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Day 23 - Food and nurturing * Change eating patterns *
Learn to nurture myself instead of heading to refrigerator for comfort.
1) Worst time of day for overeating? Evenings
2) Alternatives that will stop impulsive eating u.nu/62a7
~ * Breath * brush teeth while reading notes on mirror
~ * Big mug of hot and cool water in fancy glass (walk, read, journal feelings)
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~ * Focus on solutions * reflect on past long enough to gather ideas
~ * Actions * move forward * experiment * repeat * obtain results


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I have two critical times:
Firstly - Evenings, particularly if my DH is out or working. It is definitely an emotional gap-filling munch. And it is the need to 'munch' and not a sugar thing.

Secondly - When I'm writing tricky extended reports. I work from home when writing these so I wander around when I'm thinking or stuck what to say......and I tend to wander towards the kitchen!

I've solved some of #1 by having fairly bland, low salted and wholesome chick pea or similar snack food on my shelf. I only need 3 or 4 of this type of crisp and I reseal the bag and reach for a glass of water or a herb tea. I'm getting a little extra fibre and fluid and it works.

#2 Do something active in the kitchen...and there is always something that needs doing/wiping/tidying in a kitchen that is well-used. Dusting is equally helpful. This does not involve food!

If I'm using housework to procrastinate from the job at hand (It happens), then I take my draft paperwork to the local bakery/cafe for a made-to-order healthy sandwich and drink.
If they ever close our little village cafe, I'm stuck!!





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Day 23 - Food and Nurturing

1. When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?

When I feel overwhelmed. More in the afternoon when my day has gotten away from me and needed tasks are not done.

2. Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.
Hmmmmm . . . If I'm overwhelmed I don't want to do anything. And sometimes have trouble focusing on what needs to be done.

Ok, I did do nurturing 2X today, but not to the tune of several hundred calories like I would have a year ago. I had an extra 150 calorie snack this afternoon that was not planned and then a 100 calorie frozen yogurt bar a few minutes ago. Not hungry. Just wanted to eat. My day was quite busy and felt out of control. I finally got my morning shower at 4:30 this afternoon.

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Day 23: Food and nurturing
My food issues usually are in the late afternoon, too early for dinner but seems too late for a snack.
Once I begin to think about cooking dinner, I feel a need for food.

I have realized that I can just walk in place while I’m waiting for a pot to boil. (Leslie Sansone tapes)
Most days if I remember to just move around the kitchen I can wait for dinnertime.

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Day 23 - Food and Nurturing


Realize there is a difference between food that nurtures because it is an appropriate portion and content to support your health and daily requirements for energy and body maintenance - and between food that seems nurturing because it soothes your emotions, so you eat for emotional rather than physical support and when eating for emotional soothing, if you need more soothing, you can easily eat too much, way too much sometimes, than you need for physical maintenance.

Appropriate eating keeps food in it's place, uses food for it's real purpose, to supply your nutritional requirements.

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Emotions. Definitely a great lesson today and it's a hard one. But then so many of them are hard because I've covered up emotions, feelings, bad habits - with more bad habits, emotions and feelings. It's been a difficult road, mistakes, etc. but I've made progress.

I definitely have learned from my mistakes. Finally - finally! - I've learned to leave it all in the past and focus on the positive and today. Deal with today. Take care of myself.

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DAY #23 FOOD AND NURTURING

I really like today's lesson. All emotions! Filling the empty spaces in our lives. And, it is so true that a carrot just doesn't fit the bill. Many times I can't seem to figure out what I need or what is causing me to look in the kitchen for something (anything) to fill that spot.

When your life gets stuck in a rut Linda suggests we change our routines/rituals. Alter your negative patterns. For me that is finding something else to do at night after dinner other than watch TV with my DH.

Two alternative things I can do instead is Sparking or reading - in a different room other than where the TV is.

My last post on this lesson (April 2019) sounded more like a pep talk to me when I reread it today. I feel much more settled and grounded today and satisfied with life!

Edited by: FUNLOVEN at: 2/5/2020 (08:42)
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100 More DWL - Day 23 Food and Nurturing

Learn to nurture yourself instead of heading to the fridge for comfort.

When are the worst times of day with food and eating issues?

When I come back from an exercise class I want anything to chew on - carrots or apples usually.
Evenings - when my hubby is in a nibbly mood and I try not to join him with crisps, nuts or chocolate

Think of at least two alternative activities you can do during that time.

