I mean eating! Anything I can get into my mouth, I am not particularly hungry, I just love the taste and texture of food and I am eating, eating, eating to the tune of 20 extra pounds this year. What the heck is going on? I have had blood tests and all is well other than having a B12 deficiency for which I have been on shots for years. I have to stop. Any suggestions?
What are you eating? High carb foods (sugary stuff, bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, fruit, etc.) tend to make you want more of them. It's not just in your head, but a biochemical thing (they screw up your insulin and bloodsugar levels). And you need B-12 shots huh? Are you a vegetarian? Meat, eggs, and dairy in sufficient quantities should provide you with adequate B-12.
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I do eat a lot of carbs, I crave them. I eat very little meat, just don't like the idea of eating something that used to eat something. I have tried to eat just veggies, fruits, cheese, yogurt etc and it drives me crazy, I crave the "good stuff". My B12 shots are for pernicious anemia, I cannot eat to replace it, I can only replace it through monthly injections and still my levels are low normal. Thanks for the tip on carbs, I will start cutting down and fight through the cravings and see what happens.
I am kinda the same way you are! Sorry the only suggestion I can make is dont let yourself have access to 'the good stuff' that is bad for you. Maybe suck on hard candy instead..? I heard going for a couple weeks with very little carbs you dont crave them after awhile. I'm trying that now but like you said it's hard to stay away from the bad stuff.
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i would tend to think you're eating for emotional issues. i know when i get into that rythym of eating anything even though i'm not hungry its because there is something going on with me on an emotional level that i'm not expressing, that i'm not fulfulling.
i dont know if thats what is going on with you, but when you said you're eating "anything" and that you're "not particularly hungry", it doesnt sound to me to be something physical.
is anything different going on in your life? i know this sounds corny, but please think about it - maybe you're stressed out or burying some other unpleasantries with the food you're eating.
i know what you mean. i have a really hard time at work. some days i just keep eating or i feel i'll go crazy here. i dont even enjoy what i eat, and i feel so guilty cuz i know i'm out of control. it totally stinks.
i think what helps once this has started is to know that you can stop anytime and treat the moment as a new beginning. dont feel bad, guilty, full of self-hate,etc, for what you just (over)ate. start fresh and do something else to take care of whatever feeling you're not expressing, or what needs have to be fulfilled. i have a hard time doing this -forgiving myself, but i bring a recovery book with me to work so i can read it when i'm feeling down. i try really hard to keep myself a priority, which is really tough where i work.
its not easy. i guess it will get easier though with practice.
i'm in the healthcare industry - i deal with the monotony of third party billing and the unpleasantries of communicating with insurance companies. i work in the psychiatric community and there is additional pressure there due to the sensitive population. its not the right type of work for me. i'm either bored to death or totally stressed out. i've been here 5 years and that is way too long for a person who should not be in this field anyway. even if i did like this work, 5 years of dealing with HMO's is enough to burn anyone out!!
i'm going to school part time to get a degree in something else (i'm not sure what yet). in the meantime, if i got another job doing the same thing i'd probably be just as miserable. and if i get a job in a different line of work i will face a big cut in pay. i feel like i'm in a no-win situation but i keep looking in the classifieds hoping that i'll find something.
my personal life, thankfully, is okay for the most part. i have a wonderful boyfriend and i'm grateful for having him. i've had some problems with my friends lately, and my family is totally messed up, but other than that things are okay.
what type of work do you do? i'm planning on taking a 'career assesment test' next week. maybe you should try something like that. whats going on in your personal life?
i work in a computer department for an insurance company. there are too many bosses there, its a man oriented office and nobody is ever happy. i'm not sure i even like what i do so whats the sense in getting a new job doing the same thing. i just wish i new what i liked to do. i wish i had an rv i would travel the country doing whatever job to get by.
