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Stress Eating (HELP)!

Sunday, November 03, 2019

My husband and I recently separated. I had to downsize my 3 bedroom house into one room for two people. I now share a room with our 4-year-old son. I stay in a constant state of exhaustion. I have an hour commute to work now so the days I work I am up at 4am and the days I'm off, my son has me up at 6am. The only time I get to myself is when I go to the bathroom to take a shower and I spend most of that time crying because I feel like I am failing as a parent. For the past month, I have basically been stress eating and eating my feelings. I got yelled at by the doctor because I have gained every bit I lost back. Depression is taking hold even though I'm on medication for it. Doc even doubled the dosage up because of the issues going on.

I did recently start back walking again but it feels like my heart is going to burst out of my chest when I do. I also have sciatica which acts up when I walk and my right foot goes numb sometimes when I am walking. I wish I could skip all that and just go back to feeling better or at least feel like I'm not going to keel over in need of oxygen when I walk! Haha. Not using that as an excuse because I am going to keep walking no matter what. In fact, I was dead tired last night but went walking with my mom after I got off work anyway.

Anyway, I guess I am looking for advice on how to manage my stress eating. It's like, I know I'm doing it but can't seem to stop myself. Half the time when I eat now, it's not because I'm hungry, it's because I just want to stuff my face and then feel awful after that for doing it. How do I break out of this rut!?!

I'd also kind of like to do a cleanse to jump start my healthy eating. Any suggestions on that? Do I fast or is there an over the counter cleanse you guys recommend?

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  • NMUTT71
    I'm so sorry you are going through this. I've been there and it does get better, I promise you that. I ended up going on medication for my depression when I was going through that but if I had to do it all over again, and I never want to, I would try to find more natural ways to boost mood and break the cycle. Drinking a large glass of water when you want to eat will help to make you feel full, also going and doing some sort of exercise when you feel like eating can help push you past it.

    556 days ago
    emoticon April, you have this. I know it's hard, watched my daughter live your life, with some different twists. I would strongly suggest making a vision board. You need a goal that is not dependent on anyone except you and God. Include scripture.
    emoticon Jeremiah 29:11-14 New International Version (NIV)
    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[a] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
    emoticon Proverbs 29:18 King James Version (KJV)
    18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
    emoticon Psalm 23 (God will give you what you need and Gavin's smile says mommy has done a wonderful job and is an awesome mommy.)

    557 days ago
    Bless you for trying and your efforts. Life has ups and downs and weight loss isnt a perfect science. It will come along in time. You and your son can do exercise together maybe? And I see your stress.((( Huggss))) hoping you'll feel better.
    558 days ago
  • no profile photo CD25278476
    Honestly, the best cleanse is to stay hydrated, eat healthy, fitness, and so forth.

    I do know some of what you're saying, as I of late have been eating to stay awake.

    Yesterday I read a featured article about those who maintain once they reach goal, the suggestions therein mostly correlate with living an active, healthy life. Therefore, today I figure live like you're maintaining your goal weight; which will lead to an overall healthier, happier lifestyle. It's been helpful, for me, before.

    Continued prayers.
    558 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    I know the jury is out as to how effective cleansing is. I would recommend just starting slow and make one change at a time. Once you got that one thing into a habit try another. Try doing some seated exercised that Sparkpeople has listed, also look up the article on cleansing here also. I tried them and the did nothing for me but I know some folks swear by them.
    558 days ago
  • no profile photo MLR_00
    558 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I don't really have any advice for you as I have never dealt with this, but I just wanted to send you a hug and wishes for a better day. I hope you can get through all of this and can find a way to stop the stress eating.
    558 days ago
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