Friday, March 03, 2006

Nutrition vs. Calories

Eating Disorder Hope
Considering what little calories are taken in by most people with eating disorders every bit of food ingested needs to have the best nutritional value possible. So when choosing foods to eat do you ever consider nutritional value over calories? Or even nutritional value over fat content?


Anonymous said...

Hi, brand new to this blog, just discovered it. Have battled a complexity of eating disorders for close to 25 years.

Regarding the question posted, yes, I always consider nutritional value of the foods I eat. I study the label of any new food I might buy. Nutrition is very important to me, as I work out regularly and am concerned about not sacrificing muscle in my constant pursuit of fat loss.

When I was younger and extremely anorexic, I disregarded nutrition and my health suffered greatly. Though I continue to battle bulimia, night-eating, and anorexic tendencies, I'd like to think I'm at the very least smarter about what I choose to put into my body.

Jen said...

What a great entry. I have struggled with an eating disorder for the majority of my early adult years and have now become a mind-body nutrition and I think this is one of the things I preach all the time. If you eat nutrition then your body with crave less as well.

I send my hope to all and thanks for this blog. Here is my website: and my blog -- I will add you to my blogroll!

Anonymous said...

I have been working on "normal eating"..........eating what you like, eating when your hungry, stopping when your full.........I used to be too into labels and nutritional value. I am trying to make this less of a priority. I learned that I had conditioned myself to gross out over many foods that I used to enjoy and that I have trained/ tricked myself into thinking that I enjoy things that really don't taste all that great. However, I must admit that calories, fat, and carbs. are the first things I look at when I do read the labels. Looking at the nutritional info. makes the aforementioned information easier to accept and therefore makes the food not quite so scarey.

Anonymous said...

I think I still place more importance on the food being a low fat, low calorie food. Then once I am comfortable with those things then I look to the other nutritional facts. I know that some foods are "better" for you then others so I try to eat those. If I eat something that is "not good for you" then I usually feel guilty afterwards.