"Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food" - Hippocrates

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gaining Weight: Eat, Eat, and Eat!

Hello, my fellow bloggers!

As some of you may know, I struggle a lot with gaining weight. But slowly and surely I've gained about 6 pounds over the past few months. Finally!

So what's my secret? Eat. Eat. and Eat. and Eat some more.

I know what you're saying. "But I already eat enough!" or "I can't eat anymore." or "It's just too hard."

Well then you might as well call it quits cause you'll never gain any weight with that attitude.

Trust me, I've been in your spot. I've made all the excuses, including "I think I have food allergies." or "Something is wrong with me."

If your stomach literally hurts throughout the day, aching and gnawing. Ask yourself, "Have I eaten anything?" If you haven't, then eat! That's your stomach tossing and churning it's acid, and it will make you sick. Really sick to your stomach. I've been there, and I won't go back.

I know you're still saying, but I eat so much food. But do you really? I used to think I ate "so" much food, but then I started really watching my food intake. It was way too low. If you are consuming below 2k calories, please freaking eat something!

I know it's hard, but do you want your body to deteriorate because you're starving yourself? It's not good for you. It does awful things for your body. I already have bad joints, and I'm only 19. It's because I starved myself of the nutrients I needed growing up.

If you aren't eating 2k calories a day, you need to start eating more. Stop making excuses for yourself. Do you really want to continue looking like skin and bones? Or do you want muscles and curves? You can't obtain it unless you eat more.

Don't start eating more all at once. Don't risk hurting your body. Slowly add more calories week after week until your stomach can catch up with it.

Trust me, all it takes is eating more. Don't shame yourself for eating a candy bar or even a milkshake. Your body needs something, literally anything to keep it from failing.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Masala Chai Tea: It's Amazing.

While I was on vacation, I went to an Indian resteraunt and had the best food I've ever had. Other cultures always have way more vegetarian options than any other American ones.

I don't know if you've ever been to Indian resteraunt or any other culture owned one to be exact, but they're quite intidmidating at first. They don't always have a lot of customers, and it's always confusing on if you seat yourself or not. But don't be intimidated, they always have amazing food!

So while we were at this resteraunt, I ordered Palak Paneer. If you've never tried it, you need to now! I have never been more satisfied with a meal than I was on that day, and there was plenty enough for a second dish to take back to the hotel. That made me extra happy.

But the best part of the whole meal was the chai tea. Oh my Lanta. I have never been to heaven (not that I believe in it), but that's the closest I'll ever get to heaven. I am a tea fanatic, if you didn't know, and that tea was blissful. So when I came home, I went on a mission to search for a great chai tea recipe. I did go to Starbucks and bought a chai tea latte but that stuff just can't compare.

Honestly this is the easiest thing I've ever made.

Ingredients: 
-Any and all spices you prefer.
-Water
-Brown Sugar
-Milk

All you need to do is go to your spice cabinet and take out anything that is considered a spice. I used cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, black peppercorns, and cloves. Would've used cardamom, but we didn't have any. I boiled two cups of water and shook in a bit of each spice until it suited my fancy. I then let in steep for a few minutes. Afterwards I added some milk, and voila! You have some amazing masala chai tea.

I used all ground spices, but you could ground your own to make an even more flavorful tea. I didn't use any measurements, but that's just me. I like simple and easy.

Try it for yourself. You'll be hooked, I promise.

Sex, Drugs, & Alcohol

So I know I haven't posted in a very long time, and I feel bad that I haven't done so. If you follow my blog, you may know that I go through periods of depression, and lately, it's been an on and off thing for me.

I've been thinking about how much I want to obtain my dream of becoming a published author and hopefully making a career out of it, but it seems lately that I just feel nothing more than cursed. I would say I'm a good person. I don't do drugs or drink. I'm a very caring person, but it just keeps biting me in the ass.

I watch all the kids around me screw around with their lives like its no big deal. I mean, literally, kids down alcohol like there's no tomorrow, and it disgusts me. Same thing with drugs. It seems as if these kids never get any consequences in their lives, and they get to live carefree and happy while I'm miserable.

It just seems completely unfair in the grand scheme of things. Why would someone like me get screwed over and over again while kids like that never get screwed over? This is one reason of why I cannot and will never believe in a God. It's just absolutely absurd to think its all part of his big "plan". Yeah, right. Since when does He condone making his creations absolutely miserable to the point where death sometimes sounds more delightful than actual life? Now I would never ever ever consider suicide. I have too much to live for. And writing has never made me happier (to an extent). But I also feel so miserable because I never get a break.

Things always seem to go wrong no matter how hard I try to be happy or do things the right way. It's like I am destined to be cursed for eternity. It downright disgusts me that other kids can basically try everything they can to ruin their lives and they don't even get close to ruining it. I can only hope in the future that karma will get them, but somehow, that just doesn't seem quite likely.

