Fixing our diets and our exercise patterns #foodie friday

This is a pretty good all round introduction on how to start making big changes to lifestyle. It takes time and so baby steps are most often quite appropriate and even necessary for long-term success. If you’ve wanted to make changes and don’t know where to start this video can function as a sort of intro to such ideas. Also contains links to other info and resources. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Aspartame, diet drinks etc #foodie friday

It may seem counterintuitive, but there’s a body of evidence to suggest that the millions of Americans with a diet soda habit may not be doing their waistlines — or their blood sugar — any favors.

As the consumption of diet drinks made with artificial sweeteners continues to rise, researchers are beginning to make some uncomfortable associations with weight gain and other diseases.
And there are many other reasons to avoid artificially sweetened foods, too. [click on title for the rest of the post]

Weight loss and diet after withdrawing from psychiatric medications

Since my marathon 6 year withdrawal process from a large cocktail of psychotropic drugs (some of which are notorious for weight gain) I’ve lost 56 lbs of the 100 or so pounds I need to lose.

I’ve mostly stabilized at this weight and I wonder if I will continue losing or not. Weight and obesity in general are very complex issues and once a body gets set at a higher weight, significant weight loss is largely (statistically) impossible. This is documented by the scientific data, but it doesn’t stop consumers from spending tons of money on bogus weight loss products and gimmicks.

Now that statistic is only that: a statistic. I don’t think that everyone fits neatly into statistics, but by and large with the current most popular methods to lose weight, people will not keep it off.

Minding Your Mitochondria: heal chronic illness with diet

Most chronic illnesses respond to dietary changes. What this woman discovered to help heal her MS is very similar to my discoveries that are helping me heal my iatrogenic chronic illness.

This sort of diet can also help a lot of mental health issues. People learn to avoid taking psychiatric drugs to begin with by eating this way. Basically it’s a diet that helps one get optimal nutrition all around so that one can get as healthy as possible body/mind and spirit. It is essentially a paleo diet that I’ve talked about in this post too: Food as Medicine

More dietary tips for good mental health: today we’re looking at Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats

There are good bits and pieces of the puzzle for good mental health all over the place. Sometimes people aren’t aware that they only have one piece on the puzzle at their fingertips. Other times they are and they make sure the people they help get the other supports they need too. At Beyond Meds we try to collect as many natural, holistic methods of healing as possible on this blog. Diet and what we put in the body is an important part of the puzzle. Finding the right combination of wholesome means of healing and thriving is what we all need to do as individuals.

Diet and nutrition and mental well-being

In some instances as the first story below indicates, diet and nutrition can be THE miracle cure for what is labeled “mental illness.” More often it’s a PART of becoming healthy along with many other things a person can do in combination with things like therapy, exercise, meditation, peer support and a long list of… Continue Reading →

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