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Question Can't figure out my relationship with food

Been overweight since I was a teen. Thought I was always big but was quite surprised to see old photos of me looking quite 'normal' up until I was 16. Food (in my family when I was growing up) equalled love and warmth and chatter and meals were about the only time we were all (6 of us) in the same room together for any length of time. Mum always prepared too much and we were expected to eat everything that we were served

Now (57) I'm not hungry in the mornings and regularly not hungry until about 5 pm but then I eat from then, until about 11:30pm .... Surely this isn't normal or healthy ... I don't seem to be able to change it

If I force myself to have breakfast I can sometimes feel a little sick and then get really hungry after about 2 hours but then not wanting anything until about 9pm

I have NO idea what any of this means ....http://pcf2.psychcentral.com/images/icons/icon5.gif
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Hi Sad. Since you are very conscious of what foods you are eating, also get that enthused about how much you are moving and exercising. The more you move, your body will want more food at all times of the day then feed it with only healthy food like yogurts, fruit.
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Sad the way you started your post then was exactly me. I was always 'big' but looking back now I was actually perfectly fine and looked good. I was just always bigger than my friends were.

Meals were a big deal at home. We all sat round the table as you did and there was delicious roasts and homemade puddings with cream and you were encouraged to finish it.

But there was no parent to control me. I'd eat all the above then an hour later go foraging for something else then something else. No one ever stopped me.

10 years ago I was diagnosed with crohns disease and since then have put on a LOT of weight. Some of it was down to the steroids and other medication, most of it was just poor food choices. I'm still very overweight and I try my best to control what I eat. But once I start I can't stop. I used to just binge at night and mainly starve during the day. Now I have a child I feel I have to teach her about food and it's helped me somewhat. But many times I've caught myself nibbling a biscuit while I tell her to have some fruit. Total hypocrite.

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Hi Sad. Since you are very conscious of what foods you are eating, also get that enthused about how much you are moving and exercising. The more you move, your body will want more food at all times of the day then feed it with only healthy food like yogurts, fruit.
In my original thread I noted that I was not conscious so much of WHAT I am eating as WHEN I am eating

I live a very still life and don't seem inclined to change that. I realise I need to get up off my butt more but don't. I have a creative list of excuses that I use on myself (e.g. sore knees, no time, it's raining .....)

When I do eat it is 90% excellent, fresh, nutritious (veggies, fruit, chicken, fish, mushrooms, avocado, salad) with the 10% being chocolate, the occasional bag of crisps or fried food but whatever I eat I always eat TOO MUCH

In one sitting I can easily eat a whole chicken

Do you have any suggestions for the type of exercise that would suit a procrastinator?
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Sad the way you started your post then was exactly me. I was always 'big' but looking back now I was actually perfectly fine and looked good. I was just always bigger than my friends were.

Meals were a big deal at home. We all sat round the table as you did and there was delicious roasts and homemade puddings with cream and you were encouraged to finish it.

But there was no parent to control me. I'd eat all the above then an hour later go foraging for something else then something else. No one ever stopped me.

10 years ago I was diagnosed with crohns disease and since then have put on a LOT of weight. Some of it was down to the steroids and other medication, most of it was just poor food choices. I'm still very overweight and I try my best to control what I eat. But once I start I can't stop. I used to just binge at night and mainly starve during the day. Now I have a child I feel I have to teach her about food and it's helped me somewhat. But many times I've caught myself nibbling a biscuit while I tell her to have some fruit. Total hypocrite.

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Looking back dispassionately I'm fairly certain the weight all started piling on when we lived in England for a year when I was 15 (my dad was on sabbatical from his university). I was home schooled and the food was VERY rich and plentiful. Lots of rich meat dishes and mashed potatoes dripping in butter. And always a huge 'pudding' of some sort dripping in cream and custard. In between we drove around a lot as tourists. I was isolated and lonely and stagnant and when we returned to Australia some really important school friends had left (gone to other schools or moved interstate) and I did not take it well

My current pattern is about 10 'small meals' a day but not really starting until about 3pm ....

HOW DO WE CHANGE THESE TYPE OF HABITS ... and surely they are just habits and surely we can make new choices?!?!?!
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Hi again Sad Yes, I do have suggestion. . weight lifting. I myself did not even start to lose lots of weight until I started lifting weights--circuit weights for arms, leg, and special machines like pullups. Weight lifting is just your body applying pressure against the machine and repetition builds muscle, no strenuous moving or bouncing around required. It is a natural body thinner.
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Hi again Sad Yes, I do have suggestion. . weight lifting. I myself did not even start to lose lots of weight until I started lifting weights--circuit weights for arms, leg, and special machines like pullups. Weight lifting is just your body applying pressure against the machine and repetition builds muscle, no strenuous moving or bouncing around required. It is a natural body thinner.
Thanks for the suggestions Naturecete - I had never considered weights. I thought that was all about young men building muscle definition? I'll check around & see if there is a local gym that has equipment (I live in a medium sized country town so there may not be). Hopefully there will be an expert on site that can assess me etc?!? I have damaged and tender knees so maybe this will be a good solution that doesn't irritate them?
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