I was watching the Dr Oz show the other day. He was talking about food and whether it was addictive or just emotional. As I've been thinking about this for a couple of days, I can to this conclusion. I think it's both! I think we eat because of different emotional things...stress, lonely, nervous, happy, whatever. But I think the foods we eat during those times can be addictive. I have always had a problem with eating the wrong foods when I have those emotions. I don't go to the fruits or veggies, I go to the chips and chocolate!! I am however now changing that and reprogramming my brain to go to the better foods. It is very hard! I went through 3 days of head aches, and being tired. I didn't understand why at first but then I realized it was the lack of fatty, sweet foods. Now don't get me wrong, I still have the occasional yummy just not all the time. I've been feeling so much better and loosing weight too!
Now to branch off a little bit. Because I've ALWAYS had this "issue" with food I've never had to deal with the other side of it. Not eating and being too skinny. As most of you know, Nellie has ADHD and is on meds. She has been on them for almost 2 years now. They have helped her so much! She is able to concentrate at school and is doing great! The only down side is that the meds make you not hungry. Now Nellie is a smaller girl anyway, and with this she is very thin. We go to the dc every 2 months to have her checked and she is doing ok... mostly. Until this last time. She has lost 2 lbs and isn't growing. This is partially because she doesn't sleep much, and you grow when you sleep. She has been on different sleep aids but still she stays awake.
When talking with her dc he said that anything I wouldn't eat, give it to her! Give her the fat stuff, peanut butter, milk shakes, butter. Just not fatty sugary foods (she doesn't need the sugar :) ) The problem is that I can't get her to even eat that! Last night I sat with her at the table for 2 1/2 hours just for her to eat a very small amount of spaghetti. We talked about eating and how important it was. She says she's never hungry. The dc told me to literally make her eat the food. It's so hard when people say, don't force her to eat or if you give her that she'll be fat. I'm doing what the dc has told me to do and what I feel is right for her. I feel like you can't have a middle. You're either too skinny and people judge you for that, or you're too fat and people judge you for that. No one knows what the other person is going through, or why they are doing what they are doing. We are all at different stages in life.
I didn't want to go on a tangent, I just wanted to put it out there and see how other people feel on this subject.