Originally Posted by Done_And_Done
First off, BIG RESPECT to everyone for integrating there own personal dilemmas/situations into the thread for I appreciate all your words deeply. I guess its just nice to know that im not fighting this uphill battle alone and there are indeed others I can communicate with who can comprehend with this issue.
Reppy, so enlighten me a little upon how youve changed your diet.
In terms of what you were munching on before and what you intake daily now to help your situation. I assume fresh fruits & veggies are key?
White bread is awful for you. Try to cut it out of your diet if you can. You really need lots of whole grains and oats. You want good carbs that will keep your energy levels sustained throughout the day.
Try not to go a long time without eating. This is something I need to work on, personally.
Anyways, I used to wake up.. not even eat breakfast.. goto work.. work 3-4 hours.. eat some random crap.. whatever felt good at the time.. Sometimes I'd just grab a couple of those little snack sized cheese sticks and eat those on my 10 minute break.
I used to goto this little gelato place down the street once or twice a week to get a blackberry Italian soda. Sometimes three times a week. It's OK every once in awhile to spoil yourself with sweets, but try to keep it to a minimum.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are good, too. Sometimes I just crave the crunch of fresh greens. This is another area I need to improve on, but I've started doing a lot better.
A day for me might look something like this:
3/4 cup oatmeal with honey or raisins (try to stay away from stuff with sugar added. if you can get a no sugar added jam, use that too)
A slice of toasted whole grain bread w/ peanut butter or a whole grain bagel w/ cream cheese
Glass of water
A sandwich consisting of:
2 slices of whole grain bread
1 slice American cheese
Green leaf lettuce
That might sound kind of funky.. but don't knock it until you've tried it. The cranberry and cream cheese combination creates a really mellow flavor. It sits very well in your stomach.
If my mom has prepared something, I eat it. If certain portions of the meal aren't very healthy, I'll cut back on them and compensate with more veggies or a salad on the side.
Snacking through the day
Celery with peanut butter
Baby carrots and light ranch dressing
A bagel with cream cheese
Apples, oranges, bananas, etc.
Every once in awhile.. it's OK to break down and have a sugary drink, some ice cream, order out for some pizza, etc. But don't make a habit out of it! In fact, I think if you eat a healthy diet consistently, you'll kind of be turned off after eating those kinds of foods. Or at the very least, you'll realize how tired and ****ty they make you feel.
If you do decide to start eating healthier, do the following things:
Make a physical or mental note of what you ate and when you ate it
Pay close attention to how you feel. Are you energetic? Happy? Find yourself just whistling to yourself? These are good signs that whatever you ate was a meal that will give you energy and leave you feeling content. Do you feel tired? Lethargic? Want to take a nap? If you eat something with a lot of starches or sugars in it, it's possible your blood sugar shot up high and now it has crashed.
How long until you're hungry again?
Also, I really do recommend you check out that "Attacking Anxiety and Depression" audio book. There's a torrent for it somewhere. If you can, make sure you set the first week's track and the relaxation tape to download first. Listen to the first week's track and you'll almost immediately feel better. Why? Because they explain the program, what it's for and talk to people with similar problems that have fixed them.
I know it certainly helped me. People with this type of anxiety tend to feel like they're all alone. "No one understands. I'm different. There's something wrong with me."
Again, if you ever need to BS about anything, don't hesitate to hit me on AIM. That goes for anyone. It's always good to talk with some other people that are going through the same ****.