Anorexia Nervosa, Dying To Be Thin

I must begin this article by saying that if you suspect yourself, or anyone else, of having this possibly deadly disorder, go, or take them, to a medical doctor immediately.

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight and a distorted perception of weight. (1) Victims place a high value on controlling their weight and use extreme efforts that tend to interfere with their lives. To prevent weight gain or to continue losing weight, people with anorexia tend to severely restrict their calories. They may voluntarily vomit after eating, which is bulimia. Excessive exercise is also common.

Quite often self worth is directly linked to body weight in the anorexic’s mind. It can become the central focus of your life, leaving everything else in ruin, including your health. It can be reversed, but requires professional, medical intervention because it is life threatening.

Some of the symptoms of anorexia are:

1- Extreme weight loss

2- Unusually thin appearance

3-Abnormal blood work

4-Fatigue

5-Insomnia

6-Dizziness or fainting

7-Bluish discoloration of the fingers

8-Hair that thins, breaks or falls out

9-Soft, downey hair covering the body

10-Absence of menstruation

11-Constipation and abdominal pain

12-Dry or yellowish skin

13-Cold intolerance

14-Irregular heart rhythms

15-Low blood pressure

16-Dehydration

17-Swelling of arms and legs

18-Eroded teeth and calluses on the knuckles from induced vomiting (bulimia)

The difference between anorexia and simple bulimia is that anorexics have an abnormally low body weight.

There are emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms which may include:

1-Preoccupation with food

2-Skipping meals

3-Denial of hunger

4-Eating only a few “safe” foods which are usually low in calories

5-Adopting rigid meal or eating rules

6-Not wanting to eat in public

7-Lying about how much food has been eaten

8-Fear of gaining weight

9-Frequently checking the mirror for perceived flaws.

10-Complaining about being fat

11-Covering up in layers of clothing

12-Flat mood

13- Social withdrawal

14-Irritability

16-Insomnia

17-Reduced interest in sex.

If you have any of these symptoms, see a physician.

If you notice that a family member has low self esteem, severe dieting habits and dissatisfaction with their appearance, consider talking to them about these issues and encourage them to seek help by visiting their physician.

(1) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anorexia-nervosa/symptoms-causes/syc-20353591

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Spicy Chicken with Lime Butter

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1 T. Lime butter

430 calories

40 grams protein

5 grams carbohydrates

27 grams fat

1 T. Chili powder

1 T. Brown Swerve

2 t. Cinnamon

1 t.cocoa

1/2 t. Salt

1/2 t. Black pepper

3 T. Olive oil

1 T. Balsamic vinegar

6 bone in chicken breasts

Lime Butter

1/3 c. Melted butter

1/4 c. Minced fresh cilantro

2 T.finely chopped red onion

1 T. Lime juice

1 Serrano pepper, finely chopped

1/8 t. Black Pepper

Directions

1- Combine first 8 ingredients and brush over chicken

2- Place chicken skin side down on grill and grill covered over indirect heat for 15 minutes. Turn; grill 20-25 minutes longer or until thermometer reads 165 degrees

3- Combine butter ingredients and drizzle over chicken before serving.

