SparkPeople Food Addicts: Breaking Out of Food Jail Team Messageboard Whether you identify as a food addict, sugar addict, compulsive overeater, emotional eater, bulmic, anorexic... Join this group to learn about eating issues and ways to lose cope (and lose weight). SparkPeople Food Addicts: Breaking Out of Food Jail Team Messageboard Hi - I'm new My name is Tiffanie and I'm a compulsive overeater and food addict. <BR> <BR> I recently started in OA. I know I am powerless when it comes to food and I need help. I'm barely starting the steps, but I have a wonderful sponsor who is helping me. I hope to make some new friends and contacts. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> ps - I copied and pasted this message in a few groups. I am just too lazy to type today <em>20</em> Sun, 9 Aug 2015 16:55:56 EST Night eating? Overeating at night - do you do this? <BR> Do you know of ways to overcome it? Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:21:11 EST Has anyone here read 'Shades of Hope'? The book by Tennie McCarty about how to treat your food addiction. <BR> <BR> I have the book and read it a few years ago, I'm now re-reading it and doing the writing exercises. I'd like to know if there are others who are reading it or have read it. If so what are your thoughts and experiences? <BR> <BR> A few quotes from the first chapters of the book: <BR> <BR> - "It's not the food that is the problem - it's you." <BR> - "If you can't just take it or leave it, then you are probably add... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 03:34:05 EST ADDICTS LOVE TOMORROW link <link><BR>e-tomorrow-2.html </link> <BR> <BR> I hope this helps one more person. <BR> <BR> I read it and thought the author was writing about me!!! that's how it hit me!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 May 2014 09:00:00 EST Hello Hi, I'm Christina. English is not my mother tongue, I'm Dutch, living in The Netherlands. I joined this team because I take an interest in the topic of food addiction. I see myself as a recovering binge eater. I started a team recently to practice what insights / guidelines I found useful so far. I then thought it's good for me to be on other teams in the same 'area' to get more understanding. So here I am. <BR> I'm not sure if I'd call myself a 'food addict' but I definitely have read and t... Mon, 19 May 2014 16:31:28 EST None...some...nev er...occasionally ........ One of my struggles is saying never to something. <BR> <BR> I've always shared with people that there are foods seem to make me want more. <BR> <BR> Believe or not -- diet pop seems to make me eat more ... and eat more of things that I don't need. <BR> <BR> I guess I listen to people tell me things -- then pick out the things that I "want" to hear. <BR> <BR> Can I mention food items here? I will this time -- but if it's bothersome for others I can leave them out. <BR> <BR> Diet pop -... Mon, 19 May 2014 11:23:40 EST Daily Chit-Chat Didn't see anywhere just to say hi and talk about our day. Hope no one minds. <em>247</em> Sun, 18 May 2014 13:24:48 EST Becoming a Healthier Me I'm 57 years old and have about 60 lbs. total to lose to get to a point where I'll feel I'm at a healthier weight. Once I reach that weight, then I'll decide if I want to go lower. <BR> On April 30th of this year I cut out 98% of regular sugars and 100% of diet sugar/diet foods. <BR> I feel this is what I need to do to help my over all health. I've gone thru the withdrawal period already, which wasn't a lot of fun, but it could have been worse. And since the 1st of this month I am now down 6... Sun, 18 May 2014 13:20:52 EST Hi, I'm Randy a Food Addict/C mplusive Overater Before I "move" in totally -- I wanted to ask if the woman on the team are comfortable with a guy on the team? <BR> <BR> I've been to meetings where sometime a lady would rather not share with men in the room. <BR> <BR> I'll tell you -- I'm a gay man -- name is Randy -- and my partner of almost 10 years is also a Randy. Usually on my SP teams --- he's Randy2. <BR> <BR> I know I have addictions -- I do not use or treat food like other people. There's nothing "normal" about my eatin... Wed, 14 May 2014 15:49:32 EST Hello, I'm new & I'm a coffee & chocolate addict. I drink 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day, with (& I decided to measure exactly how much sugar I use, & wish I didn't cause I was shocked) sugar, 6 tsp, & 2 tsp of creamer. I realized I had a bit of a problem with all that sugar! So I've been trying to drink green tea in place of my coffee cause I enjoy green tea also & I use less sugar, 1 tsp. But I've been getting cravings for coffee like crazy & coffee has been upsetting my stomach now too, so I know I need to quit or cut back or something. & ch... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:48:04 EST Arrrggghhhhh! Feeling very unmotivated and discouraged today. Got results from MRI back from recent accident and have more damage to my spine. Could not do simple exercises in PT because it hurt too much, although able to do some of the others. I think I have some self-pity going on and I know I am feeling some grief. A friend's son committed suicide and I found out today. All around lousy day. Went over on my calories because didn't pay attention. Weighed in and have gained weight, although this is t... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 23:59:21 EST My name is Lucky and I am an addict I just recently come to the realization that I am an addict...I made a blog about this just today in fact. Thought I reach out to others that feel the glad to be here and meet all of you... <BR> <BR> Lucky Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:49:24 EST Happy new year everyone My resolution is to get this team active again. At meetings, they say that food addiction is a disease of fear and isolation. That is so true for me. Our posts are sparse but we need to lean on each other and talk more to help us break out of jail. The holidays are probably hard for us but now they are over so let's get back on track taking care of ourselves. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 06:52:16 EST Hello everyone! I am a food addict! I joke around sometimes by saying I wish I was addicted to something else like cigarettes or something. You can't quit eating cold turkey or put on a patch to help with cravings. Sugar is my main downfall but I love all food. I accompany food with every emotion I have! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 00:03:59 EST New To The Group Hi my name is Sheryl, I have tried to control my binging, but I'm a stress eater. I hope this group will offer me some support and tips on how to control this addiction. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:46:42 EST Fighting the urge to binge At the moment I'm getting that feeling of anxiety while packing up my son and hubby's lunch. I was a bit hungry, but the moment I started packing the lunch I just felt the need to eat something and felt like my hunger level shot from 1 -10 in 5 min. <BR> <BR> I was thinking of all these things I could eat. This sets off an alarm for me. Normally I don't stop myself in that moment. I said I planned on sitting for 15 min with the feeling and trying to journal and work out my feelings. For the... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 20:38:42 EST Determined to Make Progress I'm 27 years old and almost too fat to function, but now? I'm 6 lbs. down! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:23:41 EST Hello I am new to the team I have been struggling with trying to lose weight for over a year now. When I really try and work out daily and watch what I eat I only lose 1-2 per week if any at all. I am now taking it one month at a time with the support of my Husband and Cousin. I am an emotional eater, food was always a comfort item when I was growing up and now its a bad habit. I want to have kids but not until I reach my weight goal. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:41:44 EST No More Pro-Ana blog Hi everyone. I joined Sparkpeople about a month ago and am starting to get more active. I was really surprised to find this team and take comfort in reading the blogs of others to learn that they have similar challenges. I've started a blog that follows my challenges to avoid slipping back into the dredges of anorexia. Its written on a positive note but it also takes a close look and the internal thoughts and feelings that are driven from trying to take a stand against the warped percepti... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 07:19:08 EST Hi Hi, I'm Skinnyhandful and I'm a semi-recovered anorexic. I joined this group for moral support and to try to avoid a solo battle against the wicked Ana. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:48:43 EST New Member Hi, my name is Andrea. I have been an addict of food for a long time. I lose weight then just gain weight. It seems like a constant yo-yo. I only recently made myself admit that I was an addict. I am hoping that by joining this group I will be able to have a place where I can share my thoughts and reach out for help. Sat, 5 Nov 2011 20:48:42 EST New to this team. Hi! Since 2008 I have been posting on sparkpeople. I can't seem to actually lose much weight even with all the wonderful support here. I think about food constantly. the best I can do is eat lots of vegetables to reduce the calorie count. <BR> <BR> Chris Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:29:16 EST Food Addict Here! Wow. I put an exclamation point after my "topic" as if being addicted to food is exciting. I think I'm just happy to have found this group. <BR> <BR> I have had my eating under control for ten days <em>224</em> . Using my DBT/CBT* skills to change my habits/thinking. <BR> <BR> *forms of therapy Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:33:18 EST Hi.. My name is... Hi Everyone! ... My name is Kim. Been here before - needed a new start. I am hoping this time will be the time that my spark is re-lighted. :) I live in Toronto Canada with my husband. Don't have any kids but lots of stuffed animals. :) I am addicted to horror movies, facebook, hello kitty, black&white photography, reading, listening to music (all kinds), and apparently collecting stuffed animals. :) <BR> <BR> I am a binge-eater, late night snacker, emotional eater, addicted to food... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:42:29 EST As I write this, I want to eat Hello everyone. My name is Barbara. I have been bingeing for as long as I can remember. I can remember eating an entire box of macaroni and cheese before the age of 10. I have tried to reach out for help to lose weight for so long, and I feel like I have just been pushed to the side. Recently, I have started to get defensive over food. I guess i've been like that for a long time, but someone recently pointed it out to me. <BR> <BR> I have not gone to OA, but I have been in therapy for more ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:40:49 EST Stopping in to Introduce Myself I'm a 45 year old woman. I am happily married and we share our house with two dogs. I'm 5'9" and my weight has been everywhere between 110 pounds and 300 pounds. I've lost about 150 pounds, but now my eating disorders are kicking in again. I am also bipolar and schizophrenic. It's an interesting combination. I'm looking to set sensible weight loss goals and I hope I can stop when I get there. That's all for now. I look forward to getting to know you all. Sun, 15 May 2011 10:24:55 EST In URGENT need of help. I am 5'4" and 260lbs. I have never been able to stay on track more than a day or two. I have been an overeater sine I was a teen and I don't know how to overcome my addiction. I need help. I eat on a notion and when I tried the six meal a day thing I only found myself waiting for the next meal. I truely feel like I'm hungry. My stomach begins to hurt and I feel like I haven't eaten all day even though it may have only been an hour. Please help! Fri, 13 May 2011 00:46:14 EST I am in a terrible downward spiral with food. I thought I would reach out here as I know I need help more than ever. <BR> I am in a horrible downward spiral with my eating habits. I feel like food has control over me 100%. I have been trying to curb this problem for years and have not been successful. I have lost weight and changed some habits but the addiction to food is overwhelming me. <BR> Just when I think I have things under control, I am faced with situations that leave me feeling desperate, horrible, depressed, and out of control... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:47:38 EST Read an interesting article in Marie Claire... Working at a substance abuse center (I'm the office manager which is such a full-time job I only counsel certain classes, and as a "backup"), this article really interested me. It's about OA, and I have looked into it for both clients and myself. On the actual magazine, certain quotes from this article were enlarged and bolded, which caught my eye even more. The one that stuck out the most to me was, "Frosting is my crack." I felt an immediate connection to this woman because I was litera... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 10:56:26 EST Hey,I'm new here,lets be friends! I'm Lindsey,I've struggled with my weight for a long time and with eating habits.I go in and out of habits,I'll eat healthy then gorge myself with fatty and sweet foods,or I'll barely eat and get so worn out that I can barely function.I'm just looking for support,and wanting to support others as well :] Sat, 16 Apr 2011 12:02:42 EST heylo heylo! My name is Meagan. I have dealt with weight and food issues all my life but it wasnt until recently that I realized my preoccupation with food was not normal. I have finally accepted I have a problem with compulsive eating and am so happy to find a community that knows what I am going through. I've hit rock bottom by gaining 60 pounds in the last five months but am determined to lose this weight and keep it off for good. I hope to find support and encouragement here. Feel free to conta... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 01:08:00 EST 'Healthy addictions' to replace food addiction? Are there any so called ' healthy addictions' that can replace or distract me from my food 'addiction'? Somewhere I can go to where I would usually turn to food for,. <BR> <BR> So far, all I can think of is; <BR> - Reading, if i can find a series I'm into, it's super hard to read and eat at the same time. <BR> - Dancing, walking or some other form of exercise I find fun or relaxing <BR> - Music - I never ever listen to music and eat at the same time, I have made that a habit (with the except... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 03:32:11 EST EMOTIONAL FREEDOM! PLEASE!:) Hi! I was thinking about pouring my heart out about my emo issues with food, but I just don't have the energy, it's late,. I just don't think that food should have such an impact on my life like it has. I am also here to find other stress outlets and alternatives to whatever else food is usually used to resolve,. <BR> <BR> I would LOVE SUPPORT, and I like to give support as well. So please be friendly, I am friendly:) Fri, 4 Feb 2011 08:06:09 EST Should I go cold turkey? Or,.. Or should I follow my healthy eating plan(which I havn't been successful at yet) while incorporating a couple of 'cheat' meals per week to keep me sane, and eventually aim to cutting down to one cheat meal every month or so?? <BR> <BR> I freak out everytime I try to lose weight and eat healthy and exercise, because I will never be allowed junk/chocolate ever again,. but I would also like to think that one day, I won't enjoy junk food (esp. chocolate) Fri, 4 Feb 2011 07:56:25 EST HELP!! IM NEw im addicted to food , its like my drug .I have struggled all my life w food and weight! I had Lap band surgery in 2007 and gained all og the 65 lbs i lost Looking for motivation!! and support Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:01:39 EST How to gain control. .....New to the group. Hell0 all....Yes I am new to this group, but not new to dieting. Looking for a stop button on this roller coaster, yet the red button is not in sight. I have done well over the last year and a half, and I have lost weight. 108 lbs so far....which I am so happy about. I have now realized that I will not be able to lose more until I get the binge eating under control. I was able to lose so much weight just by changing the quality of my food, and adding in the I am stuck. You ... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 13:16:58 EST New to this team Hi I am new here, and kind of new to Spark also. I have recently admitted to myself, and my husband, that I am addicted to food. Specifically sweets. I just wanted to say hi! I hope to learn from you all who have been on this new path for a while. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 16:17:47 EST neverending circle of shame i am an addict. i use food for everything except to satisfy hunger. i eat when im sad and then overeat and get more depressed. i eat when im mad and then just get mad at myself. i eat to celebrate and then get sad, sick and mad at myself again. i love sugar and like the high it gives me but the crash just makes me sad and angry and i turn to eating again. i hate this and have tried overeaters anonymous. this probably sounds totally insane but i only made one meeting because i felt extremely u... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 11:37:44 EST Hi! My name is Kim and I am a food addict. I have been addicted to food most of my life. I stick to a "plan of eating" for awhile and fall right back into old habits. I guess today I am really frustrated with myself. I work hard and then fall off, get back on and fall off. I am a Christ follower and I do the Lord. He has gotten me through so much yet for some reason I continue to hold on to this even though I hate it. I am the one who chooses what I put in my mouth yet I feel like I don't have co... