I usually like to read the "Comments" from others, and it seemed like almost every one that I read stated, this was a good article, "but" ! It is ashame how many of us have already given up and are still making excuses! If you truly want to help yourself, stop making excuses. I too am overweight, but the only persons fault it is, is my own. THE ONLY PROMISES THAT MATTER ARE THE ONES MADE TO YOURSELF:) If you need help, ask for it, even if from a Doctor or a friend or a therapist. You can fix yourself, you just need the COURAGE to do it!
What do you do when you're bored at work? It's not like I can start a hobby or keep going on 10-minutes walks. Instead, I reach for my cup of coffee (with cream) or a healthy snack. But whether it's healthy or not, I'm usually not eating out of hunger, but boredom while I'm chained my desk.
But what if you just plain love to eat? No mindless eating here, I just enjoy it! A little too much, I guess!
4/27/2012 10:21:45 AM
I find i eat mainly from boredom and loneliness. Its kind of hard to resolve that issue since i have social anxiety and im somewhat hesitant when it comes to talking to people. I would like to have more friends, but its just not in my personality. My husband also works 10 hrs a day, so that just makes things even more difficult. But most of these suggestions arent really new to me and i will definitely start gardening more.
4/27/2012 3:31:30 AM
Actually most people who are "depressed" are probably a bit blue rather than depressed; when one is depressed is when you can't get out of bed or the house for a number of days. I find going for a walk only helps fuel my anger and sometimes I do need to break out the junk food, even if it gets me happy for a for a few moments; its better than being continually down in the dumps.
This article is great for people who have kids who are in school or older. For me, who have 2 under 3, it's not so easy to just take off for a walk or go outside gardening. My toddler wants to stop and look at everything when we walk, making me more frustrated. And gardening is very weather dependent as my infant doesn't like being in her playpen, and I don't like putting her on the wet grass.
So yeah, great if you're by yourself when the urges hit... but not so great when you have to look after two little people. :o)
4/26/2012 2:33:20 AM
This is good advice. But whether you are stressed, upset or angry I personally find this very hard to do.
Some good points, but really - it's so much easier to realize and agree with the facts than to actually DO something about them. I've been aware of my emotional eating, and especially boredom and tv-related eating for ages, but so often I find it SO hard to actually take the necessary steps to change it!
I'm fascinated yet confused by the statement "if people only ate when they were genuinely hungy, most of us would never have a weight problem". Then why am I forcing myself to eat several small meals a day even when I'm not hungry in order to lose weight? If I don't get at least 400 calories a day my tracker tells me it can't access me and I'm at risk of going into starvation mode (which I now know is BS). I have personal trainers pushing 100g of protien a day, even though I'm having to get it from artificial sources like protein powder, because I simply don't care to eat that much meat.
I wish everyone could just get on the same page about this stuff.
I agree with the other comments that the article really doesn't provide solutions for stress when you can't leave the environment. I'd like to read more specific suggestions that can be done at your desk, in the "heat of the moment" when you're getting stressed. Deep breathing helps and maybe some quick moves that could be done on a bathroom break!
I agree with a lot of this but when work stress is a code red well I think my coworkers would probably kill me if when the poo hit the fan I ran off to the gym. I find something like 5 min of deep breathing more useful and blood pressure reducing.
How could you read the article under the Abilify ad that covered it? I know SP needs advertisers to stay free, but when the ad covers over the text of the article, it is a waste of a good article somebody worked hard to write.
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