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Sat Jan 1, 2022, 12:56 PM

Noticed not much activity here, but hoping/trying for help anyway!

I never had a problem eating until now, in fact most of my life, I overate. I went on WW and did really well, lost 40 pounds, ate healthier. Then my mental issues son got arrested for failure to appear from 3 years ago and I can't eat. Food tastes terrible and I feel like I'm about to throw up. I keep losing weight and I don't want to or need to anymore. In fact, I've started eating more sweets because I tolerate those better and it's a lot of calories. If I lose 5 more pounds, nothing at all will fit me and my pants will be falling off. The skinniest clothes I have are almost too big now. It's not that I am too skinny right now, 139 and 5-1/2 ft tall isn't too thin. But I NEED TO EAT.

I had an initial appt. with a counselor, but don't have a next one until over a week and she's out of the office until then.

Does anyone have any ideas of what could help to increase an appetite when someone is very stressed/anxious? I hate feeling so emotionally strung out all the time since his arrest, but know this isn't his first rodeo and he's gay and injured and has mental issues and won't take care of himself. I wish I knew how to disassociate from this!

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Reply Noticed not much activity here, but hoping/trying for help anyway! (Original post)
lark Jan 2022 OP
alittlelark Jan 2022 #1
Shermann Jan 2022 #3
lark Jan 2022 #13
sinkingfeeling Jan 2022 #2
bucolic_frolic Jan 2022 #4
lark Jan 2022 #14
bucolic_frolic Jan 2022 #16
lark Jan 2022 #17
efhmc Feb 2022 #18
efhmc Feb 2022 #19
XanaDUer2 Jan 2022 #5
Wicked Blue Jan 2022 #6
Bayard Jan 2022 #7
lark Jan 2022 #15
lark Jan 2022 #11
SheltieLover Jan 2022 #8
lark Jan 2022 #9
SheltieLover Jan 2022 #10
lark Jan 2022 #12
Stuart G Mar 2022 #20

Response to lark (Original post)

Sat Jan 1, 2022, 01:00 PM

1. Have u thought about marijuana?

If it is not available where you are CBD is legal everywhere.

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 1, 2022, 01:16 PM

3. +1..."medical marijuana" is an overused term, but really does crush that particular problem for most

I don't partake any longer, but back when I did it would occasionally cause anxiety issues. So, you'd have to be cognizant of that and discontinue if necessary.

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Response to Shermann (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 2, 2022, 12:48 PM

13. Yeah, I live in FL and have been approved for medical mj.

I will be researching more to find some good anti-anxiety strains for daytime use (for me that means hybrid, can't take the straight sativas).

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Response to lark (Original post)

Sat Jan 1, 2022, 01:07 PM

2. See a medical doctor and get prescription for

Megace. I was given this following my oral cancer treatment 13 years ago.

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Response to lark (Original post)

Sat Jan 1, 2022, 01:17 PM

4. I'm not an expert

So don't consider this medical advice. But I have dealt with family and self at times with intestinal issues. One family member had cancer, one old age issues. We once consulted with a nationally known nutritionist.

The quality and balance of food helps. Nutrients should be the result of good food intake rather than vitamins and minerals.

I'll pull these few idea from Balch & Balch Nutritional Healing book, 2nd edition, which is admittedly a 15 year old old book, but it has a section on Appetite: Poor. Snack on quality foods - banana, cheese, sliced turkey, nuts (almonds, walnuts), berries. Personally, I would highly recommend whole milk unsweetened yogurt for a while, a little with each meal, to promote digestion and uptake.

The book also says avoid liquids before or during meals. Avoid soda. They also recommend peppermint leaves and ginger root. Ginger root is readily available, and easy to cook with. And they recommend a B-complex vitamin to help increase appetite. I think that would also make brown rice a sound addition to evening meals. Avocadoes are recommended.

Seems to me, from my own experience, the book is trying to prime the pump, it just needs good ingredients.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 2, 2022, 12:53 PM

14. Thanks for the common sense good suggestions.

I think I will make a peppermint tea right now!

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Response to lark (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 2, 2022, 03:56 PM

16. Common sense or not, Balch was an M.D. and his wife an R.N.

Their book an alternative health standard for many years, 3rd edition I think was the last. Some of it was old time doctor remedies, before all the technology they throw at things today.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #16)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 09:23 AM

17. Hmm, I wonder if this is available on my Kendle?

That would be awesome.

