unsafe food

shoutout to ppl with unconventional trauma

who lived through tense situations where they were terrified, who’s fear was programmed into them by the people around them, who were mistreated, lied to, and manipulated, who lived in environments that made them feel unsafe, who had their food, safety, and support system messed with, who were overexposed to an unsafe world, who’s trauma was the result of other disorders.

your trauma is valid, even if you were never hit or assaulted. even if people deny you went through emotional abuse. even if you feel you have no place in the trauma recovery community because no one is like you. you matter.

anonymous asked:

Hey I'm going to go to the doctor because my family knows about my problem... this makes me harder to lie them about food and now I'm eating a lot. Please help me with this

You have a full support system behind you pushing you towards recovery, and it’s up to you whether or not you’re ready to take steps toward doing that. I don’t know what kind of advice I can offer as I haven’t been in that situation, my family has never known about my ED and the people who do know don’t necessarily push me to get better, they mostly mind their own business. My suggestion is to try it out. Eating a healthy amount isn’t a crime even though I know ED tells you it is. And eating a healthy amount doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy or unsafe foods. It’s going to be hard but your family only cares about you, and they want you to be able to part ways with your food fears and be healthy.

Safe and Unsafe Food List

Safe Beverages:
-black coffee
-diet soda
-water
-half/half tea

Safe Breakfast:
-oatmeal
-toast with only light jelly
-fruits
-low-fat vanilla yogurt

Safe Lunch/Dinner:
-proportioned turkey, chicken, and fish (not fried)
-salad w/ light italian dressing
-minestrone or broccoli soup
-cheese sticks
-vegetables
-fruits
-light (of half-size) sandwiches

Unsafe Beverages:
-sugary coffees
-non-diet soda
-milk

Unsafe Breakfast:
-doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, biscuits
-syrup
-hashbrowns/homefries
-eggs/omlets
-grits/cream-of-rice
-sugary cereal

Unsafe Lunch/Dinner:
-red meats
-potatoes (fries, mashed, baked)
-fried meat of any kind
-pizza
-mac-n-cheese
-grilled cheese
-Ramen Noodles
-chips and dip
-all desserts
-pies, cookies, cakes
-all breads (except for wheat bread used proportionally for safe foods)
-all Mexican and Italian dishes
-mozzerella sticks
-condiments (dressings, butter, ect…)

I have gained so much lately and I know I am over 140 now. It has to stop. I started laxatives again and I haven’t taken my medication in quite some time. I am depressed and can’t handle how much I weigh anymore. I tried to be positive about it and look on the bright side. Like, “oh wow so curvy and sexy!” But really I am just fat with tons of cellulite and stretch marks on my thighs and butt. I get physically sick looking at my naked self in the mirror and it really is a shame. Something has to change and it starts now. I have to clean up my diet.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any anti-binge tips, or like how to stop the cycle? I have never, ever been a binge eater but for last few months I've been constantly eating (high calorie filthy food.) I don't purge anymore and haven't in a long time so that's no issue thankfully. I just don't know how to get out of this and discipline myself?? I'm sorry this is long but I would appreciate your opinion if you could spare it... Thank you.

Here are a few things that have helped me gain self control over binging:

1. Substitute what you like to binge on with something healthier.
My absolute favorite “unsafe” foods are chips. However, instead of Doritos and Cheetos I opt for pretzels, popcorn, fat free croutons, and baked lays! That way I still get my salty, crunchy cravings satisfied without the guilt

2. Set eating times. If you set lunch at say 12:30 and then a snack at 3:30, you might find it easier to curb that 2:30 craving by knowing in one hour it’ll be snack time.

3. Remind yourself of your hard work and allow yourself to be proud. Not to say that a binge will ruin your progress, but whenever I bust my ass working out or i work really hard to eat super healthy, I just don’t want to binge. Allowing myself to be proud of a hard workout or healthy eating really helps me to continue the good habits.

Stay safe 🍓

day 27: how i deal with being around food

(30 day thinspo challenge day 27)

i’m kind of okay with being around food, especially because i don’t live at home anymore so i grocery shop for myself. if i don’t keep any unsafe foods in the house, it’s a lot easier to avoid them lol 

Phases of going gluten free

1) Finding out you have Celiacs/gluten intolerance: Wut, this is impossible! How can perfectly good food poison me? This is so stupid. I’ll just try it for a couple weeks and see how I do.

2) Feeling better: I feel so alive! Where did all this energy come from? How have I been existing before this point? I can take over the world now! I have to tell EVERYONE!

3) Shame/sadness: Everyone’s going to think I’m just doing this for attention. I can’t eat out or drink with my friends anymore :(

4) Exploring gluten free products: Well this bread isn’t too bad… neither are these cookies. Why is it so expensive? I guess I can live this way. Maybe I should try making my own food?

