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My two biggest challenges with food

Michelle May

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Your-challenges-with-eatingWe are getting ready to reopen our Mindful Eating Support Community for the first time since January, but before we do, I’d really like to hear from you…

What are your two biggest challenges when it comes to managing your eating?

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Read on for help: Why do I keep struggling with the same eating issues? and How to Make Sense of Your Eating Issues

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  1. Number one. Eating when I’m at hungry
    number two. Eating with the presence of food as a trigger versus actually being hungry

  2. Eating when I am hungry but really don’t want to eat mentally or emotionally. When I am in a challenging place whether it be anxious, upset, having a bad day, etc. I have a hard time making myself eat when I need to. I could be hungry and I will just tell myself that I will get past it.

    The second thing is honoring what I am hungry for. If I am craving pasta, carbs, or something that others would consider “unhealthy” I have a really hard time honoring that and having those kinds of foods.

  3. Mindless snacking & probably being on the road for work, making healthy choices. Sometimes it is hard to plan out healthy snacks when traveling.

  4. I would say my two biggest challenges are

    1) planning meals and preparing them especially for work.

    2) food boredom. Eating the same foods over and over again because they’re healthy.

  5. 1- Snacking on chips, crackers gets out of control in terms of serving sizes. A serving is not half a big bag of chip or a whole sleeve of crackers with peanut butter, cheese or dip.
    2- Not cooking at home when I should. Relying on fast food options. Cooking is not what I want to do after a full day of work, then there is the worst part…the clean up!

  6. My biggest challenge is staying in the social network (meeting friends or family) and staying on track with my plan. I hate admitting that I am watching my food intake, I feel as if others think “when will you finally lose the weight??”
    Another challenge is budgeting for healthy eating. It seems when we go to Sprouts for the veggies and meats- when end up spending more than we’ve allotted for groceries. It appears that buying the better creamer (walden farms) or fresh spinach and broccoli and meats we spend too much.

  7. 1- Snacking on chips, crackers, cookies. Serving sizes should not be half a full-sized bag of chips or box of crackers. I find I mindlessly eat these on a regular basis.

    2- Not cooking at home enough. relying on fast food or other restaurant food. Cooking after a full day of work is not what I feel like doing, not to mention the clean up!

  8. Sugar is a BIG problem for me. I am pretty sure it causes an addictive behavior for me. I need to just avoid it-if I eat chocolate I want MORE-a piece does not satisfy me and then my choices go down until I detox from that episode. And of course portion control is my other problem.

  9. 1. Trying to slow down my eating. Having eaten my meals quickly most of my life, I find it a little difficult to slow down. I do put my fork down regularly, to pace myself. Putting less food on my plate does help to set myself up for slowing down while eating.

    2. Eating more fish….not something I really like doing. I do eat some fish, but, not enough. I don’t know how to increase this food in my diet. The lack of real good fresh fish in our area, prevents me from eating more fish.

  10. My two biggest challenges are overwhelming sweets cravings, and determination, sometimes my determination just goes right out the window.

  11. my two biggest challenges with food:
    1- food that others bring in to the house, such as pastries, chocolate, ice cream.
    2 – eating at regular times to prevent being starving and then not choosing wisely.

  12. My two biggest challenges- only two?

    1) Aligning my food wants and needs with those of my family without preparing separate meals. Definitely we are not all on the same page. Food choices, preparation, even timing.

    2). Eating out – especially while traveling or on the road where the restaurant’s healthy selections are an afterthought. Every menu feels like a quiz: what’s the thing I like best that’s the best balance among taste, health, and what the restaurant can prepare well?

    Eating while traveling combines these two issues. On the day when I would rather eat several small meals, my family wants big breakfast and early dinner.

