Confusing messages from body

Hi everyone.

I'm on day 22 of my quit and I feel it's very strong and stable at the moment. I haven't really come close to smoking barring one particularly bad day a week or so ago, and I managed to get through that :).

One thing I've noticed is that I don't seem to be in tune with what my body's telling me any more - particularly with regards to eating. I'm never sure whether I want to eat or not so I'm eating 'by the clock'. "It's one o'clock so it must be lunchtime".

Has anyone else experienced anything like this or should I be calling the men in white coats? :D.

Ed xx

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  • LOL, yes I have been experiencing it, but more from the 'eating all the time' perspective! It almost feels like without fag breaks to time my day by I have lost all concept of time and when things are 'normally' done.

    Regarding sanity and men in white coats - you are not alone but I would not claim you should use me as an example of sane!

  • Hi Ed, well done on making it to month 1!!!

    Yes, i was the same for a while, so ate by the clock too. Its hard because you arent sure whats hunger!

    If it was hunger, you would recognise the signs i think (growling tummy etc) so i would just carry on doing what you're doing!

  • Good to hear I'm not alone Joanna :).

    I've not really had the 'gotta eat all the time' thing, but being hungry and feeling full feel the same to me at the moment. I'm aware that quitting the cigs can lead to weight gain so I'm trying to be conscious of not eating more than usual. I know exactly where you're coming from with the time thing. A cig used to punctuate points in the day so time's become an amorphous lump now instead of an ordered line :p. I think I'll opt for a lump of time and no cigs though :D.

    Loving the disclaimer at the end of your post :). I promise that my sanity (or lack of it) won't ever reflect on you!!

    xx

  • Hi Ed, well done on making it to month 1!!!

    Yes, i was the same for a while, so ate by the clock too. Its hard because you arent sure whats hunger!

    If it was hunger, you would recognise the signs i think (growling tummy etc) so i would just carry on doing what you're doing!

    Thanks Claire.

    That's exactly what I'm experiencing! Not being sure what's hunger! It's quite bizarre but it's something I can deal with. I'd still like it to pass soon though :).

    I'll start weighing myself I think. I believe smoking raises the metabolism, so if I'm now eating the same as I was before then I'm not burning off the calories with my lower metabolic rate.

    xx

  • I was actually getting myself geared up this time to be eating loads and loads..

    But its the opposite and i find it quite amusing.

    My eating habbits have not changed at all... i have always been a rubbish eater lol

    Never have brekkie, never have lunch.... do have a nice dinner then pick for the rest of the evening on crap :eek:

    I suppose i am a binge eater rather than a binge drinker :D

    mind you after reading this thread, i do keep getting funny pains in my stomach in the day time now, maybe they are hunger pains??

    Strange strange all strange .

    I have weighed myself Ed, im still the same ..

    Maybe we have to wait a few more weeks until the real eating kicks in??

    xx

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