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   Posted 12/9/2007 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
i got into an extremely bad habit of eating way too much lately. maybe its the weather in combination with my usual sadness, but ive been gaining weight like crazy. and now im disgusted with myself because everyone's so critical of how you look. i just feel really uncomfortable in my own skin, which makes it harder to be comfortable around other people. do any of you gain weight as a result from simply being depressed?

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   Posted 12/9/2007 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, many of us do from depression as well as from the medications we take.

Try to eat a sensible, healthy diet and exercise and you will not only feel better but the weight should come off.

Take care


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   Posted 12/10/2007 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   

I just went through a period of eating to numb the pain I've been going through. It seems once I go down that road, it just becomes a habit. So the best I've come up with is to try to make new habits - to do some planning. What i mean is, I'll make a menu for the next day and try to stick to it. If I don't have a plan to adhere to in advance, I"m way more likely to just keep eating whenever I feel like it. Also, you could try to have some other things in place, like when you are really wanting to eat to stuff the sadness, go for a walk, or put some soothing music on. Kind of training your mind to reach for other habits instead of food.

I'm really sorry for the pain of depression you're feeling. Food is a quick fix, but in the long run, it doesn't pay off, as I'm sure you know. I'm just starting to pull myself out of weeks of living on protein bars and way too much other stuff.

If you like to read, maybe you can find some feel good books and pull those out as another substition for the eating - just something that is self nurturing for you. Find some healthy things that make you feel good and reach for those.

Also, carbohydrates and sugars will cause cravings for more. Try eating some veggies or protein. That should help curb any cravings that might be happening if you've been eating less than healthy food choices.

hope you feel better soon.
- manyembers

Post Edited (manyembers) : 12/9/2007 11:10:02 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/10/2007 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I use to go all day without eating until suppertime. I gained a lot of weight anyway. I found out that if you eat small portions four to six times a day your body handles it better. I guess by not eating, my body was storing fats thinking I was needing them. Isn't that weird.

Food comforts us, and it is a hard habit to break. Like Embers said, try a menu. Go for walks when you can. And remember, we always think we look worse than we do. I think it has to do with a negative self image, but when you feel fat it feels lousy. But please don't dispair, I am sure you will get a lot of input here, we have all gone through it.

Luv and Hugs,
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