Ok, so in my last post, Excuses, Excuses, I said I was going to make better eating decisions even though it was test week and my period was about to start. How did I do you ask?
Not so good. Horrible. It’s not just enough to say, “Ok, I ate terribly, whatever, I’ll do better next time.” Yes, it’s true that you have to exercise self-control at all times and make healthy decisions regardless of circumstance. But if you never address the underlying issue, you will never overcome overeating/binging etc. People rarely overeat or under-eat just for funsies. There is always something else going on, and that something else needs to be dealt with!
So what is it for me? Well, as I said, I was about to start my period. For the longest I have feared that I have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). Besides the depressed mood and labile affect, there is also a component of “Marked change in appetite, overeating, or specific food cravings” according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR). So that is what I need to deal with. I already saw my doctor and will be starting OCPs. I’m also going to do thought replacement and when I have these urges and cravings (it gets bad sometimes ya’ll!) I will distract myself with another activity and keep bad food out of my apartment and replace them with fruits and vegetables. I will also make better efforts to pack my lunch so I don’t have to grab fast food while I’m away from home.
It’s so important to not make this about food, but about overall mental, physical, and spiritual health. Slowly but surely, we’ll get there 🙂