Why do I get so depressed on S days?

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GabbyGirl2
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Why do I get so depressed on S days?

Post by GabbyGirl2 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:32 pm

Every S day I've had, I've become very depressed. I feel like no time has passed since my worst compulsive eating days. The act of eating more and at random intervals, which is supposed to make S days fun, is not making me happy. I feel like I am cheating! I've just had a string of 5 perfect N days, so I should feel great, but I don't. What's wrong with me?

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Re: Why do I get so depressed on S days?

Post by Whosonfirst » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:01 pm

GabbyGirl2 wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:32 pm
Every S day I've had, I've become very depressed. I feel like no time has passed since my worst compulsive eating days. The act of eating more and at random intervals, which is supposed to make S days fun, is not making me happy. I feel like I am cheating! I've just had a string of 5 perfect N days, so I should feel great, but I don't. What's wrong with me?
Well it's only been a month since you've started NoS. S days are much harder to get under control than NoS days in my humble opinion. Some of us take it as WTH weekend, when we should try to somewhat maintain something closer to N-sanity days. Maybe a sweet, or two, 2nds at one meal, maybe dessert. But I've found getting back on an Nday schedule on Monday is easier if we keep it somewhat sane over the weekends. My opinion only. Give it some time.
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Re: Why do I get so depressed on S days?

Post by GabbyGirl2 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:53 pm

Thanks, Whosonfirst. I have read that some members stick to 3 meals/plates on weekends, with a few treats thrown in. I'm going to try that, at least for maybe two weeks and see if I am comfortable with that. I think I recall Reinhard saying that S days eventually look like N days, but with a few treats. You are right, I'm still a noob.

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Re: Why do I get so depressed on S days?

Post by oolala53 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:25 am

You might not like this but after many years, I've come to the conclusion that it could be two things.

1. Sweets and processed foods are literally depressive drugs, or have a quick high and the nearly inevitable down. That's why I have always said never to believe any conclusions about yourself (or just about anything) when you are under the influence. Just like psychiatric medications can affect a person's thought- we hope they improve them-, so can food, especially ultraprocessed food. (Don't know if that's what you were eating.)

2. We have unconsciously linked overeating and guilt for so long that eating the compulsion foods or extra amounts trips the wire.

I think there is no set formula to follow to counteract the effect. It will be individual how much, how often and to what degree it seems worth it.

Just don't let it upset your N day equanimity!
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Re: Why do I get so depressed on S days?

Post by GabbyGirl2 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:17 am

I think it's number 2. It wasn't any particular binge food for me, so it was the extra amounts of food, and the old grazing behavior. I need more structure.

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