Can't seem to stop eating!!!!!

Day 23 and I seem to have found an appetite which is something i've never had before. Today I have eaten:

1 large bowl of cocopops

10 cherry tomatoes

a chicken, salad and mayo wrap

a large white, buttered, crusty roll

1 tin of vegetable soup

It's not even 2 o'clock yet and I only started with the cereal at 9.30 :eek:

Plus I also have a doughnut and a choccy bar on my desk in case I feel peckish this afternoon :o

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  • Tomatoes, chicken, salad and soup don't count, so hardly anything :p

    Me... 1 croissant, mountine of noodles with creamy beef sause, chocolate mousse, pack of candies, 10 cups of coffee... and I'm starving :eek:

    Whos gonna roll me home?

  • So how was that donut Rachel?

  • The doughnut was lovely. Then I went home and had lasagne, chips and salad for my tea, followed by ice cream.

    Today, I feel sick :(

  • So you resisted the choccy bar then. Well done! :p

  • So you resisted the choccy bar then. Well done! :p

    Shouldn't laugh but that did make me chuckle, :D

    I think we all have days like that regardless of whether we smoked or not

  • OK - here's what the eating is about (and believe me - I'm as bad as anyone else on the site, so I'm not preaching!):

    - When you smoke it provokes an "adrenaline" resopnse. That fight or flight feeling.

    - Amongst other things it causes your body to instantly burn stored fats and sugars (to give you the energy to fight or run away).

    - During your quit, your body will want the same "sugar rush" during particularly nasty crave episodes.

    - So you snack - the problem is, you won't get the same instant response. It takes about 20-30 minutes before the sugars from your snack get into your body.

    - You can eat a lot of biscuits/pastry/crisps in 30 minutes! :)

    I've actually stabablised my weight somewhat now - it was understanding the process of craving and eating that helped me stop binge eating instead of having a cigarette. Now I've just go to stop eating like a pig at main meal times!

  • Totally agree that it takes understanding the proccess between craving and eating which helps to get this under control.

    I'm still not at the same food intake as before but I've managed to cut down drastically by understanding what a crave is. In this respect, my reason for binge eating was different to Munter's (but it doesn't make me right btw, I think everyone is different!).

    It was Allen Carr that got me thinking about why I felt the need to eat and it reminded me of something someone once posted on here (I think it was Claire30)... they said 'there's no point in smoking everytime I get an emotion'. I think smokers have a really distorted sense of their feelings, as they (often)don't know if they are bored, stressed, relaxed or excited. This is because all of those feelings almost invariably translate to 'I want a cigarette'.

    so now when we are bored, stressed, excited or relaxed we think it's us craving 'something' when actually it's just us not knowing what to do with these feelings.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Hope it made sense and helped someone... it really helped me realise why I was eating so much

  • You're right as well Sofia! Quitting is both a biological and a psychological process. The psychological last a lot longer than the physical too...which is what we forget when we get to 6 months or so.

    We feel so much better physically and so crave free that when we get the "Why not have just the one" feeling, it's hard to remember what you went through. That "just the one" is definately a psychological thing - and it's the one thing that has sunk my last two quits - both of which went beyond 6 months, but not much beyond! :)

  • Hello - I'm new

    Hi my name is Lisa and I'm still trying to quit. I really want to and think about it all the time but struggling to take that first step.

    Anyway the reason I'm commenting is because of the food 'issues'. One of my biggest fears is to put on weight . However, I did read a book once that really helped . A short paperback which stops you from substituting cigs for food . Alan Carr's easy way to stop smokng. (Ps i'm not a publisher so its not a plug) really worth a read I think it only takes a few hours and nothing to lose .

    I'm getting married in August and want to stop smoking and lose 14llbs . Got a mountain to climb

  • Hi Lisa

    Well done on deciding that you want to stop smoking. I would say if you cant do it CT then go and see your local smoking cessation clinic and see if they can help you. I started on champix and stopped smoking and even though i stopped taking the champix on day 11 i have stayed smoke free and i am now 51 days in.

    You can do this if you really want it and by the sounds of things you really do.

    As for the putting weight on i never did as i never substituted food for cigs instead i changed my daily routine and took up knitting, reading and crocheting, all things to keep myself busy and help me get through the first few days and weeks.

    If you make sure that you drink plenty of juice like orange then the weight gain if you did have any would be minimal because in the first few days and weeks of your quit your body needs extra sugar and so you end up eating sugary products and more of to get the hit but if you drink a sugary drink it works faster, like a diabetic when they have a hypo they need the hit and quickly. The extra sugar rush does not last long though.

    Anyhow good luck

  • Thank you , that's great advice about the oj . i'm going to try and stay positive. I'm gonna go and get ready and go shopping . I've got so many things I want to do and smoking has always prevented me because I think I'll just have a fag first . I've decided it's not going to rule my life x

  • Have a look at this information and see if it can help you at all. I would also say that glucose tabs are good too as we can all get so tierd and irritable.

    Go for it, i say xx

    quitsmokingsupport.com/good...

