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3000 CALORIES?????? Aaaaaargh! :eek:

Um, ok. I'm allergic to fat. Psychologically. I have to kid myself that what I'm eating isn't really fat, just big-boned, hehe. I've made huge progress, and can eat food in restaurants other than salad with no dressing: soups, chicken, fish, vegetables, etc. And I've never had a problem with icecream :D And I can eat sunflower seeds and various nuts. Etc. My problem is, one little slip into gloom/ doom and I instantly FORGET to eat (old habits die hard). Can you suggest stuff that doesn't look/ taste like it contains fat, but still has enough of the cunning little lipids to build me up big-time?

Plus, I have a very high body-fat percentage. I used to work in a health club (oh the irony!! but I was an in-house art director), and even the chubbiest girls there were shocked at the results of my measurement (25 or something equally appalling). Like cellulite, high body-fat doesn't seem to be exclusive to overweight people. Doesn't that mean I should be menstruating?

Finally, oh See-Saw, I would like to get counselling, and it seems logical, but I truly only barely have enough money to eat - I haven't shopped for anything non-edible for over 1.5 years (not even cosmetics). And anyway, all any shrink in the past ever did was prescribe Xanax and Prozac, and told me that my deprived childhood had made me feel worthy of deprivation, which didn't exactly help....
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Um, ok. I'm allergic to fat. Psychologically. I have to kid myself that what I'm eating isn't really fat, just big-boned, hehe. I've made huge progress, and can eat food in restaurants other than salad with no dressing: soups, chicken, fish, vegetables, etc. And I've never had a problem with icecream :D And I can eat sunflower seeds and various nuts. Etc. My problem is, one little slip into gloom/ doom and I instantly FORGET to eat (old habits die hard). Can you suggest stuff that doesn't look/ taste like it contains fat, but still has enough of the cunning little lipids to build me up big-time?
There's essential fat and then there's fat. YOU MUST HAVE essential fat or babe, you're heading for even more serious health problems. Perhaps you can make a visual aid: 2 columns, one headed GOOD FAT and one headed BAD FAT. Make sure you eat foods from the GOOD FAT column at least 2 times per day and eat NONE from the BAD FAT column. Would that get you past your mental block? Some good fats include: avocado, unsalted nuts and seeds, olives, sardines, whole milk, whole milk cheeses (cheddar, swiss), butter, olive oil, flax seed oil. BAD FATS include: lard, margarine, palm or palm kernel oil, anything deep fried, burgers and other fatty cuts of meat such as ribs, most sauces, trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils (this means no oreos, chips, etc. anything made with palm oil, or partially hydrogenated oils).
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Plus, I have a very high body-fat percentage. I used to work in a health club (oh the irony!! but I was an in-house art director), and even the chubbiest girls there were shocked at the results of my measurement (25 or something equally appalling). Like cellulite, high body-fat doesn't seem to be exclusive to overweight people. Doesn't that mean I should be menstruating?
Not necessarily. If you are underweight and NOT eating - ideally eating every 2-3 hours! - then your body is in 'starvation prevention' mode. Remember, metabolically, if your body is not getting the nutrition it needs, then it views itself as starving and many processes viewed as non-essential (such as menstruation) get shut down.
You may also have a thyroid problem. Hormonal imbalances can contribute to amenorrhea and the most common hormone imbalance in young women (as opposed to us chronologically gifted women) is thyroid based.
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Finally, oh See-Saw, I would like to get counselling, and it seems logical, but I truly only barely have enough money to eat - I haven't shopped for anything non-edible for over 1.5 years (not even cosmetics). And anyway, all any shrink in the past ever did was prescribe Xanax and Prozac, and told me that my deprived childhood had made me feel worthy of deprivation, which didn't exactly help....
Actually, had in mind perhaps counseling offered through your church or other non-profit community agency. And since I'm on the topic of non-profits, perhaps you could find a community clinic near you (where the charges are based on your ability to pay) and make an appointment for a medical evaluation (which I urge you to do). Planned Parenthood can evaluate amenorrhea (no periods) on a sliding scale basis. Is there one near you?
Doing a google search on amenorrhea, good fat, panic disorders, etc., may also help you find strategies for coping.

I wish you all the best!
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