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7/18/06 12:08 P

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A nutritionist once told me that carbs are just as addictive, and harder to break, than heroin. They are readily accessable, easy to eat, taste good, are cheap and provide a happy feeling of relaxation. You gotta break the cycle and re train your brain to feel happy about other things. Exercize does wonders, as it releases endorphins which also make you feel happy, as well as work as an appetite suppressant. Keep at it, you'll make it!
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7/18/06 8:56 A

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Angelsurf,
I suffer from depression (it's now controlled by medication but they unfortunately contribute to weight gain) but I was told by my doctors that many people eat carbs when they are upset. Carbs affect the level of serotonin in your brain and serotonin is one of the chemicals that affects "happy signals" (see how I'm using technical language?? lol).

I know when I was depressed the first things I would reach for to eat would be bread, pasta or buttery mashed potatoes (oh...mashed potatoes are my achilles heel....).

I'm not sure of the exact science behind carbs and serotonin but at least now you know there IS a scientific reason for it. :o)

I will always be able to find reasons why I CAN''T do something or excuses for why I won''t be successful. Sometimes, the best thing I can do is make myself stop thinking, and just forge on ahead regardless.


 
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7/12/06 1:33 P

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Angelsurf, I had the same problem. Turns out that because of my Hypoglycemia, I was a carb addict. I had to go cold turkey for a week. No carbs including sugar, yeast, flour, rice, etc. Now I don't crave bread anymore. I can eat within my carb range and not feel deprived. It's hard to break the cycle, and you do go through withdrawl symptoms, but it's worth it. I crave veggies now, and that is the one thing I never deny myself, even if it means going over my calorie limits for the day. Veggies have never ever made me gain weight. It gives me a way to cheat on my diet without the guilt, and gives me something to stuff in my face if my emotions get the better of me. I am still trying to break the emotional eating cycle, but at least I am not destroying my health or my diet.
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7/12/06 7:07 A

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When I'm upset I don't like to talk --- I think that is why I eat when I am mad or angry or stressed; it's either that or yell (scream!). Plus it gives me something to do when arguing with my husband. I can let him rant and rave while I polish off a 2 lb bag of chips and a jar of salsa, or whatever happens to be in reach. My hands are busy, my mouth is busy, I'm in control of something... Ah Ha! I think that was it. I'm in control of something... Now I have something to ponder. Maybe I'll start yelling a little bit. Couldn't hurt me... might shock my family though. emoticon

I''m going to go sky diving. I''m going to go Rocky Mountain Climbing. I''m going to go 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Manchu. I''m loving deeper, and I''m speaking sweeter and I''m giving forgiveness I''d been denying. And I hope some day that you will get the chance to live like you were dying.


 
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When I'm upset I don't like to talk --- I think that is why I eat when I am mad or angry or stressed; it's either that or yell (scream!). Plus it gives me something to do when arguing with my husband. I can let him rant and rave while I polish off a 2 lb bag of chips and a jar of salsa, or whatever happens to be in reach. My hands are busy, my mouth is busy, I'm in control of something... Ah Ha! I think that was it. I'm in control of something... Now I have something to ponder. Maybe I'll start yelling a little bit. Couldn't hurt me... might shock my family though. emoticon

I''m going to go sky diving. I''m going to go Rocky Mountain Climbing. I''m going to go 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Manchu. I''m loving deeper, and I''m speaking sweeter and I''m giving forgiveness I''d been denying. And I hope some day that you will get the chance to live like you were dying.


 
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7/10/06 10:24 P

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If your weakness is bread you could try healthy life diet bread. I think it is pretty tastey and it has alot less calories than normal bread.

Jen



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7/9/06 6:07 P

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When I get upset I head for food, why is that/
I wish i did not do this, and my weakness is bread
helppppppppppppppp

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