I'm sorry that you had a bad day. The good thing is each new day gives us a chance to start over. For me what works best is just getting thru one day at a time. I am an emotional eater too, but more in the way that I have a terrible time to plan meals. I usually end up eating what I "feel" like or what I have a taste for, rather than planning for it. I cannot make a menu plan for a whole week, that's just too much for me. I'm lucky if I can plan one meal to the next.
Actually, for me, I prefer "real" food--just less of it. I have a lot of food sensitivities, so I cannot have any artificial sweeteners, and have to use real sugar, so I have to be careful to use less. I also am very sensitive to food colorings and additives, preservatives, MSG, excess sodium, etc. As a result, I stay away from most processed foods, and I have switched to whole, natural, and organic foods as much as I can. Because most organic food is more expensive, I have to eat less food, since I am on a tight budget. But with whole foods, I actually stay full longer and don't eat as much.
So, when you said you put real cheese on your stuffed squash, I did not see anything wrong with that at all, and I was actually thinking "good for you." I don't know what a zero bar is, but it seems you just ate one, so that can't be too bad.
Eating healthy food has become a habit for me. But it did not happen overnight. It took a lot of trial and error to see what foods I can tolerate. And I don't eat perfectly all the time. There are times when healthy food is not available, like when I am out somewhere and can't prepare my own food. So I make the best choice of what is available.
It's just going to take some time for you to figure it out, that's all. Just start with small changes over time and soon you will know what you can eat. If all you are able to do is just drink 8 glasses of water a day , then that's a good start.
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I'm sorry you're having a bad day, but things will get better. I can assure you that you will not harm any of your efforts at good health or weight loss. These things happen to us all. Have you tried taking a walk ? Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, but it can help a person relieve stress too. When I'm having a bad day, I take a walk. it helps me think more clearly.
Try not to worry about eating a bit too much today. No one will think less of you. Tomorrow will be better. That's when you do your best to eat a bit better. And you do have to take care of yourself when you're under a lot of stress. When a person is under stress, that breaks down their immune system.
Everything really will get better !
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If you are feeling overwhelmed, it's OK to step back a bit. You do not have to have a perfect life to have a healthy lifestyle. In reality it is the small permanent changes we do that will eventually get us to our goal. Remember most of us have spent a lifetime of making unhealthy choices so we cannot expect to change overnight. We are going to fall from time to time, but it's not the falling that is the problem, but falling and never having the courage to get back up.
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I am having a terrible day I am an emotional eater and Im about to do some real damage. I need help. I already put real cheese on my stuffed squash and ate a zero bar. Now I feel like I need to vomit! Cant stop crying why is it so hard to be healthy? Why can my husband eat anything and not gain an ounce but if I smell something good, I gain a pound... Just venting.... Feeling really depressed and could use a friend.
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