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How can i stop thinking about food?


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It is so annoying, i just think about food all day long and it totally counteracts all my efforts to eat well etc...i just think about what i am going to eat all the time, how many calories etc, and it seems to just go against me because i end up eating more because i am always thinking about it...i used to not think about it or care and that was when i was 10 pounds thinner...now all of the sudden i can't stop...i am abit ocd in general and i am trying to be less strict about counting because either i eat too little or too much and feel guilty after....but since i can't stop thinking about food i am snacking a lot more than i used to and yeah its just getting tiring and i am always amazed when other people aren't thinking about where we are going to eat etc, especially since i am hosting guests for two weeks so we are eating out ALL the time and its making it even worse....im sure i am not the only one with this problem...how do you stop?

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It is so annoying, i just think about food all day long and it totally counteracts all my efforts to eat well etc...i just think about what i am going to eat all the time, how many calories etc, and it seems to just go against me because i end up eating more because i am always thinking about it...i used to not think about it or care and that was when i was 10 pounds thinner...now all of the sudden i can't stop...i am abit ocd in general and i am trying to be less strict about counting because either i eat too little or too much and feel guilty after....but since i can't stop thinking about food i am snacking a lot more than i used to and yeah its just getting tiring and i am always amazed when other people aren't thinking about where we are going to eat etc, especially since i am hosting guests for two weeks so we are eating out ALL the time and its making it even worse....im sure i am not the only one with this problem...how do you stop?


interesting you ask this, by the very nature of being human you cannot consciously not-think of something because in order to not think about it you have to be aware that you're thinking about it, therefore thinking about it. confusing i know.

basically stop paying so much attention to the fact that you're thinking about it. try to do something with your time. fill your day with tedious tasks that require you to actually DO SOMETHING. otherwise your mind will keep going back to food.

i say this but i myself am unsuccessful at it, i am always thinking about food. i always want to eat even when im not hungry and it sucks so i definitely feel for you. 

its funny my husband never thinks about food he just eats,  what i give him what anyone gives him,  when he is hungry and what he wants,  its amazing to me because i obcess about it all the time as well,  but in a way i am happier to obcess about food, something i can change and have a handle on.  he opbcesses about things out of his control like car accidents, storms things like this

Chrissy, as confusing as that sounds I know what you mean..it's like if someone says don't think about a monkey, all I'd think about is a monkey...anyways..

I am trying to fill my time but it is hard; at work I have easy access to free food (I am a au pair basically) and it's not like we are doing super stimulating activity with the kids; I have friends visitng me and i though that'd help, but even with them all I think about is food and I realize i talk about it more and i am always thinking about where we are eating next etc...the only thing that seems to totally make me forget is homework and I don't start school till august, so I need something inbetween then...i used to never think about it like this, even without schoolwork.ug

for me it's not a positive obsession , although I understand what you mean bobo1, the problem is it's something that has become a huge burden

I think about food at a constant rate. I feel for you.

The only time I do well is when I am thinking/obsessing about meeting my goals & then I am still thinking about boiled cabbage, steamed vegetables, chicken and tuna all of the time. I can't help. good luck meeting your goals.

Tjlo

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I know EXACTLY how you feel...i am always thinking about either how i've eaten to much, or hwo much i'm allowed to eat still, or when my next meal will be, or what i'll eat...its borderline obsessive.

 

I think the problem is that we stigmatize food as something we can only enjoy in certain ways and at certain times, so i know for me at least, i associate food with some sort of prize jewel or something. Its very bizarre, especially considering i used to eat "normally," as in just until i was full and only when i was hungry. I wish i could return to those days of non calorie obsessing and non binging!

i can so relate to this. what i find helpful is keeping busy. anything like reading, going shopping, um housework, home work! anythnig that keeps ur mind away from food!

I'm glad I'm not alone in this! Yeah when I have homework I always forget to eat, there is a reason during school I am always underweight and have to actually force myself high-calorie foods haha..yeah shopping and housework seem to be the other two that help! I went shopping all day yesterday and it was very distracting!! the only problem is it makes you have to look at your body all day, and can be discouraging, etc...thanks for the tips though, and it is good to know I am not alone!

When I read your post, I felt like it was me.  I have the same problem - always counting calories and always so concerned about my weight.  As Chrissy said, the only way to not think about it is to avoid the thoughts, the best way is by keeping yourself busy.  But I've noticed as soon as I settle down or have a free moment my thought goes to food.  

It gets so irritating thinking about food all the time, so I definitely feel for you.  

As of now I'm trying to remind myself, in the long run does it really matter?  Although sometimes the thought doesn't help, I feel like it's a start.

try not thinking about a purple elephant instead. ;)

haha, good idea!

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