Eating right after waking from a nap

  • nhnelson

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    Mar 17, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    Alright, so there's this weird problem I've had for most of my life, but I've just recently begun to realize that it's an issue, and I was wondering if anyone here can empathize or at least offer a similar experience.
    The problem is this: whenever I awake from a nap, regardless of how long it is or at what time of the day it was taken, I have an uncontrollable desire to eat something, and never something that's going to agree with my waistline. It'll always be something sugary or made of simple carbs, and I'll usually eat an excessive amount directly after awaking and then regret whatever it is that I've eaten usually minutes later. I spoke to my therapist about it, and he seems to think that when I sleep (when everyone sleeps, actually) your brain lowers its mental defenses, and becomes uninhibited in its thought processes. It's because of this lack of inhibitions that we sometimes dream really crazy things. In my case, he thinks that immediately after waking up, my brain hasn't yet reconstructed all of those recently-removed mental barriers, namely my sense of self-control.
    Thus, apparently among my deepest desires resides some primal urge to binge on bad foods that manifests itself in my sleep and becomes unrestrained immediately after waking, only for my stupor to lift after it's too late. Additionally, similar to how some people can't remember their dreams, I have difficulty remembering what I ate after waking up, and when I do, I'm sometimes surprised at the weird shit I consume.
    Thoughts?
  • DCEric

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    Mar 17, 2009 2:13 AM GMT
    I can't identify, but all I can suggest is don't keep the stuff in the house, so you can't access, while you are still in a stupor.

    /not much help am I.
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    Mar 17, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
    Oh, yes! Join the club.
    I can nap for 10 minutes and wake up absolutely starved within an inch of my life.
    I do not really have this problem in the morning, but only because I drink a whole bottle of water, which I conveniently keep by my bed, immediately upon waking up. This kills my cravings for food and I can safely eat a healthy breakfast in an hour or so.
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    Mar 17, 2009 2:33 AM GMT
    well, don't put the food in the mouth... you've commented on losing weight in other threads, your face pic and other pics dont really match up, have you gained weight and now are trying to lose? (your face looks fuller in the profile pic)

    if you're easily lured by sugary, bad-for-you snacks dont have them in the house, bags of mini carrots, apples, grapefruit are all the snacks I have in the house right now, one because Im a crappy shopper and two, I know if I have chips I'll eat em, if you arent exposed to temptation, you wont give in to it.

    BTW - your therapist sounds like an enabler. you choose to eat, you're not at the will of some sleep induced stupor, imagine the legal defenses, I just woke up, I didnt know I had robbed that bank, I just couldnt control my urge for money.
  • nhnelson

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    Mar 17, 2009 2:48 AM GMT
    hotshotcdn saidwell, don't put the food in the mouth... you've commented on losing weight in other threads, your face pic and other pics dont really match up, have you gained weight and now are trying to lose? (your face looks fuller in the profile pic)

    if you're easily lured by sugary, bad-for-you snacks dont have them in the house, bags of mini carrots, apples, grapefruit are all the snacks I have in the house right now, one because Im a crappy shopper and two, I know if I have chips I'll eat em, if you arent exposed to temptation, you wont give in to it.

    BTW - your therapist sounds like an enabler. you choose to eat, you're not at the will of some sleep induced stupor, imagine the legal defenses, I just woke up, I didnt know I had robbed that bank, I just couldnt control my urge for money.


    My profile picture is actually much older than the others, I've lost weight since that picture, I just like that one a lot. I mean, I've got a few extra pounds clinging on that I'm trying to rid myself of, but I'm mainly concerned about the extenuating health concerns that are brought about by this- like the spikes in blood sugar that might put me at an increased risk of diabetes. The problem with keeping those foods out of the house is that I live in a big house of about 30 people, and all of our food is provided by a central staff, so I have no control over what's available to me. Yeah, my therapist could be an enabler, but I didn't take his explanation as a license to continue this behavior, but rather as a starting place from which I can begin to solve the problem.
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    Mar 17, 2009 2:50 AM GMT
    just look at hot guys on here as soon as you wake up and your bound to not wanna even think of a carb, lol.
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    Mar 17, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
    whosyourpaddy saidjust look at hot guys on here as soon as you wake up and your bound to not wanna even think of a carb, lol.



    especially paddy here... yum
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    Mar 17, 2009 4:13 AM GMT
    Read up on Candida:

    http://www.holistichelp.net/candida.html

    Something to get you started. There's a lot more information out there. It's crazy how candida makes you feel, mentally and physically. Not saying it's your "problem", but you may find it enlightening. A one month candida cleanse completely changed my life.
  • calibro

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    Mar 17, 2009 4:17 AM GMT
    Have you tried eating low calorie, high fiber food that is good for you? Instead of reaching for a donut, stock your fridge with carrots, celery, and a whole assortment of fruits and vegetables. Your body needs those things anyway, and the water and fiber content in them will make you feel full even if you haven't calorically consumed much. I mean, have you ever tried eating a whole head of cabbage? It has fewer calories than a cheese burger, but it definitely takes a lot longer to eat. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 17, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    May I ask whether you also eat sweets at any other time of the day??

    Because if it's REALLY uncontrollable for you, and you do take those naps (which you could try to avoid), you might want to make sure you really watch what you eat during the rest of the day.

    And if you're already cutting on sweets in general, then another piece of advice might be to, like I suggested, try to cut on those naps all together. You feel like taking a nap? Go out for a walk, go to the gym, go for a cup of coffee...
  • nhnelson

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    Mar 17, 2009 6:34 AM GMT
    No, I don't eat sweets or simple carbs at all during the day, only when I've just woken up. I think you're right, Brainy, I should probably just not nap. Because it doesn't happen when I wake up in the morning. Also, I really need to get myself into a reasonable sleep pattern.
  • JewcyDude

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    Mar 17, 2009 8:04 AM GMT
    nhnelson saidAlright, so there's this weird problem I've had for most of my life, but I've just recently begun to realize that it's an issue, and I was wondering if anyone here can empathize or at least offer a similar experience.
    The problem is this: whenever I awake from a nap, regardless of how long it is or at what time of the day it was taken, I have an uncontrollable desire to eat something, and never something that's going to agree with my waistline. It'll always be something sugary or made of simple carbs, and I'll usually eat an excessive amount directly after awaking and then regret whatever it is that I've eaten usually minutes later.


    I don't know the reasoning behind it, but I too do this. I have no idea why. And its mostly anything bad for me, sugar, things like starburst, crackers, skittles, cookies. Yes we keep those things in the house.

    I have no clue, but its this unbelievable desire to eat sugar. I'm actually getting concerned (just a bit) and think I might see my doctor. A little more than a few months ago I ran allllll types of blood tests and everything came back fine. I was worried about Diabetes in the family (i just know of my grandpa).

    I've always had the worst sugar tooth. If anyone knows about this sleeping/waking up eating please pass the info on to us.
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    Mar 17, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    Solution: Get a boyfriend. Take your naps together.
    That uninhibited stupor you're in right after waking up? It makes for really good sex, otherwise known as High Intensity Intercourse Training. When done correctly, you'll be burning calories instead of packing them on.
  • DCEric

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    Mar 17, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    SportingChance saidSolution: Get a boyfriend. Take your naps together.
    That uninhibited stupor you're in right after waking up? It makes for really good sex, otherwise known as High Intensity Intercourse Training. When done correctly, you'll be burning calories instead of packing them on.


    Win. Thread over.