504dimples said:I call Coping skills a pre-made diversion plan. Keeps one occupied while in danger zone. It’s like a red light flashing lol. Outside assistance can help keep you focused and give you a voice other than your own when needed. Your awesome.
Thank you! And hahaha I like that better I’ll work on my pre-made diversion plans than :)
Been doing a little self-evaluation and obsessive reading
I think my meeting with my nutritionist this week bothered me because it made me evaluate how far recovered I am…which maybe wasn’t as much as I’d liked to think….I really don’t like the idea that oop well maybe there’s such thing as x% recovered rather than completely better or completely worse…maybe there’s still real issues to address that no no I’d rather not.
Anyway once Hayley brain got over sassy I-do-what-I-want-I-have-no-more-issues-boo-you phase, I decided maybe it wouldn’t hurt to vaguely consider doing some therapy-type stuff again at least on my own. Which by now, since I’ve had so much experience/learning with this department, translates into reading complex psycho-analysis papers of eating disorders and their treatment… I actually find the books for psychiatrists on how to treat an ED patients more helpful than books for the patients about how to deal with it. Books for tend to assume you’re not as informed about your own disorder. Oh no no.
Anyway here’s some ideas I pieced together I’d like to try
- Keeping a food journal - meh meh and meh but the format I read about suggested tracking emotions/thoughts each time a patient eats…which when I actually tried it was rather eye-opening so whatever we’ll do that for a bit.
- Sketch journal - this is more a Hayley-specific thing….I’ve never been good with writing in diaries but I almost always can draw something to express how I’m feeling or whatever. And I’ve been having a lot of bad dreams/reoccurring dreams (I remember most my dreams) so I started drawing images from those too. It’s…interesting and looks a little disturbed but is actually makes me feel a lot better.
- Coping skills - I hate that term with a horrible passion….but maybe making more of an effort to actually do positive things when I’m anxious wouldn’t be an awful idea….big ones for me are drawing, music, running, going for walks to the park to swing, and things that make require more brain use (Sudoku, math, homework, problem-solving puzzles, complex reading, etc.)
- Outside assistance - flirting with the idea of asking for help….I agreed to get a medical check up so I guess that’s a start. I don’t know if I’d want to start seeing a therapist again….it could be useful but I also have very little time in my schedule to actually make it happen…
Anyway there’s this morning’s ramblings and deep thoughts thank you and goodbye
"EDNOS? What’s that?":
buddha-too answered:I really like Nancy’s soy yogurt!! There’s a bunch of flavors, it’s all organic, has probiotics, and no bad additives like carageenan!
I think I’ve seen that at the organic store by my house I’ll have to try it :)
Anonymous asked: How tall are you? And where do you work? And do you have any pets? ;)
I’m 5’ 5”. I have a job at Wendys. And for pets a dog and two hermit crabs :)
School an hour home than a nine hour shift and back after 1….remind me again how exciting Friday is
Anonymous asked: I'm starting recovery and having a hard time with planning meals. I am an herbivore as well haha and wondered what your grocery staples are. Also, how do you go about calculating your intake, like with your veggies and salads and other not packaged meals?
In my first inpatient place they wanted us to have a solid serving of carb, protein, and fruit or veggie per a meal along with 1-3 snacks so maybe start there? I think staples should be things you like eating; for me I get a lot of sweet potatoes, tofu, veggie nuggets, tomatoes, whole grain pasta, pesto, nut butters/nuts, granola/ granola bars, Greek yogurt, and dark chocolate because I enjoy them. Also I would think about how you want to spread your calories out, if that makes sense? For instance, I’m usually really hungry in the morning but not so much in the evening, so my breakfasts are usually larger and my dinners are smaller/simple. You could also look up sample meal plans online to get ideas:)
Anonymous asked: Hi girl hope you don't mind me asking, are you at a healthy weight or are you maintaining currently?
I’m at a healthy weight and maintaining it :)
Anonymous asked: How many calories did the dietician tell u to have to maintain? I'm in the same spot but don't have a tx team to get insight from :/
Ideally she wants me around 2,200-2,300; but for now around 2,000 is fine since she doesn’t want me to increase faster than I’m able to handle it. Do keep in mind those numbers are based off my personal height, activity level, and weight patterns.
If you’re looking for an general estimate maybe try an online calculator, preferably one with lots of factors it has you enter. Or sometimes if you just call a dietitian and talk with them briefly they’ll calculate it for you.