Boredom eating!

Hello there people.

So here's the thing...

I'm not over weight and never have been but it's really hard to find people who will help/sympathise over my eating habits because i often get overlooked for NOT being overweight. BUT I have very unhealthy habits that i really want to crack.

I exercise 4 times a week happily (sometimes more), I have an active day job on top of dog walking everyday so I'm pretty fit! (I'm 40 btw). However...... I have been single for 10 years now (I don't mind at all) I'm mum to a 10 year old disabled child who can spend considerable time in hospital. In the day i eat healthy! Salads, stews, soups etc... NIGHTTIME :-( My goodness once he's gone to bed i can seriously binge! I have this urge/craving/ i don't know what it is but i just want to eat utter crap! I think I'm a bit bored of my own company and something sticky and sweet can feel really comforting so i end up having more. I want to get back to my 9 stone fitness level but i'm always now sat at 10 ish and i'm guessing no amount of exercise is shifting the serious sweet tooth calories i'm packing in at night.

What makes it worse is that my son doesn't eat this stuff, only me!! EEK...... Can people give me some good tips on how to break this bad cycle?

Many thanks



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  • I'm sure you would benefit from empathy and support rather than sympathy Zoe.

    You're right, it is a cycle, or downward spiral. The way to stop it is to replace the sweet fructose with the low Gi carbs your body can use, by including beans (not baked beans or broad beans) in your salad, stews, soups, for instance.

    A palm-size or less of natural protein at most meals will help satiate your appetite, with natural fat making up the balance.

  • Thats what i meant ;-) I just couldn't think of the word at the time...

  • Yes evenings are the worst time for me too. It's almost uncontrollable and what's worse i know I'm eating unhealthily. I can't even blame it on boredom. It could be an anxiety thing with me. Not much help i know but you certainly aren't on your own with this.

  • Hi Zoe,

    You mentioned that you feel that you can seriously 'binge' in the evenings, and that you feel the potential trigger for that might be boredom.

    I don't know if this would be helpful to you - but I found this link to what could be a helpful resource - it is really comprehensive and contains a lot of information, and maybe some parts of it would be useful for you?

    There are 3 other links that might also be beneficial, and worth a look:

    Hope one or more of those links is helpful, and good luck with breaking the cycle.

    Lowcal :-)

  • that is really great of you :-) Thank you so much! x

  • You are very welcome. Hope it helps. Hope to see you around and about in the forum, and if you want to join our Monday weigh-in group to help you get down to your goal weight, then please do. You'd be very welcome. :-)

  • that would be great! What is the link to access this?

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