Forum Replies Created
August 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm in reply to: anorexia/restriction, running, and how to stop the insanity #12060
If I understand you correctly, you would really like to run for fun, not have to eat more calories and not gain weight. I don’t think the laws of physics are going to allow this. Running burns calories and builds muscle, even if it is for fun. If you tried, you would likely over time end up back as an inpatient which would be a miserable loss of control over your life. I wish I could give you a different answer and I tell you that as a person who ate one small sausage link for breakfast and was refusing lunch because I gained .2 lbs overnight.
My stomach also gets upset easily. You could try eating things you know you digest easily and just work up to a larger amount. I am not a fan of oatmeal, it sits like a lump for hours in there. Did the toast go down better? You could just eat more toast. I do well with eggs in the morning, with cheese sometimes.
There is a medical test your dr can do to see if you are really are gluten intolerant. I know gluten free is sort of a fad now but there has always been celiac disease which can be tested for. I know someone who has it, 80 yr old lady who definitely is not into fad diets, great baker, her morning glory muffins are to die for. Runs in her family, her twin sister has it and at least one of her adult children. That might give you a definitive answer.
I had read that about the 2500-3000 calories but thought I could never eat that much without feeling awful both physically and on an emotional level.(Guilt) So I aimed for 2000 since that seemed more realistic, I suspect in my 20s I ate closer to 2500-3000 but I walked 3-5 miles per day. I had a time over a year ago when I was limiting to 600-1000 and actually maintained a weight of 165 with 90 minutes cardio per day. My dr congratulated me for being one of the people who would have survived the famine, then told me I better never eat less than 1500 again. Since then I have eaten around 1600, when I count calories, although during a very stressful time I didn’t measure a blessed thing or exercise and my weight dropped to 155. My new dr told me the weight loss wouldn’t last without restricting, that it was just due to stress. I have waffled between restricting to maintain my weight loss and trying to be more active just for the fun and stress relieving benefits. Every time I tried to get that hour of walking and deep heart to heart talks with my husband, I would start having trouble with shakiness and anxiety the next day(which for me is a sign of too few carbs), so I tried eating more and got the bad side effects. Sigh, I want to be strong and energetic AND weigh 155, and have happy intestines.
Wonder if on some level, it is the packaging that made them choose the foods not the contents since she didn’t seem that eager to eat them. We had some fruity pebbles in the house and my husband and I ate them not the kids. With a few exceptions, like chips and Popsicles, the kids like the idea of “junk” food more than the reality. This morning when asked what they wanted for breakfast 8 yr old chose maple sausage, cheddar omelet and potatoes fried in bacon grease. Almost 6 yr old chose sunny side up egg, maple sausage and corn on the cob(from our garden).August 6, 2013 at 10:15 am in reply to: Is it possible to lose baby weight in a healthy way? #10963
I can raise my hand and say you can lose weight while breastfeeding. When I conceived my fifth child, I was 60 pounds overweight. I gained no weight during pregnancy, my Dr was fine as long as I didn’t starve myself, so I count that as a 25 pound loss, then lost another 25 in the next year. I didn’t restrict in the sense of only 1200 calories a day or such but did consciously think about what I was eating and ate less calorie dense foods. This is one case where drinking a ton is vital, if you are giving the baby nearly a quart of fluid, it has to come from somewhere. I did start taking strolls but not exercising heavily. I nursed that child for almost four years and have kept the weight off for 6 years this month. Yes, I developed some ED issues much later, but had none when I was losing the weight. One thing you have to remember about body temps is that it is normal for a woman’s basal temp to be 1-2 degrees lower at the beginning of her cycle and go up after ovulation with the jolt of progesterone you get then. (One of those things you learn in fertility awareness) Since you may not be ovulating, a temp of 97 may not show a metabolism problem, just where your hormones are.
I see a number of suspicious factors like the stress, lack of sustained sleep and possible undereating. Yet clearly, it is unrealistic to quit his job, he is supporting 4 people, partially supporting 3 more, has a mortgage, etc. The stress is 90% from the job so little reduction in stress seems possible. He will eat very little all week at work and sleep very little, then feel sick and sleep a lot and eat huge amounts all weekend. Like I said, he pretty much just feels like he is doomed to age quickly and die early and feels like he is a failure. Other than some family and over-commitment related stress, I feel like I am just hitting my stride at 47. It is getting to be like being married to my Dad. Since food is the only factor I can change, I was hoping there was something I could do to raise his metabolism, give him energy, help him feel better.
So glad you are not making creeps at home, there are far too many in the world already :P
This is a good point about cost of food. We make too much for food stamps but often struggle to have enough money to make it through the month and like Christy, I make most everything from scratch. Meaning we eat a variety at the beginning of the month(hubby gets paid once per month) and towards the end we are eating mostly bread I bake since that is the cheapest thing. I do garden and have some seasonal fruit growing but yes, offering kids a variety of easily accessed foods is hard. Funny about you mentioning your daughter being thin with dry skin and bad nerves. My fourth daughter is like that. She has dry itchy skin that come out in rashes with sores in the winter. She also suffers from such bad anxiety that I don’t dare send her to school and instead teach her at home, not the only reason, but a big factor. She is a very picky eater, didn’t potty train until almost 4, I had never thought of these as related, interesting. My kids(I have 5th daughter too) have always been very underweight but in the last year have approached a normal weight for height and I think this is what triggers my wanting to limit their food.
My oldest daughter moved back home with her 2 kids at the same point and she lets her preschoolers graze processed junk all day, even off the floor in her room, and I kind of blame her for my kids gaining weight and I am probably projecting my resentment of her influencing the 2 youngest for the bad in behavior and food on the kids eating habits.