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for eating 5 bags of crisps and a big bag of haribos every day?

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NCJunkBinge Sun 27-Jan-13 20:16:19

I'm worried what this is doing to my health

I'm eating at least 150g (1 large bag/5 small packets) of crisps every day.
Then a big bag of haribos (200g) (not quite every day but) 4 or 5 times a week.
Then there's the chocolate biscuits, other sweets etc.

Apart from all this, my diet is very healthy - I eat loads of veg and wholesome food, small amount of alcohol. I'm on the lower end of a healthy bmi so my weight isn't an issue. But I'm worried about the long term implications of eating like this. I know it's not normal! But it's got to the point where I can't help myself anymore blush.

AIBU eating like this? Does it matter as long as you're not overweight?

Butterycrumble Mon 28-Jan-13 20:30:43

Hmmm I can relate to this. I eat like this and usually would think nothing of eating three choc bars a day, a family sized bag of crisps and meals and snacks.... Take outs are common and up to two litres a day of diet coke! I have done this for about twenty years and have oddly good teeth!

Anyway have stopped, all of it. Tactics were to go cold turkey on the coke, to meal plan and cook great meals. Curry and chapati last night, huge fish pie tonight, lasagne tomorrow, all served with lots of veg. Have porridge for breakfast with sugar, still drink hot chocolate and eat puddings and biscuits I make...oat cookies, flap jacks, fruit crumbles, wholemeal banana pancakes with a smear of nutella. Home made stuff is nicer and you can keep upping the wholemeal flour and easing off on the sugar. This food is for all of us too so it's less likely to be scoffed in one go in secret. We buy no crisps or biscuits etc ( or would still eat it in one go).

I still eat the sugar off a spoon sometimes and do the same with nutella so only buy small jars and hope for the best! I don't think I am an emotional eater, being upset is one of the few things that takes my appetite away. I am just greedy, I have no self control and I love crisps and stuff.

Anyway hot choc is now a treat, oat cookies are a treat and am less in need as so well filled from dinner. I am always within my bmi though top end, am now losing a few pounds a week which is the plansmile am inspired by rearing diets, omg I never knew people never ate butter, bread, had no carbs. Am happy with what I model the children and don't feel worried when I think about arteries.

MidnightMasquerader Mon 28-Jan-13 20:36:03

It is often said that over-eating is the addiction of carers - whether that be professional carers, unpaid carers looking after ill or disabled family members, infirm parents, or indeed, small children. It's comforting, it doesn't impact on your job the way alcohol or drugs do, and you can indulge endlessly on the job... So you're by no means alone.

I don't have any advice, other than simply not having the stuff in the house, and maybe looking up and searching for other, yummy, but less damaging treats. There's loads out there.

Butterycrumble Mon 28-Jan-13 20:36:49

Oh and I am saving money too, I give myself pocket money and don't overspend it. Booze is a shandy rather than bottles of wine etc.every little helps. Good luck.

OP -- I totally get it. TOTALLY. You have a long hard day, you're knackered, you need to something to boost your spirits and you know you deserve a 'reward' for all you've done. Yes it's a coping mechanism. It's totally understandable, it's just that unfortunately it's not very healthy.

I do really recommend the McKenna book (you can probably even get the emotional eating bits online if you google).

The idea is that you should eat anything you want, but you have to do it mindfully. So you can still eat your crisps, but instead of eating them without thinking, while watching TV or reading or whatever, you would sit and eat them kind of slowly and really consciously. This helps you get satisfied more quickly so you eat less.

It also plays this sort of mental trick on your brain, because as soon as you stop thinking about food as being 'forbidden', then it sort of loses its allure, it no longer has that same 'oopmh' that makes you crave it. Because you have it anytime you want, so why crave it? It sounds weird but it's really true, after a couple weeks the cravings really subside.

Then the trick is to find other things that can give you that comfort. What else relaxes you? What else makes you feel really indulgent?

