"by the book", and your body, which has a long unhealthy history of being underfed, are two very different animals. you are not working with a "normal" metabolism. your patience, however, will pay off in a big way. let your body heal.
Originally Posted by Desmonema
As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.
– Ernest Hemingway