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@The Real Amy – Also the dioxins in tampons have been linked to Enodmetriosis. But I guess that wouldn’t be an issue if you use organic ones!
@The Real Amy – Yeah, I’m drinking one from a plastic bottle that has a couple of preservatives and it tastes pretty nasty (almost like TCP!). But that’s very encouraging that you experienced some definite benefits! I will stick with it!
@Matt – I love cooked apples! Apple crumble is my specialty! Dislike lollies though. Also, maybe I could make a similar smoothie to the one you make, just without the orange juice? Would still get a fair amount of sugar in there (especially with added honey), but less fluid. And I do have a ridiculously priced blender which is definitely up to the task of making homemade LaraBars!
@Caz – Ooh, you reminded me that I do like licorice allsorts! Will add those to the shopping list.
@Rob – I have a whole bad of oranges from the garden waiting to be used, so maybe I’ll juice ’em and just add extra salt and sugar, as suggested!
@Dutchie – Thanks for the link and additional recipes! I also don’t do too well with grains, so grain-free but high-sugar is preferable!
@AnnaB – Marshmallows are awesome, but I find that after one I’m over it! But maybe that’s because the store-bought ones have loads of other crap in that my body doesn’t love. Perhaps I’d have a higher threshold with homemade ones!
Thanks for all the tips, everyone! Appreciate it!
@Dutchie – Thanks for all the tips (and the recipe)! I LOVE cooked bananas, so I think that’s definitely something to add to the menu! Lots of things to try – thank you so much! :DJuly 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm in reply to: Should Amenorrhea be part of the DSM for Anorexia? #7958
Glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks this is an unhelpful aspect of the diagnostic criteria! For some reason, lots of people don’t view eating disorders as serious unless you’re in hospital, about to die. But maybe if eating disorders were taken more seriously in the less life-threatening stages, less people would get to that point.
I also think that anorexia is competitive in nature (even if the competition is really with yourself), and that many people might see loss of menstrual cycle as something to aspire to, if they suffer with all the psychological aspects of the illness but haven’t yet had this physical development occur. In the mind of an anorexic, loss of menses could be seen as a sign that you’re doing something “right”, and that if you’re still menstruating, you must still be too fat.
I’m not really sure why the presence of ANY physical symptoms are necessary for the diagnosis of a mental illness. Each body will respond differently to the same set of circumstances, and the individual physical responses are not really an indicator of the psychological goings on!
Great point, @BauerPower. Apparently in prepubescent girls they look out for “delayed menses” as an indication of Anorexia? But does that mean they won’t diagnose until the patient is 17 and definitely should’ve started menstruating already? That’s misleading, because you can’t really gauge what’s “delayed” or not if you don’t know when menarche would’ve occurred otherwise.
@Rob – Absolutely! I think I’ve been in chronic conservation mode my whole life, yet I’ve never been overweight! But maybe my body is just weird and reacts atypically to everything…
@jemimapuddleduck – Bio-identical is still synthetic, right? Or have I got that wrong? Did it also eliminate other endo symptoms (e.g. chronic fatigue), or just the pain? I will definitely look into it – thanks! :D
@Nicole – I also think that tampons might be at least part of the problem. I used them for about 9 years (despite being advised not to by my mother – I guess sometimes moms really do know best!). I’m encouraged that you were able to conceive after a laparoscopy. Protecting my fertility is my top priority! I’ve also heard that many women find that endometriosis doesn’t reoccur after having a baby (if they had a natural birth) – did you find this to be true?
Yeah, stressful life for sure! I did think it was due to adrenals (temperature used to fluctuate a lot and was anxious all the time), but these days I sleep like, 10 hours a night and have stable temps so I figured my adrenals are probably okay now? But perhaps there’s still work to be done.
How do you gauge whether or not you’re retaining minerals?
Sunshine, I would like to add that opening up about your eating disorder to friends and family can be a major part of the recovery process. I found that coming clean about my eating disorder helped break the power it had over me to a degree, and only then was healing able to take place. Struggling with something in secret can make it seem much bigger and mightier than it actually is. Obviously, everything in good time! You’ve already taken a major step by talking about it on here, and that’s awesome! I wish you a complete recovery!
Forgot to mention, Panna Cotta is a great, non-cooling way of consuming gelatin in a dessert!
This recipe is awesome: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/04/perfect-panna-cotta/
Thanks so much for sharing those quotes! Yes, lots of that does ring true for me!