Slow Cooker Low Carb Indian Orange Chicken

Serves 6

Calories 227

Carbs 6 grams

Protein 33 grams

Fat 8 grams

3/4 c. Orange juice

3 T. Tamari sauce

1 T. Cider vinegar

1 t. Sesame seed oil

1 t. Brown Swerve

1/2 t. Minced garlic

1/2 t. Ginger puree

1/4 t. Chili flakes

Salt

2 # skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces and patted dry

1 1/2 T. Corn flour

1. Mix juice, tamari, vinegar, sesame oil, Swerve, garlic, ginger, chili flakes and salt and set aside.

2. Add chicken and corn flour into a zip lock bag and coat chicken.

3. Add chicken pieces into slow cooker insert followed by the sauce and mix.

4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5

5. If you want a thicker sauce, simmer it in a small boiler til thickened and return to chicken.

6. Garnish with spring onion and toasted sesame seeds before serving.

Building a Health Reservoir

Example

Many years ago my grandmother became critically ill after an elective medical procedure. At the age of 84, she was not expected to live. She spent five weeks in ICU and then the hospital put her in a room to die. She rocked their world when she went home to live alone for 3 more years. Maw Maw ate well, slept well and made her world small. She didn’t waste time on negative people and made an all-out effort to be happy. It was not an easy task. As good as my Paw Paw was as a grandfather, he was a terrible husband in many ways. Her life was not particularly easy but she lived it well. She had tuberculosis as a young woman at 21 years of age and had most of one lung removed to save her life. She developed cardiac problems as a result of the extra load on her circulatory system but she lived to 89, a ripe age for anyone, much less someone with her history. She poured good food and good company and positive thoughts into her life and she thrived in difficult circumstances.

Choices

We all know that our food choices affect our present state of health. What some don’t realize is that our decisions about food, exercise and stress reduction play a huge role in our future health. (1) When we make poor choices, we can become obese and develop hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer and even early death associated with these maladies. Our everyday decisions are decisions about how we want to live out our lives and what most people don’t realize is that we are creating our future one decision at a time. So much is within our control. We need to exercise the power that we have to shape our futures.

The Consequences

If we neglect putting the necessary nutrients into our bodies, we will begin to rob them from reservoirs in our bodies. The calcium will leach from our bones and we may develop osteoporosis, the iron will be pulled from our blood cells and we will become anemic . With anemia comes a great risk of falling due to dizziness and overall weakness. A fall can result in injuries of all kinds and even systemic, bloodborne infections at broken skin sites. Lack of proper exercise can also increase our fall risk due to weakened muscles and an inability to maintain proper body alignment and posture. Allowing ourselves to live with ongoing, excess stress can raise our blood pressure and that can affect our vision and kidney function. We are an interconnected organism. All of our parts affect every other part.

The Benefits

At David’s Way we teach extreme self care. We eat well, avoid added sugar, count our calories, exercise and reduce the stress in our lives. As a result, we live at a level of people who are much younger. We work full time jobs, blog and cook our food. We lift heavy and hike and take care of those around us that need care. We are able to do everything that we did in our 20’s and 30’s and that was 25 or 30+ years ago. We have chosen what kind of life that we want and are willing to do what we know to do to get it. How are your 50’s and 60’s shaping up for you? At 62, this is my best decade so far.

Government Opinion

According to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, (2), behavioral choices result in an increased incidence of chronic disease and cost five times more than the health care cost for those without those conditions. We cost ourselves and the country massive amounts of money when we make bad health decisions.

Choose to be healthy. While there are some illnesses that seem to be beyond anyone’s control, so much is within our ability to decide. Choose health. Before beginning any exercise program, always consult your physician.

(1) https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/eat-healthy/importance-of-good-nutrition/index.html

(2) https://www.chronicdisease.org/page/whyweneedph2imphc

Continue reading “Building a Health Reservoir”

Vegetable Tart

Nutritional Info

Serves 8

Calories 250

Protein 9.4 grams

Net Carbs 5.4 grams

Fat 22 grams

6 eggs

1/2 c. Heavy cream

1/2 c. Shredded cheese

8 oz. Cream cheese

1/2 c. Almond milk

12 oz. Zucchini

4 oz broccoli

8 oz. Red pepper

3 oz. Jalapeno

3 oz. Onion

3 cloves garlic

Seasoning of choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1-Mince veggies, cube jalapenos, dice zucchini

2-Saute til soft, not mushy

3-Combine eggs, milk, cream cheese and heavy cream

4-Mix veggies into mixture

5- Add cheese

6- Cover bottom of springform pan with parchment paper , oil sides of pan and pour batter in

7-Bake one hour til golden brown

8-Dust top with cheese

9-Slice into wedges

Creole Okra

Nutritional Info

6 servings

Calories 82

Protein 4.5 grams

Carbs 9.5 grams

Fat 3.6

4 c. frozen okra

2 c. water

1 14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes

1 t. garlic powder

2 t. Creole seasoning

6 slices cooked bacon

Boil water and add the okra.