Hey, fuzzy & little! You two are definitely singing my song! I'm in accounting, some days I HATE it, mostly due to the people I work with. Just finished my associate's degree in liberal arts/business and I'd like to go back for a bachelor's in education, but no $$. Student loans are OUT - currently paying off my husband's. Would also be a major pay cut to change at this point. Been trying to cut back on the eating for a few weeks now without success, mostly I think because of stress/depression/boredom. Man, this post is depressing - sorry! Maybe we can form a support group for each other :0)
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hi bear - i hear ya!
i'm eating too much still, but only when i'm at work. i often feel the need to bring extra food with me - comfort foods like chocolate - when i go to work. its like bringing a security blanket with me.
we're having major problems at work today with our septic system - fun! i got the call last night from my boss that the toilets were acting up. i could barely sleep anticipating all i was going to have to go through today to get this taken care of. i woke up with a headache.
i would like to think there is a way for me to work here and not compulsively overeat, but i've been here nearly 5 years and started regaining weight and abusing food shortly after starting here. i began seeing a therapist for these emotional eating issues 3 years ago and still i have this problem. i wonder if its just too "crazy" here for me to ever feel control and i'll have to get another job and deal with the cut in pay. i wonder if i'm a greedy person for wanting to stay here for the $$ while i'm so unhappy and overeating as a result.
i keep looking in the classifieds, and i keep wondering what i'm going to do about furthering my education. think, think, think
thanks for caring and i hope you are doing better.
its the weekend and i hope i can get my eatting under control. it makes me sick thinking about everything i put in my mouth. http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/redface.gif right now a lot of it has to do with being lonely. i have no real friends. the people i think are my friends always seem to let me down. i can't stand my job and i have no life. i feel like packing up my jeep and leaving the state for some place warm all year round. i get up and powerwalk before work, go to work for 9 or 10 hours and if i'm not wiped out i bike after work. i bike on the weekend too. this week i have been really busy at work and i have not been biking. i've decided i need to surround myself with positive people. in the morning i power walk with an older guy who is positive and i really enjoy talking to him ( he's on vacation right now though so i have nobody to talk too ) . anyway have a wonderful evening and hope i put nothing else in my mouth.
Hi guys, sorry I haven't posted in a long time but things here have been crazy. I definitely am a emotional eater and eat to sooth myself. My work is absolutely the most stressful I have ever had and that is probably exactly what is going on. I am a nurse in a doctors office (and for those of you that think it is a "cushy" job, please think again)...lol.. I am trying hard to really stop eating. I am gaining weight at an alarming rate. I am trying to make better choices about what I eat also. Lately when I go to eat something at work I stop and take a minute or so in the bathroom and try to meditate myself through the urge. Sometimes it works, sometimes not but at least I am aware of the eating. I had a patient come in the other day that had lost a lot of weight and he said "I just don't care about eating" man, I wanted to smack him so bad! Thanks for your help it really helps to have people to talk things over with.
i just got back from vacation, so i didnt get to read your posts until today.
littlebit - i know what you mean about surrounding yourself with positive people. that is very important, and i've found that its certainly better to have one or two good friends than several fair-weather friends. being on BB's like this helps. i only have one really good friend who lives kinda far away, and i'm fortunate to have a boyfriend who is also a great "friend" too. i write on another BB for support and company as well. i've been let down by people who i thought were my friends, who i thought really cared about me, and i've written a few of these people off. i know its not easy, but try hard not to get sick thinking about what you put into your mouth. so many years now i've hated myself, been angry at myself, etc, for my eating habits, and feeling that way about yourself -disgusted- doesnt help. try to be understanding towards yourself - you're overeating/binging for a reason. a good reason. and you can always write to me here, or directly email if you want (does this bb show my email address?)
hazel - i totally relate to the whole work stress/eating thing. during my vacation last week the "little-evil-compulsive-eating devil" didnt perch on my shoulder once to whisper into my ear to overeat to quell my anxiety. i know work has a lot to do with my problem (not entirely, but a lot). i work in the healthcare industry as well - office staff in a psychiatric practice. its tough work! i have those moments where i can overcome the compulsiveness to grab for food, then many moments where i "just have to have it!". not fun, and i'm trying very hard to get into another line of work, or at least out of management. when i hear people say things like "i just dont feel/think about eating" i get so angry too!