For the first time ever, I saw a dietician. She had recently graduated from school, and she was young, pretty, and skinny. She had sort of a lazy eye or something going on.
I told her that I had an ED and that I wanted more structure to my eating habits. She said that that sounded good and we wrote out a meal plan that I was excited about. I asked about calories just so I would know that I wasn’t going to gain weight on the plan, and she balked.
“I don’t think I should give this to you because I think you’ll become too obsessed with calories.”
“No, I only asked because I wanted to know I wasn’t going to get fat on this!”
“I think it would be wise for me to just give you some general guidelines.”
I was miffed, but I didn’t argue.
Her main advice was that I needed to stop eating so many sugary foods. I mean, duh. But for some reason her saying that out loud to me helped me stop eating them. I guess I’d been giving myself license to binge on desserts more because I’m in the stage where I know that eating some desserts won’t make me fat. The problem is I eat too many of them.
The other thing she told me was to get three different food groups in at each meal, and to have protein at every single meal. I’m supposed to get a fruit in at lunch and several vegetables in at dinner, but I’ll have to vary it because the school meal plan I’m on doesn’t allow for me to get much fresh food. Eating different food groups at each meal will allow me to get much-needed nutrients and the protein will help keep me full. The idea is that the more variety I eat and the fuller I keep myself, the less inclined I’ll be to have cravings for sugar.
It’s a solid theory, and so far it’s been working. Today at dinner I had no desire to eat desserts. I’ve only been following her plan for three days, though. We’ll see where I am in a week.
Challenge yourself to eat three different food groups at each meal! See if it helps stave off cravings.