i'm really Struggling with the thoughts of wanting to eat stuff. I've had two slip ups that were minor but the urge is strong! I've drank to fast a few times, oh and progressed a wee to early...didn't listen to my body. It made me feel nauseous but i've yet to have a dumping situation.
i see a specialist in WLS & eating disorders in early July and i'm Looking forward to it. I let thing stress me very easily and i'm Hoping to stay out of the old state of mind.
For those that deal with BED, what things can I do in the mean time to try and brush these urges away? Any tips is appreciated.
VSG - 3-14-18
Revision to RNY - 5-29-19
One day at a time!
I think it's awesome that you've got an appointment set for a therapist that specializes in WLS and eating disorders.
I'm not diagnosed with BED, but I AM an emotional and boredom eater, so take this with a grain of salt. Hopefully it might help you anyway.
To stave off emotional eating, my first action is to journal. I've kept a journal for 32 years; started it one day at age 16 after school when my dad was in a particularly assholey mood and I bore the brunt of it. It's been my savior sooo many times since then. When I'm feeling stressed out and/or overwhelmed, I take pen to paper to get the feelings out, no matter how crazy or dark. My journal knows all. Once they're out of my head and on paper, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off me. The time it takes to write it all out also gives me time to cool off/calm down/ come up with solutions if needed. It can also lead to some real epiphanies on my part as far as some issues go.
I also do a "happy place" visualization, and/or breathing exercises if the situation is away from home. My happy place exercise is closing my eyes picking a favorite place/memory, and thinking of all the aspects of that place. (Where it was, if it was outside-sunny and warm or not, the scents, the sounds, the sights, how I felt there...) Breathing exercise: My therapist taught me to close my eyes and breathe in to the count of 4, exhale to the count of 4, envisioning a square as I do so, going around the square mentally as I breathe. ( Obvies, I can't do either while driving, haha. For road rage, I listen to calming music, or more commonly...just cuss a lot. )
Boredom eating is harder for me to avoid at this point than stress eating. I have to find ways to entertain myself that make me more active, because sedentary hobbies ( like reading ) just make me want to snack while I'm doing them. I'm inherently lazy, so it's a challenge.
I woke up in between a memory and a dream...
I Have BED and Pre-Op I felt like I was always hungry. Rarely did I ever full except on those rare occasions where I ate all day long on holidays. Food was beyond an obsession. Always in my thoughts. The only time it wasnt in my thoughts was when I occupied my time with something. Thats the Best way to stop thinking about food.
Post OP I feel different. I almost feel like I don't have BED anymore. The cravings are gone, The obsessive thoughts are gone, When I eat a meal I actually get full.. I hope this feeling lasts. Before my surgery though I prepared by buying some 1000 piece puzzles. I have not had to bust them out yet. In the past I have also went for a walk whenever I wanted to eat when I wasn't supposed to. I have also played xbox. Anything to get you doing something that occupies your time. I have heard from some people that Brushing their teeth helps but I never tried this.
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