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 16:08:28 EST Another step out of my comfort zone Hi, <BR> I have taken another step out of my comfort zone and have started a new team - Anatomy of a Food Addiction, based on the book of the same name. Please feel free to stop by and check the team out. <BR> Thanks. Jineane Thu, 2 Sep 2010 02:59:46 EST I am AN ADDICT I never thought I would have to say these words again. I've been clean from crack cocaine now for 5 years. However, now have come to realize that I only changed my drug of choice. Addiction is very crafty and it can show up in so many forms. I was unable to stick w/ NA due to foul language that disturbed my spirit once I turned my life over to Christ but now I am here. I'm gonna stick this whole ordeal out w'/ u; hoping and praying that in this environment you can help me and I; u. Wed, 1 Sep 2010 17:01:41 EST hi <BR> Hi, My name is Erin, and I am not new to spark people, but Iam new to this team. I used to have a spark account, but I deleted it and started fresh, I had been slacking for too long, and decided I didn't deserve all those points I'd racked up if I was going to neglect everything. <BR> I like fresh starts I guess. <BR> I weight 300 pounds, I would like to weight somewhere around 150, but I;m going to stop when I feel and look the way I should. Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:13:43 EST Just wondering.. I have started reading the book - 'Anatomy of a Food Addiction' by Anne Katherine and was wondering if any one else has read it and what you thought of it. Inquiring minds want to know... <BR> Sat, 14 Aug 2010 01:12:32 EST Thinking outside the diet box Hi - I am frustrated with trying to stay on my eating program (nice term for diet), and have been falling back into binging. It seems that I get fixated on certain foods and I just have to have them, and lots of them. I get totally out of control and will eat myself into a stupor - a food-drug haze. Food is my drug of choice for dealing with my emotional issues. I found a copy of the book 'Anatomy of a Food Addiction" by Anne Katherine, M.A. on my bookshelf, probably purchased years ago, ... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 02:22:55 EST May Challenge? Thinking of trying to start a may challenge if anybody is interested.. What types of things do you want to do the most? <BR> <BR> Workouts? <BR> Food logs? <BR> Food goals? <BR> <BR> Let me know your thoughts Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:46:24 EST New to the food addicts team Hi: <BR> <BR> My name is Bonnie and this coming Friday, I will be attending my first FA (Food Addicts) meeting. I do not know what this entails but ready to start any how. If anyone has joined this FA group....please respond to my call and tell me a little bit about it. Good luck to each and every one of you. <BR> <BR> Always, <BR> Bonnie Mon, 19 Apr 2010 19:20:20 EST Hunger/no hunger I don't know what it feels like to be hungry anymore. When I try to eat regular substantial meals (around 300-500 calories), part of me feels full, but then another part of me feels EXTREMELY unsatisfied, to the point where it feels like my body is yelling at me or something. <BR> <BR> I tried to ignore it for the longest time, but it didn't go away. Just to see what would happen I just let myself eat how much I wanted, when I wanted. It wasn't pretty! <BR> <BR> I ended up eating until my s... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 21:40:19 EST Why I overeat? I'm at a healthy weight, I'm 5'8 and weigh 125, but I still have terrible issues with overeating.. <BR> <BR> I realized I mainly overeat just because most of the time, honestly I feel dead. I feel like I'm stuck. So out of a bad habit I just go and stuff myself. After falling asleep I'll usually end up waking up with huge amounts of energy, so then I'll end up running about 5 or 7 miles, losing my appetite, and then not eating the rest of the day! <BR> <BR> This is really crazy and I've bee... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 15:13:01 EST I Binged Today But Exercised, I'm Confused Today i went over my boyfrien's house to help w/his house renovations, he ordered in from an Itallian pizza place. I didn't order what i wanted (cheesesteak sub), i want 2 be healthier so i got a grilled chicken & cheese PIta sandwich with a mini-salad. I was realy proud of myself & i even controlled myself for the 1st time EVER to only eat 1/2 the sandwich & made sure my breakfast was super small to fit the excess calories. Then his friend brought out the candy bowl in the cuboard. I don't k... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 21:18:50 EST New Member... reposting in the RIGHT forum Hello All, <BR> <BR> Another addict here. I've been overweight forever. Food takes up so much of my time. Planning it, shopping for it, preparing it, eating it,cleaning up after preparing it on and on and on. Oh, I left out the obsessing about it part. Looking forward to getting to work early so I can indulge in whatever I bought at the bakery that morning without anyone knowing. Looking forward to lunch.. snacking in between and feeling panic stricken if there isn't some sort of snack stash... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:27:43 EST New Member Hello All, <BR> <BR> Another addict here. I've been overweight forever. Food takes up so much of my time. Planning it, shopping for it, preparing it, eating it,cleaning up after preparing it on and on and on. Oh, I left out the obsessing about it part. Looking forward to getting to work early so I can indulge in whatever I bought at the bakery that morning without anyone knowing. Looking forward to lunch.. snacking in between and feeling panic stricken if there isn't some sort of snack stash... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:24:36 EST New...This makes sense Reading the "cliff notes" version of this book in the welcome section of this team made so much sense for me...THANK YOU!! I am new to SP, day 2 actually. I would love to get a copy of this book.. <BR> I have alot of weight to lose and find myself fighting in the evenings not to snack...I have this thing about nighttime eating while watching tv...its my relaxation. What CAN I snack on in the evening? <BR> I usually eat a bowl of cereal, chips, or ice cream...thoes are out!! not rally into ... Fri, 22 May 2009 21:24:49 EST Kitchen gadgets.... I was thinking about this as I was prepping a meal this past week. <BR> <BR> Which gadget do you use most often? <BR> <BR> And which gadget do you have and never seem to use? <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> <em>302</em> Thu, 21 May 2009 09:03:12 EST New here and Medifast user Hi folks! I am new and also a Medifast user..I was on MF for about 5 months, lost 45#'s. Fell off the wagon and now I am having issues around food.. I seem to want to eat junk all the time.. I think MF was too restrictive and now it is a free for all with the food. Not good.. Now I need to try an lose another 20-25#'s in a more normal way.. Any ideas to help me out? