Food and addiction

Food and addiction

Joined: 09 Jan 2009, 00:22

10 Aug 2004, 12:03 #1

This one might be an old and worn topic but I am interested if anyone else wants to talk about it. The entire issue of weight gain, weight loss, etc surrounding quitting nicotine is interesting to me. It is interesting because I don't have a very healthy relationship with food, or any other substance for that matter. Since I am happily recovering from substance abuse (besides nicotine) and am now dealing with my "drug" addiction (nicotine) I wonder if picking up food to "stop" the feelings or take me outside of myself will be a problem.

What have you experienced? I am not asking about eating for oral fixation but instead eating to alter reality. For instance, when I quit alcohol I started sugar heavy duty. Lucky for me I was underweight but the substitution which originally started as a straight sugar substitution became a "sugar take my away" addiction of its own.

I don't mind gaining a few pounds (I run so I do get a lot of exercise) but I don't want to gain pounds because I am running away. Thoughts, feelings, experience???

Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 20:07

10 Aug 2004, 12:25 #2

Hi Kelly,

I absolutely used food as a substitute. Chocolate, lollies, cake -anything sweet. And I never touched that stuff before I quit! That was for the first month. But that meant that all the gym work I was doing was only keeping my weight stable whereas I wanted to lose it so I had to stop the chocolate etc. (I was literally eating **** all my waking hours. Junk food, you name it, I ate it) I felt I deserved something, anything, to take away the pain of quitting and **** it, I was gonna eat it!.
But as I said, I've stopped all that now and am very concious of what I eat. (Until I get to my goal weight, then I'm going to Hungrey Jacks!) He he he.
I think of myself as an addictive personality, I substituted cigarettes and caffeine for alcohol, then food for cigarettes, now excercise for food.... I know it's not advocated here at all to substitute anything but I couldn't help it. And at least my only addiction now is excercise! Just sharing my experience, I know everyone does it differently.

70 Days Smoke Free

Joined: 09 Jan 2009, 00:22

10 Aug 2004, 13:20 #3

Hi Atokad,
Liked what you said. I too have an addictive personality because for me I want to avoid reality. I have gotten a lot better but did find that the nicotine addiction shot back through the roof, after a 4 year quit, when I stopped alcohol.

I am going it free and clean this time. Trying to watch all so that I am living clean in all respects - or at least trying. If I need a little food, so be it. Anything to never take another puff.

I do find this topic interesting all the same.

Thanks for joining in. Keep up the great work - 70 days WOW.

Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:57

10 Aug 2004, 20:32 #5

I hope you find that your quit will help you not need to alter reality. My quit has increased my self esteem and given me a more positive outlook on life. Instead of wanting to get away from reality I find my self wanting to experience my life and not just smoke, drink, eat, and watch it go by. I am doing a lot of things with my children, that I wouldn't have bothered to do before because you couldn't smoke where they wanted to go.

I did use suckers and straws the first couple of weeks, but quickly got over that. I am walking more now. I say if we are going to be addicted, then let us be addicted to a healthy life. I like the following quote:

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body -- but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming -- "WOW! What a Ride!"" -- Peter Sage, Entrepreneur and Speaker.

Let's us make that a smoke-free ride through the real world.

Here is another quote I like:

"The greater part of our happiness depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances" - Martha Washington

Replace the word "dispositions" with "responses". We do not need any crutches. We do not need to alter reality just the way we respond to reality. We have already taken one big positive step towards changing our responses thus altering our dispositions, we have quit smoking.

Stop and look at yourself. You are doing good and you do not need a crutch, just a doughnut. Sorry, couldn't help myself. I am loving being smoke-free. I love this site and I love my new life.

I have to quit rambling. I am signing off. Taking my son to an amusement park. I admit I will probably have an order of fries, but that's okay. One thing for sure, I won't be stopping and standing around smoking. I will be having a good time.