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10/4/18 2:17 A

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I am finally off antidepressants too and so glad!!!








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10/3/18 8:08 P

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Wow have I changed since I last posted in here! I don't eat sugar anymore, I do Keto and I feel so much better! No longer prediabetic, and I find that sugar is a poison to me now. It may not be a poison to everyone, but I sure find that it is a poison to me when I eat it! I feel like crap (actually, a much stronger word), I can't focus, and I just blank out mentally. I really find that for me, Keto is the way to go! It helps with my depression, I'm off antidepressants (they make me manic now, actually), I focus better, I sleep better... I don't eat almost any carbs except for some veggies. No starches or sugars at all. I still have my coffee, but just a cup or two a day (and one of those is decaf), and some tea.

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9/30/18 8:44 P

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I started giving up all white things and following the keto woe. It really helps with everything for me.








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9/5/16 1:02 A

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I noticed that ever since I gave up white food (sugars of all kinds, foods with ANY kind of flour, and white potatoes) my bipolar I has been MUCH better. I really mean it. A lot better. Also, it's been better since I started using 2 grams of fish oil a day.

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9/1/16 12:00 P

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I used to eat plain oatmeal but found it really hard to eat on it's own. So I mix 1/2 of plain oatmeal and 1/2 low sugar oatmeal and it I don't notice the plain anymore. I need to watch my sugars now that I'm prediabetic. My doctor didn't seem too concerned with it, since I'm just .2 points away from not being prediabetic.

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I dunno if I could survive without red meat. I'm generally pretty anemic and eating rare steaks a couple times a week was the only way I was able to eck myself above that stage. I get hangry real quick too.

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I've been really a lot of information on our gut health and nutrition in regards to brain and body health. Everything I've been reading makes a lot of sense. I have a lot of dietary restrictions in my house due to hubby (FODMAP diet) and my daughter (deathly allergic to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and oats). I don't have any food allergies except certain types of alcohol. With these restrictions it does make it easier to eat healthier but it's hard with protein to get that in.

I noticed that caffeine in general messes with my stomach and mood so it's a no-no on my list. I instead drink herbal teas that are caffeine free. I also discovered that the amount of caffeine in chocolate is just as high as coffee so I've stopped eating chocolate. I've been incorporating more fruits in my diet and trying different ways to eat protein with my main meals. I only drink one decaf mocha a day and make it at home so that I know what goes into it. Plus, I only use real sugar and none of the artificial stuff. I reduced my soda to only one a day and end up not drinking all of it. I am feeling better nutritionally.

I disagree with the article on the timing of meals. Everything I've read says it should be 2-4 hours in-between to keep your blood sugar levels pretty consistent throughout the day.

Eating organic is just too expensive for us but I try to eat the top 10 organic foods but it's not always possible. I'm tired of our vegetable selection because hubby can't have a lot of them so that's been making me go more towards salads when I previously HATED salads. I also buy lean meat like chicken, pork chops, pork tenderloin, ground turkey, and occasionally red meat. I have found it cheaper to buy my meat bulk at Costco so I've been doing that.

I only keep vanilla ice cream in the house and no other sweets so that I am not tempted. I pair the vanilla ice cream with bananas and chocolate syrup. I eat it in the afternoon when I'm less likely to eat huge amounts of it.

With all of this happening, I'm still not losing the weight or if I am it's VERY slow.

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8/29/16 12:26 P

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I agree with that. I don't think I could live without my coffee, but a majority of the time that's limited to one, albeit large, cup of coffee daily.

Freggies I usually go for anyway. And boy am I happy I don't take an MAOI. I didn't know about those dietary restrictions when I was on them, but some of those restrictions could really complicate my life these days.

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8/29/16 7:19 A

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I could do some of the things but I need my morning coffee or tea. I quit for a while and it made me miserable and tired. I'm may start to ease up on the coffee and go for hot tea.Most of the teas I have are caffeine free.

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8/28/16 3:12 P

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For me I have to watch sugar and caffeine. I used to drink 4 or 5 Mt Dews a day. I didn't realize it until after I quit, but it really messed with my sleep, which brought on symptoms of depression. With less caffeine, better sleep, better mood and stablility

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I have a strong sweet tooth too. I have to make sure that I have plenty of fresh fruit on hand, so that I get my sugar fix that way. I usually have three or four different sources of fruit in the house for munching. I am checking this Fruit/Veggie Stand that is across the street from me. I have some 5.00 checks, 25.00 total, to use on purchasing fruit and veggies that Aging and Disability sends me if I win the lottery that they have for them every year. I won this year and last year. They are to use at the local Farmer's markets around town, so I want to see if this stand takes the checks. If they do, then that is one source of fresh fruit and veggies that I can utilize. You have to take advantage of all the perks you get, when it comes to buying food. Even 25.00 can make a difference in your weekly shopping trips. If they don't take them, that's okay. I will make the rounds of the Farmer's Markets here in the area. I just thought that if they have a stand at a Farmer's Market they may take them. We'll see. I have until the end of October to spend them.

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I eat a lot of sugar in my diet... I'm trying to cut back on them, but it's hard living with a 450 pound man who is always getting sugary treats. He had the gastric sleeve done, and he's not losing weight like he should be. I end up eating the sweets too. At least I got Geo to like spinach raw in salads. We don't have a lot of money to get good food, so I get my meat from the local meat market. They have different food plans and the one we get is one of the cheapest, but a lot of meat. It ends up being fatty meant, like ribs and cube steak. I''m trying to eat more veggies... I love veggies. There is a store close to me that has a ton of organic and gluten free foods, but they only stock what's in season. And I have to find a way to get Geo to eat them. I made really good stuffed peppers, and he liked them but didn't want to eat them again. I'm also bulimic so those sweets tempt me to go on a binge. Last time I binged I think was in July but I'm not sure.

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8/28/16 12:16 P

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Hi everybody !!! This last Sunday in August we are discussing Diet and it's effects on those who are Bipolar. We all know that diet affects us in many ways, so how does food fit in with your plan? What do you find helpful to include in your weekly diet plan? This article guides you to those foods which are beneficial for those of us who are Bipolar and must worry about mood triggers. Let us know your thoughts !!

www.healthline.com/health/bipolar-disorder
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P.S. I'd like to thank Larissa for helping me with some of these topics! She has been a real rock and I appreciate it.



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