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The Mental Aspect Of Dieting


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#1 sandsurfgirl

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:24 PM

I have what I call "fat celiac" the one where doctors refuse to think you have celiac because your metabolism slowed down and you gained weight for no reason instead of you getting very thin. I was always thin and was able to lose weight easily if I gained a few pounds, always athletic, dance teacher, worked out a lot, surfing, mountain biking, etc. Then one day I just couldn't lose weight no matter how hard I worked out. Everyone was baffled and then doctors just accused me of not really working as hard as I said I was or eating junk food all the time which I didn't. AT one point I was seeing a personal trainer 3 times a week for an hour doing ALL plyometrics, taking a professional 1 1/2 hour dance class on Saturdays and then heading to the beach for 3 to 4 hour surfing sessions after my class and I was still 30 pounds overweight and could not lose it. Tried several diet plans and followed them religiously and... nothing, nada, big fat zero weight losses.

It's been 2 1/2 years since diagnosis for me. I still have quite a bit of weight to lose. I just can't wrap my head around dieting. After all the years of feeling sick and starving all the time no matter how much I ate. Then the deprivation that comes with the gluten free diet (yes I am a great gluten free baker and I can make the most kickass german chocolate cake you've ever tasted, but still... can't raid the dessert table at Soup Plantation.) I just cannot deprive myself of food.

I want to EAT! For my whole life eating made me feel sick. Eating gave me stomach pains. I tried several different types of elimination diets to figure out what was wrong with me, different weight loss diets to lose the stubborn weight that responded to nothing. Now I'm on a gluten free diet for life. Messing with my food for so long has messed with my head.

I need to diet badly but I don't want to!!! I hate being overweight. I loathe not being able to wear all the cute clothes I want to wear and I hate feeling like I'm carrying around all this extra baggage. But.... I don't want to diet.

I find myself doing what I call entitlement eating. "Well, I wasn't able to eat those cherry cupcakes at the party so I'll go home and make myself a gluten free cherry cake... and eat 3 pieces of it. And eat some more at breakfast."

I have a celiac child so I work very hard at not depriving us of fun good foods. But I eat too much of them because I want to eat. After starving for years I want to eat.

So how do you untangle your mental dieting mess.
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Had GI symptoms, allergy symptoms and unexplained illness my whole life.

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#2 pricklypear1971

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:20 PM

I don't know.

I do know there is something called mindful eating, and people use it to deal with emotional aspects of food.

http://www.tcme.org/principles.htm

Give it a read?
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#3 JNBunnie1

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:13 PM

I have a few eating problems, so I can identify with you. My body is now rather sensitive to a lot of things, sugar being chief amongst them. Half a chocolate bar (and I mean low sugar dark chocolate!) and I feel like hell all the next day. This is frustrating for the girl who was on the toaster strudel/fried chicken diet before gluten-free.

So what I do is I sublimate, and I substitute. Now, my issue is not my weight, it is my health, so I don't know if all these ideas are the best for you. But what I do is when I crave sweets, I eat olive oil potato chips instead. If I REALLY start wanting something like cherry cheesecake, or ice cream, instead I make a special dinner like strip steak and roasted purple potatoes with my favorite green beans. It's like I treat myself like a three year old child and am constantly distracting myself from the things I originally wanted and replacing them with healthier, extremely satisfying foods.

Also, I've learned what foods fill me up the most and how to combine foods to make them last longer in my stomach. Food moves through my stomach at a ridiculously fast rate, so I purposely eat high protein, high fat, and high fiber. Combining these three helps keep food in my stomach longer. For example, baked chicken thighs with a vinagrette salad and corn would last about half an hour in my stomach. But baked chicken thighs with sweet potato and salad with ranch dressing made from yogurt will keep me full all night.

Hope this helps!
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:51 PM

Sandandsurfgirl, I have so much in common with you. Diagnosed five years now and am overweight Ė about 40 pounds. Hate being overweight, hate not being able to wear great clothes. I am down almost 10 pounds in the past year, mainly from giving up sugar in my tea.

Prior to diagnosis, I always needed to lose weight but was always starving. The dietician said that my body was nutritionally deficient and holding on to weight: I was deficient in Vitamin D and low B vitamin and new studies show that Vitamin D deficiencies lead to weight gain.

Most of my weight gain came 2-3 years prior to diagnosis. In the last year prior, I gained 20 pounds in like two months and couldnít understand why. I put on three inches in my waist in a month and when I told my doc that I was worried that the bloating was from ovarian cancer, she tested me for it but when it was negative, she didnít investigate anything else, just told me to lose weight. Iíve felt unhealthy for 10 years now.

I need to diet badly but canít handle the deprivation. It is really hard to watch others eat pizza at my favorite place and order anything off the menu and eat the cake that is brought in for a co-workerís birthday. So later, I reward myself with nachos, cookies, ben & jerryís.

An additional thing that messes with me regarding deprivation is that I grew up as one of five kids in a house where there wasnít enough money, time, attention, love. Food was a reward, food was an escape from troubles. ButÖMom would buy four donuts and as the oldest kid I was expected to go without or the younger kids would give me a ďbiteĒ of theirs. They were resentful and I remember feeling that I was not loved. Food = Love. Or Mom would buy six rolls and Mom would go without, making me feel guilty and also making the point that Moms (which I am now) donít deserve good things. My childhood still haunts me and I always feel deprived, every day.

I havenít given up. I still think I can lose the weight but canít quite figure out the key. Iíve tried South Beach, Weight Watchers, low-carb, high carb, low-fat, high-fat, counting calories, not counting calories. Havenít tried fasting or cleanses but wonít. What I think I need is weekly counseling but canít afford it.

Modified South Beach diet Phase II (no sugar, no starches except brown rice, good fats and lean protein) seems to be the way for me to lose weight but I just feel so deprived I usually only last 3-4 days. Eating my normal diet and just cutting back seems the most logical but I just binge too often.

I hope others will have good ideas for me,and you too SandandSurfgirl.
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#5 mbrookes

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:02 AM

Don't give up on the counseling idea. Have you tried Regional mental health clinics? They are based on your ability to pay and not expensive. Also, if you are involved with a church, there may be some help available there. It does sound like you are sabataging yourself for some reason. I have had to develop a very strong will power to lose anything. I am now down about 16 pounds and need to lose about 20 more, so I know how hard it is.
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