Hi Not, Debbie is right about your meds possibly making you gain and retain weight. For sure ask your dr for advise on this. As for your unhealthy diet.... are you aware that greasy , high fat and sugary foods actually could be the CAUSE of some of your anxiety? A poor diet maintained over a long period of time can cause all sorts of maladies. Anxiety, depression, hypertension, hyperactivity.... ummm , YOUR maladies, lol. Now that you have some extra money, let's look at your diet and how to make some changes. In order to eat more healthfully, it's imperitive to eat more fresh fruits, vegetables and fresh non processed meats. For you, with your high activity level, LOTS and LOTS of lean , dense proteins are definitely in order. You should also be getting in quite a few "good fats" and high fiber items, like leafy greens (I don't mean lettuce here) that give you high NUTRITION levels and not just water, like lettuce. You need Baby spinach, Kale, collard, mustard, and turnip greens... all can be eaten raw, lightly steamed or even baked. You need to focus on healthy nutritious calories to make the biggest changes. I don't suggest following any one diet in particular,ever, but with your enegy level and needs, there are two that come to mind that if you read up on them, may open your eyes to some basic ideas about nutrition and healthy lifestyles. I suggest that you read up on them, but keep and OPEN MIND about them and what you want to take away from their ideas because there is NO diet that is IDEAL for any one person. It's always best to pick and choose among a variety of diet ideas to get something that is balanced and works best with your personal goals and lifestyle needs. The first thing to read up on is the Paleo diet. This diet bans all grains and some of the more hard core branches ban all potatos and beans too.....just keep an open mind like i said. Below you will find some links that I have found and use some of the recipes from The second is the American Diabetic Association, and Diabetes.org recipes... I know you didn't say anything about having Diabetes, but everyone has "slumps" during the day if they don't eat right, right? Those are caused by low sugar / high sugar peaks and valleys.... The Diabetes diets can keep you literally on an even keel with energy all day long because they show you how to eat and snack healthfully.
Again, these are just ideas for you to try. Things that you may want to incorporate into your healthy quest for a better life. I know that before I started my journey, 70 lbs ago, I had High Blood pressure and had just been put on meds that I was going to have to take for the rest of my life.... at 50 lbs lighter, my Dr took away that 'script. You can get healthier by eating better. You may actually be able to get rid of your anxiety behaviors. Stop drinking sodas, even and ESPECIALLY anything artificially sweetened. Use natural sugar in very low amounts , Natural and good for you fats, use the most natural choices, like lard for crisco, coconut/olive/or grapeseed oil for reg cooking oils, etc. , butter for margarine. If it's manmade and has a lot of LAB created items in the ingredients list... avoid it if you can. hope this helps View Thread
Hi Aladan, Remember, diet and exercise go hand in hand. By your post it sounds like you want to up your exercise output, but I'm seeing nothing about revamping your caloric intake. Hmmmm. Advise you to start a food and fitness planner here on WebMd or Fitday.com. Be religious about logging your daily foods. Everything. Right down to the creamer in your coffee, and the oils you use to cook. All of it needs to be added into your daily intake record. Drink at least 64 oz of water every day. Do exercise, but remember, don't overbalance the exercise/intake. If you don't take in enough calories but over spend on exercise, you won't lose the weight in a healthy way. Without enough calories for fuel, your body will actually begin to eat it's own organs, taking nutrients from your heart, liver, and brain to support over activity.. as it is, your body will burn muscle before it burns its fat stores. That is a fact. Try to shoot for the recommendations that your planner gives you for caloric intake and daily exercise output. If you exercise more than recommended. Eat to replace that extra expenditure. kimView Thread
When I was in high school, our exchange student, Hannah, did the same thing. She was from Denmark and it surprised most of us that she had such a voracious appetite for chocolate. She found that it was so cheap over here, that she literally went hog wild on the stuff, explaining that although Sweden made tons of chocolate, it was mostly for export, and to buy it over there was way too expensive so noone had the chocolate habit that is so easily attainable here in the States. Her sponsor family also did her no favors by doing exactly what yours seem to be doing. Overfeeding with the idea that they are sharing the "abundance" of our nation and lifestyle. It's pure crap. All you have to do is start getting your own portions on your plate. Don't let them just fill your plate for you. Talk to the mother or whomever and discuss your weight concerns and tell her you would like to have more fresh vegetables and fruits to help balance your diet out. This sponsor family is stretching their weekly income for food to feed one more this year, so they are probably going with cheaper cuts of fattier meats, lots of pastas and rice and maybe even beans. This stuff is ok in moderation, but not as a main meal, more like a small side dish. It's probably going to be hard to make your needs known without making someone feel a bit bad, but just letting yourself go, and letting them "feed" you like this isn't going to help you in the long run. Start a food and fitness log here on webmd, log everything you eat, measure and weigh it so you know EXACTLY what you are eating, and watch the labels for calories, fats, sugars and sodium PER SERVING. A single candy bar is usually 2 serving sizes unless otherwise stated on the pkg. same with a Pepsi or whathave you. It's confusing for someone who lives here, I can't imagine how it would be to be visiting from another country. hope this helps some kimView Thread
fiddlestix, I hope you are still out there. I am usually on the 50-100 commun and just lurk in here sometimes. Sorry for late response. Does the Dr for your ulcers know about your daily dose of asprin? Check and see to make sure that it's not doing more harm than good. That said... is there a specific list of foods/spices that your dr says to avoid for your ulcers? or that causes flair ups for you? For right now, I beg you to drink the recommended 64oz of water (1/2 gallon) per day. It not only hydrates your body but helps flush out toxins and helps your body digest foods easier. In my quest to lose weight and get healthier, I have found that smoothies are some of the best , easiest to digest and healthies fare out there. Those , eggs and oatmeal, lol. I am a self professed egg maniac. I truly think of them as the world's most perfect food. I never would ever think of not eating the protein rich yolk either. If you just eat the stupid white, you aren't getting the vitamins, minerals, protein and taste.... so why do it? the protein of the whole egg fills you up and keeps you full longer because protein breaks down slowly. Oatmeal, well, what can I say?? you can make it sweet or savory. It can be a breakfast food, a side dish like potatoes, only better for you, and it can be used in making low fat granolas and fiber bars. I also cook it up, keep it in the fridge and use it to add a punch of extra fiber and protein to my smoothies. For low cal, 50-100 lb weightloss comm. used and approved recipes, try these on our site....
