Aug 1, 2012 at 22:37:29
“My sister and I slept in the same bed when we were kids and she used to talk in her sleep. The incident I remember most was when I went to bed one night when she was already asleep. When I sat on the bed, she sat up with her eyes closed and her arms spread wide. She had a huge smile on her face and she shouted, "Welcome to the jubilee!!!" and then collapsed back down on the pillow sound asleep.
I had my own embarrassing incident. When I was sixteen, I was lying on the couch one Sunday afternoon and drifted off to sleep. My dad, looking very disconcerted, woke me up and said I was "making sounds." I drifted off to sleep again and he woke me up again. This happened several times, and each time he looked more and more uncomfortable. After a while, I was starting to get quite irritated and snappish every time he woke me up. I caught sight of my sister, who was sitting at the end of the couch, stifling laughter. She later told me that the sounds I was making were moans -- apparently not moans of agony, but moans of intense ecstasy. Definitely not something a father wants to hear from his teenage daughter!!”
“Your point is well taken that different people look at events differently and I agree that Chris Rock did indeed speak the truth; however, it sounds like you're saying no one should celebrate July 4th as Independence Day (which is specifically referring to America's independence from Britain). Every group of people have to "pretty up" their history or no one would ever be able to celebrate anything in their past because there were always horrible things going on at the time of any event in history.”
“I hope you're joking because it's hard for me to believe that someone in this day and age doesn't realize that, although most obesity comes from overeating, there are metabolic disorders and certain medications that can cause significant weight gain.”
Christian Figueroa on Jan 3, 2012 at 22:07:52
“yes, and they are what... 1% of fat kids? they aren't all big boned. Why aren't there morbidly obese kids in poor countries then?”
Apr 10, 2013 at 09:32:34
“Martha, please don't give up. Your depth of sadness comes through and I think you may be depressed. Please go see your doctor. It can't hurt and you may find out about some options that will help raise your mood enough to see that life has much to offer. If you're depressed, that could get in the way of coming up with fun things to do. It's not your fault, but please make the decision to talk to someone about it.”
Aug 30, 2012 at 13:07:41
“Very interesting article - I hadn't thought of approaching my cravings like that. The affirmations sound like a great tool to use.
I've lost 130 pounds over the past year-and-a-half. I did it mostly by focusing on my diet, although I added exercise as time went on.
A very effective way I dealt with my cravings at the beginning was to eat the food I was craving and actually pay very close attention to how it really tasted instead of just mindlessly eating, as I had been doing before. It was amazing how the majority of the unhealthy food I was craving actually didn't taste as great as I thought it did; in fact, it was far inferior to healthy food in the taste department. I realized I was just liking the addictive shots of fat, salt and sugar that many of the unhealthy foods deliver.
For example, if you pay attention while you're eating a McDonald's cheeseburger, you may notice that the bun is on the dry side and has no flavor, the patty is very small and doesn't fill the bun, and the cheese is of noticeably poor quality.
Of course, some of the unhealthy food I crave actually tasted good after a careful taste test. Indulging once in a while on these foods is fine, but sometimes the cravings are pretty strong and last for days or weeks. The technique described in the article about the affirmations could help me in that department.”
Aug 1, 2012 at 22:07:33
“Good for you, Allison!!
I know what you mean about small changes making a big difference. A few years ago, I decided to give up red meat for Lent. I didn't think of it in health terms, I just wanted to give up something that would require a little sacrifice. It was a lot easier to go without it than I thought it would be, and I found that by not eating red meat I stayed out of fast food restaurants where I used to go for burgers. I started feeling a lot better and when I happened to go to the doctor's office for a routine check up at the end of Lent, I was shocked to see that I had lost 15 lbs. during that 40 days!”
SocialWorkItOut on Aug 1, 2012 at 23:01:46
“Wow! That is fascinating! I typically don't eat red meat, but I think stories like these are so interesting! Did you stick with the diet after lent was over?”
Aug 1, 2012 at 20:20:56
“Thanks for responding. I wrote my original post because I get frustrated when I see articles that make sweeping generalizations about psychiatric medications, such as that they're just an ineffective "easy fix." That shows a lack of understanding of how the medications are used with some patients.
There does seem to be a lot of concern out there about the over-prescription of some psychiatric medications, particularly antidepressants. I know that several studies have shown that proper diet and exercise are as effective, and sometimes more effective, than antidepressants for mild to moderate depression - and it comes without the side effects. That's great! But I'm not talking about mild to moderate depression, I'm talking about severe depression.
Someone who is severely depressed feels thoroughly hopeless, helpless, and worthless. Would you try something that requires as much effort as a new diet and exercise regimen if you thought there was no chance you could do it, no chance it would work, and that you wouldn't deserve any positive results anyway? Psychiatric medications can decrease the intensity of those hopeless, helpless, and worthless feelings and help a person get into a state of mind where they can try to help themselves.
Maybe the problem is the miscommunication, or complete lack of communication, between experts in the psychiatric and nutrition community. It seems to me that neither side truly appreciates the benefits of the other side. Communication, education, coordination - I think that's what's needed. Both sides would benefit enormously.”
Jul 30, 2012 at 23:38:06
“I often see articles like this that bash psychiatric drugs because they don't address the core issue. These articles do a disservice to their readers and could prevent someone who desperately needs help from exploring an avenue that has been proven to be effective for many people. I don't think anyone can judge what kind of help another person needs.
Plenty of people who emotionally overeat have severe depression. I've never met a person with Major Depressive Disorder who would "come around" just by being told to eat right and exercise.
Psychiatric drugs can help take the edge off of the overwhelming symptoms that keep a person from doing or understanding anything at all. A person has to be in a certain state of mind to be able to comprehend and initiate a diet and exercise program, and medication can help a person do that. The medications don't have to be used forever, but they are certainly useful - and even necessary - for some people.”
hp blogger Gina Ryder on Aug 1, 2012 at 17:37:34
“Hi there. Interesting reply. Thanks for commenting. I do think that eating healthy and being active help decrease symptoms of depressions but some of the deeper issues are overlooked in some of the more general articles. There's also the issue of over-prescription. Are there any ways you would like to see Healthy Living approach the issue of medication?”
“This is an interesting article. Why is attraction to a specific look a bad thing? Men are attracted to a specific type of woman all the time - brunettes, blonds, blue eyes, big or hooded eyes, size and build, etc. My brother is very attracted to Asian women because he likes Asian features. He married a Korean-American woman, partly because she had physical attributes he was attracted to. By the way, she is anything but submissive. She has a very strong, dominant personality - my brother is attracted to that characteristic as well. I never saw him as being "creepy" because he's attracted to Asian features.”