Posts by purecolor
|Foods||BEST salt substitute?||Nov 09 2008
instead of going for salt, why not try out herbs and spices? it gives foods a much much more whole, round taste, and the possibilities of herbs and spices are really endless...
|Foods||How come the expiry date on shredded cheese is Feb 09, but it says to use it within 7 days of opening?||Nov 09 2008
fungus spores and bacteria float around the air, land on our food, and grow grow grow. depending on the food, i tend to eat stuff even after parts of it has spoiled though. I just scrap/cut off the parts with mould and eat the rest...
|Foods||All Natural Ground Peanut Butter||Nov 09 2008
there shouldn't be a significant amount of calories in all natural peanut butter actually... the advantage of natural pb i'd think, is the lower salt and sugar content as opposed to the store bought varieties!
|Foods||Kashi GoLean Cereal?-Vote for the Best!||Nov 07 2008
crunch, honey almond flax. :D
personally though, my favourite kashi cereal is the cinnamon raisin one they have in the good friends line. Kashi U rocks too! xD
|Health & Support||not quite a binge and really strange...||Nov 07 2008
if you're feeling hungry, then it's definitely not a binge, but your body telling you that you need more food. If it does continue this way though, you'd probably want to swop the granola bars, cookies and chips with healthier/cheaper alternatives! (:
|Weight Loss||--»fruit...-----»»....fat??!!!!???||Oct 29 2008
"but half the time sits all i end up eating basicaly besides my morning fruit shake and fruit with veggie soup at night...."
by that, do you mean that veggie soup at night and a shake in the morning are your only meals, and everything else are snacks...?
Unless what you have at night is a huge bowl of veggie soup with some kind of meat/beans and grain/pasta, and your morning shake is fortified with milk, yogurt, or a milk substitute, you're probably not getting a balanced diet!
If you are eating lots of one thing (in this case grapes), it might be caused by a deficiency in some vitamin/mineral. Aim for more servings of grains, milk, meat/beans/nuts, and it might help to alleviate your cravings for fruit...?
|Maintaining||How can I possibly eat 1800 calories per day||Oct 26 2008
the above posters gave really good tips on how to get those calories up... there are more tips on the weight gain forum. But i'm more concerned with the composition of your diet..
- at least 2 more sevings of fruit in your day (the banana counts as one), and avocados are a good way to get more fruit and calories in your diet.
- 5 servings of veggies (the stuff they put on the sandwiches/burgers only count as one, at best?
- cheese is fine, but try to supplement that with a glass of milk milk or a cup of yogurt as well. (you could kill two birds with one stone by throwing fruit (and granola!) into your yogurt.
the lethargy you're feeling might not be purely because of the amount of calories you're eating, but the proportion of stuff that you're eating. (Your diet sounds really meat-intense, (and vitamin-deficient)! And unless you're doing some heavy weight lifting, too much protein isn't all that great (it's strenuous on your liver)! good luck!
|Health & Support||Need Support, Feeling Down, not feeling " slim" any more||Oct 25 2008
*nod*! i'm the same height as you, and slightly heavier, (112~114lbs), (though unlike you, i'm pretty deficient in the boob department). i've envied all sorts of people. thin people (leg envy), not so thin people (boob and butt envy), and i'm still learning to be comfortable in my own skin.
numbers aren't what determines how you look. it's not like by being 2 lbs lighter, you're magically transplanted into a whole new different and perfect body! you're much more than that number on that scale. and hell, you're much more than what a tiny portion of weight obsessed teens might think about you! being thin doesn't make you a better person, or even a more likeable person.
so be glad, be radiant, be happy! (: and here is one thing i know for a fact. when i'm heavier, it helps me to comfort my friends when they're feeling down. (cause i give bigger, warmer and softer hugs!) there's an upside to everything!
|Health & Support||Feeling like a slug after binging :(||Oct 25 2008
strawberry-dolly. i'm pretty much struggling with the same thing... i binge when i'm alone, when i'm studying, when i'm feeling stressed and isolated... and i get so stuffed that i just feel terrible, and feeling terrible makes me want to binge even more (stupid, irrational, but true.)
you're not alone in this!
|Health & Support||Was anorexic now I'm a binger, in need of support||Oct 23 2008
i second holidayheart's suggestion about a food journal. not a calorie counting journal, but a food one... don't write down the calories in your food. don't even think about them. i keep a food journal and it looks something like this
column 1: Food
column 2:Mood before/after eating
column 3: Hunger rating (1~10)
Breakfast (Time: ___)
_ servings/cups/slices of ___ mood: stressed/happy etc. hunger: ___
_ servings/cups/slices of ___ . . .
