Bipolar Disorder: Food Battle

One of my serious weak spots is food. I am a true foodie! Sugar, carbs, chocolate, etc.For most of my life I’ve battled my weight. I can gain or lose up to 80lbs in a given year. You can only imagine how much damage I’ve done to my poor body.

I never quite knew why or how I managed to succeed in such a feet. Though after I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, I learned my imbalanced moods really played a part.

Not saying it was the whole reason but it certainly contributed. When I’m depressed I tend to binge eat. When I’m manic I hardly eat at all. There hasn’t been much of a balance or in-between. It’s one extreme to another.

Just before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I hit one of my worst manic episodes ever! I was exercising a minimum of 2-hours a day, hardily eating and managed to lose over 80lbs in roughly 6 months. Not healthy!

I had a poor self image regardless of my weight loss, and ended up gaining it all back within a year. My moods swayed from depressed to manic, and my eating habits mimicked my mood.

I’ve since learned how to manage my eating habits. My moods are still out of balance but I started seeing a nutritionist to help guide me through the riggers’ to lose weight healthfully. She gave me the best advice, “don’t count calories or fat count fiber instead.”

Counting fiber instead of calories or fat was just the advice I needed. She told me to try to intake at least 25-30 grams of fiber daily. Ironically, counting fiber meant less calories and fat anyway. Most foods I fond with high fiber were lower in calories and fat.

Following this regime has started me on track to lose weight, lower my cholesterol, and help balance my moods. I find when I’m eating healthy my moods play less a part in bouncing up and down.

I’m working on getting back into exercising more consistently. For now, just getting my food intake under control was most important. Food has been such a part of my life (good or bad) that finally gaining control is welcoming.

I will keep you all updated on my progress as time moves on. Here’s to good health and mental stability!

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Living with type 1 bipolar disorder, PTSD (due to childhood trauma), Rapid Cycling, and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Writing about my life experiences.

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