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How to stop eating/thinking about sweets to get out of a funk?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM

As of late, i have been in a funk, not depressed, not sad or angry but just feeling uninspired, not excited in general; as a result, I noticed that I'm using sweets as a reward/out of boredom and thinking about sweets/treats more as a mood elevator; having a sweet tooth, this is the natural thing for me to lean to if I'm feeling bleh. I'm taking B supplements, trying to get 8-9 hours of sleep per night, supplementing with fish oil, etc. What is the best way to get out of this funk or 'bleh'?

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on May 19, 2012
at 12:40 PM

I find I have to 'get a head of myself' or I'll start binging, its just a behavior that I can easily fall back into, bordom and no options on hand are my worse enemy. Always make things that you know you'll want, cut them in individual servings and freeze them. Knowing your weaknesses helps you combat them!!

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on May 19, 2012
at 03:28 AM

I know what you mean! Just finished a Whole30 and it wasn't until about week 3 that I realized how I was closing myself in- always thinking about the next few meals and next trip to the store.

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on May 19, 2012
at 02:25 AM

Great suggestion on the sweets! I got menstrual cravings halfway through a personal 30 day challenge this month and got really down on myself and it just snowballed into Wendy's today. My plan is to have "better alternatives" for next time, so these will work great with my new batch of ghee I'm making! Thanks!

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on May 18, 2012
at 11:06 PM

I feel like my diet/health obsession is keeping me from wanting to go out and be social, and this is really unlike me because i'm usually an adventurer who loves to try/see/do new things

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on May 19, 2012
at 12:09 AM

Here are some of the tricks I use to get motivated. One of the best defenses agains the blahs (or depression) is physical activity so I usually try and work something in. Sometime I focus too much on the future though so I don't recommend using 'planning' as your default like I do. When I don't have something to look forward to I get into a terrible funk.

Start training for something. Having a goal is motivating.

Plan a trip and then figure out a way to train for that.

Start a new project that gets you excited. For example, for me this would be reclaiming my back yard by designing it and then working on projects for it.

Start a new program. For example, if I were to start something new right now it would be to learn how to meditate and be in the moment more.

Things that excite or instigate are key to kicking the blahs in the rear. For me at least.

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on May 18, 2012
at 10:38 PM

I know the feeling well. I find being more social definitely helps. So does picking up some other activity that's out of my norm, even if it doesn't seem really inspiring. My goal is to get my mind off of my life/diet/heath/etc and onto something else, and other people are a great help.

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on May 18, 2012
at 11:06 PM

I feel like my diet/health obsession is keeping me from wanting to go out and be social, and this is really unlike me because i'm usually an adventurer who loves to try/see/do new things

Medium avatar

(1240)

on May 19, 2012
at 03:28 AM

I know what you mean! Just finished a Whole30 and it wasn't until about week 3 that I realized how I was closing myself in- always thinking about the next few meals and next trip to the store.

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on May 19, 2012
at 12:45 PM

Hit a heavy bag. That's what I try to do. Heavy bags are always there for you. They absorb all your anger, sadness, etc as you happily beat them. You can hug them. It also gets your mind off the food. Then when you finish, go eat some meat. :) I also recommend talking a walk and talking to some trees.

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on May 18, 2012
at 11:17 PM

sometimes it happens!

Maybe try distracting yourself! At one point I found I had to just keep myself busy, mindless busy work or mindless movement. May sound kind of odd, but I'd put the tv on and walk in place while watching/marching, walking, kicking, anything. Didnt matter if I was there for a hour or two, I was watching a good show and doing some mindless moving and before I knew it I was to tired to go to the kitchen and look for goodies.

I also keep a few batches of 'better' alternatives in the refrigerator in mason jars 1) coconut cream mixed with ghee and honey, 2) ghee mixed with coco powder and honey (my nutella'ish) 3) almond butter mixed with honey. When I get the call for something sweet I just get a small spoon and get some and savor it. I never go past 2 little spoonfuls or my tummy hurts...but I find if I at least have a better alternative on hand, I don't go looking for the snickers my husband has hidden somewhere!!!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 19, 2012
at 12:40 PM

I find I have to 'get a head of myself' or I'll start binging, its just a behavior that I can easily fall back into, bordom and no options on hand are my worse enemy. Always make things that you know you'll want, cut them in individual servings and freeze them. Knowing your weaknesses helps you combat them!!

06894589e5710456ed32c2cd10891c05

(260)

on May 19, 2012
at 02:25 AM

Great suggestion on the sweets! I got menstrual cravings halfway through a personal 30 day challenge this month and got really down on myself and it just snowballed into Wendy's today. My plan is to have "better alternatives" for next time, so these will work great with my new batch of ghee I'm making! Thanks!

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