After exercise classes leave part of my breakfast and try to site down and eat it before getting my MiL up.
In the evening suggest a walk with my hubby if appropriate, read a book, look at Spark stories and drink herbal tea (Camomile is supposed to be relaxing0.

Record how worked

Hoovered first and then enjoyed my leftover breakfast
In the evening I drank my Camomile tea and looked into my garden from the sofa in my conservatory.

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My worst times for overeating:

When I get to work, sometimes “hungry” all morning. Nerves. I was bringing too many snacks in and eating them all. Now I limit my snacks. Adding more protein.

Mid afternoon- get a sweets craving. Used to pillage the office vending machine, bad habit that returned recently. Now I have either a protein shake or bar which I planned ahead. I’ve also stocked up on herbal teas. I have a turmeric ginger tea that is satisfying.

When I get home at 4. Usually not eating dinner until 7:30-8 with DH, so I nibble on things while in kitchen. Now have raw veggies available. Tomato juice. An apple.


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Lately my worst time of day to overeat is 9 - 10 p.m. in the evening. It's been a struggle. I'm doing better...but sometimes I'll slip for no apparent reason. I've been brushing and spending quite a bit of time flossing when I'm done for the day...but sometimes that doesn't work. I just brush and floss again after I've indulged.

Hot tea and read a book. I'll try tonight.


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emoticon When are my worst times of day with food and eating issues?

My worse times are probably when I get home from work - but that can be at different times of the day depending on what shift I've been working. Another worst time is when I'm a bit bored, at home, with too much time on my hands, or no inclination to do much!

emoticon What are two alternatives I can do during this time?

When I get home from work I now have a routine of changing out of my work clothes and having a cup of tea or coffee. If it's a meal time - then I eat my planned meal. If not, I don't eat.

When I find myself feeling bored at home, I might drink more tea than usual, or take myself out for a walk. I might choose to have my next meal a bit earlier.

emoticon Does this work? Does this change my eating patterns?

Yes, it does work! And yes, it does change my eating patterns!

This stuff works.

Another situation that can sometimes be a problem for me is when I'm on a late shift at work, and have already eaten my last meal of the day - and I get tempted by something that someone has left in the staff refreshment cupboard. Recently I've been taking a chai latte instant mix with me to have in those late hours - it seems to be working.




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• When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?
• Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.
• Record how this works and whether it changes your eating patterns.

• When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?

- late afternoon, for some reason, I am never hungry in the morning, sometimes I am hungry in the afternoon, but afternoon hunger is usually easy to tolerate, but late afternoon hunger is the worst. I am usually hungry in the evening but evening hunger is easier to tolerate as I think and usually do push through and then am not hungry in the morning


• Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.

- have a to-do list of house chores, like wash the car, sort through a drawer, organize my recycling
- go for a walk, run or hike, or garden - I am rarely hungry when I am outdoors
- one thing I already do is when I am preparing dinner and feeling hungry, I drink several glasses of low calorie drinks like water, unsweetened herb tea and I eat bulky vegetables like carrots, brussels sprouts (my favourite) or celery

• Record how this works and whether it changes your eating patterns.

will do


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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
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A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Day 23 - Food and Nurturing



You can’t fix an empty life by simply eating carrots instead of potato chips. But by following a few easy steps, you can learn to nurture yourself instead of heading to the refrigerator for evening comfort.

• When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?
Evenings after dinner until bedtime. This is my big problem area I’m working on.

• Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.



My list I can choose from:
Read my “Stop Cravings” blog
Drink a cup of tea
Meditation
Walking
Reading
Pet my dog
Go outside to my garden
Drink a glass of water
Have a 100 calorie snack
Listen to music
Dance
Play a game

• Record how this works and whether it changes your eating patterns.

So far so good! But, every evening is another challenge and test for me. I’m thankful to know I have other choices I can choose from and eating food is not the answer! I’ve come too far to give up and stop now. The journey continues...



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My worst time of day would be evenings. While I don't have the 'snacking' problem I used to have - it wasn't a problem - It was an addiction! Evenings would still be considered the problem times. I tend to wind down by evening. Seems like if the television is on it's constantly showing food! Wow there are a lot of commercials.

I have started doing leg stretches with elastic bands while I watch different programs. Every little bit helps and exercise is where I need additional help.

