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Always Thinking About Food

I remember when I was restricting I would obsess and dream about my next meal. I thought that once I started eating again I wouldn't think about my next meal all the time, but I still do. Everyday, all day, I think about what my next meal will be, when it will be, and how much it will be. It keeps me up at night, and if I go out to eat I rarely focus on the person i'm with but rather on what i'll order. And if I decide to treat myself to a dessert i'll think about how I didn't need it, and feel the urge to restrict. But I can't, because if anyone saw me skip a meal, they'd be upset with me. Not only that, but the only thing that makes the obsessive thoughts go away is just plain saying, "I won't have a next meal."


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I know when I first was going through recovery, it was the same for me. It's not not nearly as bad now. I hope that gives you some encouragement. Hang in there. I hope you continue to post about your feelings and get the support you deserve. Welcome to the forum.

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