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Ronnie ( I am also a sugar junkie) Wed, 1 Apr 2009 16:16:36 EST Newbie here! Hello everyone, I am new to this group, although I've been on Spark people for a few years. <BR> <BR> I am 34 years old, I live in Seattle, and I have about 100 pounds I need to lose, possibly more. <BR> <BR> At first I was in denial about my relationship with food, thinking I just needed to eat better and work out more. But now I realize I have a lot of emotional problems tied up with food and eating, and I need to work on those to get healthy, both physically and emotionally. I've recen... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 18:09:57 EST Holiday Challenge .... Which holiday do you enjoy the most? <BR> Which holiday challenges you the most? <BR> <em>26</em> <em>137</em> <em>448</em> <em>283</em> <em>423</em> <em>429</em> <em>446</em> Thu, 26 Mar 2009 09:23:12 EST Your Best Receipe.... What's your best and favorite recipe that is made from good, wholesome, high quality foods? <BR> Whether it came from mom's kitchen, SP, or your own head... Share it here! <BR> <em>140</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 22:49:09 EST What have you lost ... ? Here are some weight comparisons...What equivalent have you shed and what will you be shedding? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human's skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR> 10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year <BR> 11 poun... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 09:12:43 EST Where are you from? ... Where did you grow up? I am currently living in the exciting state of Iowa. (don't be jealous... HA!) But I grew up near Chicago. <BR> How about everyone else? <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 4 Feb 2009 15:51:44 EST Frustrated... but progressing... Are you frustrated by your progress? Yet, you feel like you ARE making some sort of progress? <BR> <BR> This is how I feel. <BR> I am aware of when I am hungry. <BR> I am aware of when I am full. <BR> However, I am having trouble stopping when I am full. I have such anxiety, like, the food won't be there if I stop, so I have to eat it all now. <BR> I am trying to think if I am in some sort of famine (quality or quantity). <BR> Yet I am proud for the slow but steady progress I am ma... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 17:34:26 EST What's your favorite part....? This group is based on the book, "Breaking out of Food Jail". What's YOUR favorite part or favorite chapter? <BR> If you haven't read the book, yet, I HIGHLY recommend it! <BR> <em>203</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2009 17:29:45 EST 2009 is here ... what are you doing about it? Share your goals and challenge yourself this year. What are you striving for in 2009, (health, home, fitness, family)? <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Me? I'm striving to maintain a vegan lifestyle. But on the days I fall short, I don't beat myself up ... I just try again at the next meal or snack. <BR> <em>267</em> <BR> My other resolution was not to bring anymore plastic bags into the house (from grocery shopping, etc.) I have a million here already, and don't need more. <BR> <em>4... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 09:46:02 EST Quick ttip for meal time portion control... Just a quick tip... Sorry if someone has already suggested this... <BR> Have you tried prepackaged meals? Lean Cuisine and WeightWatchers both have meals that all have <BR> <BR> 1 portion of meat <BR> 1 portion of a starch <BR> 1 portion of a veg <BR> most meals include a sauce or a gravy <BR> <BR> It is really helping me get an idea what 1 serving size actually is. It makes it clear how much we all over eat. <BR> <BR> Hope it helps.. <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:12:43 EST New to the team ... Been on spark for almost a week and still trying to find some groups to join... <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:08:48 EST Going away I'm going out of town on Friday. I'll be gone a week and won't have a computer. I'll "see" all of you when I get back. Thu, 16 Oct 2008 19:49:09 EST I'm new to the group. HELLO Hi, my name is Aurora and I am new to the group and SparkPeople. I found this is the first time in a long time that I felt encouraged to try to get my eating disorder and my weight as well as my life in balance. I went through a Hell for 2 years and 4 months ago decided to claim my life back. In 2 years I was very destructive and loss alot of things and gained alot of stress and weight (though I have struggle a life time with weight). I'm tired of having food obsess and control me. I want... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 07:47:18 EST I am a food addict I realized this a long time ago, but I think I need to actually say it out loud. I can always find a reason to eat. I have moments when I just eat and eat and eat and I'm not even hungry. I eat no maatter how I feel ~~ bored, sad, happy, etc. I've gotten so used to eating at certain times that I eat even when I'm not hungry. Right now I'm working on listening to my body and eating when I'm hungry ~~ it doesn't always work, but I'm trying. Fri, 10 Oct 2008 09:37:19 EST How is everyone? I'm just wondering how everyone has been doing. Some days are okay and others aren't so okay. I sometimes feel like this will never end and I will always be an overeating freak! And I hate those days. Other days I feel like I'm doing perfect and just love it. Mon, 6 Oct 2008 19:47:27 EST Newbie I'm new to the team and need tons of support ~~ I'll give it, too. I'm a huge emotional eater. I eat when I'm happy, sad, upset, frustrated, bored, for any reason at all. I love the name of this team, because I often feel like I'm in a "food jail." And I want to break free. I look forward to meeting all of you and making new friends. