This week has been very stressful and at this moment I am feeling so heartbroken. Yesterday we had to take our 14 year old dog in to the vet and decided to have her put down because she was in really bad shape and we didn’t want her to suffer anymore. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do and I can’t stop thinking about her and I keep replaying everything over in my mind. Because of all of this stress I ate very poorly yesterday and pretty much ate everything I could. In the moment I just wanted some comfort and turned to what I always do in those moments. I know that I have to break this cycle of stress eating but it is so hard to change when it is something I have always done.
And today I have to take one of my cats to the vet because we are concerned about his health so I’m hoping and praying that the vet can figure out what is wrong so we can fix it. I feel like I can’t deal with losing another pet this week and it is causing me to think about food and what I can eat today to help me cope. And I’m trying so hard to tell myself that I don’t need to eat junk to feel better. So I am pushing myself to stick with my meal plan for the day and not buy any junk food or eat anything extra. So far I have done okay and stuck with my meal plan.
I need to find better ways to cope when I’m feeling stressed or emotional. So I have come up with a small list of things I can do when I’m feeling this way and have the urge to eat for comfort:
- Go outside and spend time with the animals
- Turn on a favorite show or movie
- Clean a room in the house
- Do a load of laundry from start to finish
- Read a book
- Take a shower
- Go for a drive
- Read some books to my kids
I think these are some good ideas to start with and I need to print these out and keep them on my desk so that I can refer back to it when I’m feeling the need to eat for comfort. I’m just going to take it one day at a time and just get through it the best I can.