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Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby Strawberry » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:14 am

Has anyone thought about the reason behind there mindless eating?
Has this helped you stop/minimise mindless eating?
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby Strawberry » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:22 am

Strawberry wrote:Has anyone thought about the reason behind there mindless eating?
Has this helped you stop/minimise mindless eating?


Q1) this past week i've been paying more attention to the reasons: anxious, loneliness, stress & boredom are triggers for my mindless eating. Loneliness is the biggest reason for my night time eating.

Q2)It hasn't helped me yet. I've just discovered i've been eating for this reason, not cos i'm hungry. Now that i'm aware, hoping i can stop it before any/or too much damage is done
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby SarahC » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:50 am

1) Loneliness definitely, and the fact that no-one's here so I can do what I like! Procrastination is another big one, and feeling overwhelmed at all the things that need to be done. Anxiety over the list of things that have to be done!!!! Not helped by the procrastination hahaha. And hopelessness..... just not being able to see my body ever getting to be the way I want it :(

2) No it doesn't help whatsoever!!!

Oh dear :(
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby Moomoo » Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:21 pm

1) feeling overwhelmed at all the things that need to be done. Anxiety over the list of things that have to be done!!!!


This is me right now. I've done so well and am slowly screwing it all up! :cry: I have such a big list of wedding things to do plus other stresses and now I can't stop eating AGAIN :cry:
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby ali76 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:02 pm

I'm exactly the same...and I'm worried about this week as my partner is on afternoon shift and doesn't get home until 11pm....I have all the time in the world to eat and eat and eat... :(
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby Athena » Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:32 pm

Habit is a factor. And listlessness. And anxiety. And just about everything. Huh. Your right, it doesn't help does it.
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby sassi » Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:40 pm

i think mine is a combination of habit & possibly a little bit of boredom (i.e. if i'm not super busy at work i start to think i'm 'hungry')...i am also in the habit of eating while i watch tv...

i'm also trying to break the habit of eating just because my bf is. sometimes i won't even be hungry but because he's eating something, i do too :evil:
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby Moomoo » Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:22 pm

i'm also trying to break the habit of eating just because my bf is. sometimes i won't even be hungry but because he's eating something, i do too

I'm the same. When my fiance goes to the kitchen for food he always asks me if I want anything. Up to the point he asked I wasn't hungry but as soon as he puts that thought in my head then I want something! :evil:
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby Strawberry » Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:04 pm

sassi wrote:i think mine is a combination of habit & possibly a little bit of boredom (i.e. if i'm not super busy at work i start to think i'm 'hungry')...i am also in the habit of eating while i watch tv...

i'm also trying to break the habit of eating just because my bf is. sometimes i won't even be hungry but because he's eating something, i do too :evil:


I do the same on both counts & eat when others are eating even if i'm not hungry.
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby ali76 » Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:08 pm

Augh!!! Me three!!

Its almost like I eat just in case I miss out...if there's chocolate open, I know I have to eat it quick before my bf eats it. In reality - who cares!! It's not like the world is going to run out of chocolate!!
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby chubba momma » Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:08 am

Looking at it, i mindlessly eat for several reasons..

My bad eating habits first staretd when my first was born 3 years ago. The first fe weeks were really rough, she constantly fed and barely slept in three whole weeks (i mean some days in a whole 24 hours she'd sleep half and hour, so i just ate when and what i coudl just to keep going, and it wasnt good stuff,a nd it wasnt proper meals..

Other reasons.. stress, lonliness, boredom and to be quite honest alot of times i just ate becasue i could you know the food was there i was there and next thing it was in my hands then in my mouth..

I still have problems with it i honestly dont think it will ever go away (the urge to mindlessley eat) but i try to be ready. I liek to scrap book, so i lay a project out on teh table and when i get a bit picky for food ill distract myslef and do some of the page or i will have a crossword book (sudoku here) and do a puzzle till the feeling subsides, or take teh kids out side to teh swing.

Distraction is the only thing that works for me lol or chewing gum!! :lol:
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby Athena » Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:00 am

Distraction works for me some of the time. Haveing stuff open on the table to work on is a good idea, does anyone ellse do that?
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby anaksedang » Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:10 am

I think the main reason behind mindless eating is because the foods are so delicious. It's just like porn, some guys can't hold themselves to watch porn daily.
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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby Indi3 » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:46 am

I mindlessley eat too! .. Good on you Strawberry for starting this thread.

And im totally there with you .. I can locate WHY im eating .. anxiety, lonliness, boredom etc but just knowing that doesnt help much does it.

Its re-programming. And it takes a while to get to that in-set re-programmed way of life. You can keep acknowledging the reasons for wanting to eat but there has to be a point where you can DO something about it. And it can happen. It does happen. I've been pro-actively on this path for some time.. not on the weight loss path, the path deeper than that.. the path that WILL re-set your patterns. ANd it is FINALLY working for me. I am still a bit rusty but i can definalty feel a shift. I dont know what the magic ingredient is. I've definatly got some support this time which is a major help.

I also reaslised that weight is something i DECIDED to OBSESS about when i was like 6. I have been over the million reasons as to WHY.. but just knowing that it was a DECISION I made at some point in my life is on its own helping me to crack this success zapping disease .. coz... it is or was ruling my life!

Agree with disctraction... it HELPS! I do scrap books from my travels. Doing something you love with your life also helps.

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Re: Why do we mindlessly eat?

Postby Strawberry » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:06 pm

ali76 wrote:Its almost like I eat just in case I miss out...if there's chocolate open, I know I have to eat it quick before my bf eats it. In reality - who cares!! It's not like the world is going to run out of chocolate!!

i do the same & i live alone! who am i trying 2 out eat: me, myself & i. :roll:
not having tempting food in the house works, now when i crave chocolate i have jarrah.
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