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7/5/08 2:16 P

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oh, I'm 5'8, sorry I forgot to include that.
Thanks for the tips! I know I definitely need to find other outlets when I get stressed and stop taking it out on food. Surprisingly I haven't been gaining weight very rapidly, about 3-4 lbs a month tops. It's still hard emotionally, but I know it's good for me and I'm feeling much more comfortable about my body. When I was weighed even less I was too embarrased to leave my house. Now I'm going out with friends more and in turn that helps with bingeing since I can't do it when people are watching.
I really thought nuts just had a lot of the good fats? I'll look it up again, I just wanted to make sure it was ok to go over the recommended intake if it was mostly good fats. I was eating a lot of avocados until they went out of season and now they're a bit too expensive to get too often.
Congrats to both of you for becoming healthier too! It's good to hear that others have made it through this.

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7/4/08 7:39 A

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Welcome! First give yourself a huge pat on the back, it really sounds like you are on the right track. Gaining weight is a lot like loosing weight. It takes time, you need to be consistent, its best done slowly, you need to be healthy while doing it and its a lifetime commitment.

You might want to look at the food pryamid for high calorie foods. Nuts and nut butters are great but a lot of them are high in trans fat so be careful. Avocado's are one of my favorites, they are great to add on taco's, salads, and burgers.

Keep up the good work and welcome to the team!

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7/4/08 1:12 A

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BTW: currently i am 5'7'' and weight 112 pounds

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7/4/08 1:11 A

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HI! I am also recovering from an eating desorder but have overcome the binge periods. Get control over them while its still time because thinking you aren't gaining fast enough is just as bad as thinking you aren't losing fast enough-that is the kind of anxiety you need to conquer - and will power, my friend, is the only way around this - eat just as much as you need to gain slowly and healthily - gaining too fast can be just as bad as losing too fast-and just as temporary. All the best to you!
PS: you forgot to write your height ;)

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7/3/08 2:48 P

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Hey! I'm new to this site and trying to gain weight and get healthy again. My last year involved a lot of health issues plus anxiety, and battles with an eating disorder. I'm doing a million times better now though I still have to fight this crazy voice in my head sometimes that doesnt want me to stay healthy. My losest weight was about 98 and I'm almost up to 110 now. My weight before all this was around 120 but I'd be satisfied just to get to 115 for now and then get back in shape since I also used to be very athletic. I'm looking forward to hearing from many of you in similar situations!

Now for some questions I've had. I find it hard to determine what sort of nutrition I need. Most calorie calculators will put me at about 1700 to maintain and you would think I just need to add 500 to that to gain, however I've found that I didn't start gaining anything until I got up to 3500-4000 calories a day. I know! it's a ton of eating. This site won't even register that much. I'm okay with eating that much but I'm worried about my fat and sugar intake. My fat is always at least twice what is recommended and same with sugar if not more. Is this okay if almost all of it comes from nuts, olive oil, nut butters, and fruit? We all know peanut butter is magical for us weight gainers, so I really load up on all nuts and nut butters, and I try to avoid added sugars, so I'm pretty sure the extra fat is just what my body needs for now. I just want to make sure it won't harm me to have about 40% of my daily intake be fat (I've even reached 50% a few times). Have any of you had trouble with this or at least have some insight?

Another problem I was wondering about, specifically for those of you with histories of eating disorders is bingeing. I've done a complete turnaround. It's usually at night sometiems I get paranoid that I'm not gaining fast enough and will begin to stuff myself, or I'll just justify eating large amounts of food by thinking oh well, i need to gain anyways. But it gets out of control and I end up feeling sick, so it's not good.

Wow, sorry this is so long, and I probably sound like a crazy person! Weight gaining can be confusing!

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