Old habit hard to break.

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    Jan 31, 2008 7:54 AM GMT
    Well, today I came up against an old habit that I have TRIED to break myself of but failed miserably. icon_cry.gif

    One of the things that has influenced my getting so outa shape was the fact that whenever I was feeling depressed or upset, I would always turn to comfort food. Today I kinda pigged out on CRAP. Not only did it actually make me queasy but I felt WORSE off that I had given into my old eating habit so easly.

    Have you ever fallen off the wagon when it comes to food?

    How do you deal with depression/bad moods?

    Thanks for listening (aka reading)
  • GQjock

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    Jan 31, 2008 11:15 AM GMT
    You have to try to get to the reason you're using food for comfort in the first place
    usually it's depression or repressed anger about something or another

    but to sidestep the over eating stay as active as possible
    and don't keep the "crap" food in the house
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jan 31, 2008 12:08 PM GMT
    I know exactly how you feel, Freakninja. And yes, the feeling that you gave into it so easily, is worse. It happens to me, now and then. I'm feeling a bit low now, and feel like a good binge on crap, but I will fight it.

    You could try and have some nice healthy snacks in the house, then if you cant stop it, binge on the healthy stuff. As GQjock says, don't keep crap food in the house.

    If you fail don't ever give up.

    Mike
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    Jan 31, 2008 12:27 PM GMT
    I have those days weekly, but not because it's comforting.

    Just because it's so damn good. And I am not a good resister.

    But when I try to be serious, I make sure I don't have fatty stuff at home.

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    Jan 31, 2008 1:49 PM GMT
    Freaky, I know this is bad... but I smoke. icon_neutral.gif It takes the edge of hunger while killing you slowly (I seriously should stop).

    I'm limiting myself more lately so I'll get more appetite.

    I, however, have no experience with anything similar. The only thing I should be guilty about is skipping meals. Which I used to do a lot. icon_sad.gif

    For depression, find a hobby! icon_razz.gif Or work out, I guess. I always feel better after a workout. I really don't know though. icon_redface.gif

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    Feb 01, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    when i get depressed/ moody i try to remove myself from thinking about me so much and try to see things if i were looking from the outside and ask if that's how i want to be and do something about it if it's not. does that make sense? or if that doesn't work, i get angry at myself and get all drill sargent and scream and dance crazily (while no ones watching icon_redface.gif)and beat up the punching bag and get all juiced up and shake it all out. depression is very internal and mental and to ease it you gotta let it out physically so your mindset isn't focused on thinking all the time.

    with food, i think in my head that junk food is disgusting empty pointless consumption so everytime i go for the soda i think to myself in the worst manner, "that is so revolting, it's like drinking glass, why would drink that?" and ask what i'm getting out of it/ imagining my teeth rotting in time lapse and it usually makes me put down the soda.
    it's a simple formula, good food + keeping active (mentally and physically) = feeling good, you eat shit = you feel shit, but we all complicate it or lose patience every now and again but you gotta accept and move on, don't dwell on things you can change.

    i've been bad these past weeks, eating breakfast at lunch and not getting sleep, so i know how it feels. i keep the skipping rope near and do 10 mins and it boosts my mood immediately.
  • EricLA

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    Feb 01, 2008 1:55 AM GMT
    Freaky,

    At least you recognize your problem. One pig-out session isn't going to derail you. Just get back on work out schedule. I find working out in and of itself helps me through depressed periods. For an hour or two I'm focussed on my workout. And after work-out feeling also battles any low feelings. If you feel like you're depriving yourself of some favorite (bad) foods, have a little bit here and there. If you view them totally as off limits, it'll be easier to fun to them in moments of weakness.
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    Feb 01, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
    and wasting food can help you ease your cravings. if i end up eating a chocolate bar i throw half of it away 'cos i've already got what i wanted (i gave into the craving) and i already know what it tastes like so why eat the rest? it's not the eating that makes me satisfied it's more about the desire for instant gratification and it's been achieved once i bit into the chocolate. i thought i would make me just keep buying things i don't want to get the fix but once you realise you spend $2 on something you throw away, it's easier to close your wallet.

    or a bit of compromise helps, if i want a soda, i have to drink a glass of water afterwards or else i don't get one.
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    Feb 01, 2008 2:01 AM GMT
    Freakyninjamonkey... I'm feelin' ya on that. Its very easy to do the crap food binge thing when you're down or bored or just out of sorts. I'm a chocoholic and that has been my downfall many times in the past.

    One thing I do now that works for me is I set aside one day each week... for me, usually Sunday... and that's the only day I'm allowed to have anything that doesn't qualify as healthy. Since its my "free day", there's no guilt if I have some Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey or a few Godiva truffles... but only on that day. The rest of the week, I stick to my nutrition plan regardless and just make myself deal. If I'm feeling down, I have Sunday to look forward to... and by then I'm usually over whatever's got me down. I've found that, by limiting myself to that one day each week, not only am I less tempted to eat the crap the other 6 days, but when I do have it, I have less of it because its becoming too sweet for my tastes. I used to put away a pint of Chunky Monkey in a few minutes flat... now, its more like a few bites and I've had enough because its suddenly just too damn sweet.

