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Old 04-16-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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Question So I know this sounds a little crazy...

Okay so I am sure im not the only one who still does/used to hide food and eat when no one is around. I am trying really hard to get out of this habit. I used to sneak food a lot when I was younger so my mom wouldnt see and tell me I was fat enough or tell me I didnt need to eat it. Well sometimes I get these cravings and I still do it. Problem is I somehow convince myself that it doesnt count if nobody saw me. I know I know kinda stupid and childish. How do i break this habit! HELP
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Old 04-16-2008, 04:25 PM   #2
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Make sure you are writing down every single bite you eat, even sneaked food. The more accountable you are to yourself, the less likely you will sneak food.

It's just going to take you some time.
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Old 04-16-2008, 04:33 PM   #3
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Make sure you are writing down every single bite you eat, even sneaked food. The more accountable you are to yourself, the less likely you will sneak food.

It's just going to take you some time.

That's very good advice, I still have problems with this today. I try to make sure that if I am alone that I am drinking water like no tomorrow or eat breath mints. Good luck hun!
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Old 04-16-2008, 04:38 PM   #4
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I agree with Lori! Write down EVERYTHING you put into your mouth! Make yourself honest with yourself!!! You can do this, I know it's hard, but you can do it!!!

My big issue is not putting everything I touch in my mouth. If the kids want a snack, I have to totally fight myself to not put a bite of it in my mouth. Just today I found a corn chip in my mouth and had a very hard time deciding if I should finish chewing it up and swallow it or if I should just spit it out. I ended up eating it, and then scolded myself mentally like I was 3 and had just stolen from the penny candy bin at the store.
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:53 PM   #5
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I was very big on eating when no one was around. My husband, to this day, can't really figure out how I got so big because I really only ate like a normal person in front of him.

I broke this by counting calories. I had X amount. Whether I ate in front of somebody or not, that was all I had. The hiding behavior became less important when there was nothing to hide.

It takes awhile. Right now my husband is on a business trip and when I heard he was going, one of the first things I thought was that I could get something "bad" to eat and no one would ever know. I won't do it, but it was kind of a kneejerk reaction to hearing he would be gone. I think those behaviors will have to be dealt with for a long time but it does get a lot easier.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:18 PM   #6
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I have the greatest best friend in the world. Being accountable to myself really didn't do very much so he wanted me to tell him everything I ate. I also tell him what I buy before I got to the store. (Of course, this is partially because of an overspending problem!) Anyway, it helps you get through the tough times.
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:47 PM   #7
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i do that too. I would eat after the kids & DH go to bed so they would not see or I would not have to share LOL. Then I would make sure I took the garbage out so there would be no evidence!
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:53 PM   #8
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Well it's nice to know that I'm not the only one. *sigh* I have one of those theater size boxes of Whoppers in my desk drawer calling my name. I'm not giving in tonight though because I came here instead. That's one battle I'm winning in this fight.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:17 PM   #9
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My WW leader said something that rings true in this sort of situation.

"What you eat in private, you wear in public."

Writing everything down (even in some accountability threads here on 3FC) is a great way to pause and think about everything going into your mouth.
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:58 PM   #10
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Ditto to everyone saying accountability. But also just not having those foods around you that you will eat and overindulge in. For me a big part of my secret over eating was that I hadn't eaten a proper meal, I would come home from work and know my husband wouldn't be home for hours so I would open a pack of cookies/chocolate whatever and eat that instead of taking 5 minutes to make a sandwich. Be a boyscout and be prepared!
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:12 AM   #11
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Wow, I know exactly how you feel, this was my problem my entire life. Now I just don't buy anything I can't eat. I also only buy healthy foods. That way I feel I'm doing something for my body. It's a good psycological ploy.
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:26 AM   #12
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I agree with everyone else. WE ALL MUST JURNEL!! Frankly I'm dealing with my hording/binging issues in therapy. There is often more to it then just not having will power or whatever the skinny people say. If you don't want formal therapy Weight Watchers meetings are great, or there is Over Eaters Anonymous that has no specific diet just offers support and I think it's free.
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