Yes that’s me. Food Addict coming clean. I guess it took awhile to really understand what was going on here. The problem I think is that ever since surgery I have never experienced hunger. That’s right, no hunger pangs at all.
Before surgery, I was instructed by the nutritionist to eat when I’m hungry and to stop when I’m not hungry anymore. Well that sounded all well and good but I am never hungry. And not eating is not an option for me as I have to watch my blood-sugar levels as I take insulin shots daily.
So for me it seems to be an issue of appetite versus hunger. Even though I am never hungry, boy do I have an appetite. I can eat and eat and eat, even after WLS. And I don’t want to stop when I don’t feel hungry anymore; heck I’m not hungry to begin with. I want to eat until I feel full.
The problem with eating until I feel full, besides getting just too many calories is ……..I then feel just awful and usually vomit. But still this is what I do time and time again. I just keep the wastebasket nearby, just in case. As an example, last night I had a very nice dinner, about 3 oz of grilled chicken breast and ½ cup of steamed broccoli. I wasn’t at all hungry when I started dinner and especially not when I finished. But I wanted more. So I proceeded to eat about 4 cups of watermelon (a whole bowl full). It’s full of water and went down really easy. Boy was I full when I was done and sure enough……I lost my dinner.
Why do I do this to myself time after time? That is the question. Now it’s not a daily occurrence but does happen at least twice a week. It never happens when I am dining with others just when I am on my own. Maybe that’s the issue, I really don’t know. I only know that I want to feel full and keep eating until I can’t anymore.
Maybe I need to take my own advice and start seeing a therapist again? I need to do something. I am eating too much and I know that I will never loose these last 20 pounds until I get control of this.
Are any of you doing this or something similar? Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.