Thursday, June 3, 2010

Is Food My Drug of Choice?

I've had a couple moments this week where I totally had an understanding of why people do drugs. Never fear, I'm not heading toward my nearest crack dealer. But a couple days this week I truly felt like I wanted to just pop some pill or drink some drink that would just make the bad feelings STOP.

And I got to thinking about food being something I use in those situations. Somehow what's been happening lately isn't anything that ice cream can cure. Trust me, I've tried. But I know I do it all the time.

Bad feeling? Ack! Must eat chocolate! Make it stop!

I spent a couple years in a haze of various anti-depressants, and I truly do not want to go back there. I truly do not believe that I need something all the time anyway. I've narrowed it down to my feeling bad generally in the week or so before my period (okay, sometimes two weeks) and feeling bad generally when I have to go to work.

Which sadly, happens about five times a week. For eight hours at a time.

But the rest of the time? I'm fine!

Anyway, my latest potential solution has been going to the drug store and stocking up on every supplement and herb that is supposedly helpful with mood, stress management, or PMS.

I'm taking a multi-vitamin, B6, Calcium and Magnesium, Fish Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and St. John's wort. I'll keep you posted on how this goes. I've started slowly, just taking one of each per day. Some of these things say on the instructions to take two pills three times a day! Ugh.

Anybody have any good advice on which supplements have helped you stabilize your mood? Not counting chocolate, I mean.


meleemistress said...

Let me know how the supplements turn out. I've noticed the same monthly mood problems and I need to address them.

Right now my solution is exercise. Lots of it. I exercise 5 days per week anyway, and I'm going to try to add 20 minutes of light cardio every day in the week before my period. I'll let you know how that goes.

ASTRA REED said...

You have shared really a factful things with us through your blog to avoid junk food choclates and ice creams... is the only solution to get rid of fatness.. nice to hear that u reduced the weight.. keep it up..

Food Addict said...

oh my gosh, I have the same problem with my period. I'm very depressed the week before my period... and I turn to chocolate. Every good eating decision I make a month is thrown out when my period comes around. Is AWFUL.

I found your blog while trying to google my blog :) which is called "Food: my drug of choice" so it makes sense google sent me here!