I wonder if anyone checks my blog everyday(or frequently), just to see how I’m doing or something

Juice fasts really don't help you loose much weight (it's mostly water), you'll still be hungry all the time, and you'll end up binging as a 'reward'. Been there, done that, don't recommend it.
- Anonymous

Thank you, I agree. I did it before, but I stopped because of that reason. I hope the anon realizes that. Not to mention that it can be very unhealthy for people with high activity levels.

I'm stuck in a binge purge restrict cycle and its killing me. I didn't gain any weight but I'm obsessed with food and I'm just so scared I'll gain weight
- Anonymous

Hi lovely. I really recommend you see somebody on this. I can give you some advice even though these ideas don’t replace the advice of your therapist and other treatment providers, they may be able to help you stop the cycle and begin working on more positive coping skills, getting (and staying) in recovery.

1) Avoid triggers:
Learn to identify what triggers your urges to binge and purge. Some people report being triggered by mirrors or scales. Consider throwing out your scale and covering your mirrors. Although it may not be feasible to avoid mirrors forever, this may be a temporary help until you are healthy enough to challenge yourself in that way. Triggers may also be emotional reactions like being bored, lonely, or stressed out. Although you can’t always avoid stress, you can learn to better cope with it. And, you can begin to recognize emotions such as being bored or lonely as needs that you can actually meet by doing an activity or connecting with loved ones.

2) Use distractions:
After meals or during a triggering event, you may only be able to think about how you will binge and/or purge and when you will be able to do it. Using distractions is a method I often recommend to clients to make it through this difficult time period. Distractions can take any number of forms and you may need to try several things before you figure out what works for you. Ideas can include calling a friend, watching a funny television show or movie, arts and crafts, going for a walk, playing a game or reading a book.

3) Ask for support:
Asking loved ones for support can be incredibly helpful in avoiding binging and/or purging. You don’t even have to talk to them about what you are struggling with. Think about several people in your life who are supportive of you and your recovery. You may want to alert them ahead of time that they are a support person for you. Then, when an urge hits, call on them. Simply say, “I need some support right now.” They may be a distraction for you and tell you jokes or go on a walk with you. They can also eat with you, play a card game with you or simply be someone who will listen.

4) Plan ahead:
Planning and consistency is another thing that many people find to be helpful in recovery. Planning out grocery lists and meals ahead of time can make grocery shopping and meal preparation less stressful. It also helps prevent you from getting too hungry and being more likely to binge. A dietitian is an excellent person to help you in this endeavor.

5) Take care of yourself:
Learning to take care of yourself is an important skill of recovery and is something that is a process, rather than a single act. However, when you begin doing things to take care of yourself in a variety of ways, it is likely that the urges to binge and purge will decrease. And, when they do occur, you will be in a better position not to act upon them. You will need to take care of yourself physically (eating, moderate exercise, sleeping), emotionally (work on any issues you have with your therapist), relationally, spiritually and in other ways as well.

6) Learn from past cycles:
Slips and relapses are an expected part of recovery. This isn’t a bad thing, as long as you learn from previous cycles. When you do act on urges to binge and purge, many people want to pretend that it didn’t really happen. However, in order to stop the cycle, you need to examine what happened and where you could have made different choices to stop it from occurring. This is an exercise that can be incredibly helpful to go through with your therapist. As you learn more about what your own triggers are, and what coping skills work best for you, you will be more likely to stop yourself from acting upon urges. This was written by a board-certified physician from about.com.

I've been having trouble motivating myself for running lately. The weather has been really rainy. I usually run 4-5 times a week but this week I've only ran 3! Can you please give me some tips to motivate myself during the cold weather :)
- Anonymous

Everyone gets unmotivated sometimes! Unfortunately, I can’t magically wave my wand and levitate your motivation levels, so you’re going to have to be dedicated enough to find your own motivation! Think of what inspires you, and why you started in the first place. Then, go from there! Make a wall of pictures or things you’d like to wear or quotes! Find some great running songs, get a fitness buddy, join a gym, get a calorie counting wristband! Anything counts, as long as it motivates you! Also, running 3 times a week isn’t bad! At least your exercising. I also have a whole page with more advice on motivation, so check it out if you want! http://thehealthycook.tumblr.com/motivate

