CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories


obsession with food

i am at a loss. i feel like a junkie thinking about my next fix. it doesn't matter if i just ate and am stuffed to the gills, i start thinking about the next meal. as i am eating a snack i am wondering if this was what i really wanted or if there is something that will taste even better. this has just been going on for the last month ( that i can remember) there is times if i don't write down what i eat all day i won't be able to remember by the end of the day.
i want to loss weigth and i have had success in the past but it is all back with friends. it just seems like i am out of control w/ no stop in sight. you can say i have full control but when the urge strikes it is like i am on the outside looking in. any suggestions?? anyone else had this happen to them? i just want to be able to be normal !

Mon. Oct 9, 4:20pm

Add comment  
I can totally relate!!!!

I think that I'm in this mess because for me, food is social. I can go out to lunch with friends or co-workers, I can impress my boyfriend with my cooking, I can teach my sister and friends how to cook... all social. I also use food as a way to get affection. Sounds weird, but I'm a really good cook and people compliment me all the time on my cooking-It makes me feel good, so I keep cooking.

I'm trying to figure out if I need to cease all human interaction with food until I can control myself, or if I just need to find another way to get the attention I apparently crave....

Can you relate to any of this? Maybe you are seeking attention or a reason to interact with people like me??? If so, acknowledging the issue is a huge 1st step to solving it.

Monday, October 09, 2006, 5:31 PM

Add comment
What in your life, other than food, brings you pleasure, brings you real joy?

To break the addiction cycle, try something like Overeaters Anonymous - something where you can pick up a phone instead of a pizza. Support is out there - this is one place to find it, but there are many if you look.

One observation from my experience - may or may not be true for anyone else: I got real control of my eating habits when i went lo carb, and only then. The first week was hell, but thereafter I did not have the cravings nor did I always get up to eat several times in the night. Again - this is just what worked for me - but there is something out there which will work equally well for you, so keep looking until you find it.

Monday, October 09, 2006, 5:42 PM

Add comment
i can COMPLETELY relate to the 1st two posters. i too think about food all the time-think about what to eat next when i'm eating something already. I also use food to show care/love and can't help but pig out when i'm enjoying the company of friends. the only thing i have found to help me lose weight and feel in control is to literally BE IN CONTROL by setting a healthy and realistic limit on my caloric intake for each day-and making sure i count and post every little bite i put in my mouth. i still think about food way too much-sometimes i think i'm thinking about food even more now when i count calories-but i feel much more able to prevent myself from eating mindlessly. i still have days when i fall off track-sometimes two, i'm not perfect, but counting calories is really giving me an idea of what a normal days worth of food should look like and i'm gaining confidence that eventually i will be able to estimate my body's needs visually. good luck-not sure if this would work for you-but you aren't alone!

Monday, October 09, 2006, 10:38 PM

Add comment
i can totally relate too. i feel like i have been out of control lately. i know my binging is stress related but i feel like there is nothing i can do to break this cycle. i want to be able to just NOT do it & not LOVE food so much. i am starting to think i need professional help or something. i mean i could be waaaaay worse. i overeat healthy things & i do work out but i just wish i wasn't this way. i feel like it's getting worse too...yikes!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 9:17 PM

Add comment
I used to feel like this too, in such a way that I really thought my brain was wired differently from everyone else around me. Then I read a couple of books, one is Intuitive Eating and the other one is Overfed Head. Both of which I heard about on PT. I followed their recommendation (eat only when hungry, stop when full ... I mean, duh!) but without forbidding any one kind of food. I can't tell you the utter sense of freedom from the constant thinking about food that you mention. You don't need to buy the books, there is a team here that you can join. I found it a revelation. I haven't exactly resumed my weight loss, but I haven't gained, and now am actually enjoying eating my salads and fruits... because they taste food, not because I have to. I really don't crave food anymore!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 9:59 PM

Add comment
op-here i have read the book ie and tried it . so far i have gained 10 lbs. i don't think that it will work for me untill i am able to overcome my obsession with food. i don't have any answers right now but i will continue to try. the hardest part for me so far is no matter how much i eat i never feel full. this is so hard to deal with. i think most of my problems stems from control issues as well as emotions. thanks for making me feel less alone.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 9:37 AM

Add comment

Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge