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Overeating is the real deprivation

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Today I listened to a podcast about self-correcting. And there was a great point made about the fact that when we overeat, this is the real deprivation.

It's so true!

I've been in this severe period of overeating and binging. I've reverted back to this awful coping mechanism because my life is overwhelming and stressful right now.

But what I feel and know is that every night, I go to bed feeling more overwhelmed and stressed by the fact that I've binged. And every morning I wake feeling sick to my tummy and exhausted from not sleeping well. Then I go through the day in a fog.

So I'm depriving myself of reducing my stress, of getting a good night's sleep, of having the most energy possible to face the day.

What's more, I'm depriving myself of feeling self-confident, of being hungry for meals, of enjoying my meals, of wanting to eat with my family (I generally lose it around 4PM and then I can't eat dinner because I'm too stuffed), of fitting into the clothes I love, and on and on.

It's back to the starting line for me. Self-correcting commences now and it's time to stop depriving myself and start on the path of health again.
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MISSIFISH 1/14/2013 10:47AM

    We seem to have very similar patterns. I could have written your exact blog today. What I've promised myself for this week is when the bingeing hour comes, I'll dring 16oz of water before I'm allowed to eat ANYTHING. If I'm still hungry after that little mental break and full belly of liquid, then at least I'll be eating mindfully instead of just out of habit.

I'll see if it works!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/14/2013 7:37AM

    Thanks for sharing these points. Yes, they are right and something I needed to hear.


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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/14/2013 6:00AM

    3pm-4pm is my witching hour too. Don't know if it has a universal hormonal component, or if it is just the time we start thinking about cooking and eating dinner that starts the craving rolling.

Experience tells me if I can make it until 5pm, the urge passes and I can eat dinner like a normal person.

I'm definitely NOT perfect at navigating that time period, but awareness is helping me and hopefully you also!

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ROSEWAND 1/13/2013 11:04PM

    Please be kind and patient with yourself. Your life has
been turned upside down. You are living with
amazing uncertainty. Your brain is attempting to
regain control by overeating. It sounds crazy because
it feels so out of control. Yet in the midst of the turmoil
you are living through, your brain is running old coping skills.

At times like this, (I, too, am currently living in the
midst of similar high level uncertainties) our
unconscious will act in ways we have a hard time
grasping let alone understand. I have found that
the only thing that helps is to be as loving to myself
as I would be to another I saw struggling as you are.

Nothing is normal in your life right now. Even things
that seem the same actually feel different. You are in
center of chaos. So be patient. It is possible that the
harder you try to stop the binges, the more your brain
will resist. Be gentle with yourself. In the short term
these behaviors will do little harm. You will regain
your footing, sooner or later you will refind your
equilibrium and then the binges will stop.

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ONUTHIN125 1/13/2013 8:34PM

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/13/2013 7:30PM

    Another really good point! We are only hurting ourselves with binging.

Any way you could have a good sized snack around 3:00 or so to help with the 4:00 urge to binge?

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 1/13/2013 7:24PM

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WATERMELLEN 1/13/2013 7:19PM

    Great blog: "dieting" is something I often think of as "deprivation" but it is absolutely not, it's treating myself well and respectfully and with dignity.

As you say, stressful times aren't made less stressful by overeating . . . but more so. So true.

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