You are looking for a chemical reaction to happen in the dopamine/serotonin receptors of your brain. There's a few things that do that. The first one that comes to mind is illegal, so don't do that.
The second that comes to minds is kittens and puppies. Ever wonder why people love cat pictures on the internet so much? It's because they get a little burst of yummy chemicals in their brain when they look at kittens.
Third thing is runner's high. I have never experienced this myself. So, I can't vouch for its effectiveness. Other people swear by it. For me it was yoga. So, you might try that.
Fourth is a LITTLE bit of dark chocolate. Just a mouthful can make your brain happy.
Lastly, I recently bought a book called the "Happy Herbivore Abroad." There's a few stew-like recipes in there that are unbelievably low in calories/fat, and I ate one of them until I thought I was going to pop...and it made me feel full, warm, satisfied, and like I was going to pop. So, your answer may be to eat more...just don't eat brownies!
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Journal. Pen to paper. Not only can it help you feel better, it will help you keep a better record of triggers that upset you. Over time you will be able to read previous entries and really see where to make changes for the better in your life.
I am so use to reaching for food whenever I have a bad day. Eating makes me feel better. And if I feel bad afterwards, I feel bad about overeating, and whatever made my day lousy seems less important, so essentially mission accomplished, bad day erased.
I had a really bad day this week, and knew that my habit was to reach for brownies and ice cream and french fries to numb the pain. But since I've been eating so well this month, I didn't actually WANT to overeat, I just wanted the 'high' that comes with eating all that junk. But I haven't been able to figure out what to do that gives me the equivalent 'high'.
I was able to distract myself and white-knuckle myself through the night so that I didn't overeat at all, but I never got to the feeling better part. I'm wondering if anyone has any other ideas of what to do that makes you feel as good as eating use to make you feel, besides the ones I have tried with no success:
- anything 'girly' (relaxing bath, at-home facial, manicure, etc) - reading a book - watching TV/movie - going for a walk - fitness class at the gym - talking to my husband
These things help distract me, but they don't make me feel as good as eating use to. I realize that that is really sad; maybe that's the point, I'm not suppose to feel a 'high' after a bad day, I should just suffer through the bad day?
I also have a very tight budget, so any ideas would have to be things I can do at home or for free.
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