(Closed) could use some help. in a funk. unhealthy relationship w food.

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Member
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@anonybee230:  Well, like they say… the first step is to admit you have a problem.

I suggest that to combat binging, you eat throughout the day so you’re less hungry come dinnertime.

Do you binge because you’re hungry or because you like feeling full?

Some tips to eat less include:

-Serve yourself in the kitchen and put leftovers away before you eat so you can’t have seconds. Or get your SO to serve you instead.

-Eat on smaller plates.

-Serve yourself a huge amount of veggies (so you will still feel full) but a small portion of meat/higher calorie foods.

As far as exercise goes, half the battle is getting into a routine. I suggest finding some activities you can do together as a couple… or pick something you don’t totally hate. For example, I hate running.. I will never be a runner.. but I like jumping rope (blasts calories FAST), and swimming and weight lifting.

Set goals and break them into mini goals. It’s fine to say “I want to lose 35 lbs” but make a plan on how to actually achieve it.

Figure out what you did to gain that weight, and do the opposite. Quitting the stressful job was a start. For example, I put on about 15-20 lbs since being with my SO. We eat out more, and I now get rides to work (used to walk 30 min a day), so now I am adding that 30 minutes of walking back into my weekdays in addition to working out regularly. We are also limiting eating out.

Post # 5
Member
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@anonybee230:  See that is really unhealthy. I think you should start by cutting down the amount of food you buy on a Saturday night. A treat is ok, but eating 5000 calories is not.

We have Saturdays as our cheat day. We go to McDonald’s for lunch (after the gym) and then we have a light dinner. It doesn’t totally destroy what we do during the week. Life should be a balance between being healthy and also enjoying life. Sadly we happen to enjoy fast food lol.

You can still enjoy watching TV if you make popcorn or something vs. having a spread of fast food.

I think the key here is to make the change together.

I’d love to eat 5000 calories during one sitting… but I’d hate myself for it.

If you really can’t break the habit, I suggest counselling.. it might get to the root of why you do this and help you stop. 

Post # 6
Member
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Get the junk out of the house! I learned that the hard way. For me, when I bought the box of cookies or made a cake or whatever the thonght was “I can use this as a sometimes treat” but I’m a stress matter and disvovered “sometimes” meant four times the serving size when I finally gave in and ate them. Fruit is a great snack for sweet cravings, cutie oranges are like candy but 35 calories instead of like 200 in a couple Oreos. The smaller plate thing helps me too. It is totally in my head but two bowls of cereal makes mw full. So I eat out of a mug and thus still get the ” I get to have seconds!!” In my head but not two giant cereal bowls full. 

Exercise is the worst for me. Find something you enjoy, do it with a buddy and it makes it way easier. I have started pilates, not exactly the highest calorie burning ever but it is better than the nothing I was doing. 

Start with small goals, for a couple weeks work on portion control and something easy like take the stairs instead of the elevator or walk somewhere close you normally drive. Then work on healthy meals with correct portions. Even if you aren’t eating broccoli and tofu everyday adding a fruit and a veggie to every meal is a start. Also allow your self to have “treats” but make sure you are able to eat a correct portion of it. Something that helped me is to as soon as I get home from the store, stick snack type food into baggies by serving size so I don’t just sit and eat from the bag. 

good luck!

Post # 7
Member
3552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I love food, and I’m a very good cook. I also tend to be a stress eater, so when I lost my job in May I started trying new recipies and put back on all of the weight that I had lost between January and May. I started to get my diet back on track last week and I’m down 2 pounds already. Some of the things that I have noticed in my weight loss journey:

  • Sugar is a huge problem for me. I cannot handle HFCS, it makes me crave food endlessly, and the only way to avoid it is to not eat it. That’s not to say I can’t eat sweet stuff, it just has to be homemade sweet stuff in small portions. As a biochemist, I’d like to point out that fructose is metabolized very differently from glucose/sucrose, so if you are eating a lot of fructose, try to cut out HFCS completely and stick to small amounts of sucrose for sweet. if you are going to eat fructose, make sure that it’s naturally occuring and paired with fiber (such as in fruit)
  • The more vegetables that I manage to eat the less I crave other foods. My parents are better off than I am and they have a vitamix. Everyday they have a green smoothie for breakfast and it has done wonders for their health. They don’t crave anything ever because they are meeting all of their dietary needs. Their skin is better, they feel healthier, My dad’s gums even stopped receding.
  • I have a really hard time exercising due to a respiratory disorder. To compensate I make my daily routine more active. For instance I could drive to work, but it’s only 2 miles from my apartment, so I walk instead. That means I’m getting at least a 2 mile walk everyday (FI drops me off and picks me up when he can because of the cold weather, but it’s usually only one way.)
  • I like to watch the biggest loser (when exercising if possible) because if those people can do it, so can I. It’s also nice if you’re working out too because it seems like they are encouraging you too.
  • Another thing that really helped was that Fiance got on a big work out kick with his roommate and I felt like I had to keep up because he talked about working out all the time. Would it be possible to do it with your FI?
  • I think that the biggest thing I try to do it limit my portion sizes and really listen to my body when I’m eating.

