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So, what do you do when life sends you lemons and you no longer drink lemonade?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 11, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Yes, this is a comfort eating question.

Life stinks at the moment (literally as we have no working sewers in our area and I have just heard we will be likely to get any in the next 6 months)

My next job today is to pick up a chemical toilet, and register the death of our 9 month puppy who was put down at the weekend (vet said no cure, and a life of pain)

Enough moaning. In the old days I would now be eating chocolate by the ton interspersed with fudge. In fact I would have made a tray of fudge and would now be eating it all by myself. Somehow bacon and eggs just doesn't work the same way.

What do you eat when life gets stinky?

Kit

Edit...in case you were wondering why we have no sewers, I live in Christchurch NZ.

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on May 07, 2011
at 10:56 PM

She lives in a set of granny flats, and her one has to be demolished but apparently most of the other flats are fine so she'll just move into one of them :P

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on May 04, 2011
at 07:41 PM

I'm on the lookout for it! Glad to hear your mum was OK. Is her house OK?

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on April 12, 2011
at 12:59 AM

if you eat heavy cream, take one choclate square about 1 inch by 1 inch of 70% and 1 to 1.5 tbls of creme, heat in microwave for 15 second intervals until mixed...drink....yummmie!

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on April 12, 2011
at 12:26 AM

When I need a laugh I watch Chris Tucker doing his Michael Jackson "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" karaoke in the Triad bar - complete with comically dynamic leg kicks - from Rush Hour II. :-D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8X_kUL7PBY "Jamooonnn, Lee!"

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2011
at 11:22 PM

Awesome answer! Yup - exercise is essential for staving off depression.

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:49 PM

Thank you. There's more than one reason it's 'comfort food'. THe key is to just not go overboard. And don't berate yourself for indulging.

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:31 PM

Me too. So yummy. I really can't go crazy with it either because after about half a cup I'm just completely satiated.

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:13 PM

ooohhh that sounds good, maybe I'll pick some dark choc up on the way home.

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:03 PM

That's funny! And too bad. Do you eat dark chocolate? If so, you can...eat some dark chocolate.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on April 11, 2011
at 10:29 PM

I've been a bit down in the dumps lately and pondering the same thing. Exercise has been my go-to for years, but now I am trying hard to make sure I don't "over train". Plus, when I get whiny, I don't feel like doing anything.

I love a new outfit, new make-up, a book or a mani/pedi to cheer myself up sometimes, but that is not something I can do often due to money constraints.

If I really feel like getting away from it all, an awesome bike ride can really turn a day around.

As far as food goes, sometimes I just try to do my best with replacement foods like extra dark chocolate or "paleo" brownies or a gluten free pizza. And sometimes? I just say "Screw it!" and eat the damn cupcake! :p I think the key for me now, is I am pretty good at not letting one cupcake turn into 12.

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on April 11, 2011
at 10:49 PM

Thank you. There's more than one reason it's 'comfort food'. THe key is to just not go overboard. And don't berate yourself for indulging.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:10 PM

First off- so sorry for your loss of your pup. That hurts.

Second- Shit Happens, glad to see you are dealing with it.

Third- CHOCOLATE- dark chocolate. Or maybe melted coconut oil, shredded coconut and melted dark chocolate stuck in the fridge to harden.

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on April 12, 2011
at 12:59 AM

if you eat heavy cream, take one choclate square about 1 inch by 1 inch of 70% and 1 to 1.5 tbls of creme, heat in microwave for 15 second intervals until mixed...drink....yummmie!

A4f9da7d094aa72508853588682b65f7

(268)

on April 11, 2011
at 10:13 PM

ooohhh that sounds good, maybe I'll pick some dark choc up on the way home.

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on April 11, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Recovering from an earthquake must be a nightmare, I am really sorry about the situation.

Food doesn't always work me, sometimes watching a silly action movie helps more to just forget about the problems and give the mind a bit of rest.

I also like to make myself a big cup of decaf coffee with thick cream. The first sips especially bring peaceful feeling.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on April 12, 2011
at 12:26 AM

When I need a laugh I watch Chris Tucker doing his Michael Jackson "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" karaoke in the Triad bar - complete with comically dynamic leg kicks - from Rush Hour II. :-D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8X_kUL7PBY "Jamooonnn, Lee!"

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B4ec9ce369e43ea83f06ee645169cee0

on April 11, 2011
at 10:14 PM

Coconut cream, by the spoonful, into my mouth!

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on April 11, 2011
at 10:31 PM

Me too. So yummy. I really can't go crazy with it either because after about half a cup I'm just completely satiated.

