Dear Jodee, can I lose weight by using Cocaine?
Dear Prothinspo Member…

Cocaine is an illegal and dangerous drug - outlawed in most countries around the world. Many people speculate as to whether
celebrities ever partake of the drug to induce rapid weight loss. We can only speculate until they get arrested....Most people
already know that cocaine can make you lose weight.

Here is a story I found from New Zealand. A wealthy 51 yr-old property developer is a suspected drug dealer. He attempted to
justify his actions by claiming that cocaine was helping him lose weight.

"In explanation for his actions, the defendant stated that he had discovered taking cocaine in the evening suppressed his
appetite and helped him lose weight," the police summary said.
This may explain the success of Henderson's slimming regime. Last winter, Henderson seized on the Atkins craze and lost at
least 24kg. During the stressful 2000 when he was building the $250 million Princes Wharf redevelopment, "Hendo" was a big
lad. But by last winter, the metamorphosis was spectacular.
He sported a new wardrobe and cut a much finer figure on the waterfront. Come the summer, he appeared even leaner, as the
diet regime continued apace and his face shape changed markedly

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The season is upon us again, tis the season to overeat. Seems like no matter how
hard you try, overeating during the holidays is as much a part of things as gifts and
decorations. Make it different this year by following the few tips listed below,
beginning with number ten and working our way to number one!

10) The simplest thing that you can do this holiday season to curb your overeating is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water
daily and especially before that holiday get together. You will feel fuller faster and be less likely to overindulge.

9) Eat before you go! When attending the many holiday dinners and parties take the time to eat a healthy snack. When you do
not go hungry, you will be less likely to over indulge.

8) Get a little of a lot. At many holiday functions there is more food in more varieties that you can shake a stick at. What trips
many people up are that they feel they have to have a full plate of these goodies and then another full plate of those goodies.
That is not the case. Rather than getting more of a little, why not get a little of a lot. This way you'll get to sample everything
but your waistline will not expand.

7) Eat when you should eat. Try not to skip a meal thinking you are getting your stomach ready for a big meal later. This is
probably the worst thing to do. Big meals late a night tend to stay with you for months and years to come long after the
smooth taste has left.

6) Change the recipe. Rather than giving up the foods you love, why not make the foods you love healthy. Did you know that
by shifting one ingredient for a healthier one, you can take a formally unhealthy dish and turn it into a healthy alternative?

5) Get active. Don't see this time of year as a time to rest, relax and take it easy. No, you should take the opportunity you
have with your family to get in some good physical activity. Let me ask you, when is the last time you took your kids ice
skating or sledding? If it doesn't snow where you are, why not take the kids to the park or on a paddle boat ride.

4) Stick to your normal workout schedule. Many times, during the holidays, we feel like there is just not enough time and the
workout is easiest to skip. Don't skip it!

3) Go to dinner with a plan; you know that there will be delicacies aplenty when you attend holiday functions. Plan ahead of
time what you will eat and how much. For instance, you may allow yourself a piece of pecan pie but decide to forego any
other sweets.

2) Add some weight training to your work out. Knowing that you will be consuming more calories this time of year why not
add some weight training to the mix. Lean tissue burns more calories than fat.

1) Let loose and hang out. While this is a time for family and friends to celebrate each other, it can also become a time when
we get burned out from trying to be all things to all people. Take some time for yourself and breathe. This is your time to rest
as well as serve.

Well, now you know how to maintain your weight even while attending holiday parties. Maybe you won't do all of these tips
but how much better would you feel about yourself if you could do just 3 or 4 of the ten?
We look forward to the holidays all year long, but why? For some, it’s family
togetherness or a spiritual celebration, but for many the holidays are about eating,
drinking, shopping and doing all things in excess.
Somehow the more we eat, the emptier we feel.

This holiday can be different, says Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, a nationally known speaker, author and eating disorder
specialist who consults at The Ranch eating disorder treatment program in Tennessee.
Here are a few ways you can avoid binge eating and bring true meaning back to the holidays.

#1 Avoid Black or White Thinking

A characteristic shared by individuals with eating disorders is all or nothing thinking – seeing life and self in extremes with no
shades of gray. For example, if you have an eating disorder, you may feel that you are a glowing success or
a terrible failure when the reality falls somewhere in between.