Some of the things that I really like to eat it my be healthy diet are salads, cucumber sandwiches with hummus and bell pepper, black bean tacos with peppers, corn and tomatoes, and I make baked falafel to take for lunches with cucumber and tomatoes. I try to eat a lot of raw veggies. I’ve also recently discovered spaghetti squash which is an awesome pasta substitute that lets you cut down on carbs and up your veggie intake. I made mac n’ cheese with it yesterday and it was delicious. if you want some recipies, message me.

Post # 8
Member
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@anonybee230:  Don’t be too hard on yourself. I love to eat, food makes me super happy. I am also awful at getting myself up and going to work out, I would really rather sit on the couch and watch TV. I was blessed with a great metabolism but I still feel very unhealthy and gross, I want to be fit and active. I try to do little things to stop myself from ‘binging’. I don’t keep cash on me and will leave my cards at home while I am out (if I don’t need them for some reason) so that I won’t stop and get something to eat that I dont need. I no longer buy crap at the store (chips, nutella, mac & cheese, etc.), I buy fruit that I like to snack on, yogurt, carrot sticks. I also drink a TON of water. I just bought a new Camelbak that I love because it’s pretty and I drink water 24/7. It helps to keep me full instead of the bored eating I do at work.

Put it in your mind that you ARE going to work out tonight, no excuse. I think it realy helps to just tell myself that I am going to do it no matter what. When I start making excuses in my head I automatically stop that way of thinking and plan my night (get home from work, change into work out clothes and wait for hubby to get home so we can go to the gym). I really have to work hard at not letting myself talk me out of stuff.

Good luck!

Post # 10
Member
3552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@anonybee230:  Try to think less of it as a diet (I tend to think of diets as punishment) and more as a lifestyle change. I first changed my diet because I had two morbidly obese roommates and I decided I wanted to be healthier than what was around me. I want to be healthy, and feel good it’s not so much about the number on the scale, but rather how you feel and how your clothes fit (mine got too tight and I was always uncomfortable). Try to remember the healthier you are, the longer you’ll live which means you get more time to spend with Fiance 🙂

Post # 12
Member
3552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@anonybee230:  What’s your favorite kind of fast food? I might be able to help you come up with a healthier alternative that would still satisfy the craving.

Post # 13
Member
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@anonybee230:  Just a little note, I haven’t ‘overcame’ anything. It’s a daily thing that I have to not stop by mcdonalds and get a frappe and drink water instead. I have to talk myself into going to the gym instead of watching the new episode of grey’s anatomy. I must say though, after working out I feel amazing! It’s so great to feel like I am actually doing something about my figure instead of sitting on the couch and thinking “damn, I should have gone to the gym today”.

Post # 16
Member
3552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@anonybee230:  ok here we go

buffalo wings :http://www.bullfrogsandbulldogs.com/pinned-it-did-it-spicy-buffalo-cauliflower/

I’m pretty sure you can use regular flour in this recipie rather than rice flour.

Queasadillas: I found an awesome quesadilla recipie (it’s on my old computer) where you sautee a chicken breast in olive oil and garlic. Heat up a tortilla (dfferent pan) until it bubbles, flip, add (I use 3) thin slices of cheese to cover half the tortilla, chicken, apple slices, picante salsa, and then an anchor piece of cheese. When the cheese is melty flop over the other half of the tortilla (like an omlette). So easy and the apple actually goes really well. I also make these with just cheese and guacamole.

Chickfila: I just found this recipie and haven’t tried it yet, but it’s a healthier version of fried chicken http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2005/11/parmesan-chicken.html

Burgers: have you tried black bean burgers or sweetpotato burgers? They don’t taste exactly the same, but they can be pretty burger-like and taste really good while having fewer calories.

Milkshakes..hmm thoes are hard to make healthy, but you might be able to do something with coconut milk.

Let me know if there’s any other recipies you would like

The topic ‘could use some help. in a funk. unhealthy relationship w food.’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors