Eating for the sake of eating...

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Shadowc78

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 08:46
I'm really bad at just putting something in my mouth because its there, or because I'm bored, or because I can't express myself so I use food to supress emotions.

Today I am working from home and I just want to pick at whatever is in the kitchen. This is effectively day 5 of my new lifestyle choice and I am terrible when I am alone in the house - which is always as I am single now. I want to be healthier, I want to be in jeans a couple sizes smaller than I am now, but the kitchen is calling me!

Does anyone else struggle with food like this? What do you do to combat it?
Sk1nnyfuture

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 09:12
Hi Shadowc78
I know what you mean, boredom or stress makes me reach for food. I have found that because I now know my trigger points, I can, usually, combat them. If I am feeling bored I make myself do something that is going to need my concentration eg I often will ge on my wii fit, or decide I am going to do some spring cleaning or maybe go shopping (clothes). Not only does this burn of calories but occupies my mind so that I don't feel tempted.

it also helps to have small goals to work towards eg get to a certain weight by a special occasion and have something special you want to wear and look great In - you can then focus on that when you feel you are going to fall off the wagon.

it doesn't always work, but nearly always works for me. As a last resort, if I get an attack of the munchies I prepare some crudities - matchstick carrots, celery, pepper, mushroom etc mix up a dip of extra light Mayo and a squeeze of tomatoe sauce (Marie Rose sauce) or sweet chilli dipping sauce, this gives you something to chew on that isn't too naughty.

Hope this helps - good luck
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triaby

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 09:20
Initially it is best to remove all temptations from the house and stock up on fruit - then when you feel that way have a piece of fruit - as you may also be dealing with sugar cravings, so fruit will help this too. I found when I felt it was an emotional thing and I felt the urge to eat, I would say to myself "Really, you are better than this, why are you punishing yourself, if you have something to say, say it, if you feel like screaming, scream, but for goodness sake put down the cake, you are only going to be consumed by guilt after it." - Another buddy sent me some words the other day and I found this statement really helpful - "I may also experience pain when emotional and spiritual hungers are confused with physical hunger. During these times I agree to sit with and hold a safe place inside myself in which to explore painful and difficult feelings."
Tracy

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healthy_alli...

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 10:17
I wish I could tell you there's a magic answer for this... for me, there isn't. I love to eat and watch TV and I can't break myself of the habit. I try to break my snacks up, it makes me seem like I am eating more but when I am acutally eating a lot less. I hope this helps you like it helped me, but there really is no magic form to cutting the cravings (at least for me because I LOVE food)
Shadowc78

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 10:35
thank you for your responses. I have emptied the cupboards and do have fruit in but unfortunately even though I know the effect too many apples / apricots has, I still eat them! Today I have survived by staying in my office upstairs. Its so odd, I can be at work in the office and not want to eat but at home in the office I could eat anything and everything!

I will cut up some carrots next time I'm working at home and dig out the celery stalks and try to forgo the dips!

I wish I could express myself but 2 years into behavioural therapy I still cannot acknowledge emotions, let alone express them. But like everything else, I will keep trying.
triaby

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 15:54
It's a long, slow journey Shadow, but it gives you time to smell the roses along the way....and of course more importantly it give time for your skin to catch up with your weight loss so you don't end up like a deflated balloon at the end of it!!!
Tracy

I actually have a body like Cindy Crawford, I just keep it well covered to protect it!

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

♥ I am the captain of my soul ♥


Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.
Anna P

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 17:33
When i feel like i need to put some thing in my mouth to chew on like food, i reach for a piece of gum instead. It occupies my mouth and does not add a ton of calories to my day.
PishPosh

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 18:31
I have a couple things that work for me. I haven't used it this time around but I will take a York Peppermint Pattie, break into fourths and melt them in my mouth drinking copious amounts of water between 'quarters'. The other thing I do, and I have done this three or four times since my weight loss began one month ago: a heaping teaspoon of smooth peanut butter, savoring it one smacking bite at a time. That and standing up and doing the 'move for a minute' seem to be my best allies. My move for a minute includes three head rolls, three shoulder rolls, shoulder stretches and then either arms punches, leg kicks or leg and arm raises. It's working for me. Perhaps these tips can work for you???
My favorite quote of all time. "The pain will always be there. The suffering is up to you." -Tony Horton
sad1234

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 18:48
That is so true, I chew gum also
Shadowc78

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Posted: 15 May 2011, 13:15
Thanks for all the tips guys.

PoshPosh - "move for a minute" sounds promising! I will try that one for sure.

I'd like to chew gum but it sets my teeth on edge, which is odd cos I have good teeth!

I want this to be a nice steady weight loss, definitely don't want to be a deflated balloon Tracy.

Thanks everyone again for your ideas and support Smile



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