A continuation of earlier Step 1 Work:

Figuring out my binge eating behaviors (ingrained & volume issues)

Are there particular chewing behaviors you notice?
I notice that I enjoy having something to chew when I am working.  It seems to help me stay focused on getting the work done.

Do you need to chew all the time?
Mainly when I am trying to focus on work.  I have ADHD so it is very hard for me to focus at times even though I am on ADHD meds.  For some reason having something to snack on and chew on helps me focus.  If I am just watching television I do not have the urge as much.  If I am just wasting time on the internet I do not have the urge as much.

Have you had a lot of dental work done because you grind your teeth or chew a lot?
Yes, I do grind my teeth a lot.  I do not know if the dental problems I have are because of just the grinding or if chewing a lot added to it.  I also have developed TMJ Disorder and will be being treated for that in the next few months.

Are there particular textures that seem to be common?
Crunchy seems to be a common texture when binge-eating.

Are there particular times you seem to overeat ANY kinds of foods, not just your binge foods?
Yes, when out to dinner or lunch, I tend to want to finish  my plate if the food tastes good.  If I am not really enjoying the taste of the food, then I can stop earlier.  Even sometimes at home, I put too big a portion on my plate and I tend to try to finish it all – again if it tastes good.

Can you leave something on your plate or do you have to eat it all?
I can leave things on my plate unless it tastes really really good.

Do you have any way of knowing, whether or not you ever pay attention to it, when your body really doesn’t need any more?
Yes, my body screams that it doesn’t need any more.  If I am eating from a plate, it is easier to stop but if I am eating snack foods from containers or bags, it is harder to stop even if I am stuffed.

Is there any eating behavior always leading to overeating that you just can’t imagine giving up?
hmmm … eating behavior always leading to overeating … I cannot think of an answer for this question so I guess the answer must be no?

Do you need to feel filled all the way up?
I seem to.  Once I feel hungry, I want to eat something a.s.a.p.  I know I need to learn to live with being hungry from time to time.  That is what “normal” people do.  Of course, sometimes I am not hungry at all.  I just know something is there and I want to eat all of it!

The next part of his step study will be Step 2.  Lawrie says, “Step 1 is about Powerlessness and Despair and Step 2 is about Power and Hope.”

to be continued ….

Advertisements