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Why am I obsessed with food now??

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Ok-so I lost 120 pounds...what is going on with me wanting to eat all the time now??? I had a couple of weeks where I ate out and pigged out some and now all I do is think about food. I have actual hunger pangs when I know I shouldn't be hungry and am having to suffer through them knowing I have already eaten my calories for that meal. I mean I had gotten to where food was just food for once in my life but I am suddenly finding myself thining about it all the time again...wanting something sweet,,,somthing fattening,,,,or something HUGE, GOOEY,DECADENT,totally off my plan!! I have my willpower in place and am stronger than these cravings but I still can not figure out what is going on...and man these hunger pangs are a bummer. Maybe I stretched out my stomach by pigging out last week and it thinks it needs to pig out all the time now. Whatever is going on I REFUSE to let it beat me......I am back on plan and I will not gain back the weight that I worked so hard to lose.

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DELORENZO74 7/25/2010 9:56PM

    Hi Sarah! I am not sure if you are the type of person who can treat yourself to a little bit, but maybe if you satisfy the craving with a small amount of chocolate or whatever you are craving it will suffice? Or perhaps AbigailSing is correct and you are under spiritual attack. If you feel you may be under spiritual attack - this will sound counterintuitive - but maybe you should fast and pray.

You are MORE THAN A CONQUEROR! emoticon

In Him,

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    First, I think it's just great that you've lost 120 pounds. That's absolutely wonderful.

For me, I go through cycles of wanting more food. Sometimes it due to stress and sometimes I have no rhyme or reason.

I think you've got the right attitude. You're aware of what you need to do and you're doing it!


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NURSNANA 6/10/2010 2:56PM

    Hey Sarah, I know exactly how you feel my friend. I have lost over 100 pounds several times in my life and the same thing happened to me and it is scary. We work too hard to get the weight off, and the fact is many of us gain it all back. The only thing that finally made sense to me to explain why I feel so starved & hungry almost constantly was Dr. Oz's book, "You On A Diet". If you do not have this book, it is worth the money to buy it and read it. Chapter 2, "The Science of Appetite" is where he explains what is happening in our body to cause us to feel like we just have to eat something. Here is a little excerpt from his book. "Food Fight" In your hypothalamus, you have hunger and satiety chemicals. The hormone Leptin goes to the satiety center to make you feel full and satisfied, while the signal from the hormone ghrelin makes you want to eat, gorge, and slobber over your every feast. He goes into a lot of detail to explain how this works in our body. And, how we can eat healthy and prevent gaining the weight back. It is a great book, worth every penny in my opinion! He discussed this on his talk show too, and said after weight loss, the ghrelins can cause you to have extreme hunger. For me, I have found if I get back into eating foods with high refined carbohydrates in them, (like sugar and white flour), I start really having terrible cravings. It is like I am in food hell! I hope this makes sense to you, there is a lot of good information in this book and I read and reread it often. Over the years I have bought just about every "diet" book, but this is my favorite! Hugs, Nancy

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ABIGAILSING 6/10/2010 7:42AM

    There is also the spiritual aspect, Sarah. You know this, but by way of reminder... We live in a world that tempts our fleshly delight and this world has a real demonic influence that picks at our weak spots. When we win a victory like you have entered into, the enemy of our soul watches for one crack to open up in our armor. That week of self-indulgence was not a bad thing, but it can be just the crack to give that enemy hope that he can ensnare us again. So yes, our body's mechanisms kick in to cause us to crave, and all these things about sugar's effect on our body is truth that we must realize, but we must also realize that our enemy picks at that spot, intensifying our focus on those cravings until we give in. So stay the course, fight the good fight of faith, and never forget that there is an underworldly component to our cravings. I pray freedom, in Jesus name! You belong to our Lord, and the enemy must flee. (Psalm 37 *1-11)

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SJG1953 6/10/2010 2:29AM

    Great mindset Sarah. I have those days too when I think about food too much. I try to get myself busy doing something else so that I won't think about it. It works most of the time. I think it's going to be a life long battle for us. I know it is for me. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Shirley

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MARYMAC45 6/9/2010 9:32PM

    I know it is difficult but stick with the plan. I notice that when I pig out for a few days, it sets me off course. then I crave sweets (my weekness) It takes time but getting back on track is the thing to do, After a few days of "no sweets" stops those terrible cravings. Good luck, you can do this!

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CHRYS13 6/9/2010 8:29PM

    Are you over-tired? Stressed? You're needing something somewhere! At any rate, this will pass, and with your plan in place, you'll emerge the winner! Congratulations on all you've achieved!

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CGDINASIA 6/9/2010 2:01PM

    Great attitude, Sarah. I hear you loud and clear. For me, it's certain types of food that seem to trigger those types of feelings. When I walk away from them often enough, they eventually go away. It's a fight to the end, tho'. Stay strong, my friend.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 6/9/2010 12:22PM

    You have a winning attitude Sarah. I think if you stick to your plan you will get past this time.

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RURAL3 6/9/2010 11:43AM

    I hear you Sarah. I have gone off last week too and am having problems this week. I know this will pass but I understand the frustration after we worked so hard. We will not let this beat us. emoticon

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DAISY443 6/9/2010 11:19AM

    I stuff myself with carrots, celery, green pepper strips, radishes, raw cauliflower when I get those urges. It seems to help but may make you seem heavier for a few days 'til your body adjusts. It must be hard with a family to stay on track! emoticon emoticon

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DOTSLADY 6/9/2010 10:12AM

    I agree with Ravensong (well said). Been reading about neurotransmitters, and it is something to consider. Your tummy is talking to your brain, and I'm glad your brain is winning out. Keep up neuro support with good food. You just might need extra right now.

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DIXIECHIC60 6/9/2010 9:57AM

    You have the right mind set. Jump back on and keep going. I have had a rough few days myself. We all do. Keep busy and focus on you and not the food. Easier said than done. Just remember tomorrow is another day. Look at the positive as to where you were, what you have done, pat yourself on the back and move past it. you will be just fine. You are only human like the rest of us on this journey. emoticon

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    Sarah....I could be wrong but IMO sweet stuff can trigger something in our brain which causes us to crave that stuff...and badly too, as you are finding out.
The same applies to savoury too I believe.
I have to admit that I've cut all sweet stuff out of my healthy eating plan and don't crave it at all. Personally, I don't want to gain any of those poundies back again!!

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RAVENSONG37 6/9/2010 9:40AM

    I really think that your body is telling you it needs something...probably not food...but is there something going on in your life that feels out of control, stressful, upsetting? Are you struggling with accepting your "new" body? Quite often our minds are hungering for some kind of emotional nourishment that we misunderstand as hunger for food/alcohol/shopping/sex/etc. I know you can get through this! You have come a long way!!

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MADEMCHE 6/9/2010 9:37AM

    Good for you! Just writing it down that you are struggling is the first step. Then you can take control of the eating, or at least that works for me. You have done so well! You can get back where you want to be food wise in no time. This weight loss journey is one crazy ride after another, all you have to do is stay on it!

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ALICERIEGER 6/9/2010 9:37AM

    Don't give up! This too will pass. I went through the same thing - gnawing in my stomach and growling and I hadn't even pigged out yet. Things are better now but maintaining is just as hard for me as losing was. I feel so much better now I refuse to give in.

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