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 10:33:26 EST My new medicine sparked a binge! I just started a new medicine today, and out of no where I was on a carb binge?! Then immediately afterwards I fell asleep for 4 hours. I was so crushed that my healthy streak was broken! The only good thing is that I took responsibility and refused to purge. It's been so hard to distract myself from the negative self talk all day. Tue, 26 Aug 2008 18:04:08 EST SUPPORT NEEDED I can sure use some added support. I get discouraged very easily. I've been taking fluid pills since I retain fluid so badly and that knocked 16 lbs off of me within just a few days. But now I don't have the fluid pills and the pounds have already started creeping back up. I'm 4 pounds heavier than I was on my birthday (Aug. 20th). Sigh!! <BR> Vicki <em>198</em> Sat, 23 Aug 2008 18:33:33 EST Don´t want to give up Hi, <BR> I am new here... Currently in the faze I. and already facing problems. Conditions will never be better so I have to go for it and not give up! I would be grateful for all the support that I can get. <BR> <BR> I am 22, studying economics and till the end of september I am in Germany. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to know you better! <BR> Rienar Tue, 12 Aug 2008 11:13:41 EST Weight loss "rewards" help ... ... just a myth??? <link><BR>t/article/2008/07/27/AR2008072701440.html </link> is an interesting article talking about psychology, rewards, and punishments. It says, "external threats and rewards made it less likely that people would feel internally fired up about the goal." (are you internally fired up??) <BR> I am a vegetarian and currently striving for the vegan lifestyle, as well as no fried foods, no trans-fats, no sugar or sugar substitues, and no carbonated beverage... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 12:14:43 EST August 2008 Challenge Hi all. Just started and joined your group. My August challenge will be to lose 1.5kg's in a way that is sustainable and healthy. I am an emotional eater, sugar addict and all the rest you can think of, so hopefully I can get to become a fitness addict and get my body back! Anyone else doing or joining the challenge? Thu, 7 Aug 2008 09:23:37 EST OA? Has anyone found OA helpful? Pros and cons? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Jul 2008 01:01:14 EST Hard to Break out of the Food Jail on Mother's Day Today is a very special day; Mother's Day. But as my sister and I took our Mom out to eat today I wondered how much of how I was raised has to do with my addiction to food and my sporadic eating habits. Don't get me wrong; My Mom is my best friend and I love her to death. But as we were at the restaurant and was talking about what we were going to order she was trying to talk me OUT of the salad I wanted to get and trying to talk me into a very high-caloric and fattening meal!I almost felt GU... Sun, 11 May 2008 20:10:12 EST Does anyone use this board???? Hi!! I am fairly new to this site and just discovered these little sub-groups. This one looked perfect for me since I have struggled with various forms of eating disorders most of my life. However, it does not look like a very active board. Does anyone utilize this community on a regular basis??? Sun, 4 May 2008 14:29:33 EST renegade 12 stepper hi, my name is donna and i am a grateful recovering bulimic. i have not had to vomit in 9 years .. thank god !! <BR> <BR> i believe in overeaters anonymous and the 12 steps--but <BR> i have come to absolutely beleive that a "food plan" <BR> is indeed another word for 'diet" <BR> <BR> does anyone here do BOOFJ and OA ? <BR> this book is the best of all of the anti-diet books, in my opinion <BR> <BR> i am looking forward to making friends and finding support on this site <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Apr 2008 22:10:11 EST renegade 12 stepper hi, my name is donna and i am a grateful recovering bulimic. i have not had to vomit in 9 years .. thank god !! <BR> <BR> i believe in overeaters anonymous and the 12 steps--but <BR> i have come to absolutely beleive that a "food plan" <BR> is indeed another word for 'diet" <BR> <BR> does anyone here do BOOFJ and OA ? <BR> this book is the best of all of the anti-diet books, in my opinion <BR> <BR> i am looking forward to making friends and finding support on this site <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Apr 2008 22:09:58 EST renegade 12 stepper hi, my name is donna and i am a grateful recovering bulimic. i have not had to vomit in 9 years .. thank god !! <BR> <BR> i believe in overeaters anonymous and the 12 steps--but <BR> i have come to absolutely beleive that a "food plan" <BR> is indeed another word for 'diet" <BR> <BR> does anyone here do BOOFJ and OA ? <BR> this book is the best of all of the anti-diet books, in my opinion <BR> <BR> i am looking forward to making friends and finding support on this site <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Apr 2008 22:09:51 EST Hi everyone Hello! I am new to this team. The title caught my eye and I was overpowered to join. My name is Heather and it's time to break out of Jail...Lovin' it!! Tue, 25 Mar 2008 10:39:51 EST Hey everyone! Hey everyone, <BR> I joined SP a couple of weeks ago, and am slowly on my way to my goal! I joined this team because of the struggles I have always had with food. All the time, I find myself in situations where I have blindly binge until I am so full I feel sick and/or get sick, and I know this has to stop. There are several things that trigger it: when I am upset about something (usually about how I look or what I weigh but sometimes just when I'm sad about random things), when I have been d... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 13:11:51 EST March Challenge ..! Hey team, can you believe we’re already in March? <BR> Here’s this month’s challenge and myth to bust: <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Diet Myth: Staying Away from Food is a Helpful Weight-Control Tactic. <BR> Quite a few clients have told me that they keep their refrigerators empty or nearly so. This lack of food definitely affects their at-home eating, although there are some amazing stories of 2AM Twinkie runs to the all-night grocery store and forbidden pizza deliveries at odd hours, too. T... