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FEMISLIM Posts: 5,975
8/20/12 4:10 P

Flowergirl. I hope your leg feels better. Just hold on tight and try to do others things that make you happy, this should distract your thoughts from food.

PURECOUNTRY29 Posts: 866
8/20/12 12:32 P

when I get the cravings, I usually make a fruit smoothie, it's like having a milkshake only healthier and it seems to fill me up. Keep being strong and you'll break through this

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8/20/12 2:29 A

Hang in there. Help is on the way.

FLOWERGIRL2002 Posts: 61
8/19/12 10:05 P

Thanks for the far I'm hanging in there and did okay with the food today even though it was very very hard. Hopefully tomorrow will be easier-

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8/19/12 6:52 P

I'm glad that the foot is coming right. Just take it easy for the short-term, tho' - don't go rushing into anything hard on it too soon. I wonder if that is what may have caused the problem in the first place??

Where it comes to your family, stop and think - how much can you do about whatever the issues are? I suggest that the things that you don't have control over, try to let them go. Accept that everyone is different, even where it comes to personalities, good or bad. Just worry about what YOU can control - your temper, your tongue, foul looks etc, when things displease you. It may be that if something happens that upsets you, just say that you are hurt/upset at the moment and will leave the room until you have calmed down, or whatever, so that things don't escalate. Don't rely on food because food doesn't fix emotions - it only adds to them. Instead, find something else you can turn to - perhaps having a pillow to punch or hang up a punching bag - it will give you a good work out in the process. I can remember many many years ago, my hubby and his friend went off on New Year's Eve. They never came home at all that night, and that wasn't like them. I had no idea where they were. My sadness at not having seen in New Year's with my hubby turned to anger. I was sooooo angry I dragged a 12' x 10' woolen carpet out of the house, down the steps and onto the lawn. THEN I got a NAILBRUSH and scrubbed that carpet. THEN I went over it again. By the time I had finished that I was physically stuffed and no longer really angry. Of course this was in the heat of the day because our December-February are generally the hottest months of the year. They came home in time to carry it back inside. BOTH of the men were very strong, doing extremely hard physical work for a job. It took the BOTH of them to struggle with it, whereas it took only me to get it out without any problems - THAT is how angry I was - LOL! (and an awful lot of calories were burned in this process :-)

Good luck, and I hope that you end up enjoying yourself.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 8/19/2012 (18:52)
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8/19/12 6:41 P

I'm very sorry you are going through the pain with your foot, and it sounds like you have that under control. As far as the stressful family issues, I can relate to that very well. I fight the urge to eat every time there is a family gathering coming up. What I usually do is some self-talk and journaling. I keep telling myself over and over that if I eat, the stress will still be there and I will have added the guilt of eating too much. Perhaps if I feel guilt over what I ate, it will take my mind off of the family stuff? Maybe, but only for awhile. It isn't going anywhere, so it just has to be dealt with. After I have had that conversation with myself, I get out my journal and write whatever I am feeling/thinking about the family issues. There are times when I have had to do that several times a day, other times when once takes care of it for awhile. You might try that and see if it helps you get past the desire to eat. Another thing you can do is try to find someone you can call when you are feeling that way, someone you trust to vent all your stress about the family to. Anyway, those are the things that work for me. emoticon

FLOWERGIRL2002 Posts: 61
8/19/12 6:21 P

thanks to all of you for responding. I don't have diabetes and I did have my foot checked out on Friday; it was an inflamed nerve. Not sure what caused it but thankfully it is now better (I iced it and took advil as per the doctor's instructions). I am still struggling today with the food. Trying real hard to get through the rest of the day without breaking my eating plan- but every minute is a fight. I have a very stressful family occasion coming up later this week and it's bringing up a lot of anger which is hard for me to deal with without the food. I am really just wanting support and encouragement. Thank you so much.

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8/18/12 6:24 A


How long have you had this pain in the foot ? If this is something you've had for a few days, you should definitely give your doctor a call, just to be safe. If this occurred today, what you might do is get an ice pack and put it on the foot. If you don't have an ice pack, do you have a can of soda ? Toss the can into the freezer. when it's frozen, take it out and roll the bottom of your foot on the can. that will help relieve some of the discomfort.

Of course, is the pain on the bottom of your foot ? If the pain is on the bottom of your foot, google search stretches for plantar fascitis. There are stretches for your foot that can also help relieve the pain.

What kind of shoes have you been wearing ? If you're wearing old shoes, time to buy new shoes that give your feet better support. wearing old shoes or even the wrong type of shoe when exercising can cause issues like this.

Depending on where the pain is will determine your course of action. Don't try to push through the pain and exercise on that foot if it hurts. take a day or two off to see if the pain reduces on its own. if not, you really should consider talking to your doctor. Don't let this pain go. the longer it goes, the more likely it will become chronic. no one should walk with pain.

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8/18/12 1:18 A

For the foot pain, try alternating hot and cold water? Have 2 pans of water in front of you, one hot, one cold. Stick your foot/feet in one, then the other. This will sometimes desensitize your feet.

While doing that, try to answer the question of how eating is going to take away your foot pain. Chances are, poor eating habits have led to diabetes which caused the pain, so you don't want to - pardon the expression- feed the pain!

You can do this! SP is here to help!


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8/17/12 8:57 P

Hi FLOWERGIRL - I am sorry that you are having this nerve-pain in your foot. I hope that you are addressing it with your health professional, and getting the appropriate treatment, whether it be physiotherapy, pain relief or whatever, relaxation techniques (mind/breathing)

I am no stranger to serious pain myself, and know that we CAN work through this to a degree by using the power of our mind and relaxation techniques. Another thing that can help is distraction, but NOT with food. I often find when this happens I come on SP (even in the middle of the night) and it actually helps to reduce the amount of medication I take for it at times.

Where it comes to the short-term pain relief of your foot, apart from meds, have you tried heat or cold packs - being the foot you could soak it in the appropriate heat water bowl and work your foot/ankle in circles etc. to help.

Good luck and I hope that the pain is dealt with appropriately.

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8/17/12 6:09 P

Hi Flowergirl,

I am so sorry you are having foot pain. Have you had your foot checked out? Have you tried journaling what you are feeling? Remember food is fuel for your body. While it may help us feel better in the short term, it is not a solution for the long term.

I hope you feel better soon!

Coach Nancy

FLOWERGIRL2002 Posts: 61
8/17/12 5:54 P

I need a lot of help. I just recently got back on track with my eating and i'm pretty fragile with it at this point. I woke up today with extreme nerve pain in my foot and i desperately want to eat to soothe myself. I am trying so hard not to but it feels like i can't stop thinking about food. Please help me out...i need some support. Thank you

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