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littlemissmuffet
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   Posted 7/17/2010 4:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Why oh why do I constantly stuff myself with food knowing that I will pay for it the day after.  I am 5 stone overweight and struggle to lose it as I dont tolerate fruit and veg too well.  So instead I eat load of carbs and cakes and biscuits and crips (need I add more) that make me feel bloated and mad at myself.
 
Ive yet to work out the reason why I do it, not only do I stay fat but Im sure that if I lost weight it would improve my bowels.  I used to say I ate because I was unhappy. But now I have nothing to be unhappy about, I still eat.  Food is my friend and my enemy at the same time. Does anyone else feel like this? mad
Diagnosed 2005.  42 year old female living in UK
 
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My partner has UC & Crohns


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/17/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Because there are nutrituional deficencies and your body is finding a way to deal with it. Granted not the way that you would like, but it is not unheard of.
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chornsguy
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   Posted 7/17/2010 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
when i first got chorns i was really worried and scared about what i ate so much so i went form 225lbs to about 155lbs and it turns out that if i eat healthy or not healthy i still feel the sameway so i just eat whateer im hungray for now

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 7/17/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
It could be from the antidepressents. Are you still taking them? I have heard a lot of those meds cause weight gain and overeating. I overeat because I am on prednisone. I am unstoppable. I have a topic on the UC board about my eating and being fat. I got a lot of good support, maybe you could check it out, might give you some ideas!
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spookyh
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   Posted 7/17/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
It could be your intestinal flora that is the problem. Read this article: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1969807,00.html
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/17/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
i am a former 302 lbs. crohnie (after a severe dx I managed to double my body weight), and I have been really struggling with this question all day. Why do you beat yourself up about this? This disease is usual and can manifest in many different ways, but I am wondering if the first step for you is the emotional part of the question you asked? Maybe I am really off base with this, but I think fly lady is on to something with baby steps, and as a strenghts perspective person I focus on the positive of what can you do right now in the next 15 minutes to help you.
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littlemissmuffet
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   Posted 7/18/2010 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for all of your replies.
 
Firstly I dont think is the anti depressants as I have had periods off them and my eating habits never change.
 
Mostly the foods I crave are the ones that are bad for me such as fruit and salad.  Sometimes the urge to eat them is overwhelming.  Every so often I start a new diet, often involving fruit, but after a few days my bowel will kick off and I get loads of pain.
 
I have always had a food problem (at least for the last 20 or so years).  My ex husband always critisized my weight and put me down. We divorced over 10 years ago but I suppose you always carry some of that low self esteem with you.  My current partner (who I live with and also has crohns/UC) has never critisized my weight, or put me down, he is a normal weight apart from the moon face from the pred that he has at the moment.  However he aint so good at telling me I am gorgeous and sexy, which is what I want to feel. It is difficult to feel attractive and sexy with crohns when you make loud smelly noises and poop all the time.
 
Im one of those women that has people say "but you have such a pretty face"  They never add the next bit - they dont have to.
 
I just wish I could stop stuffing.  It aint good for me in more ways than one.  It would be nice to be 'normal' in at least one aspect of my life
Diagnosed 2005.  42 year old female living in UK
 
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, Vitamin B12 injections, anti depressants
 
My partner has UC & Crohns


grumpygi
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   Posted 7/18/2010 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
littlemissmuffet: Hi - first let me tell you that you are not alone in being vulnerable to use food as a crutch. Food is easy, available and never yells or hurts and also providing a level of comfort when one is hurting. It takes a long time to recover from such emotional trauma as you have been through. Then also, I think there is anger at this disease process layered, of course, on top of the meds that make paint on walls appealing. Its hard to find people in the community or amongst family to adequately understand as well as provide guidance to achieve meaningful healing.

For me-it was recognizing that people in my past did the best they knew how at the time and my role/responsibility has been to forgive them for the hurt and pain. Forgiveness to me has been a decision of my will, such that I verbally discuss my choice to forgive over and over (to myself). I choose to pray for those who have spitefully used me (could just be my perception of events) as part of this healing process. Finding safe people trained to assist me in this process has also been huge in my life. The story stays with a trusted confident who can help focus the lens of assistance on me and not someone else. When I am better then, the affect is like dropping a pebble in a pond -it ripples outward affecting many others for good.