Anyway sorry for writing so much but there is lots of help out there for emotional eating -- keep trying different things until you find something that works for you personally.

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 28-Jan-13 21:06:44

Wow buttery what a searingly honest and self-aware post.

Well done for turning things around like you have. You must be a very strong person.

singalongsingasong Mon 28-Jan-13 21:14:28

OP, I used to binge eat so I can understand how you're feeling. I started doing it as a teenager, as I was always trying to diet (ie eat next to nothing) and eventually I would cave in and go way overboard. The habit was still with me at uni, even though I was no longer dieting. I would eat a tube of Pringles plus as many Hobnobs as I could in one go. It would spoil my appetite for dinner, but I would still eat dinner - just later in the evening! You know it's a problem when you start hiding it from people. Like you, I didn't put on more than a couple of pounds and wasn't overweight at all, but I just felt bad about myself.

Even after uni, I still binged but much less often and to a lesser degree. After reading this thread, I suddenly realised I haven't done it in probably a year. I think it has mainly gone away because I have been trying to focus on being healthy - not losing weight, and not being perfect - but just eating a balanced diet and getting some exercise each day. I think having higher self esteem also helps. Sorry I don't have much useful advice, but just wanted to say that I know how you're feeling.

merryberry Mon 28-Jan-13 21:22:38

try having a think instead of one pack of the crisps tomorrow, or next time you have 20 minutes guaranteed to yourself. these times do happen or can be made to happen. tell yourself, 'i'm going to treat myself to a bit of a think'. have a think about other things that have or might make you feel happy and fulfilled as breaks. rewards/ways of coping. figure out the first thing you'd need to do to start achieving that. have another think another day instead of a packet of crisps about the next step. have a go at replacing that one packet of crisps eventually with the thing you like better. never think 'should'. don't get down on yourself about what is happening now, get pleased with yourself for having realised it's a thing that you can change. and start changing it slowly and realistically. don't beat yourself up, support yourself.

Butterycrumble Tue 29-Jan-13 00:19:24

That's kind randell, not sure it is true...should have stopped years ago.

But I will Hoover up every crumb of support until am truly virtuous.

Exercise next...

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 29-Jan-13 00:51:29

Don't put yourself down. It takes real strength of will to do what you've done. You should be bloody proud of yourself.

Butterycrumble Tue 29-Jan-13 16:55:18

Yeah feel oddly bemused, think the time was right.

Op would it help starting a thread and doing weekly support posts? I joined a diet thread and have found just the weigh in

Butterycrumble Tue 29-Jan-13 16:55:54

Oddly motivating.

NCJunkBinge Tue 29-Jan-13 16:56:05

Some good links there - will have a look tonight after the kids are in bed. French I've watched the sugar YouTube before, but a long time ago, and found it very interesting. Maybe I need a refresher to get on track.

Carling how do I flick that switch?? smile Similarly, buttery, did you just decide one day that enough was enough? Cold turkey sounds very scary to me right now.
dreaming what you're saying makes sense, but I still need to address the feelings of deprivation. Or do these go? I'd worry I'd just replace one bad habit with another (eg too much booze).

What do other normal people do in order to relax or seek comfort after a hard day?

What did people do years ago when all this junk was so abundant? Surely they didn't have the time or money to make the treats themselves to eat excessively. Is this a modern thing? Am I just a bit self-indulgent? It all seems a bit pathetic in the grand scheme of things.

NCJunkBinge Tue 29-Jan-13 17:05:14

Wasn't so abundant.

