Stop me from eating all the things
July 10, 2012 5:35 AM Subscribe
How can I stop eating when I'm not hungry?
posted by indognito to health & fitness (32 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I've always, always eaten when not hungry, because food tastes good and makes me happy. Until it makes me feel sick. I do eat fairly healthfully these days, lots of veggies, but the fact of the matter is I still eat too much. I can absolutely stuff myself on fruit or roasted veggies. The only meal I'm regularly hungry for is lunch, and the rest of the time it's just om nom nom ugh I feel ill.
I guess you could call it emotional eating, in that I feel emotions, therefore I eat...I eat when bored, I eat when not-bored, I eat when happy, sad, etc. I've read "Intuitive Eating" and try to focus on eating the foods I feel like eating, and only when hungry, but it seems like the end result is just that I'm even more fixated on food all day, and every time my stomach gurgles I wonder if it's a sign of hunger or digestion or what.
I'm working on making the rest of my life more interesting and fulfilling and hoping that will help with eating-as-entertainment, but like I've said, I've always been this way. The only times in my life I can think of when I didn't overeat like this is when I was deeply falling in love with someone or deeply, deeply ill with the stomach flu (I've actually muscled through major stomach pains in order to eat before).
And yes, I would like to lose a few pounds. But another goal is just to not have my life revolve around food all the time. Some obsession is healthy and normal, I think, but I hate feeling like food is the high point of most parts of my day. Like, if I pig out all day and so really should take it easy at dinner, I get sad because making and eating a big dinner is the best part of the evening. So despite not being in the slightest bit hungry, and in fact maybe even feeling slightly ill, I make and eat a big dinner...ugh.
This seems like the sort of question that should have been asked, and I did search for it but couldn't find anything. So my apologies in advance if this has already been thoroughly covered. And thanks in advance for any advice you have.