I told you I’d be back! I feel terrible for my laziness with posting but I have alot on my plate atm with uni springing back and getting a million huge assignments and readings thrown at me. For the sake of my health I am trying not to over-load myself with anything more than I can take and that will make my situation any harder atm. But believe me when I say that I’ve missed you and blogging! So much so that I am trying to eat dinner and blog…so much for mindfulness right? But what can ya do- you’re all just to irresistible haha. Oh did I also mention I’m at work? Yep multi-tasking is my speciality ;)
So yesterday after teaching one of my best yet Body Step classes, I tried to stomach my new protein powder (struggling still) and went to see my psychologist. I am very proud to say that I actually didn’t cry (probably because crying would slow down my talking and I wanted to tell him it all) but I sure did talk his face off. Well not really… but I did talk my throat dry! I am feeling really positive about this though. I felt really comfortable with him and felt like he just got it, ya know? Especially in regards to a few remarks he made. I was like: You got it man- you understand me! We set some goals of what I hope to achieve from these sessions (rid binges, develop healthy eating habits, get rid of anxiety & depression & another I forgot), went over the usual first appointment procedures, I got some homework (anxiety, depression tests/scale things to fill out) and basically I just didn’t shut up the whole time telling him everything I could remember. Yes, we managed to fit a lot into 60 minutes. Actually, I managed to fit a lot into my Thursday because then I scrambled to uni- for the biggest waste of a lecture- and ran (not literally) home for lunch and for my next appointment.
Then came the dietitian! I also loved this lady. She was young, funny and hip. I also felt like she got me and could relate to her well- perhaps not on a deep level like the psychologist (but she is a Dietitian remember not a therapist). She could relate as she had a past ED herself and it was really refreshing to see her laid back attitude now. It gave me hope :) I was nervous and excited for this appointment. Nervous that I would be paying someone who was basically just a me- an over controlling, super healthy, food nazi (yes I got called a food nazi by her also haha). But really this Dietitian was healthy and she promoted healthy and moderated eating. Which is exactly what I needed.
As we know, I am not eating enough- so this was addressed and I’ve got orders to increase my eating amount as well as eating more frequently. One of her suggestions was eating my usual delish toast snacky thing sooner after gym- which I scarily did today- and what was funny was I actually became hungry for lunch around the usual time I would. So it made no difference and I never felt ravenous like I typically do before eating the toast- but don’t get me wrong I was still hungry for it haha. She also suggested I eat more carbs which really intrigued me because I’ve always thought about increasing protein but never strangely enough thought about eating more carbs. Which is silly since I exercise so much I need the carbs! She advised me that as a very active person I should add some sort of carb to my lunch if I have a salad, have two pieces of toast instead of one for my snack (this will be a huge toughie) and to try and get some more protein. For all those mathematicians out there she said roughly my requirements would be: 2100 calories, 70g fat, 80g protein, 290g carbs. These are all approximate of course and will differ day to day.
Although, the Dietitian has given me this information I plan to use it as a guidelines rather than gospel. I will still aim to listen to my body but just use this information to help me.
So there’s a quick run down for you and I promise I’ll pop into tomorrow for another post. It’s a Saturday after all and we all know I’ll need a break from work and study ;)
Have you ever seen a Dietitian or Psychologist? What were your experiences like?