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Need to eat healthier any advise

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chrisw030290

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Hi people just a few questions. i want to try and start to eat heathier but as ive got a eating disorder. i eat mylti-vitims tablets with iron does anyone know what else i could take such as cod liver oil. and i do need to bulk up a little bit as i am weak and does anyone know any superfoods which are sweetish and know of any good brand of protein bar

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I only know of blueberries as a superfood - great added to things - a good brain food - cheaper if bought frozen
 
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Try the site Health.com: Fitness, Nutrition, Tools, News, Health Magazine has lots of good healthy eating tips and yummy recipies, if your really underweight and anemic from b12 and iron deficiency, my doc said high protien, high carb diet and try some of those health milkshakes available at the Pharmacy, in Canada they are called Ensure not sure if it's the same name in other countries. They can help you regain strength and put on weight.
 
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I have always been obsessed with food since 18 yrs old - and at that time I was heading towards being anorexic - then I got out of that and ate what I wanted, then I went onto slimming world diet and stuck with that for years because I ate a shed loads of veges which made me feel better - but I got fed up of using low-calorie spray oil (FryLight), not having creamy foods and omitting anything like chocolate and sugar.

Then I shared a house with a fitness instructor who was a foodie and could eat pretty much what she wanted but she always had superfoods - so her meals were always healthy without too much care whether the odd meal was fattening or not.

Now I don't have a problem with my weight, I'm slim but not skinny and can pretty much eat what I want, but I do include healthy foods in my diet - what I do, instead of going for a diet dictating me what I should eat, I google ingredients, check their health benefits, and look for recipes that include this ingredient - so the majority of my meals are really healthy, but because I'm not on a diet, I can include recipes that have cream and are made for taste rather than for diet reasons.

After I came off the slimming world diet, and told myself I'm not a diet, I realised how much I enjoy cooking, and now I cook and eat for the enjoyment of it rather than for a purpose to lose weight. You can eat healthily without being on a strict diet.

There is a new diet on the go which seems to make more sense then the 'lose-weight quickly' promise, it isn't geared to lose weight rather it is more about being healthily and getting the right amount of nutrients and vitamins.

It's called the 'Paelo' or 'caveman' diet.

So it's based on wholefoods rather than processed (fewer additives, trans fats and sugars)
low in salt and rich in potassium (lower blood pressure)
High in fruit and veg
Low in saturated but high in healthy fats (which normal diets based on only weight loss omit which turn out to be a more serious health risk to your heart and cholesterol levels)
Rich in protein and fibre (makes you feel full for longer)
Helps to kick-start your metabolism (which is the only way to secure a permanent body weight which is slim but not thin)
Gluten-free (no digestive problems and bloating)
Low GI (no blood sugar probs)
Rich in plant based phytochemicals (reduces risk of cancer)
And Helps to regulate PH (however other weight loss diets encourage the production of acid which increases risk of loss of calcium - so they purposefully omit this part)

Every diet based on weight loss should only be used for a year max - a diet that is only based on health reasons is worth a consideration - if you have a healthy diet and include foods that have a lot of nutrients and vitamins, then you won't have to worry about weight.

That's what I have found throughout life - I've also found out that moving around, also goes hand in hand with diet - without movement then no point on being on a diet - movement is just as important as diet as far as metabolism is concerned - and weight loss diets don't tend to go on about metabolism that much - because 50% if not more of it is about movement - but they want you to believe the diet is the be all and end all in controlling your weight - it isn't it's only half the story.

At the end of the day, the lack of oils (olive oil in particular) the lack of diary products in the mainstream weight loss diets - will fuck around with your PH levels, effect calcium levels and end up weakening your bones - best thing is to enjoy your food, and include superfood ingrediants in your receipes and don't be afraid of healthy fats which keep your skin supple and hair glossy and smooth.
 
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chrisw030290

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i have ordered some protein bars as i have very bad protein in my system aswell as garlic and omega 3 tablets and hemp seeds to grind and spinkle on my ceral and put a small amount in sandwiches. hemp seeds are good for the heart. and i be doing 5 miles of running three times a week

hopefully this makes me look batter in myself
 
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I was heading towards anorexia when I was 18, but my circumstances changed (dumped a boyfriend) and I got myself out of it as soon as I was single - but got really skinny -

After that I would have small periods (a week or two at the most) of not eating - but it wasn't about control then - it was due to keeping the weight off - but I was fucking around with my metabolism

It was living with a fitness instructor that helped me to change the way I saw food - and I began to enjoy it rather than look at food as something that will make me get fat. Then I had some friends who were also huge foodies, and we always went out to nice restaurants with each other each weekend, but at the time I was on a slimming world diet, not particularly to lose weight, but to eat healthily, but I always used FryLight and never used cream - and I ended up resenting it.

