Life without Anorexia
My motto is 'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'
My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.
I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.
I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!
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Friday, January 22, 2016
Myfitnesspal, the addictive but much hated or loved app which many people seem to use. The app that can cause obsession and anxiety amongst some. The app which I have used for months in the past and caused so much anxiety about such a little calorie amount.
First off, it is important to know that the calorie goal MFP gives you isn’t always accurate. For example, if I put in my height, weight, activity and my goal of maintenance I get told that I need around 2000kcal a day +/- . But MFP doesn’t know how much exercise I do, doesn’t know that I have CF which means I need more energy and doesn’t know about my metabolism and whether it is fast or slow. So I know that I need around 3000-3500kcal a day and that is what I eat now and maintain my weight on. My fitness pal often gives you a too little amount to eat.
I dont think calorie counters are necessary unless it is that you eat far too much if you dont count your calories, or... if calorie counters are helpful because they make you eat the amount you need to. But i think that for the general population, and if they want to keep some sort of track of how much they eat then they can go by "portion sizes" or eye measurements. Serving sizes are often very small and doesnt mean that that is all you can eat, it is just a suggestion and a way for the company to easier sell their products... because people will read "25g is x kcal"... thats not so bad, when 25g is like 2 squares of chocolate or 3 falafels etc etc when in reality, a normal portion might be 7 falafels instead of the serving size of 3 etc
I think using portion sizes is alot better for people because then they dont see food as numbers... they can still track that they dont eat too much or too little, but dont have to see food just as numbers or macros, thats why you go to a dietician. I mean dieticians have studied nutrition and how to count calories and macros, set up meal plans and help people with their goals. It is much better to go to someone else, allow them to do the counting and then you get a meal plan, you follow that meal plan and dont have to see food as numbers. Food should be enjoyed, not something stressed about or something that makes you feel guilty.
But that is exactly what MFP and similar apps do.... They induce stress and anxiety. You look at your "remaining calories" and think... i cant eat that food because i dont have enough calories. Or you know you are going out to dinner and so you "save your calories", or you are still super hungry after you have eaten all your calories. That is not a life to live. MFP doesnt know you or your body, it gives you a number and often strange ones... i mean who eats exactly 2371 kcal a day? Either round it up or round it down. But also, the body is different everyday and needs a different amount of energy somedays. Somedays you are just super hungry, and its ok to eat more, your body most probably needs it. For example, for girls before or during their period they can feel super hungry... the type of hunger where you want to eat everything. Allow yourself to do that... 1) You wont eat everything... your body has a limit 2) Your body needs the extra food 3) Your body knows how to deal with extra calories. You might not need to stuff yourself with chips, ice cream, cola and chocolate... but maybe you are craving some chocolate or ice cream or both.... go buy some. It is ok to listen to your cravings and it is ok to eat more.... and you definitely dont need MFP making you feel guilty or telling you that "your food is high in sugar" when you are on your period and all you want is chocolate.
If you know how to count calories, it doesnt just go away... it will still always be there. BUt the first step is to get rid of any apps that you use to count calories. Food is more than numbers, food is delicious and should be enjoyed as well. Get someone else - someone qualified - to help you with a meal plan if you are struggling about how much to eat. You need to enjoy food and eat food you like, not just eat foods with the lowest calories. Because i mean sure, calorie free noodles have barely any calories... but it is also about nutrition and it is much better to eat some bean pasta or whole grain spaghetti than to eat some calorie free noodles. Your body needs all its macronutrients and micornutrients as well as vitamins and minerals daily... not just how little can i eat today?
If you use any calorie counting apps, my challenge for you is that this weekend or next week you delete it. Instead food journal if you feel you need some type of control, but dont weigh your food, try to not count your calories and try to go for eye measurements.
Breaking free from calorie counting and calorie counting apps is one of the best things you can do. It will give you more time and eventually you feel more free, in the beginning it can be hard and you can feel anxious... but in all honesty, you are just wasting time and energy on calorie counting apps. They cant tell you how much you need each day because that is different and you shouldnt feel guilty for listening to your hunger and eating more.