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 16:24:13 EST Daily Pick-Me-Up and Hangin' Tough Hi. This is my daily pick-me-up. I've been working fairly good on this weight loss thing and for the second Friday Weigh-In in a row, I haven't lost any weight at all. Today, I actually show a gain of .6oz. Yes, I have a digital scale and this is the first day I've regretted that! My head's going in one direction, my heart's going in a second and my stomach is going in a third. I'm not sure which is going in which direction but one of them is wanting M&Ms for breakfast. Not to worry, I... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 09:13:07 EST February Challenge...! The month of caring and love. Take time to love yourself and your family by keeping yourself healthy. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Diet Myth: Eating between meals is bad. <BR> <BR> A rumor got started two or three decades ago that blamed excess weight on between-meal snacks. Somehow, it was thought, those little extras in the mid-morning or mid-afternoon were making people pudgy. I suppose, if you believe that too much eating causes weight gain, you might draw such a conclusion. Of course, i... Fri, 1 Feb 2008 12:53:24 EST What IF....? Pretend your body is perfect for a moment, and you can eat anything. Everything you want to wear fits. Your body is legendary – effortlessly lean and muscular. <BR> Now look at the rest of your life: <BR> <BR> What needs more of your attention? <BR> What interests or gifts have you been neglecting? <BR> Do you have any long-lost goals? <BR> Friendships to nurture? <BR> Volunteer work to pursue? <BR> Career change to plan? <BR> Rest or recreation needs you want to enjoy? <BR> Vacation des... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 17:00:40 EST New Here- With baggage!!! My name is Melissa. I am a part time student with a full time job and many issues. For the past 7years I have had sereve aniexy and depression. Over the years it has gotten progressively worse as my weight yo-yo's from 110-150 depending on the different medications I have been on. The biggest challenge for me is the weight gain with the anti-depressants and trouble lossing the weight. Also, I have a major problem with emotional eatting. If I have a bad day, which is most days, all I want is t... Sun, 6 Jan 2008 20:03:13 EST January Challenge ... ! Happy 2008, BOOFJ team! Let’s keep pressing on through the book and busting those diet myths. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Diet Myth: Dietary Fat Is Evil. <BR> <BR> This latest craze has really taken the low-fat, sugar-free cake: fat makes people fat. It certainly has a logical ring to it, but I don’t believe it is true. By itself, dietary fat does not cause people to be fat. Shall I say it again? I said, eating high fat foods alone doesn’t make people fat. Wow. <BR> <BR> Now that I’ve... Fri, 28 Dec 2007 10:22:14 EST December Challenge...! BOOFJ Team, the holidays are quickly approaching! Here's the last challenge for 2007. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Diet Myth #5: DIET FOODS ARE BEST. <BR> When you buy diet foods you get less for you money -- fewer calories for more money. <BR> It doesn't make sense to me. But what about less fat and less sugar? Aren't those worthy of more money? Only if you are rich and quite lazy. <BR> <BR> Diet foods are products of our national obsession with being thin through low-fat, low-sugar, ... Mon, 3 Dec 2007 15:30:18 EST new here... hi! i am new to the group. i am a stay at home mom. a 2 1/2 yr old son, and 10 month old daughter. my husband woks nights as a police officer. i had post partem, and i have a secret overeating/binge eating/food addiction. i can't stop thinking about food. every minute of everyday. i eat non stop when no one is around. my husband does not understand, he says what i eat is fine( thousands a day sometimes) and just stop. which you all understand, i can't. <BR> so, here i am after much internal ... Thu, 29 Nov 2007 09:01:02 EST carb addict Help!!! <BR> I am new to sparks and really hope I can become a team player and lose weight. I am hoping your team can help me make better choices. I am 61 a mom and grandma. also 50 lbs overweight. I love carbs and know this is not good, trying to break this habit, does anyone have any ideas....Thank you <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Help <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Nov 2007 12:55:43 EST Questions on Antonellos Theories -We don't have to be hungry to enjoy food's pleasure. I think eating out of boredom would still exist. <BR> -People that are naturally thin still eat fatty and sugary foods in times of high emotion because it tastes good. Just because someone is well fed from Real Foods, doesnt mean that Krispy Kreme donuts arent going to be appealing to them. <BR> -Also, people tend to "want what they cant have." Even if someone is eating enough Real Food, if they know that empty calorie foods are not sugg... Mon, 19 Nov 2007 22:28:46 EST Signs of Breaking Out... Normalization of hunger and fullness signals. <BR> * Cravings of high quality, nutritious foods. <BR> * Increased physical and emotional energy. <BR> * Waning preoccupation with eating and food. <BR> * Decrease in shame, guilt, and anxiety about weight and eating. <BR> * Absence of cravings for fatty and sugary foods. <BR> * Improved self-esteem and mood. <BR> * Increasing interest in new areas of life. Mon, 5 Nov 2007 12:49:57 EST November Challenge Alright team; it is that time again for another challenge. Enjoy, and keep chipping away at breaking out! <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Diet Myth #4: Feeling full should be avoided. <BR> This nonsense goes along with September’s challenge: “eating as little as possible”. Somehow, the natural satisfaction point that people reach when they eat enough eludes those who are eating disturbed. This has to do with the adaptive breakdown of the natural satisfaction point of chronic under-eaters. <BR> ... Mon, 5 Nov 2007 12:45:18 EST October Challenge Well team, it’s that time of the month. Time to explore another diet myth and a breakout strategy. