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How can I control my eating when I have impulse control issues?

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Last Updated: 10/04/2020 at 10:08pm
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October 25th, 2019 8:36pm
An eating disorder deals with many control issues. Either eating less where they get a sense of control over their life. overeating where they treat themselves for emotional comfort. Binge eating is associated changes in mood, which help to get the persons mind off adverse event. Over evaluating shape and weight, how you view your appearance, which leads to unhelpful behaviours. Dietary restraint some concerns that does not allow the person to eat. those are a few types where impulse issues occur, and Impulses can't be controlled. As I read there are several ways, routines, exercises to deal with such issue. But for starters I thought one way to deal is with 3 ways. first : monitor yourself...Recording what you eat and weigh your self each week. Second: regular eating...Eating 3 meals and two snacks ( underweight). And eating every four hours... no more than that. Third: writing SMART goals. those three exercises well get a person with impulse started on the track to control their eating habits.
November 21st, 2019 9:10pm
You can try and substitute something else for food. If there is something else you enjoy you can try to replace it with eating. This may take time, but I believe in you. You can do anything you put your mind to. You can eventually try to replace this habit with exercising, yoga, or something beneficial. Your problem may be related to a internal or external conflict. Try to find something to do that's beneficial. You may even find guidance by doing an self reflection. I encourage you to do something today be the best version of you.
December 19th, 2019 10:20pm
Sometimes planning out meals from start to finish can help with impulse control. Plan out what food you will eat during the day and set them aside in your refrigerator. It’s important to try o eat healthy ! Write them down so you can stay on track. Then plan out when you will eat your meals. A good schedule for eating is making sure you get nourishment every three hours. It is also worth trying to figure out why you are leaning on eating as a coping mechanism. Are you trying to escape from something or hide some feelings?
January 23rd, 2020 10:39pm
When it comes to eating disorders, you have to be very careful. There are 2 types of eating disorders: 1. eating little to nothing at all, 2. or eating to much. Both are equally dangerous for the body, and if you notice sings of either progressing, you should seek professional help immediately. Controlling your eating, is an important part. Try to have at least 3 meals a day, 1 hot one and 2 cold ones. Make sure they are healthy and give you the nutritions your body needs. T
March 25th, 2020 3:22pm
Have you looked at some support groups or enlisting your family and close friends to help you through this difficult time? I'm sure they love you and want the best for you so if you let them know you are experiencing a problem, I am sure they will help you through it. This may seem like a daunting thing to do but remember they love you and they would not want to see you unhappy or facing a state of depression. If it seems too confronting to face all your family then maybe just pick one or two members that you feel closest too and ask them if you can confide in them.
April 4th, 2020 6:34am
I have experienced that horror of impulsive eating and for me it was a mind thing. I ate because if my mind or mouth said I was I hungry i needed to eat. Not true. A good bit of advice I got from my doctor when I was pregnant(gained over a 100 lbs) is eat when you're hungry but don't eat to get full. This was the easiest way for me to eat better because eventually your body will learn to survive on the smaller portions you're fixing yourself. I hope this helps you be able to make wiser choices when its comes to food.
May 9th, 2020 10:31pm
When I have impulse issues when it comes to eating, I try to distract myself with other activities. I do yoga in my room or on my porch, go for a run/hike/ or walk, etc. Important food for thought is that during this time we should really work to appreciate nature. If you stay cooped up in your house all day, it will be much harder to resist temptations. Also, you start to get bored of the same scenery, which leads you to only eat because you have nothing else to do. Doing as much as sitting on your porch everyday for an hour can do so much good for your mental stability as well as help you resist temptations.
May 13th, 2020 8:41pm
I, too, have struggled with impulse control and disordered eating. While everybody is different, I personally gained the most benefit from mindfulness and meditation practices. I imagine you've heard that before, and it can lose its appeal when suggested so many times -- especially when you may have tried it before, and it didn't help as much as you thought it would. However, that's the thing about mindfulness meditation -- it takes time to reprogram your brain to sit with the discomfort and allow it to be there, without impulsively acting upon it. Even postponing your binge (if that's what is happening for you) for a short period of time is still progress! Unfortunately, mindfulness is not the "cure" that many wish it was. Instead of curing us of our discomfort, mindfulness simply creates space for it. It's a practice that helps you build resilience, not everlasting peace. Still, it remains highly effective when practiced continuously over time. The trick is to make small goals -- practice sitting quietly and not giving into your impulse for even one or two minutes daily. When you feel ready, increase to 5 minutes, then 10 minutes, and so on. I would suggest trying each length of time for at least one week before increasing it -- that's how you stay true to new habits. May you be well!
