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sacha
11-01-2010, 04:06 PM
There's nothing available here in my house except boxes of cookies, plain yogurt, potato chips and white bread. My DH + FIL are remodeling and I can't get into the kitchen (literally, I can't step onto the tiles for 48 hours). We have no fridge, no freezer, no stove. So sure enough, I have eaten this crap for 2 days now and I just feel... low. It's hard enough entertaining a 5 month old in a tiny confined space (living room with a freakin' oven in the way of the TV). I feel like I am CRASHING from this sugar. I feel sick from it.

He is an old man set in his ways and refuses to touch a veggie, and OH freaks if I try and buy/prepare something that isn't sugar because it's making a scene.

Urgh.


mmel3283
11-01-2010, 04:35 PM
I think it definitely does. I could be wrong though.


I would tell him to shove it. He doesn't have to eat it...but you shouldn't be forced to eat his garbage either.

cornellchick
11-01-2010, 04:36 PM
Go to the market and bring home your own healthy choices... for yourself. :) No need to disturb others' eating habits; no need to sacrifice your own! Good luck!


Lori Bell
11-01-2010, 04:45 PM
Hi. Let me tell you a little story. I hate doing this because I hate confession Mondays and I usually have nothing major to confess anyway, BUT Saturday and Sunday I probably consumed a total of 10000+ (yes, ten thousand) calories in sugar/chocolate brownies, candy, cookies and pure crap. Last night I felt TERRIBLE. I had the worst acid reflux. Something I have not had in over 2 years. My heart was beating a million miles per minute, I had one of the worst anxiety attacks I have ever had and had to sleep most of the night in a chair.

Today I have cried at least 3 times so far, I have felt like I could puke most of the day. I am dizzy shaky and bloated and have had the WORST smelling TMI stuff ever. NOpe, and it's not PMS. I totally feel like I could die right now. I have not felt this bad in years and to tell you the truth, I don't know why I did it...I just started and didn't stop until I was sick. Wow...I truly never thought I would do this to myself ever again. The only good thing about all of this is at least I didn't break down and drink and smoke along with the binge from ****. I probably would be dead if I would have gone "all the way." I hate myself today.

sacha
11-01-2010, 05:03 PM
Wow Lori, thank you for sharing. We are all human. It sounds no different than a recovering alcoholic or drug addict describing their relapse. :hug:

Today is Monday, let's say we both move on and not forget what happened - but change what will happen today.

And thanks yes, I will take my baby to the store soon when he wakes from his nap and get some real food, even if it's from a can - there's got to be something.

SCraver
11-01-2010, 05:05 PM
There's nothing available here in my house except boxes of cookies, plain yogurt, potato chips and white bread. My DH + FIL are remodeling and I can't get into the kitchen (literally, I can't step onto the tiles for 48 hours). We have no fridge, no freezer, no stove. So sure enough, I have eaten this crap for 2 days now and I just feel... low. It's hard enough entertaining a 5 month old in a tiny confined space (living room with a freakin' oven in the way of the TV). I feel like I am CRASHING from this sugar. I feel sick from it.

He is an old man set in his ways and refuses to touch a veggie, and OH freaks if I try and buy/prepare something that isn't sugar because it's making a scene.

Urgh.

eating crap makes me feel like crap. I can eat a little and be fine, but I find the "cleaner" I eat, the more stable my moods are. Without a doubt. A little treat now and then is fine, but if I spend the weekend eating refined sugar and such, I just feel dragged down.

Also - you are 5 months post pardum? Your hormones are still out of wack. I am pretty sure I had PPD starting when my son was 4 months old - meaning the hormones didn't get to me at first. They waited a bit and then snuck up on me. Eating well and getting a bit of exercise will help.

SCraver
11-01-2010, 05:09 PM
Hi. Let me tell you a little story. I hate doing this because I hate confession Mondays and I usually have nothing major to confess anyway, BUT Saturday and Sunday I probably consumed a total of 10000+ (yes, ten thousand) calories in sugar/chocolate brownies, candy, cookies and pure crap. Last night I felt TERRIBLE. I had the worst acid reflux. Something I have not had in over 2 years. My heart was beating a million miles per minute, I had one of the worst anxiety attacks I have ever had and had to sleep most of the night in a chair.

Today I have cried at least 3 times so far, I have felt like I could puke most of the day. I am dizzy shaky and bloated and have had the WORST smelling TMI stuff ever. NOpe, and it's not PMS. I totally feel like I could die right now. I have not felt this bad in years and to tell you the truth, I don't know why I did it...I just started and didn't stop until I was sick. Wow...I truly never thought I would do this to myself ever again. The only good thing about all of this is at least I didn't break down and drink and smoke along with the binge from ****. I probably would be dead if I would have gone "all the way." I hate myself today.

