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Just Realzed

I am just now realizing Im addicted to food.  I find total pleasure in eating.  From the first bite I take to the last and I cant seem to stop eating.  Its like my body doesn't know when its full.  Food is so delicious and I enjoy every moment of it.  The sad part is that when I stop eating I realize I ate a lot and feel so fat and gross.  But while I eat I don't care about how I look, it's like food is all I want.  I really hate myself for having no control but I don't know how to stop this.  I can read and read on about the steps to take but I don't have the will power.  I am over weight but I don't want to be this way.  I feel lost =(
bmari1415 bmari1415 31-35 13 Responses Dec 4, 2010

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I am new here...wanting help with food addiction...am extremely overweight and not happy with life...am on disability and have to use wheelchair and a walker when indoors...can someone be my friend and help me thru this

you might try imagining eating.. I just saw an article that was saying that imagining eating can reduce your desire for it. maybe it could help.. http://www.gizmag.com/imagining-food-reduces-consumption/17261/

you said you don,t want to look like this....there is step 1 now let,s go to step 2 will power ..you are the only one can do it....no one can do it for you....step 3 put one less thing on you plate...just one....step4use a smaller plate you won,t know it...step 5 set your self a goal....step 6 one step at a time before you know it you have started to loss weight....let me know how you are making out ...i,m out here to help people a friend david

Wow, look at all the comments you got! RFead them and do what makes you feel comfortable.<br />
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Enjoy!<br />
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Johnny

Sweet girl: The entire human race is addicted to food. Without it we would all die. If you could find an acupuncturist, a few treatments would help you with your cravings when you're not really hungry. All addictions start with an imbalance in the Kidney channel. Don't hear this wrong, we're not talking about the kidneys themselves - but the Channel which runs through the body and carries energy. When there are blockages, which can be caused by emotional, or physical trauma, it results in addictions. Doesn't matter what the outlet for the addiction: food, drugs, smoking, sex, etc. - when one gets the Kidney Channel balanced, addictions just go away. My husband has a Ph.D. in Acupuncture and has helped many an addict - he worked for 18 yrs. at a drug/alcohol rehab center and before he got there, the methods they used resulted in an 18% success rate - which was one of the highest in the U.S. When he started using Acupuncture and taught them Tai Qi (pronounced tie chi) the success rate was 86+%. I think you could find a Tai Qi program online to follow and see if you can locate an Acupuncturist to help you out.<br />
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On another note - it's possible you have a nutritional imbalance. You might not be getting enough of certain nutrients that your body is craving so therefore you are compelled to eat more. Take a good daily vitamin from a health food store - not from Walgreens or CVS. You want good natural vitamins and minerals not synthetics.<br />
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On still another note. A lot of times we eat because we feel unloved. Practice loving yourself. Promise yourself you'll only eat organic, colorful, fresh food from now on as an outward demonstration of your love for yourself. Every day say: "I love myself." It sounds dumb, and your mind will tell you you're crazy. But if you start with 100x a day and say it whenever your mind has free time, your mind will begin to believe it and miracles will begin to happen in your life. This is a practice that my beloved Minister, Rev. Harriet Smolka, had me do years ago when I counseled with her. She made her transition - but I feel she lives through me every time I pass along her good counsel. It works - trust me. When you're feeling sick of yourself after stuffing yourself - just say, "I love myself" and keep saying it. You don't have to believe it - but just keep saying it anyway. After a week or so you will start believing it. It will quiet that judgmental, mean chatter that we do to ourselves when we believe we have done something bad. Don't beat yourself up it will just result in you wanting to eat more to make yourself feel good temporarily and then result in more self-loathing.<br />
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Be good to yourself - love yourself and food will become something that you use to nourish yourself and your habits will become healthier. Trust me. I've been there and I'm not there anymore.<br />
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Fill your mind with good and healthy thoughts such as these - write them down and say them out loud or quietly in your m ind to yourself all day and night: I am Love, I am Light, I am Joy, I am Peace, I am Prosperity, I am Happy, I am Loved, I have all I need. I love everyone and everyone loves me. Everything and everyone prospers me now. Food nourishes me. Get a mantra going and you will shock yourself at how your life will change.<br />
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I wish you all the best that Life has to offer - love you - Kelly

