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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Food and me

I can say with certainity that I must have been a dog in my last birth. Not just because I am scary or loyal or whatever but because I keep eating as long as food is available. I realized this only a few years ago. During my school/college days, my close friend kept saying that my size misled people. Thats true, anybody who willingly included me for a special-occasion-treat was always in for a big shock. So I knew I had a "good" appetite but I didn't know I was actually eating food till there is nothing left.

I feel full only after I have over-eaten. I think eating has 2 parts or volumes. In the first part, you eat to drive away the hunger, in the 2nd part, you actually relish or complain about the food. I have a 3rd part. Thats when I am stuffing food in till I am unable to move. Saying "I overate today" is a ritual for me just like washing your hands after eating. I refrain from buying snacks and stocking them up in the kitchen because I finish them single-handedly. The man in the house has no choice, sadly. And for my son, I deliberatly buy snacks like Goldfish which are yucky for adults but delicious for kids. I would definitely be interested in knowing more about this phenomenon. What makes a person overeat? (don't say greed) I want to overcome this syndrome soon. So I am looking for input and any well-meaning suggestion is welcome.

28 Comments:

Blogger Rajesh said...

it is a psychological problem that you must address now. If one resorts to eating like you have described, it is to escape from something else that they fear. Address that fear. If it doesn't apply for you, then you have exaggerated.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Rajesh said...

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2:57 PM  
Blogger Me said...

...kavalaye padadha deepa...unna maadhri nariyo per ennaku theriyum....ella school/college layum irupaanga....indha lunch break minnadiye ellaroda tiffinboxa gaali panra gang....

5:58 PM  
Blogger Imsai Iyer the 1st said...

If u eat a lot and still dont put on weight, I feel that there's nothing to worry. You are just plain lucky and I envy you :-)

6:32 PM  
Blogger Sriram said...

Rajesh, watching Sex and the City, are u?

- I

7:37 PM  
Blogger Rajesh said...

I,
u got it partly right.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Ajay said...

reminds me of a vivek joke..
"unlimited meals-e anju saapiduva pola"...

8:31 PM  
Blogger Narayanan said...

goot..ippadi thaan irukkanum. appuram sambadhichu enna prayojanam.

the thaikulams i see, not only diet (read starve) to reduce weight. but advice me to do so too. dieting angilathula enakku pidikkadha varthai.

4:42 AM  
Blogger Mahadevan said...

So long as you have good appetite, you are healthy. I too go on munching, even after a full meals, particularly when I am reading seriously. I think it keeps us engaged in our thoughts.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Lavanya said...

monee,
nee edhu edhukko vendikra umaachiya...pray that u shud get the ability to do vradhams(fasting)...have u ever done that in life? will never forget the hotbreads incident. '2 blackforest pastry on french fries large, one plate samosa, 1 medium size tomato pizza with extra cheese and coke. Thats all for me!!'...sonniyae nee...i was not in for a surprise...aana siri meranduttaan...
Sorry, but I could not restrain from quoting this at this point of time.

7:24 AM  
Blogger The Kid said...

There is nothing wrong in enjoying eating. I do it all the time, I am not exactly thin now. If you do not put on weight, it is just super!

btw, just check for blood cholesterol. One could have high cholesterol and still be thin. This is potentially bad for the heart.

12:06 PM  
Blogger The Visitor said...

I dont have any remedies or solutions to your problem. It's all in the mind - some persons are just compulsives - it could be compulsive*. So just learn to live with your brand of compulsiveness or there are always deaddiction centres ;)

An aside:
Are you an ENFP? as is the kid see Jungian type
or you could be a ENFJ.

My latest job is to canvas for this site. LOL

12:35 PM  
Blogger Anusha Parthasarathy said...

You are really lucky Deepa that your eating habits dont take a toll on your weight :)

In my case, whatever I gobble leads to increase in weight :( Poor me!