5) First time getting glutenated after feeling healthy on a GF diet: OH FUCK ME. I’m never touching gluten again. *cries* Maybe I’ll just subsist on air and water, it will make the pain go away!

6) First time getting glutenated by a product that says GLUTEN FREE all over it: FUCK YOU you stupid heartless company! Don’t you realize that you’re seriously making people ill? WTF is wrong with you? I shouldn’t have tried any new foods.

7) Paranoia: Everything has gluten in it. I’m just going to eat protein, fruit, and vegetables.

8) Gradually introducing new processed gluten free foods: I hope I don’t get sick after this.

9) Acceptance/equilibrium: I finally know what I can and can’t eat! My energy levels, overall health, and mood are better and more consistent. Hurrah!

It took me a few years to go through all of this. Basically I had to learn to listen to my body, ignore the judgements, and say no to unsafe foods and situations.

anonymous asked:

Can not eating enough days in a row cause headaches, sadness, and feeling anxious/nauseous?

Yes. Symptoms of underrating include: low mood, increased heart rate or ‘jumpiness’, lack of energy, poor concentration, headaches, inability to sleep, and more.

The Psychological Effects of Under-Eating

Moods and feelings:

  • Depression: Mood is badly affected by under-eating. Many of the nutrients in food affect the emotional centres of our brain and reducing these nutrients or affecting their balance has an adverse effect on mood. Under-eaters generally feel depressed, low, and prone to be easily irritated or enraged.
  • Panic: Very low weight under-eaters may feel spaced out a lot of the time and not in touch with their feelings. But panic attacks are a common symptom which is often associated with panic about weight gain. Panic symptoms are not just emotional; they commonly arise if the body’s stress systems are not getting the nutrients they need to keep us balanced and able to cope with life. Panic attacks onlysubside when weight becomes normal for your age and height.
  • Obsessions and Compulsions: One of the most prominent changes of under-eating is heightened obsessiveness. This refers to the tendency to be inflexible and to carry out rigid routines. One may feel compelled to walk a certain distance each day and some people may become very anxious about keeping things clean and tidy. This may interfere with the ability to be spontaneous and relaxed.
  • Withdrawal & Looking Inward: Under-eating can make you feel better in the short term especially if people draw attention to your willpower or weight loss. But a person will become prone to withdrawal and a great deal of self-focus if under-eating continues and becomes a way of life. Some people with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa have a very poor social life but a very vivid inner life, which is expressed by writing stories or poetry. Such writings are usually about the emotional pain of the disorder but sufferers are closed from the experiences of life outside.  This can be explained by the effects of undernourishment in the brain; also, the tendency to avoid the company of other people is encouraged by low mood and over focusing on all the rituals which must be done to keep hunger at bay.
  • Loss of Sexual Feelings: A loss of sexual appetite is expected and is due to hormonal changes.
  • Feeling Fat: The phenomenon of feeling fat or bigger than you are is common among under-eaters whether they have an eating disorder or not, and predictably this leads to more restraint. We do not fully understand WHY this happens and experts believe that the experience of fatness is really a sensing of all the buried feelings which have led to the need to under-eat in the first place. Fat feelings increase with weight loss if a person is already underweight, and thus eating more, rather than striving for even more weight loss is the only solution to the problems of “feeling huge”

Thinking and Consciousness

  • Thinking: Is affected by consistent under-eating. This is not surprising since the brain requires a great deal of energy to “compute”. One effect of under-eating for a while is that thinking becomes inflexible so that it can become difficult to set priorities and switch easily from one task to another.
  • Concentration: is always impaired, although not everyone is aware of this because they force themselves to focus on the task in hand. Indeed, under-eaters often describe themselves as more alert and purposeful but this cannot be sustained for long. Constant thinking about food and weight, which is a side effect of under-eating, can interfere with the ability to attend to other things.
  • Obsession about Food and Weight: One who under-eats for any reason starts thinking more about food and also about their weight if they are also sensitive about what they weigh. This may lead someone to become fanatically interested in cooking, cooking for other people, recipes, books about nutrition, and they even dream about food and eating. Sometimes they give up old interests and other hobbies.
  • Depth of Thinking: Among people who under-eat, consciousness may contract. The best way to explain this is that very little seems to matter, in some cases all you might think about is how to get or avoid the next meal, how to control your weight. Or how to ensure that your food is “right” for you. This makes it very hard for someone to give attention to other things. A narrow range of consciousness will lead in many cases to social inadequacies such as a lack of empathy and difficulty in sharing experiences of connection and joy.
  • Hearing a Voice: One comment effect of under-eating is that many people start to hear a Voice which tells them to eat even less. This Voice may also tell them that they are greedy if they even think of eating more, or eating a food which could cause weight gain. Sadly, if there is extreme under-eating, the Voice threatens to punish the person who thinks it might be a good idea to try to eat more.
  • Irrational Thinking: The effects of poor nourishment on the brain may lead to difficulty in making good sense of day to day impressions and experiences and this in turn will result in unhelpful interpretations of everyday events. If someone is critical, for example, this may be interpreted as that they “have it in for you” whereas the ability to think rationally may lead you to the conclusion that they are simply having a bad day.
  • Food Vilification: Do you have a list of good foods and bad foods or safe foods and unsafe foods? Perhaps you feel instantly fat and worthless even if you even think of eating a forbidden food, or horrible if you have eaten a small amount of chocolate? These are irrational thoughts cause the brain to play tricks on your experience and keep you trapped in an unhappy relationship with food.

