This is another “pro-ana” site with 58 tips for how to successfully be anorexic. If you see “Thin Intentions” in your kid’s browser history, you may want to communicate the dangers of anorexia and alternatives to anorexia that are much more healthy. Below are some of the tips from the site…
- Ice or gum are good food substitutes. Celery works too if you’re really hungry.
- Use small, dark colored plates. Dark blue or black makes you eat less, and smaller plates and utensils cause you to take smaller portions from the start.
- Make a list of “bad” foods. Periodically, cross one of the list and pledge to never, ever eat it again. Eventually there will be none left.
- Eat in front of a mirror, naked or in underwear if possible. If you can’t, carry a picture of yourself in a revealing outfit and look at it when you want to eat. When you have cravings pinch your fat and look at your problem areas, don’t add to them!
- Eat a lot of fiber for digestive health and low calories.
- Create a methodical routine for eating. Cut food into tiny pieces, count your bites and the number of times you chew, set your utensils down between bites, and sip water between bites. Add other rules or rituals of your own.
- Eat higher-calorie items earlier in the day so you have more time to burn them off; if you eat late eat light or it will be more likely to be stored as fat due to inactivity. Try not to eat too late, sleep burns calories and is a good opportunity to burn fat with little effort. The body must burn through all digesting food before taking energy from stored food (fat).
- Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it when you want to eat. Food = pain.
- Press on your stomach when it grumbles. TUMS also stop stomach growling and have calcium.(5 calories a piece so be careful!)