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    #diet #excersise

    As someone with #Bipolar2Disorder I find it hard to stay motivated to eat healthy. That impacts my #Health and weight. I like cooking but I'm not quite motivated because my wife has a #ChronicIlless and doesn't usually have an appetite.

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    Struggles with caffeine/aspartame/sugar on your moods?

    I have struggled for years with #diet cola sodas and chocolate. On again, off again. Also with compulsive eating since childhood. The overeating numbs but takes me to depression. The caffeine gives me a lot of pep and numbs anxiety initially, but then takes me to such high levels of anxiety that I feel barely able to stand it. Then I do it all over again day after day because I am addicted to it.

    The sugar and caffeine affect my sleep. I know of many studies indicating that aspartame is very bad for our brains and bodies, as well as having a laxative effect, which also may mean that I'm not absorbing my psychiatric meds as much as I need to, as well as regular nutrition. I drink a lot of it, and I'm really afraid to 100% accept all of this within myself because I don't know how to let go.

    The cravings and loneliness and mental health struggles started very young, and have gotten worse with age. There was a time for 2 years when I ate 3 meals a day, no chocolate, no sugar, did have diet soda but less than I do now. Rarely had depression then, but after two years of doing OK I started to go downhill over period of weeks and went into an outpatient program to get back on my feet.

    I was also in very difficult perimenopause, and insomnia started then and has continued. It's been a mess, and holding down jobs have always been up and down with the depression and mood swings.

    If you struggle with these, what helps you? How do you deal with intense cravings and loneliness and lack of sleep when even a CPAP machine and you don't work well together, and you've tried therapy and groups and classes etc to help with those aspects of mental health? I always take my meds as prescribed.

    I would more than love to hear your shares. Thank you for listening and any experiences you can share.

    #sugar #Caffeine #aspartame #diet soda #Depression #Anxiety #mood swings #Cravings #Sleep #compulsive eating #Outpatient #Perimenopause #Insomnia

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    Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut (and maybe a little fruity, too!)

    Eating healthy is so incredibly important, whether we’re struggling with massively stressful circumstances or not. Today’s creation is BOCA veggie burger crumbles stir fried with diced pineapple and mango, some craisins and a tangy peanut butter sauce, over a lush bed of spinach leaves. Quick, easy and healthy on a hot day! 😋🥵🌞

    #Healthy #yum #Food #diet #Cooking #Lifestyle #nutrition #feelgood


    Not Doing Good #Anxiety #OCD #Depression #panicdisorder #diet

    I'm not going to write a long post, because no one wants to hear it. I'm in Denny's, because I got up late, couldn't think of anywhere cheap to eat, but this was a mistake. I want to avoid salt and sugar more, but I feel like I need some sugar to wake up, and juice isn't bottomless, so I can't get it. I ordered chicken strips or whatever they are, but I don't want them. Broccoli and wild rice as sides. I couldn't finish pooping before I left, as usual, so I don't feel good. I never feel like I can empty myself. It's so hot in here! What's up with that?

    My anxiety is high and I want to cry, my nerves are so bad. My boyfriend didn't pick up my Xanax yesterday, so I have to wait till tonight. He does this often, and tells me to "ration."

    I'm so lonely. I never feel good. My boyfriend is always snapping and yelling at me. A lot of it is about my OCD, which only makes me worse, but other things, too. I'm tired of leaking, wetting the bed, and having urge incontinence. I'm tired of being yelled at for trying to make myself feel better. I miss my cats. I hate being in the motel.

    And there's so much more I can say, but I'm keeping this short (somewhat), as I said I would.


    The answer is not drugs. #drugfree

    I see a lot of talk on what drugs people take and what’s better. Well all drugs have side effects and potential additions to other health problems. My solution to dealing with Crohn’s, was to remove triggers and change my lifestyle. I stopped my meds (you need to weigh up your personal situation before just outright stopping) removed toxins from my house, I.e. the cleaning products and cosmetics I used. I changed my diet , removed the processed junk, gluten, dairy and replaced them with wholefoods and plenty of fruits and vegetables, mainly vegetables as the sugars at the time were a bit much. Also a huge issue was SUGAR! this really needs limiting and ideally removing gradually. I learnt how to deal with stress better and changed my mindset. I’m now drug free, none at all! Flare ups are really rare and I’m doing plenty of cycling and other exercises. Life is so much better. The doctor says "you will be on meds for the rest of your life" it doesn’t have to be that way, and I’m not the only one who has changed things for the better either! #drugfree #lifestylechanges #diet #change #CrohnsDisease #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS #Colitis


    Stomach issues..

    My whole gut is sensitive right now. Lower right and left. My upper stomach feels like a pit. It hurts to pee, i know theres no infection. They've found no blockages, no ulcers, nothing. Just slow transit and ibs. Taking more omeprazole doesn't help much.

    It's just some type of flare, but im drained.

    Oh and I might have oral thrush.

    Still trying to keep a good face when it hurts

    But thinking about donating my body to science, seriously

    #IBS #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #CheckInWithMe #CheerMeOn #constipatio n #cramps #indigestion #GERD #Heartburn #Stomach #Fatigue #Undiagnosed #RareDisease #MentalHealth #PeripheralNeuropathy #Migraine #FODMAP #diet #Pain


    6 food elimination diet

    Don’t really know exactly why I’m posting but I feel I have to put it out there. The latest in my medical journey is a 6 food elimination diet. Will reintroduce to see what my trigger foods are. Today is day one. It’s hard. It’s expensive. It’s going to take some getting used to. But I can do it. It will get easier. My taste will adapt. Does anyone have any tips or favorite recipes? #diet #Glutenfree #Dairyfree #eggfree #soyfree #seafoodfree #nutfree #FoodAllergies


    Does a diet improve mental health?

    I am trying the Eco Atkins diet (a vegetarian version of the Atkins diet) has anyone else tried something like this? Has it helped? #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #diet

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    If in doubt ... make a quiche #Depression #diet #Cooking

    I’m discovering that trying new recipes is good for my mental health. I try something new every Wednesday. I’ve been battling depression after coming off my meds and crashing terribly! Hope this is helpful for someone who is wanting something practical to do


    Please suggest exercises that will help me lose weight. I have PCOD. It's affecting both my physical and mental health. #pcod #WeightLoss #diet

    I'm suffering from depression and anxiety disorder since 2018. I have PCOD, and it has led to an increase in my weight. I have been trying to lose weight and have lost a few kilos earlier but right now due to the lockdown my weight has increased a lot and all the gyms are closed and my mental health issues don't let me stay active. And with PCOD it has just become more difficult for me lose weight because of which my depression, anxiety, and physical health is deteriorating more and more everyday. Please suggest some exercises and diet that help in losing weight with PCOD.