“People with disordered eating patterns approach holiday eating as an all-or-nothing proposition,” says Dr. Ross. “They either
diet and restrict during the holidays or go to the other extreme and binge, promising to go on a diet after the New Year.”

Eating mindfully and in moderation is a healthier approach. When we allow ourselves to enjoy small portions of our favorite
foods, we don’t feel deprived and then overdo it.

#2 Practice Mindful Eating

When was the last time you ate mashed potatoes? Is dessert a forbidden food? Many people, especially those with a history of
dieting, have bought into what Dr. Ross calls the “bad food phenomenon,” labeling certain foods as bad and others as good.

“There are no bad foods. The only thing that is ‘bad’ is how we use food,” Dr. Ross explains. “If we use food to push away
sadness or other emotions, or we eat to cope with stress, depression or anxiety,
we’re using food for a purpose that it was never intended to serve.”

Rather than setting rigid rules that categorize specific foods as good or bad, Dr. Ross recommends that people eat the foods
they enjoy as long as they eat mindfully. This may sound like a green light to binge on fattening foods, but in reality mindful
eating is the opposite of the way many people eat over the holidays. It requires people to slow down, pay attention to the way
their meal looks and tastes, and listen attentively to their body’s hunger and satiety cues.

“When we eat mindfully, we usually eat less because we’re satisfying all of our senses – sight, sound, taste, smell and touch,”
says Dr. Ross. “We may still choose to eat comfort foods but we will be more aware of the emotional connections these foods
have as well as their taste. It’s okay to eat Grandma’s strawberry shortcake and to revel in memories of your relationship with
your Grandma as long as you are being mindful and really enjoying the food, not just the memory.”

#3 Find Healthy Ways to Cope

The holidays can stir up memories and feelings that have been suppressed the rest of the year. Some people are away from
loved ones and missing old times, while others are struggling with relationships with family members that they share the
holidays with. Rather than burying feelings in food, Dr. Ross encourages people to become aware of their emotions and find
healthier, more effective ways to cope.

Food isn’t the solution to emotional issues. It is merely a temporary distraction. Instead of giving into the urge to binge, try the

Give yourself time and space to identify what you’re feeling.
Pay attention to the way your feelings lead to overeating.
Have a place you can go to express your emotions safely, without fear of judgment or embarrassment.
Create a strategy in advance for dealing with emotions in difficult situations; for example, when relatives make comments
about your eating habits or weight or push food on you.
#4 Don’t Diet

The holidays are a socially acceptable time to engage in unhealthy eating habits. Many people save all of their calories in the
days leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas. By the time they sit down to eat, they are exploding with hunger and unable to
stay mindful about their food consumption.

Food isn’t the only culprit. The holidays are also a popular time to drink alcohol excessively, which can hinder your ability to
make clear judgments.

“Dieting during the holidays is a set-up for binge eating,” says Dr. Ross. “Instead of skipping meals and then eating in excess,
it is important to stick to a regular eating plan.”

#5 Imbue the Holidays with Meaning

“It’s difficult to be equanimous during the holidays because they have lost their meaning,” says Dr. Ross. “If we can restore
some sense of meaning, we can bring the joy back into meals and celebrations.”

Even if the holidays have been about eating since you were a child, it’s never too late to create new rituals that represent who
we are now, not who we were as children. Whether it’s spending time cooking as a family, taking a walk after dinner or
running the Turkey Trot each year, finding joy in activities that don’t revolve around eating will guard against binge eating.

#6 Get Help for Binge Eating Disorder

Although the holidays can be one of the most difficult times to be away from family and friends, it is also one of the most
effective times to begin eating disorder treatment. You may feel guilty about going into treatment during the holidays and not
being with your family. It’s important to recognize that an eating disorder separates you from family members, creating an
emotional distance in spite of physical presence. With the stress of heightened emotions and complex family dynamics, eating
disorder symptoms frequently worsen over the holidays.

