Things to do to help combat depression

********I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL******
THIS IS JUST SOME THINGS I DO THAT HAVE HELPED ME

  • Take a shower
  • Read a book
  • Write
  • Draw
  • Drink a smoothie
  • Cuddle with your cat (or dog)
  • sleep
  • Watch YouTube videos
  • Exercise on the Wii
  • Color
  • Paint
  • Watch Netflix
  • Reorganize your room
  • Listen to music
  • Reorganize bookshelves
  • Take pictures
  • Take a bath
  • Bake
  • Write about how you feel
  • Start a blog
  • Watch Try Not To Laugh videos
  • Pin stuff to Pinterest
  • Play Guess The Song by yourself or with others
  • Make a bucket list
  • Cut out magazine pictures that you like
  • clean your room
  • do your laundry (for some reason these are oddly satisfying)
  • have a good cry (if you need help to conjure them see the following movies: The Fault in Our Stars, The Boy in The Striped Pajamas, Secrets of War, A Girl Like Her, My Girl, Beaches, Titanic, Keith, The Lion King)

That’s just some. Always remember you can talk to your parents, friends, relatives, and if you have no one, I will be it for you: Friend, Mom, Aunt, Dad, Uncle, Weird Cousin, whatever. I’m here for all of you. You can email me at any time to talk with my email: Charliesmithcontact (at) gmail.com

I love you guys!
XOXO,
Charlie.

The Charlotte Diet

Hey guys, Charlie here! I wanted to give you a good diet plan (with how I do things) whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian (like me), pescatarian, vegan, or whatever.

My go-to tips at the store:

  • It’s been said, MULTIPLE TIMES, but it’s good advice and that is: DON’T BUY GROCERIES WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY! It will always cause you trouble
  • Make a list based off of food you’re planning to make. If you’re planning on making pancakes THIS WEEK, buy Pancake mix and milk and eggs (or whatever the mix says) Don’t think: Oh, well I’ll make some pancakes sometime, No. Make sure what you buy is for the near future.
  • If you want to splurge on Ice Cream or Chocolate bars or Skittles (because I love me some Skittles) buy them! Your diet shouldn’t restrict you from everything you love. (However, it is advised that you don’t eat the whole container of ice cream, huh? Maybe buy one of those small, one person containers, and eat half.) You should never have to feel guilty about what you eat or want to eat.
  • Keep an eye on what is in your cabinet. You don’t want to buy some Ramen Noodles to take to work with you and then find out you had a 24 pk already. That’s just no fun. Maybe keep a list on the inside of your cabinet of all the food that’s in there. (I created a list you can print out and tape into your cabinet for easy access below)

Tips when preparing food:

  • Remember: YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF THE PORTIONS. Whether you live by yourself, with a family or just your SO, you control how much food you make. Don’t be afraid to make a little too much, because you can always save it for later. Put it in a storage container (whether the one you bought or a washed out Country Crock container) and take it to work with you or heat it up for lunch tomorrow.
  • You may think Non-Stick cooking spray is better than oil, BUT IT’S NOT. While the calories may be fewer, there are so many things in it that is NOT GOOD FOR YOUR BODY, like GMOs and Dimethylpolysiloxane which is used in Silly Putty, many Cosmetics, and Refrigerants. Yeah. Ew.
    (Read a full article about it here:  http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/11/03/truth-about-what-s-really-in-cooking-sprays.html)
  • Seasoning doesn’t have to be salt! I mean, yeah, you want to taste it, but there are plenty of other good spices you can use that don’t have salt in it, like garlic powder, onion powder, etc. Or, you can buy the little packages that go into the water and it seasons it for you. (I recommend using half for 4 servings)
  • You may not want to put meat/meat juices in with your vegetables. It will give you more unnecessary calories. Also, salt your veggies AFTER they’re cooked, that way everyone has more of a chance of getting the proper amount if salt.

Eating:

  • Portion control is not just for bulimics and anorexics and super models. Everyone should use them (in a healthy way). You want to make sure you have more vegetables on your plate than meat or dairy or bread.
  • Drink a glass of water BEFORE and with your meal. It will help curb your appetite and you’ll eat what you’re truly hungry for.
  • Put less on your plate than you usually would. If your eyes think it’s getting enough food, chances are, you are getting enough. We all know the expression, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach”, so put a little less on your plate. Once you’re finished, drink a little water, wait for your food to settle, and if you’re still hungry, get some more.
  • As I said before, it’s okay to splurge once and a while. If you want to eat a whole Wisconson 6 Cheese Domino’s Pizza, YOU GO GLENN COCO.

