Monday, January 06, 2014
At the end of 2013 I was at a point of desperation so I reached out to someone and asked for help with my binge eating, nutrition and workouts. Today I had my first consultation and it was an eye opener. We covered the basics ... the who, what and where and the down and dirty of my habits in the gym and in the frig.
Here's the highlights:
My binge eating is my body reacting to a too restricted diet aka calorie intake. I average about 1,500 calories daily and for a year on a clinical supervised plan I was at about 1,000 calories a day. My binge episodes may not be related to a "now" eating disorder but again, my body adjusting to the too few calories. If left alone it COULD turn into something more that could require doctors supervision.
Recommendation: Eat MORE. Based on height/weight and daily activity that I eat at minimum 2,000 calories daily and actually try to go as high as 2,500. This was SHOCKING! BUT, she is the first person to EVER address my calorie intake. Equally shocking - I know.
Not only will this help with the binging but it will help my metabolism too.
Food intake: I generally weigh/measure my foods and I track foods on My Fitness Pal.
Recommendation: Do this "for now." This will be the only accurate way to know what I'm consuming and in what quantity. We assessed my carb/protein and fat intake and she wants me to increase my "healthy" carbs and lower the fats.
Workouts: I walk a lot and I workout at the gym. Gym workouts are 30 minutes long and involve cardio and weights.
Recommendation: Do it! She is a huge supporter of walking and couldn't stress enough that I keep that up. She liked that fact that I wasn't in the gym "killing" it everyday for long periods of time as she doesn't believe - for the average person - that it's sustainable.
The thirty minute session went by FAST but we covered a lot of ground. She does one on one sessions like this at request and fee. She asked that I try to implement her recommendations as to nutrition for a month as the body needs to adjust. She recommended that I stay off the scale as my body adjusts too. I can email her if I have questions/concerns at no charge. In a month I'll ping her to do another consultation to see how things are progressing.
It was a relief to talk to someone about all of this and have a different perceptive.
I feel a sense of relief all over.