ADHD and eating habits

Hi Everyone!
This may sound completely odd… but does anyone else use food to stimulate themselves mentally. I find that when I am bored I eat. If im not careful, and Im eating while doing something else,… I will use the eating as a stim and before I know it I’ve eaten the whole bag of chips, or have a bag of cookies. I also find myself eating to rhythms in my head while doing these other tasks. The rhythms then coincides with my fidgets. Does anyone else have these problems?

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100% yes. Definitely. Always. Not so much with the rhythms but I do tend to overeat if I’m not stimulated enough in other ways. Except a while ago when I lost a bunch of weight which I did really well because it was a fun challenge! And then I reached my goal, and then I got bored again…

Thankyou for putting this here

Thanks for reaching out! I’ve had similiar situations when hyper focused on losing weight, and it was fun to track my progress, I did amazing. Three times in my life I’ve lost a substantial amount, over sixty lbs, and three times I lost that drive and gained it right back. Usually something else came along in life that became my new focus, like a new boyfriend or a new job.

Exactly! That’s awesome :smiley: Every now and then something comes along to take its place but I do always find myself coming back to bored-eating as my MO, and almost my identity… I don’t know about you but for me sometimes it’s not always fun being ‘that person’

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My newest attempt at getting my eating habits under control started a few weeks ago. I find that when I don’t eat carbs and sugar I am much less tempted to snack. That being said, yesterday was a bit stressful for me. I was booked to have my tonsils removed (which scares the poop out of me) and my weight have fluctuated in a bad way. I found my brain spinning for a snack. The addiction part of it definitely kicked in. It took me a good ten minutes to talk myself out of the grocery store. Its awful how connected my emotions and mental health are connected to what I put in my mouth.

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Oh that’s difficult… It sounds like you’re trying really hard though and you should be proud of that! At the end of the day, sometimes you don’t quite manage to prevent it and you tried your best so then you just have to cut your losses and it then becomes ‘how do I deal with the aftermath?’

I definitely feel you