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Diet Myth #3: Ignoring your hunger is good, necessary, and perfectly benign. <BR> <BR> Hunger signals are your body’s way of telling you it needs fuel. When you ignore your hunger, you are telling you body something, too. By not eating, you are telling your body that there is no food available, so it must do without ready fuel. Your body acquiesces, using muscle t... Tue, 2 Oct 2007 17:31:46 EST Volume or Calories....? I read somewhere that we eat a set food volume rather than a set calories. what do you think? i guess if we filled up on fruits, veggies and other nutritious, low cal food, we would lose weight... in theory. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Sat, 22 Sep 2007 17:13:51 EST September Challenge is HERE .... Alright team, here it is, the September challenge! It’s time to challenge yourself, your team mates, your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your pets with NEW ideas of weight loss and living a healthy, normal, balanced life. Let’s BUST this myth! <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Diet Myth #2: Eating the least possible food is best. <BR> <BR> People with eating disturbances often "medicate" their hunger with as little food as they can get by with. They rarely really satify their hunger bec... Fri, 7 Sep 2007 14:38:34 EST Fond Farewell I am cutting back on a few teams as I have been over doing the sitting at the computer part of SP and not enough of the moving around part. It was really hard to say which teams I would leave because they are all great, but I really do alright on food issues my problem is mainly with keeping myself motivated to move. You are a great group and will succeed. Thank you for all advice you have given and you can still add me as a friend or Sparkmail me I just need to not feel like an ineffective t... Thu, 30 Aug 2007 05:57:42 EST BOOFJ (Book Excerpt) This is the how the book begins.... <BR> <BR><BR>m?tab=1&pid=406058&agid=2 <BR> <BR> <BR> I LOVE this part: <BR> <BR> Self-Check: What Have You Been Taught? <BR> Check off any question that applies to you. <BR> -- Have you been told that your eating problems are about your dysfunctional family? <BR> -- Did anyone ever suggest that your mother's using food as a reward when you were a child caused your compulsive eating? <BR> -- Have you been "helped... Mon, 20 Aug 2007 18:57:42 EST September Challenge September's challenge will be posted late (8th or later) because I had to evacuate my site in a hurry due to Hurricane Dean. Then I will be heading back to the USA for a short visit and figured I wouldn't go back to site between now and when I leave. So... to keep my belongings to a minimum, I did not bring my book with me. Mon, 20 Aug 2007 18:44:34 EST Snack ideas..... got any? Since it is important to eat on demand and not famine, it is also important to have food with us or available to us at all times. These foods or snacks are easily kept in the glove compartment of your car, a drawer at work, or even in your purse. This is where we get to use our knowledge from our previous dieting experiences. For example, I like to carry finger food cereal, however, I found that flakes don’t work that well. And I checked out the labels of all the other cereals out there. ... Thu, 9 Aug 2007 13:28:22 EST Hello there... I am definitely caught in a cycle of all-or-nothing, feast or famine, "bad" vs "good" eating habits. I have read similar books on overeating, with similar points of view to those which Pie is discussing in this forum. However, yes, there does seem to be a definite emotional tie to the cycle at hand. Now, I won't go as far as to contradict Pie and say that the causal relationship is from the emotions TO the poor eating habits. Very likely, the eating issues occur from biological struggle to ma... Tue, 7 Aug 2007 10:03:15 EST Howdi Hi all i'm new. <em>213</em> Tue, 31 Jul 2007 20:14:40 EST Support... not just for panyhose and bras anymore! Hey gals... team.... <BR> <BR> Need some support here, and not just in undergarments. I know, logically, that in the long term, this lifestyle plan is better and more "normal" than anything out there. no more feast-famine cycles! But jeez.. I think it's actually MORE difficult (at least when starting out) to stick with it. I underate a couple of days this past week, mostly due to stress and today has just been horrible! I took a 7.5 hour bus ride to come pick up my future in-laws, who are... Sun, 29 Jul 2007 17:46:14 EST August Challenge... Alright team, here it is, the August challenge! It’s time to challenge yourself, your team mates, your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your dog with NEW ideas of weight loss and living a healthy, normal, balanced life. Let’s BUST this myth! <BR> <em>15</em> Diet Myth #1: Calories are bad, so eat as few as possible. (sound familiar?) <BR> A calorie is really just a unit of energy, but undereaters hate calories as if they were malignant. They look for “no calorie” and “low ca... Thu, 26 Jul 2007 19:33:53 EST Hi! I'm new! Hey everyone! I'm new here and looking to get out of food jail for sure! <BR> <BR> I've gained and lost many pounds over my life and want to stop that. Hope you can help me! Wed, 25 Jul 2007 20:42:21 EST Myth Busting ... Beginning in August and over the next few months we will be busting common diet myths (1 at a time) and getting out of this Food Jail. We will also explore new thoughts and ideas to replace our once held beliefs. <em>9</em> Here's to being Naturally Thin! Sun, 22 Jul 2007 18:28:05 EST We're coming! Hiya I am here because I know about the food-jail idea well put by the way. I am inviting part of our posse to join this team as well I hope you don't mind! The more support we can all give one another the better we do. Look out here we come! <BR> Kris Sat, 21 Jul 2007 02:39:15 EST Team Goals 1. To enjoy a normal relationship with food. <BR> 2. To maintain a healthy, lean body weight without anxiety or inordinate effort. <BR> 3. To develop a normal body image. Fri, 13 Jul 2007 12:22:45 EST