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Compulsive Eating

Friday, January 04, 2013

I am a compulsive eater. There. I said it. I have been compulsively eating all of my life. I will make a nice, healthy meal, eat it, and then two minutes later follow it with a bowl of cereal, or a sandwich, or some soup, or all three! I can usually go maybe at the most a week without compulsively eating but then something in me will get an urge for something sweet, even if I just ate. So I'll have a small bowl of cereal or a pb&j. Problem is, after that, I'll crave something salty. So after the sugar I'll have some chicken or a ham and cheese sandwich. And sometimes, I just can't stop there. I have to keep going, keep eating everything I see until my stomach hurts.
I recently read a post on Sparkpeople that discussed the difference between emotional eating and compulsive eating. After admitting to myself that I am a compulsive eater, I was able to identify when I was doing it and try to stop. Key word: TRY. It isn't easy. When I catch myself craving food after I just ate I'll try to distract myself with something else or convince myself that I don't need it. It never works! I'll end up eating anyways. And worst is now that I know, I'll be counting the calories in everything I shove down my throat, but I still can't stop. When I finish, I feel sick because knowing all of the extra calories I consumed in twenty minutes after spending a whole day eating healthy and exercising makes me feel both guilty and literally sick. I don't know what to do!
I've started filling my days with a lot of busy work to keep my mind off of the food. Hopefully this works because other wise, I'm out of options.
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    I used to have a very similar problem. I found it was always the worst the week before my period. I felt ravenous and nothing seemed to fill me up. I'd just eat and eat and eat and then I'd feel horrible after I realized how much I had eaten but for me I was still hungry - it just wouldn't go away!!!

    I found out later that I was lacking in the balance of my food in the first place, which in turn was throwing my vitamins and other nutrients way out of whack which is why my body would go crazy and want insane amounts of food. During the times that aren't so bad, make sure you're getting enough fibre and protein. Easiest way to get fibre without going crazy on carbs and calories is to eat a lot of veggies, plus they're packed full of the vitamins and nutrients we need to keep our bodies in line. I found that when I focused on this when I wasn't eating like a madman I was able to have more control on the days that I felt the urge to eat all day.

    Another thing I was able to incorporate after I got the urges more under control, was that I would have a lil something when the need strikes - something that I feel like I want or the craving won't go away, but in a smaller than normal portion. Then I would still be hungry but I would have some water which cleans out the lil bits in your mouth that you can taste in hopes of taking your mind off it. Then I would wait a half hour and see if I was still hungry. Most cases yes, but that was a half hour of food not being shoved into my mouth. Then I would find something different (obviously the 1st food wasn't going to satisfy me so time to grab something new) and do the same thing - have a smaller than normal portion and then some water and then wait another half hour. I cut my consumed calories almost in half on those days. I would still be over my intake most days and the cravings were still almost as long as they were beforehand but just cutting back that half hour all the time and having a smaller portion was the key for me to get closer to that range I was aiming for.

    After my body got used to the change when I would crave food all day, it became easier to eat less in a day and sometimes I could forget about it and I'd go for at least an hour before I'd eat again. Plus I started wanting healthier foods some of the time too!!!

    If you think it might help - try doing something along the same thing. Not everything works for everyone but once you start trying to adapt your old habits you learn your own way to do things =] You'll figure something out and you'll make it!!

    Just remember - it's not about being perfect, it's about being better than yesterday

    Good luck!!
    1903 days ago
    Hello, My name is Michelle and I'm a compulsive overeater too!!!


    You might look into Team IOWL (Inside Out Weight Loss)

    It is based on Renee Stephens podcasts and book (Full Filled) which digs into the deeper issues of why we can't lose and keep off weight...because seriously, we all KNOW how to lose weight, right??

    So what is stopping us??

    It goes deeper and it takes more time than all the quick weight loss schemes out there, but I think it is working for me. I lost 25lbs last year, gained back about 6 over the holidays and I'm ready to repeat my success again this year!! (Yes I call it a success!!)

    I figure two more years of this, and I will love my scale as much I love myself right now!!!!

    (¯`♥´¯) .♥.•*¨`*♫.♥
    .´*.¸.•´♥ We can do it one day at a time!!

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    (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•*´¨`* ♥☆¸.•*´¨`*♥☆
    `*♥☆ Keep Spreading the Spark!!!

    1903 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/4/2013 10:15:59 AM
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