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Food - May 7th 2015, 03:10 PM

Not sure if I am posting this in the right place or not but thought I would start here.

A few years ago I made the decision to lose weight, over two years I lost what I wanted and could finally say I was happy with my body. I did this by changing my lifestyle and cutting out junk, although still let myself have treats every now and again.

I am still managing to maintain my healthy weight but I do feel like my relationship with food has dramatically deteriorated, for example I can no longer enjoy a chocolate bar without feeling guilty. Even when I was dieting I would allow myself two choc bars a week and this did not make me feel guilty at all.

Now, in the last year, I have started to hoard high calorie, sugary foods which I then don't even eat. I currently have a cupboard in my bedroom full of chocolate, sweets and biscuits and a giant tin full of more sweets. I am at the point where I am running out of space to put this food. No one in my family or close circle of friends are aware of this. I buy the food because I crave it, once I've seen something I have to buy it else I can't stop thinking about it. Like Cadbury's have just bought out a new oaty chocolate bar and I know that as soon as I am in a shop next I will buy it. What makes this worse is that in the last few months I have started working in the City Centre so am now surrounded by shops. Once I buy the food I am no longer interested in eating it, it just being there seems to curb my cravings but I feel so guilty about having so much chocolate and stuff stashed away. The other day when I looked at it all I felt disgusting and I then start panicking about what I am going to do with all the food. Every now and again I will binge on food (tends to be once a week on a Sunday night) however have managed to not do this for the last few weeks. I have also been diagnosed with having mild OCD and anxiety, although this was about 4 years ago and have been able to manage this better by moving back home.

I want to have a better relationship with food again. I always say it was a lot more fun when I was heavier because I ate what I wanted but I was extremely unhealthy. I think my problem is that now I am thinner I can see from my belly when I have eaten a lot or even if I have just had carbs for dinner this seems to create a food baby!

Does anyone have any tips on what I can do to stop this cycle? I have thought about giving the food away but know I will just go out and buy more. This is also costing me a lot of money which could be spent elsewhere.
   
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Re: Food - May 11th 2015, 03:34 AM

Food is a fundamentally natural attraction to most people, because it's fuel and it tastes good (most of the time). I am slightly overweight as well and even though I should be losing weight, and my mother reminds me of this, she also finds it remarkable that I am still eating a fair bit, and encourages me to do so, knowing my attraction to it.

I recommend you slowly ease into giving yourself permission to treat yourself once every here and there. I mean that's the point of treating yourself in the end, because you know if you completely go off certain foods quickly, then you're more susceptible to the cravings. I mean it's like most addictive behaviours and LIKE most addictive behaviours, it's a very delicate process.

I recommend you see a counsellor, particularly someone who specialises in these sorts of behaviours. You can get a referral by seeing your doctor, and you can also use your doctor's consultation to review some medications for your OCD and Anxiety, if you're showing some symptoms of the conditions. Seeing a counsellor will allow you to, with their assistance, come up with a plan to very slowly but surely, reduce your intake of these foods, and even see whether it's possible to completely get off them. Also, consider some alternatives, especially replacements that mimic the taste of certain foods. These can include certain fruits such as grapes and apples as snacks, even avocado on toast! (Seriously, that is some amazing shit).

I hope this gets more stable for you, I mean I love food, you only have to see my body to notice that LOL, so the connection to food, as I said is a very natural one. However, when and if you need to bring down your intake of certain foods and the connection to those foods, then that's something best planned with the assistance of a counsellor and potentially medications, to alleviate the underlying aforementioned OCD.

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