  • 54 days in and have developed an unhealthy appetite for microwave popcorn! I'm not even hungry and I want a packet!!??!! Seems to happen just after dinner, like I'm making up for the lack of after dinner fag. Thing is I'm not even craving fags (and no, I'm not pregnant:p). Have put on a stone since quitting. I'm not too bothered as I've always been straight up and down, but will have to do something about it soon as my clothes are pinching (well actually I can hardly do my work trousers up, but a long jumper hides a multitude of sins :D)

  • Microwave popcorn sounds like a plan- Ive been having my tea and then toast or crumpets. I am so fat. I still havent bought scales or started any exercise. And I was already overweight. Oh well one thing at a time.

  • I've been eating like a bloody horse, but luckily I was underweight to start with (sorry girls - but actually it's not that great being scraggy and scrawny either!), and then I got the flu and lost a stone, so I can snarf my way through the biscuits and not worry too much.

    Can't keep it up though. Today I had a scone and butter, sandwiches, a club biscuit, four satsumas, three maryland cookies, toast, a viennese whirl, and a bloody enormous curry. I'm going to balloon if I carry on at this rate!

    Have to substitute a few more fruit options rather than reaching for the biscuit box, methinks...

  • I've been eating like a bloody horse, but luckily I was underweight to start with (sorry girls - but actually it's not that great being scraggy and scrawny either!), and then I got the flu and lost a stone, so I can snarf my way through the biscuits and not worry too much.

    Can't keep it up though. Today I had a scone and butter, sandwiches, a club biscuit, four satsumas, three maryland cookies, toast, a viennese whirl, and a bloody enormous curry. I'm going to balloon if I carry on at this rate!

    Have to substitute a few more fruit options rather than reaching for the biscuit box, methinks...

    go girl :D:p;)

  • Today I had a scone and butter, sandwiches, a club biscuit, four satsumas, three maryland cookies, toast, a viennese whirl, and a bloody enormous curry. I'm going to balloon if I carry on at this rate!

    You're making me hungry :eek:

  • Right you lot!!

    Stop it!

    Here's what I have eaten since reading this post:

    2 large bags salt and vinegar crisps

    1 bag starburst tonguetangles (yummy)

    1 corned beef and branston pickle sandwich

    1 pack hula hoops

    1 bag cashew nuts.

    ...........and I'm still hungry thanks to you lot!!!! and its only 12 o'clock

    So again.........

    Stop it!!

  • I just had a huge sausage sandwich and some blueberry cheesecake.

    I am forking calories down my gob faster than you can say 'lardy arse'.

    But I don't care. Three weeks smoke free, I bloody deserve it!

  • I am forking calories down my gob faster than you can say 'lardy arse'.

    That is Soooooooo funny :D My appetite doesn't seem to have changed, which is odd for me :confused: Going top make the most of it though might wake up one day & feel the need to munch my way through everything :eek:

    Gaynor xx

  • Better to eat then smoke me thinks ;):D

    Gaynor x

  • sweet popcorn doesn't taste nice with salt........have run out of salted!!! aaarrrrgggghhhhhhh........am addicted to the bloody stuff :eek::eek: better than fags tho ;)

  • Please don't worry about eating too much at the moment. Wait until you are in control of your quit before worrying about any weight gain. I am on 3 mths today and started my diet 2 weeks ago and it is not impacting my quit at all now. Whereas I tried about 6 weeks ago and I started cravin again really badly so ended up eating the world again.

    So I say eat what you want for now and deal with the fall out later :D

    Sian

  • Food glorious food....... arghhhhhh why do they make food so nice???

    I have started calorie counting today and i think i am doing well so far... well until all the kids have gone to bed and i get the munchies :eek:

  • I've eaten 3 bags of salted microwave popcorn tonight :o:eek:

    And do I care........:D

  • I only calorie counted for one day, then realised it was the weekend and there was no way i missing out on my "munchy" nights with the kids :D

    I have already had this morning a bowl of shreddies and am now sitting here eating my left over special fired rice from last nights chinky :eek:

    Calorie counting can wait a few more days :D

  • one of the reasons i never quit smoking was because i was afraid to gain weight!! in the last 5 years iv lost 70lbs....so it is important to me that i dont gain weight!! i find that i eat more on the weekends when i am home than during the week when i am at work!! iv worked long and hard to drop 70lbs and refuse to gain any back and iv also been quit for 16 days and refuse to go back so only thing i can do is dont eat to much fatty food and keep exercising and stick with the quit:D good luck to everyone!! stay quit!!

  • Hi I'm a quitter,

    If you managed to lose 70lb (which, btw, well done on that!) then you know for a fact you have the will power and common sense to stay away from certain foods. Also, in losing this amount of weight surely you mustave forged a healthier relationship with food than you used to have, I'm glad that the fear of losing this didn't hold you back from quitting.

    On one of the threads there's a very good story about a beautiful and slim woman who everyone aspired to be like... but she smoked in order to stay slim... then one day she got cancer and later died. I found that story really helped me re-organise certain prioroties in my head.

    hope you're all still doing good!

  • I think this is the thread you meant Sofia - the post by Trandem - great post

    :)

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