For the past 2 years I have been aware to the point of obsessiveness about eating healthy and exercising. I try my best throughout the week to not eat any carbs and to work out. I feel so guilty when I do eat a sandwich or a cookie that I think about it for a couple of hours and punish myself mentally about how I shouldn't have eaten it and that I start to think I look fat. It's also starting to get really cold outside which makes me not want to work out! I need advice about what I can do to motivate to stay healthy mentally and physically! I have never met a nutritionist about what is healthy or not.
So tough to get emails like this but I know this is really a problem & especially in young girls & women. As you all know, I have written endlessly about the messages girls & woman get from media advertising AND social media. I recently tweeted out a post I did back in March on thigh gap since that is hitting Instagram & Twitter again.
I responded to this lady that I was NOT a professional in any form BUT that I could relate to her from my younger years. When I first lost my weight, I did become very crazed about eating less & less & not wanting to put on a single pound. Thankfully I got over this on my own!
I also offered up this response:
I do want to say that I really really really HONESTLY think you should seek out professional help. I have been where you are & it is not a healthy place. Living a healthy lifestyle is about eating all foods in balance & not denying yourself or obsessing about food & exercise - again I have been where you are now so I understand. Going down this path is dangerous for your health...
I went on to offer up this information & asked her to look at the link below:
Those who have an “unhealthy obsession” with otherwise healthy eating may be suffering from “orthorexia nervosa,” a term which literally means “fixation on righteous eating.” Orthorexia starts out as an innocent attempt to eat more healthfully, but orthorexics become fixated on food quality and purity. They become consumed with what and how much to eat, and how to deal with “slip-ups.” An iron-clad will is needed to maintain this rigid eating style. Every day is a chance to eat right, be “good,” rise above others in dietary prowess, and self-punish if temptation wins (usually through stricter eating, fasts and exercise). Self-esteem becomes wrapped up in the purity of orthorexics’ diet and they sometimes feel superior to others, especially in regard to food intake.
Eventually food choices become so restrictive, in both variety and calories, that health suffers – an ironic twist for a person so completely dedicated to healthy eating. Eventually, the obsession with healthy eating can crowd out other activities and interests, impair relationships, and become physically dangerous."
I also asked her this: Do you have family that are supportive & can help you? Are you willing to talk with them or reach out for help? If you do not want to talk with family, call the hotline from the above link or read this link: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/find-help-support
I asked her to write back to me & she did - she said that I hit it on the head & she is going to seek help - I hope she does! I asked her to keep in contact & hoping she does so I know that she can go on to lead a healthy life!
I am not a professional so all I could do was tell her I know how she feels & offer a respected organization to seek treatment. I certainly did not want to respond & not at least try to help. I wanted her to know someone cared....
Eating disorders in this form or the many other forms are a huge problem with girls, young women AND older women too!
I think some of these disorders may be among us in this blogging world even from those that seem fine because we never know what goes on behind closed doors as they say.... AND there is a lot of pressure out there in social media with the many posts about how we should eat, live & look.
For those of us that are fine but struggling just to lose or gain or maintain...
FOOD IS NOT SO MUCH THE ISSUE - IT IS OUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE FOOD & HOW WE HANDLE THAT! We read & see & hear that carbs are bad, fat is bad, sweets are bad, treats are bad. I could go on & on!
I certainly understand those that have allergies or issues with certain types of food like gluten & nuts & many of the other foods that people's bodies cannot handle....
But if you have NO issues - EAT A BALANCED "DIET". Yes, we want to stay away from the trans fats & limit the sugars & processed & refined foods.... but take a balanced & realistic look at how you eat & how you think about what you eat!
I always say - find what works for you! I still believe that but if your thought process is unhealthy & you are trying to eat in a way that you can't live with long term & be happy, it can eat away at you & your long term physical & mental health. We can find ways to eat healthy, limit the crap, but still be happy!
There is light at the end of the tunnel & if you are struggling - I hope you seek that help!
"The American Heart Association and the Center for Science in the Public Interest were among those praising the move."The scientific evidence is clear -- eating food with trans fat increases production of 'bad' cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease," the AHA said. So what should consumers do in the meantime? Choose products that have the lowest combined amount of saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fat, the FDA said."
"Avoiding foods containing artificially produced trans fat could prevent 10,000 to 20,000 heart attacks and 3,000 to 7,000 coronary heart disease deaths each year, according to one study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
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2 cups oats
2 small bananas, mashed
5++ scoops protein powder - I used vanilla but if you have cinnamon roll, more power to you! I mixed Designer Whey French Vanilla & MET-Rx vanilla Protein plus. I like the mix of whey and casein/whey powder.
¾ tsp baking soda - I had none so I doubled the baking powder
¾ tsp baking powder
cinnamon - dumped - put in to your liking
pumpkin pie spice - dumped & not measured
¼ cup NuNaturals MoreFiber stevia baking blend
3 egg whites
1 whole egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
PS: I just worked with my liquid/dry ingredients to get the consistency I prefer my cookies.
Protein Coffee Pancakes
3-5 TBSP raw oatmeal - to your liking but I vary based on how big a batch. I double or triple Laura's recipe
2-4 TBSP coconut flour - to your liking, thickness & taste
2-4 scoops protein powder - I use a mixture of Designer Whey whey protein isolate & whey/casein because I feel the whey/casein helps thicken it up & whey isolate keeps it thinner. I am trying different flavors of protein powder but the above use vanilla. See below for one of my fave so far - Vanilla Praline!
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon per Laura but I just dump. I LOVE cinnamon so I never measure. I also use pumpkin pie spice for certain pancakes!
1/4 - 1/2 tsp no-salt baking powder - I put the 1/2 in when I double the batch.
2-5 T egg whites - I add based on how many scoops of protein powder I use - I just add a little at a time to get my preferred consistency.
1/4 - 1/2 cup brewed coffee - I use 1/2 when I double Laura's recipe PLUS I may add in a TBSP at a time over that as well to help with consistency due to my additional protein powder. I have used coconut cream, vanilla & pumpkin pie spice coffee so far!
2 capfuls of vanilla extract
6-8 drops vanilla liquid stevia (from Laura) - I did not need stevia in mine so you need to try for yourself. My coffees were sweeter & maybe my protein powder too so I was OK without the stevia - OR you could use a flavor to help change the flavor of the pancake.
Optional: add in fruit or nuts - my next tries will be making this with water OR unsweetened vanilla almond milk & adding in blueberries or strawberries or any fruit.
I am eager to try with my Designer Whey Strawberry protein powder & add in strawberries and/or bananas! Chocolate sounds good too!
In a small bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir to combine.
Heat pan over med-high, spoon batter onto pan, and cook until done (3-4 mins each side).
I like a little thicker pancake so just adjust the wet/dry ingredients to your liking!
A favorite so far has been Vanilla Praline coffee protein pancakes seen below. OMG - delish!!!! I used vanilla coffee plus Designer Whey Vanilla Praline Protein Powder & MET-Rx Vanilla Protein Plus. Here they are:
Again - check out Laura's link for her original recipe so you can see how I changed it & go from there. She has tons more amazing recipes so click thru hers - after reading this of course!
I know many LOVE pancakes but don't want to eat at night if you prefer your carbs earlier in the day. This makes these more a PROTEIN PANCAKE due to less oats & more protein AND they taste amazing!
I will let you know how my pancakes come out when I substitute water and/or almond milk.
So - your thoughts? You going to try?
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