Myth v. Fact
It’s okay if I only do it for a couple of weeks…
There’s always been the rumor floating around that eating disorders can be a form of dieting. That, my friends, is false. An eating disorder is not something you just “try out” to see if you’ll lose weight! Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can lead to serious health problems or death. And even if someone does succeed in losing weight by restricting or purging for a few weeks, the weight will come right back after they return to their normal eating habits. The only way to effectively lose weight and keep that weight off is by healthy eating and regular exercise!
EVELYN’S Favorite Thing This Week?
The Appalachian Trail
I’m obsessed with the appalachian trail! It goes through 14 states and typically takes 7 months to get through and I want to do it so damn bad. I’m planning to do it the summer after my first year of college, but right now that’s just a dream. I’ve also started preparing by walking my dog, Weena (that was a joke by the way). Anyways, even if it is just a dream, it’s nice to have a goal to work towards. So wish me luck!
10 Ways to…Stay Upbeat: SEVEN
- “Light Therapy”
- Bundle up
- Avoid alcohol
- Eat well
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to keep your body feeling great!
Diet and exercise are proven to affect your happiness, so why would you ignore them? If you don’t keep your body well nourished it will fight back at you. Your energy is drained. With no energy, how can you enjoy the world around you?
Make a pact to yourself that despite how bad you may feel and despite all the temptation there may be, you will keep your diet in control. Remember that there are proteins and vegetables to be eaten, not just cookies and pie. Also, try to get out and exercise a little. It’s easy to fall into the lazy, sluggish mood of holiday breaks—but remember your body still deserves some respect. Force yourself to get out and do something good for yourself! For example, I’m signed up to run in a 5 mile race on Thanksgiving. My city has hosted the “Turkey Trot” for years but I was always too lazy to go for it. This year, I’m changing that.
Take some initiative over yourself and do what is good for you. Resist temptation to stay on the couch. Resist temptations to overeat or starve. Resist all the bad and let in the good and you will find it so much easier to stay upbeat this holiday season!
10 Ways to…Stay Upbeat: SIX
- “Light Therapy”
- Bundle up
- Avoid alcohol
We all know that alcohol has made its place in the holiday season. Eggnog, champagne, wine, you name it—alcohol has become a holiday tradition. And alcohol is great—if you’re at or over your country’s legal drinking age, or with your family. But too much alcohol can make you gain weight like crazy. A drink here and there with dinner is fine, if you’re staying sober, but the calories from alcohol cause a lot of weight gain. The key to staying upbeat this holiday? Avoid alcohol! You’ll be much healthier and happier without it.
Nutella Mug Cake
Everyone on Tumblr knows that anything with Nutella in it is fantastic. It’s just how life works. Here’s an easy recipe for Nutella mug cake!
4 tablespoons self-rising flour
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons Nutella
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil.
Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug. Whisk well with a fork until smooth. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 – 3 minutes. Top with whipped cream and/or chocolate sauce if you want that extra sweetness and enjoy! :)
Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving and I know you guys aren’t all from the U.S., but we all have something to be thankful for. For me it’s my family and my friends. Without them, I would have nothing (literally, I mean I wouldn’t be alive). Sometimes life sucks, for everyone, but with Thanksgiving being tomorrow it’s time to try our hardest to momentarily forget the shit life throws at us and be thankful for whatever we can, even if that’s just a sunny day.
Happy thanksgiving for you fellow Americans and happy November 24th for everyone else!
Thanksgiving is so close!!! Which means food is probably everywhere around you right now. Holidays seem to be an excuse to people to just go completely overboard on food. However, don’t let it take you too far.
Do not fear the food. Food is good. What you should fear is too much food. Whatever you are struggling with, it will NOT be helped by over eating. Over-eating leads to bad thoughts. Bad thoughts lead to bad temptations. Bad temptations lead to unhealthy diets.
So on Thanksgiving Day let yourself have a piece of that delicious pumpkin pie. But do you really need three pieces? Probably not. Remember that our motto on this website is not “EAT EAT WOOH EAT EVERYTHING”. Our motto is to STAY HEALTHY— and we mean this mind, body, and soul. If you make yourself feel bad, you are going to work against that.
10 Ways to…Stay Upbeat: FOUR
- “Light Therapy”
When I say shop, I don’t mean max out your credit cards by buying everything you see through the windows of expensive boutiques. That never ends well. What I do mean is shop for others! While staying in your budget, of course. It’s the holiday season, so you already have an excuse to live in the mall, so go ahead and buy for your friends, family, significant others, co-workers, pets, etc! Buying for others is a surprisingly great thing. Figuring out what to get, getting it, seeing them open and love it, it’s nice and a good distraction from all the stress from the holidays. Instead of focusing on yourself this holiday season, focus on others and see what happens!
So, to be honest, I like Thanksgiving so much better than Christmas. There’s no built-up anticipation of “oh my gosh, what if I didn’t get what I wanted?”, etc., etc. All you have to do is show up, eat till you’re full, and then go into a deep food coma until mid-Friday. It’s perfect.
I have so much to be thankful for. I’m alive, I’m going to college, I live in a nice house, I go to a great school, I have great people in my life, my parents love each other and me. It’s awesome.
I just wanted to take this post to remind y’all that, even in our darkest times, we must remind ourselves what we’re giving up daily by letting our disorders consume us: love. affection. meals. life.
Sometimes, I forget, honestly. I’m trying to remind myself not to take things for granted all the time. So I wrote it on a piece of paper and stuck it next to my mirror, under the sign from my 7 year old cousin that just says “Dear Katy, I love you. Love, Payten.” Even that itself reminds me to be thankful every day that I have a little nugget who loves me and wrote it down (so we know it’s legit.)
I guess I just wanted to remind y’all - American or not - that, even though everything’s hard now and recovering seems so distant - there is something to be thankful for. I don’t know what it is for you, but there’s something. You have something. Let that something be your light at the end of the recovery tunnel. Let that be the light that guides you back to love, good health, and good food.
10 Ways to…Stay Upbeat: THREE
- “Light Therapy”
I don’t know about you guys, but when the weather gets cold so do my spirits. It’s a little hard for me to be as happy as I want to be during the Holidays because I am such a sunshine-type person. Maybe its because I’ve grown up in Texas, but I love heat, summer, and the sun. When the time changes and the world gets darker in the winter, I get a little bummed out.
There is actually a psychiatric disorder that has been recognized called seasonal defective disorder. This means that a person’s mood is greatly affected by the changing to the point of depression. Usually worsening in the winter, but sometimes reversed.
Some forms of therapy use something called “light therapy” in which a person is exposed to daylight or certain waves of light using certain kinds of lamps. “Light boxes” are used in peoples’ rooms to mimic sunlight. This form of therapy is also used for those with other non-seasonal disorders like major depression and bipolar disorder. Obviously, light is a healing power.
Now I’m not saying everyone should go out and try to find themselves a sun lamp or something. I just found this to be interesting because of how much I relate to it. Point is, we all need to find a little something to brighten our lives when the weather gets cold. So whether it’s a light box or not, try to lighten your spirits.