posted by Anonymous on 22 July, 2020
hiya , does anyone have any tips? im battling with depression right now . i use food a lot to cheer me up ; i cant believe it has turned into such an unhealthy thing i rely on. the flab around my middle has started building which is scaring me . how can i taper off this dependence on high calorie convenience foods and maintain my mood? i actually feel 'love' for instant noodles , the way it makes me feel , like a hug for my emotions . but i also get anxious and my appetite can be non stop
👍13 💡33 ☕10 Big Boy Ben ● 28 July, 2020 ⚓︎
substituting one coping mechanism for another is a good way to start. food is great, but it's important to find other things which make you happy. an easy transition might be moving from making the noodles to cooking bigger meals instead. learning to cook or bake takes more time and practice, but you feel more accomplished and it's an amazing skill to have.
👍1 Nimble Golden Llama ● 27 July, 2020 ⚓︎
i used to have depression too, but i didn't eat to help, i read books, harry potter and percy jackson are my faves!!! :) you can still eat, but i'd say maybe like one less noodle thingy a day. also, maybe getting a dog or cat would help so you can love them instead!! i hope this helped! good luck!!
👍5 💡72 💎1 Gentle Polychromatic Bear ● 24 August, 2020 ⚓︎
hey friend, gaaahh, i have the crave and love for food and i cannot follow through diets where i have to cut off from the goodness. but ive found the secret!! the secret is to trick your body and manipulate your diet to include all the stuff but in healthier quantities. for eg. whenever i eat noodles, i make sure that i add loads of veggies and protein to it and replace a part of the noodle quantity with them. egg is my favorite. :p same goes for any meal. if you want to have some cheer-me-up food, you gotta have the strict healthier foods too! up the healthy percentages as you go. right now, my health food to gooey mouthwatering food is 70-30% which is way better than what i used to have. whenever you want to snack on something instant, try balancing the snack ratios too. the same way i suggested about meals. easy food : raw veggies. also, have a group of friends who are motivated to workout with you. not just to loose the flab, but for a fresh routine. or you can post about it active fitness-related groups. (folks there are usually supportive!) maintaining a workout schedule, just twenty min of a day would help your brain to produce happy hormones and fight off the depression. it feels much better if youre able to do it in an area where sunlight's good. then you dont need to worry much about your appetite as well :) hope this helps. btw "a hug for my emotions" hits home hard, i had to clutch my heart in a dramatic pose. its awesome that you recognised what has been holding you back and trying to come out of it!! kudos!! take care, friend!
Anonymous ● 12 August, 2020 ⚓︎
i pretty much constantly switch between good and bad eating habits. it's quite frustrating, but... -as 'big boy ben' already said: cooking is a very nice way to eat more healthy and conciously, plus the accomplishment is quite valuable in motivating you to keep it up/find a new better habit. -also it seems like you know yourself well, so take advantage of that: willpower is not infinte (besides for david goggins maybe, although he also started at some later point in his life). anyway try to 'hide' your weaknesses i.e. noodles from yourself. just not having them around should make it way easier for you to resist. -if you still have a hard time finding the discipline although you really want to change your behavior: consider health or intermitting fasting. it helps your body not to crave food nonstop and maybe therefor unlink some of the 'emotional connection' you seem to feel. it helped me quite a bit in recognizing when i'm not actually hungry anymore but just in the habit of wanting food. best of luck and have fun cooking! imagine being able to make top shelf !non!-instant noodles all on your own...