topic is overeating. When do we overeat? Why do we overeat?
fact that it is the holidays and everywhere you turn,
someone is sticking a cheese ball or a sugar cookie in
is not a reason.
was actually anorexic as a child. At one point, when I
has surgery as an infant on my large
intestine, I lost
so much weight in the hospital,
my mother says
my shoes were too big.
continued in that vein as a little girl, ritualizing and
obsessing about two food items: lay's potato chips and
At one point, that is all
I wanted to eat.
can still picture myself as a little girl in a dress with
short socks and Mary Janes (that is what we called
the little strappy shoes I wore),
licking my finger
to reach the very last of the potato chip crumbs that lay in the crack
of the white plastic potato chip bag. I must have been all of seven.
I have more weight than I need or want and it is a health
issue I must take seriously. It doesn't surprise me that
my disorder has
in the other direction.
That is the nature of obsession.
are some of the times that I have identified when I overeat.
When I am too tired. When I am too hungry. When I am
angry. When I am upset. When I feel intruded upon and
have not maintained boundaries
work for me.
the most important thing I have figured out is that I overeat
when I do not take enough time for myself.
Then the physical
of easing becomes a
way of carving out space for myself. And sugar, specifically,
becomes a way of trying to sweeten the deal.
I was with a guy named Jim in my thirties, trying to be
I was not, with a man who was not right for me, I gained
I have struggled with my eating long since then.So I can
hardly blame him nor should I. And I cannot blame
is my Achilles heel. It may even be my biggest challenge.
tell me about yourself. I know you said you had issues
around food and eating as a kid. How are you doing
Dec 22, 2005
Today the secretaries made a big lunch...and invited me since
I had taken them to lunch yesterday. They were proud
that they had made a salad that was good for me because it
had no animals in it. I said that it was good for the animals
too. The meal was well balanced between fat and fat and fat.
Luckily I had already had a lunch date.
It is amazing how many are sick with obesity related illnesses—pancreatitis,
told a guy in my favorite healthly restaurant the other day
that if we fed our cars what we feed ourselves
we wouldn't last but a couple of months.
was given a box of chocolates by one of the dept. chairs.
I gave it back
to the person and thanked them, and told them
to find someone else to give it too. She's going into the
hospital soon for work on her intestine. "Hello."
am absolutely obsessed about food...even went to OA for
a year...and have been going to a great nutritionist
for a few
years. I've been dealing with three health issues successfully...but
eating is a daily struggle...especially when good food
is not available. I'm absolutely an alcoholic with things
chips, and sugar. I can only control myself by abstaining