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Food Anxiety

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Anyone who knows me through SparkPeople knows that I don't have issues with exercise. I enjoy it and I have time for it, so it gets done. I'm not obsessive about it -- I get just over 1000 minutes in per month and a variety of activities make up those minutes, from yoga to walking to step aerobics to DVDs that have me using free weights. emoticon

But food, oh food. I tend to be very anxious about my next meal and so I try to eat to fullness at every meal, just in case. I have no idea where this comes from, as there was never a time I went hungry as a child. My blog entries show a constant concern about eating too much, eating dessert, and eating dessert. emoticon

Yesterday I had a 10am doctor's appointment and needed to fast for the blood draw. The day before I was VERY concerned about what time I'd eat dinner to minimize my hunger in the morning. I had a Kind bar on standby in my bag so I could have something the second I left the office.

Usually it's pretty quick at the doctor's office, but this time it took a full 2 hours from start to finish. It was a lot of waiting, both for the doctor to see me and for the phlebotomist.

And you know what? I wasn't feeling the anxiety I expected, because I wasn't nearly as hungry as I expected to be. Is a possible conclusion from this exercise that I eat too much? I try to minimize hunger at all times and so perhaps I'm eating more than I need to carry me to the next meal?

Do you have any thoughts on this; do you see something more that I'm not seeing? Your insights are very welcomed. I'd like to try to work past this so I don't feel anxiety over mealtimes.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GWEN2WIN 4/10/2014 5:31PM

    Each time I make a Dr. appointment I am sure to make it as early as possible in the morning as he always to have a sample of my blood. Then once the appointment is over my husband and I will go out for breakfast as a treat.

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BEE2LE 4/10/2014 11:20AM

    I have a lot of the same anxieties around meals. I know it stems from times I've had low blood sugar & almost passed out, or just felt really sick from not eating. I find I eat often when I'm not hungry, but the clock says it's dinner time!

There are a lot of mental trappings that prevent us from eating only when we are hungry & stopping when those pangs are gone. Maybe yours stems from concerns about finding foods you can eat, particularly if you are out & about? Maybe you have had some similar low blood sugar experiences? It would certainly help to think about why you have these habits, particularly if it's keeping you from getting to your weight goal. John makes a good point that recognizing it is half the battle!

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