I ate too much - what to do?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Today I ate way more than I should have. I know it was triggered by undereating the past 3 days - I had such a low appetite that I didn't eat at all for two days, and then I tried to eat on the third day but only managed 1 hardboiled egg and a few small spoonfuls of a nice vegetable soup I made. Sooo today that caught up with me... for my first meal I had a big salad with olive oil and a sirloin steak just under 11 oz., then later some macadamia nuts and another salad but this time I put loooots of seeds (sesame/pumpkin/sunflower) and some cashews on it, then later 1/4th of my mom's steak, then shortly after 5 scrambled eggs and half a can of salmon. Then later I had about 7 slices of potato which my mom had with her steak (they were leftovers), THEN that got me craving carbs (potatoes for me are the devil. THE DEVIL.) so I had I guess 2 bananas worth of frozen banana slices, a small bit of pineapple juice and an orange. The first meal I had at around 1 PM and I just finished the orange around 6 AM (I have a horrible sleep schedule now because I couldn't sleep on those low appetite days).

Well, I am really trying to lose weight and am concerned that I overate like this. I had been eating very well, low calorie, and no fruits or starches or even nuts. Especially fruits, because before that my diet was almost exclusively fruit and grains but like 75% fruit, and I was a bit addicted so I wanted to come off them completely at least for a few months. I was feeling so good before this happened. How can I recover from this? How should I eat and work out these next few days? Thanks. :)



on December 11, 2012
at 12:43 PM

Undereating, overeating... sounds very eating disorder-esque.

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on December 11, 2012
at 01:05 PM

I wouldn't worry too much about it, think of the week. Skip a meal the next day and work out if you like. A good way to avoid over eating is to avoid under eating -- in other words, feel free to eat a little more food on the regular and you'll avoid pigging out when you have a weak moment or a glass of wine or something.


on December 11, 2012
at 04:06 PM

Please don't get upset about it. If you're at a weight which feels healthy to you, stop messing with it. Eating reactively is a classic sign you're not eating enough in the first place. It's a defense mechanism, really.

Getting your weight too low does raise your cortisol through the roof. Especially once you start eating even slightly normally again. Trust me on this - I'm a type 1 diabetic, and my eating has been disordered for years. You don't want to go down that road.



on December 11, 2012
at 03:47 PM

1 - go work out

2 - get over it, learn from it and hop back on the horse

...to be honest, that's not even THAT much food after none for 2 days


on December 11, 2012
at 02:10 PM

How should you recover?... Get over it and move forward. Everyone has days where they slip up. I am trying to lose weight too, but there are days where I mess up. It's life. I'm human. However, the more you worry, the more stress you are putting on your body. Try refocusing and moving forward. Focus on today. Not yesterday. Stay positive.

Also, make sure you are drinking enough water, and getting enough solid sleep. Sleep and recovery is very important for your body.

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