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30 May 2011 @ 01:52 pm
Diet and stuff~♪  
Shitenhouji socks!!

Tomorrow I'm getting my picture taken for my artist profile, so I suppose I should watch what I eat today! Actually, I do that every day. It's hard getting in shape!!! But I'm trying not only to tone up (lose unwanted fat, build up pretty but not unreasonable muscles), but also improve my skin (somehow this isn't working..) and my digestion, and overall health.

A kind of gross thing that I've learned: You should be going #2 at least twice a day, and within two hours of a normal meal!! Sometimes this happens, but not so much lately. If you don't it's a sign of a bad diet/consipation/problems. Did anyone else know this? I didn't use to have any problems, but when I started eating rice/bread a lot (switching to a japanese diet), I started with problems. I suppose this is why laxatives are a HUGE seller here. Any drugstore that you go to will have huge displays with tons of different brands. Home mini-enema kits are also really cheap and huge sellers. I had never thought of an enema before, but after researching find htat they are really good for you! Umm, this is kinda gross isn't it? ^^; Well, in any case, I am curious about enemas, but I will not take laxatives unless there is a medical reason. Laxatives are generally bad for you, right? At least that is what I read. Plus, well... you know, the results can be uncomfortable! Does anyone know anything about any of this?

Sorry for all of the gross talk!! Well, I've been busy with projects as usual, as well as trying to get myself on track health-wise. It feels like an uphill battle. Does anyone want to share their stories of personal health battles? Especially if you are currently trying hard to get in better shape/lose weight/be healthier/etc.. We can cheer each other on!! :)

Enough about that! ^^;;; I do have a few random pictures to share~~

I saw these aaaaages ago and couldn't resist! I put them in a drawer though and forgot about them until now, lol.

I made a new friend! XD

I thought this car looked like a rocket ship XD

A few random shots while walking around town when it was warm out..

A random chibi of a friend and me. Of course, she doesn't really get mad like that!

My first attempt ever at making sushi! (for work)

Another new friend!

This was from Tiffany.. it's so me, isn't it?!

Yesterday was Hannah's birthday party (today is her birthday, happy birthday!), so we did karaoke!

Tiffany and Adele :D

And here is the second-to-last meme entry!

Day 01: 10 things about you
Day 02: 10 things you love
Day 03: 10 things you hate
Day 04: 10 things you want to say to one person
Day 05: 10 wishes
Day 06: 10 items you can’t live without
Day 07: 10 important people
Day 08: 10 of your favorite songs

Day 09: 10 ways to win your heart
Day 10: Final 10 words.

Day 09: 10 ways to win your heart

By the way, this is just theoretical, and not necessarily romantic!

1. Write a song for me and sing it to me. =^^=
2. Draw me a picture ^^
3. Write a story/poem for me ^^ (I like creativity!)
4. Say something nice about me other than my appearance (but only if it's true!!!)
5. Bake me something!
6. Spend a lot of time with me..

Sorry to be boring, but I think I covered almost everything there! =^^=

Ja ne! Until later!!!!

PS: Commenttttts!!! ToT I miss getting comments.. where is everybody?!?!
athenazandrite on May 30th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
I don't think laxatives are necessarily bad for you they're just supposed to cure constipation. I don't think they'll make you go #2 though unless you know... there's actually something there to pass. If you're not wanting to take laxatives drink prune juice. Eat bran. All of those will soften stool. Just keep an eye on it, make sure you don't overdo it or you'll get diarrhea.

Lovely conversation XD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on May 30th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
I know, isn't it? XDXD

I have eaten prunes on occasion, but I'm not fond of them.. I'll try prune juice instead! :D I found that berries work pretty well, too! (They are just so expensive it makes me weep. ^^;)

Unfortunately my favorite foods (milk/cheese) supposedly cause constipation! Now we can't have that! XD
(no subject) - asahifirsa on May 30th, 2011 08:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
L.impressioniste on May 30th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
I've noticed people are pretty scarce. Maybe because of LJ being slow / graduations / summer vacations starting / people looking for summer jobs / etc?

Anyway, you know I've got stories about health battles, but it would take me forever to write it all up at this point |3 I've lost 30 pounds in the last two months, though, and am trying really hard to stick with it.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on May 30th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, I had wondered if it had anything to do with school.. or maybe just because people migrated to other places like tumblr? Lj never really seemed to take off with the general public, though I'm not entirely sure why.

