NavBar
  The Parkview Publishing Bulletin Board
  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Discussion
  Why do we eat things that we know mean trouble?

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

UBBFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Why do we eat things that we know mean trouble?
LynneB
Veteran

Posts: 226
Registered: Mar 99

posted 04-07-1999 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LynneB   Click Here to Email LynneB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had a BAD attack of crammping and 'D' last night. This was the first time in about a week that I've had a problem, and first time since starting Caltrate. I had a very stressful day yesterday, and stress makes me want chocolate. So the episode was definitely caused by the stress/chocolate. I KNOW chocolate is a problem for me but I eat it anyway. Does anybody have any insight into why? I think its because I have an attitude that says - "I'm not going to let this IBS get in the way of anything. If I want chocalate then DAM*IT I'm going to eat chocolate!" So......I seem to consiously make the decision to bring on an attack. Does anyone else do this, or understand this, or am I nuts? Thanks for any input,
LynneB

MSB
Veteran

Posts: 113
Registered: Mar 99

posted 04-07-1999 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MSB   Click Here to Email MSB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi LynneB
Thank God for your honesty.!!! You can't imagine how many times I do this. I always thought that I had no control over food, now I think it is more for COMFORT then anything.(Could it be psychological and if it is then maybe it isn't IBS or gallbladder). See how I drive myself crazy with this issue. I have been struggling with this for years. I even spent some time (about a year) in OA. The worse the pain gets the more I crave something to eat. (Figure that one out). I know that more food is going to kill me but as of yet, it hasn't stopped me. I am going on three days with minimum food and so far the pain is bareable. Yes, I also thought that I was nuts and it isn't anything that you share with people because we already know what they are going to say, "Stop eating....this or that......or stop eating so much......and the pain will go away. That is for NORMAL people. It has never worked for me. If you are NUTS then so am I. Ha ha ha
Mine has always been potatoes chips and I do know in advance that I will suffer for it.Thanks again for your honesty.
Linda

LynneB
Veteran

Posts: 226
Registered: Mar 99

posted 04-07-1999 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LynneB   Click Here to Email LynneB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You sound so much like me its incredible! I gain comfort from eating, yet eating is what oten causes the IBS problems in the first place. No wonder I'm nuts!!! I am significantly overweight, so you'd think that I would start eating more healthfully, which would help me to lose weight and help with the IBS. But NO, I don't do that. Why is it so hard to do what's good for us when we know what it is we should do????? I have all of the facts but I ignore them. Why??!!!

heykate
Veteran

Posts: 556
Registered: Jan 99

posted 04-07-1999 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heykate   Click Here to Email heykate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey LynneB - Welcome to my world - you share my weakness - but also french fries and diet Pepsi (I know, go figure). My last meal (I swear), would be a huge Diet Pepsi, a huge plate of double dipped french fries followed by a 100 grand bar (or anything with chocolate and caramel). Go ahead and laugh, but I swear upon this! By the way, all of these things make me sick

I have a theory - when we feel nasty or bad, it's like having a blanky - only adults aren't SUPPOSED to carry blankies around, so we do whatever makes us feel better - and I think it's different for different people - our's just happens to be food. (As Linda mentioned - that's why we have all of those anonymous meetings for just about EVERYTHING under the sun!). Well, enough philosophising for one day - my brain hurts (along with my belly - haha). Guess I'll have to go have a chocolate covered caramel rabbit (left over from Easter) to feel better - .

Kathy

Sasha
Veteran

Posts: 20
Registered: Mar 99

posted 04-07-1999 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sasha   Click Here to Email Sasha     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like all that good stuff like chips, chocolate, pop, etc. But the problem is with IBS, even when I try and snack on healthy things, like fruit, I still experience the D or at least I think I do. I am not exactly sure because I have not kept a good dietary journal and to be honest, I don't always know exactly what it is that causes the D. It could be just about anything I put in my mouth during the day, how can you narrow it down to one thing? How do you know it wasn't the salad you had for lunch and not the chocolate you had for dessert? Any insight?

LynneB
Veteran

Posts: 226
Registered: Mar 99

posted 04-07-1999 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LynneB   Click Here to Email LynneB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sasha,
When I am in true IBS mode it doesn't matter what I eat. It's just the act of eating which sets off the problem. But through years of experience and trial and error, certain foods have tended to stand out for me.

silver
Veteran

Posts: 637
Registered: Dec 98

posted 04-07-1999 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think part of this is because, you dont always react the same way with food, sometimes you can eat it and other times, you cant and a little part of you always says, what if it doesnt make me sick? I have read in a book about allergies that we crave the food that makes us sick. IBS is so frustrating, as if we dont have enough to worry about!