Nooneelseisallowedafergus Tue 29-Jan-13 17:17:12

I know exactly where you are coming from.
This was me 3 weeks ago. I could devour 6 2 finger kitkats in 10 min easy peasy. I did this when my 2 pre schoolers were having their afternoon nap. Then more chocolate in the evening with husband......
It made me moody. Cause I got sugar highs and lows, and my lows seemed to hit about 5ish when my poor DH walked through he door.
I am a healthy BMI but could do with losing a stone.
Anyway, I signed up to myfitnesspal, and the shame of logging all that crap, made me stop. The 1st few days, I still craved it, but just didn't want to log all that food so resisted. By day 4, I was cruising along, the cravings were minimal and I could have 3 squares of a big bar of dairy milk, wrap it back up and put it back in the fridge!!!!
So now, 3 weeks on, I treat myself to a little choc, or 1 small packet of crisps per day, I am within my daily calorie limit, my cravings have disappeared, I am in complete control of my eating and i have lot 8lb (just with this small change, the rest of my diet is the same). I am practising mindful eating without trying. And I no longer shout at my husband between 5 and 6pm!!!
Try it for 3 days. My name is the same on MFP if you sign up I can support you.

HopAndSkip Tue 29-Jan-13 17:19:37

You can't judge health by your weight alone. That will be doing damage to your ateries most likely having that much fat. Try to cut back gradually/find healthier snacks you enjoy. Humous is V tasty incase you've never tried it smile

forevergreek Tue 29-Jan-13 18:22:48

Can you ty and eat things that keep your blood sugar levels stable instead of spiking? That will help with the cravings.

People saying you must have a problem if not putting on weight, that isn't always necessary. I am 7.5 stone, no health problems according to doctors/ tests and can't for the life of my put weight on.
Today I have had:

Porridge with banana, blueberries and honey ( full fat)
Almond crossiant
Hot choc
Cream cheese and salmon bagel
Yogurt
X2 pitta breads with houmous and crudités

I have t even started on dinner yet, but will be lasagne, with veg. And then eton mess

marjproops Tue 29-Jan-13 18:27:53

I used to consume an entire multipack of crisps almost daily, microwave foods (when I was working F/T had to do 3 different jobs just to be able to pay rent/bills etc) cos I was too tired to cook at the end of the day. and 'pudding' was a packet of biscuits.

managed to stay a size 8 for years......but it catches up with you.
crissps are my weakness but i find if I HAVE to have a packet i buy the salt 'n' shake ones and not add the salt, and nibble like a hamster would do and I find i dont reach for any more packets that way, same if i feel like a bit of choccy ill suck maltezers (fun size).

cant get rid of my snacky tooth but have cut down immensly.

also snacky on celery sticks with a bit of peanut butter....much healthier and tasty too. liking fruit more and more as I get older and also thinking I have to be healthy for DC.

try either the cold turkey was or cut down gradually?

stubbornstains Tue 29-Jan-13 18:37:01

I read trashy novels in the bath with a drink

Do you really, really enjoy the Haribos and crisps, or just shovel them down compulsively?

How about making yourself some nice flapjacks sweetened with dried fruit, or a lovely fruit crumble and custard, or some apple cake and cream, sitting down at the table, serving it on your nicest plate, and really, really enjoying just one portion?

stubbornstains Tue 29-Jan-13 18:39:08

...or even better, persuade your DH to make you some cake....you're breastfeeding FFS!

TeWiSavesTheDay Tue 29-Jan-13 18:42:42

I don't think you can put off making a change because of what might happen. You have to give it a go and see.

Butterycrumble Tue 29-Jan-13 21:12:50

I did decide, it was a few things at once. Have had my fourth dc recently and have been left out of shape literally after having physical problems in this pregnancy which haven't been an issue previously. These are still a bit of an issue and I ended up fatter and less fit than usual, still just in my bmi but looking like a bag of jelly!

The preg complications meant I didn't cook as much or do my veg patch/ greenhouse so our diet was generally less good with more oven type meals...felt bad about this as dc usually get a really healthy diet.

My eldest was starting to want to share my coke, no chance but not a justifiable position.

Dh is much fatter than he wants to be and he has been doing much of the shopping, he bought lots of 'treats' and helped me eat them. I felt sad to see how much his diet and habits have been corrupted by my example. Everyone I have ever lived with has put on around three stone! One lodger managed this in about 6 months.

