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Anorexia

Definition: An eating disorder characterized by abnormally low body weight, fear of gaining weight, and a distorted perception of body weight

 

Symptoms

  • Physical
    • Extreme weight loss
    • Abnormal blood counts
    • Fatigue/Insomnia
    • Low blood pressure
    • Swelling of arms or legs
  • Emotional/behavioral
    • Severely restricting food intake – dieting, fasting
    • Self-induced vomiting to get rid of the food
    • Fear of gaining weight
    • Social withdrawal
    • Refusal to eat

 

Statistics

  • Anorexia is common: there are more than 200,000 cases in the US alone every year.
  • Between 90 and 95 percent of people with anorexia are women and girls, and the condition usually arises in the early-mid teen years.

 

How to Feel Better

  • Once anorexia becomes severe, it can take over someone’s life. Make sure to talk to a doctor or someone you trust, because there are so many people out there willing to help you.
  • Remember that thinness ≠ self-worth
  • Take appropriate vitamin and mineral supplements – potassium and zinc are particularly helpful for making you feel better.
  • Don’t isolate yourself from your parents, friends, or people who care about you.
  • Resist the urge to weigh yourself! You’re beautiful the way you are.

 

Sources

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anorexia/home/ovc-20179508

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/anorexia-nervosa

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anorexia/symptoms-causes/dxc-20179513

http://www.caringonline.com/supplements-for-eating-disorder-recovery/

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Challenge Recap

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As our health month comes to an end, I want you to look back at all you’ve done. This week, have you been able to relax more? Are there any tips you have that helped you calm your mind? Please comment down below and share your thoughts or your experiences, we’d love to hear them 🙂

Quiet mind is the best cure for the body

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“The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”. – Napoleon Bonaparte

I sometimes believe that I don’t have the time or the option to relax. If you’re like me, and you go to a school where competition is so high you just can’t get enough rest, you’ll understand what I mean. Or if you’re in a situation where your life is in disarray, things aren’t going as planned, and your stress levels are at all-time highs, you’ll be able to relate. Every day, I stay up till past midnight, sometimes even till 5 to get my homework done. Even if I don’t procrastinate, it still happens because that is the environment I live in. I can’t do anything about it except continue losing sleep in order to get grades which in the end don’t even make me happy, because I feel depressed and stressed out inside.

Many people constantly work too hard every day in order for a better future, but you can’t have a bright future if you aren’t happy in the present. I can’t stress enough how important it is to take some time out for yourself in order to keep a calm mind and make sure things don’t get out of hand. And you probably won’t take this advice from me hearing my sleep schedule, but believe me, I’ve started to change that and take my own advice. Even if it’s just sleeping a few hours earlier, or hanging out with friends, or even having some sweet alone time, I’ve started to loosen up. And I’ve noticed that even though my life is still hectic, I’m feeling better as time goes by. By getting my much needed relaxation, I’m finally realizing that I can control my life better and do things with more effort than I was before. So I hope you take the chance to calm yourself and get some peace, because it’s worth it in the end.

Challenge Recap

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What changes did you make to your diet this week?

Did you cut down on junk food, make a plan to drink more water, or something else? Leave a reply in the comments!

Brain and Body

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Brain and Body

Healthy brain foods, what’s the cost?

Those that avoid, their memory is lost.

We need more than nutrients essential,

Our human brains, have so much potential.

 

Assorted berries, a memory boost,

Apples protect us, cancers reduced.

Cherries will fight inflammation,

Dark chocolate boosts, our circulation.

 

Oysters provide us with plenty of zinc,

Aging and healing, there is a link.

Eggs and fish, will build our brains,

All these foods, have countless gains.

 

by AnitaPoems.com

Diet for yourself, not for others

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My mother always tells me that it’s important to eat well and exercise in order to look good, and to keep looking good. But if that’s all I think of when I’m aiming to diet, I can never get too far in my diet. This is because looks aren’t that important to me, and I’m not really trying to impress anyone. After all, why should I? Most of the people I know don’t care whether I’m slim or not, and if they do, why does their opinion matter? I started thinking more about the health benefits. I want to live healthily and for a long time so that I can be happy, but I don’t care what people think about my body, and I shouldn’t.

I just focus on being healthy, which helps me diet because I’m not doing it to impress others, but because I want to live healthily and happily. You shouldn’t care either. If others care about what you look like, why does their opinion matter to you? You should do what makes you happy, not others. Diet for your health, not to look good in front of others, because you already look great!