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Coping with Sadness and Emotional Eating

Thursday, January 19, 2017

On Monday my husband's cousin died from a rare, rapid and aggressive cancer. We had just three days from the time we learned he was terminal until he was gone. I am sad and I am having some issues with emotional eating. So far I am choosing to acknowledge that is what is happening, to chart everything anyway and to trust that doing so will keep me from getting too far off track. A planned "I'm eating these particular foods because I am sad" meal is different from the mindless way this usually happens to me. I'm counting that as victory.

The morning pages are finally being a helpful thing even though half of me still hates them. It's giving me a place to process my grief and keep a plan in place. Right now every day includes chocolate (my morning breakfast smoothie) and usually some kind of creamy starch (potato salad, sweet potatoes) because they make me feel better. So far thanks to writing everything down and exercising some control over the portions my blood sugar is staying in check and my calories are staying in range and if the ratios of carbs to proteins and fats aren't the best...oh well. Sometimes good enough is just that. Good enough.
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  • SPOKENWORD
    Sorry to hear of your loss! Praying for you and your husband and family during this time! The morning pages is a good place to process your grief. Keep up the great work! Take care of you, so that you can be there for your husband when he needs you.
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    1095 days ago
  • SOUTHERNFRIED
    Thank you for sharing! It sounds like your handling your grief as well as can be expected without using food as a coping skill. God bless you. Hugs.
    1100 days ago
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