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Pingu
My d before admission loved frozen fruit and would eat it frozen. Is there a AN reason for this?
Wasn’t sure if there was a burning more calories processing the frozen fruit type of thing going on. She’s started home leave and not sure if this is. Healthy thing to allow
Thanks
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Foodsupport_AUS
A few possibilities. There is definitely the idea that frozen foods require more calories to burn, but another reason is could be something called pica. Mineral deficiencies are sometimes associated with this behaviour which can include eating dirt and other non food substances but eating ice is also a part of this. Definitely something for moderation.
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Mostly recovered 10 years later.  Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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debra18
It sounds like when my daughter liked burnt toast and food blended. Maybe it's more acceptable for Ed to eat when it's in a different form. I agree that fruits don't really have enough calories for them to count. Is it part of her meal plan?
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Pingu
Hi there
No it’s not part of the meal plan more. Preferred treat or used to be but thought it must have AN tendancies just like when she was eating chilliest
It never stops does it
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Ellesmum
Mine also used to eat frozen fruit but she’d have it with yoghurt. She’s also mad about cinnamon and I wonder if there’s a reason, although maybe she just likes it as she’ll eat cinnamon cakes/biscuits. It’s a new flavour to her and she can’t get enough of it.
Ellesmum
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smileymum
No idea, Pingu, but perhaps what the others have said. 

My d (still recovering from ED) will often ask for an ice-lolly after lunch) it will be one of those fruit juice type ones so not a calorific ice-cream type thing....or she'll ask for sweets if they are out.  She says she doesn't feel hunger and doesn't really enjoy food so my guess in my d's case is that she is enjoying a nice taste in what is for her a guilt-free way. Might it be that? Is it an issue as long as it's not too much or to replace food?

Does it have to be a thing if it isn't a thing, if you know what I mean?
Smileymum
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ValentinaGermania
I have just checked German diet and proana sites for that and indeed, they say it is helpful to lose weight ;( so I really think it is an AN thing.
Sorry.
By the way, no question is a weird question with this disease. Keep asking, please.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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Pingu
For gods sake I just knew it would be the AN.
Are there any campaigns to get these bloody anae sites taken down they are life threatening and dangerous
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ValentinaGermania
You have a really great gut feeling, Pingu!
I would sign in if anybody would take those sides down but the line for that is very high. You can only control her pc and phone and block them.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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KLB
My s used to fill a pint glass up with just ice cubes and eat that as an afternoon and evening snack. He's done that for about two years, which makes me think maybe his ED started far earlier than I thought.
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Mcmum
I so often have that nagging feeling. The more you learn about ed, the more you start to re-think past behaviours. Even my son now says it had been going on for over a year prior to last Easter which means he would have just turned 8. This thought fills me with horror. No ice related habits though but one to look out for in the future.
Hugs to everyone dealing with this vile thing xx
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jessheart999
Choose your battles. If she’s eating it then that’s great. Everyone has different preferences on how they like to eat their food. E.g. rare or medium rare. In my honest opinion as long as she’s progressing with her recovery let her eat her food how she wants as long as she isn’t avoiding calories. Take care
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Pointerpuppy
Don't mean to hijack post but saw Ellesmum mentioned cinnamon above. My d has a very subtle obsession with cinnamon. I asked her about it and she got very defensive. What information is there about cinnamon and AN? I use cinnamon quite a bit but she is using it on some unusual things.
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Mamaroo
Pointerpuppy wrote:
Don't mean to hijack post but saw Ellesmum mentioned cinnamon above. My d has a very subtle obsession with cinnamon. I asked her about it and she got very defensive. What information is there about cinnamon and AN? I use cinnamon quite a bit but she is using it on some unusual things.


My d put cinnamon on EVERYTHING, even in ensures and on apples. I also like cinnamon, while my hubby is not a fan. Could just be a preference. If it helps her to eat, why not? These days my d eats normally, so it probably was just a phase, I won't be too worried about it.
D became obsessed with exercise at age 9 and started eating 'healthy' at age 9.5. Restricting couple of months later. IP for 2 weeks at age 10. Slowly refed for months on Ensures alone, followed by swap over with food at a snails pace. WR after a year at age 11 in March 2017. View my recipes on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLW6A6sDO3ZDq8npNm8_ww
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KLB
Cinnamon is linked to increasing the metabolism thus burning more calories, similar to spices etc.
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Mcmum
Didn't we just know it!! I've said it before but i'll say it again for Christmas :
I HATE THIS ILLNESS! !!😠
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debra18
My daughter also loved cinnamon at the beginning of refeeding and she didn't know anything about burning calories. I think it was more like pica, that when you are missing essential nutrients you crave strange foods. It was mentioned in the Minnesota starvation experment that they combined strange foods together. I think it's along the same lines.
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