  13. 1. Keeping Balanced when allowing carbs in my diet. When I allow bread or sweets into my diet, then I want them everyday
    2. Allowing Alcohol without gaining weight

  14. 1) sticking with my resolve and goal to eat mindfully and evaluate my hunger before just diving in and eating anything and everything in sight
    2) being more in touch with my body and feelings to understand what I really need, when I know it’s not food

  15. My biggest challenge is sabotaging myself and not understanding why!
    My second biggest challenge is the all ir nothing syndrome..either bingeing or dieting…never eating by my body

  16. 1. Managing Portion Size: This is far and away the hardest thing for me. I have a tough time feeling satisfied unless I’m eating large portions.
    2. Making Healthy Choices. I was raised with great-tasting, but high-calorie, foods as the staples of my diet. I try hard to make better choices, and in some cases I have made meaningful changes in my diet, but I still find myself falling back to the high-fat and high-sodium foods of my childhood.

  17. 1) Getting so stressed and busy that I don’t take time to eat until I am at the extreme end of the hunger scale

    2) Planning and preparing food for my family, as well as for my own needs, which usually are not aligned.

  18. Struggling with both overeating and / or undereating (the constant back and forth between the two extremes) due to eating disorder (fluctuation between bulimia, anorexia, binge eating over the years)

  19. Just two! Lol! 1.) Eating out/not cooking enough at home. Neither my husband nor I like cooking plus we eat completely 100% differently so we end up eating out a lot. My mindset when we eat out tends to be that it’s somewhat of a treat time so I overindulge or eat things that I know won’t make me feel good. Eating out feels like a bad habit and almost like an addiction. 2.) Soda and sugar. I feel addicted to these and need them often. I have worked hard to let go of good and bad foods and know they don’t make me feel good and it is not what I really need but I still can’t control it most of the time.

  20. My 2 biggest challenges are:

    1) not giving myself enough time to cook food (and eating bars or other prepared foods)
    2) not giving myself enough time to eat (between activities)

  21. Going out to certain social events with friends where I have historically joined actively in eating and drinking.

    Not eating while doing a stressful work project

  22. Avoiding emotional eating.
    Stopping before I eat to determine whether it is hunger or just wanting to eat.

  23. Discipline at work. Saying NO to all the junk food and lunches!

    Not eating at night when home alone. My mind convinces me to go out and buy ice cream!!

  24. Moderating sweets – knowing when to indulge and how much should be enough. Also, not allowing the indulgence to last days or even weeks! Getting right back at eating well.

  25. Emotional eating – I immediately turn to food when angry, sad, stressed or frustrated. I am definitely more aware of it now but I seem unable to stop.

    Processed food – I eat too much of it because it’s convenient.

  26. Mindless eating in front of the computer as a way to cope with the stresses in my life.
    Taking the time to make a meal a special occasion when eating alone.

  27. Secret eating – as if doesn’t matter if no one knows I do it.
    I am still learning what hungry feels like. It’s shocking how removed I have become from my body.

  28. The choice between something yummy that is not really what I feel is best for my body (and convenient) and the choice of a healthier option, and then eating when super stressed.

  29. 1. Coca Cola in any form or fashion….diet, regular, it doesn’t matter….it is my gateway to binge eating and “treating myself.”

    2. Not being hungry at the same time as my family but still feeling pressure to make a meal and sit and eat it with them for dinner

  30. Eating while I work at my computer. I work from home so no one to watch me! I do it as a stress reliever for sure. I keep saying I will find an alternate thing to do but it has to be something that allows me to still do my work at the same time!

  31. My biggest challenge is eating late at night, after my wife has gone to sleep. I often feel lonely, and can easily been to during that time.

    My second challenge is eating foods which are unhealthy for me. I have major health challenges I need to stay away from salt and carbohydrates. Then I end up eating tasty bread or salty nuts or salty crackers.

  32. 2 biggest challenges with food:
    1) southern hospitality – we nurture most every encounter with food: weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, holidays, group meetings / ice breakers, welcoming into a home, etc.
    2) availability of food – almost everywhere and ANY time.

    Maybe this is actually only one challenge – not planning ahead; or not being on the planning team, for such events.
    And then there is the issue of preservatives in foods – somewhat necessary for safe food handling. Yet, do we have to have it in such abundance?!?

  33. 1. exhaustion at the end of work day and too tired to make dinner . I grab fast food.
    2.. outings, special events and vacations. I always feel that I don’t need to stick to diet when these occur.