“In many ways, an eating disorder treatment program is the best place to be for the holidays,” Dr. Ross explains. “Surrounded
by people who understand you and support you in your recovery, you can enjoy the holidays and get well at the same time.”

Many eating disorder treatment programs recognize the difficulty of being away for the holidays and make the experience
memorable by preparing a special meal and taking advantage of volunteer opportunities in the community. These programs
also provide support and education for family members, who are encouraged to suspend judgment and be supportive of those
struggling with food and body image issues.

“Most families would gladly sacrifice being together for one holiday season to see a loved one get help for an eating disorder,”
says Dr. Ross. “It’s not just about this holiday, it’s about being healthy and truly present for all of the holidays to come.”

Everyone who has or has ever had an eating disorder shares this common sentiment: the holidays are the most difficult time of
the year. There is an abundance of unhealthy, tempting food, family dinners, and plenty of holiday parties that encourage the
overconsumption of food and alcohol.

However, the act of simply accepting that the holidays are an exceptionally stressful time for you can alleviate a lot of the
anxiety you're feeling. By trying to ignore the stress you feel by telling yourself to "be normal" or "just have fun," you will just
frustrate yourself. You don't have to "feel normal" - you are allowed to feel however you want, and you are also allowed to do
whatever it takes to make yourself feel comfortable. If that means skipping some or all of your holiday parties? So be it.

This is your recovery, and only you know what's best for yourself. That being said, here are three useful tips to successfully
survive the holidays and continue your recovery.

1. Make a list of all of your worst fears during the holidays.
Then, go through each fear and write down a rational solution to that situation.
Here is an example:

Mom is making my favorite pie and I'm afraid that I'm going to lose control and eat too much of it.
Solution: I know that I have self control, and I can either ask Mom to give me a small piece, or I can share a piece with Aunt
Susan. Also, I can drink tea with my pie so that I'm not tempted to keep going back for seconds and thirds.
I'm afraid of people asking me questions about why I'm not eating very much
Solution: People who ask those kinds of questions aren't judging me, they're just curious. I can either tell them that I'm trying to
be healthy or that I've already eaten. I won't feel threatened by these questions because I know that I don't need to rush my
recovery, and I'm confidant that next year I'll be even healthier.

By making this list, you will hopefully realize that you are in control of your recovery, and that you are ready for any situation.

2. Make sure you have a mentor or friend who you trust, and who you can call in times of need.
It doesn't matter if it's a therapist, your best friend or your mom, make sure you have someone who can really get through to
you when you're having anxiety about food. Then, if you're at a party and you start to feel overwhelmed, you can excuse
yourself, call your mentor/friend and vent to them about how you're feeling. They will hopefully calm you down and help you
remember that you're in control, little slip-ups here and there aren't a big deal, and most importantly: you're an amazing person
because you're YOU, not because you look a certain way.

3. Plan out exactly which events you'll be going to, and make goals for each event.
For example:

Christmas dinner at Aunt Sally's house
Plans: arrive around 6:30, eat around 7, leave around 9
Goals: try a little bit of everything, including dessert, eat slowly and enjoy the food.

By specifically writing down your goals and expectations for an event, you will feel much less anxious going into it, and you'll
be much less likely to backpedal in your recovery. Make sure that you record the event after it happened as well, and even if
you feel guilty for having a bite of pie, record it as a success: a goal accomplished.

Finally, to successfully survive the holidays with an eating disorder, the biggest thing to remember is that if you make a
mistake, it's not a big deal . Everybody makes mistakes, and you're no exception. Tomorrow is a new day, a new beginning,
and you can continue your recovery right where you left off.

