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Really struggling to eat

prairiechick

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I don't really know why the switch flipped for me. I feel I am overweight and usually when I am stressed I over eat, but now, after quitting my job, getting accepted into uni, moving back to where I grew up, moving into a new apartment, and starting therapy, all of a sudden I can't eat. I have plenty of healthy food in the fridge that is going to waste, but I am not hungry. Even when I get a few twinges of hunger, I can't face the thought of eating. I look in the fridge and am overwhelmed by the choices that I have. I don't know why I go to extremes, and why I can't just find a healthy balance.
 
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When I get down I can't eat. But I force myself to eat.
 
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I managed some yogurt and frozen blueberries. But how do you force yourself to eat? This is just so foreign to me, because I usually have the opposite problem and can't stop eating. People on here probably think I'm nuts, because I'm overweight and now concerned about under eating. You'd think I'd be happy about it, but I know that under eating can also affect my mental health, and I'm already doing poorly as it is. I spent most of the day in bed because I felt so depressed.
 
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I managed some yogurt and frozen blueberries. But how do you force yourself to eat? This is just so foreign to me, because I usually have the opposite problem and can't stop eating. People on here probably think I'm nuts, because I'm overweight and now concerned about under eating. You'd think I'd be happy about it, but I know that under eating can also affect my mental health, and I'm already doing poorly as it is. I spent most of the day in bed because I felt so depressed.
I have to set an alarm and eat a small meal at that time. I eat very small meals because I can't eat. It really is upsetting.
 
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I'm sorry it's so upsetting for you, Lincoln. I can really identify with that at the moment. Just eating yogurt and blueberries was really hard.
 
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I have had this at times. I have had to force myself to eat soup so I don't faint, or crispbreads to stop the nausea.
 
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I think it might be related to feeling suicidal, because not eating or drinking is the most passive way to kill myself. I guess about a week ago the thought crossed my mind that if I stopped eating and drinking I would die. So it's hard to make myself eat because I really don't want to be alive anymore.
 
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I think you can live up to eight weeks without food. It's very unpleasant.
Without drink... That's a different story. I didn't (eat or) drink for three days a little while ago. I'd nearly faint when I stood up, I could manage nothing but sleep, I couldn't hold a conversation, my chest started hurting badly, my head felt like it might explode.
It's not nice and it would only get worse. Your whole body stops functioning, slowly.
At some point I ran to the tap and drank water as long as I could bare.

I hope you manage something... Soup, a cracker, even a piece of fruit.
 
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I managed a yogurt green smoothie, just yogurt and spinach. Sounds gross, but with vanilla yogurt it's pretty good. It feels like a safe food for me. I didn't get up until nearly 11 this morning, but I feel better for having just prepared something for myself to eat.
 
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