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Help and tips with obsession with eating at night please
So im currently 32 years old am divorced and have had emotional problems through my life all linking back to food control. I was quite ill through my teens will bulimia/anorexia once I got into my 20’s I put on weight then lost it and learn to control by exercising heavily and controlling my food then bouncing back to uncontrollable eating. I am currently not at all happy with my body to everyone else Im sure i look absolutely fine im a UK size 10 I am very fit and active, on an average day I eat extremely healthily egg white omelettes for breakfast, a good salad of raw veg and lean protein for lunch then it gets to meal times or times when I have a drink and it all goes astray? in the evenings i can easily consume till I am about to be sick and so the cycle continues. I often plan my over eating evenings and the planning is part of the thrill I will visit numerous supermarkets before I settle on what it is im going to eat. Ive tried hypnotherapy, read just about every book you can imagine on the subject but ultimately im miserable I think about my body shape and food literally 90% of the day its ruining and controlling my life and at times i almost feel suicidal about it. I dislike my body shape I have always had quite big legs and struggle with jeans looking nice, wearing skirts/dresses etc etc. I find I will go for days eating ok and feeling very proud of myself and relaxed then something flips and I just want to eat and eat – always late at night. Im new to this site and would really appreciate tips or help from people to get me to a place where i can feel comfortable within myself and that I don’t need to use food to make me feel better. As we all know once we’ve done the binge we feel worse so why the hell do we keep doing it??? Makes no sense at all does it??? I find going to bed 2 hrs after eating I think I psychologically think im getting hungry i know I need to train my body to feel comfortable going to bed not stuff full and I don’t know how to get there. I spent 3 years in therapy about 5 years ago as I was very depressed this led to me leaving my husband as it became clear living with him was detrimental to my mental health (def best thing I ever did) but the food issues never left me. I can recall buying bars and bars of chocolate at the age of 9/10 and eating them in my room in the space of 5 mins so this is obviously a problem that is all I know so to speak? Thanks for all your replies in advance....
Mon. Nov 5, 8:38am
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reading your post, I couldn't help but think you may have something going on with a food sensitivity that contributes to binging on the very food you are sensitive to... common food allergens: eggs, gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, corn
About the sugar cravings and binges, the more you eat it, the more you crave it. You have to give it up cold turkey, especially if this is a binge trigger for you. After the first three to four days it will start to get easier. After the first week or two abstaining, you will feel stronger and more in control. When you slip, start all over again and don't eat it. Keep it out of your diet. Remove it from your kitchen and fridge. Place it all in garbage outside. Maybe you'll eventually get to a place where you can enjoy chocolate occasionally without the backslide. But definitely work on getting sugar out of your system right now.
Perhaps you have other food issues going on... but just maybe taking possible culprits out of your diet might work.
I binge on cereal. I can not eat cereal anymore. Ever.
Good luck to you. I hope you find plenty of information and responses that resonate for you.
Monday, November 05, 2012, 1:40 PM
water & herbal teas at night
also, drinking a glass of water, or having a cup of herbal tea, when feeling peckish, helps.
Monday, November 05, 2012, 1:42 PM
Consider an earlier bedtime schedule.
If you are up too late at night and begin to feel cravings, drink water and go to bed. You might be staying up too late. If you go to bed earlier, you will get more sleep and perhaps wake up more well rested and able to get your 30 minute work out in before breakfast.
If you stay up too late, nothing to do but sit on couch and watch tv, or waste time on internet. or worse....
Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 9:38 AM
I don't know...I think this goes a lot deeper than tips that work well for your averagemindless eater. I'm a mindless night time eater and I've never eaten until I'm feeling sick.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 9:19 PM
Toxic Foods and Food Addiction
PEERtrainer article, "Toxic Foods and Food Addiction"
Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 11:11 PM
Thanks for sharing all these ideas. These are really helpful tips. -
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