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Old 10-02-2018, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default Frantic emotional eating

Hello,

Iím new here, I thought Iíd give this a try.
Iíve been struggling with compulsive eating for a year now, however I have IBS and a past of SIBO so I get a lot of chronic pain and fatigue from any overeating.

Iím seeing a psychologist every 3 weeks but if anything the overeating has worsened. Iím gaining weight and feel incredibly stressed, yet Iím addicted to eating. I used to have PICA as a child and I recently overcame that.

*possible trigger* Part of this was bought on by my grandmother, who couldnít deal with me feeling sad and would just keep feeding me instead. I used to stay with her a lot as my parents were away for work. I was also bullied throughout school which contributed to this, but I feel at peace with that now.

However I still physically canít stop the overeating. Iíve always been a healthy eater overall, we make food at home from scratch and eat mostly vegetables, whole grains, soy products, fruits and starchy vegetables. Since the overeating began Iíve found myself eating vast quantities of peanut butter (although Iím allergic), oats, homemade cereal, nuts, maple syrup, soy milk, wheat products (Iím intolerant to) and sometimes raw sugar. I donít enjoy these things I just feel addicted to them and crave them, despite feeling so sick afterwards.


Iíve never been overweight, my bmi has ranged from 17 to 20. But Iím gaining weight and I feel terrible. Does anyone have any similar experiences? How do you cope? What helps you stop?

Love and light to you all x
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Hi SoftGrey . Welcome to Psych Central. I am sorry you feel compelled to eat.

I was always hungry when I was on a high carb low protein diet. I was given a diet for Hypoglycemia which was high protein and low carb. My appetite lessened over time. What I think was happening was my body was over producing insulin when I ate big carb meals and lowered my blood sugar so I was always hungry.

I now eat foods like tofu (soy curd), scrambled egg white (high in protein), yogurt and or milk. For sweetening I use a banana instead of maple syrup or sugar. I experimented with high protein diet where I had low carb snack or meal every 3 hours and it really helped me feel more energetic and less hungry.

Carbs tend to be a way that people gain weight although peanut butter, sweetened cereals and other high calorie foods can make maintaining present weight challenging. Check with your doctor if you are on a medically prescribed doctor before changing or experimenting with different diet.
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:34 AM   #3
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Hi SoftGrey . Welcome to Psych Central. I am sorry you feel compelled to eat.

I was always hungry when I was on a high carb low protein diet. I was given a diet for Hypoglycemia which was high protein and low carb. My appetite lessened over time. What I think was happening was my body was over producing insulin when I ate big carb meals and lowered my blood sugar so I was always hungry.

I now eat foods like tofu (soy curd), scrambled egg white (high in protein), yogurt and or milk. For sweetening I use a banana instead of maple syrup or sugar. I experimented with high protein diet where I had low carb snack or meal every 3 hours and it really helped me feel more energetic and less hungry.

Carbs tend to be a way that people gain weight although peanut butter, sweetened cereals and other high calorie foods can make maintaining present weight challenging. Check with your doctor if you are on a medically prescribed doctor before changing or experimenting with different diet.


Thank you for your reply I actually just tried going low carb for a month and my compulsive eating got worse, so Iíve just decided to stop. I have food allergies and always crave those foods, so Iím getting some tests done to check if there are others Iím missing.

I have had digestive issues since I was a child so I wonder if itís linked
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Old 12-27-2018, 06:42 PM   #4
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Default Re: Frantic emotional eating

Hey,
So I have the exact same problems with food. I rarely eat because am hungry but eat because am stressed or just to feel nothing. It has become such a reflex to eat to make myself feel better that I don't know what to do. Am not overweight but I am gaining a little weight because I always eat when am not feeling well. Have you food a way to solve your problem because I desperately need help.
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