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LALABEE SparkPoints: (19,132)
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4/8/13 1:45 P

It's great that he is seeing a psyciatrist. Is he being treated for anxiety as well? It takes a while for these medications to kick in but in the meantime you both should be looking into Overeaters anonymous or getting addiction counseling. These behaviors are extremely difficult to change but treating the underlying symptoms and getting support are the place to start.

MATREXX Posts: 579
4/8/13 1:32 P

Thank you. Honestly, at this point my problem is figuring out what I can do to keep my sanity while supporting him. Because I eat healthy I only have healthy food in the house and I only cook very healthy and clean. Believe me when I say he gets three healthy meals plus snacks every day. It's the additional trips to McDonalds when he is stressed that he doesn't tell me about that are part of the problem. Or when I go away and he spirals into a food binge like he did this weekend.

How do you support and help a food addict? I've heard that for alcoholics you need to just step back and basically do nothing. You can't save them from themselves and you can't make them change. They have to do it themselves. What do I do so I don't get pulled down?

PROUD__MOMMA SparkPoints: (2,358)
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4/8/13 9:48 A

Is there a way you can get rid of the junk food in the house?

This is a hard one, because it's really hard to change someone else's way. They have to want it for themselves.

It appears he's on the right track by getting help.

Good luck!

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (84,850)
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4/8/13 9:31 A

Is there any way he would take walk, hike, bike or something with you? so that when he is stressed he can do this, instead of eat. It may help him to talk as well and get things out. It maybe hard to have him join you at the gym, but just a walk is a good start.
For me I found i love kickboxing type workouts cause I can really get into the punches when I am upset. And I feel so much better afterwards.
What about replacing some of the junk food with other foods?
Replace some potato chips with popchips, or indiana popcorns popcorn chips - lower calories.
I found that the Dannon Oikos caffe latte flavor tastes just like an expresso cheesecake (Great for a dessert).
make some healthier muffins (carrot or pumpkin muffins, blueberry, bran....)
at least he would have some other alterntives to junk.


Edited by: CUDA440 at: 4/8/2013 (09:35)
MATREXX Posts: 579
4/8/13 9:24 A

I have been a long time Spark user for myself to help maintain my own health. I have found the support and advice here tremendous. So I'm asking for insights once again.

My partner is a food addict. He is very overweight. He understands the risks to his health and tries to be healthy. However, when he is stressed or emotionally upset he turns to food. He is seeing a psychiatrist again and being treated for depression.

My problem is that I don't know how best to support him. I'm struggling myself to not be dragged down emotionally. I know I can't fix him myself and it's not my fault when he goes on an eating bender. I just don't know what I should be doing though. It's like living with an alcoholic.

Thank you in advance.

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