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Eating disorder or normal fasting?

Discussion in 'Eating Disorders' started by Chance7, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. Chance7

    Chance7 New Member

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    Hi, I have been doing this for a while but it seems to be really picking up and I’m honestly kind of worried. So, I used to eat a lot, all the time. But ever since I became a Christian, I have been eating less. A lot less. But now I’m kind of scared for my health. I have been feeling like I should go two or three days without eating at a time, and then eat a very small amount(like maybe one meal)for a day. Then go right back to eating nothing at all for a few more days. Now, I have scrupulously, so I think that I have to fast this much or else I’m a glutton. Even eating one full meal in theee days makes me feel like I have sinned big time. But my problem is, somdetimes I go on a “binge” after not eating for so long and I end up feeling so guilty that I will not eat for another 1-3 days. I have been getting really weak and I’m already underweight and losing pounds pretty quickly. I’m just wondering, would the Holy Spirit want me to do this, or am I showing signs of an eating disorder. I feel hungry all the time but whenever I eat, I feel like an idolator and I have horribly condemning thoughts. What should I do?
     
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  2. Michie

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    Go to the doctor and seek professional help.
     
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  3. dreadnought

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    I would say you have a serious eating disorder. I might suggest you get professional help.

    We have to eat to stay alive. If you've had difficulties keeping your weight down in the past, I might suggest one thing you NOT do is fast. When you fast, you get really hungry and wind up eating more than you otherwise would have.
     
  4. bhsmte

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    Seek the help of a specialist. Your metabolic rate is going to tank, as your body senses starvation mode.
     
  5. Chance7

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    Okay, thank you for the help. I appreciate it.
     
  6. Glaucus

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    It seems to me that you're using Christianity to mask an eating disorder.
     
  7. Chance7

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    I’m not trying to though. It’s not like I’m trying to make up my Christianity just so I don’t have to admit I have I have an eating disorder. Although, maybe I know I have one on a subconscious level. I honestly want to honor God but I feel like fasting constantly is the only way to do it. I feel compelled to do it but maybe it’s not actually God telling me to do it. I always feel uneasy about it, like maybe God really doesn’t want me to but at the same time, I’d i do eat, I feel like the worst sinner ever. Maybe I am just overreacting. Or maybe it’s scrupulosity or something.
     
  8. Amy Cortright

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    The stand principle in the Bible outside of rare occasions or usually more cooperative fasting was to fast twice a week as the highest fasting standarded in the Bible that is two 24 hour periods a week not more, but that is the highest standard and what the most devote Christians always did but not more than that. I would recommend cutting back a little bit on your fast, and eating 3 meals a day on the days you don't fast, yet knowing that you can fast and that is fine to do for God. Gluttony is something i concern myself with as well, know that it is being overweight by a lot. If you are concerned about gluttony hugely I would recommend counting calories not overexercising and simply not eating more than 2500 calories most days.

    Amy
     
  9. Amy Cortright

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    Also the other thing is if you are going to fast longer than 24 hours i recommend maybe telling a trusted friend or pastor. For you I recommend maybe no longer than 24 hours outside of cooperative or church fast where you can submit to a pastor who can call you off the fast if he or she thinks it may harm you in any fashion.

    Amy
     
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