Taking my four legged friend for a walk is another way to deal with it.

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When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?

In the evenings, after dinner. The busy-ness of the day is over, I can throw down and relax.

Identify at least two activities you can do during this time.

Clean out my emails. I'm really bad at not checking my emails and letting them pile up.

I've often thought about doing some charity-type work like knitting hats for preemies or making blankets for sick kids in the hospital. Surf the net and see if I can find a local charity doing something I could contribute to, and then I could work on those things in the evening.

Dig out a jigsaw puzzle. I really enjoy doing puzzles but when I was working, I didn't have the time. Now I'm retired & need to fill the time with something besides recreational eating.

Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone


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Day #23 Food and nurturing

Each day is different for me. I think most times that are difficult for me are late afternoons. The time that it is necessary to think about food because I cook lots of our meals.
If I’m tired and very hungry it is hard to fix those meals without tasting as I go.

Alternate activities:
1. Prepare ahead as much as possible, so it won’t take as much time to finish cooking. It is easier to stick to the plan earlier in the day.
2. Have homemade soup from our freezer more often. LOL!


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DAY # 23 FOOD & NURTURING - ROUND 2

My life feels so differently now then it did a couple years ago. I have resolved a few issues that were causing me a lot of emotional turmoil. I have self-esteem issues that sometimes cause me to be reactionary, but I am working on that also. As a result of working through these areas of my life and with help of journaling & daily gratitudes, I find that my attitude is much more positive and I find joy in life most days.

WHEN ARE YOUR WORST TIMES OF THE DAY WITH FOOD & EATING ISSUES?

I only mention these things because, like Lori in our lesson, I used to feel depressed, alone, lonely, and have lots of empty feelings and space in my life, but not any more! So when Linda asks us to identify the worst times of our day with food and eating issues, I am hard pressed to come up with anything because I don't have any of those times when I am at home.

Instead of saying I don't have ANY perhaps I should say they are so RARE that I hardly remember them. The other week I do remember having a day with a vague feeling of gloom, but I just attributed it to the gloomy weather and persistent cold temps when I was oh, so ready for Spring!

IDENTIFY TWO ALTERNATE ACTIVITES TO DO DURING THESE TIMES.

Maybe I don't remember those empty feelings of the past because I have learned to nurture myself with what I call "Mental Health" days. On those days I remove everything that I THINK I am suppose to do and replace it with the things I want to do - stay in my p.j.s all day, have an extra cup of coffee with cream, work on a craft project, sit around and read all day, color a page. The list could go on and on, but the point is that when I'm feeling gloomy I make it "all about me" and not what the world thinks.

HOW DID THIS WORK FOR YOU? DID IT CHANGE YOUR EATING PATTERN?

I don't turn to food when I am feeling lonely, gloomy, bored, or whatever and, even if I wanted to, I don't have any junk food in the house to turn to! Linda's recommendation to "Change The Ritual" always works for me and by the next day I am back on top of my game again.



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Day 23 - Food and Nurturing

• When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?

Late afternoon when I'm getting tired at work. I usually drink diet soda as a pick me up, but I'm trying to give soda up.
Evenings when I'm sitting in my recliner and watching TV. Snacking seems to go hand-in-hand with TV watching.

• Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.

Get up from my desk and do some stretches. Take a quick walk outside. Go to the bathroom and wash my hands with a beautiful scented soap.

In the evening, drink a cup of tea and get out a good book. Journal. Someone else posted they like to do online jigsaw puzzles. I might want to try those out. Take a warm bath.

• Record how this works and whether it changes your eating patterns.

I'm off for the summer so I'm not struggling with tired/boredom eating at that time.
I've been sticking with a one planned snack and then done rule for the evenings. Sometimes I can even do without the snack entirely. I'm proud of how I've been able to break the connection between TV and snacks.


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100 More DWL , Day 23 Food and nurturing

You can’t fix an empty life by simply eating carrots instead of potato chips. But by following a few easy steps, you can learn to nurture yourself instead of heading to the refrigerator for evening comfort.

Today

• When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?
• Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.
• Record how this works and whether it changes your eating patterns.

When it's 2:00 am and Hubby and dog are both snoring and I'm in a lot of pain. Also at 4:00 pm and I'm hungry before dinner.

