eprupar Posted February 13, 2013 Share Posted February 13, 2013 Well I suppose my first question is how I'll introduce myself and make this post worthwhile. I am a few months shy of 27 years old, active but have always been a little down and out regarding my diet. I ate the 'healthy' way with good grains, low-fat dairy, etc but was remaining pretty much the same weight even though I began training super hard (I applied to be a firefighter in my city - of which I passed the physical but was not accepted in the long run). That was when I knew I had to make a bigger change. I am on Day 24 and feel great and I'm excited about the benefits I've already seen take place. My question is in regards to what I've been reading about in the book It Starts With Food. I've also read it all over the internet that with stress comes over-eating. Now you might tell me stress and anxiety are different, but for me they are pretty much the same thing. When I'm stressed, it causes me anxiety. So, for that matter, why is it that when I get stressed or anxious my body is absolutely turned off by food? I have the feeling of fullness, like that uncomfortable stuffed feeling, along with a hunger pain. Then, when I try to eat, because I know I have to in order to survive, I get nauseous and feel like I couldn't possibly eat anymore. Two years ago I had a horrible anxiety attack, or maybe it should be called an episode or a session, that lasted for almost 3 months. Essentially in that time period I was wasting away because I probably consumed maybe 500 calories a day from force-feeding myself (of course it was crappy food: high calories in the smallest package was what I was searching for so I could not get turned off eating too quickly). I got to the point where I almost fainted while sitting on my bed. While this didn't drive me to go eat, I sought help and was fed a super high calorie protein smoothie (the camping kind) and the comfort of family. I didn't come off the edge immediately but it was a turning point for sure. I suppose I'm asking a few things. First of all, why would my body react this way when it is stated that when a body goes into that fight or flight mode, cortisol makes you hungry (okay, that's paraphrasing obviously)? Secondly, has anyone else every had this same reaction to stress and food? I feel like so many resources offer me ways to prevent the stress over-eating when in fact I need to find ways to stress eat. Also, in case you're wondering, I haven't noticed a significant difference between my mood/anxiety levels while being on the Whole30 compared to not. I am going to continue my medication, because as you can read, it's safer for me. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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