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9/24/12 10:03 P

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SUNNY9903 - I can definitely relate to the evening emotional eating from stress, anxiety & boredom. And especially when it involves your child. It is hard - it's great that you ready to change it, though.

Today, I'm feeling on a downswing again because my daughter is thinking of taking a leave of absence from college due to either an "almost" nervous breakdown or an infection that the doctor can't pinpoint. She has a new prescription for a stronger antibiotic, but if that doesn't help her fatigue, eye socket pain, and low grade fever, she's going to leave college for the rest of the semester. It's stressing me out so bad. :(

"The present is what slips by us while we’re pondering the past and worrying about the future. - Ziggy

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9/24/12 9:55 P

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for the first time in a while there was no problems

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9/24/12 8:55 P

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Currently, I overeat from stress, anxiety and boredom. I have two great kids, but one of them has ADHD/Anxiety issues and the stress of worrying about his behavior at school all day can send me to the cabinets in a matter of minutes if I let it. By the time all is said and done at night it's after ten and I just need a break. Usually that break consists of me sitting in front of the t.v. eating. I guess the good thing is that I am ready to deal with it all. Sure doesn't make it any easier though. I am so glad I found this team. I've only been a member for a few days but I am already inspired by all of you.
Miller - Hang in there. I had a vitamin D problem and it sucked the life right out of me. I hope your daughter feels better soon.
BestMe - your situation with your son sounds very similar to mine. I know how stressful those appts, paperwork, etc. can be. If you need anything, let me know. I'll help in any way I can.


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9/24/12 9:01 A

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Thanks Miller
Glad to hear I am not alone, even though intellectualy I know I am not, it's just good to hear from others. I am happy to hear journaling can be helpful as you have tried it. I know what you mean when you are in an episode and you don't even think to grab that journal. Amen. Anxiety is such a problem.

Nice to meet you.

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9/23/12 10:18 P

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Most of the time I overeat when I'm stressed at work, or bored, like tonight. I know I shouldn't do it, but sometimes it seems its the only thing that makes me feel better. I"m working on finding another way to cope.

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9/23/12 8:28 P

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STILLKICKIN19 - most of the time when I emotionally eat, it's because I'm trying to run away from a feeling I don't want to feel )or stuffing it down, as you said.) Journaling does help me when I do it. I should have journaled today when I was having my "melt down" but I was so caught up in the anxiety and worry that I didn't even think of it.

Welcome to the team. We're glad to have you!

Miller

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9/23/12 8:25 P

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NOWWHAT7 - Thanks for responding to my post. I'm not sure if my daughter's doctor checked her blood sugar or not. She's going for a follow-up visit tomorrow afternoon, so I'll ask then. Thanks,
Miller

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9/23/12 6:48 P

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Hello fellow EE's (emotional eaters):

I am new to the team and also new to the notion of challenging my emotional eating. Up until now I have done little about it. But last year about this time I suffered from debilitating panic attacks. Over the last year I have been working to stabilize myself from the devasting depression I experienced that brought on the anxiety attacks. (My depression was triggered by a diagnosis from a doctor).

Generalized anxiety is the best way to describe my emotional eating. I feel anxious pretty much all the time. An idea I have to try and get in touch with the anxiety I feel is to write down what I am feeling every time anxiety leads me to want to eat. Anxiety is often the result of stuffing or being out of touch with one's feelings. So I hope by writing it down I can learn to stop eating to calm myself and also find out what it is that is making me anxious.

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9/23/12 5:05 P

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I am so sorry about your daughter's health problems. Has the Doctor checked her blood sugar? I had low blood sugar that made me break out in a cold sweat and very confused. Life can be so scary.

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9/23/12 4:29 P

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I mostly eat when I am stressed from work. On my home I grab fast food.Or I grab it for lunch because I am too depressed to eat what I brought. I'm pretty good at keeping junk out of my fridge.

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9/23/12 2:30 P

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Well, I'm sitting here eating emotionally on purpose. I know I'm doing it and I knew I was going to do it - I don't think there's any cure for that. I prayed and prayed and still felt the anxiety that everything is going wrong and I couldn't (or chose not to) leave the worry with God - instead I just went to the store and got a package of peanut M&M's. I don't need them, I don't even really want them, they weren't even that good (too sweet and I ate them too fast to enjoy them) but I just felt if I didn't have SOMETHING to comfort me and "fill" me with "help" that I was going to explode or die or something.

My daughter has missed college classes for a week. She went to the ER last Sunday night when she had constriction in her left side (all day) and then her chest, felt she couldn't breathe, was light-headed and her vision was blurry. After waiting two hours to see a doc - the symptoms were mostly gone. However, on Monday during a test, she couldn't think and broken down and started crying in class. Then she called and said she just wanted to come home. She hasn't been back. She has had "eye heaviness & pressure) along with a low-grade fever for a week now. They've tested her for mono, Epstein Barr, anemia, Vitamin D and B12 deficiency. Everything was okay except the vitamin D was extremely low & B12 borderline low. They called in a script for prescription vitamin D and on Friday, they finally called in an antibiotic.

