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Compulsive Eating

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Yesterday after work, I had my planned smoothie (new fave- strawberry, blueberry, banana, cilantro and strawberry tea- so good!), but then gave in and had popcorn again! I may ban myself from popcorn and peanut butter until further notice.

Which gets me to the title of the blog- compulsive eating
I've been noticing that most of my eating would fall into this category. Like the popcorn thing. I'd had my planned afternoon snack (smoothie), but then just wanted the popcorn. And then all I could think about was the popcorn.

Like today- I had the salad I'd packed for lunch yesterday as my breakfast this morning since I went to lunch with my mom yesterday. About 350 calories total. And yet, I still wanted food at 10am when I usually have my breakfast part 2. I had more food than normal at 7:30, but was "hungry" again at 10 anyways! I finished my tea, tried to think about if I was hungry, but then I gave in and had a peach, which is what sparked this blog.

I have all of these external clues that I seem to follow on when I should be eating. Get to work- eat. Refill tea/water- eat. Noon- eat. Sleepy at work- eat. Get home from work- eat. Jeopardy is on?- eat.

Does anyone else do this? I want to follow internal hunger cues, but I seem to have set up my life in a way that I eat at certain times of day and my body just expects it! How can I train myself to eat when I am hungry and not when "it's time?"

Also, I should mention that it is definitely not thirst. I have hot tea and water with me at all times and regularly drink a lot throughout the day
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MZZZFROG 6/18/2013 1:51PM

    I too am a compulsive eater. There are times when I get it all under control and think I have it beat. Unfortunately right now I'm back to feeling hungry all the time even when I know that my body can't possibly need more food. So I'm also trying to stop myself from reacting to the external cues to eat. I wish you luck in your journey as we struggle through this together.

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CLPURNELL 6/16/2013 8:28AM

    I don't think eating at certain times is a bad idea. You don't want to get hungry because then you are more likely to over eat. Try to figure out what works for you and plan accordingly. Also don't beat yourself up over the eating on schedule. it is actually a good thing

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MANDIETERRIER1 6/15/2013 8:17PM

    I have this feeling come over me. It seems like if I can nip compulsive eating in the bud when the urge happens, I'm okay. More often than not I give in and I eat like I am possessed. I am trying to identify the urge and how it feels when it is about to take over.

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IAMZBEE 6/13/2013 11:14AM

    This is a great example of conditioning (think of the psychologists Ivan Pavlov and his dog experiment). We create automatic cues for our bodies. The best way to overcome is by creating new reactions to those cues. Sleepy? Get up and walk around. And do this EVERY SINGLE TIME it happens. Gotta recondition ourselves. emoticon

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STODD251 6/13/2013 11:13AM

    I don't know about other people, but I've got the same sort of problem. I work at a school, our kids are basically on a feeding schedule and as a result so are we. Breakfast before school, snack at 10:30, lunch at 1:05, snack when I get out of school, dinner. (and if I'm honest too much snacking after work). I think I've decided to try only eating when I am actually hungry for a while. So far I've just had breakfast and as of yet have not felt any hunger pangs. I did have to stop myself from grabbing twizzlers from the teachers' room though. I don't even like twizzlers, but I wanted to eat them because they were there. I often wish losing weight was as easy for me as it is for my dog. I just feed her a little less at meal time and don't feed her table scraps and she's right back down to her healthy weight. For me, I figure I can do what I want, but it doesn't always work out well..

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FARIS71 6/13/2013 11:02AM

    Hmmm. I was reading in a book that suggested asking yourself how this will feel in your body later when you reach for something. You can have whatever you want, but pause (which is by FAR the hardest part) and think how this will feel traveling thru your body. Just learning to listen to your body - not deprive yourself but be mindful. I have a philosophy that I would just prefer that God install a shock collar on me, because it's that pausing thing that gets me every time.

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