  34. Well truthfully I’m sure I have more than two, however the two that are rooted in my core are as follows:
    1) Letting go and “trusting” that my body will tell me what, when and how much to eat, without trying to control it in some way.

    2) the fear of what my body weight/size will actually be if I am courageous enough to really “trust” my body to do it’s thing. My fear is that I will end up being bigger than what I have been most of my life, because that is what my body really wants to be, and I am not sure my head could deal with that very well, lol. I like the way being lighter feels and I am not sure I am ready to give control of that up!

  35. 1) I have always constantly desired to consume every dessert in the world everyday. I have not eaten sugar-real or fake-for over 10 years but still crave it.
    2) Carbs in general. I try to avoid all the grains and potatoes with minimal success.

  36. My two biggest challenges are making preparation and planning a priority for myself and wanting to graze throughout the day and evening.

  37. First and most difficult, eating at night after dinner when not hungry.
    Second, eating more than my body needs even if it’s healthy food

  38. 1) lacking time to adequately plan and stock my refrigerator with healthy and appealing food choices

    2) eating impulsively.

  39. Number one. Eating when I’m at hungry
    number two. Eating with the presence of food as a trigger versus actually being hungry

  40. 1. To stop eating when I am satisfied… I eat till I feel the food in my stomach and then it is too much.
    2. To wait until I am really hungry/empty…. I eat when I am about 3 on the hunger scale and I am afraid to wait till empty – afraid of the hunger feeling

  41. Day-time unconscious restricting due to no appetite and no real hunger cues until dinner.
    Night-time binge eating and/or drinking due to severe depression and anxiety. Binge eating is typically not processed or junk. But I tend to settle on one food/type, (e.g. cheese, Greek yogurt, protein bars, fruit and yogurt, fruit and cottage cheese, hummus and pita chips, etc) and can’t seem to stop. I will only have appetite for that one food for days or weeks then I just stop craving it and can’t even look at it. Then I move on to another food.

  42. 1) Knowing when I’m full, or around a 6. I can tell my hunger score but not fullness. This is a big part of why I eat such large portions.
    2) Removing food rules. Such as being ok with ice cream, candy..

  43. Eating too many biscuits – mainly in the evening when I am not actually hungry as such. I feel I need something crunchy which only a biscuit provides.

    Wanting cake….well, yearning for cake really.

  44. My two biggest challenges are my fatigue level and consequently cravings. When I’m exhausted my desire for sugar goes way up. And I’m exhausted a lot of the time.

  45. My two biggest challenges are:

    1. Craving sweets (primarily dark chocolate)
    2. Craving salty snacks (not as bad as #1

  46. Emotional eating and craving chocolate. I do better if I avoid chocolate all together. If I eat just 1 piece, the craving becomes much more intense.

  47. Snacking and nut butter. I eat healthy but I love nut butters and put it on too many foods (bananas, apples etc).

  48. Dieting my whole life which then created many forbidden foods.
    1. Allowing myself to eat forbidden foods, to not feel guilty and fear if may set of a bindge.

    Dieting my whole life, no meal structure and always grazing.
    2. Its a challenge to prepare meals and remember to feed myself .

  49. 1- Not knowing how to stop. I eat mindfully and then get anxious/compulsive and keep going.
    2-Eating when tired.

  50. Having recently had bariatric surgery, my two biggest challenges are (and were before my surgery too), mindlessly eating while preparing dinner, and then having dinner. I don’t snack between lunch and dinner so it is likely that snacking may help with this although post surgery, I am making a concerted effort not to snack while cooking. I drink copious amounts of water instead.

    In addition to this, I am learning to stop eating before I am full but I keep thinking of food even for several hours after a meal. At night, I just go to sleep to avoid eating. During the day, I have a coffee to satisfy that hand to mouth action.

  51. 1). Reverting back to the rigid, strict disciplines of maintenance I used for years to maintain my weight loss.

    2) Being persuaded by well meaning friends to return (with them) to rigidly imposed rules & counting to maintain weight, resulting in obsessive behavior.

  52. 1. Chronic overeating!!!! Not wanting to stop eating at meals, eating too much while preparing meals, just eating to eat.
    2. Eating in response to urges.

