Dealing with sugar withdrawl emotionally


StephResets

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So, this may have been discussed already in the forum and if so then my apologies. But, I'm struggling with how to deal with the emotional relationship I have with food, more specifically sugar. In this statement "The program is designed to help break unhealthy patterns of behavior, stop stress-related comfort eating, and reduce cravings, particularly for sugar and carbohydrates." there is something I'm missing. I realize the program is designed to stop bad habits and cravings, but if all I needed to do was stop my bad habits, wouldn't I have already done that on my own? I mean, there has been a payoff from food that I've been getting for a long time. Its not that I didn't know how to eat better, I couldn't eat better. Because the food has been offering an emotional payoff, though temporary and unhealthy, but a self soothing nonetheless. What are you supposed to do with your emotions when this self soothing source is removed? I don't quite no where to put that energy yet. Any tips would be great. Thank you so much!

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Try other self-soothing techniques. Go for a walk, work on a craft or learn a new one to keep your hands and mind busy - painting, drawing, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, woodworking, whatever. 

People generally have difficulty just stopping bad habits on their own. The structure, rules, and tough love of a program like the Whole30 can give people a mechanism to actually succeed in breaking the bad habits. There's no sugar-coating anything (haha! I made a joke!) - you screw up; you start over. 

If absolutely nothing else works, then it wouldn't be unheard of to seek the help of a therapist for assistance in developing healthy self-soothing mechanisms. 

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Hey Steph, it is really hard. I don’t have a connection to sugar but I do with things like fast food and pizza. They make me feel good and even worse I have relied on them my whole life to help me deal with things. Even simple things like nervousness before a meeting. My whole30 took the McDonald’s, the Papa johns away as a coping mechanism and all that was left were my feelings.  Scary, right?  Food can really mess with you, physically mentally and emotionally ... 

when you say “I couldn’t eat better” I believe you.  

Sometimes meditation can help. Journaling can help. Also coming here to talk to this community was an enormous help to me...

have you read read this book? https://www.amazon.com/Power-Habit-What-Life-Business/dp/081298160X/

there is a section on willpower and it really resonated with me. Basically, it says that willpower is a finite resource and if you are spent you might not be able to make the choice that is more difficult, delays gratification or has poor long term affects (effects?). A lot of it ties in to the ideas in Food Freedom Forever...

It doesn’t get recommended enough but therapy can really help find a plan to problem solve on things like this.  

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