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24-10-2013, 08:44 PM
Dietary habits and mood swings
My eating habits are horrible. I'm 5"7 weighing under 110 lbs. This kept me from being able to give blood recently at my school, when a blood drive was held. Anyways, my weight is much lighter than normal for me. I'd say throughout the week, I skip breakfast almost every day, but not intentionally. I get up at 6:30 in the morning and just don't have the time to get in breakfast. I go to school for 8 hours; when I bring a lunch, it's an instant bowl of macaroni and cheese. When I don't bring my lunch, I usually go throughout the day with next to nothing. Once I'm home, my mom cooks full meals that include a protein (meat) and two sides (one grain, one vegetable) in proportional quantities. But I eat like a bird (I haven't always done so; at one point, I ate very healthily) and I'm just not getting what I need.

Over the past month or so, I've often experienced shitty mood swings (and no, it's not because of that time) from feeling okay, to feeling really depressed, to feeling so angry I just can't handle a conversation with a friend. I've caught myself snapping on multiple forum members as well (my apologies to Free Thought, Chas, Rev, Dom, Anj, etc.) I've also had a hard time sleeping. I've been having bothersome dreams (not like nightmares, just images and emotions that leave me feeling uncomfortable, stressed and unable to sleep) and I'm also very restless at night. This is weird for me, because usually when I've had small fits of depression, or simply a bad day, I sleep a lot, and I don't have trouble sleeping at all. But now I do.

This is very hard for me, and I've cried a lot regarding it all. I can't plan a visit to my doctor anytime soon because I have separate medical problems (dental, etc.) that I need to handle first, and I also wouldn't know what to tell my doctor. What would he even say/do to help anyways? Eat more? Well, I've tried. I just can't intake as much as I was once able to. I also do not feel like I need to see a specialist about my mood swings. I wouldn't know how to talk to my mom about that. She'd call it unnecessary and worry about medical insurance. I'm just not sure how to approach this, or how to take care of myself anymore.

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24-10-2013, 09:00 PM
RE: Dietary habits and mood swings
well, the mood swings are normal if you're having nutritional deficits, so your eating habits could explain that.

If you can't eat more then that can have many causes, from parasites to some psychological thing. That's for a good doctor to find out, maybe many doctors if it's weird.

Eat a full (pealed of course) raw garlic clove to deal with some parasites (just in case), I know it sounds woo, but it works just fine for simple things and it can't hurt if it's something else.

Try to force yourself to eat more, binging a few times on things you really love and can't stop eating can make you start feeling hungrier and help you eat more with normal meals.

If nothing works, try taking some vitamin supplements until you can go to the doctor to keep those mood swings at bay Smile

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24-10-2013, 09:01 PM
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I am the queen of the crappy diet. Always have been. I try to do better because I do feel better if I eat halfway decently. As for breakfast...that's the hardest one for me too. I get up, have to get myself ready, tend to critters, get school stuff together on some days, and I never seem to have enough time to eat. A banana is easy, good for you, no prep, easy cleanup, and they are't expensive . That might be a way to start.

Mac and cheese is my comfort food so I get that too. Go to the store and get some soups instead. I try to keep some of the fruit cups at work so that I don't grab candy. I do try to eat a decent lunch cause my day often lasts till 9 or so at night when I have classes and I don't really have time for a good supper.

Don't try to change everything at once, that probably won't work. But start somewhere.

Your dental issues are probably not helping your desire for food and also are most likely affecting the quality of your sleep. I sure hope you get those teeth taken care of soon, I bet you will feel a whole lot better after you do.

Sleep too! I am a night owl but have to make an effort to get to bed early enough to get a decent amount of sleep. That doesn't always work, but I try.

Your body and your moods are telling you to take care of yourself.

As for snapping at people, it happens...at your age there is a lot going on. Teen girl mood swings happen, if memory serves.

Take care of yourself and listen to what your body is trying to tell you.

Feel better.

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24-10-2013, 09:05 PM
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Can you eat in class? Bring some granola bars in your bag for a quick on the to breakfast :-)
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24-10-2013, 09:22 PM
RE: Dietary habits and mood swings
Liquids are the best way to fit in extra calories, should that be a concern of yours. An energetically dense shake or smoothie - hell, even juice - doesn't trigger the satiety reflex the way, y'know, food type food does. But not pop. Hell naw. S'gotta be something at least relatively healthy to begin with.

I... really don't want to have to raise the spectre, but your age is about when a lot of neurological disorders start to kick in. Let's hope it's just anemia or nutrient deficiency.

"Something might be wrong, so let's not consult a professional" is... a problematic situation...

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24-10-2013, 09:29 PM
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cjlr brings up a good idea, although they are a little expensive the Boost drinks are pretty good especially if they are real cold. I have had those around when I had surgery, easy on the stomach and gets some nutrients in your system. Frusion smoothies are pretty good and aren't expensive, that's an easy breakfast or snack.

Peanut butter is good for you if you aren't allergic. Make a couple pieces of peanut butter toast in the morning. Even better is PBJ on toast.

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