  53. Excessive Snacking while I am prepping dinner so I am not hungry at meal time but proceed with eating meals anyway because it’s mealtime

    Mindless eating – I feel out of control

  54. 1. Stress eating when I am not hungry.
    2. Nighttime eating when I wake up in the middle of the night. It can be a couple times during the night.

  55. Others in my family eat at very set times, so I sit down to a whole meal when I may not even be that hungry and would have been better off with a lighter meal. Also stopping when I’m full and not going for a second helping because the food is really tasty.

  56. Eating to fulfill emotional needs; because I’m sad or angry.
    Special occasions such as holidays/vacations.

  57. 1. Listening to my level of hunger when I am tired
    2. Not berating myself for being a failure when I have a run of not eating mindfullly

  58. 1. Procrastination – when I should be doing something else. I run to food to avoid or put off doing something else.
    2. Grazing in the evening while watching tv. I have some favorite shows but I may have to give up tv to try curb the eating.

  59. 1. Not being able to have a couple of squares of chocolate , eating the whole bar.
    2. Eating when I’m tired or eating at certain times of the day

  60. 1. Daily 3:00 pm slump. I always crave a sweet or salty something in great quantities – like popcorn or corn chips or pretzels or M&Ms. At that time of day I just want to gorge on these things and it never ends well.
    2. Eating slowly and stopping when I’m comfortably full. I tend to wait too long to eat and then I’m starving and shovel food in too quickly. I don’t feel full until it’s too late.

  61. I am a confirmed Chip Aholic, not sure why there is not a support group for this problem. A large bag is no challenge for a gal like me.
    The next is the calorie bomb called wine and beer, I find it hard to say no to a second and once I do the gloves are off. I am more likey to try a little this or that , which I know should not be hitting my lips and not my norm.
    Going totry to fill to the brim with water, then dig in, hopefully sending mixed signals to my tummy and stop the insanity before it begins.

  62. My biggest challenge is snacking when I get home from work or at night before bed. I usually feel stressed or tired from work and just want to eat, then feel crappy when I go to bed or wake up early because my stomach is upset. I often crave salty foods at this time even when I know I am not physically hungry or I’ve already had a light dinner but want to keep eating.

    I also consistently struggle with portion size and eating too much, too fast.

  63. I struggle with not doing something else while I eat. And thinking about food. I also pack up massive choices of food for work and time to prepare a healthy salad (which I crave and try to eat daily). Sorry that’s 4!

  64. My biggest challenge is, the open package of cookies. If a sleeve of cookies gets opened for company or grandchildren, I will, through out the course of the remaining day/evening, finish that sleeve of cookies. I have put them out of sight. Even in the freezer, it’s not something I do everyday or even once a week, it’s just annoying, that I do it when I do.
    My second challenge is eating enough throughout the day to keep my body in working mode vs starvation mode .

  65. 1. I’m vegan so really trying to find foods that satisfy my hunger is a big thing. I don’t get enough protein and really not enough nutrients needed. I’m working on finding good foods and good foods to eat that will make sure I live healthy.

    2. I worry about how much I eat now because I want to stay skinny. I’m working on listening to my body and making sure I eat when I need to to fuel my body and give me energy.

  66. My spouse has Lewy Body dementia. So stress eating is a problem.

    My second issue is that life’s new distractions create a lack of awareness.

  67. My biggest challenge is when I have had a bad day or I am feeling down. The second would be in the evening watching tv

  68. My greatest challenge and always has been- my husband. He seems to lose weight much easier than I can. In the past years he has lost about 30lbs! however, he usually only eats
    one meal per day, and is so active doing outside work. I feel like i lose the weight so slowly and feel guilty when I eat…

    My second is that I want to eat like a thin person, but I am not thin! I like to have a beer in the evening during summer, and love mexican food!!! Thank you for allowing me to share.

  69. 1.eating in the afternoon when I am tied to my desk, not sure if it is boredom or just a desire to get away from the desk and move around
    2. Eating late in the evening, my husband works late and eats dinner late, I seem to have to eat something then even if I have eaten earlier , especially eating bread.

