Oral anxiety

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VirBordone

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 22:13
ok, here's the deal
my relationship with food is not a love story.
it's not that I like eating so much that i eat all day. is a compulsion, an anxiety disorder (I eat my nails, for example)
I'm aware that one of the best solutions to any kind of anxiety disorder, is to have an emotionally happy life
...
or sex
...
both totally unavailable for me right now
Razz
so
any suggestions?
in the case of surrender to the need of eating all day, y developped some tricks (with different levels of succes, of course), but I wonder if there's the only way...
did anyone succesfully inhibited this kind of addiction?
will i have to struggle against it my hole life?
ok, there's still the possibility of happines. yeah... well. that would be nice too haha
SherylPT13

Joined: Jan 13
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Posted: 13 May 2013, 05:27
My personality tends to the anxious, as well. Gum or mints can help - sugar free to save the teeth. A drink can help, too - I carry one around with me most of the time. It's something for my mouth to do. Wink

Best wishes.
Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.
Chinese Proverb
yankgal46

Joined: Feb 13
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Posted: 13 May 2013, 05:37
I chew my nails,and eat ice constantly.Now I am getting back into chewing gum too! I DON'T EAT SHEETROCK OR FABRIC SHEETS THOUGH!
yankgal46

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Posted: 13 May 2013, 05:39
I have a decent sex life and my family life is a 5 on a happy scale of 10.Maybe it's because I am poor?
SherylPT13

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Posted: 13 May 2013, 05:40
Yankgal46 . . . . . . I saw eating drywall and dryer sheets on "My Strange Addiction" - - you, too?
Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.
Chinese Proverb
SherylPT13

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Posted: 13 May 2013, 05:41
And just for the record - I don't recommend it!! Wink
Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.
Chinese Proverb
justjenifr

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Posted: 21 May 2013, 17:14
SheryIPT13...did you see the My Strange Addiction about the woman who ate her husbands ashes??
justjenifr

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Posted: 21 May 2013, 17:29
VirBordone, I don't struggle with the same type of anxiety as you do, but I do understand anxiety and even the unhappiness - I have depression with anxiety (I get panic attacks on occasion). I used to chew/bite/eat my nails and none of those things you can buy to make a person stop worked for me. What stopped me was acrylic nails - sounds odd, but I can't bit through the acrylic and now I have the nails that I always wanted but couldn't grow. It also gets me out of the house every two weeks when I go to get them filled. (the other plus is that my real nails are getting stronger while they grow under the acrylic). Also, having nails to paint and put designs on gives me something to do, helps me calm down, gives me something to concentrate on and even puts a smile on my face on occasion.

I've also used the gum trick...especially when I am either wanting to eat something sweet that's not on my diet or when I am wanting to eat just for the sake of something to do. Extra gum makes these Dessert Delights gums that are sugar free and taste exactly like the dessert they're made after. My personal favorites are Apple Cobbler and the Lemon Square ones. Also I've found that baby carrots can work sometimes too...your jaw has to work so much to chew them that it gets tired and I don't want to chew anymore.

Have you thought about seeing someone about the anxiety? I see a counselor and a psychiatrist (and am on medication to reteach my brain the proper chemical balance) and both of them have really helped me. My anxiety attacks are fewer than when I started and when I feel one, I know how to calm myself...and my anxiety level is lower as well. It's also an amazing feeling to know that there are two people who are behind me and support me no matter what (I don't have much of a support system otherwise...my friends don't really understand depression...not their fault though) and that support has helped a lot.

I know what it's like to be metaphorically locked in a world that others don't understand...message me anytime if you want to talk.
SherylPT13

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Posted: 22 May 2013, 05:28
@ justjenifr . . . . . . . nope, missed that one! How gross! And disturbing!
Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.
Chinese Proverb
yankgal46

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Posted: 22 May 2013, 05:58
I refuse to eat ashes! LOL I do eat ice and love the Dessert Delights gum now too! I have an oral fixation I guess.
Auburn66

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Posted: 27 May 2013, 11:43
I am a stress eater. Being a single mom (widow) and always worrying about my decisions on how I am raising my son. This makes me eat. I won't even be hungry and I will eat because I am worried about something. It drives me crazy! I was always told to drink a glass of water if I ever felt like grazing and then walk away to busy my mind with something else. Sometimes that helps.

Also......ashes of husband......yuck!
Karen
eKatherine

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Posted: 27 May 2013, 11:59
yankgal46 wrote:
I refuse to eat ashes! LOL I do eat ice and love the Dessert Delights gum now too! I have an oral fixation I guess.