    My one really bad habit is smoking. The more I work out, the less I smoke, but I really want to quit this year and my doctor is helping me with that.

    Good luck!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 01, 2008 2:09 AM GMT
    Sedative14Freaky, I know this is bad... but I smoke. It takes the edge of hunger while killing you slowly (I seriously should stop).

    I've been wanting to quit for years now and couldn't get through the withdrawals. If you decide to quit and have trouble with it, check with your doctor about Chantix... I'm on that now and its actually working well enough that I really believe I'll be smoke-free before the end of the year. icon_biggrin.gif
  • qalbi30

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    Feb 01, 2008 2:21 AM GMT
    Try not to be too hard on yourself,we all have moments of weakness for we are human.
    When you feel depressed try making a balance sheet,write down on one side all the plus things in your life,times when you have been happy and content.
    Then look at the negative side and see if you can find why your actions caused you to think this way.
    Often the causes for mood swings can be exposed and then by taking positive action you can be in control again.
    Wish you success and happiness in life.
    Regards.R.
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    Feb 01, 2008 2:54 AM GMT
    Sooner or later you will associate a negativity with eating junk food. Just remember how crappy it made you feel. When I've been on the road alot, I go to McDonalds as a last resort. I always feel like crap after eating their famous hambergers. My body is telling me something. If I eat a burger at Burger King,......ugh! If I go to Arby's I get the Martha's Vineyard Salad. That one's pretty good, with the baked chicken chunks and the raspberry vinagrette dressing. At Wendy's you can get that salad with the baked chicken, mandarin oranges, and almond slivers. Stay away from anything deep fried. That crap will kill you. No donuts! .........Here's a trick I've used lately to trick myself. When at the supermarket, instead of getting ice cream, or a pie AND a can of full-fat whipped cream, I get a couple bags of frozen fruit like raspberries and blueberries. Sometime in the evening, I will plop down a bag of blueberries in front of me, rip the back of the bag open, and eat it all, with a spoon. Because they are frozen, alot more time is spent chewing them, mouthing them,and rolling them around in the mouth. Such a delightful experience, good for you, with some natural sugars in them, and probably not too many calories. I always end up with a solid blue tongue, and blue lips like a ghoul. Even makes your doodee blue!!
  • Timbales

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    Feb 01, 2008 3:06 AM GMT
    I know what you mean, monkey. When I'm at work and someone brings in bagels or donuts, it's so damn hard to stay away.

    A guy at the gym told me that he stopped thinking of food as something to be enjoyed. He just considers it fuel - a necessary thing the body needs to survive.
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    Feb 01, 2008 3:09 AM GMT
    Timberoo said
    A guy at the gym told me that he stopped thinking of food as something to be enjoyed. He just considers it fuel - a necessary thing the body needs to survive.

    Unless, of course, you're talking about Cajun Prime Rib with a loaded baked potatoicon_cool.gif
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    Feb 01, 2008 3:18 AM GMT
    We all slip sometimes out in public - at parties or restaurants, so don't feel too badly about this - as long as it really is only once in awhile.

    But as GQJock said, keep junk out of the house. I myself had a problem with diet coke - kind of an addiction - so, I don't bring it home. That was my vice - so I switched to drinking water laced with grapefruit juice instead. It makes me feel so good - mentally and physically. Good luck!
  • Salubrious

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    Feb 01, 2008 3:24 AM GMT
    I'm in the same boat as you. For as long as I can remember, food has always made me feel better. It's taken me a long time to get away from it (it's still a problem). I suppose I'm going to just start upping the exercise to compensate.
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    Feb 02, 2008 8:52 AM GMT
    Thank you all for your support and advice. I am thankful that I have people I can garner strength from in my times of weakness.

    HEARTS TO EVERYONE!
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    Feb 11, 2008 6:23 AM GMT
    Old Japanese proverb.

    Fall down seven times
    Stand up eight
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    Feb 11, 2008 7:03 AM GMT
    I've been known to eat my feelings from time to time. I think the key is when you fall off the wagon don't beat yourself up about it so much that you feel bad enough to say "fuck it all!" and eat a an entire party platter of T.G.I.Fridays mozzarella sticks in one sitting.....just as an appetizer. Forgive yourself for your mistakes and be firm in your resolve not to repeat them and it will all work outicon_wink.gif
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    Feb 11, 2008 7:12 AM GMT
    l turn to chocolate ? That's when i am really down which is not often i have to say only the times when i really miss my b/f who is miles away in University!
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    Feb 11, 2008 7:21 AM GMT
    one day isnt gonna bust a hole in your plans

    Aloowing that as an excuse to give up will do!

    So plan ahead as we are all human I have home made low fat low cal ice cream (minus teh cream but with fromage frais) in my freezer) if I get that bad day feeling I hit that and it satisfies my urge. Like others have said if the bad food aint around you wont eat it.

    Now today sit down and think about what it is you have achieved so far, what got you started and are you going to let one bad day throw that all away? Nope you are not and I can tell that a mile off, so just pick up the reigns and start where you left off and most importantly dont overdo the self punishment today by doing more or eating less.