Girls, I need to confess


Anonymous
on Jan 18, 2008 @ 09:51 pm

When I've had a really, really crappy day... all I want to do is sit in front of tv and eat a whole bunch of junk food. I hate binging... but I find it so hard to control sometimes when I'm feeling really depressed. There is a reason why they call it comfort food.

Do any of you ladies ever feel this way?
 


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hunter_jc
Yeah... on Jan 18, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

But you have to know what you choose to eat as 'comfort food'. Why don't u just treat yourself to a nice big lunch. That way you wont feel the need for snacking. From personal experience, fruits are the best snack after dinner. You can eat any of it and you gain a pound. Trust me. I know.
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Ali de Bold
we've all been there on Jan 19, 2008 @ 01:24 am

Here are a few tricks I use when I feel blue and want junk food:

- bake cookies. I'd rather eat something with ingredients I am aware of than mystery chemicals in store bought cookies or chips. I find chemically snacks leave the mouth feeling coated and you taste the nasty flavor for hours after.

- Organic all natural icecream. Same deal as above. That plus when you eat low fat chemically varieties it takes you longer to feel full and therefore you eat more of it. For chocolate I eat dark chocolate. 1 high quality chocolate square makes you feel satisfied whereas milk chocolate may have you eating the whole bar to get the same satisfaction.

- Have a glass of red wine instead. Makes me feel similar to Chocolate. Great with a bubble bath. Limit yourself though because you'll probably regret polishing off the bottle solo.

- rent a good flick. Try to do it without the snacks or have healthy ones like hunter suggested.

- Also remind yourself that the funk you are in is temporary whereas the overeating you do during that funk will last much longer. Good motivation!
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Bubblybunny
Happens to me a lot too!! on Jan 19, 2008 @ 08:44 am

We try not to buy too much junk food in the house because we have no self control, esp. once the bag of chips is opened!!

The worst about binging is when you have someone else in the room who feels the same way you do. When my mom and I visit each other, we are terrible!!! We both love to eat. So whenever we have to sit down, our mouths start itching and we need to chew something...a lot of different something. *sigh*

When I'm by myself though, I also like to bake or cook something. That way, I'll be around food but I won't actually be eating. By the time I'm done cooking, it'll be close to meal time anyway. And it helps to know how much better you've put into those cookies or brownies because I lose a bit of the binging desire everytime I think about it. :P

During the day, I'd treat myself to a nice big cup of low fat latte. It tastes good and it's filling. Once I'm full, I wouldn't want anything else to eat. I assume that one cup is still better than eating a big bag of chips????? :P
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mamaluv
skinny lattes, Baked Lays, and frozen yogurt on Jan 19, 2008 @ 09:22 am

I think it really takes an enormous amount of self control to not gorge when you're feeling low, and since you're already down in the dumps the reasons for not cheering yourself up with a snack seem irrelevant.

I make sure I always have a stock of snacks that are more "healthy" around the house (see the title of my comment). I like JC's advice about fruit, but sometimes that doesn't cut it (exception: pick up a small tub of caramel or chocolate sauce from the produce section of your grocery store and dip apples and strawberries in it! just a little touch of sweet but also lots of healthy!). MissChickie's idea of a latte always works for me, and Bubbly's baking plan is something I do often! i have no idea why it works, but sometimes just the smell of the baking or cooking makes me feel less hungry and less likely to pig out on the finished product.

p.s. I have some friends who workout like maniacs when they're feeling low, but I think they are definitely the exception, not the rule! you're not alone, anonymous.
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spotty
exercise on Jan 19, 2008 @ 11:32 am

Yup, as I was reading all of these posts, I started thinking/realizing that I work out when I'm low ... and then mamaluv mentioned it. Exercising when low may not be the norm, but it totally works. Exercising causes your body to release endorphins, making you feel good and on a natural high. If after your high fades you're still gloomy, now you can eat those unhealthy snacks and not feel so bad about it! :-D
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hunter_jc
Agree with the exercising. on Jan 19, 2008 @ 11:52 am

I used to go swimming when i was with an exerciser club. It totally removes the stress.

And in terms of comfort food. If you must have it, MAKE your own. I made my own 'fries' and 'milk shake' during my diet. And trust me, I lost a ton of weight.

Plus it was fun experimenting.
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Ali de Bold
exercise and lattes on Jan 19, 2008 @ 12:15 pm

Good tips! I totally agree with the exercise points. If you can force yourself to go to the gym or for a jog outside it will be tough starting out but you will feel so much better afterwards.

Also I find lattes a good appetite killer yet they make you feel cozy and loved ;)
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Dairinn
I know what you mean... on Jan 20, 2008 @ 07:08 pm

OMG, I had a crappy few days last week and caved in and ordered pizza and ate almost a whole small pizza. Ugh. It happens. Just don't beat yourself up if it does - will only make you feel worse and want to binge more. Move past it and get back on track. And yes as spotty posted, exercise DOES make you feel better. I usually have to force myself to do it but once I get into it, I'm feeling pretty good during and after.
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reeshie19
yup me too on Jan 21, 2008 @ 05:22 pm

i have quite a fast metabolism,but i have a bad feeling all this junk is gonna catch up with me!i overeat when im
1. bored
2. depressed
3. stressed
4. tired
5. hungry (duh)
so basically all the time
it's not healthy.iv been on a health diet lately,which helps me gain GOOD fats and with exercise i feel so much more energetic and full of life.it's true...u really are what u eat.since iv been eating good,iv been feeling absolutely wonderful so i find myself having less 'pigging out' moments:) x x x
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artist
I think we can all get that way.... on Jan 27, 2008 @ 02:25 am

I hate those days. Often what I do to curb those cravings is go for a walk. But because it's cold and yucky outside right now, going for a walk doesn't seem like such a fun idea when you're already feeling blue and it's -20 outside. And if your gym is not really anywhere nearby where you live, you might feel less inclined to get out there.

Some of the ladies above have offered some great suggestions! Baking cookies is a good one... though sometimes when I bake them I'm tempted to eat at least 3-4 lol! I'll try to bake healthy ones. And healthier muffins too with whole wheat or spelt flour.

What I find helps is to first drink a whole glass of water, and then see how you feel after. If you're still craving sometimes foods, I would try eating something that is high in protein and fibre. What I might do is make a shake with Whey protein and then add a fibre supplement (like Benefibre) along with some fruit and yogurt - put it all in a blender. It's satisfying because the protein will slow down the digestion of food and prolong the energy that you get from food. The fibre will not only keep you regular and aid in digestion, but will make you feel full and satisfied.

Sometimes I will also go to a health food store and buy the best quality that there is, whether it is chocolate that I want or cookies. The ones that they sell in health food stores often have less refined sugar, bad fats, additives and calories. Take the time to eat it slowly... savour every bit of it. It's more satisfying this way that wolfing down one after another! You might find that tiny treat will do just the trick!

If all else fails, don't deprive yourself. Deprivation can lead to overindulgence!
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