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How to not get depressed on a low calorie diet

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#1 Angel wings

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 12:50 PM

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 01:44 PM

Medication is the only thing that keeps me from being depressed when I’m restricting super low. Paxel works best for me and doesn’t make me gain weight.

If you can’t then I’d stay around 400...I get suicidal if I’m under 400 without medication. Luckily I have access to it.
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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:05 PM

Caffiene works as a mild antidepressant for me. My mother won't allow me to take prescription antidepressants because she's too fucking proud to admit that her daughter is suicidal.
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 03:56 PM

How caffeine dose it take to feel ok
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 08:03 PM

Near constant distraction is what works best for me. Reading, dancing, yoga, writing, drawing, taking walks,listening to music, playing guitar, tumblr, IG, going down a YouTube hole...etc.
That having been said, I do usually try to eat low cal high volume when/if I am more down (blueberries recently have helped my mood & general demeanor a great deal, as well as my skin & hair) & I have found that a strict schedule does help.
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 09:17 PM

Honestly caffeine and staying busy/I usually try to work a lot and see my friends more when I’m restricting bc I have to force myself to be friendly and shit during those situations
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Posted 01 August 2018 - 06:08 PM

Near constant distraction is what works best for me. Reading, dancing, yoga, writing, drawing, taking walks,listening to music, playong guitar, tumblr, IG, going down a YouTube hole...etc.
That having been said, I do eat low cal high volume (strawberries & blueberries recently have helped my mood & general demeanor a great deal, as well as my skin & hair) & I have found that a strict schedule does help.


Yeah, basically just do what you love. I prefer to listen to music, because it's hard to focus on depressing thoughts when your blasting music through your headphones.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:34 PM

Hmm... this one is a tricky question to answer, because I want to help, but I know it's hard to do things when you're depressed. However, I've been forcing myself to do these 200+ distractions in my accountability thread. It's not healthy 'cause it keeps me from eating, but there are a lot of self-love / having fun distractions on the list. I hope you can find some things to do that make you feel happy, instead of miserable. Depression sucks hardcore (diagnosed w/ major depression, so I know how bad it can really get).

 

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Things may seem dismal now, but you want to reach a goal, right? When you make progress, that might help you to not feel so dumpy about it. Also, a multivitamin could help you physically feel better. Please do take care of yourself and if you get weak or shaky, have something that has low cals, but will get you out of that dizzy/shaky state (like broccoli--- lots of good nutrients and low cal... like 30 - 35 cal for a cup). <3 Be safe!


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 03:53 PM

Caffiene works as a mild antidepressant for me. My mother won't allow me to take prescription antidepressants because she's too fucking proud to admit that her daughter is suicidal.

 

Caffeine for me too, although I have to get the level just right, because otherwise it will cause chaos with my anxiety



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Posted 26 November 2018 - 03:59 PM

Coffee.
Meds.
Distracting tasks.
Exercise.

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 08:47 PM

I will either practice doing my makeup since it's something that I can focus in on for an hour (or two if I am doing something more elaborate), or I will play video games with some of my own music on to "drown out" my thoughts of food/eating with multiple distractions at once.  Also exercising helps to bring my mood up; I like yoga classes because it helps me meditate and focus on my breathing/position more than feeling depressed or hungry.


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Posted 27 February 2019 - 10:11 PM

Take a multivitamin, especially one with iron, b complex, and vitamin d. B complex helps energy that you'll be lacky, and low vitamin d can cause depression. That's what has helped with my depression, I take antidepressants too but those only help so much when you're deficient in something already.

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 11:13 PM

Doing things you love + spending time with friends/talking to people that care about you. Also coffee helps me stay happy. That's what helps me anyways. I still struggle with this tho it's rough.


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Posted 27 February 2019 - 11:17 PM

Caffeine and having at least one close friend/loved one you can talk to who you trust not to push you to eat.


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Posted 27 February 2019 - 11:18 PM

I do eat low cal high volume (strawberries & blueberries recently have helped my mood & general demeanor a great deal, as well as my skin & hair) 

 

Strawberriiiieeees :wub:


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If you are tossed by the waves of pride or ambition, detraction or envy, look to the star, call upon Mary.
If anger or avarice or the desires of the flesh dash against the ship of your soul, turn your eyes to Mary.
If troubled by the enormity of your crimes, ashamed of your guilty conscience, terrified by dread of the judgment,
you begin to sink into the gulf of sadness or the abyss of despair, think of Mary.
In dangers, in anguish, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. - St. Bernard of Clairvaux

 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 01:12 PM

Strawberriiiieeees :wub:


I know!!! I love them! (Though a severe latex allergy made me have to eventually give them up, apparently if you have a latex allergy strawberries can eventually mess with you =(
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Posted 28 February 2019 - 01:25 PM

you NEED to get outside, get some fresh air, talk to people etc. isolation always exacerbates the depression we already have from nutrient deficiencies.

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 01:32 PM

If you're struggling with depression in general, I don't really think there's much that can prevent a depressive slump during low restriction 
You'll have good days and bad days and there will be times that food or eating isn't even the thing causing you to feel depressed
Distractions are good but I think it's deeper than that for some 



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Posted 28 February 2019 - 03:18 PM

Caffiene works as a mild antidepressant for me. My mother won't allow me to take prescription antidepressants because she's too fucking proud to admit that her daughter is suicidal.

 

 

Yep, that's the worst fucking thing. My mum's first sentence to me after I told her that I had just been to the emergency psych appointment because I couldn't stop crying was "don't tell about this to anyone, that you went there".

Could she be more embarrassed that the perfect daughter is not perfect. LIke for fucks sake.



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Posted 28 June 2019 - 04:37 PM

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