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Chewing food then spitting it back out - February 12th 2015, 12:18 AM

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This is a big secret I have been keeping from my family and friends and I just want to get this out somewhere, lately I have been chewing junk food and spitting it back out into a glass or something and then I have been flushing it down the toilet. I DO actually eat healthily and I don't do this with my main meals, I ONLY do this with junk food at night in my bedroom alone. I know this sounds really gross and it is an embarrassing secret. Is this an eating disorder? I don't purge or anything because I don't actually swallow the junk food. Is this bad for me?
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Re: Chewing food then spitting it back out - February 12th 2015, 12:32 AM


I did this and three months later developed a full on eating disorder. Tread carefully

It is indeed dangerous. I'm really tired right now so I can't remember everything my doctor told me, but I rememeber something about insulin regulation. This is obviously not including the psychological risk factors- what motivates you to do this? It's important you try and break this cycle or it's likely going to get worse. For example one time I remember accidentally swallowing and then feeling guilty- completely out of the blue- and starting to purge. That's how my cycle started, so please please be careful, and try and break this habit. Distraction is a good one. If you can, try and talk to someone professional about your feelings about food. And remember, nothing* is bad in moderation

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Re: Chewing food then spitting it back out - February 12th 2015, 11:25 AM

I actually thought of the idea after watching an episode of freaky eaters on TLC, a woman would do this because she had a phobia of choking on food. I just thought it wasn't to bad an idea to try with junk food, I just don't like the idea of a load of empty calories from a cookie to enter my body. I just feel quite fat and gross at the moment, I love junk food and I know that if were to swallow it I would gain loads of weight.
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Re: Chewing food then spitting it back out - February 20th 2015, 07:27 PM

I am so sorry that you are going through such a tough/difficult time right now. I completely understand what you are going through. I, too, have chewed and spitted out my food before. You are actually still getting a tiny amount of calories being absorbed into your body. Most of the time people who chew and spit their food end up gaining weight. Plus this method can cause a lot of health problems also.

I am sure you know that an x amount of calories equals x amount of pound(s). For example, if you weigh x pounds and you eat a healthy amount of calories for that day. Then when you go to weigh yourself the next morning, you step on the scale to see that you gained some weight. There are a couple of factors that could help us figure out what caused this weight gain. If you ate or drunk anything before weighing yourself, that could factor into this weight gain. Water weight can cause an increase in your body weight. Another thing to keep in mind is that muscle weighs more than fat. Let's say, for example, you weighed x pounds and for a week, you exercised right, ate healthily, drunk a lot of water, etc. and you weighed yourself everyday and you stayed the same, weight wise. However on the seventh day of weighing yourself, you find out you had some weight gain. The cause of this weight gain could be that you gained some muscle, not fat.

Anyways, I think you understand where I am going. Eating a cookie or some ice cream will not cause you to gain an x amount of pounds overnight.

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