Burnout recovery tip 13: Chocolate and other baaad good things

This post was written by Megan on December 30, 2010
Posted Under: burnout and recovery

Food and nutrition with burnout recovery cartoon

Eating can be tricky when you are burnt out. Culinary exploration isn't usually top of mind. We're often too tired to muster a meal that involves one food group let alone three. So it's not surprising when easy-reach 'comfort food' (chocolate, fast food, etc.) can become as seductive as heroin. 

Just to keep things interesting, those of us with hypoglycemia as part of the burnout package can get the munchies on an almost constant basis. 

But you know that if you eat rubbish your health is only going to sink further into the dark zone.

If only someone could:

  1. stick a feeding tube in our arm 
  2. drug us to the point of oblivion
    (to give us a rest from our usual half-oblivion)
  3. wake us up when we are recovered

Alas, we are somewhat conscious. Which means we need to feed ourselves.


What's your poison?

Mine? Chocolate…and toast with jam, hot chips, blue cheese and runny brie. And cabernet sauvignon. And tequila. In my book, these guys are to die for. But I don't mean that literally.

Unless you are seriously allergic to the things you crave, chances are, it won't kill you to indulge every once in awhile. It is what I call 'living a balanced life'. With some good, you need to balance with some baaad.

'Everything in moderation' sounds like a sage piece of wisdom. But damn boring. 'Everything in moderation – including moderation' is a better saying methinks.


How to approach it

'Diets don't work,' is another saying we've heard a lot in recent years. Why don't they work? Generally because diets are based on deprivation – what you can't have.

When you have burn out, you are feeling deprived enough.

I have found attempting to eat healthy a good slab of the time helps. For me this means lots leafy greens, legumes, runny eggs, etc. And snacking on a mix of sunflower seeds, pepitas/pumpkin seeds, almonds and dried cranberries (I have containers of these babies everywhere – desk, bed, handbag, bathroom).

BUT I also indulge in those things I love for time to time. After all, life is for living – yes, even when you are burnt out. 


This is the thirteenth post (it's the last one – sniff…) from my series: '13 things towards recovery from burnout'.

And the premise remains the same: what works for me might not work for you.

This post was written by Megan Hills. Megan is a writer and cartoonist who has just won a generous food voucher from her local organic shop (where there is organic chocolate and organic wine – 'organic' means it's good for you).  Find out more about Megan

Reader Comments

Hi, Mega Megan

I eat chocolate because I’m sure it’s got lots of magnesium in it. Best dark chocolate, naturally.


Written By Annys on November 21st, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

Gotta love anything with the magnesium, Annys. Dark chocolate is nectar of the gods. And organic dark chocolate can make us feel almost virtuous. Chin-chin for chocolate from this end, co-traveller.

Written By Megan on November 21st, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

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