June 24th, 2020 7:39pm
I often have similar issues with self-control around food. For me it helps if I simply do not purchase food which I know I should not be eating. This could be called "friction", by increasing friction between yourself and an action you know you should not be performing you reduce how much self-control is required to abstain. If you can not control what food is around you because you live with someone else or for any other reason you could try to instead reduce friction for doing the right thing. This could include making a meal plan, or writing implementation intentions where you describe what you will do when you encounter a specific craving (e.g. "When I am tempted to eat chocolate I will brush my teeth, if I still want it an hour later I'll have a bit").
July 1st, 2020 1:48am
Impulsive eating is a problem that I sometimes deal with too! I've found that the problem arises the most when I don't eat regular meals. For me, I try to address the problem proactively by eating regular meals everyday. This way, my body feels nourished throughout the day. There are some days when it's more difficult to control eating impulses, so it's important not to be so hard on yourself if you do end up acting on these impulses. Also making sure you're hydrated can help with these issues, too. Sometimes I think I'm hungry, but I really just need some water.
July 15th, 2020 6:08am
As they say that the first step to anything is realising, take a moment to think about your relationship with food. Do I tend to eat more because i am really hungry or is it because there's something else that's worrying me and binge eating is my response to avoid thinking of that/to make me feel better. Am I aanxiousabout something or maybe am feeling all low and disappointed with myself or others around me. This realisation to what may trigger binge/more eating will give you the space to figure out your reaction the next time it happens. Would drinking a glass of water instead and taking out a minute to breathe in slowly and relax help distract your mind. I am sure that things will get better.
July 26th, 2020 12:16pm
When you feel an impulse to binge eat, a good solution is to distract yourself with something else for at least 30 mins. When you do this, you are trying to occupy your mind with something else so that eating isn't always on your mind. A way to control the amount you eat while you are eating is to practice mindful eating. When you eat something, make sure it is the only thing you are doing and pay attention to how good the food tastes. Not only will you appreciate your food more, but it will slow you eating impulse down.
August 9th, 2020 1:07am
It can be hard to control, though not impossible. Try to indulge yourself in activities you like, like painting, reading or doing arts and crafts. If not that, go out for a walk, as it can help clear up your mind. Also, try eating balanced meals to feel full and satisfied so you don't feel too hungry to not be able to control yourself. Talk to someone like a friend if it's get too hard to handle. If you're still unable to control, don't hesitate to seek help from a therapist. But whatever you do, trust yourself that you can win anything.
October 4th, 2020 10:08pm
It can be really tough to control eating when you have impulse control issues. It is important to have some self-compassion on yourself if you are feeling impulsive. No one chooses to feel out of control not wants to! It isnt a character flaw or weakness. While we may not always find ourselves perfectly controlling our food intake, baby steps towards healthier choices with food intake is a more sustainable goal than absolute perfection. As a person who has personally experienced impulsive eating, I notice that it can be more challenging if I havent been properly hydrating. In the past I have mistaken thirst signals for hunger signals and now try to be more proactive with drinking fluids throughout the day. Another thing that sometimes helps is a "treat". I know logically that chips arent the most healthful choice, but sometimes I want them- and I want the whole, extra-large sized bag. As a baby step I started choosing to buy the small bag, and not keep massive bags at home. That way I didnt feel intensely deprived, but after eating them I still felt alright and didnt have gross feeling in my stomach. On the days where I definitely was easting way too much food in an obsessive way, I would tell myself after- "wow, you must have been having a really hard time emotionally in order to feel like eating so much." I will now ask myself what type of self care would be best. Do I need a hot bath with some relaxing music? Do I need to go to bed early and rest my body and mind? Did something happen today that triggered me, and perhaps I should chat about it with someone? It is not a behavior that I find shameful any more, it can simply be an indication that I have needs that may not be getting met in another rea of my life.