Exercise:

  • I don’t. BUT, I am constantly on my feet for work, so I count that. Just walking can help when you’re feeling sad or want to burn off some energy.
  • WALK DON’T RUN. If you’re out of shape (IE: haven’t gone running since you were in middle school because they made you in PE) DON’T GO RUNNING. You’re just asking to pass out. Start off with walks. Maybe walk around your block. Maybe walk from one stop sign to another (I don’t know about you guys, but my house is like:
    S                      ————                       S
    Stop sign       my house                 Stop sign
    Or walk around your house. It’s all up to you.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not doing anything. That your diet is ridiculous, that you can’t eat whatever you want on your diet, BUT THAT’S NOT TRUE.
This diet is just a way to eat healthier with the life we’ve got. Like the kids are saying: You Only Live Once, so why go on a diet that doesn’t allow you to eat what you want to eat?

These are just some of my recommendations for eating healthier, another one being, invest in a Vitamixer so you can make smoothies with natural fruits and veggies. They’ll improve your mood and make the craving of something sweet go away.

 

I love you guys,
Talk to ya later,

XOXO, Charlie 

A short article about obesity

A few months ago, I was anorexic.
I had been one for a year and I was wondering why I was never losing weight.

Every doctor’s appointment, I thought for sure they would find out. But they never did. Do you know why?

When I was eating, (I usually ate one meal, being dinner, because I couldn’t hide that) I was consuming enough calories for the whole day. Just one meal was keeping me from losing weight.
It’s horrifying how one meal that we eat a day has enough calories in it to make it look as if we are a healthy weight when we really aren’t.

I stopped eating breakfast, lunch, snack, and dessert and YET I was still intaking the same amount of calories that I would usually eat!
I fact, in the pizza I usually get from Domino’s (Wisconson 6 Cheese) Has over 350 calories in ONE SLICE of pizza. Totaling a whopping 2,600 calories in EIGHT slices of pizza!
And of course, the healthiest amount of calories that teenage girls should intake per day is 1,600 to 1,800 calories. At this rate, I was eating almost TWO TIMES the recommended calorie consumption, and this was just one meal on one day.

Based off of this information, it’s no surprise that there is so much obesity in America.

Let’s run some more numbers:
A Mcdonald’s Big Mac totals to about 540 calories. A large fry with that? 510 calories. Let’s add just a medium Coke. (220 calories). According to the Nutrition Chart OF MCDONALD’S, that equals 1,270 calories! That leaves us 430 calories to consume.+

Let’s say you want to ‘get something healthier’ and go to Subway. The lowest calorie item is a 6″ Veggie Delight, (230 calories), but if you want some “healthy meat” on yours, get the second lowest calorie item, the 6″ Turkey Breast (280 calories).
When we add our ingredients: (on whole wheat bread) American Cheese, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Lettuce, Pickles, Tomatoes, Onions, Mustard, Light Mayo. Even with all the veggies on it, it still equals approximately 380 calories. With a 21 oz Sprite (220 c.) and a small package of Lay’s Potato Chips, (160 c.)  it equals 760 calories. And this is just lunch. That gives us 940  more calories to consume.*

Let’s say you’re going to eat at home tonight. Just cook something for yourself. You fix a steak (679 c.) mashed potatoes (214 c.), and a Lipton sweet tea (150 c.).  That alone is 1,043 calories, AT HOME!

So take the Subway we ate for lunch, and the dinner we ate, that gives us 1,803 calories today and we didn’t even eat breakfast!

The moral of the story: Check the calories (AND INGREDIENTS) in your food before you purchase it. Whether it be in a grocery store, in McDonald’s, at your Grandma Ruby’s, ALWAYS CHECK. Don’t become a freak with your calories! It’s okay to splurge on some Oreos (which are actually vegan…WHHHAAAAAT?)  or a steak, or some chocolate bars (yes, I said BARS). Just make sure you pay attention to what you put in your body.

Want to know my diet? Let me know and I’ll tell you about the Charlotte Diet!

Till I see you next, I bid you adieu.

Charlotte.