Supplements and Diet

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cassiopeia6
June 9, 2013 - 2:24 pm
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Trying to get my body as regulated as possible by diet, supplements, and exercise, and meds (zoloft 25mg). I do bikram yoga 3 to 4 times a week. I eat mostly vegetables, quinoa, fish, and chicken. I drink a lot of fresh juices, and make smoothies in the morning with almond butter, strawberries, kale, blueberries, coconut milk, etc.
Supplements I take are: Multi-vitamins, b-complex, probiotic, bee pollen, omega 3, cod liver oil, zinc, and b12. All supplements are whole food vitamins which come with naturally occurring cofactors for better absorption and efficiency, etc. Curious what other people do to complement traditional therapy and medication.



Medications for May 10, 2013 to June 9, 2013
05-17-2013 - Present:zoloft, 12.5.once a day

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cassiopeia6
June 9, 2013 - 2:24 pm
Trying to get my body as regulated as possible by diet, supplements, and exercise, and meds (zoloft 25mg). I do bikram yoga 3 to 4 times a week. I eat mostly vegetables, quinoa, fish, and chicken. I drink a lot of fresh juices, and make smoothies in the morning with almond butter, strawberries, kale, blueberries, coconut milk, etc.
Supplements I take are: Multi-vitamins, b-complex, probiotic, bee pollen, omega 3, cod liver oil, zinc, and b12. All supplements are whole food vitamins which come with naturally occurring cofactors for better absorption and efficiency, etc. Curious what other people do to complement traditional therapy and medication.



Medications for May 10, 2013 to June 9, 2013
05-17-2013 - Present:zoloft, 12.5.once a day

cassiopeia6
June 11, 2013 - 12:39 pm
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June 11, 2013 - 12:39 pm
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kumbaya
June 21, 2013 - 12:43 am
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Well,

I can definitely say that I wish I was as motivated as you are with diet and exercise. I'm working on it but lack consistency. Up and down: story of my life. I have been doing the paleo diet and getting better at it. When I first started it I lost 20 lbs in a little less than a month. I still want to lose more as I seem to have plateaued. I gained 70-80 lbs in 3 yrs of taking meds prescribed to me for BP type 1 diagnosis. I needed to gain some weight BUT not that much! Now my blood pressure is high as a result of the weight gain I'm sure.

I have drastically changed the food I eat & now I have to do more in order to lose at least 20-25 lbs that I want to. Now that I am 46 its just not as easy as it used to be. I have bad habits like eating really late at night, not getting enough sleep and I am much less physically active since I changed professions from being a carpenter to working in substance abuse.

One thing I noticed that has helped me a great deal with emotional, mental and physical balance is meditation. For over ten years I did it twice a day for 20 mins. That was some time ago and I don't know why I ever stopped. I need balance and moderation in practically all areas of life - a redundant thing to say seeing as how I have a mood disorder - but I often forget.

I need to get out of my comfort zone and replace some of the habits I have developed with healthier more productive ones. I stay up late reading or watching TV and eating. I know that would change if I started getting up early and going to the gym. Also, I'm going to try going back to eating 4 to 6 smaller meals throughout the day like when I was busy with construction instead of the 2 to 3 big meals I eat later in the day. I stopped eating breakfast a couple of years ago and along with other factors (like bipolar meds) my metabolism has slowed way down.

Anyway I realize I'm babbling on at this point. I was mostly responding to your "No response?". I do eat many of the foods and take most of the supplements that you mentioned BUT am not currently inspired or motivated to get back to a regular exercise routine. Its a matter of showing up and starting for me because the immediate and long term benefits of exercise itself are what reinforce the probability of me continuing to do it.

How long have you been working on "trying to get your body regulated" as you put it? And I guess I'm also asking what has helped you to be consistent. I would appreciate any tips or advice you're willing to share. Do you have a yoga partner? A friend advised me to so I just asked one of my coworkers if he would be willing to commit to meeting at the gym 3x a week because I can very easily flake on myself but very rarely will I with others.


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kumbaya
June 21, 2013 - 12:43 am
Well,

I can definitely say that I wish I was as motivated as you are with diet and exercise. I'm working on it but lack consistency. Up and down: story of my life. I have been doing the paleo diet and getting better at it. When I first started it I lost 20 lbs in a little less than a month. I still want to lose more as I seem to have plateaued. I gained 70-80 lbs in 3 yrs of taking meds prescribed to me for BP type 1 diagnosis. I needed to gain some weight BUT not that much! Now my blood pressure is high as a result of the weight gain I'm sure.