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:12 PM

wow. sorry to hear about your pup.

I guess i try to get away to someplace where life isn't stinky and recharge, usually for me, that's the forest. I go for a hike or go for a bike ride, which I like to do alone cause riding my bike really helps me clear my head. Sometimes it's just going to see some friends who love you and are positive people.

Hope the sewer situation doesn't get too out of hand! I'd be a bit worried about the air.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2011
at 11:22 PM

Awesome answer! Yup - exercise is essential for staving off depression.

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on April 12, 2011
at 03:24 PM

Sorry for all your bad luck lately - that is just terrible.

AKD had an amazing recipe for flour-less chocolate cake with chipotle powder it is definitely a good mood lifter here's the link: http://paleohacks.com/questions/26754/what-do-you-now-eat-as-a-treat#axzz1JK3G5iRG

When life is really stinky - I call some girlfriends and go drinking and dancing - nothing like getting all dolled up and going out for a night on the town.

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on April 12, 2011
at 12:37 AM

Sorry about your pup. Mine has been sick for two weeks. How about going for long walks? I find exercise works best for me and is the healthiest option. I would get another pup too!

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03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

on April 11, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Purely on the comfort food front...

Paleo-friendly microwave lava cake :)

http://paleohacks.com/questions/16791/what-is-your-paleo-replacement-for-your-favorite-sweets-n-candies/16948#16948

Other good suggestions in that thread...

I started the Primal Blueprint fitness program a few weeks ago and I think it's also making a difference in my mood and outlook on life.

I also try to stop fighting it when life's in a funk. Just accept it, be okay with it, do something you enjoy, and move on. Life will get better!

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:34 PM

So sad about your puppy! I'm sorry.

I don't propose you find a replacement for your former goodies. I would suggest you work on ways to deal with the stress instead of eating.

What do I do when my life gets stinky? I do what I CAN DO and pray!

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:22 PM

as a 'reformed' chocoholic and 2months paleo, i would have to say that when you're really feeling those cravings, you need to recognise them! you don't have to give in to it as there are some great paleo/primal chocolate recipes for a choc fix (i recommend marinas choch brownies)

paleo brownies by http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com/2008/08/midnight-cravings-fudgy-coconut-flour.html

my feeling is that if you continue to refuse to allow yourself what you most want (e.g. chocolate) then sooner or later you are going to hit a brick wall and instead of being able to choose a paleo-ish option you will succumb to a lesser option. i recommend macking a big batch of brownies and freeze them in bags of 1 or 2. then when you hit that wall you can defrost and go (thaw out o/night or zap in microwave and drizzle with melted dark chocolate).

i'm in australia so i recognise that you have done very well to not give in to temptation. by this stage i would be down to pancake parlour with the choc triple stack pancakes with cream, berries and choc syrup. but we all know that's not the answer! good luck and sorry to here about your puppy after all the other sh1te you've been through recently.

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on May 04, 2011
at 02:12 AM

YOU GET MAD. You get in life's face and say "I don't want your damn lemons." You tell life, I"m going to burn your house down... with the lemons!

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on May 04, 2011
at 02:08 AM

Kit, can you get hold of any Schoc chocolate? It's made in Greytown and is simply the best kiwi chocolate I've ever had. EVER.

If you can't, I'm happy to send some down to you (I live in Auckland). My mum lives in Christchurch as well and she spent a couple of weeks with grandma in Greymouth to get away from the constant afershocks.

I'm really sorry to hear of your loss; what happened in Christchurch was awful.

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on May 04, 2011
at 07:41 PM

I'm on the lookout for it! Glad to hear your mum was OK. Is her house OK?

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(65)

on May 07, 2011
at 10:56 PM

She lives in a set of granny flats, and her one has to be demolished but apparently most of the other flats are fine so she'll just move into one of them :P

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:54 PM

*HUGS Covering things in chocolate is something that's worked for me (I'm not 100%paleo so take it for what it's worth). I melt dark chocolate with coconut oil and dip frozen chunks of bananas(which can then be rolled in chopped nuts or coconut) and then keep in the freezer, I've dunked prunes (Grock rocks), frozen raspberries, nuts and yes, even salty crunchy crispy things like potato chips (I'm not particularly proud of that one but it was fabulous). Just keep this in mind- 'If i'm going to stray/indulge, it's gonna be worth it and something that I'll really enjoy!' and savor it. Take your time and TASTE it. Enjoy it. I hope things turn around real soon. <3

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:52 PM

Count your blessings and read this

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