Lori, I am so sorry to hear you are going through this. Do you know what set things off? The "tone" of some of your responses to people last week didn't quite "sound" like you usual self. Is everything ok?

sacha
11-01-2010, 05:09 PM
eating crap makes me feel like crap. I can eat a little and be fine, but I find the "cleaner" I eat, the more stable my moods are. Without a doubt. A little treat now and then is fine, but if I spend the weekend eating refined sugar and such, I just feel dragged down.

Also - you are 5 months post pardum? Your hormones are still out of wack. I am pretty sure I had PPD starting when my son was 4 months old - meaning the hormones didn't get to me at first. They waited a bit and then snuck up on me. Eating well and getting a bit of exercise will help.

Yes, I had him in June. I had PPD for the first 2-3 months or so which changed when his colic started getting better. You're right, eating well with some exercise does make a big difference. Sorry to hear you went through that - it's really **** on earth. It took me about 3.5-4 months to fall in love with my baby.

lazylioness
11-01-2010, 05:11 PM
I totally think it does. A day or two of not watching what I eat and I am in a funk. A day of eating clean and I start to perk back up again.

SCraver
11-01-2010, 05:31 PM
Yes, I had him in June. I had PPD for the first 2-3 months or so which changed when his colic started getting better. You're right, eating well with some exercise does make a big difference. Sorry to hear you went through that - it's really **** on earth. It took me about 3.5-4 months to fall in love with my baby.

My friend has a colicy baby. I don't know how you guys do it! Luckily, my little one has been a pretty happy guy from day one. Now he is getting towards terrible twos! I was able to ease my moods by eating better, exercising and taking an over the counter amino acid supplement. I was about two seconds away from heading to the Dr. when I decided to give the supplement a try. It worked for me. People talk about the over whelming immediate love they feel for their child... I didn't quite get that. I mean, I loved my son from day one... but it wasn't that sudden rush of emotional love I had expected. (maybe b/c I had a c-section after 2 and 1/2 days of labor. IDK. But I definately needed some bonding time.

Exercise... exercise is important. Do it. It will help your mood. Think of it as "your time". It will give you more energy to run after your little one. It has really become a very important part of my life as a mom.

guamvixen
11-01-2010, 05:50 PM
Hi. Let me tell you a little story. I hate doing this because I hate confession Mondays and I usually have nothing major to confess anyway, BUT Saturday and Sunday I probably consumed a total of 10000+ (yes, ten thousand) calories in sugar/chocolate brownies, candy, cookies and pure crap. Last night I felt TERRIBLE. I had the worst acid reflux. Something I have not had in over 2 years. My heart was beating a million miles per minute, I had one of the worst anxiety attacks I have ever had and had to sleep most of the night in a chair.

Today I have cried at least 3 times so far, I have felt like I could puke most of the day. I am dizzy shaky and bloated and have had the WORST smelling TMI stuff ever. NOpe, and it's not PMS. I totally feel like I could die right now. I have not felt this bad in years and to tell you the truth, I don't know why I did it...I just started and didn't stop until I was sick. Wow...I truly never thought I would do this to myself ever again. The only good thing about all of this is at least I didn't break down and drink and smoke along with the binge from ****. I probably would be dead if I would have gone "all the way." I hate myself today..


Me too Lori, me too! Started with the baked potato at lunch on Friday, and ended with a whole bag, not box, of sweet tarts yesterday. Not to mention the crap in the middle. From red meat, to chicken, to chips, to candy, to ice cream, to pizza, to chocolate, to sweet drinks, to everything bad under the sun! Sigh. Halloween sucked.

sacha
11-01-2010, 07:17 PM
Well I went to the store and bought some frozen low cal/low fat frozen meals. Not the most gourmet, but better than sugar cookies as I only have a microwave!

cornellchick
11-01-2010, 07:43 PM
Good for you! Sounds like a good stopover until you have your real kitchen back. :D

Karen925
11-01-2010, 07:44 PM
Lori-
I am so sorry this happened. You know what you need to do and you will do it.:hug:

emaline29
11-01-2010, 08:47 PM
Hi Sacha, Totally know how you feel. Had my kitchen refurbished a short while ago so I know the hassle only too well. Used to go on eating binges myself and actually prepare for feeling really bad the next day - can't believe I used to do that!
Hope you continue in your healthy options.

airbear
11-01-2010, 10:16 PM
Hi. Let me tell you a little story. I hate doing this because I hate confession Mondays and I usually have nothing major to confess anyway, BUT Saturday and Sunday I probably consumed a total of 10000+ (yes, ten thousand) calories in sugar/chocolate brownies, candy, cookies and pure crap. Last night I felt TERRIBLE. I had the worst acid reflux. Something I have not had in over 2 years. My heart was beating a million miles per minute, I had one of the worst anxiety attacks I have ever had and had to sleep most of the night in a chair.