That's 11 lbs in two weeks or less.... sorry . I can't suggest anything for you because I never suggest crash dieting. It isn't healthy and it doesn't last. If and when you are willing to commit to a better lifestyle than basicly bingeing and purgeing, I can help. If you are willing to give healthy a try, Read my response to PMTprincess huggs and good luck kimView Thread
Actually ANY Tai Chi exercises move your body slow enough to help strengthen and tone , with the side benefit of burning some calories As for the munching. Just try to make better choices. Plan ahead. Pack ziplocks of baby carrots, pb stuffed celery, low fat trail mixes that you make from Low sugar cereals, raisins and nuts, fresh fruit that won't get nasty in your backpack, like apples, pears, oranges, grapefruit Try to cut out breads...or go to heart healthy low cal, low fat pitas(which are about 60 cal for a whole pita vs 70-90 cal or more per slice of reg breads) But if you pack your lunches, use romaine lettuce leaves to wrap your sandwich stuff in. Cuts a whole lot of calories and is really good for you. Use fat free dressings mixed half n half with water to thin them without messing much with the taste. Use fat free mayo or miracle whip Go low fat or fat free whenever possible Eat your eggs. Eggs have a whole lot of protein punch for only 72 calories per large egg. Yes they have fats but the benefit of the protein far outstrips the amount of real animal fat you get from the yolk. Lean protein fills you up and digests slowly Carbs like rice, breads, pastas break down into simple sugar... great for fast energy, but suck for filling longeivity. Aim to feed your body mostly whole, raw, and made from scratch foods that you control EVERYTHING that goes into them. Read labels, watch and eat the suggested serving sizes and don't go back for seconds. Drink at least 64 oz of water a day and soon you will see the changes you desire. good luck kimView Thread
I haven't liked it either. And unfortunately, when I dislike anything as much as I do this change, I avoid it. I haven't logged anything in awhile now, and not because I don't want to or have the time to. kimView Thread
Hi Butterfly, welcome! Everyone goes through phases where willpower takes a vacation and sheer force has to be kicked in, lol. I always recommend that people start with the food and fitness planner. You put in the lowest choice where it asks for your current daily exercise output. This helps to get the best idea when it calculates your daily caloric and exercise output needs to reach your goal in a healthy manner. Also , get your measurements down on paper. I measure bust across nipples, waist, lower tummy at widest point, hips, rt and lft bicep, rt and lft wrist, rt and lft thigh, rt and flt calf , rt and lft ankle. If you do the measurements monthly, then , when you hit a nasty plateau, you can whip out your measurement list and STILL see that although the numbers arent doing anything on the scale, your body is still getting smaller. I even add up all the measurements for the month and take that month from the one before, and the beginning month. So far, since Jan, I have lost 24 inches off the total and just over 70 lbs. All you gotta do is WANT it for you. not for your hubby or your kids or your mom, YOU. Because you are worth the effort. kimView Thread
Hi jreneeh, welcome. I'm posting our recipe discussion from the 50-100 weightloss club to kind of give you some ideas. In it around the last page i think, you should find links to a few other sites that have superior light recipes and you can pick and choose around your food allergies. I find that if I eat 1/2 cup oatmeal with raisins, craisins and 2 Tblsp of Original All Bran in the am with a packet or two of stevia and some cinnamon, that it keeps me going until at least lunchtime. Then I pack in one of those smoothies listed on the recipes blog (Usually one of the avocado ones as they have lots of fiber and essential good for you fats) Then eat a sensible dinner. I can do a decent healthy loss of about 2 lbs a week. If you get super hungry, air popped popcorn or the pumpkin smoothie only have about 100 calories per serving too. hope this helps kimView Thread