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The effects of stress on my eating

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Where to start.... Let's see.... The past 3 or 4 weeks have been rough, and so have my eating habits. My aunt has been diagnosed with lung cancer (I only have 3 relatives outside of my immediate family, so this is kind of a big deal for me), my grandma (one more of the 3) has been placed in a home for alzheimer's patients. This is a good thing for her, but still hard all the same as she seems to be advancing quickly in her disease. My poor mom is taking care of all of this, plus looking for housing for my mentally disabled uncle (the last of the 3) who had been living with my grandma until she had to be put in the home last month. Unfortunately, Illinois ranks 53rd in caring for the mentally disabled (even behing Puerto Rico and a couple other territories!) so there aren't a lot of options for him.
Then we had the start of school this week. My daughter has major anxiety issues, so yesterday was rough. Fortunately, she loves her new class and today was ready to go two hours BEFORE her bus was due to pick her up:). Unfortunately, her anxiety now comes out in major unkindness toward her little brother who had his first day of preschool today. He was so scared, but so proud of himself that he did it and made a friend!! So of course he wanted to tell his big sister, who was just a rotten stinker about it. One of those really fun mommy moments. Ugh! That will work itself out I hope as we settle into our fall routine. In the midst of all this, I changed my work schedule in a major way so I will be able to be home with the kids several nights a week.
So needless to say, I am STRESSED!!!! My eating has gone down the tubes along with the increase in stress. I wouldn't have said I was an emotional eater before, but clearly I am. At least I know that now. They say knowing is half the battle. I sure hope that's right. Okay, so time to set some goals for myself:
I need to start tracking all my food EVERY day. I started skipping days, and I need to get back to it, even if I find that I am not happy with my choices that day. At least then I'll know what I am up against.
I need to get back to drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day again. That helped my arthritis pain, and I felt so much healthier when I was doing that.
I also need to work on gettting more fruits and vegetables into my diet again.
And, I need to make meal plans for the week.
Finally, I need to get exercising again. I did play Dance, Dance Revolution tonight. I forgot how hard and how fun it is. So I have made a baby step in the right direction today. One step at a time, and I know I can get it together again!
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    So sorry to hear about all that your family is going through, that is truly stressful. Remember to eat well and take care of yourself too though because you'll be no good to those around you if you are unhealthy and sick! Take a few minutes each day to plan out a healthy meal, spend some time alone with your thoughts, or those five minutes of cardio that you can squeeze in. I know it doesn't seem like you really have the time, but it really is important.
    Keep your chin up and know that things will get better! emoticon
    2114 days ago
    It is great that you are recognizing the emotional eating piece to this healthy lifestyle puzzle. That has been a concern for me this last week too. Big hugs in regard to all the family stuff you have going on - not easy. I hope your new work schedule continues to work well for you. Happy to hear your little guy made a friend at school.
    3209 days ago
    That is definitely a lot of stress to handle at a time. The steps that you listed are great - just stay with SP and do the best you can. emoticon
    3210 days ago
    You are recognizing what you are doing and making plans! That is always a positive step. How far apart are your kids? Mine are 26 months and they go back and forth between best friends and enemies - usually in the same day! Mine are 17 and 15 so they don't grow out of it!
    So glad they both liked school. I know what it is like to have a kid who doesn't (which is why I have to home school the one now) so when they like school it makes everything much easier!
    3210 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/9/2009 10:22:26 PM
  • IXCHEL23
    Sounds like you have a plan Lisa! You're ready to get back on track and battle the STRESS monster!!! It's great you set some goals and make sure you write them down somewhere. I know when your kids are stressed you get stressed too! One step backward, now two steps forward! Make that a big JUMP forward! You'll get there I know you can!!

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    3210 days ago
  • RENA1965
    Stress will always be there, if you don't eat healthy you get ill and run down.. You have to look efter yourself, make you daughter feel safe nothing bad will happen at school so she doesn't effect her little brother too much..
    Also eating healthy will make it easier to support the other people whom are ill in your family.. You can't make eating bad choices a excuse to let your mom down, she needs you fit for fight too for support..
    My mother in law was totally dement, my husband had a terrible diabetes 2 and my youngest sons ADHD was really horrible. My oldest son also had anxiety attacks leaving his dad to go to school. The school shrink talked to him and he settled down and enjoyed school until his dad died.. Since then my husband died, I lost the family home and both my sons have diagnosed ADHD. I would never have survived without looking efter my own health in stressfulled situations..
    Now stressful stuff can just do its best because I can keep up with anything Mr Adversity throws at me.. I survived the large ouches and there is only me and my two sons left in our family.. But I now handle stress, as it will always be there in our lifes in one form or another.. I did conversation therapy to find out what ate at me to over eat, the therapist found ressources in my ego to handle stress.. I now keep eating and stress in two different departments. I learned to deal with stuff and not let situations get overkill. If I get bills I am phoning to make agreements to pay them off, if my son is not thriving I am sitting in the headmasters office. If people won't help me get to work I am on a bike. I don't let things eat at me- suit up to the fight and walk away saying "I did everything I can" for yourself and your family..
    3210 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/9/2009 9:41:46 PM
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