Today I have cried at least 3 times so far, I have felt like I could puke most of the day. I am dizzy shaky and bloated and have had the WORST smelling TMI stuff ever. NOpe, and it's not PMS. I totally feel like I could die right now. I have not felt this bad in years and to tell you the truth, I don't know why I did it...I just started and didn't stop until I was sick. Wow...I truly never thought I would do this to myself ever again. The only good thing about all of this is at least I didn't break down and drink and smoke along with the binge from ****. I probably would be dead if I would have gone "all the way." I hate myself today.

Holy Moly! Were you at my house this weekend? I could have written the same exact post. Word for word!:hug:

alexandraT
11-02-2010, 12:31 PM
Just wanted to chime in and say that yes, eating bad (particularly processed, high sugar foods) screws with my mood for sure. I just feel that much calmer, less anxious, happier and even confident when I eat "clean." It's something I've definitely picked up on fairly recently, so it's interesting to see I'm not the only one. In addition getting back on plan, I find drinking a lot of water makes me feel better, almost like it flushes out all the bad. This may not necessarily be true, but it makes me feel better :) Also I think it's b/c if I eat a lot of processed foods, the sugar makes me crave more sugar, and the sodium makes me dehydrated, which tricks me into thinking that I'm hungry when really I'm only thirsty!

cherrypie
11-02-2010, 01:09 PM
There's nothing available here in my house except boxes of cookies, plain yogurt, potato chips and white bread. My DH + FIL are remodeling and I can't get into the kitchen (literally, I can't step onto the tiles for 48 hours). We have no fridge, no freezer, no stove. So sure enough, I have eaten this crap for 2 days now and I just feel... low. It's hard enough entertaining a 5 month old in a tiny confined space (living room with a freakin' oven in the way of the TV). I feel like I am CRASHING from this sugar. I feel sick from it.

He is an old man set in his ways and refuses to touch a veggie, and OH freaks if I try and buy/prepare something that isn't sugar because it's making a scene.

Urgh.

just having your house in that condition is bound to get to you no matter what you were eating.

Beverlyjoy
11-02-2010, 01:33 PM
I ate Halloween crap last weekend. It made me feel awful. Also - it made me want to keep eating more and it's a struggle to to eat healthy without thoughts of candy going through my head.

Yes...it effects my mood and sometimes it take a day of junk to remind me where I don't want to be.

Eating junky food does make me feel blue. I am realizing it more and more as time goes on.

Things like rice cakes, whole wheat bread, natural pnb (in small amounts), fruit, can keep while the renovation is going on. Take care of yourself the best you can.

Suzanne 3FC
11-02-2010, 01:43 PM
just having your house in that condition is bound to get to you no matter what you were eating.

I agree :yes: Major household changes, such as moving or renovations, are a top cause of stress. Add in the houseguest, new baby, and discomfort, and it's no wonder you don't feel well.

Hopefully it will be over very soon. In the meantime, get out of the house when you can. A change of environment should do a lot of good. Give the old man his sugar, and tell him not to worry because you aren't offering to share your veggies :)

sacha
11-03-2010, 05:20 PM
Thanks everyone. I came up with a 100% perfect solution.

Got all four wisdom teeth removed this morning and will be living off juice & tomato soup for a while. It's 1:30pm and I haven't even been able to have that :( By the time my jaw is healed, I have my kitchen back ;)

runningfromfat
11-03-2010, 08:48 PM
To answer your initial question YES. This is exactly why I eat absolutely no sugar. I causes all kinds of nasty things: binging, headaches, daihrrea, depression, more food cravings, bad moods etc.

Seriously, just a couple of days after going sugar free I felt like I was floating on clouds. I could run faster, work hard, and just felt cleaner in general. BEST DECISION EVER! :D


Yes, I had him in June. I had PPD for the first 2-3 months or so which changed when his colic started getting better. You're right, eating well with some exercise does make a big difference. Sorry to hear you went through that - it's really **** on earth. It took me about 3.5-4 months to fall in love with my baby.

That's rough. DD was colicy and she's almost 2 and STILL doesn't sleep through the night. It's rough but she is a wonderful girl. I find that exercise helps to regulate my moods and I'm much more likely to eat better. I highly recommend putting your little boy in a sling/carrier and going for a walk (it also helps him to sleep!). Try and get a friend to show you how if you don't know already because it can sometimes be a bit tricky but the extra weight resistance can definitely get a good workout if you're walking quick enough. Once DD was 6 months (they don't recommend it earlier unless you have a special kind) we started going out in the jogging stroller. I wish I had kept it up better :o but we ran a lot this summer (snacks are key and switching routes often to keep her entertained) and :o I feel so much better about myself when I get a run in. ;)