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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (241,202)
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2/4/14 3:34 A

Hi TEELUVSARUBA - Thank you for being so open in your post. Unfortunately, Bipolar and Depression can sometimes create a bit of a stumbling block in our attempts at a healthier lifestyle. I am glad that you are working with a Psychiatrist. Do you also have a Therapist? If not, then this would also be another useful tool in your arsenal. You don't have a SparkPage so I was unable to see what teams you belong to. If you aren't already on it, if you like you can check out the Dealing with Depression Team, going through the link at the bottom of my signature. There are over 1 million members, and many who will be able to resonate with you. It is a very active and helpful team.

Your Psychiatrist has recently changed your meds, and yes, it can take a wee while to kick in. Make sure that you keep in touch, because they may still need a bit of a tweak here and there to get you in a healthier position.

I joined SparkPeople solely to use the free Nutrition Tracker. I weighed (still do) all of my food for increased accuracy and entered it all into there. Even if I had one sweet of 10 calories, or one grape - it gets entered. I started to see a Registered Dietitian after a year, and for my first couple of appointments I took some random printouts for her to see. It was the best thing that I could have done. It saved so much time of questions/answers, and trying to even remember the answers (and most people do NOT answer accurately because their memories aren't computers with a built-in memory bank) and this meant that I got very accurate help based on MY likes/preferences, and health issues.

For most people it is an absolute eye-opener using the tracker. It shows where the calories are coming from; shows the make-up of the carbs/fats/protein; and gives us the power to ensure that we get that healthy balance. Surprisingly for a lot, too, it can also help with depression. If you ensure that you are getting quality lean protein, and plenty of fruit/veges (particularly dark leafy greens), and healthy fats (think fish - particularly dark fish like sardines, salmon and tuna - nuts, avocados olive oil) you will find that you are getting more nutrients to help with your brain and mental health.

Exercise also helps with depression. If you can, make an effort to get outside in the daylight for at least a 10 minute walk, daily. The daylight is an excellent Vitamin D source, and fresh air helps to blow the cobwebs away and gives us time to think, or even just to admire the sights, whether it be a bird, a snowman someone may have made if you live in a snowy area, or dried leaves on the ground if you are in a warmer area.

When you feel that your Dr rushed you out of the room, it may be that feeling is because of your depression TELLING you that this is what happened. OR, it could be that your Dr had a medical emergency to deal with. I have observed this many times.

If you are feeling so low, then it would be a good idea to take yourself to the nearest Emergency Department.

I am sending you BIG hugs, and wish you well.

Take care,
Kris xxx

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 2/4/2014 (03:35)
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2/3/14 8:14 P

JEWELS571 emoticon

Any positive choice you make can lead to healthier you. Your physical health will give you pride of accomplishment and like Jewel commented exercise does awaken those feel good endorphins. That 80% of weight management that has to do with nutrition is best when you choose unprocessed whole organic food.

I hope you are feeling better soon! emoticon

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2/3/14 4:42 P

I agree with your doctor, journaling your food can be very enlightening and here you have the perfect tools. If you make no other changes than food choices you have hit the mark. It is 80% diet, 20% exercise. Now with that having been said, exercise also releases endorphin s that naturally make you happier. So why it may be difficult to get started, even a 10 minute walk every day or a couple of times a day will make you feel better, naturally. I hope the medications begin to help for you soon!

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2/3/14 2:15 P

Hi. I'm new here. I have bipolar with severe depression. I am going through a point in my life where I just can't seem to move. I am sad all of the time, feel like a failure and feel guilty for gaining weight through it all. My psychiatrist changed my meds around and I'm waiting for them to start working. Also on top of this I went to my regular doctor and told her about my weight gain and before she allowed me to say anything else she told me to keep a,journal of everything I ate for a week. For someone that doesn't want to get off the couch that is almost impossible for me to do. She seemed to rush me out of the room. She's never done that before and I walked out of there in tears. I'm feeling like I may need to go to the hospital to get my act together but I'm afraid to. I'm feeling very down but hiding it on the outside.

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