I have drastically changed the food I eat & now I have to do more in order to lose at least 20-25 lbs that I want to. Now that I am 46 its just not as easy as it used to be. I have bad habits like eating really late at night, not getting enough sleep and I am much less physically active since I changed professions from being a carpenter to working in substance abuse.

One thing I noticed that has helped me a great deal with emotional, mental and physical balance is meditation. For over ten years I did it twice a day for 20 mins. That was some time ago and I don't know why I ever stopped. I need balance and moderation in practically all areas of life - a redundant thing to say seeing as how I have a mood disorder - but I often forget.

I need to get out of my comfort zone and replace some of the habits I have developed with healthier more productive ones. I stay up late reading or watching TV and eating. I know that would change if I started getting up early and going to the gym. Also, I'm going to try going back to eating 4 to 6 smaller meals throughout the day like when I was busy with construction instead of the 2 to 3 big meals I eat later in the day. I stopped eating breakfast a couple of years ago and along with other factors (like bipolar meds) my metabolism has slowed way down.

Anyway I realize I'm babbling on at this point. I was mostly responding to your "No response?". I do eat many of the foods and take most of the supplements that you mentioned BUT am not currently inspired or motivated to get back to a regular exercise routine. Its a matter of showing up and starting for me because the immediate and long term benefits of exercise itself are what reinforce the probability of me continuing to do it.

How long have you been working on "trying to get your body regulated" as you put it? And I guess I'm also asking what has helped you to be consistent. I would appreciate any tips or advice you're willing to share. Do you have a yoga partner? A friend advised me to so I just asked one of my coworkers if he would be willing to commit to meeting at the gym 3x a week because I can very easily flake on myself but very rarely will I with others.


cassiopeia6
June 21, 2013 - 4:42 pm
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I feel like in order to gain motivation and make myself do something I have to realize why I don't want to do it in the first place. i feel like alot of times i don't do things because I don't 'feel up to it', or I don't feel 'my optimal self' to do so. i tend to work out more when I'm feeling better. i tend to work out less when I'm feeling anxious or depressed, etc. But, in actuality if I worked out when I am depressed/anxious it would probably make me feel a lot better. So, I try to have a lot of positive 'self talk'. I tell myself I know you aren't feeling well or up for working out, or cooking a healthy meal etc. but this will only take one hour or two hours, and you dont have to feel your best to self to do it. THEN, you can go back to laying around etc.


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cassiopeia6
June 21, 2013 - 4:42 pm
I feel like in order to gain motivation and make myself do something I have to realize why I don't want to do it in the first place. i feel like alot of times i don't do things because I don't 'feel up to it', or I don't feel 'my optimal self' to do so. i tend to work out more when I'm feeling better. i tend to work out less when I'm feeling anxious or depressed, etc. But, in actuality if I worked out when I am depressed/anxious it would probably make me feel a lot better. So, I try to have a lot of positive 'self talk'. I tell myself I know you aren't feeling well or up for working out, or cooking a healthy meal etc. but this will only take one hour or two hours, and you dont have to feel your best to self to do it. THEN, you can go back to laying around etc.


kumbaya
June 27, 2013 - 4:40 am
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Yeah, I totally agree with you about showing up for myself being critical to my mood. Its not really a matter of wanting to or not or how well I'm going to do it, I do better overall even if I'm just "going through the motions" so to speak. I have a BP type 1 diagnosis and had been on some serious medications with side effects like: major thirst, appetite that is never fulfilled and a much slower metabolism, just to mention a few. I would get up in the middle of the night and "sleep eat". Standing there with the fridge open while easily downing a pint of Ben & Jerry's or Haagen-Dazs.

After almost three years I started weaning off most of those meds under the supervision of my doctor who was skeptical for good reason. I go to therapy weekly, attend a support group and check in regularly with more than one person as an extra fail safe and accountability. Most of the meds I was on were for keeping mania at bay and didn't seem to deter the onset of depression much.

Anyway, what I have the most difficulty with is keeping to a schedule with any kind of consistency. I work two swing shifts during the week and two 9am to 9pm shifts on the weekend. My sleep routine is horrible and often throws everything off as you can see by my chart. I need balance in all areas but sleep has been my biggest issue for a while now. And its my biggest deterrent to working out as well...

Thanks for your feed back. Do you have problems with keeping a consistent sleep/wake cycle?



