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Panicked Eating

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I have been in a big panic about food for a while now. I feel frantic to eat anything & I can't seem to get enough. Part of me is yelling, "eat it now, you won't let me have it later!!!" I have gained 5 pounds along with it. Who is that voice? Where is the voice of the inner healthy person? How do I get her back & how do I soothe the frantic, inconsolable person? I'm terrified to have to go back to the plus sized store again. I worked so hard to get out of there.
My exercise is fine: I have been working in the garden like a fiend! I used to count shovels of earth turned over & would try to do ten at a time. Now, I can do fifty, no problem. Yesterday, I worked for 5 hours straight & when I got home, it stung to touch the keyboard.
My brainstorm of ideas so far:
Plan my food, well in advance.
Shop for the plan.
Schedule in the crap that I'm worried about.
Make some new motivation posters.
Set aside grocery money so I know exactly where it will come from.
Does anyone else experience the frantic, must have it now feeling?
What do you do with it? What do you think?
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    With all the exercise gardening, I would think you would be fine. Are you letting yourself get too tired and then grab any food that is handy? Sit a bit and mull over the problem. I bet a solution comes to you! emoticon

    3078 days ago
    This may sound insane/stupid/pointless, but here goes:

    Try spending a few minutes really truly LOOKING AT and THINKING ABOUT the food you want. I mean, if it's there, in your fridge/cabinet. Really look at it and think about how it tastes/feels. And look at the fact that it is there. Not gone.

    If you do this for a couple of minutes (not just a second or 5 or 10), your brain will be able to process that you are not in danger of losing the opportunity for the food. It's kind of like eating slowly to allow your body to feel "full." It's a way for your mind to process that it's really truly there.

    I know! I know it sounds stupid. But I've done it. Worked for me. Some of us kind of close our eyes (mentally) to the reality of safety.

    Maybe give it a shot?
    3099 days ago
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    You CAN do this !
    3100 days ago
    3100 days ago
    I do the same thing, Gail. I have lost my focus. It is my summer now for about 2 months before school starts again. I am thinking about my goals for this summer challenge. I know I didn't do so well on the spring challenge but I did come out a few pounds less. If I can just do that again and then keep those few off.
    Gail, you have done so good in the past year. Shy Bunny is so right for you and for me. Let's both just pause when those cravings come and refocus on the goals. I think that is great advice!

    3148 days ago
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    Yes! And, yes! I sometimes feel ravenous for no apparent reason. When that feeling comes on, I PAUSE. Then, I ask myself, "is this non-hunger eating?"

    I'm hungry If I haven't eaten in 3 to 4 hours, so I eat.
    If I have eaten, I recognise that it mught be non-hunger eating.
    Or, I look at what I have been eating and my portion sizes. I sometimes feel hungry if I'm not eating enough of a particular food group.

    And, finally, you might be trying to soothe yourself with food. If that's the case, I try and find a distraction that will keep me occupied for min. 20 minutes. My go to is stretching. I also like crosswords, reading Spark blogs & watching a tv on DVD (I can't stand the adverts!!). You might have different distractions than I do.

    Don't beat yourself up about all this. Ease back into it with by making. Come up with one or two goals max you know you can keep. You can do it!

    Just remember to a PAUSE when cravings come on suddenly. Real hunger is a gradual feeling. You know exactly what you want to eat, & when you do eat, you feel satisfied!

    All the best!
    3152 days ago
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