Cook 6-7 minutes

Drain

Return to pan and add tomatoes

Add seasoning and bacon

Stir lightly and taste and just heat through. Don’t overcook.

Enjoy!

Salad in a Jar

Nutritional Info

Calories 668

Protein 71 grams

Carbs 4 grams

Fat 55 grams

4 oz. white rotisserie chicken

1/6 oz cherry tomatoes

1/6 oz red bell peppers

1/6 oz cucumber

1/2 scallion

4 T. mayo or olive oil

Layer ingredients in a jar and shake before you eat. You may want to add nuts or seeds. If so adjust the nutritional info accordingly. This is great for a quick meal on the go! You can also change your protein from chicken to anything you like. Enjoy!

Health Risks of Sugar Sweetened Drinks

New Incriminating Evidence

A recent study found that the more sugary drinks we ingest the more likely we are to die from heart disease. Sweet beverages were also associated with a moderate increase in the risk of dying from breast or colon cancer.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificially sweetened drinks did not produce the same effects. Researchers also found that swapping sugary drinks for diet versions could moderately reduce a person’s risk of death, but they still recommend that we drink water. The study adds to the growing body of research that sugary drinks cause a multitude of health problems simply by adding too many calories and causing weight gain. Obesity and Type 2 diabetes are also risks of ingesting extra calories through sugar.

The Big Picture

There have been many studies that have indicated that the extra calories in sugar cause weight gain that contributes to cancer. The findings of this recent study are merely another nail in the coffin for sugar. Drinking soda, sports drinks, and in the Southern United States, sweet tea increase the risk of dying from heart disease and some types of cancer, according to this new research.

Decisions

The choices that we make every moment of every day create our lives. We all have different circumstances to navigate but our destination is determined by the choices that we make at every turn. Decide to do yourself a favor. Leave the sugar sweetened drinks at the store. Drink water. Make your health a priority and live to reap the benefits in a healthy body. You will be so glad that you did when you see people around you falling victim to sugar addiction and you stay in control of your health.

(1) https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/03/18/harvard-researchers-say-soda-sports-drinks-increase-risk-of-dying.html

Summer Confetti Salad

Nutritional Info per Cup

Calories 108

Protein 1 gram

Carbs 5 grams

Fat 9 grams

3 cups chopped cauliflower or a blend of cauliflower and broccoli

1/4 c. Scallions, chopped

1/2 c. Red bell pepper, finely chopped

1/3 c. Yellow bell pepper finely chopped

1 c. Red cabbage, finely chopped

1/2 c. Celery, finely chopped

1/4 c. Fresh basil, julienned

Dressing Ingredients

1/4 c. Avocado oil

2 t. Lime juice

2 T. Apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 T. Swerve granulated

1/2 t. Kosher salt

Instructions

1.Combine all chopped veggies

2.Combine dressing ingredients and pour over salad

3.Toss and store in fridge up to 4 days.

Bacon-Wrapped Low Carb Meatloaf

Nutritional Info

Serves 5

Calories 536

Protein 45 grams

Carbs 3 grams

Fat 36 grams

Butter 2 T.

1 Onion, finely chopped

25 oz. Ground Beef or Pork

1/2 c. Heavy Whipping Cream

1/2 c. Shredded Cheese

1 Egg

1 T. Oregano or Basil

1 t. Salt

1/2 t. Ground Black Pepper

7 oz. Sliced Bacon

1 1/4 C. Heavy Whipping Cream for the gravy

1/2 T. Tamari Soy Sauce (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400

2. Fry onion in butter til soft

3. Mix all ingredients except bacon, don’t overwork. Overworking can make it dense.

4. Form into a loaf and place in pan

5. Bake in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes or until the meatloaf has reached an internal temperature of 160*F. If the bacon begins to overcook before the meat is done, cover with aluminum foil and lower the heat a bit.

6 Save the juices that have accumulated in the baking dish and use them to make gravy. Mix the juices and the cream in a smaller sauce pan.

7. Bring to a boil and lower the heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes until it has the right consistency. If you want, use a little tamari soy sauce to taste.