Snack (Time: ___)
HUNGER - SATISFACTION SCALE (HSS)
and so on. When i look back, i pick out the times that i eat till i get uncomfortably full, and spot the trends (reasons why i eat the way i do at those times). when i feel similarly, I try to put myself out of the situation. by taking a walk or something.
and focusing on my hunger helps me realize that there are times that i want to eat, but it's not because i'm not full, but because i'm mentally dissatisfied. (which is a reason why anorexics become bingers so easily? cause deprivation and overindulgence feeds the same mental hunger.)
a few things that i try to do:
- have at least 2 or 3 hours in between my meals
- start to eat only when i notice that i'm hungry
Now, my dietician also started me on adding another section to my food journal. The number of portions i should be aiming for in a day, for my food groups. (for me, it's 3 servings of fruit, 5 servings of veg, 6 servings of grains, 5 (1 oz) meat portions, 3 servings of dairy, and a miscellaneous section. I fill out the table as my day progresses, and i use it to know more about the way i eat in a non-judgmental manner. for instance, i tend to go way over for grains and miscellaneous, but i'm almost always under for meats (unless i binge on nuts/nut butters), milk, and vegetables. So i've been trying to fill up my pantry with meat items (seitan, tofu, etc. (i'm vegetarian), and i might drink a glass of milk instead of turning immediately binge foods when i've got a craving).
i still have the urge to binge and go crazy on food, but this helps me a good deal. i write down each item right after i eat it (i didn't initially, but my nutritionist suggested i do to help with the binging), and it forces me to think how full i am (rate my hunger)
If i put down a 7, i know that anything else i eat is moving me towards 8. and when i hit an 8, it helps me recognize that this is a binge in progress, and i stop before i hit a 9. It's a big deal for me, because before i started food journaling, i was eating up to a 10 almost every single day. I'm learning to listen more to my hunger now. It's a slow process, but it prevents me from feeling guilty about my binges. Last night, for instance, i had a midnight snack (2 cups of cereal, a slice of bread with honey, a glass of milk and chocolate truffles! It's much less than a real binge, but a calorie-counting me would probably have thought 'omg. this is almost 800 calories. half a day's calories in a SNACK! (and other really negative thoughts) ) but what really made me smile about it this morning, was when i saw that it for what it was. I had dinner at 7. By 12 I was genuinely hungry, i ate, and i ended up feeling full, comfortable and satisfied.) Even if it means that i've gone over my calories, i know that i'm not overeating because: i'm not gorging myself in a self-injurous manner [physically, to the point of feeling really sick, and later mentally when i go on in the self-berating stage and blame myself for losing control].
Hope this helps! (And that all that i've said about my own situation has helped clarify how the whole journaling thing works. (: )
|Health & Support||What has been your biggest binge? (calorie wise)...PLEASE REPLY||Oct 15 2008
hey all. I'm just wondering (since it sort of applies to myself as well)...
while i'd have no qualms about posting up my worst binge up on a forum board like this, because i know that we're all in the same boat here, and furthermore protected by the veil of anonymity called the Internet, would you confess the same thing to your immediate friends/family whom you love? And furthermore, would you let them love you and keep you accountable with their love? (especially if your binging is triggered by emotions/stress [so love and support would probably help a really really great deal]) Just a thought, cause I know that I binge mostly when I'm stressed, and when I really really need a hug....
That being said, my binges go anywhere between 3000~8000calories. Mostly because I eat very calorie dense (and really horrible) foods like chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, bread and pastries, tortilla chips, energy bars, nutella, cookies, biscuits etc. And I'll just eat through the entire box/bag/jar of one thing and then the other and another until i can't taste anything and feel sick. then i go to sleep.
My binges all work out to be about the same in the end, so there isn't really a worst? My most recent one was:
1 jar nutella
2 huge snack packs of chocolates
1 bag sugar biscuits
2 cups of trail mix
3 waffles with honey and almond nut butter
milk to wash it down
(and all that was after a particularly filling buffet dinner). I'm writing all this down for my dietician right now, and I'll be checking back in with her next week... I'm still working up my courage to be able to confess to friends that i've got a problem though. (i don't think any of my friends know that i binge uncontrollably yet).
|Young Calorie Counters||Who Wants to be Skinny, Anyway?||Oct 13 2008
a troll? fashionista01: It sounds pretty harsh if you're 5'6" and 116lbs and want to go on a crazy diet though. >"< I'd think that the girls would have to be around your weight as well to look absolutely gorgeous? (Or maybe I'm just biased cause I have a boob complex >"<)
If I could choose my genes, I'd want to be fair and soft (kinda like kate winslet in titanic). Sadly, I'm semi-dark and fat looks kinda gross on me... (I'm ecto/mesomorph so ideally (based on my bodytype), I'd be lean and toned. I prefer waifishness (if it's not a bony/stick-like sort of waifishness) to muscles though, cause i don't particularly like angularity and high definition...).
|Health & Support||is this weight okay if i'm eating well?||Oct 11 2008
i know people who just are really naturally slim (they eat whatever they want, whenever they're hungry, but don't have very big appetites), so i'm inclined to say that it's possible that you can be underweight and healthy. if you're seriously questioning this, and health is your priority, then be honest with yourself.
