Thank you all so much, these are all really great points and super helpful ideas! I appreciate your perspectives greatly
If its work related, and you mention that it is in a sense, you dont want to be seen as the nurse who refuses to eat, it doesnt look or sound professional in the adult world.
They mentioned dietary requirements, ask for a vegan wrap, a wrap has less "bread" than a sandwich baguette, and if its vegan its just veggies.
This is one option.
The other option is not to eat anything, and have all of them being suspicious on you.
All the best xx
You're absolutely right. I think a vegan option will be easier on the mind, as well as reminders of the longer term payoff.
I do want to get better eventually! So surely now is a good time to at least attempt to be like the others.
Thank you for your kindness, thought and help, I appreciate it so much.
You could say you're gluten free. That takes away most bread options. Then maybe you can just have a salad or tell them you'll bring your own food.
That's true! I've definitely seen people taking their own food to these things and I'm fairly certain at least some of those people didn't have EDs. Telling people I'm gluten sensitive might help with the morning tea grain items!
Just eat the filling! There’s bound to be a wrap with lower cal fillings.
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Love you lots, thank you for reminding me this is still an option. It's definitely better than not taking anything at all!
In the past I've emailed in advance and just asked under the guise of like food sensitivities/temporary diet from doctor if there would be a grain-free/dairy-free/vegan/etc. option or adjustment I could make myself. People have usually be chill about telling me what their plan is.
Could bring like an egg white wrap with you to switch out if they have other bread. Or, as said before, just eat the insides of the sandwich. I would recommend setting up your plate and getting rid of the bun or whatever before you sit down at any table, and then just start making conversation about something else.
Keep in mind too, many times in these situations the meals are kind of ended short or there's someone talking while you're eating, so the focus will quickly be directed away from you and the food, I hope! I'm not a healthcare worker, so please note I defer to others in your field about the ethical/necessary boundaries of how you handle in that way....a few days of higher intake is worth your career, it's not forever either. I hope there's a middle ground solution though.
That's a really good idea! I will bring a couple of contingency items if it all gets too stressful.
But overall, I'll try to focus on the other parts of the day and making new friends.
I guess in reality I don't want to have an ED forever, so now is as good a time as any to try coping with being normal!
for dietary you could either say you’re gluten-free or you want a vegetarian wrap. i promise you that it won’t make you gain weight if you eat just one <3
You're so lovely, thank you for the reassurance. Please take care, too. The world needs kind souls like you!
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