There's nothing wrong with loving food! I dont give a damn what everyone says. And frankly, I get alittle creeped out by people saying that you shouldnt use food as a celebration or center events around food. Give me a break!<br />
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We are programmed to love food- its what helped us survive this long as human beings! If we didnt have a love for food, our ancestors would have died from starvation because they wouldnt have the same urge to go out and hunt something<br />
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Loving food is a natural part of what it is to be HUMAN. <br />
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Now, obviously if we want to live longer it would be smart to curb the foods we eat in small gradual measures. Like eating wheat instead of white. going from whole milk to 2 percent, and gradually just eating healthier- but never forgetting its ok to splurge once in a while when ur friends in town and we both want cheesecake.<br />
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Live in a way that you feel happy- not necessarily the way everyone says you have to live. And it sounds like you want to make steps to change your eating habits- If that makes you happy then do it. But do it in small gradual changes that make you feel proud of yourself, its too hard to do big changes that are impossible to follow through and then you wind up feeling guilty. Small gradual. I guarantee you will start craving and loving healthier foods, because they will start to make you happy. And so will good old cheesecake (just not as much as it did before.)<br />
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I really wish you good luck and I hope whatever you choose to do, you feel happy doing it. <br />
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yours,<br />
Raza

I have the same issue. Have dieted and lost a lot of weight. Then put most of it back on agan, many times. I hate the way I look, however I no longer hate myself. I hate feeling the way I feel about my body, but I know that I am a good person. I wish I had answers for you, wish I could solve this issue, hey if I could I would be rich...right? lol. All I can say is hang in there, keep your chin up and don't let the world get you down.

I agree. Hi, I'm new on this site but think you are right. You have start being happy inside

I am not addicted to food, but I do have dermatillomania and when I found out my bad habit has a name and is a special condition which millions of other people suffer, I started respecting people like you and understanding every human being suffers from their own behavioral issues.<br />
Tips that are helping me a lot, but adjusted to your condition are: <br />
Be positive. Do positive. Rather than thinking about the problem all the time, think solutions and start taking small steps today! <br />
Do not bring unhealthy foods to your home. If there is a snack machine at work, do not carry (or borrow) change. Start watching what triggers the problem and avoid these things. Portion your meals ahead of time. Plan your day ahead of time. Talk to people around you, asking and offering help to their own needs. Be around people who are and do what you want to achieve, instead of avoiding them; join them at exercising, practicing sports, eating healthy foods. Perhaps ask your physician for help, see a therapist to help changing your behaviour. And remember: you are not alone in your journey to free yourself from your own self! <br />
Hope I could help a little. Message me if you need to talk. <br />
Track your achievements and be happy!!! =)<br />
You deserve to be good to yourself.

bmari1415,<br />
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Please don't beat yourself up! Man was made to enjoy the experience of eating. <br />
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It's my opinion that if we were closer to our food (growing our own garden, making foods from scratch), paid attention to our bodies' cues that we are no longer hungry (instead of letting an empty bag or plate, or the end of a TV show, tell us "we're done"), and took the time to set our table for each meal and eat with loved ones (family, friends), we would start to feel full sooner and could stop BEFORE we become miserable.<br />
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You might enjoy a book called "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan. He says instead of food, we’re consuming “edible foodlike substances” — no longer the products of nature but of food science. Many of them come packaged with health claims that should be our first clue they are anything but healthy. In the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion. The result is what he calls the American paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become. <br />
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All of us have made not-so-good food choices, but we can learn to change, a little at a time. Part of that is reaching out, and I'm so glad you did! That takes courage, humility and a willingness to be vulnerable -- several characteristics I wish I had. *Hugs for that!*<br />
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I do apologize for rambling on, but you are not alone in this dilemma. If I can help, or if you just want a pen pal, let me know.

me too, so sad…

Hi,<br />
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I just wanted to say is it not possible to love food and not feel like there's something wrong with us if we do? We love our parents, children, dogs, cats, possessions, money, jobs, etc, etc.<br />
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So why can't we admit that we love food?<br />
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Because if we eat too much of the wrong things it could be detrimental to our health?<br />
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Does that make it wrong?<br />
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What about the smokers?<br />
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The drinkers?<br />
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The druggers?<br />
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Do they care if they are ruining their health or what anyone else has to say to them about it?<br />
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Until a person is ready to give up what they know could be harming them, no amount of harping or reading about the dangers etc is going to get them to stop. There is nothing wrong with admitting to the sheer unadulterated pleasure of loving food no matter what the diet guru's, psychologists, and society in general will tell you. Change comes from within and your real issue is one of self-control. When you're ready, you will make those changes within yourself. Napoleon Hill wrote a fantastic course called "The Law of Success in Sixteen Steps" in 1928 that you might be interested in reading. The steps to changing how you deal with your feelings about lack of self-control can all be found within it's pages if you are willing to read it. The book is in the public domain and can be found free for downloading online if you Google it.<br />
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Good luck :)

Lace every food item in your kitchen with rat turds....a sure deterrent from chowing down on those macaroni casserole leftovers that are oh so good :)<br />
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Don't beat yourself up though...when we eat, our brains release dopamine and norepinephrine which gives that ultra satisfying feeling, so it's often as hard to combat as drug addiction.<br />
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Still though, no amount of brain chems can convince you to eat those little raisin lookin feces

Oh wow. Maybe just not buy so much food in the first place or compost leftovers instead of keeping them in the kitchen.