  70. Finding low calorie, low fat foods that I can take to work for lunch that consists of more than just the same old thing. I think it would help me a great deal if I has more variety.

  71. I have no real sense of what a “normal” day of eating would be anymore. It seems like there is always something wrong with whatever it is I eat. I always feel like I am cheating or eating the wrong thing.
    Eating out.

  72. 1. Free food at the office
    2. mindless eating in the evening when I am not really hungry, especially if I am sitting at the computer.

  73. Core beliefs that got me through tough times in childhood, but are no longer serving me. Believing that if you take away the eating disorder, I will be erased.

  74. Mindless snacking & probably being on the road for work, making healthy choices. Sometimes it is hard to plan out healthy snacks when traveling.

  75. Sugar is a BIG problem for me. I am pretty sure it causes an addictive behavior for me. I need to just avoid it-if I eat chocolate I want MORE-a piece does not satisfy me and then my choices go down until I detox from that episode. And of course portion control is my other problem.

  76. Eating when I am hungry but really don’t want to eat mentally or emotionally. When I am in a challenging place whether it be anxious, upset, having a bad day, etc. I have a hard time making myself eat when I need to. I could be hungry and I will just tell myself that I will get past it.

    The second thing is honoring what I am hungry for. If I am craving pasta, carbs, or something that others would consider “unhealthy” I have a really hard time honoring that and having those kinds of foods.

  77. My biggest challenge is staying in the social network (meeting friends or family) and staying on track with my plan. I hate admitting that I am watching my food intake, I feel as if others think “when will you finally lose the weight??”
    Another challenge is budgeting for healthy eating. It seems when we go to Sprouts for the veggies and meats- when end up spending more than we’ve allotted for groceries. It appears that buying the better creamer (walden farms) or fresh spinach and broccoli and meats we spend too much.

  78. I would say my two biggest challenges are

    1) planning meals and preparing them especially for work.

    2) food boredom. Eating the same foods over and over again because they’re healthy.

  79. My two biggest challenges are overwhelming sweets cravings, and determination, sometimes my determination just goes right out the window.

  80. My two biggest challenges- only two?

    1) Aligning my food wants and needs with those of my family without preparing separate meals. Definitely we are not all on the same page. Food choices, preparation, even timing.

    2). Eating out – especially while traveling or on the road where the restaurant’s healthy selections are an afterthought. Every menu feels like a quiz: what’s the thing I like best that’s the best balance among taste, health, and what the restaurant can prepare well?

    Eating while traveling combines these two issues. On the day when I would rather eat several small meals, my family wants big breakfast and early dinner.

  81. my two biggest challenges with food:
    1- food that others bring in to the house, such as pastries, chocolate, ice cream.
    2 – eating at regular times to prevent being starving and then not choosing wisely.

  82. 1) sticking with my resolve and goal to eat mindfully and evaluate my hunger before just diving in and eating anything and everything in sight
    2) being more in touch with my body and feelings to understand what I really need, when I know it’s not food

  83. 1- Snacking on chips, crackers, cookies. Serving sizes should not be half a full-sized bag of chips or box of crackers. I find I mindlessly eat these on a regular basis.

    2- Not cooking at home enough. relying on fast food or other restaurant food. Cooking after a full day of work is not what I feel like doing, not to mention the clean up!

  84. 1- Snacking on chips, crackers gets out of control in terms of serving sizes. A serving is not half a big bag of chip or a whole sleeve of crackers with peanut butter, cheese or dip.
    2- Not cooking at home when I should. Relying on fast food options. Cooking is not what I want to do after a full day of work, then there is the worst part…the clean up!

  85. 1. Managing Portion Size: This is far and away the hardest thing for me. I have a tough time feeling satisfied unless I’m eating large portions.
    2. Making Healthy Choices. I was raised with great-tasting, but high-calorie, foods as the staples of my diet. I try hard to make better choices, and in some cases I have made meaningful changes in my diet, but I still find myself falling back to the high-fat and high-sodium foods of my childhood.