I've been reading about your health battles... I always wish that there was something that I could do to help, since I hate to see a friend in such pain/inconvenience. I guess all I can do is say GANBATTE!! and try to inspire by working on my own health.
Momokoxelloss_poo on May 30th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
If you tend to use laxatives too much, it can cause you to be unable to go without them. So its definitely good to be cautious about over using them.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on May 30th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I read a lot about that. I avoid them because of the same issues.... I have a box of semi-strong laxatives aimed at women, but the same thing happened every time. So if I took them once, then I had to keep taking them or I wouldn't be able to go for days! It was horrible. Never again!! Not unless I have to!
Shannon Quinn: daiya hugchinookami on May 30th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
I'm also dieting/trying to get toned, and about 6 months ago I started taking Niacin, which is a type of B Vitamin. It increases your metabolism and actually prevents heart attacks, and lowers your cholesterol. I used to take it only once a day, but my body got used to it, now I take it twice a day- one with each meal. It started making me go poop at LEAST once, sometimes twice a day. And not to be gross, but it's like...I feel like I lose 2 pounds every time I go. And it doesn't cause diarreah the way laxatives do, and it's natural.

The only bad side effect it could possible have is giving you a red flush, but it can be avoided if you take it only while you eat. The non-flush type doesn't work, apparently. (I noticed the difference) and if you get the flushing cheeks, taking an aspirin is supposed to counter it...But I wouldn't recommend taking aspirin every day.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on May 30th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)
Oh my, I've never heard of that!! I'm going to read up on it some more! If it seems like it's okay with my medication, then I'll try and pick some up! Thanks a lot!
(no subject) - xelloss_poo on May 30th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
kat: FOOD!!!notte0 on May 30th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
I'm in a very early stage of shaping up... Starting to play weekly badminton games (i'm trying to up it to 3 times a week). I hope to eventually start jogging too but my schedule is always so full! I always take it for granted that since I walk my dog twice a day I don't have to do much exercise... but that's it, I just walk my dog twice a day, I don't sweat at all with him.

I do not intend to drastically control my diet though... I just love to eat! Instead, I am focusing on smaller portions, taking in less carbs and getting used to snacking on fruits and veggies (such as apples, oranges, cucumber, carrots) when I'm feeling peckish. If there are new things to try (such as, a cake a friend made, chocolates and such) I will still eat them. Yes, I am greedy!

I have a friend who is doing a strict no-carb diet. Yes she went down a few sizes, congratulations are in order, but it's no fun to go out with her anymore. She would ask me out for lunch and I'd be thinking about restaurants that serve salads and non-carbs, and she'd go "oh, go ahead and go to any restaurant you like. I'll just watch you eat!" ... way to douse my mood with cold water, I'd much rather not go out with her now, if she keeps it that way.

I'm not so sure of supplements for dieting, I haven't done much research in that part of the picture, so... no help there... won't the pills cause a certain reliance then you can never get off the pill, or something like that??
Sarahanimeartist62 on May 30th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
enema's are ok for short use as a lot of them are just made with mineral oil, and more just kinda lubricate so it is easier to go where as laxative stimulate your body to have a movement, that is where you can get into trouble using them as your body will stop its self from normally stimulating its self to go. The best thing to go is get a high fiber cereal or you can even eat some pro-biotic yogurt, you need to eat more foods that pull water into you stool, which then makes the stool softer and thus easyer to go.
Dusty!: I'm Hiroshi Nakano and I approve this medriley1 on May 30th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
I'm still around... though lurking a lot more than usual. It's been busy around these parts.

I've managed to go from 250lb (113kg) to 170lb (77kg) in about a year and a half. The biggest changes is that I pretty much cut out ice cream and ate about 1/4 to 1/3 less food at each meal. That, in addition with the new job keeping me on my feet and moving around for 8 hours a day really helped. (I wore a pedometer to work once, and found out that during a regular 8-hour shift I walked the equivalent of 2 miles around the store!)
Aya: Adachiiceblueaya on May 30th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
I don't need to lose weight but I need to lose my stomach fat. I wasn't able to fit some of my jeans when I tried them on and didn't want to spend money on more jeans XD Also, I have small breasts so having a big stomach doesn't look good. I just started to try to exercise everyday, even if it's only for a little bit. I'm also trying to be in the correct sitting, standing, and walking position so the fat won't pile up easily. Of course, I need to pay more attention to what I eat.
Matt ThornMatt Thorn on May 30th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
And here I was thinking constipation was a "lady problem." It never occurred to me it might be something about Japanese diet, probably because I assumed a Japanese diet was generally healthier than an American one. I have the reverse problem. (•_• ; ) (And, again, I thought that was a "gentleman problem.") But, yeah, they say constipation is bad for the skin.

