Anxiety about eating

May 7th '14 00:22 AM
fionacxrrie
I know the most efficient way to lose weight is to eat healthily and regularly, but i do have an issue with that. i am at school 6 hours a day, and while we get two intervals to eat (one 20 minute break and one 40 minute break) i am extremely anxious about eating in school, therefore i don't eat anything and i haven't eaten between the hours of nine and three thirty for the past 2 years. as i lie in quite late i never have time for breakfast, as it makes me sick if i eat as soon as i wake up. i don't get to eat to until round four o'clock, and i'm aware this is unhealthy. i don't know what i should do about this, as i know i'm not helping myself by not eating but i can't help it! any suggestions are much appreciated
May 7th '14 01:28 AM
TwylaDee
What do you think is making you so nervous? Is it because you're afraid to go off your diet or because you don't like eating in front of people? Is it school that is making you nervous?

Maybe you can do some sort of meal replacement shake. At least you'll be getting some calories and nutrients so you can keep up your energy. It must be really hard to keep yourself focused on your classes.

Please, you need to at least eat something. Maybe a little container with some cut up cheese or fruit. You could put a handful of your favorite cereal and some nuts into a baggie and take that along and have a few bites during your breaks.
May 7th '14 02:27 AM
Poppy
I used to have serious issues with eating in public. I simply could not do it. I would get terrified of something turning my stomach and making me sick, and I would wait for hours until I was home to eat. I spent many years feeling very sick and weak because of this.

Keep little things on you that you can eat without triggering the anxiety--a bag of trail mix, granola bars, bananas. Peanut butter will sustain you for a good bit; if you can keep a small to-go container of peanut butter and graham crackers, that'll often help, too.

I wasn't able to get myself to a point where I could eat full meals in public until I got therapy for it. Since it's been many years, consider talking to someone to work out a plan. It could help.
May 7th '14 11:16 AM
KatieMac
I completely understand not eating breakfast first thing in the morning, it makes me sick too. I like Popp's suggestions about keeping bags of snacks and little things you can eat at school, without drawing too much attention to yourself. And like Twyla said, maybe a shake in the mid morning might help your concentration also.
May 9th '14 00:11 AM
fionacxrrie
Quote by TwylaDee:
What do you think is making you so nervous? Is it because you're afraid to go off your diet or because you don't like eating in front of people? Is it school that is making you nervous?

Maybe you can do some sort of meal replacement shake. At least you'll be getting some calories and nutrients so you can keep up your energy. It must be really hard to keep yourself focused on your classes.

Please, you need to at least eat something. Maybe a little container with some cut up cheese or fruit. You could put a handful of your favorite cereal and some nuts into a baggie and take that along and have a few bites during your breaks.
i'm not sure, it seems to be one of two places i can't eat - the other is in front of my brothers friends, i don't know why.

i'm so unaware its unhealthy, i get really tired and can't concentrate (but thankfully maths seems to be my only problem).

a meal replacement shake does sound good, have you tried any before?? what would you recommend??

thank you for your help
May 9th '14 00:14 AM
fionacxrrie
Quote by Poppy:
I used to have serious issues with eating in public. I simply could not do it. I would get terrified of something turning my stomach and making me sick, and I would wait for hours until I was home to eat. I spent many years feeling very sick and weak because of this.

Keep little things on you that you can eat without triggering the anxiety--a bag of trail mix, granola bars, bananas. Peanut butter will sustain you for a good bit; if you can keep a small to-go container of peanut butter and graham crackers, that'll often help, too.

I wasn't able to get myself to a point where I could eat full meals in public until I got therapy for it. Since it's been many years, consider talking to someone to work out a plan. It could help.
i'm not sure who i would have to talk to. my mums been giving me money for lunch all these years, and i don't know how she'd react if i said i hadn't been spending it on food.

i'm glad you understand - some times i feel like i'm on the verge of passing out and yet i wait until i'm in the comfort of my own house to eat. also because of this, i do end up snacking a lot after school, which can't be good.

thank you for your help
May 9th '14 00:16 AM
fionacxrrie
Quote by KatieMac:
I completely understand not eating breakfast first thing in the morning, it makes me sick too. I like Popp's suggestions about keeping bags of snacks and little things you can eat at school, without drawing too much attention to yourself. And like Twyla said, maybe a shake in the mid morning might help your concentration also.
i can sometimes tolerate breakfast, but usually no more than a cup of tea and maybe a belvita bar. i also dislike having breakfast, because once i've "broken the fast" then not eat for the rest of the day, i get completely ravenous, with a pounding headache, then my tummy rumbles and draws a lot of unwanted attention.

thank you for your help
May 9th '14 01:37 AM
Matilda
I don't think I could ever go to work without breakfast. My work involves too much energy that I wouldn't get through the morning. I do know that you get used to eating or not eating breakfast. My co-worker brings a protein shake that she drinks throughout the morning.
May 9th '14 10:48 AM
fionacxrrie
Quote by Matilda:
I don't think I could ever go to work without breakfast. My work involves too much energy that I wouldn't get through the morning. I do know that you get used to eating or not eating breakfast. My co-worker brings a protein shake that she drinks throughout the morning.
my mum would be the exact same, she'd pass out by 9:30 without even a cup of coffee, but i suppose i've got used to it! would you be able to tell me what protein shake this is?? i've been looking into meal replacement shakes etc to get the energy throughout the day
May 10th '14 23:20 PM
Stephen Reed
Unless you suffer from some disordered eating or something, eating regularly is just not necessary, it is an age old paradigm that refuses to disappear.

It's all about calorie intake, and if you get your calories in 6 meals or two, it matters not. Weekly calorie average is a better thing to consider.

Re low blood sugar from skipping breakfast. Unless you have diabetes or something, the reason for this purely because people have been habitually eating carb loaded breakfasts for most of their lives, the body floods the system with insulin to store the carbs, and you then end up with blood sugar crash.

That morning passing out feeling is purely due to eating habits. If one switches the carby breakfast out for protein and fat, those hypo-glycemia issues will vanish in a few days.

For people with serious energy requirements, then some carbs can help, but we are not talking about just walking up and down a lot of stairs, or working in a busy office. You've got to be doing some serious actitvity to need carbs for breakfast.

So, however you want to slice and dice your daily meals, do it, just be mindful that what you choose doens't cause unwanted snacking or binging.

Any questions or views, I'd be excited to discuss them :-)