junk food binge cycles

Postby mute » Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:59 am

when im stressed out or have axiety I start eating junk food and sugar which adds to more stress and anxiety and I get insomnia and poor sleep quality and gain weight until it all spirals out of control and I crash

but it obviously costs my health a lot

when I don't have stress I don't have junk food or sugar cravings my weight normalizes and I have sleep etc

problem is I cant fore myself to do anything I literally have no self control or willpower
its like a dead battery. if I push myself I get a rebound that is way worse and I binge on everything even more and crash even worse

how can I stop this cycle of self destruction?
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Postby Richard@DecisionSkills » Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:05 am

mute wrote:how can I stop this cycle of self destruction?


When you don't have stress take the time to "clean house" and set up an alternative coping mechanism than food, e.g. a stationary bike or the equivalent. By clean house I mean get rid of junk food and stock the fridge/shelves with healthy alternatives. When stressed make it a rule to disconnect from the Internet and to shut off your cell phone. Have alternative ways to spend your time, e.g. a few books you can read.
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Postby mute » Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:26 am

I do
I keep my apartment relatively clean and organized

and forcing myself to avoid junk food actually backfires
where I would have zero self control and buy and eat junk food and kinda black out
and then feel guilty right after
if I force myself to not eat junk food I will have something similar to nervous breakdown I will get physically sick
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Postby mute » Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:30 am

I have no willpower when im stressed out like my willpower is completely drained
the only way I can get over it is to crash and reset.
then the cycle starts over.
I will be good for few weeks and slowly degrade into same pattern again.

think of when your flashlight battery is dying and it turns off
so you wait few seconds and turn it back on. and it works for few more seconds and dies again
that's how my will power fees
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Postby runman » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:19 pm

Hi, I'm the same way. I'd like to know if you've found anymore information elsewhere or have had any success.

For me, it seems to involve an addiction to refined sugar. Yes, I love the poor quality fat and all the other unhealthy aspects of the junk food but essentially it's about the refined sugar and getting a spike in my blood sugar and presumably some rush of chemicals including dopamine in order to deal with the stress.

I have one tip that's helped me and that's to get some sweet fruit that's satisfying and eat that during the binge cycle. For example, I'll eat a lot of frozen berries instead of bingeing on junk. It's much healthier, I get the fiber benefit, and my cravings mostly subside without as big of a spike in my blood sugar. Sleep can still be disrupted since it's a lot of calories but it's not as bad as if I had eaten the junk.

I'm a runner, I meditate, I have de-plugging rules, I only eat super healthy foods, etc. but I can't seem to beat this and oh yeah, I have a history of medication and alcohol dependence. I got off all of that though and haven't been on anything for over a year and a half now.

I'm very interested in connecting with you or anyone who has experience. Please feel free to message me.
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Postby izzy95 » Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:20 pm

Junk food makes it workse, makes you anxious and then you crash.. Find some foods you like but don't contain a lot of sugars
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Postby MarcosUve » Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:51 pm

I would advise you to try CBD oil!
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Postby Candid » Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:19 pm

mute, I first 'met' you when you'd been "married for 2 years and i want to bang anything that moves", viewtopic.php?t=108539

Will you catch me up? Here we have a new 'presenting problem' with no indication that the old one has been resolved. I take it by your mention of "my apartment" that you and your wife have now separated. Please let me know whether that's the case.
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Postby MarcosUve » Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:19 pm

Thanks for sharing.
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