Rob
Veteran

Posts: 148
Registered: Mar 99

posted 04-07-1999 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ya, I do this too. Part of the problem is, like Lynne said, when I'm really having an IBS problem, no matter what I eat gives me D. So, eventually I decided why bother trying to eat right when it doesn't help anyway - if I'm going to have D, I might as well enjoy getting there.
However, when things are good, I know that french fries or pizza will still give me D, and sometimes I eat them anyway. I just can't help myself. However, i haven't had pizza, chocolate, soda, french fries, or anything greasy in over a month. That's good for me! I'm sure I will breakdown and eat chocolate soon, i just have to have it sometimes!

Gena
Veteran

Posts: 158
Registered: Mar 99

posted 04-07-1999 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gena     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Part of the problem (or maybe all of it) is that when we tell ourselves that a certain food is bad for us and deny ourselves of it, we end up craving it even more and bingeing on it later. I read recently that nutritionists are now advising people to satisfy their cravings a few times a week in SMALL amounts. like if you want chocolate all the time cause you never have it, have a small piece of chocolate a couple of times a week. Dark chocolate is actually supposed to be good for you! So eat up. Just do it in moderation. I feel the same way about my IBS...no matter what I eat or drink sometimes, I'll still get IBS so I take it as it comes, avoid foods i KNOW will guarantee an attack, and go ahead and eat the ones that are iffy ONLY if I feel good beforehand. Usually if I am already feeling ill, I will avoid food altogether until it settles down.

Peace

MSB
Veteran

Posts: 113
Registered: Mar 99

posted 04-07-1999 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MSB   Click Here to Email MSB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LynneB
Something else to drive yourself crazy about, what is the real reason that we do this? I don't have the answers but I know that it is usually that:
1. I love the taste of food and I enjoy eating. That is a given.
2. Loneliness
3. Fear of being alone
4. Angry

Come to think of it just about any FEELING will bring in on.
See what I am getting at? All of my overeating is tied to an emotion. If I am happy I want to celebrate with food and if I am tired, sad, nervous, etc. I also want to eat food. I wish I could be like Gena but "a little" of anything never worked. Almost like an alcholic once I start then look out. I am not obese but I could sure lose some weight.
WOW, this is way more truthful then I wanted to be. I hope that it helps other people.

[This message has been edited by MSB (edited 04-07-99).]

mtk
Veteran

Posts: 47
Registered: Apr 99

posted 04-07-1999 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mtk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to agree with Rob. No matter what I eat at certain times I will get D so I my as well make the pain and D worthwhile and enjoy what I am eating.

mtk

LynneB
Veteran

Posts: 226
Registered: Mar 99

posted 04-07-1999 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LynneB   Click Here to Email LynneB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MSB - Don't feel uncomfortable with what you've shared. But let me just say that you have hit it right on the nose! The whole concept of eating to dull the sensation of any emotion and being addicted to food is true of many people. I don't want to go into it a great deal, but I've been through counseling on these issues - and what happened? As I discovered (through counseling)more and more feelings which I had 'hidden' from myself I ate more and more to cover them back up! Enough said. Just know you have a kindred spirit available if you want to 'talk'. Just e-mail me.

jenifer1
Veteran

Posts: 24
Registered:

posted 04-08-1999 03:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jenifer1   Click Here to Email jenifer1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For me..spicy foods (esp pizza ) and cheese, among other fun stuff bothers me..my friends always smile at me and say "jenn ..not a good idea" but I eat it anyway. I don't like to have anything dictate what I do..so I enjoy and have pain later. I deal with the attacks when I really crave things
have given up pizza for life though.. some things just aren't meant to be

Ty
Veteran

Posts: 288
Registered: Mar 99

posted 04-08-1999 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ty   Click Here to Email Ty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For me it's how much I eat and when. If I get off of my strict six meals a day at specific times - I'm all out of whack (like this Easter weekend... ). Not to mention if I eat too much during a meal - ugh, not pleasant. But I do seem to want to eat and eat when I'm feeling soooo bad that I can barely get up to fix something to eat! It is very strange.

Ty

All times are ET (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Parkview Publishing Home Page

Parkview Publishing

Powered by Infopop www.infopop.com © 2000
Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.45c

IBS & the Mind-Body/Brain-Gut Connection, by William B. Salt II, MD