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Pica increases when I restrict?

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#1 etrox318

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 11:19 AM

Hi all!

I have pica, had it since I was a kid. My favorite inedible things to eat are paper, tape, and thread/embroidery floss. I think it's a nervous thing because it gets worse when I am under a lot of stress.

It also increases when I restrict. Lately I've been trying to do a diet with mostly fruit and under 1200 calories and my pica has been bad. I'm to the point where I'm carrying things with me to munch on, like paper in my pocket.

Related, I heard in a YouTube video that models eat tissue to stay lean when they're hungry.

Does anyone else's pica increase when they restrict?
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Posted 01 July 2020 - 12:46 PM

I don’t have pica but when i restrict i definitely exhibit more behaviours like eating toothpicks which i absolutely love lol and things like blue tack and rubbers. i guess maybe the brain wants something to munch on because it misses the sensation of eating.
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Posted 28 July 2020 - 06:44 PM

Hello,
I have pics and have craved all sorts of things. The last couple years it was charcoal. I ate 5-10 briquettes a day. I couldn't stop. I was in the hospital earlier this summer and amongst other things they discovered I was severely anemic. So I left the hospital with a prescription for iron supplements and Zoloft (for anxiety) my craving/ desperate compulsion was cured. I stopped and have no desire to start again
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Posted 20 August 2020 - 07:56 PM

Hello,
I have pics and have craved all sorts of things. The last couple years it was charcoal. I ate 5-10 briquettes a day. I couldn't stop. I was in the hospital earlier this summer and amongst other things they discovered I was severely anemic. So I left the hospital with a prescription for iron supplements and Zoloft (for anxiety) my craving/ desperate compulsion was cured. I stopped and have no desire to start again

Woah, charcoal briquettes! I think that actually can be a sign of anemia now that I think about it.
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#5 etrox318

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 07:58 PM

I don’t have pica but when i restrict i definitely exhibit more behaviours like eating toothpicks which i absolutely love lol and things like blue tack and rubbers. i guess maybe the brain wants something to munch on because it misses the sensation of eating.

Yeah, that's what I think too.
I used to chew gum but I would get so hungry I would just end up eating packs of gum & it wasn't worth the calories. So now it's thread and paper.
I'm literally stashing paper I like to eat around my apartment for if I get a craving.
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Lw 105 BMI 16.4
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September 2020 Cw 129.3 BMI 20.2

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Posted 21 August 2020 - 09:57 AM

I've been like that in the past. My pica food is/was Johnson's Baby powder. I had times when I could finish 22oz bottle in about five days when I was doing really well with restriction. Any other time it would take about seven days. A 15oz bottle would take about three when restricting and five when not. 

 

But in recent two to three years I've cut way down to the 1.5oz or 4oz, depending on what I can find. On rare occasions I'd dabble in a 9oz or 15oz. 

 

And during the lockdown I haven't had any at all, while restricting more consistently than I have in the entirety of my ED. 


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#7 etrox318

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Posted 09 October 2020 - 11:59 AM

I've been like that in the past. My pica food is/was Johnson's Baby powder. I had times when I could finish 22oz bottle in about five days when I was doing really well with restriction. Any other time it would take about seven days. A 15oz bottle would take about three when restricting and five when not.

But in recent two to three years I've cut way down to the 1.5oz or 4oz, depending on what I can find. On rare occasions I'd dabble in a 9oz or 15oz.

And during the lockdown I haven't had any at all, while restricting more consistently than I have in the entirety of my ED.

That's amazing you've cut down!!! Especially because I wonder if baby powder can be toxic?

I just always reach for paper/thread when I'm hungry and I won't let myself eat. It sucks but at least I'm not consuming extra ... I recently chipped a tooth on hard plastic so I stopped chewing on those.

Also I reread my op on trying to eat 1000 calories in only fruit - so dumb. Don't do that guys. I ended up with major diarrhea and and a bp in 4 days.
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https://www.myproana... MY NEW ACCOUNTABILITY
https://www.myproana...ookbooks-vegan/ MY MCDOUGALL RECIPE ADVENTURE
Female, diagnosed bulimic, previously diagnosed an-bp.
Hufflepuff, infp. Mostly vegan.
5'7"
Hw 208 BMI 32.6
Lw 105 BMI 16.4
Ugw 99 BMI 15.5
September 2020 Cw 129.3 BMI 20.2



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