If you are in eating disorder recovery or recovering from a long period of restriction, you have most likely heard the term extreme hunger. This is a in fact very common experience that many go through during the recovery process and nothing to be afraid of, despite its scary name.
Extreme hunger is one of the weirdest feelings I have felt. It’s like I’m a bottomless pit and food just goes straight through me and my body cries for more and more despite the fact that I’ve eaten a large amount of food. During my extreme hunger days I was eating upwards of 7,000 calories a day.
I would come home from a big dinner with friends and find myself in my kitchen making a huge sandwich🥪. I’d finish a whole pizza and still want more.
While extreme hunger may seem scary, its your body trying to heal itself– it is not you binging on food or being a “bad” person.
When you finally start fueling yourself your body gets so excited because it has so many repairs that it needs to do so it keeps signaling to your body to keep food coming making you feel ravenous for more food🥣🥡🥨🥟🌮🌯🥧🍕
Your poor body is just trying to make up for the lack of food you’ve had.
So as scary as it may seem, extreme hunger is important to listen to. If your body is signaling for you to eat more, despite how much that is, you need to eat. I actually oddly liked extreme hunger because it allowed me to eat lots of food without feeling full.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Extreme hunger may only last one day, it may last a week or it may last a whole month. Everyone is different.
ITS YOUR JOB DURING RECOVERY TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND NOT FIGHT ITS DESIRE FOR FOOD.
Scared to take that first step? Join the Get Your Flow On Course to find out more about extreme hunger and other phenomena that happens during recovery so that you can be prepared and equipped to reach full recovery and menstruate monthly!