Physical Changes during Weight Restoration after Starvation

After a period of starvation, your body gets used to the low input of energy and the metabolism slows down to allow any energy reserves available go to basic functional needs. You start feeling tired, and all your motivation and drive to do anything is diminished. This is to stop you from wanting to do anything and rest, since the lack of food does not give you adequate sources of energy to do those things, and it cannot afford to expand any more of its precious energy on non-essential bodily functioning. Therefore, the moment you start putting sufficient food and energy into your body, many physical and hormonal changes start to take place. Initially, you may feel worse when you start eatin

Am I Overeating Or Binge-Eating During ED Recovery?

What is a Recovery Binge? During Eating Disorder recovery, whether it be Anorexia Nervosa or Orthorexia, I am sure many of you have experienced this term called “recovery binge”. You feel like you are overeating and going from a restrictive eating disorder to a binge-eating disorder. I remember it used to drive me nuts. I thought I was going crazy, from one eating disorder to another, never going to recover. When you start eating after a long period of starvation, extreme hunger usually kicks in. Thus, when you listen to your hunger, which is the right thing to do, and eat so much food, you start to question whether you are overeating or binge-eating. I felt like a failure and could never re

What Should My Goal Weight Be?

I used to be that guy, who always wanted to have a dream goal weight of XX kg cause according to my best friend, Google, I have a small frame, and XX amount of weight would be ideal for a male of my height that with a small frame. I finally figured that trying to achieve my "perfect weight" suggested by google adds a ton of unnecessary stress and decided to let this thought of mine go. Firstly, eating disorder is both a physical and mental condition. People with eating disorders tend to have low self-esteem and are perfectionists. You are probably here because you want to find out the perfect weight. There is no fixed magic number to your perfect weight. Everybody is different; therefore eve

How Much Food to Eat During ED Recovery?

I am sitting on my sofa chilling and having my dessert treat and it got me thinking about the amount of food I used to consume during my eating disorder recovery. To gain weight and recover, one needs to consume a certain number of calories. You can't go against the law of physics. It is all about calories in and calories out. Your energy input from food and drink needs to be greater than the energy output from your base metabolic rate (how much calories your body burns at rest) and any other daily physical activities. A good amount to consume would be 3000 to 5000 calories daily to ensure a minimum weight gain of 0.5kg to 1kg per week until you reached your overshoot weight and maintained t

Mental vs Extreme Hunger

During ED recovery, have you ever questioned your sanity as your mind gets obsessed about food? I know I did, and the 2 craziest things I faced during my recovery were “Extreme Hunger” and “Mental Hunger”. Mental and extreme hunger tend to go hand-in-hand. Let's find out what they are and how they are related. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question and put your mind at ease that what you are going through is normal and part of the process. What is Mental Hunger? Mental Hunger is a sign where your mind constantly thinks about food. Other signs include: planning ahead of time, when and what to eat, thinking about cravings / foods that you don’t allow yourself to eat. This is actua

How I Healed Ankylosing Spondylitis and My Journey

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis? Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. Gradually, sections of the spine fuse in a fixed, immobile position. Ankylosing Spondylitis is a genetic autoimmune condition which affects guys in their teens to 30s. Men are two to three times more likely to get the disease than women. You can inherit it. One gene, called HLA-B27 (which I was tested positive for), is common in people with ankylosing spondylitis. When I say heal, it means being able to live life functionally with

How to Heal from Mysterious Back / Body Pain (Mind-Body Syndrome)

Do you sometimes wonder why out of the blue, you have a mysterious back pain acting up or difficulty breathing and swallowing that you have no explanation of? You might think it was the food you ate recently, or your sleeping position, or a sign of aging. Allow me to solve the mystery for you. What is Mind-Body Syndrome / Tension Myositis Syndrome? The scientific term for mysterious body pain is actually called Mind-Body Syndrome or Tension Myositis Syndrome. It is a condition in which unconscious emotional issues (primarily rage) initiate a process that causes physical pain and other symptoms. Basically, the MBS/TMS process is when stress comes in from the outside world. If stress levels ar

6 Different Types of Eczema

What is Eczema? Eczema is the term used to describe a group of skin conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. It is very common in Singapore and also worldwide. Most of you probably have friends and relatives having it as well. But do not worry, eczema is not a contagious disease and cannot be spread. For eczema sufferers, a mixture of genetics and environmental issues trigger the immune system into overdrive and causes inflammation. As you guys probably already know, I have the most common form of eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. It is possible to have a mixture of 2 types or more. In total, there are 6 different types of eczema namely: Atopic dermatitis Cont

Definitive Guide to Healing Eczema Naturally

Being a minimalistic person, I dislike applying lots of products on my skin. Therefore, I try to use the minimum number of products to heal and keep eczema at bay. Below are the following products I use that work for my face, body and mild scalp eczema. I will also briefly cover on the supplementation, dietary and sleep aspect. Hair Shampoo For someone like me who has a slightly itchy scalp with dandruff, the Anti-Dandruff Shampoo & Conditioner Bar (GMO-free) by The Soap Haven works well for me. It contains food-grade premium GMO-free Oils and Essential Oils of Tea Tree, Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender to deal with dandruff and oily and itchy scalps. No additional conditioner is needed as

25 Emotional & Physical Signs of Having an Eating Disorder

There are many signs to show if a person has an eating disorder. If some of the pointers below resonate with you and you share similar experiences with me, chances are you probably do have an eating disorder. Recognising the signs is the first step to recovery. The earlier you recognise it, the earlier you can began recovery. I only started recovery after realising I had an eating disorder. (Click here to find out how I almost died from an eating disorder.) Emotional and Behavioural 1. Entire life revolves around food You are preoccupied with weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting. When I had eating disorder, I was also counting and overestimating my calories to trick my ­­­mind into

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