  86. 1. Trying to slow down my eating. Having eaten my meals quickly most of my life, I find it a little difficult to slow down. I do put my fork down regularly, to pace myself. Putting less food on my plate does help to set myself up for slowing down while eating.

    2. Eating more fish….not something I really like doing. I do eat some fish, but, not enough. I don’t know how to increase this food in my diet. The lack of real good fresh fish in our area, prevents me from eating more fish.

  87. 1. Keeping Balanced when allowing carbs in my diet. When I allow bread or sweets into my diet, then I want them everyday
    2. Allowing Alcohol without gaining weight

  88. Struggling with both overeating and / or undereating (the constant back and forth between the two extremes) due to eating disorder (fluctuation between bulimia, anorexia, binge eating over the years)

  89. My biggest challenge is sabotaging myself and not understanding why!
    My second biggest challenge is the all ir nothing syndrome..either bingeing or dieting…never eating by my body

  90. 1) Getting so stressed and busy that I don’t take time to eat until I am at the extreme end of the hunger scale

    2) Planning and preparing food for my family, as well as for my own needs, which usually are not aligned.

  91. Just two! Lol! 1.) Eating out/not cooking enough at home. Neither my husband nor I like cooking plus we eat completely 100% differently so we end up eating out a lot. My mindset when we eat out tends to be that it’s somewhat of a treat time so I overindulge or eat things that I know won’t make me feel good. Eating out feels like a bad habit and almost like an addiction. 2.) Soda and sugar. I feel addicted to these and need them often. I have worked hard to let go of good and bad foods and know they don’t make me feel good and it is not what I really need but I still can’t control it most of the time.

  92. Going out to certain social events with friends where I have historically joined actively in eating and drinking.

    Not eating while doing a stressful work project

  93. Moderating sweets – knowing when to indulge and how much should be enough. Also, not allowing the indulgence to last days or even weeks! Getting right back at eating well.

  94. Discipline at work. Saying NO to all the junk food and lunches!

    Not eating at night when home alone. My mind convinces me to go out and buy ice cream!!

  95. Emotional eating – I immediately turn to food when angry, sad, stressed or frustrated. I am definitely more aware of it now but I seem unable to stop.

    Processed food – I eat too much of it because it’s convenient.

  96. My 2 biggest challenges are:

    1) not giving myself enough time to cook food (and eating bars or other prepared foods)
    2) not giving myself enough time to eat (between activities)

  97. The choice between something yummy that is not really what I feel is best for my body (and convenient) and the choice of a healthier option, and then eating when super stressed.

  98. Mindless eating in front of the computer as a way to cope with the stresses in my life.
    Taking the time to make a meal a special occasion when eating alone.

  99. Secret eating – as if doesn’t matter if no one knows I do it.
    I am still learning what hungry feels like. It’s shocking how removed I have become from my body.

  100. 2 biggest challenges with food:
    1) southern hospitality – we nurture most every encounter with food: weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, holidays, group meetings / ice breakers, welcoming into a home, etc.
    2) availability of food – almost everywhere and ANY time.

    Maybe this is actually only one challenge – not planning ahead; or not being on the planning team, for such events.
    And then there is the issue of preservatives in foods – somewhat necessary for safe food handling. Yet, do we have to have it in such abundance?!?

  101. My two biggest challenges are making preparation and planning a priority for myself and wanting to graze throughout the day and evening.

  102. First and most difficult, eating at night after dinner when not hungry.
    Second, eating more than my body needs even if it’s healthy food

  103. 1) I have always constantly desired to consume every dessert in the world everyday. I have not eaten sugar-real or fake-for over 10 years but still crave it.
    2) Carbs in general. I try to avoid all the grains and potatoes with minimal success.

  104. Well truthfully I’m sure I have more than two, however the two that are rooted in my core are as follows:
    1) Letting go and “trusting” that my body will tell me what, when and how much to eat, without trying to control it in some way.

    2) the fear of what my body weight/size will actually be if I am courageous enough to really “trust” my body to do it’s thing. My fear is that I will end up being bigger than what I have been most of my life, because that is what my body really wants to be, and I am not sure my head could deal with that very well, lol. I like the way being lighter feels and I am not sure I am ready to give control of that up!

