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Halting the overeating impulse

  1. wellnessguidesja profile image60
    wellnessguidesjaposted 6 years ago

    I need tips for keeping on track when I am about to overeat or eat the wrong thing.

    1. Dave Mathews profile image60
      Dave Mathewsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Who is telling you it is too much or wrong? If it is someone else ignore them.

  2. SherryDigital profile image59
    SherryDigitalposted 6 years ago

    Step back and breathe. Think about what you are doing. I used to have a problem with over eating or consuming junk. I was raised on fastfood. I tried restricting myself but it only made me crave bad foods more.

    You know what really helped though? Developing a real interest in nutrition and food quality. Learning about the terrible practices used to create junk food, becoming more knowledgeable about chemicals and pesticides and the awful affects they have on our bodies. The chemicals in everyday foods can create an addiction. Even after all of my research and striving to only eat organic and wholesome foods, I still crave garbage from time to time. It must be some kind of chemical dependency.

    I stopped looking at overeating or junk food as a treat or reward. I began viewing unhealthy foods more realistically, as something that is harming my body and well-being.

    Do your research. Find out for yourself. Read ingredients and actually look up the ones you don't know. You might be surprised to learn of all the toxins hidden in the food supply.

    Best of luck to you!
    Check out the film Food Inc - knowledge is the best way to get a grasp on this situation.

  3. Diane Inside profile image79
    Diane Insideposted 6 years ago

    I am doing this now, I limit my food intake to very small meals and no snacks with vitamin supplements.

    Anytime i get the impulse for something i shouldn't, I tell myself I am more powerful than the impulse that wants the offending food.

    I am a strong willed person when it comes to arguements, or discipline to do such things as completing college classes so why couldn't I stop overeating.

    Because I didnt look at it as a battle of wills.  I was a giving up of wills. Well sister this is the last time I'm dieting because this is the time I'm taking control, I'm the one in control not a stupid impulse.

    Good Luck.

  4. Shanna11 profile image92
    Shanna11posted 6 years ago

    I'm seriously trying to distract myself with everything possible to avoid going downstairs to the vending machines and getting a candy bar. I ate reasonably well today- Cottage cheese for breakfast, one and a half mozzarella cheese sticks for lunch and then a spinach salad and an enchilada for dinner.

    And now I want chocolate. I'm trying to overcome my willpower problem, so I'm in the same boat as you. Having unlimited money on a meal plan card is hard, especially when junk is so abundant. tongue

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      SmartyPensposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I remember those unlimited meal plans. My college had excellent dining hall food.

      1. Shanna11 profile image92
        Shanna11posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Ours does too, unfortunately. You would think that since I work there washing all that stuff off other people's plates, I'd get sick of it, but I don't. sad

    2. donotfear profile image86
      donotfearposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      There is a completely guilt-free, preservative free all natural chocolate bar called CHOCOperfection.  It's at the local health food store. It's delightful and free from artificial sweetener. Very good to curb the chocolate craving.

      1. Shanna11 profile image92
        Shanna11posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Oh wow, those look amazing! Thank you for telling me about them. I will definitely have to try one!

  5. Journey * profile image87
    Journey *posted 6 years ago

    Hi wellnessguidesja, good luck with this. For me it is a matter of out of sight, out of mind. I don't keep much of certain things in my home - candy, potato chips, cookies, cakes, because I know I can't eat just one or one little piece and some of those things are so fattening in large quantities. I still have a weakness for ice cream but even that I don't buy and keep in the freezer often anymore. Reading some of the other comments reminded me of being back in college. That really is no joke and does take a lot of willpower. The freshman 15 pound on average weight gain can even potentially be a lot more than 15 pounds for an individual if he or she is not careful.

  6. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    If you are overweight because you over-eat, then you should think about switching to a low carbohydrate diet.

    This means cutting out not only all cakes, sweets and sugary things, but slow-acting carbohydrates like pasta, rice and potatoes and flour-based products like bread, pizzas, etc.

    Instead eat unlimited fish, meats, poultry and vegetables and after a few days of this you will lose your appetite and not crave foods at all (as well as watch the weight drop off).

    Constantly feeling hungry is a sign of over-active and spiky insulin levels, which can be controlled by diet alone.

    Google it and you will see.