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How to stop thinking about food/hunger?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Ok, I realise I spend a lot of time thinking about food, my hunger levels, shopping, preparing food. I want to get to a place where it's a bit more functional and less "obsessive".

I was considering cutting down my meal variety, like only perhaps say just 2 options for each meal. Making food prep and shopping more simplistic. Also I have dabbled in IF but that only comfortable when I keep my carbs low and I am fat burning.

In short I am sick of food controlling me but I need to get my inner voice to stop banging on about food and "hunger". But if imdont think about food what the heck I am going to do? Lol just need to establish some new habits/routines?

Any good tips gratefully received?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on January 10, 2012
at 11:43 AM

Yup, strangely enough, eating seems to cause hunger, while fasting seems to turn it off. Obviously you'll get ravenous once you deplete your glycogen levels and aren't getting enough ketones, but for limited IF it works.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 12:53 AM

My experience is similar to yours, FED. And it's definitely getting better/easier as the months go by.

560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on May 29, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Thanks, it's seems carbohydrates are no friend to me!

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 29, 2011
at 01:58 PM

I think a warm day would be worse. Just my opinion :)

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on May 29, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Well that's put me off my dinner...

66283d390809787a11a81be7ee5fb98d

(280)

on May 29, 2011
at 05:42 AM

I don't see how eating carbs would do anything but exacerbate the problem. On the contrary, I think more fat is the answer. Nothing stops thoughts of eating like satiety, and nothing sates like good old fat. Works for me, at least.

560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on May 29, 2011
at 05:10 AM

Sweet picture! Will get cracking on the "busy" list, I have a lot of stuff to eBay for a start!

Cc93847bfa820f0f2da654060b401fa5

(746)

on May 29, 2011
at 02:34 AM

Jedi Mind Fix #1: Eat carbs.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 28, 2011
at 11:50 PM

Thanks mari! She's giant now, almost as big as me! I love my island. I will never have kitchen without one again.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on May 28, 2011
at 11:25 PM

This is such a cute picture! I'm also really jealous of how much more cooking space you have than me.

560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on May 28, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Think I will make list for fridge! Great ideas - keeping busy!

560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on May 28, 2011
at 07:54 PM

Good ideas, thanks!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on May 28, 2011
at 06:38 PM

Good timing with this comment, Melissa. I've been having a bad last couple of weeks... Also, I love a good excuse to buy/chew gum!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on May 28, 2011
at 06:35 PM

I have this same problem. I will lay awake at night creating new recipes, that I rarely end up making.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on May 28, 2011
at 02:13 PM

When I was first starting out, I did a lot of "tricks" to keep my mind off food when I thought I wanted to eat.

Brushing your teeth so you don't eat more and get the taste out of your mouth.

Chewing gum while cooking so you don't taste too much.

Drinking a cup of tea each time I thought I wanted a snack, to wait out the craving.

A fantastic thing I did for awhile, was I made a list of projects around the house that needed to be done, that I had been avoiding. When I was really trying to distract myself from food or eating I would work on one of the projects. I should really try that again, I got a lot accomplished!

edited because I am a picture whore. LOL.

When I was featured in the now defunct "Quick n' Simple magazine" my tip to chew gum was one of the things the focused on. It was weird, but it did get me one of my favorite pictures of me and my daughter, EVER.

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560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on May 28, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Think I will make list for fridge! Great ideas - keeping busy!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on May 28, 2011
at 06:38 PM

Good timing with this comment, Melissa. I've been having a bad last couple of weeks... Also, I love a good excuse to buy/chew gum!

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on May 28, 2011
at 11:25 PM

This is such a cute picture! I'm also really jealous of how much more cooking space you have than me.

560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on May 29, 2011
at 05:10 AM

Sweet picture! Will get cracking on the "busy" list, I have a lot of stuff to eBay for a start!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 28, 2011
at 11:50 PM

Thanks mari! She's giant now, almost as big as me! I love my island. I will never have kitchen without one again.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 29, 2011
at 01:53 PM

The answer is simple.......control NPY. CArbohydrate intake is the controller. If your hungry dont eat any carbs but satiate yourself with Protein or fat of your choice. After 6-8 weeks you can rest assured NPY will no longer bother you. then you can go paleo in peace.

Pass it on.

560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on May 29, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Thanks, it's seems carbohydrates are no friend to me!

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on January 10, 2012
at 12:47 AM

I used to spend WAY too much time thinking about what to eat for my next meal. And also too much time preparing the meal. From start to finish, it'll take me around an hour to finish prepping and cooking. I agree with the posters who suggested limiting the variety. These days, I make my meals super simple: one source of protein (meat or eggs), one type of vegetable, some sort of fat to cook it in, and seasoning. It's all done in less than 15 minutes :D

As to how to stop thinking about food: I'm a foodie, so I spend a considerable amount of time reading about food, and thinking up new recipes. However, for me it's more of a hobby, and not intrusive, as yours appear to be. I find that the only time I DON'T want to think about food is when I'm uncomfortably full. My suggestion is similar to another poster's: eat protein and fat when you feel hunger.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 29, 2011
at 01:34 PM

Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on May 29, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Well that's put me off my dinner...

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 29, 2011
at 01:58 PM

I think a warm day would be worse. Just my opinion :)

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on May 28, 2011
at 01:09 PM

After I started to think about the hunter-gatherer "energetic landscape" (to borrow a term from Art De Vany) and the notion that, like exercise, eating could (and probably should) take place in the context of randomness, spontaneity, and intuition, I have been much less food obsessed.

Practicing IF has helped to release the "need" to constantly have something planned to eat every two to three hours and I am now in a place where I am comfortable and confident in my ability to navigate even the most paleo-unfriendly environments and still find something suitable to consume.

Perhaps, like any practice (sports come to mind) the initial phases of learning are marked by the desire to intellectualize each and every step, but the goal is to experience "flow" in the present moment.

I think that you can notice and observe when you are having food obsessive thoughts and then go back to some deep breathing, relaxation, and trusting that your body knows what it needs and when the time comes you will no what to do.

Our bodies can handle themselves without us messing things up! All we need to do is to trust and to create an environment the encourages the highest probability of health and wellbeing (stocking your pantry/fridge with paleo friendly foods, going to restaurants with plenty of options, taking an assertive stance with non-paleo friends in social situations, etc.)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 12:53 AM

My experience is similar to yours, FED. And it's definitely getting better/easier as the months go by.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on January 10, 2012
at 11:43 AM

Yup, strangely enough, eating seems to cause hunger, while fasting seems to turn it off. Obviously you'll get ravenous once you deplete your glycogen levels and aren't getting enough ketones, but for limited IF it works.

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on May 28, 2011
at 01:03 PM

I think limiting variety would be a very good idea. IF as well. This will take time though. It is basically an addiction, so treat it as such. Success will be difficult and will not be instantaneous.

In the meantime though, do something! Go for a walk, do yoga, garden, read a book, get some cleaning or work done, etc. The best way to break an old habit is to form a new one.

560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on May 28, 2011
at 07:54 PM

Good ideas, thanks!

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on January 10, 2012
at 11:47 AM

A few things help.

a) IF as was mentioned earlier by FED. b) coconut oil - for me it just shuts off hunger to the point where I could go all the way to dinner and not even look forward to eat anything at dinner. c) if you're craving carbs, a small bit of L-Glutamine (1/8-1/4tsp is enough.)

Also make sure you're getting enough water as thirst can be confused with hunger.

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on January 10, 2012
at 05:04 AM

Knitting helps me.

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on May 29, 2011
at 05:33 AM

Hi Minnie,

I'm going to suggest a couple of things that are different to what has been suggested above...

Have you thought that perhaps you may be genuinely hungry? I'm hypoglycemic - if I don't eat every 2-3 hours my blood sugar dips too low. Paleo didn't resolve this for me. You never know, perhaps you have some underlying issue that you haven't yet figured out.

You mention the word "obsessive" in your post - have you thought that it might be mild OCD or similar? Any type of anxiety can affect anyone, regardless of how well one may eat...there are lots of reasons for that - lacking variety or the right building blocks to create neurotransmitters, gut issues leading to malabsorption of certain nutrients.

Good luck!

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on January 10, 2012
at 01:45 PM

My issue is that I want food even though I am not hungry. This is especially true at night, since I know I will not be eating again until the next day.

This is also a symptom of boredom OR not satisfying myself during my meals throughout the day.

So that being said, I tend to make sure I eat enough food for breakfast (usually skipped), lunch, and dinner. If I am still craving something after each meal, I will usually gulp 16oz of water and follow that with a cup of tea (ginger or peppermint usually). This helps to get my mind off food and to actually do something.

I notice that if I am busy (not bored) I do not have this problem. So hobbies can also be a great way to get passed the cravings.

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