Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wisdom from the Counselor

When I talked to the counselor about wanting to be able to enjoy food -- including things that probably aren't considered amazing choices like cheese dip and pizza -- she had something really insightful and great to say. She suggested enjoying those things, but not when sad. When you're sad, you go for healthy things. You work to use food to fuel your body, but you don't pick things that are "bad" choices when you're feeling down. Food is not for comfort, food is for fuel and to enjoy in moderation.

Only eat cheese dip (or whatever your food achilles heel is) when you feel sane, calm, and normal about food. When sad, stay clear of it.

I guess I will not have any tonight, even though I thought to myself "Man I should get some cheese tonight!". I am grateful she told me that, or else I would likely have eaten an entire block myself tonight.


  1. That's a really great suggestion! I mean, I know how often I eat the worst foods for me when I'm feeling sad or down.

  2. Sarah, what courage to recognize something not being right and follow through with action. I think you are already on your way to better days. Will you be seeing the counselor weekly for a while? Sounds like she had some good insight. Everything is just harder when you feel as if you don't have a close circle of friends. I wish that for you.

  3. Sharon - I will be going weekly for awhile, until we get things straightened out in my head. I am feeling hopeful about working with her.

  4. That is great advice.

  5. Great advice! I used food to help comfort me for WAY too long. Lots of drive thru windows and chinese take out! Glad you are talking to someone! :)

  6. Hey, I'm impressed. That's good advice. And good job reaching out, I totally understand how hard it is to pick up that phone and call a counselor. I did it a year and a half ago and I'm infinitely glad that I did.

    I like your blog, and I left you something on mine if you do that kind of thing. Best!

  7. You have an award waiting for you at my blog!
    Have a great weekend, Sarah!



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