The Straight Dope

Go Back   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > In My Humble Opinion (IMHO)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-09-2011, 02:48 PM
Indyellen Indyellen is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Eating makes me Sad

"Eating makes me sad." My husband said this to me the other day, and repeated it today. He was talking about eating at lunch, then in the afternoon feeling sad / depressed emotionally. Not like the sugar sleepies, but actually sad.

He is (IMO) having major depressive symptoms and has for a while, but he hasn't agreed to any sort of treatment yet. However, this is a very specific-seeming cause and effect, and I was wondering if anyone else had ever heard of this.

I could guess at celiac disease or gluten intolerance, or maybe even blood glucose issues, but I thought I'd see if anyone else has experienced this, and what (if anything) they found to help it.

I'm putting this here because it's "medical" in nature, but it's not really a GQ sort of thing. Any input is welcome.
Reply With Quote
Advertisements  
  #2  
Old 09-09-2011, 02:52 PM
elfkin477 elfkin477 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: NH
Posts: 19,495
Is he overweight? The reaction might be psychological in origin, especially if he has issues with guilt and shame about his weight, rather than physiological.
__________________
Stalk follow me on Twitter
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-09-2011, 04:07 PM
Indyellen Indyellen is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Quote:
Originally Posted by elfkin477 View Post
Is he overweight? The reaction might be psychological in origin, especially if he has issues with guilt and shame about his weight, rather than physiological.
He has recently lost about 30-40 lbs and weighs less than he did even when we met 9 years ago. It's still possible it's psychological, though. Good idea.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-09-2011, 04:14 PM
Elysian Elysian is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
I used to feel this way in high school. It was shortly before my doctor said I was hypoglycemic. He should go to his doctor and have a chat.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-09-2011, 05:22 PM
Bayard Bayard is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Does he feel the same way after breakfast or dinner? I have noticed myself feeling sad at lunch on working days, but I think it is because there is little camaraderie in my workplace, I feel as though I have nothing in common with my coworkers, and I always eat alone, which makes me feel lonely and depressed. I'm also dissatisfied with my job, and there is the sense of , "Jesus, I have to go back there now?" when I get done with lunch. But when I eat with my family, I feel fine. So for me, it's not the eating so much as the context, I think. Could it be something like that with your husband?

Best of luck to you both.

Last edited by Bayard; 09-09-2011 at 05:24 PM..
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-09-2011, 06:32 PM
Rachellelogram Rachellelogram is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Does he always eat the same thing for lunch? Could he try skipping lunch entirely, or changing it up to something new, and see if that makes him feel better? Like if he usually eats a peanut butter sandwich, experiment by bringing in a frozen dinner or some fresh veggies and cheese cubes or a bag of pita chips with hummus.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-09-2011, 09:23 PM
don't mind me don't mind me is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2003
Or not eating lunch at all, and doing something else during that time. Get outside and walk, listen to music or informative podcasts through earbuds, read for pleasure. Planning healthy, filling snacks for break times like rachelellogram suggested should tide him over until dinner.

ETA: or take up knitting! I taught myself to knit at my last really boring job, and it's great therapy.

Last edited by don't mind me; 09-09-2011 at 09:23 PM..
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-11-2011, 10:14 AM
Indyellen Indyellen is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
He eats lunch alone, usually, but doesn't always eat the same thing. I've asked him to keep track of what times of day it's happening and what he's eaten when it does. So far, the trend does seem to be gluten=sad, but we're still tracking.
Reply With Quote
Reply



Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2013 Sun-Times Media, LLC.