emotionally: generally, ask yourself questions like: If you were to gain a good deal of weight but still be healthy, would it upset you? Are you consciously thinking of your food in terms of how it might affect your weight gain/loss? Do you enjoy eating?
physically: Do you get cold/exhausted easily? Is the regularity of your period, bowel movement etc. a cause of concern? Do you fall sick easily/do your bones ache often? etc. I have a friend who broke his first bone 6 months after eating a vegan diet, so physical problems/deficiencies caused by a lack of adequate nutrition don't necessarily come to the surface until much later. To be absolutely certain, you'd probably have to do a health checkup with a medical professional
|Health & Support||after months of doing so well... i have succumbed to binging again today... help me...||Oct 09 2008
hey! i'd love to be a healthy eating/exercise buddy with you. i used to be bulimic and binge eating disorder, and i was all clear for about 3 years, but i've fallen back into binge eating again... i think because i'm feeling absolutely lost, and in lack of social support right now, cause i'm studying in a foreign place and i'm halfway around the world from my family and close friends.
I've been eating between 4000~7000 calories almost every single day for 2 weeks now, and i've gained about 5~7 pounds since this started. I really would love to have someone hold me accountable! And hey, you've got a headstart cause you're recognizing that you need to pick yourself up right off the bat! (i had to wallow around for two weeks before i finally made an appointment to see a counselor and a dietician.) if you'd like to do a mutual support thing, message me? (:
|Health & Support||~~Bingers Anonymous~~||Oct 09 2008
i have to confess that i just stabbed myself in the foot again... i started counting calories officially today, and i did ok all day until dinnertime... and i started to binge. again. I know I can do it though. Tomorrow is a new day. A new chance.
The good news is, i went to see the health center today, had a talk with the doctor, and i'm pretty much set up with an appointment with the university dietician next monday, and a counselor tomorrow afternoon...
I'm not going to wallow in self blame. I'm not going to deny that I have a problem and that I need help dealing with it. And I'm going to get all the help I can!
|Health & Support||~~Bingers Anonymous~~||Oct 08 2008
1. Yeah, i do partake in activities... but it's also part of the problem, i think, because most of my activities are food related (i work in a restaurant, and i'm in a vegetarian society whose sole events are pot lucks and cooking classes)
2. my class load is somewhat overwhelming. and i think that i tend to turn to food whenever i've got work to do. I'll just keep eating and eating and eating, and i don't seem to feel full. just yesterday i ate 16 energy bars and a whole block of chocolate yesterday on top of my meals... and i ate it just cause 'it was there'. and halfway through i was even tempted to go out and buy myself a tub of icecream and a jar of peanut butter/nutella. i never used to be like that back home, and what i've become really scares me...
3. i live halfway across the world, and i won't be able to go back home till january. i miss my family and friends mostly... and i think not having friends to study with here is also why i turn to food...
4. i think the trigger was that i felt fat and disgusting... i think i'm similarly feeling that right now... but i've heard so many things about how throwing up ruins your body that i don't want to do it anymore.
i did bad yesterday, i know. i think i went over 5000 calories... but my cupboard is empty of snacks right now... and that's a good start... right now, i just want to get through today normally.... and i'll probably go to the university hospital to see a healthcare advisor about this... >"< keeping my fingers crossed!
|Health & Support||~~Bingers Anonymous~~||Oct 06 2008
i've had problems with binge eating for a good part of my life... and it's even worse now that i live alone in a college dorm, and i further justify my binging with the thought that i'm the one who has to finish up all my food in the fridge anyway.
yesterday, i ate 10 energy bars, 2 slices of toast with jam, a bag of nuts, 3 cups of cereal, and an apple in a single binge, and then i just so very awful because i couldn't even taste the food anymore... and i went on to have another slice of toast and a glass of milk, just to neutralize the paralyzed feeling in my mouth, that i get everytime my taste buds are over-sensitized in a short period of time. (the whole thing lasted only about half an hour). Even though i'm technically at a healthy weight, i know that the way i'm eating is just wrong, and i'm so scared of myself right now. I think being alone in college is making me stressed, homesick, and all the more inclined to just stuff myself with food. (i scared myself last week, when halfway while doing my very incomprehensible readings, i bolted out of the dorm room, ran to the nearest walgreens, and rampaged through the store for a jar of nutella. turned out that they were out of the stuff, so i bought a jar of peanut butter and a snickers bar instead. The whole thing was gone before the night, together with a new box of crackers and a new box of cereal. i don't know whether it's normal or not... that i sometimes go up to 5000~6000 calories in a single binge. I'm not bulimic now (i used to be for a period of about 6 months, but that was almost 3 years ago, and i don't reckon that i even want to go down that path again).
every day is a constant struggle, and i've been binging every single day for the past 2 weeks now. i want to stop, and i hope that i'll be able to with this site.
one day at a time.
just needed to get this off my chest. please please please help to keep me accountable?