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tortoise11
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   Posted 5/14/2010 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I need some help!  I am 25 years old and 50 pounds overweight.  I have a histroy of eating disorders - mostly related to BP.
 
I binge on sweet things when I'm hypomanic and have no regards for consequences.  (it CAN'T happen to me - I am above that! - type thinking. lol )  I go on starvation diets when I am manic.  And I binge eat when I am depressed.
 
I am absolutely hopelessly addicted to sugar to the point where everything else tastes awful to me.  I know this is temporary, but still, it's REALLY hard.
 
The hard part is living with my SO.  He's very thin and eats a lot of junk food.  I've gained another 15 pounds living with him! 
 
I got completely fed up today and chucked all the junk food.  I won't be home when he gets home from work, so I sent him an email.  Essentially saying that we make changes together or I have to live alone for a while. 
 
I don't know what to do or how to do it.  (and I told him that in the email)  I don't think sudden changes will go over well for either of us.
 
He will insist on eating meat every day, but he does like fish.  He likes salads with hard boiled eggs - I do too.  Other than that, I can't think of anything.
 
Ideas?
Bipolar 2
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Panic Disorder


getting by
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   Posted 5/14/2010 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
The best advice that I can give is to make your eating habits a way of life. Start eating healthy and make yourself eat four to six times a day. Small amounts. Try to make it a top priority so that you do eat when you are manic and eat right when you are depressed. Good for you for throwing out all of the junk food. But eating the way that I mentioned keeps your blood sugars normal and that has a lot to do with your moods. I know that this is going to be easier said than done, but practice. And don't beat yourself up mentally if you slip up. Just start over again.

Best wishes to you tortoise,

Hugs, Karen
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tortoise11
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   Posted 5/14/2010 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
SO is on board with this.  *whew*  I didn't realize how stressed out I was over that.
 
I'm starting with cutting out added sugars from everything.  That is surprisingly hard.  Most canned veggies are out.  Sauces in a jar are not an option.  Most condiments are out.  Pizza, most breads, flavored yogurt, chips  ... just about everything has sugar in it!  Even mashed potatoes in a box!  I'm glad I know how to cook, but I'm worried about being prepared for my mood swings so that SO or I have something fast and easy to prepare.
 
I'm trying to eat smaller portions too.  REALLY hard.  I need to eat slower!
 
Any other ideas?  I think this stepp will hold me for 2 - 3 weeks before I'm ready to make the next change.
 
 
Bipolar 2
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Panic Disorder


getting by
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   Posted 5/15/2010 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to learn to eat slower too. It is like I want to get it over with where I use to enjoy eating and relax when I eat. I know that they say to put your fork down after every bite. and chew slowly and many times. I am just not one for eating, I like to nibble. That is not good.

I don't know if you should allow yourself a little sweets. I am just thinking going cold turkey could be hard. Have some ripe fruit to give you natural sugar. When you cut out sugar, it doesn't take much to get that sweet tooth satisfied. That is after you have been off sugar for a while.

Maybe talk to your doc about some of this. I wish you luck. When I went on a diabetic diet years ago, I really felt better. There are carbs in the diet, but they are good ones.

Good luck with this new way of eating. You will make it your life style eventually.

Hugs, Karen
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tortoise11
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   Posted 5/16/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I know I have to cut sugar cold turkey.  I've tried other ways before, but it doesn't work for me.  Once I get over the hump on this, SO and DS can go back to their regular junk food and I'll be OK with my diet.

Bipolar 2
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Panic Disorder


horse crazy
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   Posted 5/16/2010 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have one of those books(paperback, so not expensive)  that lists just about every food imaginable and the number of calories.  I keep a separate notebook and write down every single bit of food I eat each day and the number of calories.  I try not to exceed 1500 a day if I want to really lose weight.  (I binge eat at night something awful)  anyway writing down what you eat & calories make you accountable for what you eat and you will be shocked at first how many calories you do eat.  I am at the point that something looks good to eat, I look up the calories and usuaLLY GO "WOWEE" not worth eating that many calories or you are pleasantly surprised and it is a lot less than you thought.  Takes a bit to get into the swing of things, but it has always worked well for me.  I really have to watch what I eat because I am on Seraquel which really packs on the weight.  I also buy those packs of goodies that are 100 calories a pack and they are usually enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Horse Crazy
Bi-polarII; rapid cycler; Lithium 900 mg; Lamictal 200 mg; seraquel 450mg, klonopin 4mg
 


tortoise11
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   Posted 5/18/2010 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I got on a grain-free, sugar-free diet and life is good. :)
Bipolar 2
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Panic Disorder

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