Medications for May 28, 2013 to June 27, 2013
05-18-2012 - Present:Propranolol, 20 mg.1 daily
05-16-2012 - Present:Allopurinol, 300 mg.1 time daily
09-26-2011 - Present:Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate), 70mgs.1 in morning

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kumbaya
June 27, 2013 - 4:40 am
Yeah, I totally agree with you about showing up for myself being critical to my mood. Its not really a matter of wanting to or not or how well I'm going to do it, I do better overall even if I'm just "going through the motions" so to speak. I have a BP type 1 diagnosis and had been on some serious medications with side effects like: major thirst, appetite that is never fulfilled and a much slower metabolism, just to mention a few. I would get up in the middle of the night and "sleep eat". Standing there with the fridge open while easily downing a pint of Ben & Jerry's or Haagen-Dazs.

After almost three years I started weaning off most of those meds under the supervision of my doctor who was skeptical for good reason. I go to therapy weekly, attend a support group and check in regularly with more than one person as an extra fail safe and accountability. Most of the meds I was on were for keeping mania at bay and didn't seem to deter the onset of depression much.

Anyway, what I have the most difficulty with is keeping to a schedule with any kind of consistency. I work two swing shifts during the week and two 9am to 9pm shifts on the weekend. My sleep routine is horrible and often throws everything off as you can see by my chart. I need balance in all areas but sleep has been my biggest issue for a while now. And its my biggest deterrent to working out as well...

Thanks for your feed back. Do you have problems with keeping a consistent sleep/wake cycle?



Medications for May 28, 2013 to June 27, 2013
05-18-2012 - Present:Propranolol, 20 mg.1 daily
05-16-2012 - Present:Allopurinol, 300 mg.1 time daily
09-26-2011 - Present:Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate), 70mgs.1 in morning

cassiopeia6
July 2, 2013 - 11:45 pm
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Total Posts: 4
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Sleep seems so difficult to regulate. Circadian rhythm. My sleep schedule is so off lately or in general my circadian rhythm. I find myself unable to sleep til around 3 or 4 am lately. And, never feel like I sleep fully or deeply. i find I am groggy and out of it most of the day until the evening and then all of a sudden I feel awake and alert. (Right before I should be going to bed). It's bizarre. The only thing I have ever found to help regulate sleep is bikram yoga. Bikram yoga in general is pretty 'miraculous' as a regulator.. hormones, sleep schedule, moods, etc. If you've never tried a class and have one in your area I would highly reccomend it. i think it can be a really helpful tool. Also, acupuncture can sometimes help regulating sleep schedule (I've heard). No personal experience.



Medications for June 2, 2013 to July 2, 2013
07-02-2013 - Present:Holy Basil , 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:Good mood tonic, 1 mg.dropper-full 4X a day
07-02-2013 - Present:Omega 3, 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:DHEA, 5 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:Vitamin D, 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:B-complex, 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:Cod liver oil , 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:B-complex, 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:New chapter whole food mult-vitamin, 1 mg.3 pills once a day
07-01-2013 - Present:Adrenal Calm, 1 mg.once a day
07-01-2013 - Present:Adrenal Calm, 1 mg.once a day
05-17-2013 - 06-17-2013:zoloft, 25 mg.once a day

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cassiopeia6
July 2, 2013 - 11:45 pm
Sleep seems so difficult to regulate. Circadian rhythm. My sleep schedule is so off lately or in general my circadian rhythm. I find myself unable to sleep til around 3 or 4 am lately. And, never feel like I sleep fully or deeply. i find I am groggy and out of it most of the day until the evening and then all of a sudden I feel awake and alert. (Right before I should be going to bed). It's bizarre. The only thing I have ever found to help regulate sleep is bikram yoga. Bikram yoga in general is pretty 'miraculous' as a regulator.. hormones, sleep schedule, moods, etc. If you've never tried a class and have one in your area I would highly reccomend it. i think it can be a really helpful tool. Also, acupuncture can sometimes help regulating sleep schedule (I've heard). No personal experience.



Medications for June 2, 2013 to July 2, 2013
07-02-2013 - Present:Holy Basil , 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:Good mood tonic, 1 mg.dropper-full 4X a day
07-02-2013 - Present:Omega 3, 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:DHEA, 5 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:Vitamin D, 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:B-complex, 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:Cod liver oil , 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:B-complex, 1 mg.1 pill once a day
07-02-2013 - Present:New chapter whole food mult-vitamin, 1 mg.3 pills once a day
07-01-2013 - Present:Adrenal Calm, 1 mg.once a day
07-01-2013 - Present:Adrenal Calm, 1 mg.once a day
05-17-2013 - 06-17-2013:zoloft, 25 mg.once a day

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