Behaviour

  • Changes in feeling and thinking as a result of under-eating is going to have a great impact on personal behaviour and relationships in ways described above. People who have under-eaten for a long time, come to think that this is part of their personality and they are not aware that how they think, feel and behave is only the effect of their eating habits. In other words the real self is being “masked.”
  • Cravings: The strongest effect of under-eating on behaviour is caused by powerful cravings, usually for foods rich in sugar and fat. Some people respond to these cravings by doing all sorts of things to keep their mouth and appetite distracted, such as exercising excessively, smoking, drinking alcohol or even sucking stones. For other people, their control of cravings is undermined by binge eating, which in turn will lead to more efforts at restraint and in some cases harmful acts such as purging, and more cravings down the line. A great deal of research exists to prove that food cravings are in fact biologically driven as a result of under-eating/low weight and will not resolve unless the person is able to eat a diet which is nutritionally dense, sufficient in calories. Cravings will also persist until someone is a healthy weight.

Physical Effects

  • Under-eating at any weight has a marked effect on physical health. There is a common misperception that under-eating prolongs life and this is reinforced by evidence that consistent overeating does indeed reduce life span. The exact effects of under-eating depend on the nature and the extent of the diet and the degree of weight loss. In no particular order of importance:
  • Heart, Circulation and Temperature: The heart is a muscle which can be eroded by extreme under-eating and thus becomes weaker. Blood pressure may fall to dangerous levels and pulse rate slows up. Sluggish circulation can lead to ulcers on the legs and feelings of extreme cold. But the most worrying effect of a weakened heart would be if arrhythmia occurred (irregular beating).
  • Sex Hormones and Infertility: In order to protect more important life processes, sex hormone production is interrupted. Sexual feelings decrease, and the signs of puberty in females and males disappear, such as menstruation and nocturnal emissions respectively. Normal functioning may be delayed even after a return to normal eating and weight.
  • Bones: Hormonal and nutritional changes have a profoundly disturbing effect on bone growth and density. The years of puberty are the time when bones grow and strengthen. Should they fail to do so at this time they will never recover. The result in later life will be osteoporosis, stooping and a high risk of fracture.
  • Digestion: The digestive tract in under-eaters slows right down and as a result food moves slowly through it and feels uncomfortable. This explains the heightened sensitivity to feelings of fullness and bloatedness, which is misleading.
  • Skin and Hair: The effects of under-eating are variable from one person to the other. Skin can become dry and show signs of early ageing. It may turn orange in the very low weight, or may be covered in very fine fuzz. Some people find that their hair becomes thin.
  • Sleep and Rest: Under-eaters find it hard to sleep and may wake early with a sense of restlessness which drives them to go out and exercise.

The Conclusion

  • Under-eating has specific effects which are universal and which change every aspect of personality. Some distressing symptoms when a person tries to eat more are directly caused by under-eating. Example: being bloated is caused by under-eating and is not usually a sign that you have eaten too much.
  • Your personality, thoughts and feelings are directly affected by what you eat.
  • The effects of under-eating are dangerous.
  • Under-eating may make you feel special and stronger but this is the eating disorder telling you that this is so and this eating disorder also makes you unhappy and tired.
  • Under-eating will keep you locked in to the eating problem by making you more obsessed and preoccupied by food and more irrational about how you really look; more inflexible and more easily bloated.
  • All of these horrible symptoms – including self hatred and feeling fat, will begin to recede if a person is able to start eating and regain a healthier body weight. If weight is already low, you may need some expert support to help you manage this change and keep you safe.

Source: http://eating-disorders.org.uk/information/the-effects-of-under-eating/

Pizza of the Gods

Kofi debuts a new app that lets customers customize their pizzas at his restaurant. Steven loves using the app, but soon starts abusing it with increasingly complex orders. When Steven finds himself banned from Fish Stew Pizza, he decides to make his own pizzeria and calls on the Gems for help. The whole town shows up at the opening, which quickly descends into chaos with Pearl constantly rearranging the tables, Lapis treating customers with sarcasm and derision, and Amethyst cooking food that’s unsafe for human consumption.

