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Beyond meat, having a hard time eating in general.

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 28, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I know why this is going on, I've been dealing with eating issues my entire life.

It's not that I don't like eating, it's that...I can't eat solid foods. It's not in the digestion entirely, though my stomach does have issues with digesting it (looking into digestive enzymes), it's the chewing and swallowing part of the equation. I have an anxiety disorder, and it centers around 3 things, one of them being eating, so every time I eat solid foods, I tend to have an anxiety attack, normally while chewing or swallowing, which makes me choke on the food.

I'm really tired of not being able to eat the amount of food I need to eat (I'm getting nowhere near the proper amount of nutrition)...so I'm getting to the point where I'm just going to start eating soft foods until I get into a more healthy state, then slowly start adding solid foods, much like you would when weaning a baby from breast milk.

On top of that, I don't think I can eat meat, and when I do start eating solid foods again, that will be the last thing I introduce to my body, as it is the hardest on me.

But to the actual question (yes, I know I ramble), what can I do to get the amount of protein I need everyday? And besides smoothies and soups, what is there to eat that isn't solid?

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on September 02, 2011
at 06:29 AM

her website is www.LivDelicious.com, or check out the websites Dragonfly gave you as well. EFTuniverse.com is a great website as well.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on September 02, 2011
at 06:29 AM

I LOVE EFT! My body image issues were not as extreme as yours, but I was overweight my entire life and was always made fun of (not in a joking way) from my family, I had an eating disorder for 6 or 7 years. Even after I (healthily) lost 50 lbs, I still had body image issues. Think 15-20 years worth. I wore jeans and a long sleeve shirt/jacket EVERY DAY even though I live in Hawaii! Last summer I did ONE session of EFT and the next day I was wearing dresses. That was HUGE for me. I really suggest EFT. I have a fantastic practitioner who does Skype and phone sessions if you are interested-

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 28, 2011
at 06:23 PM

I had a friend (many years ago) who did this transition. Not easy, but he got through it with some help and really understanding friends. EFT can still be useful tool, and I would encourage you to at least try it, since its free and won't hurt...

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on August 28, 2011
at 05:21 PM

You bet. I would also add a multi-vitamin. Fishoil will be inportant to take as well.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Thank you! I'll add those to the list. ^^

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 04:45 PM

My anxiety is hard to explain, but I'm not very closed off about telling people. I'm female to Male transsexual, I'm not going to go too into it, but I have a female body and a male persona, in all basic essence. Along with that, comes Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I used to be so bad that I would go a week without eating because I had gained a pound, so I'm glad I got past that point of my life. Anyway, my issue is, I can do all sorts of things to ease the anxiety, but it won't ever get to the manageable level (right now I'm labeled as disabled). Not until I transition.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 04:39 PM

I can handle broths in small amounts (like once a week), but yeah, I was thinking about doing something like that.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Well, my mom takes me to someone who deals with medication (and only medication) but I need a specialist who can work with my root problem and though they're pretty cheap, the closest one is a couple hours away, so what I don't pay per visit, I'd pay to just get there. Actually, the only good therapists in general are probably an hour's drive or so away. But I really hope (for my health) I can get to one soon.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 28, 2011
at 03:54 PM

I do think a doctor would advise you to stop working out unless you can get your calories up. Start using fitday to get an estimate of where your calories are.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 28, 2011
at 03:52 PM

canned coconut milk is good, whey protein is probably the best. Yeah, I know it's almost impossible to see a mental health professional unless you have lots of money, even if you have insurance. The situation here in the US is just sick. You might try calling around to see if someone will take you pro-bono.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 03:50 PM

Thanks! And my stomach has troubles digesting meat (no matter it's form), but I'll try that later on, when I start incorporating more solid foods into my diet (as a last step before eating solid meat). I'll probably try eating smoothies with the egg yolks, since I can only eat the yolk of an egg when it's cooked (though I'm not sure runny yolk is actually cooked...), but I'll have to get to the point of getting enough nutrients before trying. I'm probably going to keep a food log and how I felt after eating each food until I can go to the doctor...might help.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Okay. I'll have to let my mom know that. Oh gosh, I sounded like a little child there (I'm 18, so still technically a child, I guess). I'm looking into going to a specialist about my eating issues, but at the moment, I really just don't have the money. So, for now, I'm just going to make sure I don't get any deficiencies. Do you know which protein powder would be best? And as far as coconut milk, should I go with canned? I'll probably do a little research. Probably start looking into post workout smoothies (as those would probably be best). Thank you for the response!

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 02:59 PM

As a little note to add onto that, I have days where I can barely hold anything that isn't liquid, sometimes this can last a week.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 28, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Hmm, this question is pretty borderline "see a doctor", so it might get closed. This sounds like a serious eating disorder, one that should be treated by a doctor.

