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scared_and_exhausted
Hi all, I have been lurking on this forum for several years, but have only just made an account.
My D is 17 in January and has been sick for four years, although slightly better weight and mentality wise. She has however had her periods for a while, and I was wondering if there were any specific foods, apart from fats in general, that can stimulate your body to have periods? Could she have induced them by eating particular foods? Just out of curiosity, as I am slightly worried this could be an anorexia ploy to stay at a weight which is still fairly underweight.
She is also 167.4 cm and wants to grow - is there anything specific one can do to achieve this?
Hope all is okay with you guys and I'm super glad I found this place.
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OneToughMomma
Dear s & e,

I think you have a typo here. So your d does have her periods and yet you want to stimulate them? What are you asking and have you checked with her team?

In general, growing bodies need lots of lipids (fats) for healthy brain function and reproductive cycles. Of course all nutrients are important, but nothing's better than fats for maturing bodies.

OTM
D in and out of EDNOS since age 8. dx RAN 2013. WR Aug '14. Graduated FBT June 2015 at 18 yrs old. [thumb]
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AUSSIEedfamily
Dear scared_and_exhausted,

As a dad here I have not been too involved in knowing about specific foods for return of periods. That said fats do play a big part in repairing the body.

There are several parent guide booklets on the F.E.A.S.T website that may help this one on nutrition has some great info https://feast-ed.site-ym.com/?page=NutritionGuide
ED Dad
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scared_and_exhausted
Hi guys, and thanks for your reply! AussieEDfamily, I will check them out now! It's great to have support here.

OTM, sorry I didn't make myself clear! I meant were there any particular foods that could stimulate periods that she ate, that maybe the periods wouldn't have returned if she hadn't eaten? The team we see are set on periods as a milestone of recovery and I was just wondering if her periods were defo real or possibly "induced" in some way. Am I being too worried and controlling? it's hard to tell. I just want to know my D is okay, although we've been told that it may be just a case of managing the anorexia rather than recovery. Hope is all we have right now. Thanks again guys.
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atdt31_US
Birth control or hormonal manipulation could maybe start a "false" period I think. Not a doctor. Never heard of any certain food having that result. But appearance of a period should never be a defining milestone of health; it is just one consideration.
Mom of either pre-diagnosis or non-ed underweight 12 yoa (as of March 2018) kid here to learn how to achieve weight gain.  BMI steadily in the mid 12's for nearly her entire life.  Born 2006. UPDATE:  April 2018 diagnosed ARFID, based solely on weight being less than 75% of Ideal Body Weight.  Mildly picky, but mostly the problem is a volume/early satiety issue, along with abdominal discomfort and chronic constipation, all present since birth. FWIW ED-D is a fraternal twin and we have no other kids.
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Torie
Am I being too worried and controlling? 

Hmmm ... It's hard to imagine that.  I remember my d complaining that I had gone from being the least protective/controlling mom among all her friends, to being the most.  Unfortunately, that's the shift we need to make with this vile illness.  When your kid can't eat enough, it's like having a much, much younger kid to watch out for (i.e., toddler). 

So sorry you needed to join us here, but hope we can be of some help. xx

-Torie
"We are angels of hope, of healing, and of light. Darkness flees from us." -YP 
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mjkz
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The team we see are set on periods as a milestone of recovery


They definitely are not.  My daughter at her lowest weight was 45% of ideal body weight and still had regular periods.  Lack of a period means something but presence of a period doesn't really if that makes any sense.  I've noticed that speed of weight loss has more of an effect on a period than any specific food.  The faster my daughter lost weight, the less likely she was to lose her period.  If she lost weight at a slower rate even when underweight she kept having her period.
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Colleen
Periods are just one indicator of health.  And they are definitely NOT an indicator of brain health.  Unless your brain is in your ovaries.

Keep going with nutrition and weight gain until you see THAT particular organ start to improve.  The brain one, I mean.
Colleen in the great Pacific Northwest, USA

"What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease."
Alexander Pope, 1688-1744
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