Hello Anas and Mias,
Here’s something you really should be conscious of when getting skinny; Anas should be Mias and vice versa. There will be
times as an Ana where you will need to purge, and there will be times as a Mia that yon will need to cut back on calories.
Here’s a scenario: youre an Ana, and you’ve been watching you food intake (but not starving yourself, because that slows
metabolism!) but now your faced with the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years; food food food everywhere! You
might as well tattoo ‘I’m trying to lose weight’ on your forehead if you don’t stuff yourself like everyone else. So, get yourself a
big glass of water to drink in between bites (every 3-5 bites so it looks more natural) also, chew your food more, that way it’ll
look like you ate more because it took you the same amount of time as everyone else. When your done eating, get out of the
room as soon as you possibly can to purge. If you have to, act really nauseous for a few minutes, then run to the bathroom and
purge, or go to the bathroom as far away as possible and wait a minute, then flush the toilet, turn on the sink water (with the
loud flushing noise still going) and purge. Another thing you can do is say youre going to ‘walk it off’ and go into the woods and
purge. If you happened to have reached a plateau (stopped weight loss) around a holiday, don’t do anything. Don’t purge, don’t
watch what you eat, don’t worry about a thing. A binge can actually spike metabolism and end your plateau. I highly doubt that
you’ll be on a plateau for every single holiday. You will need to purge at some point on the road to your desired waist size.
Here’s something I do even as an Ana: keep a little Tupperware of baking soda deep and a spoon in your medicine
cabinet/linen closet/sink underside. After purging (if you can) mix a half spoonful of baking soda in the lid of the tupperware
with a spoonful or two of water. Swish it around in your mouth and then swallow some. This is supposed to neutralize the
stomach acid. SUPPOSED TO! This is not a set in stone fact, it’s simply a Mia trick. It does not mean that ulcers of the
esophagus, bad teeth and other unglamorous health risks are not a concern. This is why, even as a Mia (especially as a Mia,
actually) you should limit your purging greatly. Once or twice a week, with baking soda. That may not seem like a lot at all, but
think about it; one to two times a week, that’s 52-104 times throwing up a year!
So this concludes my Holiday Tips blog, thank you for reading!

Heres something you must MUST have during your journey to skinny; Thinspiration, a.k.a Thinspo. Use google, use whatever,
and find yourself someone whos body you’d kill for. Once you find him/her, get as many pictures of them as you can possibly
find and put them in a place that only you can find them.
However, if you live alone go ahead, cover your refridgerator in pictures.

Your thinspo should be more of a guideline than a rule. No matter how beautiful or perfect they may be, you are not becoming
them, you are just using them as inspiration to be thinner. Also, it will do you well to remember that if this person is a model,
actor/actress, or celebrity of any kind, they ARE photoshopped. If this person is not famous or well known, there is still a
chance theyre photoshopped. Don’t hate yourself because you don’t look like your thinspiration, hating yourself is counter
productive. Look at yourself, and smile. Think ‘I’m not there yet, but I’ll get there. I can do it.’

Find out as much about your thinspiration as possible! Not only should you look for height, weight, measurements, etc., you
should also scavenge for a life story. Times of struggle are a gold mine, especially if you can find how they got through it. This
will show you that your thinspo is human, and had problems just like you. Also, if they talk about getting through a tough time,
use it to benefit your thin quest! Use their mind-set, their way of coping, anything that helped them could help you!

If your thinspo is a different height than you, estimate how much you should weigh by BMI. Take, say, Heidi Klum. She weighed
(pre-baby) 119 lbs. and is 5’9″ tall. That makes her BMI 17.6. If you are 5’5″,
you would need to weigh 106 lbs. to have the same BMI.

KEEP IN MIND: body types!!! It’s okay to choose thinspiration with someone who is a different body type than you, within
reason. However, if you have a naturally slow metabolism and choose a thinspo with a super fast metabolism such as Twiggy
or Kate Moss, you will run into major problems! I’m very sorry
if you had your heart set on this person, but you will have to reconsider.

Tip: to make yourself feel better about your progress, set small goals and when you reach them, as reward, photoshop your
face (not body) and then you will be motivated to get a body to match. When you have reached you final goal,
photoshop your entire body!
written by eD

How Those with Eating Disorders Might Feel About the Holiday Season
When first thinking of the holidays most people remember fun days spent with family and friends, meals with delicious foods
and desserts, being thankful for what you have and giving to others. However, if too much planning, spending and other topics
are brought up the holidays begin to feel stressful. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays are often anxiety-ridden and
centered on the subject of food. For someone with and eating disorder, such events are often less than enjoyable, especially if
painful holiday memories are present.