I can work on my next month's plans, prepare a menu with listed recipe ideas, craft cards, play computer games, do jigsaw or crossword puzzles, or write haiku. Write a blog for SparkPeople. Taking a shower and using a favorite shampoo, then smoothing on my favorite scented lotion afterwards. Getting under an Egyptian cotton sheet and putting my feet up. Having a cup of herbal tea or a glass of flavored iced tea, even drinking water can help if I'm feeling tired. Look at decorating or 'do it your self' wreath ideas on Pinterest. That can keep my mind occupied and works well.

These are things I've done to avoid eating and it's worked well for me.

Joy is a Choice. Choose joy moment by moment.

When all else fails, persistence prevails.

Injoy:) Carolyn

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Maria and I are alike on this one. It is late afternoon and after dinner for me also. I think I beat the late afternoon urges some time ago but the night time urge is still there. I guess I just like to nibble while I read. Most nights I hold off until bedtime and then have a cup of tea. That is a good end to the day, sometimes I add a small square of dark chocolate. If I start to snack earlier though it will be a struggle right up until my head hits the pillow.

The afternoon urge just went away after I made No S part of my program. So glad I no longer eat a meal before the meal!

My husband eats snacks all evening too, Pat. He needs to because he had esophageal cancer 27 years ago and had most of his esophagus and stomach removed. Now he fights to keep weight on while I fight to lose it. When I really became determined to get healthy all of his snacks were put out of sight. He has a large snack drawer in the kitchen but if necessary I would have put them in tupperware on a shelf in the garage....in fact he agreed to that but I was able to make space in the kitchen. Out of sight out of mind seems to work for me and as far as watching him eating them, I just tell myself that I can stay on my program and have something great on Saturday and Sunday. If I ever give in it is a few cheez-its crackers or a dish of cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices. It has been weeks since I did that though.

When I'm escaping food, I try to take a walk, read, or call someone, usually my sister, for a chat.

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Gosh, Pat! Watching your husband eat snacks all evening must be really tough (expensive too!). Is he overweight?
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Sure have enjoyed reading everyone's responses!

Today

• When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?
late afternoon I'll get a vague hungry feeling and that's when I can get off-track quite easily. I do realize that many times I'm actually a bit hungry and do better when I have a cheese stick or a yogurt...as opposed to a handful of peanuts. The peanuts are good for me, but hard to eat just an ounce and I seem to want way more. And then the other time is right before turning out the lights to go to sleep. I'll occasionally have that hungry feeling then, too.

• Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.
afternoon:
Step outside and look at my potted plants
Fit a few more pieces into the stepping stone I'm making my son
Read in my book (I usually find it hard to eat and hold a book at the same time)
make a cup of tea and sip on it
evening:
grab that book again and read till my eyes won't stay open anymore...then turn out the lights.
Make a cup of herbal tea to sip on while reading

• Record how this works and whether it changes your eating patterns.

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At night after supper my husband averages four snacks until he goes to bed. I log into Sparkpeople and crunch on my ice
I am still eating something but no calories so it works for me

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When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?

As I shared yesterday, late afternoon and after dinner.

Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.

Walk the dog, swim, music, try my hand at sewing again, Spark, go over my "to do" lists, yoga, read, CHOOSE to watch TV WITHOUT snacking ~ even healthy unless it's planned.

Record how this works and whether it changes your eating patterns.

Mastering this bad habit would make weight loss/maintenance easier and so much more doable. emoticon emoticon


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Today

• When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?
Sometimes is midday here at work and sometimes it's the evenings at home.
• Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.
At work, I can read, color, play a short game during lunch and always bring my lunch with me.
At home in the evenings, I can read, color, listen to music, watch a favorite program while on my ebike, journal, plan, clean something, play a game either with family or on my ipad, etc.
• Record how this works and whether it changes your eating patterns.
Last night after supper I watched a program while on my ebike, then I read. It worked like a charm. I had nothing extra after my healthy supper.

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Day 23 - Food and nurturing * Change eating patterns *
"Learn to nurture myself instead of heading to refrigerator for evening comfort."
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Evenings. It's the end of the day. I sit back and think - phew! Work/finished. Meals/dishes - finished. Time for me. I love to read and sometimes I read while I'm watching some nonsense program. BUT that means commercials, which means cravings. I either shut it off and dig out my journal and write for the day, or I fill my water bottle and go to just reading, or do some more stretches. If a craving persists, I'll find 'something' to satisfy it. I'm so thankful for the fresh fruits of summer. The heat - not so much, but the fruit is fantastic.

