That happens to me a lot. I get really anxious around dinnertime, especially when there's more people around the table. I also struggled with an eating disorder for several years, so I have a feeling it's somehow tied to that, but I don't know why it's happening. Sometimes I've had to take a xanax just before dinner so I can relax and enjoy my meal.
I definitely can understand feeling anxious around food. I have struggled with an eating disorder for years. Sometimes I barely eat and sometimes I eat way too much. I'm not sure what advice to give you, except to share what has helped me. I talk with my therapist, I write my feelings out in a journal, and I try to figure out what's happening in my life at the moment that is causing me to feel like I do not have any control.
Jessica: I completely understand what you are talking about....I struggled for about a year with eating foods because I thought what if I have a alergic reaction, even though it was the same food I have eaten my whole life. I never dreamed others thought this as well. It has started getting better since my cymbalta has kicked in high gear.
Food and Anxiety, I feel anxiety on occasion. Sometimes it is the feeling of lack of self control. We all want to be in control, but for some like me, we can lose the control and eat the wrong foods or too much of it. The fear of gaining and failure are pretty big for me. I also have anxiety with the lack of food or lack of correct foods. I have blood sugar issues, and sometimes, if the only thing available to me is not food I am supposed to eat (white starch and sugar) then I have anxiety, because I know if I eat that, I will have an insulin reaction. But, if I don't eat within 4 to 6 hours then my sugar can get to low. Try and think it through, and see if you can pinpoint why your are feeling that way. Past experience, current issues, etc. I know you said you really were not having any. But sometimes, it is hard to tell. Hope it gets better for you.
Ya know I have come to realize that whenever I sit down and start to eat a meal I feel really anxious. I have even had a couple of panic attacks while eating. I'm not sure what this is all about.
I have struggled with disordered eating such as bingeing and being underweight in the past. However, I thought I was doing better with this.
The thing is I am not consciously nervous about anything particular with the food itself. Does that make sense? Does anyone else ever have this happen?
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