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Responses to thoughts about overeating during a crisis

Sunday, December 16, 2018

(Copying this post from my other account)....

Based on an article (see the link below) by Judith Beck, I am thinking about responses (response cards as Judith Beck describes them) to thoughts about overeating during a time of crisis.


These are three response cards suggested in the article:

* Even though things are incredibly stressful right now, I can’t afford to get off track with my eating and gain weight back. My health is at stake.

* I have enough stress happening right now, I’m not going to add to it by feeling out of control of my eating. Overeating may momentarily distract me from my stress but will cause so much more negativity overall.

* Staying on track during this time will irrefutably prove to me that I have changed and give me huge confidence that I can continue doing what I’m doing long term.

Pondering this...

This summer I had a hard time due to family circumstances. I then 'just continued on with my elimination diet. How did I do that?
Partly because I knew that if I went 'wrong', all previous work would be for nothing and I
would not get clear results about my food intolerances. That obviously helped a lot.

There was also little time to get food or eat. So I just grabbed my raw vegetables (cucumber, tomatoes, beans, fruit) because that was pretty easy at the time (I could of course have frites and sweets, but didn't do it again because I wanted to keep on with the elimination diet).
Apart from that, I think I told myself:
"If I give in now and eat the wrong things, then I have more trouble and misery than when I go on with healthy eating." If I go to eat sweets and junk food now, I will feel worse and I can not do that now: I want to be and be strong to be there for those who need the most support now."

So that is my personal 'reply card' in times of crisis (in the family, when it comes to being there for those you love).

What has helped you to stay on track with food in times of crisis and difficulties?
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