And when I did zero-carb I craved brussel sprouts like crazy. Now I would find the kellog's boring and dry, the brussel sprouts way to hard to digest. Since eating from nose-to-tail, more sugar and adequate fat I have zero cravings.

Most people go from one extreme to the other : from excessive cardio to raw vegan to VLC, ... Just because extremes are so easy to understand and it seems plausible that being optimal requires extreme practices. Now, like Voltaire says : don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good... Don't believe in solutions because they are easy to understand and implement, or just because they make sense, believe in solutions because they work. If cutting out certain foods works, go ahead. Just make sure it does work, and avoid it unless it's really necessary.

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on March 12, 2012
at 05:23 PM

hey, do you like the taste of beef liver, because I cooked a liver last night, and I hate it, and now i must eat it.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 13, 2012
at 11:00 AM

I find the taste okay, but the texture is horrible. It takes a while to get used to...

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