I have mainly tried dietary stuff so far, although I have also had quite a few massages in the past year, and have done the castor oil packs sporadically (I do find them soothing). I wanted to try acupuncture/TCM as I’ve heard it’s very effective for Endometriosis, but I live in a small town in South Africa, and can’t find a practitioner! I’ve also made a concerted effort to manage stress, which I imagine has helped a bit. And I try to limit toxins (although I don’t eat 100% organic, but will make more of an effort with this!).
I haven’t actually had a laparoscopy to confirm diagnosis, but I have pretty much every single symptom, even some of the less-common ones (e.g. pain during exercise, spotting, ovulation pain, blood in stool etc.), and 4 different doctors have said that I almost certainly do have it. Before I even understood what Endometriosis was, I used to describe my pain as feeling like my ovary and bowel were tugging on each other. Also, my mom had it, and apparently it can run in families?
I have considered going for a lap so that they can clear any potential scar tissue which might be increasing pain, but I’ve never had an operation before, and am pretty scared to be honest! Would you recommend a laparoscopy, or can this do more harm than good? I’m especially apprehensive as I REALLY want to have children one day, and I’m so scared of something getting messed up in that area. That’s also part of what freaks me out about the Endometriosis. Not doing anything feels reckless, but none of the things I’m doing seem to be working.
I guess maybe it’s time to start dealing with my emotions! It’s a vicious cycle, as each month when the pain starts I feel totally frustrated and discouraged. Perhaps that’s part of the problem.
Thanks again! I will check out that book! :)
I’m conflicted. On the one hand, she says she’s only eating when hungry and eating to satiation, which seems sound. On the other hand, I remember saying the same thing a few years ago, but in reality it was the “buzz” I was getting out of reducing calorie intake and losing weight that suppressed my appetite, which turned out to be destructive both physically and psychologically. When I finally RRARRFed 3 years later, my weight set point appeared to be a few kg heavier than before, so clearly this period of restriction affected my metabolism negatively.
To be honest, I don’t think 800 calories a day is enough to sustain anyone! I’m just under 5’7″, very small-framed and not very active at all, and I manage to maintain my weight at about 2000-3000 calories a day (I don’t count, but I have a healthy appetite and don’t restrict my intake at all). I don’t trust any chart/calculator/device that supposedly determines how many calories we burn in a day, as these resources have proven to be highly inaccurate in the past.
That said, I think Ann Marie is a smart lady, so I’m sure she’ll notice the signs of a weakened metabolism (should they occur, which I hope they don’t) and tweak her approach accordingly. I’m obviously viewing the whole thing through the lens of my own experience, but I appreciate that she is a totally different person, and maybe it will work out great for her!
I did GAPS for 4 months last year. I did experience less digestive pain (I’m prone to stomach cramps), but other than that it didn’t go great. I lost weight I didn’t need to lose, my blood pressure was so low that I couldn’t even go for a walk without feeling like I was going to black out all the time, and the depression that I’d worked so hard to get rid of came back with a vengeance. There were a few benefits, but overall I felt pretty crappy the whole time.
Recently, I did something similar to GAPS, but still included sugar, fruit juice, potatoes and sweet potatoes. I basically just cut out grains and ate lots of homemade stews (and some homemade ferments). That worked a lot better. No stomach cramps, but no nasty side-effects either. But, this was after having done the RRARFING for a long time, so I was in a good starting position, metabolically-speaking. If your metabolism is still weak, I would advise sorting that out before restricting your diet in any way.
I would think that jello is about as cooling as a soft drink (as long as you don’t go for a sugar-free variety, which would be very cooling!). But if you consume a small amount after a dense, salty, starchy meal it should be fine. Or have some when you’re thirsty, since it’s essentially solidified fluid! Alternatively, you can add plain gelatin to soups, stews, chilli, sauces, etc. That way you can get the benefits of gelatin without the extra fluid. I often add a couple of tbsp to whatever I’m cooking. It’s not noticeable unless the food is chilled!
When I was RRARFING, a typical day would be:
Breakfast – Homemade french fries (about 2 medium potatoes worth) fried in sheep fat (with lots of salt), 2 fried eggs, big glass of whole, raw milk.
Lunch – 1 or 2 grilled cheese sandwiches, plus another glass of milk if thirsty.
Dinner – Mac ‘n’ cheese or spaghetti bolognese (with cheese), plus a glass of Coke.
Dessert – Homemade ice cream or some kind of baked pudding with syrup and cream.
I’d also sometimes eat cheese and crackers if I had cold hands or feet or was hungry between meals (or before bed). I found that a spoonful of marmite before bed eliminated night-time wakings, but not sure if you get that in the US?