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JenJen Living the Dream. One Grape at a Time

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Weight Gain is this enough food to gain weight? Dec 04 2014
19:29 (UTC)

Gaining weight is more than just eating. If you want to gain weight in a healthy way you also have to work your body out and get it used to not only the new foods, but develop your muscle back as well. 

Try focusing more on fruit salads and healthier options to gain weight in a correct matter. Eat some Oatmeal with fat free cool whip and fruit slices instead of a cookie.  Also, take some vitamins to boost your immune system / help your digestion process. B12 seems to be the way to go. Youre focusing on the sugar portion of the weight gain which could be more harmful to your body than when you weighed less.  Keep up the good work though :)

Weight Gain Weight gain advice please May 14 2014
12:00 (UTC)

News flash its called gaining weight. You work on getting a bit of fat and transforming it into muscle. Muscle will not grow without fat deposits. Dairy will help make your bones stronger and your ability to gain muscle will increase . The more you know *shooting star*

The Lounge Real or trolling triggers? May 13 2014
14:43 (UTC)

As the world goes "Advice is what we ask for when we know the answers but do not want to accept them". People with ED's are EXTREMELY stubborn and NEED to be told the facts over and over again in different ways until they find the way that they can accept. Its like telling a child they cant have candy. Theyre going to stomp and scream but eventually they will learn No. Facts do not appeal to people trying to recover. They are already extremely knowledgeable and know how to recover.. they are easily triggered to relapse but they are not trolls.

The Lounge Coworker Issues May 13 2014
14:09 (UTC)

I used to be the exact same way. It sounds like she has massive anxiety and is trying to hide it by "being a part of the team". It takes a couple hints and a couple weeks, but soon she will fall into her own work and stop bugging.  If she is always interrupting you / other people, you can say something like "Hey thanks for the help I appreciate it but next time just sit back until we need you. Is there any questions I can answer for you?". Whenever you speak to her ask questions open ended.  If she is complimenting you on your sweater and then standing behind you, she wants you to acknowledge her... instead of saying "Thanks" say something like "Oh thanks I got it from X have you ever been there". She'll learn her place :)

Maintaining Vacation: do you count? May 13 2014
14:05 (UTC)

Im so paranoid about weight gain and when I went on vaca I thought I was gonna gain 10lbs. I actually lost 3.. reason? When you are on vacation, you are always on the go. Running around in the sun, activities, even laying on the beach burns the cals. Honestly, Vacation is when you DONT have to think about calories / weight. You know whats healthy to eat so just relax and enjoy yourself :)

Weight Gain chocolate bar?- from abroad- what should i try? May 13 2014
14:03 (UTC)

American out of Upstate NY you HAVE to have Niagara Chocolate. The hollow chocolate / Caramel is the best. Its ridiculously amazing and we drive to Niagara WEEKLY to get some. Delicious !

Foods Pb2 May 13 2014
14:00 (UTC)

PB2 has more fiber, protein and less sugar and 85% less fat than regular PB.

Weight Gain Weight gain advice please May 13 2014
13:59 (UTC)

When recovering it does take bit by bit. A big part of weight gain (for me at least) is to "not look" blah blah blah.. you want to build muscle and start eating healthy.  Start small.. Replace your skim milk with regular milk and your light cheese with crackers and cheese / a string cheese. Add marshmallows to your hot chocolate :)  You obviously cant force yourself to eat but try going grocery shopping with your parents. I found that my parents actually helped me kind of rush around the store. Also, help your family cook. Eating with someone will help ease you back into eating in public / not being afraid of eating. Learn foods not calorie amounts.  And start taking some vitamins. B12 !

Foods Easter! Apr 15 2014
12:54 (UTC)

Yes because there are so many "Egg Yolk Beaters" They must be the healthy portion. Ick.. *Throws away 8 million egg yolks*. Egg Whites Foreverrrr

Weight Gain What will make her hungry? Apr 14 2014
17:06 (UTC)

Honestly, Take her to the movies or watch tv with her with food. When I started my weight gain program, they took us to the movies a lot. Why? Subliminal Messaging. Movies will post frames of foods and drinks that aren't caught by the eye but by the brain. If you have your daughter hanging on to a tub of popcorn, she'll be nawing on it the whole time. She'll be so focused on what shes watching that she wont notice her hands in the tub of popcorn. Goodluck and I hope she feels better soon <3

Foods Easter! Apr 14 2014
16:59 (UTC)

Holidays are for enjoying yourself and putting the little piece of "I hate this" away for the day. Beating disorders is one step at a time and by saying "enough" to your brain for one day, it is the start of something beautiful. The best way to go I guess is to realize that just because food is there, doesn't mean you have to gorge yourself. We are surrounded by food all the time doesn't mean that eat 24/7. Indulge ! If you really are looking at the health aspect of it, Egg whites are 17 calories a piece. Avoid the fattening yolk. Eat some Ham if you eat meat as it's great protein and lean. If you are worried about binging, make the food yourself. Baked beans, corn, yummy.. but one thing I will tell you..DONT YOU EVER TURN DOWN A CHANCE FOR A CHOCOLATE BUNNY !

