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Clean eating/feeling more emotional`

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Well, it's been several months now since I've embraced clean eating again. I've been thinking about how vulnerable I feel sometimes and how I've used food to numb my feelings when I'm upset about something. It feels so uncomfortable sometimes to just sit with the feeling. Sometimes it feels "ominous" as though something bad will happen if I don't binge. I think it's just that I have to learn healthy eating habits, and it's going to take some time for me to learn new coping strategies for when I'm feeling upset/sad/lonely, and want to turn to food. I feel determined to continue on this journey, and think I'm worth it, though. That is a step in the right direction!
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    Thanks Lovlylorelei, Great feedback and food for thought!
    1889 days ago
    I know what you mean. I've so been there. I don't really have a problem with that now though. I think what's helped me is a conscious effort to reframe those uncomfortable thoughts. I sit with them a few minutes, and only a few, and then I ask myself how I can make my feelings about a situation better or essentially how I can find the best in the situation I'm in. I try to find as many positives that I can until I feel better. Sometimes I get out my journal and pen and start writing it all down. It helps to acknowledge it and get it out. So now that's my compulsion when I'm not comfortable with my feelings. With practice, I've gotten good enough at it that I don't need to eat to make those feelings go away now and sometimes it only takes a few minutes. If the feelings return some other day, I just repeat the process and try to add more reasons than I thought of before.

    Best of luck with your efforts. I know what works for one doesn't always work for everyone, but I hope this helps. It's done wonders for me.
    1897 days ago
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    One day one small goal at a time
    1897 days ago
    Thank you :) I'm really finding my support group I go to (non-profit group) Tops, the ladies there are so great. And calling them (or a friend).. keeping busy, and taking my mind off of food (and whatever is bothering me) really helps me stay on track.

    1901 days ago
    It is not easy.... Keep you head up! Share any strategies that work please
    1902 days ago
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