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8/14/17 3:23 P

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Good for you, keep on keeping on.

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8/14/17 1:01 P

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thanks everyone for your support and answers...
I finally found and went to a food counselor for food addictions and at first
i just didnt feel it..she was more like a shrink and i didnt feel i needed a shrink..I
wanted answers for why i cant stop eatting..
but i have now been going to her every 2 weeks since May...just now are we
barely connecting on my isues.. from me just talking about my childhood and past
and even adult life she is pinpointing reasons why i either BINGE or EMOTIONAL EAT.
i DONT LIKE FACING SOME OF THE REASONS she says why i eat..Some is due to how i was treated as a child with my dad..I was his eyesore..he hated having a kid fat like me. She also said that i run to food all my life cause dealing with the hurts and pains of abandonment and abuse made it easier..I dont see it but thats what she says..It hurts to hear that my dad is a big huge to my problems...i told her that i felt its all my own fault that i abuse my body with food cause i know better..but she said the pain goes deeper than that..She is trying to teach me that although i am the one ruining my own body its not because i wanted it that way..Its a long process she says and im not a very patient person..sometimes when i leave there i
am so sad or feel like how is this going to help me..I even asked her if she can even help me at all and she said YES or else i would send you on your way..so we shall see.. I still emotional eat all the time and i hate the fear of starting a healthy lifestyle cause all i think of is all the stuff i will have to liimit myself..that i dont like..i guess cause i enjoy food too much. Although alot of times i over stuff myself and have to purge it in order to feel better and then i want to re eat again..its crazy..i am 61 years old and wonder if i will ever find happiness..im scared i wont..thanks again everyone.

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8/14/17 11:22 A

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Hi Chatty! Welcome! I struggle with addiction in many areas of my life. I am obsessive/compulsive by nature and it takes work for me to change what seems to come naturally to me!

Yep, I can go eat a serving of Oreo's only to keep getting up for one more serving until the package is gone - and then - feeling somewhat sick from eating the whole package - hate myself for doing so. I know that hopeless feeling that goes along with addiction - things will never change.

Guess what? They do change and so do we. I say seek out whatever help you feel you need on this journey. If it doesn't work, seek out other answers - but remember - in order to progress down this path - YOU have to take the steps and do the work. No one can do that for you.

Things I find that help me not mindlessly binge eat.... I started knitting. I really can't knit very well - but I make simple scarves. I donate them to the homeless shelters in the winter. If my hands are busy.... they aren't putting food in my mouth! Gardening - If I am outdoors I seem to lose track of time and don't really think about food. Also - going for walks on the nearby trails. Being out in nature, listening to the birds, the creek, watching those runners and bikers go by - again - I don't really think about eating! And then there is the gym - where yep, I hate seeing all those lean fit people - because I feel like I don't belong - but then I find someone else like me - and I get inspired. After all - we are all there to become healthier versions of ourselves - even those fit people! Talk about dedication!

Maybe some of these will help you on your journey - maybe not - but keep trying. You will find what works for you! Let us know how it goes!!! No fear!!!

Edited by: ONTHEPATH2 at: 8/14/2017 (11:26)
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8/14/17 9:37 A

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At my age I have tried most things. I think that if you thought about a specialist go on and do it .I have found that sometimes my food obsession is just a cover for my fear. I fear failure in a healthy eating plan so I do not start anything.

I love this program because of the many posts and I learn from each Spark poster. I am still fearful, but I have learned that each person struggles and this is not a straight path. 'I wish you great success. Always remember one step at a time.

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1/27/17 3:35 P

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1/27/17 2:20 P

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Hi Chatty,
I find that when I am doing an activity that I like - I don't think of food. The activities that curb my appetite are: reading, sewing, knitting, quilting, gardening, reading, computer etc. Revelation - they all are keeping my hands busy - and I can see tangible progress - instant gratification. I am retired and able to enjoy many of my hobbies everyday.

What I haven't been doing is choosing the right foods when I do eat. I need PORTION CONTROL and need to start drinking a lot more WATER emoticon !


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1/27/17 2:14 P

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Hi, Chatty:

I belonged to a dietician led weight loss group through my hospital employer. It was fun and supportive as well as educational. I lost about 10 pounds (which I've gained back). Lots of nutrition education offered, as well as dealing with emotional eating and cravings. I'd say give it a shot - the food professionals I've met, dieticians and nutritionists have all been very nice and supportive.

"If you wanna be somebody else, if you're tired of fightin' battles with yourself, if you wanna be somebody else, Change Your Mind." Sister Hazel, from "The Fortress" CD.

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I am not that person any more.


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1/27/17 1:30 P

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I agree with azure sky,I am totally supportive of you finding a diet professional who can help you. Never feel afraid of getting professional help. Meanwhile, feel free to talk to us about your issues and maybe we can help. We can at least sympathize! I love food, too, there is practically nothing I won't eat. I'm just trying to find healthy comfort foods to replace the high calorie ones. For instance, I'm starting by replacing one meal with a salad of greens, raw veggies and some form of protein. When I get a mix of flavors into my salad, it turns into a comfort food for me. So, I will have that instead of mashed potatoes or mac and cheese. Another thing I like to do is make my own iced coffee with home-brewed coffee that has been chilled, and add some milk, some diet sweetener, and ice. When I sip that it is as satisfying as having ice cream, and way less in calories. So I still enjoy my foods a lot, I'm just finding better foods to like a lot. Oh, and some of these changes are new, so I'm still waiting to see if they help me make progress.

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1/27/17 12:06 P

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Welcome!

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1/27/17 11:55 A

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Welcome. It's never a bad thing to look for answers.

I'm not familiar with food addiction or its treatments, but I look at it this way. If I had a broken leg, I'd find a good orthopedic surgeon. If I had diabetes, I'd seek out a diabetic educator and a doctor who specializes in diabetes. If I had a heart condition, I'd see a heart specialist.

Professionals are trained not to be judgmental, so don't think that they will judge you. It is their job to help you, and if you're not happy with one, you can fire them and find another.

I do know that sometimes people use food for comfort if they have other issues and stresses in their lives. Maybe a food addiction counselor can help to find the cause of your food addiction, and teach you how to cope without using food.

Don't rule out physical causes. Make sure you get a complete physical to rule out any medical issues that might be causing your problem.

Whatever happens, good luck. The first step is the hardest, but keep going.

"It's never too late to be who you might have been."
** George Eliot

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity."
** Amelia Earhart

"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight."
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1/27/17 11:43 A

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Hello I'm chatty,
I am so addicted to food and I don't know why.
I have dieted all my life and I know how to eat healthy
But yet I'm Obese.

I thought of going to a food specialist and wondered if anyone else have gone to one.
I don't know what to expect and I'm fearful. Crazy huh!!!

I just know plain dieting isn't working cause of my love for food.
Thanks for any comments.

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