Hi, I am 14 and I am thin on the outside but I'm worried about what's going on inside me. I eat vegetables everyday but I also eat a lot of sweets chocolate etc. I can't seem to stop eating it. I go dancing on Thursday and saturdays literally all day, in which time I don't have time to eat at all sometimes. Everyday I exercise.I'm confused since I weigh around 8stone but I am not fat, yet I eat so much bad food but only a few fruit and veg.
You say that you eat vegetables - though it sound like "only a few fruits and veg" means you eat much more of the sweets and chocolates than the healthy foods. Somedays you don't eat at all, and some days you exercise all day. These are all behaviours that are not healthy; you need to eat regularly and while exercise is important for good health, you may be over exercising yourself into poor health.
Consider that you may be a food addict. It is important to know that even if you are NOT a food addict, chocolate and sweets will uplight your mood - they are drugs that act mood enhancers for everyone. Comfort food provides comfort, at least at first. Sweet foods provide a neurochemical process that mimics the effects, even the HIGH of other drugs. All these substances, i.e., food, alcohol, nicotine, enter the body and ultimately degrade to the same neurochemistry that is common to all pleasure, and all addiction.
On the neurochemical level, you are eating so that the food will work like an antidepressant or like a drug or alcohol. If you eat too much food, you will get a 'high' and feel better, but then you will also experience the crash afterwards. Hence you likely get quite depressed after a binge of eating; see it as a hangover just like the alcoholic hangover for a drinker.
You may be suffering from a food addiction. If this is the case, then the solution to stoping this cycle of craving - food - more cravings, will be to stop eating sweet foods and chocolates. See if these questions apply to you?
If you are a food addict, you may be happy to know that there is a successful and satisfying solution. It is NOT about starving yourself or over exercising. What are your triggering foods?
Sugar is probably the most addictive food substance there is. Most of us struggle with sugar cravings at various points in our lives, but for food addicts, it is an all consuming daily struggle that we always loose if we keep eating sugar. Remember: sugar = comfort = depression = cravings for more sugar or other similar foods.
Probably the only way that you can deal with the cravings for sugar is to STOP eating sugar completely. And you will have to stop eating refined flours, like breads, pastas, potatoes; these are all metabolized to become sugar within minutes.
This may seem difficult to do at first. It is a 'one day at a time' venture. At first, you need to know that you will very likely feel withdrawal: this will feel like increased cravings, agitation, irritability, and depression. You will probably find yourself giving in when you are hungry, angry, tired. These are the times that people relapse the most, as with any drug addiction.
The good news is that it only takes about three weeks for cravings to start to subside IF you stop eating junk food completely. Your mood will probably improve as well. Unless you sneak in a few treats here and there (like on a weekend or as a special treat)-this will serve to prolong the cravings and depression indefinitely. If your addiction has advanced enough, even a small treat will be enough to make the cravings return even worse that before.
Please check out my website, addictionsunplugged.com, for more information on food addiction and how to find food serenity.
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