1:51 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

Rajesh, enna motthama loose aakkadha. ;-) One of my frieds whom I look upto on health related issues says if my weight is udner control inspite of eating a lot, maybe my body "needs" more food. i'd like to believe that.:-)
Me, I ate only from my tiffin box though.
Imsai, aattha va dhan thank pannaum.;-)
Sriram, still a Miranda fan?
Ajay, anju plate mudiyadhu, but can try 2.5 for sure.
narayanan, I dont want to lie that I stay in shape naturally. I frequent the gym too. Dieting konjam kashtam dhan.
Mahadevan Sir, agree with you on munching during reading. I'd also add browsing, watching TV, listening to music to the list.:-)
Lavu, you make sure I dont forget that episode, don't you?;-) I thought I saw the last of him that day but paavam, we are still in each others' lives.:-)
Kid, cholesterol is normal but pressure is low. people say one should eat more in that case.:-)
SK, I am ESFJ: 78-25-62-11
AP, I know I cant control my tongue so I burn what I eat. Maybe you can try that if you aren't doing that already.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous ttm said...

it's natural to indulge in something when it seems good or appealing. I finish off tons and tons of food if I feel bored and if I'm involved in reading something or gaming, then I will starve for hours.

2:30 PM  
Blogger mommyof2 said...

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4:00 PM  
Blogger mommyof2 said...

Oh God, thats me.. Hubby doesn't care for any snacks and I buy so much for my kids that I don't even have more room to store them..

I eat cuz Im bored & just love to eat;-) and I live to eat;-)

btw my id is in my profile:-)
momkidsaa@yahoo.com
I checked and u live only 16 minutes away from my place..:-)

4:01 PM  
Blogger Harish said...

i remember reading this simple excercise somewhere
turn ur head to right...now to ur left...then right...then left...now continue this excercise whenever someone offers you food ;)

5:00 PM  
Blogger Me too said...

How about reducing the amount of food you cook? I, most of time try not to carry over food and would stuff myself to finish it. It is said that stopping to eat when you are 3/4th full is a healthy way. How about trying it out?

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Bubby said...

Deepz,
a friend of mine used to 'adachufy' his plate with food coz he feared that he may not get a second helping if someone else attacks the food... even if he was alone at home, he feared that if he did not finish that packet of chips, his wife would and thus deprive him of another chance to relish it.
enga 'selfless'kudumbathukke anda pazhakkam undu [kudumbam =kanavan and I]..adachuffy the food in your stomach even if you are not hungry.. vera yaaravadu saaptutta?
Diet-ngra ketta vartha yellam yaaruppa use pandradu. deepz, ketta vartha ezhudaravangala tookidu

It is terrible to see people around me [ie. the advertising-vaalis] eat 2 idlis for lunch [aamam madiyam 1 manikku idli-yaam..adu engaloda breakfast starter-maa!!]
idungaloada ellam ukkandu saapta, namakku vavuru valikkum

8:15 PM  
Blogger Oracle said...

I never saw anything about you over-eating your own cooking...

Did I get to the root of the problem? :)

1:06 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

TTM, you starve purposely?! I feel thats a sin.:-)
mommyof2, "live to eat" it is. Same pinch.
Harish, I guess thats possible when someone else offers. How do you stop the eye-hand-mouth co-ordination?
MT, I've heard about the 3/4th thing but hearing is one thing and following it is quite another.:-)
Bubby, tell me about it. I used to know a woman who ate one sweet potato for lunch everyday. Everytime I saw her, I used to feel hungry.;-)
Oracle, so you read between the lines, huh?;-)

9:07 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Deepa, afterall, saapadu saapadrathukkuthaan! So ensoi!

From one of your kind
(minus the petite part- which I WAS a long long time ago)

2:59 AM  
Blogger Sriram said...

i hate her all of a sudden.

- I

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Puyal said...

if you want to overcome this syndrome, start having "Molagu kashaayam" thrice a day.

12:34 AM  
Blogger Shiva said...

Good that you are eatng well. I too have the same problem. A book called Food for life by Marlyn and Diamond helped to change my eating habits. Meditation is also recommended. No need for any training. Just sit alone and take some deep breaths, with no thoughts, especially of food!

2:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to be like U, overate at every single meal but didnt gain weight.
Of late I started gaining weight so these days I over eat only on alternate days :)

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Deepa,

I am Subadhra. I know you but you dont know me :-(. I am a Covansys person..........guessing me :-)...dont struggle a lot to recap ur acquaintances in CSC-Covan. we never met :-) I heard of you from Arthi & Kalyan/Sriram. I have become a fan of ur bloggers.

I started reading all the postings of yours and controlled me not to comment as you dono me. But i am not able to stop me by reading Food and Me.

so here is my comments:

I am jealousy of you. i eat very less and even dieting nu oru 2 mons rice pakkavey illa...but then also my weight din reduce :-(

Ennoda Theory of healthy living

"Pasichhu sapidanum and namma moochu vidaradhu nammakey theriya koodadha" - then u r healthy

check u with this.

2:51 PM  

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