Here’s How Long Your Food Actually Lasts

Last week, ATTN: reported that expiration dates often cause many Americans to needlessly throw away food and contribute to the $165 billion worth of food that goes to waste every year. It turns out many expiration dates are meaningless and merely scare us into squandering perfectly edible food.

Business Insider recently used the site StillTasty to create the perfect image that shows just how long certain foods can stay in your fridge and pantry before they go bad. StillTasty gathers information from the USDA, the FDA, the CDC, and food manufacturers to determine when foods go bad. As we pointed out in our previous piece, many foods are okay to eat well after their “sell-by” or expiration dates. The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) says that expiration dates are merely “suggestions by the manufacturer for when the food is at its peak quality, not when it is unsafe to eat.”

On Food Past Its Expiration Date

My mom always said that expiration dates are for suckers, but if you feel that you don’t really trust something that’s been in the back of the fridge for a while then DON’T EAT IT. Eating something that could pose a hazard to your health is not worth it, because hunger is better than food poisoning or a trip to the hospital.

Tips for testing questionable food:

~Look for mold, discoloration, residue, and liquids where there should be none. Drinks can expire, too. You don’t want to know what half-decade-old juice looks like.

~Smell it. Use proper lab procedure if you like, this has saved me from retching when I was super hungry and investigating containers that unexpectedly smelled awful.

~Taste a small bit. You’d be surprised what the body can handle in small doses. I do this with old milk because I can’t smell it for some reason.

It doesn’t take all that much to be safe when you can’t afford to be sick, and you don’t have to test everything all the time. Just do it with the food you don’t trust, and you’ll get the knack of recognizing unsafe foods soon enough.

Also: this is what our ancestors did to test if foods were ok to eat in the wild, as well.

anonymous asked:

Wait why is it dangerous to replace protein powder wit chocolate milk? Is this something I should know about?

In the specific case it’d taste super different so you’re unlikely to cause that much harm. In general, “pranking” someone by replacing some of their food with something different is incredibly dangerous:

  • if they have food allergies you could kill them
  • if they are on certain medications that are unsafe with specific foods you could kill them
  • if they have diabetes you could seriously impact their health
  • in general, it’s a really major violation of peoples’ autonomy to try to trick them into eating things they wouldn’t eat willingly. 

This is an amazingly popular flavor of prank - “X is a vegan so I just tell him the cookies are vegan, lol” “that skinny bitch ordered a skim latte but I made it whole fat, haha” but it’s actually not safe, let alone okay. (And tampering with the calorie content of peoples’ meals because you think they’re too thin is unspeakably evil, says someone who has been constantly worried everyone is doing that to her ever since she first saw a comment about it received approvingly.)

If you, like, want to make rolls with cricket flour and you think your friends will love them but only if they aren’t told about the crickets, you should ask in general terms in advance if they’re okay with being introduced to new weird foods that way. 

silasea  asked:

What can you feed your bird besides seeds? I've had a cockatiel for 6 years and I've been feeding him seeds. I recently found that, that is very unhealthy to just feed a bird seeds so what else should I include in his diet? I have cattle bones for calcium and regular seeds I don't know what else I should include?

Birds love all sorts of fruit and vegetables!
here’s a list of some! 
http://www.cockatielcottage.net/tablefoods.html 

and here are some recipes for some more interesting stuff! 
http://www.cockatielrescue.org/index.php?page=Gourmet%20Recipes

Basically you can feed them any fruit or vegetable but you should always check if it’s safe before you do. Avoid fatty, salty, and sugary foods. basically any prepared human dish is not so god. Also avoid dairy, apart from natural/greek yogurt.

there’s also a list of unsafe foods here too!
http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread.php?t=1842

Cockatiel’s compared to other parrots actually do very well on a fully seed diet so you shouldn’t worry too much about trying to convert to pellets. Just try to add as much fresh fruit and vegetables into his diet as you can!

an easy way to get fruit and vegetables into your birds diet every day is to make ‘chop’ its basically a bulk mixture of chopped up foods that you freeze and thaw as you need it.
https://studentswithbirds.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/how-to-make-chop-for-parrots/
I dont have a food processor so I just use a grater and grate it all into a big plastic box then mix it. I also cook some sweet potato in with the rice in the rice cooker.

In winter I add more brown rice and also add a boiled egg afterwards. To keep it dry for the freezer I add a couple handfuls of raw oatmeal to soak up extra moisture!

You can also give your bird herbal teas to drink for a bit of variety. Warmer during the winter and chilled i the summer.
http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-magazines/bird-talk/2011-march/tea-time.aspx

here are also some tips on introducing new foods! 
http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/birds/a/birdspickyeater.htm

I hope this helps! Remember to always have a quick check on the internet for safety before you feed your bird anything new!