Overeating

I don’t know what happens, I want to overeat even when I’m not hungry , even when I just ate , I just want to eat more as if I’m being deprived. If noone is seeing or judging, I want to eat but if someone is watching me I’m in better control why is that. If I see food in front of me even if it is just fruits and I just ate a heavy meal, I’m tempted to shove it in my mouth.

I’m sure this is psycological and I want to get to the bottom of it . I want to know how to stop this impulsive behaviour , tips to keep me on track . I’m reading up on it and I’ll put down some suggestions as I come across them.

“I want you to leave my office today, and eat whatever you want, whenever you want, but follow one rule. If you follow this, I bet you that you will be able to maintain a healthy weight and body. This is the rule: only eat when you’re truly hungry, and stop when you’re full”.

 

I still get tempted, a lot, and have found that it helps so much to just stop, and consult my tummy. Is there really room for more? Am I truly still hungry? Often, the honest answer is no. I’m not hungry, and simply want to greedily push my body over into the “totally stuffed” mode. This recognizing of the true already-full state of my stomach helps me put on the brakes. Don’t get me wrong, I still fail sometimes, and when I do the way I look and feel after reminds me why the rule is such a great one!

Another essential tool is to deliberately become aware of your reasons for wanting to eat. I used to use food compulsively to make myself feel good. Why not? It felt fantastic whenever I was sitting down with a fork, in front of a giant piece of chocolate cake. The problem was what came after, when the cake was gone. Guilt, shame, regret, sluggishness, health problems – the list goes on.

There’s a funny thing about addictive, yummy foods, which is very similar to what alcoholics and drug addicts experience. When I crave something, my brain and body trick me by saying “come on, just this once”. Like this: “Why don’t you get into your car and drive to the grocery store and buy yourself a big tub of rocky road ice cream? Come on, let’s go – we’ll do it JUST THIS ONCE and then get back to our plans for healthy eating.”

That’s the lie: just this once. When you indulge yourself with foods that you crave, your body and mind will crave them again, sooner and more forcefully than ever, often right the next day. Or, later that same day! The more junk food, or comfort food, you give your body, the more your body emotionally and physically wants it and will ask you for it again. This is very different from hunger.

Pay attention to the difference between the feeling of cravings (from boredom, stress, sadness, habit, comfort, etc.) and hunger. There’s a huge difference.

To make cravings go away, interrupt them and shut them down by recognizing them as self-sabotaging feelings and impulses that don’t serve you at all. Do something else instead (call a friend, go for a walk, do something on your to-do list), and the craving will pass. Wait until you’re truly hungry to eat something. The cravings will get less and less, and when you do fail and indulge them (we all do), you will see how truly “empty” that promise of feeling good after turns out to be.

 

Courtesy :http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prescriptions-life/201002/how-stop-overeating-once-and-all

This above person hit the nail on the head . This is how I feel exactly.

I’m going to do some more research on this topic

Tuna Guacamole salad

1 cup guacamole
2 tbsp. Jalapeno Tabasco sauce /or lemon juice ( to keep the green color)
1 green chili, seeded and minced
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
3 2.6 oz cans tuna in water, well drained
dash cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

 

Put it on bread/tortilla/Chapati or pita bread

Courtesy: http://www.bravelittlechicken.com/archives/401

Beginning ………..

I’m back and want to stay this time. I have 2 babies now a 3 yr old and a 11 month old. With my 2nd one I put on more weight than I liked and IT just seems harder to lose this time around. I was part of a lean eating group last 12 months and I was doing good for a while but my last 3-4 months I was not able to workout and lost my mojo and now I’ve decided to do it all over again but on my own. I’m relying on my will power this time , which is the wrong thing to rely on especially if you care for fitness for life. Anyways, I hope to create new tools , support system as I go along.

Its been a week since I started and my 1st habit is to take some fish oil  and probiotic and barring one day so far I made it through the week. I did my workouts too 4 weight workouts and 2 active recovery type workouts in the form on kickboxing. So I’m doing fine for now.

I’m also trying to make better food choices everyday . I’ll be as honest as I can on my blog and document this journey and track my progress.

At 3 pm today , I was hungry and I was practicing slight discomfort, where I let myself go hungry for a little while longer and let my body burn my fat cells but I was getting on the edge. I wanted to eat something and drinking water was not enough. I wanted to go to my car bring out a dollar or two and head to the vending machine. I stood up, opened my cabinet door, popped a gum and walked to the bathroom. there was a magazine and I sat down reading the entire magazine and I’m back at my desk. I successfully evaded my situation.

I’m still hungry and I’m thinking of what to eat once I go home. I have guacamole in fridge and I’m going to mash it up with canned tuna and lemon and put it on a slice of multigrain bread. This will be my snack as soon as I go home. I had Barley kichidi instead because my kids didn’t eat theirs, but it is good idea for a meal when I can’t think of anything.

Glad to be back.

PS. Starting weight was 126lbs something and 1 week later it is 128.4lbs. I’m not going to fuss about it as of now.

PSS: I have a weight workout today , will take #1 to the gym with me, it is a short workout hopefully we’ll get to do some bike ride too.