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11/10/20 9:18 A

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My staff & I have a running joke about quarantine-related weight gain: many times we will see that a client’s pet has gained weight, so we will open conversation with the line “I see quarantine has been good to Fluffy!”

I have never been the best about tracking food intake here - that seems to bring out the worst of my rebellious behavior! But it’s easy for me to mentally scan back over the weekend, & recognize the potato chips here, the leftover Halloween candy there which all adds up to a stall.
I’ve been following several health/fitness gurus on Twitter as I cobble together the best regimen for ME:
A.) reduced caffeine intake (I’ve switched from coffee to tea so I haven’t completely cut it out yet) is definitely helping my sleep. I still have to get up for potty breaks but am able to get back to sleep fairly easily. Racing thoughts respond to a firm mental “No!”
B.) another dude recommends 1 liter of water upon awakening - I don’t always hit that mark (this morning I drank 24 oz) - which is a good head start on daily hydration

And I just signed up for Dude B’s free week of videos - an introduction to his coaching program which I doubt I’ll sign up for, but I want to hear more of what Dan Go (catchy name, right?) has to say...

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11/8/20 7:55 P

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TAWNYGIRL53 - welcome to our team.

I think one of the first things you need to focus on is yourself. Learn to LOVE yourself. If you love yourself first and foremost, then good things will follow. Accept what you can't control and work on the rest.

You can do this. YOU can do this. You CAN do this!!!

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11/8/20 4:09 P

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I'm new to this group, just like I am new to single life after choosing to end relationship that had me MORE depressed and anxious than I normally am. I am extremely depressed today as I am not used to being single, and I hate it. I know, now, that I used being in relationships as a way to avoid dealing with my own issues because I devoted myself to my man (willingly). On top of it all, this is AFTER having been diagnosed with seizures of unknown origin when I wrecked my truck on way to work before I was to have a 3 month work leave; instead ending up not being able to work and now on disability (2018). Having to rely on others to drive me places, being single and alone, and this pandemic keeping me from seeing anyone...NOT helping the anxiety and depression that I AM seeing a counselor for (now) after having these issues since first marriage. My eating has gotten worse junk food and lack of portion control wise-not following the pre diabetic rules that I should be following. It's like I just don't care anymore.

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10/19/20 7:26 P

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I enjoyed the article.My depression was getting worse, I was gaining again because of the depression. My legs were swelling. I felt awful. I decided to take a look at my diet because really it had gotten sloppy and the healthy food was inconsistent. First I did away with gluten..then looked for hidden sugars. My swelling went down and my mood improved. I am not saying that it is a miracle cure but certainly know that the foods I eat has a lot to do with howI feel..also started drinking more water and did away with pepsi (again). I am still researching and reading labels..and finding ways to make my life healthier. I am down 6 lbs. I feel like I am on the right track.

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10/11/20 1:06 A

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That article was fascinating!

The issue I run into is that my depression leads down one of two paths with food: indulge in food because it makes us happy OR don't eat because I'm not hungry. I have come to accept that stopping myself from eating due to depression might be too hard a goal to tackle right now, so I have taken steps to swap out what food is readily available at home. Instead of buying that box of ring dings for a bad day, I have peanut butter granola bars. Instead of Ben & Jerry's or Hagen Daaz, I have lower calorie, all natural Oatly vegan ice cream. I feel like slowly tricking myself into making healthier choices on bad days is a good first step.

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10/3/20 11:08 P

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You have nothing to apologize for. It wasn't a thoughtless remark. You made a very valid point and a lot of people will be grateful that you voiced your thoughtsand perhaps brought it to their attention PLUS it reinforces that they aren't alone.

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10/3/20 10:55 P

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Then I guess I should say "my bad" and apologize to all who read my thoughtless remark.

Sorry, teammates, here I am opening my mouth again about something I know nothing about.
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10/3/20 9:44 P

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@AUTHOREVE - I can understand people 'blaming' Covid-19, however I don't want to sound harsh, but it isn't the virus that chooses our food and it isn't the virus that puts the food in our mouths.

Having the knowledge of what stress can do re food can work in our favour - we actually KNOW the pitfalls and because of that can do something about it.

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10/3/20 11:41 A

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Thank you for posting Deb. While I know all the rules for staying healthy and not letting my weight creep up, it seems undo stress can cause our good intentions to go down the drain. I have seen over the past few months that my weight has slowly increased to where I am 7 lbs. heavier than I was when our isolation due to covid19 first began.
STRESS + DEPRESSION = MORE FOOD = WEIGHT GAIN = DEPRESSION = MORE FOOD and it goes on endlessly.
I would imagine covid19 gets the blame for half of all of our problems right now, but it does have some real impact on how we live our lives.

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10/3/20 6:01 A

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Kris,

You are truly sage !! You have been touting these principals for years. You were the person that I thought of first when I found the article !!

Edited by: DEBTEVELDAHL at: 10/3/2020 (07:29)
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10/2/20 10:32 P

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This is one of the reasons I have always pushed a diet rich in fruit/veggies, particularly dark leafy greens (including broccoli/cabbage) and healthy oils, either from fish or nuts.

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10/2/20 11:30 A

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Thanks for sharing, Deb. For the last three weeks, I've reduced my sugar consumption (I still consume too much), but even cutting it back has helped my mood and given me more energy. It was very surprising to me that it could help in that way. Even if I completely eliminate sugar someday (wouldn't that be amazing!?), I still won't throw out my depression and anxiety meds, but it sure is good to know that diet can play such a vital role in recovery and stability.

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10/2/20 10:40 A

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The last few weeks I have constantly stressed eaten. I noticed a dip in energy, and in my moods. I would fret a lot more over things I can't control. I have been back on track for 2 days and I am starting to notice a difference. Stress eating is a definite catch 22 cycle.

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10/2/20 9:29 A

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Thanks for that reference Deb - even more so as I’ve grown older, I can tell my system is more sensitive to “junk” (even though I’m trying not to classify foods as “good” or “bad”).
Still working out my own ideal diet - recently bought Dr Walsh’s Nutrient Power book, but passed it along to my son since he seemed to need it worse than I did at the time (gonna order myself another copy).
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I found an interesting article from HEALTHLINE regarding food, diet and how it can figure into a valid treatment program for Anxiety and Depression. We know that good nutrition helps with many disorders and is helpful for a healthful life in general.

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