I tore the meniscus in my left knee a few years ago, and in order to keep it from getting worse, I walk with a cane. That and general aging have led me to grow, erm, "love handles," which is pretty shocking, since I have been thin my whole life. I know I need to exercise more, but it's hard to find exercise that doesn't make my knee hurt.

So--confession time--I bought a Slendertone. Goofy, I know, but it actually works if you use it properly and conscientiously.

*sigh* It was all so easy before thirty.
animeo: [POT] Platinumanimeo on May 30th, 2011 06:20 am (UTC)
O_O LOOK at those socks!!! EEEK I want them, and I don't even like Shitenhouji that much (though with the musicals and the OVAs they have become more likable I suppose..) Oh man I want some Rikkai socks. I would be the coolest kid ever in my dorm!
histoiredehistoirede on May 30th, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
I don't remember seeing any in Japan but rhubarb is a good natural laxative. I've seen pills of rhubarb to cure constipation and they're 100% natural (only used them once, and it worked).
hagarenobsessedhagarenobsessed on May 30th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
I've found that consuming a large amount of vegetables really helps. Broccoli or bell peppers, basically anything that is high in fiber. Rather than consume pills or powders, changing your diet to include more fruits and veggies indeed helps a great deal. Especially if you don't want to take a laxative to help.

Prune juice is alright - although I've never been a fan. I've tried mixing prune juice with sprite (a friend claimed it makes it taste like rootbeer - but it doesn't), or other ways to help me consume it easier. But like I said previously, I just changed my diet to help counteract the Japanese diet. Only use laxatives when you *really* need them.
Firsa Asahiasahifirsa on May 30th, 2011 08:29 am (UTC)
I heard something else a bit gross, but as it pertains to the topic: If you go and have #2 it's supposed to be covered by protective slime if it's healthy. So if you have to use a lot of paper afterwards = no good. If you have to use next to none = very good.

I've never used laxatives, but bananas and chicken soup usually help immensely with my digestion.
sailorstarsun: smilesailorstarsun on May 30th, 2011 09:03 am (UTC)
I've heard laxatives can cause dehydration, which makes sense.

And along those lines, I've found drinking more water makes the, er... bathrooming stuff easier. ::nod nod::

Good luck!
kakibellkakibell on May 30th, 2011 10:36 am (UTC)
I've actually had to go to a doctor for this. They actually told me that it's not just twice a day, you should go as often as you are having meals in a day. I used drugstore kanpoyaku ten years ago and that helped me get regular, but some laxatives out there create a dependency issue, as many of them get less effective as your body gets used to them. And as someone else said, some of them do cause dehydration, which is not good for your skin either.

What I'm using now is a product called Isogol. I have never had a product work this well. I highly recommend it. It's basically fiber in an easy to mix powder drink and doesn't taste horrible. The regular flavor is acerola and the plus version is cranberry. The plus version is truly amazing (it includes the cultures in yogurt), but it's also expensive.

There are several foods that I recommend for you. One is yogurt. If you get the stuff with cultures in it and have it with every meal, some of your digestive issues will be solved. It is also said that having yogurt regularly will prevent some of the side effects of dieting (plateauing/nutrient loss). Also, be sure to eat soy products, as this will keep your female hormone levels up and keep those curves beautiful. Vitamin C is also an ABSOLUTE necessity for beautiful skin and is in many fruits. I'm sure you know the value of green vegetables, but don't forget that many Japanese root vegetables are also high in fiber and are fairly cheap to buy. I highly recommend lotus root (renkon) and burdock (gobo). Avoid processed foods and always choose whole grains over white grains. If you need recipes, let me know.

Don't forget to stretch and do regular body shaping massages as well. Most of those bikini models in Japan swear by body shaping massages. They describe these in AnAn and other beauty magazines/books. Seriously, I've read so much stuff on beauty and health over the years, I could probably write my own book on it. If you have any questions, please ask away.