Post # 1
As some of you know (since my life has become an open weddingbee book), I have some major issues with my stomach.
I have recently dropped to 95 lbs. I’m 5’3 and normally weigh about 105-110. I am so skinny now you can see all my rib bones as well as the bones in my chest.
I am allergic to dairy and my stomach cannot tolerate fried foods well.
I’m trying to down nutrition shakes but they sit so heavy in my stomach 🙁
Any ideas? Cuz if one more person asks if I’m anorexic I am going to lose it!
Post # 3
What about peanutbutter? Eating foods with lots of that in it helps (as long as you aren’t allergic?) I had the same problem. I also added weight training so that I could gain weight with muscle mass. Its helped me keep my weight more stable.
Post # 4
@SoontobeMrsA:From what I remember, you’ve been under a lot of stress from your family lately. So no wonder you haven’t had an appetite. Cramming food down your throat while you’re still stressing out is just going to make you like eating even less. Is there a better way you can deal with the stress somehow? Therapy? Meditation? Yoga (not the hardcore power yoga stuff for burning calories, but more the relaxation kind)? There are also tons of self-help books out there to help people out with anxiety. Sometimes I kinda wish I responded to stress the way you and other people do by wanting to eat less, but I’m much more of an emotional eater. That’s a whole other can of worms, but same idea. You can’t stop the dysfunctional eating pattern until you deal with the underlying stress reaction.
In the meantime, trying to eat smaller meals more often might help keep you from feeling too full and sick. Good luck and stay strong!
Post # 5
aww I am sorry that you are going through this. Most of us focus so much on trying to loose weight we dont realize how hard it can be for some people to gain weight.
I am a larger gal adn dont need or want to gain weight but I would recommend eating lots of carbs. Sandwiches, pasta, hamburgers, avocado shakes, avocadoes, nuts, trail mix, fruit juices.
Check this out http://nutrition.about.com/od/dietsformedicaldisorders/f/GainWeight.htm
Good luck on getting healthy! 🙂
Post # 6
My oldest son is extremely skinny and it was recommended to him that he get something called Gainer, I think that is what it is called. He started out at about 98 lbs and he is 5′ 6″. He has gained 4 lbs last I checked. It is a powder that he mixes with juice or milk. You can get it in different flavors at a vitamin/health food store. He has only been taking it for a couple of weeks, but it is helping. I suggest going to a vitamin/health food store and see what they recommend. With your weight the way it is, you could probably use something with extra protein and vitamins in it.
Post # 7
Eat healthier fatty/dense foods.
Nuts, avacado, peanut butter, Chipotle 😉
There are some really good foods out there that you can have fun with!
Post # 8
@pfinarffle: That’s a good point. That’s why I had such a hard time maintaining weight too. Its also why I turned to weight training to keep my weight more steady, and its a good way for me to relieve stress. I do the bare minimum (30 min a few days a week) for cardio so I don’t lose too many calories and cause weight loss that way, though.
Post # 9
Put olive oil on everything!
Post # 10
First, have you considered celiac? Gluten caused me to lose a ton of weight (I was 5″ 9′ and 115, not a good look)
Then what I would recommend is trying to boost your calorie intake through eating several small meals of typically bad food. Potatoes, rice, and pasta (if you can have it) are amazing at helping you gain weight. I ate mashed potatoes (potatoes with the one dairy free margarine) at least four times a weak. I would also make a lot of meat and rice dishes (Ground beef or chopped chicken, rice or quinoa, and a vegetable simmered for 30 minutes) because they are gentle on your stomach. Finally, peanut butter, hummus, and guacamole are all loaded with healthy calories. I would snack on them with a glass of wine every night and I finally looked human again.
Post # 11
My husband is pretty thin, so he likes to drink ensure to keep his weight up, but I suppose that wouldn’t help you if you have a hard time tolerating dairy (I assume that’s what the base of ensure is).
I agree with the breads, pastas, potatoes, peanut butter, avocados, and olive oil. Hmm, my little sister had to work on gaining weight since she was always soo tiny so she was told by her doctor to drink weight-gaining shakes all the time. I’m not quite sure what it was, but it was a powder that she mixed into milkshakes.
Good luck, and I hope you get stable and happy soon!
Post # 12
@Jazziberry: Ensure is actually dairy free! I’ve been trying that but I kinda hate it lol. It makes me feel sooooo full. I’m trying though.
@Pollywog: I was tested for Celiac and it was negative. Gluten seems to be one of the few things I can tolerate.
Thank you everyone for your advice!!
Post # 13
The good thing about things like potatoes, rice, and pasta, as emp04 recommended, is that not only are they high in calories, they’re also very gentle on the stomach. I’d add crackers and bread to that list as well. Bread with peanut butter should be a great combination for weight gain + stomach gentleness.
Hugs!! Good luck!
Post # 14
@mightywombat: lol toast with peanut butter is always my go-to food. My body tolerates nuts very well, thankfully.
Post # 15
@SoontobeMrsA:Eat *very* frequently (ever two hours) at least a tiny bit– 1. It’ll make you hungrier when your body starts to remember what blood sugar feels like. 2. It won’t make you feel bloated/sick.
I have some health issues and occasionally gain a lot of weight or lose a lot and have to “fix” it and come back to normal.
My favorite way to add calories:
When fixing rice, do it Middle Eastern style–(Have a pot of boiling water or broth ready on the side.) Fry up the dry rice grains in some olive oil and spices (about 2 minutes), then add the boiled water. Or better yet, add broth. It’s still comfort food and easy on the stomach, but it’s higher calorie.
Also this seems counter intuitive, but a little exercise can usually make you hungrier. Yay!
Post # 16
Everytime I’ve needed to gain weight, I’ve had Ensure mostly. Milkshakes are good too, but the dairy is always a problem.