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Response to lark (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 9, 2022, 09:41 PM

18. Best of luck. Let us kow how you are doing.

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Response to lark (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 9, 2022, 09:45 PM

19. Try your local library and Libby.

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Response to lark (Original post)

Sat Jan 1, 2022, 01:19 PM

5. I have no advice

But I hope things get better

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Response to lark (Original post)

Sat Jan 1, 2022, 01:28 PM

6. Milkshakes?

Since they are sweet, perhaps you can tolerate them.

Good luck

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 1, 2022, 02:04 PM

7. I'll second that

When my Dad was in the hospital, they made him a lot of milkshakes. He had always been thin, so really dropping weight from intestinal cancer.

How about things like oatmeal or brown rice? I had a friend with anorexia that lived on Cream of Wheat.

Get well, my friend.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 2, 2022, 12:55 PM

15. Funny, I love cream of wheat and was thinking about that this morning.

If I can find any at the store, I will get it!

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 2, 2022, 10:12 AM

11. Thanks, I will try that.

I don't know what I can/can't eat until I try it these days. My appetite is so off, just thinking about food makes me feel queasy, but later in the day I'm more successful at eating.

I've also thought about Boost or Ensure, but again don't know if I can tolerate it?

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Response to lark (Original post)

Sat Jan 1, 2022, 02:38 PM

8. Yale is offering free "Science of Well Being" course

https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being?utm_source=gg&utm_medium=sem&utm_campaign=09-ScienceofWellBeing-US&utm_content=B2C&campaignid=9728548210&adgroupid=119657127259&device=m&keyword=&matchtype=&network=g&devicemodel=&adpostion=&creativeid=506816645212&hide_mobile_promo&gclid=Cj0KCQiAlMCOBhCZARIsANLid6bDGBMkvow_sUu5nTdaggOV_SRfE9PhUCxrLML7pKJxc6Us-VWNFUUaAo6NEALw_wcB

It obviously will not fix your son's circumstances, but it will definitely teach you how to cope.

1st videos are available immediately upon completion of very brief registration.

Yes, it really is 100% free & I've never received spam from this site.

I'm so sorry you are going through this.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 2, 2022, 09:28 AM

9. Thank you so much, I will definitely look into this.

Yeah, even if my son weren't in this situation, I have no confidence he'd go 6 months without getting back in trouble. It's me that I wants help and hopefully this will be part of the journey.

Thank you, too, for your kind words.

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Response to lark (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 2, 2022, 09:41 AM

10. Yw, Lark

Sounds to me like this free offering might well offer what you need, a way to stay centered in the moment & calm your anxiety.

In psychology, it is believed that ruminating, going over & over past events, contributes to depression & trying to deal with future events creates anxiety. None of us can cross that bridge until out foot is upon it.

Those here at DU who have tried this course have said they felt better!

I'm sorry to hear about your son's challenges. The best way to help him is to engage in solid self-care. If you are depleted, you can't do much to help others.

Why not think of a meal you used to love, something fragrant that perhaps used to bring you comfort & cook it, with the intention of nourishing wonderful you? 😉

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 2, 2022, 12:42 PM

12. Yeah, I just completed the week 1 course.

Focusing on something different helps for sure and I am going to work on the Loving Kindness Meditations as one of my next steps.

Unfortunately, right now, food isn't something that brings me much pleasure - for the first time in my life. It's so weird, I have ALWAYS had a big appetite and loved food - up until about 6 months ago. Food doesn't smell good now, it usually makes me feel slightly nauseous. Carnitas have been one of my faves forever, and yesterday I really had to force myself to eat 1 and couldn't finish it. I was happy yesterday when I actually managed to eat healthy and a sufficient quantity, so yay! Today isn't as good, but then I am much better at eating in the later part of the day than at the beginning for some reason.

I do have the fixings for a pork chop dinner that I've made since I was a kid and love. So I think one of my goals is to feel good enough to cook and eat the dinner within 2 weeks.

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Response to lark (Reply #12)

Tue Mar 8, 2022, 10:24 PM

20. I am writing this more than two months later. No matter what...Don't Give Up..Never Give Up

..Don't give up the fight
.. Whatever Works: Meditation, Prayers, Singing, Exercise, TV, etc ...Whatever Works, or try something new.
...I went to Overrates Anonymous. Going saved my life....and ..........YES...YES..YES..some members have anorexia just
like you.
All people are accepted. No dues or fees. Meetings vary with all kinds of people...I remember close to 38 years ago,
when I saw those very low weight people, I recalled what I thought, "What are they doing here?"

Well, some of those anorexic members were the best members around. OA saved their lives too...I repeat my original advise:

DON'T GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE UP, TRY WHAT WORKS & TRY ANYTHING THAT MIGHT WORK.....................

DON'T GIVE UP.....DON'T EVER GIVE UP................

Stuart G.

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