  105. Eating while I work at my computer. I work from home so no one to watch me! I do it as a stress reliever for sure. I keep saying I will find an alternate thing to do but it has to be something that allows me to still do my work at the same time!

  106. 1. Coca Cola in any form or fashion….diet, regular, it doesn’t matter….it is my gateway to binge eating and “treating myself.”

    2. Not being hungry at the same time as my family but still feeling pressure to make a meal and sit and eat it with them for dinner

  107. 1. exhaustion at the end of work day and too tired to make dinner . I grab fast food.
    2.. outings, special events and vacations. I always feel that I don’t need to stick to diet when these occur.

  108. My biggest challenge is eating late at night, after my wife has gone to sleep. I often feel lonely, and can easily been to during that time.

    My second challenge is eating foods which are unhealthy for me. I have major health challenges I need to stay away from salt and carbohydrates. Then I end up eating tasty bread or salty nuts or salty crackers.

  109. 1) lacking time to adequately plan and stock my refrigerator with healthy and appealing food choices

    2) eating impulsively.

  110. Eating too many biscuits – mainly in the evening when I am not actually hungry as such. I feel I need something crunchy which only a biscuit provides.

    Wanting cake….well, yearning for cake really.

  111. Day-time unconscious restricting due to no appetite and no real hunger cues until dinner.
    Night-time binge eating and/or drinking due to severe depression and anxiety. Binge eating is typically not processed or junk. But I tend to settle on one food/type, (e.g. cheese, Greek yogurt, protein bars, fruit and yogurt, fruit and cottage cheese, hummus and pita chips, etc) and can’t seem to stop. I will only have appetite for that one food for days or weeks then I just stop craving it and can’t even look at it. Then I move on to another food.

  112. My two biggest challenges are my fatigue level and consequently cravings. When I’m exhausted my desire for sugar goes way up. And I’m exhausted a lot of the time.

  113. 1. To stop eating when I am satisfied… I eat till I feel the food in my stomach and then it is too much.
    2. To wait until I am really hungry/empty…. I eat when I am about 3 on the hunger scale and I am afraid to wait till empty – afraid of the hunger feeling

  114. Dieting my whole life which then created many forbidden foods.
    1. Allowing myself to eat forbidden foods, to not feel guilty and fear if may set of a bindge.

    Dieting my whole life, no meal structure and always grazing.
    2. Its a challenge to prepare meals and remember to feed myself .

  115. 1). Reverting back to the rigid, strict disciplines of maintenance I used for years to maintain my weight loss.

    2) Being persuaded by well meaning friends to return (with them) to rigidly imposed rules & counting to maintain weight, resulting in obsessive behavior.

  116. Emotional eating and craving chocolate. I do better if I avoid chocolate all together. If I eat just 1 piece, the craving becomes much more intense.

  117. 1) Knowing when I’m full, or around a 6. I can tell my hunger score but not fullness. This is a big part of why I eat such large portions.
    2) Removing food rules. Such as being ok with ice cream, candy..

  118. Having recently had bariatric surgery, my two biggest challenges are (and were before my surgery too), mindlessly eating while preparing dinner, and then having dinner. I don’t snack between lunch and dinner so it is likely that snacking may help with this although post surgery, I am making a concerted effort not to snack while cooking. I drink copious amounts of water instead.

    In addition to this, I am learning to stop eating before I am full but I keep thinking of food even for several hours after a meal. At night, I just go to sleep to avoid eating. During the day, I have a coffee to satisfy that hand to mouth action.

  119. 1. Stress eating when I am not hungry.
    2. Nighttime eating when I wake up in the middle of the night. It can be a couple times during the night.

  120. I am a confirmed Chip Aholic, not sure why there is not a support group for this problem. A large bag is no challenge for a gal like me.
    The next is the calorie bomb called wine and beer, I find it hard to say no to a second and once I do the gloves are off. I am more likey to try a little this or that , which I know should not be hitting my lips and not my norm.
    Going totry to fill to the brim with water, then dig in, hopefully sending mixed signals to my tummy and stop the insanity before it begins.

