July 11th, 2005

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Animal Therapy of sorts?

This discussion from a while ago Pets
is sort of related to my question.
I was thinking of getting a dog, hoping it will help me in recovery. This was lightly touched upon in the previous discussion, but I'd like a little more opinion if possible.
Have any more of you found that a pet helps in recovery? My thinking is that being a bulimic, my first step is to try to stop the binges in the first place. My thinking is that having a pet may keep my mind off of binging and as a consequence, purging as a stress relief. The animal will become my distraction in a way, something to focus my energy and something to care for etc...
So thoughts anyone? suggestions?
(btw, I live in a small apartment/studio. I need a tiny thing! No labs unfortunately...)

chronic insomnia

I'm having the worst insomnia lately, and I'm wondering if it's anything to do with my eating habits. I've been fasting, then this weekend, broke fast to snack on a few raw veggies on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. now for the past two days, I've been completely unable to sleep-- I'm not tired or sleepy, my mind is always racing, and I feel anxious.

I know it can't be my antidepressants, because they've never had this effect before, so that leaves my ED-NOS. any ideas, experiences, whatever?

::off to try, once again, to take a nap::
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This excerpt was taken from Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America by Morgan Spurlock, of Supersize Me fame. The whole book is fantastic, but this anecdote struck me as being both pertinent as well as being something I'd never heard before (the bit in bold), on which I then proceeded to do a wee bit of research.

"The last 4.5 pounds, though - those were the tough ones, the Yo-Yo pounds. It took me nine months to lose those pounds and keep them off. I would lose one and gain two, lose 3 and gain one, lose two and gain four. Up, down, up, down. I called my mom and told her how hard it was to lose these final pounds and she said, 'Congratulations, now you know how every woman in the world feels.'

Thanks, Mom. I called Dr. Isaacs and asked him about it.

'Well, what you don't realize is that when you lose weight, those fat cells in your body, they never go away. They just get smaller.'

That's a depressing thought. So now my body is filled with little skinny fat cells. They're just swimming around waiting for me to eat more calories than I expend, and they'll happily suck up the excess. Now I can gain 3 or 4 pounds in a weekend, lickity split, if I don't pay attention to what I'm putting in my body."

It explains so much...

The cut text below was taken from the website WeightLossforAll.com, and it explains Dr. Isaac's statement in a bit more detail. Excuse the cheesily chipper tone.

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ive looked in the memories but have not found the answer to these questions. Please feel free to delete this post if its in any way inappropriate or redundant.

I have two questions, both having to do with the effects of starvation on your body.

Lately I have been slipping up and not eating as much as i should (max intake for the past month 800-1,000 calories/day). I have also been lifting weights, trying to build some muscles in my puny arms. In the past,(no matter how many calories i was consuming) when i would lift weights i was always very sore for a day or so afterward. Lately i can not seem to fatigue my muscle AT ALL. I am not implying that i have super strength, but that i cannot seem to use my muscles properly. Has anyone noticed this to be an effect of a low calorie/semi starvation diet?

I am also wondering if it is possible for your body to completely adapt to a lower calorie intake, making it impossible to consume more without gaining weight? I am aware that any reduced calorie diet will lower your metabolism, but exactly how low can it really go?

Im trying to loose fat and build muscle. Not loose muscle and gain fat.

I'm worried ive just screwed myself.