Anyway it was like a perfect storm and I knew I could change the home diet, dh's weight and my long term health and short term post preg related problems if I stopped eating like a teenager. I knew it was irrational to worry about dh getting fatter but not my arteries, stroke risk etc. This pregnancy showed me that I am getting older, that the choices I make now dictate the future. Incidentally my mum is diabetic, sister obese and this worries me. I have been really fit and want to get back there, dh is actually pretty fit and I want to be able to be able to run and cycle with, not behind my growing children.

I only cold turkied the coke, food is still enjoyed and am eating more at meals and healthy snacks. Am seeing my nil consumption of giant bags of crisps and choc as redirection, my wholemeal apple cake made with a sugar light batter mixture is good honest food. Am only eating honest food (that honestly won't kill me) and eating as a family not scoffing shite when they aren't looking.

As someone who would walk miles to get spicy noodles, hot chips or favoured crisps I now won't do this. I have given myself a budget for 'extra food' it is tiny and basically buys me a hot chocolate or two. There is no junk in the house (no banna chips in the fruit and fibre either ahem) because I can't resist it. Suppose cold turkey is easier but the irony is that my diet is still only ordinary, healthy but not extreme. We had a packet of crisps each with post rugby butties last weekend. I bought the exact amount so couldn't steal more! Hmmm easier to control purchase than consumption.

God sorry have waffled awfully, have been thinking about it all today. You can change however you decide to approach it by increments orcbuilding up to your tipping point.

Ribeno Wed 06-Mar-13 11:33:30

hi everyone, im so glad i noticed this thread!!!

i am a sugar addict and last night ate 8 tunnocks caramel wafers in one sitting after having 2 bags of 45g kettle chip crisps with my lunch and some chewy milk bottle gums. so depressing.

i get a bit internally panicky if there are no sweets or chocolates in the cupboard and my dh is worried i'll end up diabetic.

i am also nowhere near fat and am on the low end of the normal body mass index, sometimes i am actually on the border of being underweight. i eat a cereal breakfast and usually cracker/cheese/soup lunch and a normal carb/ veg/ meat dinner. i am very active with my toddler and will walk a few miles most days so i think that's a factor.

i have just ordered some books from amazon on sugar addiction and so far its 11.30 am and i've resisted the marshmallows in my cupboard.

i'll watch this thread.

Mintberry Wed 06-Mar-13 11:56:00

Well, you're not being unreasonable, just unhealthy. If you cut them out there may be benefits you wouldn't think of, like sleeping better, healthier skin, better mood etc. There are also hidden dangers like Sneezy points out such as developing diabetes.

It sounds like you have a great metabolism, but I wouldn't count on it to stay the same for ever. I also have a good metabolism, but wouldn't start eating badly because I would be concerned about it shifting back (I had no metabolism as a teenager) and me blowing up like a balloon. grin

BrianButterfield Wed 06-Mar-13 11:56:06

I'm another skinny sugar addict - if I add up the calories I can't believe how much I can eat but I don't seem to put on weight. I work full-time with a toddler, walk three miles a day with the pushchair and rely on sugar to get me through the day. I cook proper meals in the evening, nice normal healthy food etc but at break time or after work I go straight for sweets or chocolate bars or biscuits or cake. I know it's habit and I don't really binge but I can still eat say a whole big bag of sweets in one go which is still too much. the worst thing is I know I'm doing it, I know my blood sugar crashes and I want more but I'm so tired and starving I can't help it and sweets are easy to get hold of quickly.

ivanapoo Wed 06-Mar-13 12:04:07

I know this thread is not new but I have the same problem and really want to turn it around. Some of the advice on this thread is really helpful.

I've recently had a baby and want to be here on earth as long as possible for him so this is my motivation... But I am totally addicted to sugar/carbs.

I read somewhere that craving sweet foods often meant you were craving excitement lacking elsewhere in your life.

I wonder how the OP is getting on?

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