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BETHS60 Posts: 570
10/1/12 11:43 A

You didn't say how old your son is.

Is he at home when you are working? That is very difficult. I know.

You need to find a way to deal with your son that is less stressful for both of you. Here are some suggestions:
1. Don't wait for something bad to happen, and then punish. Make a plan. This will depend on the age of the child, of course. Here are some things that worked for me.
- state expectations before you start work (or when he comes home from school). "I need you to play quietly in your room until 5:00 (or until the timer rings)"
- have activities waiting for him that he is only allowed to do while you are working - special favorite toys, video games, or DVDs.
- keep him busy. Even a 2 year old can have chores, like putting toys away. And when children are a little older, it's amazing how quiet they can be when they know that your next suggestion to them will be to clean the bathroom.
2. Make sure that there is a time that your son can count on your undivided attention, doing something that he enjoys, every day.
3. Make sure that there are healthy snacks and water available for him, so that he can reach it himself.
4. Let him know when he has done a good job. It helps him to know what behaviors he should repeat.

Another suggestion: Upgrade breakfast. Instead of sweet cereals and breakfast bars, try something else. Toast with peanut butter and fruit is a favorite at our house. My older son didn't like cereal, and would prefer last night's leftovers to cereal. Chicken noodle soup or chili for breakfast? Why not? I had my children reading labels by 7 years old. They were allowed to get any cereal they wanted, as long as it had 3 grams of sugar or less per serving. It was an elaborate game of hide-and-seek in the cereal aisle.

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9/30/12 4:58 A

I'm a reformed sugar monster. The only way I found I could get my sugar addiction in check was to cut it out completely. It didn't work for me to have a half a slice of cake, or a fun size candy bar instead of a full one, etc. Eating sugar at all only made me crave it more. Once I stopped, I was great! I've been away from sugar for a little over 3 months now, and I honestly don't miss it.

I work at home too, so I know what you mean about it being hard to just pop out for a walk when you're stressed. What I can do is swing my kettlebell and do some bodyweight exercises, as I don't even have to leave the office for that. Perhaps you could do something like that as well?

I don't have much advice for coping with emotional eating, but it seems like others have offered up some ideas.

Best wishes.

MAMA_CD Posts: 1,507
9/28/12 11:37 A

Perhaps some of the resources or teams on emotional eating may help you replace those dysfunctional coping strategies with ones that will work better to help you reach your goals.

CABIT1977 Posts: 76
9/26/12 11:11 A

If you have 90 min you can youtube "The Bitter Truth!" It is an amazing lecture that discusses sugar and the effect it has on your body. If you have some time it might be worth watching.

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9/25/12 5:42 P


Sugar can be addictive. The more you eat, the more you want. You can break a sugar addiction. but, it will take time. One thing you might do is read this great Spark article on breaking a sugar addiction. it has techniques that will help.

If you do find that you snack too much on junk food, get the junk out of the house. Out of sight. Out of mind. Replace the sugary treats with fresh fruit. When you feel an urge for something sweet have a piece of fruit. the natural sweetness of the fruit will help sate any sugar craving you have. Also, the fiber in the fruit will help keep you full for longer.

Try to keep as much fruit on hand as possible. If you're hungry. have an apple. if you're still hungry, keep eating the apples until you are full. I have yet to meet the person who could binge eat apples.

And binging is a real psychological problem with no easy solution. Have you read any of the Spark articles on emotional eating ? If you feel an urge to binge on comfort food when you're stressed out, you need to find other ways to release your stress. You might not be able to get out for a walk during the day, BUT even putting on relaxing music can help. Take a walk in the morning or the evening. The fresh air will do you some good.

But, check out this Spark article. it has some good techniques to help you find ways to reduce stress that don't involve food.

Reading the various Spark resources on sugar addition and stress eating can help.

You may even try blogging. Writing out your emotions can be very cathartic. There are better ways to reduce your stress and you can break a sugar addiction. I can't tell you how bad a junk food junkie I was. But with time, I was able to reform my eating habits. It will take time, but you can do it.

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9/25/12 4:39 P

Hi Art,

Recognition of why we do, what we do, when we do it is a huge step into making the changes we need to in order to move forward. The second step is developing a plan to have in place when you become too stressed and want to turn to food. While you may not be able to get up and go for a walk, just closing your eyes and concentrate on breathing exercises can do a lot to calm the anxiety we are feeling. Listening to soothing music can do wonders to. And before you eat a bite, ask yourself, "Why am I eating this? Am I truly hungry (growling tummy, inability to concentrate, headache, moodiness)? Or am I eating out of loneliness? Tiredness? Boredom? Stress? If you answer anything but hunger than you will want to determine some steps that will help you say no to food.

Take Care!

Coach Nancy

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9/25/12 4:14 P

I just keep eating way to much sugar and binge eating everything. I know what some causes are but I am having a hard time changing the habit.

I work from home, alone so when I get stressed because they are asking to much of me I freak out and eat. Main problems: I can't leave and go for a walk etc. because I need to get work done. When I don't have junk in my home I binge on silly things like cereal or my son's breakfast bars. Help.

My son also stresses me out and when I disciplined him I feel bad and I eat.

I also have issues with late night eating.

I need alternatives to eating in all of these situations. Please help!

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