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    A Matter Of How You See It Kala's Avatar
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    I have been living under the worst stress of my life since mid January. The anxiety has manifested itself into horrible spells of binge eating resulting in my gaining 40 pounds in the past three months. It's like a vicious cycle because the weight gain is ADDING to my stress, anxiety, and depression. I started taking my prescription phentermine again today but no pill will do the trick unless I get the binging under control. The cravings are worse late at night when I am convinced I won't be able to sleep unless I eat something so I usually hit up the fast food joints that are open later. I stuff my face with fatty foods and then go to sleep. This needs to stop not just for my mental health but also for my physical well being - when I try to do chores around the house my back is killing me and I get out of breath. Today is the first day in what I am sure will be a long and difficult journey. I can't believe I've let myself go like this and I am experiencing a lot of self-loathing because of it.

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    Kala .

    Have no real solid advice. Myself, I try and "prepare" for grazing. Meaning...eat food that isn't particularly bad that I have readily available for when I feel like it.
    - Hummus. I always intentionally store cans of chickpeas (or other beans), garlic, lemon, pine nuts or other nuts, lots/lots/lots of fresh and dried herbs, and oil, so when I feel like it, I put my immersion blender into it even when it is the middle of the night. Sometimes I slap it on melba toast with a good wine on the side to make it feel less like grazing, even though it is probably worse so. varying with peas and bean and herbs is almost an art with limitless potential.
    - Cottage Cheese. To combine with a bit of pesto, onions, garlic, artichokes, capers, tomatoes, lots of herbs like black pepper, oregano, rosemary, saffran....
    - Quark. Ideal for combining with a spoon of caocao and some honey for that necessary chocolate fix.
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    I don't buy the thing I love, and I don't eat it. There's a reason there's no jellybeans or tubs of ice cream in my place, as I know I will eat them in a day. We had candy for easter in case kids came around to beg for it (some sort of Swedish thing, like halloween) and I just ended up snarfing the lot.

    Like Spikey I have graze food, of which hummus is one too.

    --greek yoghurt with nutmeg and honey is my "I am craving icecream" fix. Works.

    --tomatoes. Slice them with a bit of oil, vinegar and salt and it fixes my crisp cravings.

    I still cannot for the life of me stop myself from eating toast though, for all the crispbreads in the world cannot replace it. (I've tried, can't quit bread. I love you, bread.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by soignee View Post
    hummus is one too.
    tomatoes
    toast
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    I try to eat before 8 p.m. and then I brush and floss and use mouthwash, and that's my cutoff point for eating. It would be a pain for me to re-clean my teeth again if I ate again and that's my deterrent from eating again.

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    and it sounds like all our lives Kari's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by soignee View Post
    I don't buy the thing I love, and I don't eat it.
    This is basically me. If I don't buy it, I can't eat it. I cannot have junk food in my house ever. No ice cream, no chips, no pretzels, none of that ish. The only indulgence I allow myself is a measured ounce of Good Cheese if I get my workout done with a Wasa Light and Crisp cracker or two. I also make sure I have fresh fruit in the house at all times. It's totally okay to eat two apples. It's just totally okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    This is basically me. If I don't buy it, I can't eat it. I cannot have junk food in my house ever. No ice cream, no chips, no pretzels, none of that ish. The only indulgence I allow myself is a measured ounce of Good Cheese if I get my workout done with a Wasa Light and Crisp cracker or two. I also make sure I have fresh fruit in the house at all times. It's totally okay to eat two apples. It's just totally okay.
    Exactly! If one apple a day keeps the doctor away, two must be even better!

    Fresh fruit, hummus, salt free popcorn, yes, all of these. Must haves. And also mini/baby carrots. Sometimes I hate them but they're easy to eat for the lazy folks like me. My other rules include, like you guys, no sweets in the house. I see sweets, I eat them. Especially cake! NO CAKE. Husband is allowed his nasty ice cream with nuts (it's the texture conflict that gets me.) I can keep my mitts off that. Nothing else though.

    I also have a rule that each day, I must make some kind of greens meal--whether a green smoothie, a salad, whatever. Half an avocado with some tomatoes, even, and a bit of vinaigrette. Most of all though, I must also prepare one veggie a day and eat it all by midnight. The leftover golden beets saved me from several naughty food indulgences tonight...and I got a tablespoonful of chocolate almond butter as a reward.

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