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Depression and eating

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Depression is a symptom of Huntington's Disease that I struggle with, and I'll bet a lot of other non HD people struggle with it too. Before I started back with the Sparkpeople, depression was inextricably linked to excess food consumption for me.
But since I have started back with Sparkpeople, I am able to compartmentalize the food part away from the depression part. The food part is so structured and I even think that structure of knowing what I am going to eat when helps with the depression.
I am grateful for this site and for the support that I am given and that I am allowed to give.
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    2085 days ago
    That's what's so huge about this site...the positive and empathetic support. Most everyone 'gets it' and has had similar experiences. It feels a little weird to me to 'reach out' sometimes, but like I've mentioned to others in the past - getting that comment on my blog, or a note on my sparkpage, or a 'like' to my status - those little things can really make the difference between a day of good choices, or a day of feeling down in the dumps.

    My neighbor (walking buddy) and I have both noticed/been talking about how drastically our moods/self image can change ... overnight! And how it's such a mind over matter thing. THIS is the hardest thing to conquer, not the exercise or the food intake - it's the mindset.

    Just over a week ago I was feeling on top of the world, I actually posted a profile picture on facebook (which I NEVER thought I would do) and went through a bunch of old clothes. Two days later I was back to hating what I saw in the mirror and disgusted with myself (which I know was prompted by the scale not cooperating). Thankfully I've been active on SP again and the comments from compassionate strangers, in addition to my neighbor and I increasing our walking to add some running (and getting a few new walking outfits) helped to pull me out of my funk (a little bit). Then it was her turn...last night, as we started our walk, she confessed that ugh, she was in a bad place, caught a glimpse over herself in the mirror in a pair of shorts and groaned. It was my turn to point out the positive and we pushed our running even more than we have. That lifted our spirits and gave us something different to focus on/feel pride in.

    I cannot imagine your struggle with Huntington's Disease is like, and how much more difficult this weight loss journey is because of it. Thank you for sharing that with us and I give you so much credit for not letting it 'win' and for taking charge of YOU and doing what you can to leading a happier and healthier life.

    Come here for support when you need it - don't let the down days take over. Keep up your amazing progress and continue to share your successes (and not so successes - haha) with us!!
    2085 days ago
    Thanks you are so right, I understand what you're saying,I use food for comfort also,but it just doesn't work!
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    2085 days ago
    I have suffer from depression and I agree about the food and the impact it has on my mood.
    It's interesting to me how I think that food will comfort me but in reality is the other way around.

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    2085 days ago
    Thanks for sharing and reminding us how SparkPeople helps in so many ways. Blessings to you!
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