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Day # 23 Food And Nurturing

Well, this lesson sure came at an opportune time. Actually, it was a day late! I struggled last night, but thanks to journaling and working through these lessons I have come up with some ideas for the future.

* You can’t fix an empty life by simply eating carrots instead of potato chips. But by following a few easy steps, you can learn to nurture yourself instead of heading to the refrigerator for evening comfort.

On Monday nights DH is gone golfing. I frequently struggle with these nights for some reason. I don't mind being alone. As a matter of fact, many times I enjoy the solitude and time to do what I want to do without interference. So I'm not sure what my issue is.

Last night I had no real plan for dinner (no left overs in the frig and so hard to cook for just one person) and my frig was looking bare. I was restless and looking for something to eat for dinner. I grabbed a little of this and a little of that - not the best eating behavior. My sweet tooth started to holler at me until I gave in to the last of the Hot Fudge ice cream sauce.

Thankfully, at that point I was able to "rope myself in" and put a stop to any further eating. This morning while journaling I went and got our other 100 DWL book and re-read the day about Heart Hunger. It sure described what I was feeling - tired and discouraged by my never-ending "To Do" list! I told myself ENOUGH! And pulled out my computer to start a long overdue email to a friend. I got distracted by our fur baby, Ollie, and ended up going for a 1+ mile walk. When I got home I was feeling much better, finished that email, and even read a couple articles from the SP Four Corners.

Although I don't usually snack at night, I do get very bored sitting in front of the TV. Reading today's lesson reminded me that I can overcome this by changing my ritual - GET UP AND MOVE TO A DIFFERENT AREA. What a emoticon moment! What a simple solution!
Other activities for me might be:

1. After dinner walk
2. Coffee on our front porch
3. Reading or Computer time on our beautiful backyard patio
4. Coloring in my upstairs reading room

I can hardly wait to try this out!


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7/10/18 8:00 A

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Day 23 Food and nurturing

You can’t fix an empty life by simply eating carrots instead of potato chips. But by following a few easy steps, you can learn to nurture yourself instead of heading to the refrigerator for evening comfort.

Linda suggests you change your ritual, draw on music and get some input-

Today

• When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?
In the evening after work

• Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.
organize boxes take computer downstairs- go to gym or go for a walk

• Record how this works and whether it changes your eating patterns.

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• When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?
• Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.
• Record how this works and whether it changes your eating patterns.


My worst times are generally in solitude, either driving home from work after a stressful day or late at night after Tom is asleep if I wake up.

I can avoid having food in the car to remove the temptation. I've started drinking a bottle of water or diet soda on my drive home instead.

For the late night, I simply "close the kitchen" right after dinner dishes are done. Activities I can do instead include:

-online jigsaw puzzle
-read
-crochet
-journal
-pet a cat, or two, or sometimes even cat 3


I have learned to balance out my days calories and for the past few weeks this has helped avoid the need for something later at night.


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This has been highlighted as one of my 'favourite' days. This is pretty much what I blogged about yesterday - filling the gap with something other than food!

Yesterday evening I listened to music and knitted.

This morning I went for a run, and am now fighting the urge to have a second bowl of granola, fruit & yoghurt - it was so lovely!

However, I'm going to keep that 7-minute rule in mind. Do a yoga session. Have a shower. Brew a coffee and take it outside and sit and read for a while.

I am in the process of establishing new routines for myself now that I've moved house - I have more time at home because I'm living close to work now. I have a good list of things I can do every day - I don't always WANT to do them!

Yoga
Knitting
Reading
Cleaning
Chanting
Go for a walk
Listen to music
Watch a DVD or something similar
Plan an outing or a visit

I am very aware of the tendency to want to spend money on something else if I don't buy something to eat. On my visit to Tremenheere Gardens the other day I bought earrings instead of a second ice-cream, or coffee and cake. I drank my water. I'm enjoying the earrings - but really........ it was an emotional purchase.



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Day 23 Food and nurturing

You can’t fix an empty life by simply eating carrots instead of potato chips. But by following a few easy steps, you can learn to nurture yourself instead of heading to the refrigerator for evening comfort.

Today

• When are your worst times of day with food and eating issues?
• Identify at least two alternate activities you can do during this time.
• Record how this works and whether it changes your eating patterns.

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