  121. I struggle with not doing something else while I eat. And thinking about food. I also pack up massive choices of food for work and time to prepare a healthy salad (which I crave and try to eat daily). Sorry that’s 4!

  122. 1. Chronic overeating!!!! Not wanting to stop eating at meals, eating too much while preparing meals, just eating to eat.
    2. Eating in response to urges.

  123. My biggest challenge is, the open package of cookies. If a sleeve of cookies gets opened for company or grandchildren, I will, through out the course of the remaining day/evening, finish that sleeve of cookies. I have put them out of sight. Even in the freezer, it’s not something I do everyday or even once a week, it’s just annoying, that I do it when I do.
    My second challenge is eating enough throughout the day to keep my body in working mode vs starvation mode .

  124. 1. Procrastination – when I should be doing something else. I run to food to avoid or put off doing something else.
    2. Grazing in the evening while watching tv. I have some favorite shows but I may have to give up tv to try curb the eating.

  125. Others in my family eat at very set times, so I sit down to a whole meal when I may not even be that hungry and would have been better off with a lighter meal. Also stopping when I’m full and not going for a second helping because the food is really tasty.

  126. 1. Daily 3:00 pm slump. I always crave a sweet or salty something in great quantities – like popcorn or corn chips or pretzels or M&Ms. At that time of day I just want to gorge on these things and it never ends well.
    2. Eating slowly and stopping when I’m comfortably full. I tend to wait too long to eat and then I’m starving and shovel food in too quickly. I don’t feel full until it’s too late.

  127. 1. I’m vegan so really trying to find foods that satisfy my hunger is a big thing. I don’t get enough protein and really not enough nutrients needed. I’m working on finding good foods and good foods to eat that will make sure I live healthy.

    2. I worry about how much I eat now because I want to stay skinny. I’m working on listening to my body and making sure I eat when I need to to fuel my body and give me energy.

  128. 1. Not being able to have a couple of squares of chocolate , eating the whole bar.
    2. Eating when I’m tired or eating at certain times of the day

  129. My spouse has Lewy Body dementia. So stress eating is a problem.

    My second issue is that life’s new distractions create a lack of awareness.

  130. Core beliefs that got me through tough times in childhood, but are no longer serving me. Believing that if you take away the eating disorder, I will be erased.

  131. My greatest challenge and always has been- my husband. He seems to lose weight much easier than I can. In the past years he has lost about 30lbs! however, he usually only eats
    one meal per day, and is so active doing outside work. I feel like i lose the weight so slowly and feel guilty when I eat…

    My second is that I want to eat like a thin person, but I am not thin! I like to have a beer in the evening during summer, and love mexican food!!! Thank you for allowing me to share.

  132. 1. Free food at the office
    2. mindless eating in the evening when I am not really hungry, especially if I am sitting at the computer.

  133. Excessive Snacking while I am prepping dinner so I am not hungry at meal time but proceed with eating meals anyway because it’s mealtime

    Mindless eating – I feel out of control

  134. Finding low calorie, low fat foods that I can take to work for lunch that consists of more than just the same old thing. I think it would help me a great deal if I has more variety.

  135. 1. Listening to my level of hunger when I am tired
    2. Not berating myself for being a failure when I have a run of not eating mindfullly

  136. I have no real sense of what a “normal” day of eating would be anymore. It seems like there is always something wrong with whatever it is I eat. I always feel like I am cheating or eating the wrong thing.
    Eating out.

  137. My biggest challenge is when I have had a bad day or I am feeling down. The second would be in the evening watching tv

  138. 1.eating in the afternoon when I am tied to my desk, not sure if it is boredom or just a desire to get away from the desk and move around
    2. Eating late in the evening, my husband works late and eats dinner late, I seem to have to eat something then even if I have eaten earlier , especially eating bread.

  139. My biggest challenge is snacking when I get home from work or at night before bed. I usually feel stressed or tired from work and just want to eat, then feel crappy when I go to bed or wake up early because my stomach is upset. I often crave salty foods at this time even when I know I am not physically hungry or I’ve already had a light dinner but want to keep eating.

    I also consistently struggle with portion size and eating too much, too fast.

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