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Spitting out food?

WARNING: this may be a gross topic to read.

Maybe it's time I admit I have a problem. I'm not sure. Ever since I've become a mom, I've turned more and more to food as a stress reliever. And the more weight I gain, the more unhappy I am with myself and my body, the more depressed I get and the more I eat. It's a vicious cycle.

So, to try and correct for it, I started chewing up food and then spitting it out. Somewhere in my head, I've convinced myself that if I spit it out, I can experience the flavor without taking in all the calories. But this can't be healthy, can it? I've done some research on eating disorders and this behavior isn't mentioned, but it doesn't feel right.

I don't like that I do it. Yet I can't seem to stop. Every morning, I tell myself "you're not going to spit out food today". And yet every day, I do it. I know it's a problem. I know it needs to stop. I'm not sure how to get away from it though.

Tue. Mar 14, 9:20am

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This helped me alot :
Diagnostic Criteria
The following is considered the "text book" definition of an Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, to assist doctors in making a clinical diagnosis... it is in no way representative of what a sufferer feels or experiences in living with an Eating Disorder. It is important to note that this is a Clinical definition, and is in no way meant to say that any sufferer does not struggle, and that the condition is not serious. It is not meant to say you do not have Anorexia or Bulimia (or a combination of both sometimes known as Bulimirexia). This is a clinical category of disordered eating meant for those who suffer but do not meet all the diagnostic criteria for another specific disorder.

Examples Include:

All of the criteria for Anorexia Nervosa are met except the individual has regular menses.
All of the criteria for Anorexia Nervosa are met except that, despite substantial weight loss, the individual's current weight is in the normal range.
All of the criteria for Bulimia Nervosa are met except binges occur at a frequency of less than twice a week or for a duration of less than 3 months.
An individual of normal body weight who regularly engages in inappropriate compensatory behavior after eating small amounts of food (eg, self-induced vomiting after the consumption of two cookies).
An individual who repeatedly chews and spits out, but does not swallow, large amounts of food.
Binge eating disorder; recurrent episodes of binge eating in the absence of the regular use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors characteristic of bulimia nervosa.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 10:12 AM

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I have done the same thing, not every day, but once in a while. I know it is not normal or healthy, but the control feels so good. When I focus on eating for health and not for pleasure, I can avoid this behavior. I am thinking of seeing a therapist, but I am not sure. Thank you for posting this.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 10:19 AM

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I've been thinking about seeing a therapist too. I want to go, but part of me wants to just deal with it on my own. I know I shouldn't do it. So, the answer is easy- STOP. Yet the stopping is the problem. Sometimes I can make it a few days before I do it again. Other times I do it several times a day.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 10:55 AM

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Please don't take this comment to be judgemental as it is not meant to be. You must ask yourself if this is a behavior that you want your children to learn. If you are not ok with them doing it, it may be time to get help. I pray that you get the help that you need.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 10:56 AM

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I want to encourage the poster who mentioned they have considered seeing a therapist to go ahead and make an appointment. We tend to view therapy as a bad thing, but it really isn't. It can be good to just talk about it with someone who can react in a non-judgmental way and help you figure out ways to make changes or how to address other issues that may be related. I am glad you're willing to talk about it here on peertrainer, and although I hear your explanation for why you do this, it sounds like you wish you didn't. I encourage you to make changes, especially since you seem to feel it isn't healthy. You're doing the right thing by talking about it, and talking with a therapist could be a great next step. I hope it goes smoothly for you and would be interested to see updates on how it's going for you.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 5:20 PM

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Ive gone the eating and spitting thing.. only when I really want a food.. or I lose my mental clarity for a bit and then snap out of it... I do it like once a week...

Go see a shrink, I'm going soon and I know its going help !!!!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 11:01 AM

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I'm not a doctor, but it seems that by purging through not eating the actual food, wouldn't that be something similar to what bulemics do? The only difference is that the food hasn't all entered the stomach... You are still putting it into your body, only to expunge it later?

To the OP and the other person considering therapy--If you are concerned about your behavior, then it seems to me that you have already recognized that something is wrong... although it might be a bit scary to go to a therapist-- they are there to help you through any problems you may have--hopefully, you'll find one that you can feel comfortable with and can discuss this issue... maybe there are some other things that are contributing with your need to empower yourself through this behavior?

Hope things get better for you!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 5:46 PM

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Thank you!

I was the poster considering therapy. **Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement.** It was the motivation I needed. I made an appointment for a consultation on Tuesday.

Thursday, March 16, 2006, 3:39 PM

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good for you!

Way to take charge of your life -- I hope it works out well for you!

Friday, March 17, 2006, 1:07 AM

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chewing and spitting out food!

Hi, i have been anorexic for 4-5 years now, but after a year i discovered spitting when i was drunk (believe it or not!!).... i came home after being out with some mates, (had eaten my usual 2 weetabix and a weightwatchers less than 300 calorie meal, with some fruit as a snack during the day which was fairly normal for me) and was so hungry and craved something sweet. put a choc digestive biscuit in my mouth and it tasted so good, but then i felt htis emmense guilt so in a drunken state i spat it out into the bin!! i felt so silly at this point, but ive carried it on for years now and its my deepest darkest secret. And i know its not normal by any means. But i cant stop, its a massive obsession. So i shop fairly healthily, but the "naughty" foods i buy in large quantities (choclate, biscuits, cakes ect) and store them in my room for when i need a sweet fix.... and spit them out into a bag....... I have in one time gone through spitting out 3 large bowls of sugar puffs, 2 packets of maryland cookies dunked in tea and about 7 chocolate bars....I sometimes get a sore jaw from the fast chewing, or sore troat from the hacking up (to make sur i dont swallow any..... which is in fact quite hard!)
However, any of the anorexia councellors i have had have never come across it before,,,,,,, so i am SO RELIEVED that i have found someone with the same problem :)
I desperately want to get out of it and neeeeeed help.....
any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks for listening to my ramble!
Ruth xxxx

Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 9:08 PM

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