Don't get me wrong. I would never want to spend my days drinking and smoking. Or like most other girls, giving up my innocence to any guy who looks my way. I love knowing that I have not wasted my years. Instead of not remembering my years growing up and wasting all my time ruining my body, I've put that time into my writing. I just hope one day things will turn out right. That one day I'll be up on the NYT list like I deserve to be in the future, and then I'll feel like all my choices were worth it after all. Those other kids will have nothing to prove their worth in this life, and I just want to show everyone up.

It's just hard to stay positive when positive things are slim thing in my life, and somehow everyone else is reaping it. I will never understand, but I will also never give up. And I hope none of you ever do either.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Stress & Fatigue: Is it Adrenal Fatigue or Starvation?

Sorry guys for not posting in a long time. My health has been all sorts of crazy lately. I've been super stressed and super fatigued.

Which brings me to another conclusion I have. Obviously I don't have food sensitivities. I know I do have low stomach acid. But what if my problem isn't exactly what I'm eating. What if I'm not eating enough?

I hate thinking that I could have an ED, but it's starting to make more sense to me. Sometimes I really can't eat enough, but the weeks that I do eat enough, my energy levels are better than usual.

I thought I had adrenal fatigue, which is when you're fatigued despite having lots of sleep. My energy is also a lot higher during the nighttime rather than in the morning. Which is not fun. Not at all.

It's almost unbearable to live this way. I have no motivation. No energy. It's a vicious cycle that I'm living in right now, and I refuse to keep living this way.

Now I don't remember exactly how I came across this, but I started researching and discovered that maybe all my health problems are from not eating enough. I mean, I know there are plenty of times where I definetly don't eat enough. Sometimes it's from stress and other times it's from my stomach problems. Which is what frustrates me most. If I'm hungry then why does my stomach hurt to the point where it prevents me from eating? It makes no sense at all.

But it could be from all the years I spent in high school and became super stressed out. Cause when I'm stressed, I do not eat whatsoever. I believe this is what led me to having low stomach acid. And I believe that not eating enough has caused my energy to plummet.

If you have adrenal fatigue, I suggest visiting this link:  https://gokaleo.com/2013/01/25/adrenal-fatigue-as-a-cover-for-starvation/


This is how I discovered that maybe I'm just not eating enough and maybe you aren't either. Hopefully we'll figure this out and beat whatever we're facing.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Food Intolerances & Allergies: You Most Likely Have 'Em

Do you suffer from stomach distress, insomnia, weight problems, or even constipation/diarhea? Does it seem like you've tried everything but can't find a rememdy.

Well, you might just be suffering from a food allergy/intolerance.

A lot of you might know by now that I deal with a lot of health problems. And by a lot, I mean a helluva lot.

My problems started when I was 14 and randomly dropped 15 pounds with no real cause. I even lost this weight before I went vegetarian, so my mom was still feeding me back then. Shortly before or after, I started having horrible PMS and developed rosacea.

It's been a few years later, and I now deal with even more problems. My teeth are decaying. I deal with adrenal fatigue, constipation, and horrible stomach aches.

I've tried literally everything. Eating more. Going gluten free. Adding more magnesium. Taking bentonite clay. I've tried all the obvious ones, but I think I've finally found what's wrong with me.

About a few months ago, I started digging into intolerances, and my symptoms lined up really well with them. I knew it couldn't be corn or soy because I honestly don't eat much of those two food groups at all.

I tried going gluten free for two weeks, but nothing seemed to change. I did go dairy free for a few days at that time, but I wasn't keeping a food diary. Now I'm back onto keying in on diary cause I'm starting to beleive it's a lactose intolerance.

Which leads me up to a few weeks before. I was doing really great with my diet, eating nothing but homemade foods. I ate nothing processed at all and no gluten. The only dairy I was consuming was butter.

But I still didn't feel right. I still kept getting stomach aches. So then I cut dairy out for a few days. I can't quite remember if I felt much better, but three days in, I stepped on the scale and had gained two pounds.

I thought to myself, how is this possible? I never gain weight that easy. I didn't even eat that much food! And mind you that on Easter, I stuffed myself with over two-thousand calories and dropped a pound! I didn't eat nearly that much on the day I stepped on the scale and gained weight.

I also found myself sleeping easier. Instead of tossing and turning for two hours, I fell asleep within an hour.

So could it be a lactose intolerance? Quite possibly, and that's why I'm going dairy free, starting tomorrow. If I gain over 5 pounds without even trying hard, I think I'll have found my answer.

Hopefully this will be a light in the tunnel to reversing my helath problems, and hopefully, if you suffer like I do, you'll look into food intolerances/allergies and find your answer as well.

Do you have a food intolerance? How and when did you discover it?
-Kai