Always leaving food on your plate. There are 2 types of people, one who says to finish everything on your plate no matter what. And the other who says you should always leave something on your plate.... i think you shoulld finish what is on your plate, unless it is that you really are too full. But when you are sick you can develop a sort of habit to always leave soemthing on your plate even if you want to eat it, and then it is no longer something you do because you are full, but because you feel you have to.
Drink x glasses of water before, during and after a meal. There are people who suggest you do this and sure, it can be a great way to get your water intake in. But those who are sick can drink lots of water to try to fill yourself up, when in actuality your body needs food and more energy. You arent thirsty, you are hungry. And from what i have heard drinking lots of cold water while eating can just make it harder and longer for the food to digest. Its better to just drink something while eating and then drink a little afterwards, if you are still hungry then eat MORE, dont just drink water.
Doing x amount of sit ups or squats during the day or before going to bed. I can tell you that doing this really isnt going to achieve much apart from resistance training and maybe getting stronger legs or core... but if you do too much and never let the muscles rest then you will just break down the muscles anyway. But also that sort of compulsive exercise isnt good... i dont believe in any of those 30 day sit up or plank challenges because it forces you to exercise even though you may not want to. I think if someone wants to start exercising its better to find the motivation and workout x times per week and not just a few squats or sit ups here and there. Because really... is that enjoyment? Are you enjoying forcing yourself to do 100 squats?
Nothing will happen if you dont do those squats or sit ups or what it is you might do. Let your body rest.
Saying you have already eaten or arent hungry whenever food is offered to you. Of course, there may be times that these statements are true, i mean i have had to say ive already eaten when i already have and someone offers me food and i know that i cant fit it into my stomach. But if you constantly say no to food offered to you and you havent already eaten or you are hungry but dont want to eat what is offered to you. Then try to change this behaviour. Think....what is that cookie, or apple or latte or granola bar going to do to me? It is going to fill you with energy so that your body has energy to function properly. It will give your brain energy so you can think better, it will feed your organs and muscles. Will it make you fat? No..... everyone would be fat if they were to just eat a cookie or granola bar or a banana in the middle of the day then. But thats not how weight gain works. So if you want something when its offered, eat it.
Getting rid of the dressing on salad, wiping away oil on your plate or getting rid of butter/cream on food. No. No. No...... This does not and never will equal a healthy mind. You should feel no obligation to wipe away oil that is on food or to panic when your salad has dressing. An option which i do is that when i order salads i get the dressing on the side and pour it over myself because i dont like mayonnaise or mayonnaise sauces, so then if its a non mayonnaise dressing/sauce then i pour it over. But you should NOT panic because you see butter/cream/oil in the food. Its food, its energy, everyone else can eat it and SO CAN YOU. So if you have the habit of doing this with food, then make an effort to stop. But also.... if you ever eat with others this becomes extremely awkward when you sit there and have to begin scraping at your food and dabbing and wiping.
These are just a few of the habits and things which i myself used to do during my half recovered stage and i thought i was healthy because 'i was still eating'. But there is so much more to it than that. I might try to do a part 2 of this when i get a chance.
But i hope that this makes you think about your own behaviour and what you might need to change. You might do some of these things subconsciously because they are just habits, but please make a conscious effort to change them. For yourself and for your life!!!