That said, I've had some illnesses before where I lost a lot of weight, and there is nothing wrong with relying on smoothies to put the weight back on, but you might want to make them increasingly hearty so that eventually you can transition back to normal food. If you are having trouble eating, you shouldn't feel guilty about eating things like sugar, because the priority is to stop starving. During that period in my life I ate a lot of shakes made with honey, coconut milk, protein powder, and nut butters. You need to let go of food restrictions and realize that while certain foods are healthier, it's OK to eat "bad" foods too.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Okay. I'll have to let my mom know that. Oh gosh, I sounded like a little child there (I'm 18, so still technically a child, I guess). I'm looking into going to a specialist about my eating issues, but at the moment, I really just don't have the money. So, for now, I'm just going to make sure I don't get any deficiencies. Do you know which protein powder would be best? And as far as coconut milk, should I go with canned? I'll probably do a little research. Probably start looking into post workout smoothies (as those would probably be best). Thank you for the response!

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Well, my mom takes me to someone who deals with medication (and only medication) but I need a specialist who can work with my root problem and though they're pretty cheap, the closest one is a couple hours away, so what I don't pay per visit, I'd pay to just get there. Actually, the only good therapists in general are probably an hour's drive or so away. But I really hope (for my health) I can get to one soon.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 28, 2011
at 03:54 PM

I do think a doctor would advise you to stop working out unless you can get your calories up. Start using fitday to get an estimate of where your calories are.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 28, 2011
at 03:52 PM

canned coconut milk is good, whey protein is probably the best. Yeah, I know it's almost impossible to see a mental health professional unless you have lots of money, even if you have insurance. The situation here in the US is just sick. You might try calling around to see if someone will take you pro-bono.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

You may want to check out EFT aka "Tapping". It's a great (and free) self-help tool that can release chronic anxieties and phobias.

Working with an EFT practitioner can be faster, but it's a tool that millions of folks have used successfully on their own.

You can do a search on the website for articles and check out tapping.com for some videos on how to tap.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 04:45 PM

My anxiety is hard to explain, but I'm not very closed off about telling people. I'm female to Male transsexual, I'm not going to go too into it, but I have a female body and a male persona, in all basic essence. Along with that, comes Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I used to be so bad that I would go a week without eating because I had gained a pound, so I'm glad I got past that point of my life. Anyway, my issue is, I can do all sorts of things to ease the anxiety, but it won't ever get to the manageable level (right now I'm labeled as disabled). Not until I transition.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 28, 2011
at 06:23 PM

I had a friend (many years ago) who did this transition. Not easy, but he got through it with some help and really understanding friends. EFT can still be useful tool, and I would encourage you to at least try it, since its free and won't hurt...

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on September 02, 2011
at 06:29 AM

her website is www.LivDelicious.com, or check out the websites Dragonfly gave you as well. EFTuniverse.com is a great website as well.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on September 02, 2011
at 06:29 AM

I LOVE EFT! My body image issues were not as extreme as yours, but I was overweight my entire life and was always made fun of (not in a joking way) from my family, I had an eating disorder for 6 or 7 years. Even after I (healthily) lost 50 lbs, I still had body image issues. Think 15-20 years worth. I wore jeans and a long sleeve shirt/jacket EVERY DAY even though I live in Hawaii! Last summer I did ONE session of EFT and the next day I was wearing dresses. That was HUGE for me. I really suggest EFT. I have a fantastic practitioner who does Skype and phone sessions if you are interested-

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C1fb8666b1ae085507a76a4c494e4f0a

on August 28, 2011
at 04:35 PM

I know you have trouble with meat, but could you handle making and drinking broths? You can get chicken, beef and/or fish bones very cheaply (or even free). Nourishing, and extremely easy on the digestion.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 04:39 PM

I can handle broths in small amounts (like once a week), but yeah, I was thinking about doing something like that.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on August 28, 2011
at 04:31 PM

Whey protein powder. Coconut Oil, Coconut milk, coconut water. You could juice vegetables.

Best Wishes to you! - Eric

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Thank you! I'll add those to the list. ^^

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on August 28, 2011
at 05:21 PM

You bet. I would also add a multi-vitamin. Fishoil will be inportant to take as well.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on August 28, 2011
at 03:45 PM

Food can be a choking hazard and although most of us probably don't think about it much, I don't see your fear as completely irrational. It's just carried a little far - to the point that it affects you negatively. Agree with Melissa - you need to see a doctor for your anxiety.

That said, just about anything can go into a food processor or blender. Think baby food. Meat, liver, whatever. Protein powder is fine if that goes down easier. I don't worry about brands too much, the fewer ingredients, the better. I don't buy a lot of coconut milk, but I'm sure if you search for it on this site... Okay, I did it for you...

http://paleohacks.com/questions/2376/whats-the-best-brand-of-coconut-milk#axzz1WL1QGIgj

http://paleohacks.com/questions/2361/any-source-for-coconut-milk-in-non-bpa-cans#axzz1WL1QGIgj

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on August 28, 2011
at 03:50 PM

Thanks! And my stomach has troubles digesting meat (no matter it's form), but I'll try that later on, when I start incorporating more solid foods into my diet (as a last step before eating solid meat). I'll probably try eating smoothies with the egg yolks, since I can only eat the yolk of an egg when it's cooked (though I'm not sure runny yolk is actually cooked...), but I'll have to get to the point of getting enough nutrients before trying. I'm probably going to keep a food log and how I felt after eating each food until I can go to the doctor...might help.

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