My diet changed when I went on a Buddhist retreat and had to eat vegan meals, I realised that, just after a week, my nails grew stronger, and my face cleared up of spots - so after that, I decided to reduce the meat and concentrate on veg more - but have introduced nuts (big no-no in weight loss diets) and sometimes, although rarely, seeds. It doesn't suit my blood type to completely omit meat - I began to get poorly after 2 mths of strictly no meat - but I realise that my blood type suits it when I only eat meat once a week.

A lot depends on your blood type.

After I ditched the slimming world, I frequented the health food shops - Holland & Barrett is my fave - and nowadays (although I'm not as healthy as I could be) I am a lot more healthier than I was on the slimming world diet - my skin feels better anyway, because I use lashings of olive oil in my food - I tend to stick to a more Mediterranean diet (Italian diet in particular) and avoid the US influence food that us Brits have got used to. I do sometimes eat US influenced food some of the time, but usually when I need something quick and high calorie, and can't be bothered to throw something together.

I now don't buy diet magazines, they can go straight in the bin, instead I like cooking from vegetarian magazines and BBC good food - the magazines nowadays - have recipes that popular chefs have designed and use them in their restaurants - so you can eat healthily but get a real enjoyment out of eating your meals - and enjoy experimenting as well - BBC good food is a magazine, but I just download the recipes from the web - there is a 'healthy' section.

I like the vegetarian magazines, because they have a tendency to include superfoods in almost every recipe so if you were to be a true vegetarian you could do it properly without a risk to your health - but I still eat meat, but I like to cook meals which are high in nutrients and vitamins, but aren't necessarily low in calories - but often are.

I'm waffling on I know - but I've turned into a foodie - a food is one of my favourite subjects.
 
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I know you asked about what foods you should eat - but I never take anyone's advise on what food to eat - I tend to research it on the web - I just type in superfoods - if you want to be healthy, then don't worry so much for the calories - avocados have amazing health benefits - one of the fruits with the most nutrients in, but yet diets don't include them due to the calories - we need calories for energy -

I know you have an eating disorder - and probably want to introduce foods slowly, and possibly ones that don't make you put on weight - but I'll never tell you to go on a diet based on weight loss - the caveman diet seems the most sensible yet - purely because it's not about weight loss.
 
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As a general guide, avoid slimming advice and products and all packaged foods. As you have an eating disorder it will be hard to know what to eat and maybe you have an obsession with avoiding fat?I would say stick to eating healthy foods like fruit and vegetables, plenty of those, fish is good for mental health and some carbs like bread, rice or pasta is ok.Try and imagine a plate and that should be half a plate vegetables, a quarter protein like fish or meat or tofu if a vegetarian and the other quarter carbs like rice or potatoes or pasta.Three meals like that a day and fruit inbetween and/or nuts as snacks.You may want to increase the size of your portions if you are underweight.Eating like this is quite healthy.For breakfast you could have toast with coconut oil. Coconut oil and coconut milk is very healthy good fats which are essential to the body,they are high calorie too without having to overeat which is what you need if underweight. Porridge is good energy food and very healthy. Superfoods include all fruits and most vegetables certainly valuable nutrients are found in fruit and vegetables.Avocados are very healthy.
Good luck and I hope you overcome your eating disorder soon.
NicolaX
 
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I'm terribly sorry to go off topic for a second - I was scanning downt he forum and thought you had written that you wanted to eat a "heather" diet. I was going to suggest that it was poison, then realised. Silly me :redface::redface::redface:
 
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been making homemade soup recently, this winter - something that I don't usually do - but they are really good for you, you can jamp pack loads of veges in there, anything you like really, and they can be really filling, esp with a sandwich - only used to eat soup in the afternoon for lunch, but started to eat homemade soup for my main meal, with bread & salad or whatever is in the fridge.

There is plenty of soup recipes on the internet - hundreds of them. Good way to get your superfood veg down your neck without piling on the weight.
 
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I have one of the worst eating disorders ever. when i being accessed they saying its a food phobia but i say 95% of food i will eat so i have changed my diet around to heathier food.

Instead of eating very rarely like some days i eat just one item and that

I have now been eating

Hemp seeds with ceral (either cornflakes or rise krispes)
Baked fruit bars which are ment to be made from fruit and veg and be one of your give aday
Multi-vitim and garlic tablets
protein bars
grilled foods such as sussages, nuggets
wholemeal bread
cranberry juice
blueberries
 
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chrisw030290

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thanks i have a look at that. does anyone know any nice foods they would recommend like oats or anything healthy i want to try new things but all healthy
 
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