Confessions Of A Nurse Who Compulsively Eats - page 2

by TheCommuter 7,181 Views | 30 Comments Senior Moderator

Iíve previously mentioned that an individual cannot begin to address a problem without first admitting that he or she has one. Well, my name is TheCommuter and I am a long-time compulsive eater. There it is! Compulsive eating... Read More


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    Ditto here: alcoholic step-parent, abusive father, dysfunction, dysfunction, dysfunction. I am fatter than I have ever been and I am 52. Food is like a drug, a high like no other. Better than sex! I quit smoking cold turkey 22 years ago, but dieting is something I struggle with. Changing my life style is what I know I need to do, but just can't seem to do it. Now I work with nurses who are in the same boat as I am. I think we as nurses are a special population that lives with high stress, willing to care for others, but not always able to care for ourselves. Thanks for sharing your story and good luck to you on your journey!
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    Wow !! I am glad to see I am not alone .I am at my biggest ever now 340lb and barley tie my shoes and had to go out and get slip ons I also got myself stuck in both the last time I went out with my friends so that has to be a new low,I am looking into bypass surgery at this point I also have a bad Compulsive shopping problem that started after my mom died I do not even remember buying most of the stuff I order and have unopened boxes of stuff all over the place .
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    Commuter,

    I too am a compulsive eater - I've found some success in taking up hobbies that occupy my hands (you should see some of the stuff I make), and in giving myself 'permission' to binge on certain foods - while saving others for cravings, and in only treat size amounts.

    I'm still about 130 lbs over weight - but that's 40 less than it used to be, and I still enjoy eating.

    More importantly, perhaps, is that my children are forming a much healthier relationship with food.

    *hugs*
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    Quote from Trekfan
    Wow !! I am glad to see I am not alone .I am at my biggest ever now 340lb and barley tie my shoes and had to go out and get slip ons I also got myself stuck in both the last time I went out with my friends so that has to be a new low,I am looking into bypass surgery at this point I also have a bad Compulsive shopping problem that started after my mom died I do not even remember buying most of the stuff I order and have unopened boxes of stuff all over the place .
    I have had lapband surgery and am now a member of OA .
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    I am a veteran of WW. I lost a lot of weight on that wonderful program, but after I got very ill, I was placed on massive doses of Prednisone, and I was continuously famished. I eventually went up to 305 lbs. but lost some of it naturally. I don't get very hungry most of the time now, but due to my current physical condition, I'm unable to exercise or walk very far at all. So I am limited.

    Surgeons refuse to operate on me. They won't give me any sort of anesthesia due to my condition. Otherwise, I would have gotten the bariatric bypass surgery long ago. I am thankful that I don't gain weight now though.
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    If you're hungry for more food than your body needs, it's not food that you're hungry for.

    That sentence helps me when I am full but stull want to eat, eat, eat. I try to drink a bunch of water, rest, comfort myself until the craving passes.
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    Congrats to all of you who are talking about this. It seems to be such a personal issue and making it "public" must be a good thing. We are all so different in how we handle our stressors. I for one, could never binge food. When I am depressed I stop eating! I got so thin once that I had to have my gall bladder removed. I heard years later in the ER doc talking to a patient how so many people that have lost weight end up with gallstones something I never heard of.
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    Quote from needshaldol
    Congrats to all of you who are talking about this. It seems to be such a personal issue and making it "public" must be a good thing. We are all so different in how we handle our stressors. I for one, could never binge food. When I am depressed I stop eating! I got so thin once that I had to have my gall bladder removed. I heard years later in the ER doc talking to a patient how so many people that have lost weight end up with gallstones something I never heard of.
    Under eating is also considered a eating disorder talked about at OA. I lost a buch of weight before pregnancy and ended up with gall stones .. Rapids weightloss from weight loss surgery is also known to lead to gall stones.
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    Quote from Trekfan
    Wow !! I am glad to see I am not alone .I am at my biggest ever now 340lb and barley tie my shoes and had to go out and get slip ons I also got myself stuck in both the last time I went out with my friends so that has to be a new low,I am looking into bypass surgery at this point I also have a bad Compulsive shopping problem that started after my mom died I do not even remember buying most of the stuff I order and have unopened boxes of stuff all over the place .
    I looked into having lap band surgery and the psychologist actually told me not to get it because people with binge eating disorder tend to gain all the weight and then some. Just be careful.

    Quote from SCSTxRN
    Commuter,

    I too am a compulsive eater - I've found some success in taking up hobbies that occupy my hands (you should see some of the stuff I make), and in giving myself 'permission' to binge on certain foods - while saving others for cravings, and in only treat size amounts.

    I'm still about 130 lbs over weight - but that's 40 less than it used to be, and I still enjoy eating.

    More importantly, perhaps, is that my children are forming a much healthier relationship with food.

    *hugs*
    I'm trying to do this now. Learning to play piano and knit.

    Quote from beachmom
    If you're hungry for more food than your body needs, it's not food that you're hungry for.

    That sentence helps me when I am full but stull want to eat, eat, eat. I try to drink a bunch of water, rest, comfort myself until the craving passes.
    No offense, but this is what someone without BED would say. I literally can't think of anything but food when I'm in a binge mindset. The longer I put it off, the worse it is. The more I eat when I finally do give in. I get shaky, my heart pounds, and my mind races. I get super fidgety. It's awful. Just the thought of eating calms me down. The minute I put food in my mouth I start to relax even more. It's so f'd up. Music and running help, but it is so hard. I'm at least 100 lbs overweight.
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    I looked into having lap band surgery and the psychologist actually told me not to get it because people with binge eating disorder tend to gain all the weight and then some. Just be careful.
    I am not getting the lap band but I came close there is a doctor here that will give you one in a week if you pay cash . a friend of mine got one from him and it was messed up. I wanted one so bad .but when I went to set up the payments he wanted me sign papers that I knew the surgery may kill me because I could not get a clearance i also had bad wezing at this time and told him i could not breath well and he told me "no proplem " they will breath for you ????he then told me to go find a blood test that had a low white count because the one he had was bad and the hospital would not take it . Iwalked out at that point I walked out . I am now going to a good doctor but it will be at least 5 months for I will an ok .
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Nov 15, '12 : Reason: [/QUOTE] tags


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