Health & Support Recovering from an ED, I need to gain fat to get my period back? Sep 10 2013
18:26 (UTC)

Sometimes, it takes longer than normal for your body to backtrack to your period. You could actually go through a few months of all the symptoms (cramps, pms, huge boobies), all that glory, without actually having a cycle. For me, I found that I gained my period back with eating lots of meats, and raspberries ! Raspberries are amazing and help trigger a cycle. Also, sugary fruits. You gotta get more glucose in that body of yours :)

Weight Gain Stress make me lose my appetite. Jun 12 2013
14:42 (UTC)

It's very normal ! There is no such thing as normal eating when stressed.  Its always too much or not enough. The best thing to do, is do some stretches in the morning.  Have a nice glass of water and listen to relaxing music when you are on your way to work. You have to be careful of punishing yourself. Punishing yourself and saying "I don't deserve xyz" can develop an eating disorder. You started your own company !  Youre doing amazing. Youre not going to fail in anything. Take a shower first thing when you get home after your day and distress.  It helps :)

Weight Loss Tall Women 5'9" or taller! Sep 20 2012
14:48 (UTC)

You gotta own that height !  Tall women I found to be so beautiful no matter what their weight.  I'm 6'0 and 114lbs (trying to gain) and I found myself to be more gorgeous at a higher weight rather than lower.  All about the attitude... Also, we all hold our weight differently (dang hips).  beauty is in height <3  Be proud

Weight Loss Short and Fluffy need advice Sep 17 2012
17:24 (UTC)

Try eating complex carbs in the morning !  Oatmeal / Whole Grains keep you more full and energized throughout the day.  After your workout, always go with proteins. Frozen banana slices with peanut butter is an excellent post workout snack.  Start your day with a glass of lemon water as it helps boost your metabolism for the day. 

Carbs for Breakfast

Fruits and Veggies for Lunch

Proteins and Dairy for dinner :)

Health & Support Questions in anorexia recovery- rapid weight gain and hair loss! Sep 17 2012
17:09 (UTC)

Night Sweats and such could be the result of too much sugars in your system.  Try eating less sweets and more complex carbs like Oatmeal.  Better for you and will adjust your body to weight gain.  Also, for your hair, try taking B12 Vitamins.  You can find them in your grocery store and they are amazing for your skin and hair (as a recovering anorexic, I swear by these).  Keep up the good work my dear :) <3

Motivation Self Control after swimming? Aug 31 2011
14:23 (UTC)

YAY ! Finally a post just like my life hehe ;) I do the exact same thing.  What I do is the following


Pre Swim : Banana with PB

During Swim I take a bottle of water with me : 20 laps, drink, 20 laps, drink (it keeps you full throughout your excer)

Post Swim : Cucumber Salad and Grilled Chicken ! The vinegar from the salad and lean grilled chicken keeps your tummy full and happy without the gorge !

You have the strength and will power.  Just tell yourself you don't need it.  Set your post swim treats aside and prepare it before you swim.  Put sticky notes on that garbage food.. YOU DON'T NEED IT  :)

Motivation Non-food Rewards Aug 18 2011
11:23 (UTC)

Summer is almost over ! Get outdoors while you still can !

Take what you normally put aside and take a little more out for yourself ;)

For instance : I recently did a great job on a project at work.  So.. instead of saving 400 dollars per paycheck for bills, I'm only saving 200 this week and using the extra 200 to go camping with the boyfriend.  Hiking, Kayaking, being outdoors (and not to mention being healthy) is a great reward :)

Weight Loss Low cal filling food Aug 17 2011
18:33 (UTC)

Cocopop and Low Fat Peanut Butter !!!

Cocopop = 20 cals a piece (it's a giant round ricecake of goodness)

Peanut Butter = 40 Calories a Teaspoon (which is all you need)


60 Cals for something that will leave you filled up for a while :)

Weight Loss What In the World?? Aug 11 2011
12:27 (UTC)

You might want to eat a little more and yet do a little more.  Carbs before working out , protein after.  Eat lower cal foods.  For the love of godddddd do cardio more more more.  I lost 15 lbs getting down to 115 from 130 by avoiding high sugar booze, and icky carbs.  I live off of salads, ground beef and peanut butter and live in the pool.  Swimming burns 500 calories an hour ! Hop in !