Popular eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. These three are both very serious eating disorders and
each deserve appropriate eating disorder treatment. Binge eating therapy, anorexia treatment, and bulimia help is offered at
many eating disorder treatment facilities. California eating disorder treatment clinics are widely available and eating disorder
residential programs are offered in most other states.

15 Ways to Deal with the Holiday Season
Feeling pressured to eat more or eat less is never a comfortable situation. How can you deal with the stress and anxiety of a
similar situation during the holiday season? The following tips may benefit you:

Plan ahead. If you plan on visiting with friends and family, plan out the situation ahead of time in order to avoid extra stress
and anxiety. You may also consider telling your family ahead of time not to make remarks about your eating disorder.
Eat regularly. Despite the fact that many people eat excessively or eat a large amount of
snacks during the holidays, try and stick to a normal routine.
Make a list. Write down each thing you need to get done for the holiday season. Getting things done ahead of time and having a
list so you do not forget anything can save you a lot of unneeded stress.
Talk with your therapist. A therapist can work with you on coping methods and address
specific worries or anxiety you may have.
Find a support partner. This person will be there for you to talk with if thoughts regarding your eating disorder begin to enter
your mind or you feel overwhelmed.
Determine your reactions ahead of time. If someone makes an awkward remark about your eating habits or weight, know what
you plan to say ahead of time. This may help relieve anxiety during holiday events.
Offer to bring a dish. If you are unsure of what may be offered on the holiday menu,
offer to bring something you know you will be willing to eat.
Be flexible. While this may be difficult, being flexible with plans and situations which may arise can relieve tension that may
come with the holiday season. This may also prevent emotional eating.
Take part in fun activities. By taking part in fun activities, you can distract yourself from any food worries you may be having.
Confide in someone. Tell someone who will be with you during meal times your specific concerns
and allow them to give you advice on what is appropriate.
Only attend what you can handle. Politely decline invitations if you feel the situation would make you uncomfortable or
overwhelmed. Situations which include non-food activities may be most enjoyable.
Eat healthy foods. If you stick to a regular meal plan and eat healthy food then you reduce the risk of feeling “guilty” over eating.
Attend a support group. Attend events and make friends with other members,
this type of fellowship will provide you with support and encouragement.
Don’t focus on mistakes. If you feel too full or have experienced a binge, move on and do not allow it to stress you out.
Set goals. Instead of only focusing on food and weight during the holiday season,
set other goals regarding what you might like to talk about and focus on.
The holiday season is a particularly stressful time for many of my patients that are in treatment for obesity and eating
disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, or binge eating disorder. Holiday gatherings are typically highly
food-centered, which results in a lot of anxiety for those recovering from an eating disorder. I’ve created a list of
useful tips on reducing holiday stress. I know this will help a lot of my patients!

Eat regularly throughout the day. Don’t skip meals in anticipation of a large dinner.
Be prepared. Try to find out what is being served ahead of time and work some of the foods you feel comfortable with into the meal. Bring one of
your favorite dishes to share with the dinner guests, that way you will know you will have something you feel good about eating.
Discuss any specific concerns with your treatment specialist. Try to role play situations that you suspect may arise (such as comments about
your weight, about your food choices etc). Be as prepared as you can be to avoid counter-productive coping behaviors.
Have an “emergency plan” in case you find yourself in a stressful situation. Get some fresh air, go to another room and practice some relaxation
or deep breathing exercises, arrange for a close friend to be “on-call” in case you need someone to talk to.
Is someone going to be at the dinner that you feel makes healthy choices? Pay attention to what they are eating, their portion sizes. Use them as
your reality check.
Set realistic goals. Don’t set yourself up for a stressful holiday season by over-scheduling yourself. You need to be your own #1. Make sure you
leave some time to focus on yourself, allow yourself to get an adequate amount of sleep, engage in activities that make you feel good (exercise,
relax or meditate).
Don’t isolate! Spend time with family and friends. If it isn’t possible to physically be with your loved ones, have a phone conversation or use Skype!
Isolating yourself won’t make you feel better, in many situations it may even make you feel worse.
Be in the moment! Enjoy the time with your loved ones, have great conversations, laugh, make memories!
Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia,
bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the
Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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