prediabetic emotional eater

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returntomaui posted on Tue, Jan 26 2010 9:17 AM

I'm new, and trying so hard not to become diabetic.  I "know" what I need to do.  However, I am an emotional eater who turns to food when lonely, stressed, depressed, angry, hurt, overwhelmed, unappreciated--you get the picture.

I can plan and eat healthy meals.  When one of the above situations happens, I'll eat when I'm not hungry, overeat, and because I limit treats in the house, will actually go drive to get something.

I've also had some temporary physical limitations and would love to find a pool in the Andover area that does not require full gym membership.

Any suggestions?  Does Joslin offer a program for emotional eaters?

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thank you for the information on the articles, and the advice to join the Y--I need a "push".  (To join, not to jump in!)

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jen1229 replied on Wed, Jan 27 2010 8:11 AM

Hi:

Is there a YMCA in your area?  I belong to the Y here and pay $58 a month for membership.  Thye also have a program for people who cannot afford membership.  Our Y is 7 years old, has a lovely pool, which is not big enough, sauna, steam room, full wellness center walking track, even a climbing wall.  So if there is a Y in your area try them.

Jen  - LevemirConfused and Novalog Wink A1c 5.8

 

 

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nance replied on Fri, Jan 29 2010 3:45 AM

I hope you can find a pool.  Do they still have the fabulous one at the Hyatt Regency Maui, with the waterfall and all?  In any case, working out is a good thing to indulge in, and also helps in de-stressing.  I, too, have tried to find new and different ways to indulge other than food.  Music, audiobooks, workout clothes, to name a few.  Even with food, I love to find new and different, but more healthy types of foods.  I eat as little as possible, so I want it to be the highest quality nutritionally and the least damaging possible, and out of necessity, have discovered many new fresh, whole and natural unprocessed, high fiber, low fat foods that I never knew existed before diagnosis.  I only wish that I had discovered them pre-diagnosis.  I recommend carb-counting.  You are in a good position to make a huge long-term difference your overall health.  Are you checking your blood sugar with a meter on a regular basis?  I think the blood sugar meter is an excellent personal trainer.  When you see the results of the food and exercise types and amounts, it's a whole new motivational ballgame.  When you focus on health and fitness, including blood sugar fitness, food is just the fuel, and a ride in the car is time away from being active.  (But a ride in the car does allow me a chance to indulge in audiobooks, and occasional rock and roll, which makes excellent accompaniment to glute squeezes and mini ab-crunches.)

Nance, T2 dx 7/98; diet and exercise/no meds 11 yrs; 500mg Glucophage XR 4/day, 5mg Glucotrol XL 3/day; A1c av. in 6s.  Treadmill, elliptical, biking, Arc trainer, dumbbells, other resistance moves -- 30-60 minutes a day.

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Hi jen1220,

Yes, there is a lovely one, with swim hours when I work, or when I would have to return around 7:30 PM (I'm pretty immovable once I'm "in for the night"). 

During PT this week, I experienced a Wii Fit--it may be a short term answer.  I'll become stronger and feel more like coming out of my cave after work :)

Thank you for your suggestion.  I appreciate it.

returntomaui

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Nance, yes, I hope I can find a pool--there are Ys--need to find an affordable one with hours I can use.  Next I'll try local hotels to see if they offer community membership.  What would be ideal is low-cost, on my way home from work. 

I was at the Hyatt Regency Maui four years ago, and yes, the fabulous pool, waterfall and all was there--wouldn't that be nice to have to use?  I even accepted a challenge for the slide that goes through the tunnel.

The meter has not been suggested.  It certainly would be a motivator.  I have monthly appts. with NP and will ask.  I had a wonderful RD for over a year.  She is no longer with health plan.  Next one was a sylph who wouldn't know an eating problem if it bit her. 

My current efforts are avoiding processed food.  Prepare recipes with lots of fiber, and fresh foods--if only I had a "servant" to prepare what I'm in the mood for.  I made a big batch of lentil soup.  After three days of it, I need to freeze the rest.  And that is ok.  I find that when I shop for a recipe that sounds great, and go to make it, I'm not in the mood for it!  So, I'm trying to have quick, healthy alternatives.  I'm making progress, but emotional eating can undermine my efforts so quickly.  I'm not at the excercise level you are but hope to be soon.  Thank you for your reply.

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jen1229 replied on Fri, Jan 29 2010 8:10 AM

Hi Sorry the Y hours don't work out for you. I had the same problem when I was working.  Now I'm on disability so I can go in the morning.  I'm on Weight Watchers and many of the people on the WW discussion board for diabetes use he Wii fit for exercising. I understand that with some of the programs you can get quite a workout.  I can't stand up long enough for that kind of exercise so I do water aerobics at the Y after swimming my lap.

Jen  - LevemirConfused and Novalog Wink A1c 5.8

 

 

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I'm a swimmer...due to an ankle and a knee surgery..swimming is best, non weight bearing... for re-hab afrer surgery and until I can walk again and do other activities...if you are not self-motivated.....I'd say..join a Y. The socail contac canot be underestimated a a positive reinforcement.

 

Geting OUT..eating well..all oif it helps..do your best in each area...diet, exercise, social...and eventually..a PLAN will emerge that fits you!

Also..today's NYTimes had an article on exercise and cells..

 

 

This was one response to it:

 

 

The news about how diet and exercise can affect the length of telomeres is incredibly encouraging and hopeful.

Last week a study appeared in JAMA about how omega-3s increased the length of telomeres.

“The main result of our study is that patients with high levels of Omega-3 fish oil in the blood appear to have a slowing of the biological aging process over five years as measured by the change in telomere length.

It’s also the first study that shows that a dietary factor may be able to slow down telomere shortening.”

Athletes take note: high concentrations of omega-3s in muscle cells lead to improved athletic performance.

A 2008 twin study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine compared the telomere length of exercising twins versus couch-potato twins.

After only 12 months, the telomere’s of the exercising showed the equivalent of being 10 years younger than their couch-potato siblings.

Dr. Dean Ornish also demonstrated a telomere boost from exercise, a low fat diet high in fruits & vegetables, and participation in yoga or meditation.

I just summarized this research last week in:

“A New Role for Omega-3? Lengthening Our Telomeres–A Key Marker for Aging, Longer Life, and Health. From JAMA & UCSF.”

http://www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_healthy_long_life/telomeres/

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thank you for the information on the articles, and the advice to join the Y--I need a "push".  (To join, not to jump in!)

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zrebiec replied on Fri, Jan 29 2010 1:18 PM

At Joslin in Boston we have a group of behavioral health specialists who are experts in helping people to cope with emotional eating. Give us a call at 617-732-2594.

John Zrebiec, MSW, CDE

Behavioral Health Services

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