Fast food makes me really sick so I don’t have a choice but to eat healthy. The Reluctant Raw Foodist
why we need more sleep (i’m talking to you! as in, myself. as in, i’m exhausted)
- You’ll eat more. 300 calories more, to be precise. A recent study found that sleep-deprived subjects, when allowed to eat whatever they wanted, ate more than when they had a full-night’s sleep, even though they stuck to their normal eating schedule.
- You may not live as long. Researchers may have found the secret to long life — a study found that women who slept fewer than five hours a night were less likely to live as long as those who got more.
- You’ll weigh more. Logically, if you are regularly consuming more calories every day it stands to reason you may weigh more, but the weight gain is not only caused by what you consume. Not enough sleep also causes stress on the body, which triggers it to slow metabolism and store fat.
- It shrinks your brain. Researchers found that chronic insomniacs had smaller, less-dense brains, which affected crucial parts of their neurological systems like decision-making.
- It raises your blood pressure. A study found that adults who missed an hour of sleep each night for five years ended up increasing their risk for hypertension by almost 40 percent.
- It increases your risk of getting sick. Not enough shut-eye has been proven to leave people susceptible to cold viruses.
- It can worsen your memory. Ever feel like you can’t remember your to-dos after a night of tossing and turning? Those REM waves we experience at the beginning of a sleep cycle can boost memory and creativity, so if you’ve underslept the night before, try a quick power nap to recoup some of your memory skills.
- You’ll skip your workouts. Lack of sleep means lack of energy, which probably means lack of gym time. In fact, research has shown that sleep deprivation is a key reason why people stay inactive.
- It makes you cranky. Or, as researchers say, more “primitive.” Without sleep we revert back to a more primal version of ourselves, meaning we can’t appropriately cope with emotions or respond maturely to situations.
- You’re not on your game. On top of all these consequences, not enough sleep just makes us feel, well, blah. We’ve all found ourselves reacting less quickly after a sleepless night, not to mention foggy-headed, so if you need to catch more z’s, check out some of oureating and exercise tips to help you sleep soundly.
So I honestly didnt think I lost much, I felt that I look the same today as I did in the very first picture. It’s the completely fucked up and skewed reflection.
It wasnt until I did this, and saw all these pictures side by side that I thought,
DAMN. I fucking did it.
80% healthy. I’ve relapsed once or twice… but nothing major. I’m so proud of myself.
Edit: I’ve been on this journey since November 2010. the initial 4 months were strictly ED recovery focused.
The month order of the pictures: November/January/February/April/July
This my favourite kind of picture! It actually shows that little steps make the whole difference. You just need to have some patience. And I’m a big tattoo lover <3
This one is hard. As someone who has not always followed this tip, I know. I’ve been that girl, living on 500 calories a day, running 6 miles a day, hating myself more and more each day, trying to loose weight—and failing. But it is SO important, and it works. When I am most successful is when I…
Is it just me, or does she kind of look like iJustine?
How’s this for an ass exercise.
I’ll tell you, fucking killer <3
Excluding tough illnesses such as depression, this is 100% true.
Stay healthy girls!! We can do this, you are all strong enough to reach your goals!