I have moved on from thinking the story of my life is important, used to discuss it at great length but really, to me it seems self serving and attention seeking for the drama affect and so I no longer share it. Just know that women especially, are vulnerable in this area, there are many such kindred souls and that by acknowledging this as a problem is the first step in finding assistance to improving your life. Best always! Barb
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NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 7/18/2010 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Old habits die hard, so even if your situation has improved you may still use food as an emotional crutch. Besides, many many people learn to overeat in childhood; it's not just an adult thing.

The simplest reason why people overeat is because food is pleasurable and their satiety signals are weak. It is not at all hard to ignore your full belly in favour of finishing off that gorgeous chocolate sponge cake. But of course you will pay a price, both in the short term (indigestion, bloating, etc.) and in the long term (obesity, lowered self-esteem, etc.)

You can learn to eat less if you want to. Losing weight is all about calorie control (first you work out how many calories you need to eat a day to maintain your current weight, then you work out many calories you need to eat a day to lose weight. Don't just go on the assumption that all women require 2000 calories a day). But a calorie-controlled diet is likely to fail unless you basically learn to alter your eating habits. This is hard. I won't pretend otherwise. But it is very far from impossible.

I do have more to say, but am hesitant to barge forwards with what may well be unwanted advice. If you're interested, let me know and I'll write up a longer post. Bear in mind I'm not an expert. But I have been overweight in the past, have lost weight, and have done quite a bit of internet reading (Google = instant knowledge about everything! >_>) on a subject that interests me. So I'm not entirely talking out of you know where.

grumpygi
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   Posted 7/19/2010 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
When I eat the most is when I am really pissed at my spouse. It doesn't really help, pissed me off even more but can't afford shopping (which is what I used to do). Ah, well. A good friend is worth a thousand words!
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Subzeromambo
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   Posted 7/19/2010 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Rather than cutting out all fruits and vegies, have you thought about keeping a food journal to figure out which are the problem foods? I kept one for a long time and discovered I can't eat romaine or endive but I can eat arugula and mache. I cannot handle beets but I am fine with steamed, sauteed or roasted carrots. Unfortunately, I cannot eat wheat but I love carbs and sugar. I too have problems with weight and feeling attractive. I have no solution only support and understanding. I just roll and reel with the prednisone curse. It usually takes me two years to lose the pred. weight.

mtgman
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   Posted 7/19/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
i know two reasons i do...1 is the medications at times- predinisone especially- i'm ALWAYS hungry...and 2 when i'm feeling good i tend to over do it i guess to compensate bc i am feeling good...

36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.


*Phoebe*
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   Posted 7/21/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   

I have a serious problem of this sort of nature too. I have yet to actually admit it to anyone, but sometimes I eat foods that I know are the worst for me (like sugar-free lollies) and I know they are going to flare up my stricture. A few weeks back I ate the wrong thing (and lots of it) and by the time I was walking home from work I was doubled over in pain from my stricture, waves of pain and my stomach was so bloated I could barely move. It was excruciating, I couldn’t even speak the pain was so bad. And all the while I was aware I had done this to myself. I don’t know if it is self-punishment or what. When I was first diagnosed (5 years ago) I refused to adjust my diet, and in many ways it was true that no matter what I ate I would bleed and be sick.

 

I frighten myself with this. I just know that one day my bowel will completely obstruct and I will have my worst nightmare (surgery) to face. Why do I do this? Does anyone else suffer with this unexplained self-punishment? Everyone around me is telling me I need to look after myself and I know that I need to – but I go through periods of being extremely good (sticking to my SCD, eating and making my own probiotic yoghurt, refusing anything that is not SCD legal) – to these binge phases, which make me so sick.

 

 


jeanneac
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   Posted 7/21/2010 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I think since you are craving salads and fruit you need the minerals vitamins and fluids that they bring. I crave them too. Fruits and veggies are my favorite food group and they really cause me to get diarrhea. the other night I ate two peaches and 1/2 of a mango and it sent me to the toilet quite a few times.

Wellbutrin is good for cutting one's apetite.
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