Eating ice is often a sign of an iron deficiency.
justjenifr

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Posted: 27 May 2013, 17:08
@SherryIPT13...I wish I had missed that one too...lol. It was one of those it was late, nothing on tv and I can't sleep things.
thinner120

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Posted: 28 May 2013, 12:45
VirBordone wrote:
ok, here's the deal
my relationship with food is not a love story.
it's not that I like eating so much that i eat all day. is a compulsion, an anxiety disorder (I eat my nails, for example)
I'm aware that one of the best solutions to any kind of anxiety disorder, is to have an emotionally happy life
...
or sex
...
both totally unavailable for me right now
Razz
so
any suggestions?
in the case of surrender to the need of eating all day, y developped some tricks (with different levels of succes, of course), but I wonder if there's the only way...
did anyone succesfully inhibited this kind of addiction?
will i have to struggle against it my hole life?
ok, there's still the possibility of happines. yeah... well. that would be nice too haha


I agree with the above post for severe anxiety see a professional. It is a show of strength on your part to face the demons that may be causing the anxiety.

In any case whether it be mild or more serious I understand what you are going through. Right now I am attempting to lose ALOT of weight. I have had to deal with anxiety on a daily basis for years. I am not a nail biter or anything like that but I am a compulsive, or anxiety eater.

This could help anyone who is trying to regulate their eating habits.

Drink water. Keep a bottle filled with water by your side at all times.


Brush your teeth, don't laugh!!!! Very Happy

Drink herb tea like Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry, Honey Vanilla Chamomile, Chamomile tea (any brand), or Peppermint. The chamomile has a calming effect.

Burn Aroma Therapy Candles like Gold Canyon Chamomile Lavender, or Sandalwood Jasmine. Don't burn candles that remind you of food, like Sugar Cookie, or anything Vanilla.

Use Johnson & Johnson Calming Lavender Lotion for grown ups, or buy the infant variety. The lavender scent will calm you.
I knew someone that quit smoking and kept mint flavored toothpicks in their mouth to kill the urge to smoke. i never trieds it but it worked well for them.
Hope this helps!
Stay strong, stay focused.



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"The food will always be there. Anything I want so badly will still be there tomorrow." Pam Turner

"The only reason you will never lose weight is if you quit trying." Kim Benson
Lynne66

Joined: Apr 13
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Posted: 28 May 2013, 15:26
VirBordone wrote:
ok, here's the deal
my relationship with food is not a love story.
it's not that I like eating so much that i eat all day. is a compulsion, an anxiety disorder (I eat my nails, for example)
I'm aware that one of the best solutions to any kind of anxiety disorder, is to have an emotionally happy life
...
or sex
...
both totally unavailable for me right now
Razz
so
any suggestions?
in the case of surrender to the need of eating all day, y developped some tricks (with different levels of succes, of course), but I wonder if there's the only way...
did anyone succesfully inhibited this kind of addiction?
will i have to struggle against it my hole life?
ok, there's still the possibility of happines. yeah... well. that would be nice too haha

How do you fill your days? Have you always had this relationship with food from a child? I can sympathise as I have always been a comfort eater, tending to use food to soothe or reward myself, but then I only felt worse in the long run! It is only now that I can look at this and see how unhealthy and how much of slave I was to my emotions and food.
You need to break that dependency and change the relationship with food you have. Food is food,relationships are relationships,sex is sex, I think there needs to be clear boundaries and forgive me if I am being too presumptious but I wonder if you see yourself as being a victim, perhaps needing punished for something real or imaginary? Its like,you are being 'bad' if you give in to food cravings and yet you are being 'bad' cos you have no relationship, no sex etc; You are you,with all your hang ups and all your good and bad points...maybe start by increasing your self confidence,be proud when you achieve but don't dwell and berate yourself if you fail to live up to your expectations...have patience - its taken a while for you to get here so it will take a wee while for you to sort it out,be kind to yourself but do not dwell or linger on past mistakes and self pity...start with trying to fill up your spare time with something positive for you, exercise is good,or just finding out about what makes you tick, smile,feel positive, just take it a day at a time at first and then the days turn into weeks then months and hopefully you will feel better...sorry for going on, this just hit a nerve with me, good luck Smile
thinkingthin...

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Posted: 29 May 2013, 14:08
I can so relate to your feelings. I have never been diagnosed but there is no way that I don't have some sort of disorder. Thinking about food the way I do, eating food the way I do at times and crying about feeling out of control, just fighting with an urge for hours, it's not normal. When I have a plan in place like I do now (back to WW yesterday) is what will make me feel better because for the most part every day after today I'm going to weigh less. Yes, I'm going to slip up here and there but still, there is a plan in place. Yes I'm going to be frustrated that it's not happening fast enough, but it's happening and there is a plan in place. It's when I get to where I want to be that I never seem to come up with a good plan to stay there. I'm there for a while but them boom, I lose control of the mind and the disorder takes over and I'm with out a plan and out of control. One of the worse feelings ever. Have a plan and just try to stick to it, don't beat yourself up too much when you lose control but get back on plan. Talk to yourself. haha Good Luck
Q-Tee

Joined: Mar 11
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Posted: 03 Jun 2013, 07:15
I too suffer from anxiety and have learned that I have real food and eating issues. I have started attending a Free program called Food Addicts in Recovery. They are all over the US and in various international countries. It has truly changed my life. It is helping me manage my food issues as well as my emotional issues. The website is www.foodaddicts.org. Try it, it can only help Smile.

Take care.
I will not give up!



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