Do I have Anorexia Or Bulimia?

This article is in response to a question asked on Y! Answers and can be found here.

It is important to note that Anorexia and Bulimia are very different disorders, with different symptoms and effects – both physical and psychological. In order to properly answer this question, let’s take a look at the core definitions of these two terms.

Anorexia

This is defined as an eating disorder that is made apparent through a restriction of food intake coupled with the constant fear of gaining weight. This fear is almost always irrational in nature and accompanied by minor to significant alteration of body image. This disorder typically occurs in the adolescent to early adulthood ages.

Bulimia

Bulimia is also an eating disorder, but is specifically characterized by the occurrence of binge eating, followed by an immediate discharge of any food intake. Often this discharge or binge is achieved through the use of medical aid (laxatives, etc). The occurrence of Bulimia in women is much higher than Anorexia, but is also considered to be less life-threatening, although still very dangerous.

Now that the two definitions are clearly explained, it can be said that the primary difference between the two disorders is as follows:

Anorexia The restriction of Dietary Intake
Bulimia The binge of Dietary Intake followed by a Purge

Hopefully that clarifies things – It is important to note that these are both very dangerous and life-threatening disorders.

-TAB

What are some good foods to eat after working out?

You’re exhausted and your stomach just rumbled – but wait, you don’t want to consume all those calories you just worked so hard to burn, right? This informative article is in response to a question asked on Y! Answers here.

Whether you just spent 10 minutes exercising or two hours it’s important that you nourish your body after exercising to replace key vitamins and nutrients. But just what are those foods? Let’s take a look.

Amino Acids

First of all, what the heck is an Amino Acid? Basically they’re the building blocks of your existence – yeah, pretty important. Even more importantly, your body uses an absolute TON of these in rebuilding muscles balancing hormones and adding structure to your bones. Essentially you gotta replenish these things, but what to eat? Protein!

  • Meat
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Fish

The Carbs!! (ohydrates)

Exercise also has a way of peeking into your sugar reserves and stealing from them. A more complicated way of describing this uses the word glycogen. Basically your body uses an immense amount of these while exercising, so you need to replenish them. Here’s how:

  • Rice
  • Any and all fruits and vegetables
  • Oatmeal
  • Any whole grains

Don’t forget the Water

It’s also very important to replenish your bodily fluids. The most effective way of doing this is through good ol’ water (though Gatorade can do a bang-up job of replacing electrolytes and such). You can visit a post on water consumption here.

Hope this helps unveil some of the mysteries – happy exercising! (and eating)

- T.A.B

How much water should I drink daily?

This post is in response to a question asked on Ask Ives.

Water consumption is definitely an extremely part of anyone’s day, however, individual consumption volumes varies from person to person. A great resource on this subject can be found here, but for more summarized details, keep reading!

Benefits:

The benefits of water consumption are immense – water is the lubricant of our bodies! Water also does a great job flushing out toxins that may be present as well within our vital organs, brings nutrients to our cells and provides a moist environment for important tissues.

Daily Intake:

The intake on a daily basis for Men in a temperate climate is roughly ~3 liters (13 cups). Women is a little less, coming in at ~2.2 liters (9 cups).

We’re sure you’ve all heard the 8 cups of water a day rule, which can be shown to be roughly correct when comparing to the values given above.

There you have it!

- T.A.B