Anxiety and Nutritional Help

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We all know that what we eat can influence our overall health and risk factors in fairly straightforward ways. We are beginning to learn that what we eat can influence our mental health as well. Most of this research is fairly new, and there will definitely be more developments in the years to come, but I wanted to share some of it with you.

In this post, I will be specifically focusing on anxiety. In my next few posts, I will also cover bipolar disorder and depression. If there is another mental illness you would like me to cover let me know in the comments!

I do not believe that nutrition/diet change is a replacement for medicine and counseling.  This information is not to be viewed as medical treatment or diagnosis.  Please do not change or stop any medication you are taking without consulting a doctor first. But I do believe that most people can benefit with a decrease in symptoms and an increase in functionality with nutritional…

4 Things I Have Learned Through My Mental Health Journey

October is full of mental health awareness days, from depression screening day, and world mental day. I wanted to share my story and what I have learned throughout my mental health journey.

This post is about my personal experience with my own doctors and my own medication. Please do not start or stop any medication without your doctor's knowledge and approval. This post is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as treatment or diagnoses. 

1) Medication is totally fine For the longest time, I struggled with my chronic anxiety, depressive episodes, and bipolar states on my own. I didn't want to get tested, and I sure as shit didn't want to be on medication because I was afraid that that would mean that I was a failure.  I tried thousands of ways to just "get over it" and function like everyone else. Some of these ways did help to an extent such as meditating, journaling and yoga. While others were harmful in general, such as self-medicating with d…

When Unhealthy Habits Start Pulling You Down

This week my sister published an amazing article about handling bumps in the road when in recovery from an eating disorder.  This has inspired my blog post this week, so make sure you check it out!

My road bumps that I am discussing pertain to handling bumps in the intuitive/mindful eating process.

This week I have definitely been struggling with eating when I am not hungry. Though there are plenty of instances where it is perfectly fine to eat when you aren't hungry, for me, it was falling back on the behavior of eating just because the food was there. I wasn't hungry, and I didn't really want the food, and I wasn't hanging out with friends or family or anything, it was just there.

For me, in particular, this behavior is problematic because I start obsessing about the food I have around me. And I get this weird anxiety that somehow if I don't eat it NOW that the food will somehow not be there when I AM hungry. I have yet to discover where this particular fear com…

My IUD experience & what you need to know

I've recently started taking Tributal for my bipolar disorder.  Tributal is traditionally an anti-seizure medication for epilepsy but can also be used to help manage bipolar disorder. This medication interferes with hormonal birth control, so the pill, the arm implant, even the shot.

Since my husband and I are not looking to have children right now, I had to talk to my OBGYN about my options.

And basically, an IUD was the only option (other than prayer). So I went and got an IUD and I wanted to share my story with you guys, along with information that I feel you should know if you are considering one.

First, I want to clarify why I chose to change my birth control instead of my medication.

Anyone who has taken any medication that alters your brain chemistry knows that it can be very difficult to find a medication or a combo that works for you.  So far tributal is working really well for me, so I instead of trying to change my mental medication, and potentially have to go through …

No-Frills Shepherd's Pie

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I had never heard of shepherd's pie until recently.  My neighbor had made some and offered the extra to me. It was DELICIOUS. It was filling, it was a little sweet with savory, and it was super customizable. So I wanted to share my easy little twist on shepherd's pie!

But first, a short history lesson. Cottage pie is used for a "shepherds" pie that uses beef. Whereas the term shepherds pie is used when the meat used is lamb. And a shepherdless pie is one made without meat or dairy.  Though it is considered acceptable to the lay people to use shepherd's pie and cottage pie interchangeably. I use the term shepherd's pie even though my recipe uses beef.

Not only is this recipe super customizable, it also freezes for later! Since most pie crusts come in packs of two, I like to make them at the same time, and then stick one in the freezer for down the road as an easy to heat up homemade dinner.

The ingredients I use are a deep …

Unpacking my weight biases

Trigger Warning: disordered eating behavior, eating disorders, weight, calories, excessive exercise, weight obsession. If any of these things may cause you distress, or to fall back into harmful behaviors please skip this post. 

Last week I discussed ways that you can combat weight stigma in your day to day life and now I'm putting my money where my mouth is and I am going to unpack my own biases regarding weight stigma and fat-phobia.

As a child, growing up in the era of slim-fast, bow-flex, and at the very beginning of size-zero obsession, I was constantly surrounded by comments about weight, fat, and calories. Adults around me would make comments about their weight all the time, and the hurried whispers of "I'm being so bad" at birthday parties, and gatherings where the (mainly) female adults would gather in hushed groups to have small slices of cake.  Most female adults in my life were on a constant diet of one sort or the other (special K, and slim-fast being ve…

How You Can Help Fight Weight Stigma

In my previous article about thin privilege, I discussed weight stigma.  Weight stigma is extremely prevalent all across America and in almost every aspect of your life that you can think of. Weight stigma is the judgment of a person's worth, respectability, trustworthiness, work ethic, health, etc. based solely on that person's size. It happens in peoples home, the work place, the grocery store, restaurants, gyms and basically anywhere where a person can be visually seen.

I do not suffer from weight stigma.  I am passing for thin, so many people do not comment on my grocery cart, on my smoking habit, and when I tell people I feel sick virtually no one attributes it to my weight. For thousands of others, this is not the case.

Growing up a lot of my closest friends were larger than me, and even now a lot of my close friends are larger than me. These are people who had broken toes and were told by their doctor that they didn't have a broken toe (despite no x-ray or other te…