That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the right answer. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I discover an useful answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can answer it..
I normally have a cup of tea and read a book! thinking about nothing important-like fiction-distracts me..
Its very hard, iv came home many times and just had a good cry, we are creating new habits in our life and it's not easy, it's going away from the only way of livig some of us have ever known. the key is that you know it and dont act on it. I called my mom and she said "would it make you feel better if you had "blank" and I thought about it and it might feel good while I was eating it but then comes the guilt , the self loathing and I would throw myself out of ketosis which I tried so hard to get into. I am a food addict, just like any addict, this will never go away, but I have support and I know now why I do what I do and iv had to change my life alot in a short time. I dont set myself up , if someone wants to have lunch out, I'm simply not ready so I say how about we meet for coffee. same with easter, my sisiter is having a brunch at her house, I'm not going, I'm going to church and maybe take my kiddo to a movie becasue as the saying goes "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail" these boards are so supportive, in my short time on medifast these people whom iv never met IRL have been God sends to me.
Hope that helps.
I call a friend or start a project around the house. It has worked so far but I'm never hungry on this diet. I have to remind myself to eat!!!..
I still have days like this but last year when I started this journey it was much worse. What I loved about the site I was on was blogging. When I had triggers or bad food days I would write about it. When good things happened I wrote about it. Now looking back I can see connections and insites to why I make certain decisions. It was super helpful and eye opening for me.....
I fight this battle some days more than others..
The last couple of weeks have been a total waterfall of emotions due to the following reasons:.
1. My old horse finally is getting placed in his new home. It has taken months of sitting on the edge of my hands to get him accepted permantly into a program. When I got the final word last week it was a HUGE weight off my shoulders but it made me very sad that he is really leaving me. That horse gave me the confidence to do so many things that otherwise I would never have done..
2. The Government Shutdown stuff. I work for the DoD on a base. It has been very intense planning for if we were shut down and how things would be handled. It was decided that I was essential but so many of my friends were not. OH and it was decided on thursday afternoon that I was essential so my stress level was through the roof because I was worried about $$..
3. My server was down most of last week and I was dealing with several panicky people..
It was a bad week and I didn't handle it as well as I have done in the past. I just think three big stressors all at once was to much for my brain to handle..
Also I was off my meds for 3 days and was in a serious funk. I am back on them but yikes..that wasn't fun...
Its rough....but I just watch tv or go to sleep or depends if I'm at work or not!..
I can relate, for sure. when I first started Medifast, I felt helpless when I felt bad feelings..
Lately, my go-to when I feel bad or stressed is CLEANING MY HOUSE. It's a win-win - I'm not thinking about food, and my house stays tidy...
Sarah: I have started to do that at home. My kitchen gets very clean. To bad I can't put that much effort into folding laundry...