Heya! For weight loss do you think it's alright if I drink a smoothie for lunch- it will be quite big and include 2 bananas, blueberries, chia seeds etc. also I will make sure It fits into 2000 calories a day so it's not like I'm starving. What are other good lunch ideas?
- Anonymous

Hi lovely! That sounds like a delicious lunch. I love having big smoothies for lunch sometimes (especially when it’s hot out), but now it’s too cold for me to do so. There are so much different lunch ideas you can have! Sandwiches, soups, wraps, and salads are fairly simple. If you scroll down my blog a bit, there’s a previous ask where I answered with a list of more lunch ideas! I hope this helps! :)

How often do u work out in a week?
- Anonymous

Depends. Most of the time I workout 6x week, but sometimes I can only workout 4-5 times a week due to a busy schedule. x

What is your height and weight? And btw getting a period regularity isn't enough, it's meant to be once a month always.
- Anonymous

I know and I haven’t had any problems with my period. If I did, I would see my doctor.

Your body looks great, I use to look like that... but I lost my period (not saying you have) Any ways to slim down without restriction? Love your tumblr btw :) x
- Anonymous

Thanks! (And yes I do get my period regularly). Maybe it was because you were too underweight and it wasn’t healthy for your body? Or maybe you didn’t lose weight healthily. It could be many factors here, which I’m not certain since i don’t personally know you. I think the key is not taking out big food groups, eating very little, and not losing weight too fast.

Just eat a balanced diet, make sure you get all the nutrients and vitamins you need, eat a healthy amount (don’t eat below your BMR), don’t take weight loss supplements, don’t aim to be a weight that’s unhealthy, and don’t lose more than 2 pounds a week. Slow and steady wins the race. x

Were you just really moody and irritable when your parents noticed something wasn't right?
- Anonymous

Yes, very.

This person knows what’s up

This person knows what’s up

When did you/your parents realize something wasn't right and took you to a psychiatrist?
- Anonymous

Beginning of 7th grade. Then, they thought it wasn’t too big of a problem since I wasn’t really that bad, but things got worse in the winter/spring. That’s when they realized that this is a big issue.

I remember when I was a sophomore in high school, my first period English teacher would bring tons of fruit everyday and he would eat most of it throughout the class. Like he had at least 6 pieces of different fruit on his desk. The dude must really love fruit or something. At first it stroke me as odd, but I just rolled with it. Like whatever floats his boat

and his room always smelled like oranges

i always thought that if i knew the science behind mental issues that i'd never actually get it, because i know the reason behind it. Like gambling in a casino, it's purely chance so you never actually lose? i started vomiting out my food but not because i regret eating or anything, i just sometimes feel very uncomfortable in my stomach so i just puke it out? (like spitting out phlegm?) anyways i hope you're doing well, i don't know much about bipolar but i hope you end up okay
- Anonymous

There is no single cause for bipolar disorder(and some other mental illnesses). Indeed, like all psychological disorders, bipolar disorder is a complex condition with multiple contributing factors, including: Genetic: Bipolar disorder tends to run in families, so researchers believe there is a genetic predisposition for the disorder. Basically you are right about how it is like the lottery. 5.5 million people or 2.6% of the American population have it, and I’m one of them.

Anyway, it is really not healthy or safe to throw up your food on purpose, for any reason. I really hope you’ll talk to someone or a doctor about it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’m sorry this isn’t much help, I’m not too familiar with something like this. I hope you take care and thank you so much for the sweet message! :)
this question is for my health and studies class, and we're discussing whether or not a juice fast is as great as people say it is, so my question is how much do you think a person can loose on a 15 day juice fast while they're lightly exercising and yeah
- Anonymous

It really depends on the person. Some might lose more, some might lose less. It could be anywhere between 5-15 pounds. I remember when I did a short juice fast awhile ago, I lost close to 6 pounds, but that’s not why I did it though. It was a way to detox my body after vacation.