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Where to start with diet and exercise (this time)?

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devoteeofdymphna

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So... this is maybe not so much an 'eating disorder'... but maybe not just very healthy diet for myself.

Through my life I have gained weight and lost weight... sort of an up and down. Very recently, a very not good time in my life, the weight has gone up a lot. Maybe in part due to other health conditions, including mental health. At one time I was on an anti-depressant that made me almost perpetually starving... it was awful. There are other concerns like stomach acid and maybe something else along those lines. With an under-active thyroid.

But lately... my major depression I think is apart of it along with my current situation... I am just not very motivated to diet or stay with it... and the pain/discomfort I feel when I do is rather strong.

Maybe part of it is my diet. Like for example I drink diet coke, I actually started when I was not that heavy in weight and I actually like the taste of it better. My doctors however tell me that dropping it (or any soda... and anything that may agitate the stomach and/or intestines) would be better for me. Actually plenty doctors have given me reason to stop. The caffine impacts my heart and anxiety, also my rest at night. The artificial sugar my psychiatrist tells me may increase my risk of diabetes and he said artificial sugars can cause various latent symptoms in people, not 100% sure I believe that though. And my dentist said that it would be better for my teeth and such to drop it. And my neurologist said it would be better for my brain as well for different reasons I rather not go into...

But despite this... I can't find something else to drink a lot that I really like... and I suppose I could drink water... but its not... very exciting you know?

Aside from that... I have been too tired to go to the gym. My current health plan provides access to a wide selection of gyms in the area... but... my weight and everything just less-than-encourages me. I guess?

And I get these sugar cravings... even though sugar causes me to become extremely tired... and causes extremely vivid dreams. I have been repeatedly tested for diabetes but they come up negative each time. So...the best guess is that I may have some kind of sugar allergy... Kinda ironic in a way since I get these strong sugar cravings... which then knocks me out...

So... I have been wanting to get my diet and exercise going forward but I haven't quiet found it in myself to do so. As a kinda mitigation of weight issues I have stopped gaining... but... that isn't very fantastic you know?

Does anyone have any thoughts, reflections, experiences, or so with these sorts of matters?

Thank you.
 
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natalie

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Hi, Welcome to the forums, of MHF, and nice to meet you,

I am just wondering that for your anxiety and depression, this is just an aspect I am thinking of, whether you might benefit and I realise you are in the USA, from medication, There are a number of meds, which can help independantly for both anxiety, and also depression. You need to be seen for these by a doctor for these.

In terms of dieting and exercise, in terms of dieting, I think, you would benefit from a nutrionist, or a dieitician, qualifed and with proper quifications, to help you.

I was on a med which cause very much annoying a lot of weight, gain, I am now on a brand for mental health (someone might not like this in a moment) which I have lost, some excess weight, keeping in mind, I do fitness workouts when can, a lot. I don't mean a lot of by way of amount, i mean over time.


Privately, could youi try listening to music, or watching music downloads, videos, musically, and also could yoiu possilby try playing a sport, or working out in fitness classes make sure, that the teacher is qualified. I do realise, fitness wise, and I am not about to probe, your age.


I h ope i tall goes well, your diet and excercise plans for you, and do keep reachign out to us to update how you are coming along, I for one, am always very keen and interested, in health and fitness, and to keep well, for mental health combined.


i'm Natalie, I am usually found in the Wellbeing section of MHF. i felt I to jump here, to offer advice, and tricks along the way.



Best Wishes.
 
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devoteeofdymphna

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Hi, Welcome to the forums, of MHF, and nice to meet you,
Thank you.
I am just wondering that for your anxiety and depression, this is just an aspect I am thinking of, whether you might benefit and I realise you are in the USA, from medication, There are a number of meds, which can help independantly for both anxiety, and also depression. You need to be seen for these by a doctor for these.
I am in Texas... and I am required by court order to see a psychiatrist and take medication as directed. I am currently on an antidepressant (Duloxetine, max) and a betablocker (propranolol, don't immedically call the dosage, its half of what is recommended but I react rather strongly to it so my doctor keeps it low... its for anxiety, blood pressure, and so).

I have been interested in adding to my antidepressant... and possibly going up on my propranolol... but my doctor is hesitant to keep fiddling around with my medications... he wants me well enough to get through the various aspects of my deferred probation and then maybe later tinker with it more. Basically his view is 'no jail and no suicide' first... everything else is kinda... 'later' or 'not top priority'.

I asked my general pcp doctor about maybe adding something to help with the hunger and weight loss. They gave me something... it made me so very forgetful... I wandered around for days in a haze... I barely even recall those days. I fear that is what people with memory challenges must experience. But I forgot to take the medicine for a few days... it started to fade... and I stay off of it.

I know there are other medicines for weigth loss... but my doctors are really resistant to trying it. They said that they are meant for extreme obesity....
In terms of dieting and exercise, in terms of dieting, I think, you would benefit from a nutrionist, or a dieitician, qualifed and with proper quifications, to help you.
That is not a bad idea... seeing a nutirtionist and such...
Privately, could youi try listening to music, or watching music downloads, videos, musically, and also could yoiu possilby try playing a sport, or working out in fitness classes make sure, that the teacher is qualified. I do realise, fitness wise, and I am not about to probe, your age.
I really enjoy swimming. There are a few gyms nearby with indoor pools that I could go to... to swim laps. I have eyed water-resistant players to listen to music or something else as I do it... but... that is a little pricey... I suppose I could think about a payment plan for it and/or save for it...

I am on SSI Disability... which means I have very limited income...
I h ope i tall goes well, your diet and excercise plans for you, and do keep reachign out to us to update how you are coming along, I for one, am always very keen and interested, in health and fitness, and to keep well, for mental health combined.
Thank you! I hope for everyone great health, wellness, happiness, peace, and so.
i'm Natalie, I am usually found in the Wellbeing section of MHF. i felt I to jump here, to offer advice, and tricks along the way.

Best Wishes.
Thank you for helping set this up and the community then.
 
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natalie

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Hi Devoteeo,

I'm not actually part of the staffing for MHF, I'm feeling a bit embarrassed,I just happen to have a lot of mental health experience within me, for years, as I am mentally unwell myself, however under control on med, in terms of the forums, you'll have to thank Mischief and his teams, for that strong compliment. I haven't actually set it up, I'm just like poster member like everyone else.

Once again, I'll accept the strong compliment.


Thanks very much.
 
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