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Is anyone here dealing with a food addiction?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Tremmie, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    I'm now dealing with a food addiction (I've an addictive personality), I started doing drugs and drinking alcohol at such an early age. I have noticed that right after I'm recovered from an addiction I start getting addicted to something else. I tend to have poor self control with the things that I like. I guess it's just part of me.

    I tend to binge eat most Saturday, next day I feel guilty. Luckily I don't gain weight easily, I do need to practically eat a lot bread, chocolate, drink sodas and eat a load of carbs in order to gain weight. And that is exactly what happened last year, as a result I gained weight. I'm now trying to lose it, but my hormones and anxiety issues don't help :(

    There is a local group targeted at people like me, but it didn't seem like a friendly place. It's like AA, but for food addicts. I didn't like the fact there is so much drama there... is nothing like the AA for alcoholics or drug addicts... people in this one are so rude and swear a lot. Plus other unpleasant behaviors, in short I don't feel safe there.

    I have managed to control my food addiction a lot this week, I'm actually proud and amazed. I'm hoping next week is as good or better :) Sometimes I feel so lonely when I think about my food addiction. I guess I creaed this post to see if there is someone here with the same issue as me. I'd love to talk about it.
  2. ZXD22

    ZXD22 Senior Contributor

    Used to eat at least 2 Hungry Man's a day back when I was younger, but have completely stopped it all together knowing how fat and unhealthy I was getting. Now I think I'm not eating enough to be honest lol!
  3. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    Back then, before I got pregnant, I would eat like crazy but still do not gain any weight. I ate fastfood everyday. Junk foods are my weakness especially Lays with cream cheese. I can eat a whole big bag in one seating. But then I got pregnant and gave birth, there my issues began.

    Even if it is now a year after I gave birth, I am still not back to my pre pregnancy weight. I gained a lot of pounds due to overeating during and after pregnancy. Now, I manage my weight by exercising and eating right. I ate more fruits and veggies than I ever did my entire life. That helped in lowering my weight.

    I guess binge eating healthy foods like fruits or veggies are okay. They are very healthy and nutritious. It is very unlikely to get fat by eating these.
  4. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    I can't say I have a food addiction, but there are days/moments when I binge eat (I used to do this after coming home from a drinking night). But when I'm not under the influence of any drug, I don't have any food cravings. I've been eating a lot of honey since I was young though, luckily it didn't cause me weight issues.
  5. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I used to have issues like that. I got to a point where I was really quite thin (almost underweight) and I only really ate healthy stuff - but if someone for instance was to bring chocolate, or cookies or whatever to my house as a gift, I would eat an entire box of chocolate or a packet of cookies in the one sitting. I think a lot of that disordered relationship with food was because I was eating so little the rest of the time, that if someone presented junk food to me it was a bit of a binge eating situation.
  6. LilAnn

    LilAnn Community Champion

    I have certain days where I cannot get enough to eat.But then on other days one hard boiled egg is all I need. I am personally trying to find a happy medium. Like you, I'm trying to lose weight.
  7. notathrowaway

    notathrowaway Member

    I go into the binge eating auto-pilot nihilism sometimes. That's what gets me. I'm okay most of the time.

    Keep a food journal. Yeah, seriously. If you're that sort of person that can keep a journal, this would probably help you a lot. You can ask yourself an hour after you eat how you feel. Some food doesn't really keep you satisfied and that'll make you eat more.

    For the record, I think I'm not a person that can keep a journal.
  8. Auril

    Auril Active Contributor

    Hi there!
    I have an addictive personality also and am dealing with food issues too. I have been binge eating the past 7 months since a traumatic incident occurred (I was the one who found my dad dead). You're very lucky to not gain weight easily, I've gained 40 lbs from it. I've not found any good in person support either :(
  9. LilAnn

    LilAnn Community Champion

    You'll have the support you can stand on the site. lol Seriously, everyone here wants to help. I gained60 lbs over the past long while because of my medication. I started off walking a mile a day. Then I gradually started jogging, a little further each time. I'm working on a healthy diet that will allow me to lose weight without sacrificing my health to do it. This is where I'm stuck. I have no idea what diet will work for me. Have you started yet, or are you looking for the right exercise and diet?
  10. harold

    harold Community Champion

    When you are surrounded by food and constantly pass around it, there is always that temptation to eat something. This becomes worst when you don't work, or when you have few working hours on your job. The problem with food addiction is that many people do not even believe that it exists or that it can be a problem. Thank God you are taking care of your addiction. It is an indication that you know what you are doing. It is sad to know that there are countless people out there who are addicted to food, but do not know. People don't pay much attention to this because food is different from hard substances. I have had to deal with food problems once or twice in the past. Food addiction is real and there are addicts out there. I hope more people can be enlightened on this
  11. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    I'm not sure if I'm addicted to food since I know when to stop, but I do tend to eat more when I see a lot of food in the house, like I stuff my stomach until I get full. And every 2 hours I would take a snack too if there are snacks. So naturally I gained weight. A 2 liter soda only lasts for 24 to 48 hours with me, sometimes in 12 hours I fully consume it. But luckily I don't really get addicted.
  12. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Good to know that you have managed it and keep it up the good work. :)
    I also love to eat and an emotional eater sometimes but not to the extent that I can consider myself a food addict since it is just in a certain moment.
  13. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    I don't really know if what I experienced in the past when I was addicted to drugs could be considered "food addiction", but when I took marijuana, I would usually have those so-called "munchies" and eat my *** off. I think many people here could relate to my experience.
  14. ReadmeByAmy

    ReadmeByAmy Community Champion

    We should do all things in moderation because doing things beyond what it should be might not bring good things to us. Like for example in the case of our eating habits we should eat only the right amount of foods what our body size needs and any excess beyond that can lead us to have problems in our weight and over all health. Just remember that to eat is something we should do in order to satisfy our hunger that our body needs and we should not treat it as a habit just to satisfy our cravings for eating foods that is not right for our body needs.
  15. LilAnn

    LilAnn Community Champion

    Since I've been trying to get into shape I've starting eating the serving size of everything I cook... a cup of spaghetti, 28 french fries, 6 fish sticks, etc. And I have to be honest, it isn't easy. Well, not at first, anyway. After a couple of days you will feel better than you can imagine. I had no idea how much overeatig affected the way I felt.