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I've been wanting to lose weight, but I had a head injury about 6 weeks ago and literally have no physical activity. Simply getting out of the house and going to a store for errands is like an exhausting run!<br><br>
Now of course this brings up the problem of having nothing to do, and wanting to snack because I am so bored! I can't do any reading or college work (had to take incompletes), minimal tv and computer, nothing loud, bright, or requiring much effort I guess! I also can't sleep during the night, when boredom comes at its peak, but I get enough sleep once the sun comes up haha.<br><br>
I lost weight at first because I had so much pain and nausea that I couldn't eat. Stabilized from there, but now that I'm not sleeping or on painkillers all the time I find myself snacking and starting to gain it back!<br><br>
Does anyone know of a great vegan diet plan to lose weight, that doesn't require any exercise? Also, any ideas of low-key things I can do during the day to prevent boredom so I don't want to snack? I hate this because it's not that I'm lazy, I like working out... I just can't! And I need to lose about 30 pounds!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Hi,<br><br>
Just to cover some bases: are you under an MD's care for this injury? how long is the recovery expected to take? how much activity is advised for this injury? how do you know you need to lose 30 lbs?<br><br>
From first reading I would say that this is not a good time for you to be trying to lose weight. When we lose weight it puts our body under stress (even if we need to lose the weight the changes still stress out our systems), when you are in the recovery process adding extra stress to your body is not a good idea and might hinder your full recovery.<br><br>
maybe you can fine tune your current diet so that you don't gain extra weight while recovering, what does a day's meals look like for you now?<br><br>
drinking water helps curb cravings and prevent snacking, so be sure to drink lots of water.
 

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I'm with her ^<br><br>
Weightloss can be stressful on your system. Eat a healthful diet, balanced meals and snacks, focus on healing. I hope your recovery is swift and complete! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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I too would wait until your are fully recovered before considering weight loss. To lose weight you need some bit of calorie restriction and right now your body needs healthy food to get better...<br><br>
Here's wishing you a speedy recovery!!
 

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You guys are awesome, thanks for pulling me back into reality. Don't get me wrong, my priority is obviously my recovery and NOT weight loss, but in the moment I completely freaked out about the snacking and possible sabotage!<br><br>
luvourmother: Yes I am absolutely under the care of my GP, chiropractor, nurse practitioner, and neurologist! There's no way to estimate the time frame for each person's head injury, but its 6 weeks and I'm just starting to see improvement. I've honestly done nothing but sleep or lay down up until this point, but now I can do a couple of errands in the afternoon. Neuro says most people with post-concussion recovery in 3 months, but if there is a brain contusion as well its 6 months to a year :*( .... hoping there's not!!! Also, I gained a ton of weight from hypothyroid & medications I'm on. Was told I have 30 pounds to get to a healthy goal for me.<br><br>
Ahimsa & addieb: Thanks for the get wells and putting things back into perspective for me! Definitely need to focus on getting better, this completely sucks. So I think I'll just eat well and try and cut out the sweets I feel like I'm addicted to! That way my body will be in a healthier state for recovery, and maybe there will be some weight loss as well lol. Now I just have to stop thinking about the amount of muscle I'm going to lose from zero activity, haha one thinks too much when there's nothing to do.
 

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Cutting out the sweets is definitely a good goal! I know for me that the more I eat of them, the more I crave them! Maybe try to keep a lot of cut-up sweet fruit around the house to help with the cravings <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Yessss!! Anytime I eat something sweet I just instantly want more! Haha I thought I was just really weird with that, and I'm also keeping cut up veggies front view in my fridge
 

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I don't really have any advice because everyone has pretty much covered it. Just wanted to say I'm sorry to hear about your injury. It seems like you have a lot of restriction on what you can do so you must be really bored and going a bit stir crazy!! I hope you have some friends, family and companion animals that can help entertain you and keep you company. Make sure you take care of yourself and get well soon! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks fadeway! It definitely does suck, but I don't think my cat has every gotten this much attention before haha. And now off the comp, before my family scolds me lol
 

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What about audio books? That might work to curb the boredom, as you could just pop an audio book into your disc player or whatever and listen to it being read to you.<br><br>
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^^^ that sounds like a really good idea! Amazon has some free downloads available too! Not sure if you'd like the titles, but hey, it's free....you can use them right on the computer and don't need an kindle either, I believe.<br><br>
I totally agree with everyone....not a good time to try to lose weight, but just keep those calories in check with what you do eat, and make every calorie count. Did they say anything about a higher protein intake for healing? Just wondering.<br><br>
Hope you continue to heal quickly and fully....Good luck!
 

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As someone who also can't exercise at the moment (and can feel the weight creeping back on) I would suggest eating mainly raw, whole foods and avoiding sugar, refined carbs and anything too processed. Unfortunately when we're ill it's often easier to just reach for a bag of chips than to get in fresh fruit and veg, wash it, cut it up, etc. But believe me it is worth it. Is there anyone who can help you with preparing meals and shopping? It's often easier if you have another person there to keep you on the right track. When it comes to the boredom issue, I find that music is my saving grace. I sometimes have to spend a lot of time in bed, resting, and listening to music is a great way to enjoy myself even when I feel like hell.
 

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I think it's a great idea to just cut out sweets for now and eat right. Nothing too drastic. Although that's pretty much the concurrence here, so mostly, I just wanted to offer you a 'get well'! My father had a head injury this year from falling on the ice. He ended up with a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain. He also suffered a lot of after-effects like what you described - nausea and fatigue, mostly. I just wanted to tell you that he was back to work in like three months, and although it took him some time to adjust to that, he did great!<br><br>
I just wanted to share that with you to give you hope for a speedy recovery. Maybe take up crafting in the mean time?
 

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Tammay I never thought about audio books... honestly I've always bashed them but uhhhh they kind of sound like a great idea now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
Unfortunately it's been almost 4 months since I hit my head and my most recent neurology appointment has me out of commission for another 2 months!!! I am absolutely thrilled that I am no longer in pain worse than I can handle, that's what I keep reminding myself. The worst part is the cognitive impairments, as I feel beyond stupid all the time! As if my brain has been deep fried. Cannot concentrate, read properly, confused all the time, act ditzy and dumb, extremely forgetful, can't understand anything above basic sentences and ideas, I am still unable to begin the remaining coursework from last semester which I took incompletes in! It is so frustrating!<br><br>
... sometimes it's just easier to tell people I'm drunk, as that's basically how I act, to avoid the humiliation of seeming stupid :/<br><br>
Off topic, I know. Ugh I hate that I HAVEN'T stopped eating sweets or lost weight since I posted this!
 

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I'm sorry to hear things are still not going quite as well as you had hoped. just say no to those snacks! How about the audio books? Did you give them a try?
 
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