Basically, she's not any better. My husband thinks she's not really that sick. He thinks that she's just burned out from the last 14 years of pushing and pushing herself to make straight A's in everything no matter what. She has OCD, depression, anxiety and some physical problems, but part of her OCD has always made her obsessively works for A's. She has no social life and has never had a boyfriend - all she does is study and play computer games. She's 21.

Here's my worry - after all these years of almost killing herself to make all A's, is it possible that she's not really that sick? Is it possible that she's just burned out? Could a young woman who has always cared too much about school suddenly just "go off it" and abandon all her goals and dreams? If so, should she take a semester off from college? We've already paid for the whole semester & it was really, really expensive. I'm scared for her future, I'm scared for my husband's job, I'm scared for my Mother's dementia, I'm scared because my sisters aren't speaking and my extended family is in tatters - I'm just scared to death - and those peanut M&M's didn't help at all. Now I'm crying. I don't know what to do about anything.

Miller

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9/16/12 7:20 P

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Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry for the loss of your precious kitty...you're right, you couldn't prevent her from having cancer or a stroke, but of course you still miss her. The guy? The audition? You realized those were things you didn't care that much about...overeating as a result of those two things could possibly have been related to your grieving over what might have been, what you'd hoped for.

Coming here to talk about it all is a huge step...this is such a learning process...and it all takes practice..but you know you can do it.

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9/16/12 3:25 P

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Hi friend!
I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved cat. I can actually relate to all these incidents that caused you to overeat. I wouldn't do that anymore though because I want to live. If an emotion such as something you ahve expressed occurs i might eat but not overeat and indulge in chocolate, etc. Try to call a friend and vent with that person. It might help.



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9/16/12 1:46 P

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first I have to say, so very sorry about your pet. i had a cocker that was my best bud for a long time and losing him was extremely difficult - I will be thinking of you. Hang in there with your family issues - they always suck!

my most recent triggers are -
1) My almost 7 year old son. He has had some behavior issues for a while, but things really bloomed a few weeks ago. We KNOW he is smart, but our research ( I am an RN and my DH is getting a PHD in clinical therapy) indicated he was probably ADHD with an impulse disorder. We are now taking him to a NeuroPsychologist who currently things he is gifted with anxiety and in the wrong learning environment. It's been weeks of appointments with doctors, with the school, paperwork for both, starting the evaluation process at school and with the NPsych...

2) i am not working, and haven't been for a while due to an injury and then my son's issues. so that creates stress about finding a new job as well as money flow issues. So we have less income and more bills....argghhhh!

3) The NPsych says I am the glue holding my family together right now and she wants me in treatment, so I am already stressing about having to talk to someone about the things in life I struggle with... ARGHHHH!!

The above creates 3 issues for my health - I don't make time to exercise at all, I skip meals which is horrible for my already freakishly slow metabolism, and when I do eat I am starving and I overeat and/or eat comfort items rather than healthier items.

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9/16/12 1:34 P

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Thank you so much for responding. And food is the fastest and cheapest comfort that I know.

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1) working on completing my masters in special ed....I'm a general ed. teacher & felt the need for a change...I am having success..but along with that STRESS because I am hard on myself--Result-mindless eating that often turns inoto overeating..

2) Just bought a BEAUTIFUL, picturesque townhome...My first home purchase ever...& the very expensive (but highly efficient) geothermal heating/air conditioning needs to be replaced...Need to do that this fall AND complete my masters & internship-Result-more mindless eating...
Trying to get a handle on this

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9/16/12 12:06 P

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Sorry to hear about your cat. It has also been a difficult week more like 4 months for me for which I have tried not to but can't help but take comfort in food.
1. My boyfriend broke up with me and got back together for a brief second with his ex wife. I thought things were perfect or close to it. I overeat because I am lonely. Going on 32 and still havent' found the one and am a single parent.
2. My daughter's father after being absent from her life for 8 years decides to pop into the picture and take me to court demanding visitation every single weekend overnight.
3. Looking for a part time job in addition to my full time one to make sure me and my daughter always have what we need.
4. Just feel lonely and going through things without a partner is hard for me to handle, especially when all my friends are married and having children and im still that "single friend"

Those are my reasons I have been overeating for the past couple months. I try not to get down and indulge in food but at the moment it's the only comfort I know.

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9/16/12 11:59 A

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It has been a difficult week for me.
1 I had a first date with a man I met on the internet. I was nervous about it. I overate when I got home. It has been a week and I haven't heard from him. It is ok with me. I wasn't that interested, but I still overate.
2 Audition for a play. After the audition I overate. I decided I didn't want to work at this theatre, but I still overate.
3 My beautiful, wonderful cat died very suddenly. She threw up on Wed. and I took her to the Doctor Friday morning. An exray showed cancer in her lungs. I do not smoke. The Dr. thought she would live a couple of weeks. She had a stroke and died a couple of hours later. I am Heartbroken. I overate.
I didn't care that much about the date. After going to the audition, I didn't care about the play. I Loved my cat but I couldn't stop her from having a stroke and dying.
Does anyone else overeat for reasons similar to theses? Why do you emotionally overeat?

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