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It's January and this is the month that we hear all about health. We start seeing more health and diet topics in magazines and healthy food goes on sale more. I don't mean to sound like Mrs. Goody-Goody, but I love all this. That's because I used to be VERY unhealthy. 

When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I not only took medicine that made me hungrier, but I turned to food for comfort as well. Unhealthy food took a toll on my body. I gained so much weight. 

I'm happy to say that I lost all the weight I gained, so I want to tell you not to follow my same path. You've heard it before, but food is not the answer. Sure, it makes you feel good, but that only lasts for a moment. The consequences are just not worth it. 

That doesn't mean that you shouldn't be afraid of food, either. I love to cook and I hope to take some cooking classes this year. We just need to know that food is for nutrition and nourishment, not a means of therapy. It took me a long time to realize that. 

If you feel like your medicine has increased your hunger like it did mine, then please talk to your doctor. You'll more than likely find a solution. I did. I found some medicine that worked better. You might or might not have this same result, but you're more than likely going to find a solution. 

Also, please remember what I said earlier, food is not a means of therapy. I had no idea that's what I was doing all those years, but two years ago I made a decision to make a full lifestyle changed and I'm both happier and healthier. It's a new year, if you need a new start, go for it! 

See you soon!

Comments

This is a topic I'm very interested in. I want to research it further because the meds I'm on does me a lot of good but the side effect is weight gain, metabolic syndrome and diabetes type 2. I gained a ton of weight too, and lost it, and gained some of it back. It's the diabetes I'm really worried about. I backslid and started eating cereal and simple sugars again and started having severe blood sugar spikes and lows that affected my mood and chronic pain, if you can believe that. I stopped with the sugars, only eat starch occasionally and feel a lot better with mood and pain.

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