Oh trust me, this is hard for everyone! It’s tricky when your mind is saying you’re hungry but it’s really just your appetite speaking!
My rule is, even if I just ate an hour ago and I’m still feeling hungry- I do something to clear my mind. Take my dog for a walk, go on the computer, go to the store, or something like that cause chances are I could just be bored! But, other times our body’s are actually really hungry. If my stomach is growling and I just ate an hour ago, well so what! I’m not gonna go make myself another meal but I’m definitely gonna make a healthy snack (apples and pb, veggies and hummus, greek yogurt cup, almonds, etc..)
Other tips I have as far as fullness goes would be to #1) eat in courses. I usually always have like a salad before dinner so that way I am already pretty satisfied when I get to the higher calorie portions, ya know? So therefore I’m not eating too much portion of the main course #2) sip water! Especially at restaurants, I am chugging ice water before my meal gets there- it usually keeps me from over indulging because I’m already pretty full! But most importantly.. #3) Just enjoy every bite! You’re eating to nourish your body so whether you prepared a nice healthy meal or are out to treat yourself for dinner, just enjoy it- not stressing about if you are eating too much, the caloric content, or whatever..
I am so happy you are recovering though. And even though I tried to give you some tips that worked for me, every eating disorder is different! So, just remember that there is nothing wrong with being hungry and there’s nothing wrong with being full! The main point is to eat healthy and enjoy life (including all it’s scrumptious foods)! Life is too short and we’re too young to be obsessing about the calorie content of every little thing we intake!
Take care and stay well!!! :-)