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    • #2650

      Mrs. Love Chard
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      @Bethany

      This topic discussion is for any and all emotional eating struggles + support.

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    • #3403

      Bryoni
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      @Bryoni

      Living with my parents again isn’t helping. The way of staying on track for me was to just not buy any unhealthy food. Because if it’s not in my house i can’t eat it. That worked great! Until my hopefully-soon-to-be-ex-husband told me he wanted a divorce. Which made my son and i having to move in with my parents.

      And my parents are on the SDD (Standard Dutch Diet). Guess what?!? The unhealthy food is in the house and i have to eat it….. :'( Pfffff

      It’s a big struggle…

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      • #4973

        Mrs. Love Chard
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        @Bethany

        I am so proud of you for continuing on your whole food, plant-based journey even through hard times with your soon-to-be-ex. I can understand the struggles of going back to your parents’!  What things can you put in place to make sure that YOU always have some things to eat so that you don’t “have” to eat the Standard Dutch Diet foods in the house?

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      VeganVieira
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      @VeganVieira

      I struggle with nighttime eating.  I think it’s tied to boredom and I use food as a way to enjoy some ‘me time’ while my youngest is in bed.  How silly is that?

      Anyway, I’m really focusing on extending my fasted window so it’s key that I not snack after dinner at all.  I’m going to have a slightly later dinner than I have been and then close the kitchen for the night at 7. I usually have a fairly late breakfast so that should give me nice window for some cellular repair and help me avoid mindless calories.

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      • #4975

        Mrs. Love Chard
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        @Bethany

        Not silly! I can totally relate to the nighttime eating. I have been fasting for a couple years now, usually my window is 2pm-8pm ish. I try to not get too close to bedtime. When I’m done eating for the day, I sip on chamomile tea. If I feel a toxic craving coming on, I hurry and brush my teeth. 🙂

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      • #5313

        Julie.Taylor
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        @Julie.Taylor

        What is the purpose of a “fasting window”? I’m not familiar with this concept.

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      • #5644

        Mrs. Love Chard
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        @Bethany

        Julie, intermittent fasting is sooo great for the body! Once you get the food right, you can move to deciphering the difference between true hunger and toxic hunger. We want to work towards only feeding the body when it’s truly hungry and avoid recreational eating or overeating. When we do this, it makes time for our body to do other things besides digest — which is one of the most taxing thing for the body. Dr. Fuhrman touches on this in Eat to Live, Super Immunity, and also has a book devoted to it called Fasting and Eating for Health.

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    • #3949

      Sherrie
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      @wahminsc

      Emotional eating has thrown me off my game for a few weeks now.  I buried my grandmother and mother-in-law within a month and then I lost my senior dog last week after a rapid decline.  I have been crying on and off since March and craving sugary and starchy things.  I’m trying to cut the sugar by enjoying more fruit and picked up date sugar and date syrup for cooking and baking but ran into the revolt by the fam.  If I bake with those sweeteners, I will be eating those goodies alone.  That’s another thing, though.

      Here’s to trying to do anything but eat my feelings.

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      • #4977

        Mrs. Love Chard
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        @Bethany

        Sherrie, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother, mother-in-law, and pet. <3 My thoughts are with you and your family! I am so happy to hear that you have made some swaps and are enjoying dates and fruit instead of refined sugar. WIN… even if your family isn’t on board right now. Focus on Sherrie… fill your cup, girl! What are some things, non food related, that bring you joy that you can spend some extra time focusing on?

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      • #6586

        Sherrie
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        @wahminsc

        Thanks.  Non-food related things that bring me joy are all my geeky pleasures – gaming, anime, and sci-fi.  Music is up there, too.  I do tend to fall down musical rabbit holes and end up dancing through the day.   Not that dancing all day is a bad thing.

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    • #6579

      Stephanie
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      @Sf969

      Emotional eating and nighttime eating are huge challenges for me.  While I don’t have a fasting window per se, I do like to wait at least 12 hours before my last bite at night and first the next day.  It’s a goal but I don’t always achieve it.  I think I might research this a little more.  I research EVERYTHING that interests me :).

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      • #6588

        Sherrie
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        @wahminsc

        I try to stick with a 12-hour window of eating, but my work schedule changed and my meal schedule is different from the fams.

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