Getting Compulsive Eating Back into Check: Throwing Away Trigger Foods

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

November 20th, 2009 • Nutrition for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

My eating disorder does not discriminate. I can binge on anything, you name it — ice cream, bread, salmon, cottage cheese, hell, even lettuce. Every now and then, however, certain foods grabe me more than others.

ice creamLike the ice cream that’s been (decreasingly) sitting in my freezer over the past week. About three days ago, both the box of mini-mint chip ice cream sandwiches and the quart of chocolate ice cream started singing to me, whistling “come hither,” and otherwise calling my name.

No matter where I’ve been in the house, no matter what I’ve been doing, I have heard the call. And about 25% of the time, I have heeded it. And so I have come to break my track record of one year, one month, and one week of “abstinence” — ie, refraining from compulsive eating behaviors.

That’s why today I threw out both of my lovers, ie, trigger foods. Kicked ‘em to the curb. I simply have no control over my urge to eat them at the moment, for whatever reason. So I need them out of sight and out of reach until I get this compulsive eating streak back into check.


Rebecca November 22nd, 2009

A great book to help with compulsive eating is Marc David’s “Nourishing Wisdom”. I have read many books on diet and eating, and this one stands out as one of a kind. And no, I don’t get anything out of this.

Sharonda Keithley March 5th, 2010

Good posting, I favorited your blog post so I can visit again in the future, Thanks

Denise March 9th, 2010

I truly enjoyed your blog!   Especially in regard to forming some sense of mastery or control over the behavior before having the food back in the house.. Very nice. I love the book, as it is in a storytelling form, “Eating in he Light of The Moon” more for the eating disorder issues but truly it asks what we are hungry for.

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