Diet plan or book for Bipolar?

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Kiraz
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   Posted 11/24/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
So I started on the south beach diet, and for a week things went well. But now, I'm manic, and I find that I don't eat half the time. I forget to eat breakfast, then I remember I need to eat lunch and get distracted.

The food I'm actually allowed to have, isn't enough to keep me going if I'm missing other meals. It's so frustrating and I'm not sure I can keep this up.

Does anyone know of a diet book made for bipolar's?

Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/24/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
No, but I have always been interested in nutrition and have just recently started wondering about how good nutrition plays a role in our mental well-being.  I do not think there is a "one diet fits all" catagory.  I think you have to do the obvious things like limit sugar, caffeine and any food that the ingrediant list is a paragraph long.  My rule is if I cannot get fresh foods, like from a local farmers market, than what I buy in the grocery store is limited to one maybe two other ingrediants other than what you are actually purchasing.  Lots of fresh water and exersis on a consitant basis and you should have no problems maintaining a good weight and feeling well physically which in turn has to be benefical mentally.  Once you actually start eating like this, processed and chemically ladden foods taste terrible.  I would rather have a little bit of something good versus a whole lot of something bad.  Take butter for example, read the label, ingrediants are cream and salt.  Look at margarine, the list is a mile long, actually I think it is one molecule away from being tupperware..............................Try it for a week or two, you will shed pounds, feel lighter and I bet just bet you feel better overall.
 
So sayth the Gem

Kiraz
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   Posted 11/24/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
We already eat fairly well, I just can;t seem to shed any of the weight meds have made me gain over the years.

My husband is a high carbs person, I try to stay away from them, but it;'s difficult sincehe;s the cook and often I don;t feel up to cooking.

Exercise isn't always easy due to other health issues, bad joints, back, etc.

I'll find something

kimber4
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   Posted 11/29/2009 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I read about a book on the web called Bipolar diet by Sara Freeman, I've not read it yet.

only-me
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   Posted 11/29/2009 2:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know of any diet books out there but have you tried aqua aerobics as an exercise.  It doesn't have the strain on the joints like most other exercises and does well for my moods.

Kiraz
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   Posted 11/29/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
hyrdrophobic... else I would.


I'm a mess lol! Everyone keeps saying I'm losing weight, and I am taking in plenty of good foods, just not alot. perhaps I'll just talk to my Doc and see what they recommend

only-me
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   Posted 11/29/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
It took me a while to get used to the water - I still can't manage to put my head under. (I'm such a wimp shocked  
 
But it sounds like you are well on the way.  Unfortunately we always look for the quick fix instead of the slow and steady road.  I am not a doctor and only new to BP, but be carfull with the not wanting to eat or missing meals as it sends me into a tailspin of cycling - but thats just me.  I find tuna (and salad) keeps me a bit more undercontrol.  I don't know if there is any medical reseach into this, but it helps me.
 
Keep up the good work, talk to your doctor, you will get there :-)

serafena
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   Posted 11/29/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Kimber and only-me;

Welcome to HealingWell and thank you for your comments. It's good to have you here.

serafena
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Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER

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