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Dibble Me! 🐧

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

Little did I know last December when buying our first home that a closing date of March 31, 2020 would be such a nightmare. There was no way that I could have known what the world had in store for this spring with the COVID-19 pandemic. Packing in < 3 days, driving across soon to be policed provincial borders, sanitizing every gas pump, sleeping in unfamiliar beds and self-isolating had not been on the menu last Fall.

The last 3 weeks have been a whirlwind, but what did I notice tonight after our first full day in our new home? I have 0 cravings for chips or chocolate!


I have eaten more chips, sugary treats and soda in the last 3 weeks than I have done for months. I have jokingly quoted the Penguins movie whilst tucking into some cheesy puffs on multiple occasions; “Dibble Me!”. Why? The dynamic and new stressors in my life, like so many others across the world, gobbling up all the energy in my tank. Reaching for that quick dopamine fix and the burst of energy found in those processed and ever so tasty junk foods is my body crying out “I do not feel calm, I am not ok”! And why have my cravings abated? Because I finally feel safe. Having my own home, knowing I have a mattress to sleep on, a cozy couch in front of the fire, laundry on site and a pan to cook my morning eggs in tells me that this will all be ok. It frees up my energy to focus on my response both personally and professionally to the virus.


Susan famously says in Foundations that reaching for salt and vinegar Miss Vickie’s is her tell. A colleague of mine told me that it was donuts for her for the last couple of weeks. And those are just the food tells. What about impulsively checking the news, overbuying toilet paper, flinching at a cough or snapping at our loved ones?

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Liz Shepherd
Liz Shepherd
Apr 13, 2020
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Hi Connie, yes and no. So it is more that my red brain was in high alert because of everything being in flux, I didn't have the stability in my life to truly feel safe and calm my red brain. In this state, junk food was providing little dopamine hits for me and giving me little bursts of energy, which were needed as being in a red brain state is energy draining. It's not fixating on food, but rather maladaptive using high sugar/fat foods to boost my energy, rather than addressing the underlying stressors, which at the time I wasn't really able to. Pg 2 of Stuart's infosheet on obesity actually goes into the science behind it: https://self-reg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/OBESITY_printable.pdf?pdf=obesity


When it…

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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
Apr 11, 2020
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I would love to share, Connie, but am afraid I would not explain it well. I wonder if Jamie or Lis could chime in here with more.


Aviva

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Liz Shepherd
Liz Shepherd
Apr 02, 2020
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Ha, I wasn't writing about our chat last week @Jamie at all *eherm*. But you are absolutely right, fixating is a huge one! A healthy dose of step 4 (Reflecting) tells us that these obtrusive/fixated thoughts and tension we carry in our bodies are a sign of not being calm and not feeling safe. Two days ago it was "I need a swiffer, these floors are so dirty", yesterday it was "I need to buy soy sauce, this sachet isn't enough", today it is "how am I going to do this uber specific work thing". Each day the fixations become a little less severe, but of course are still dependent on my energy. I think like so many of us,…

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Jamie Barker
Jamie Barker
Apr 02, 2020
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This is so true! and I am so so happy that you made it to your new home safely! I've noticed my craving for junk food (re: colleague going for the doughnuts LOL) has slowly started to come down a bit (though not completely). Another thing I've noticed is that I became fixated on certain items (i.e. not having enough toilet paper so obsessing about trying to find & buy a pack, even though we have plenty) and my new obsession was getting more handsoap after my husband and roommate bought an extra pack of toilet paper, I needed something else to fixate on. I had a bit of a human moment myself last week, when I realized I was…

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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
Apr 02, 2020
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What an important post for people to read right now. Look at all of the baking posts on social media now. Do they connect with this thinking to? Glad that you now feel safe and have moved in. Hopefully the rest of your time in this house will be a little less eventful. :)


Aviva

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