Let me start off with this. I’m a freshman in college, and those buffet-style cafeterias are really getting to me.
I used to be an anorexic, but I got over that and started binge eating to gain the weight back. When I did that, my parents would always tell me that I was doing myself good by eating a lot so I could put the weight back on. After I put the weight back on, I didn’t stop my binges. Now it sucks since I’m in college and nobody can stop me from going back and getting seconds or thirds or fourths. Every time I go to get food, I tell myself that I’m only going to get a good, healthy salad, but then after the salad, I’ve just gotten into the habit of going back for really unhealthy stuff (aka the dessert table). I just can’t stop myself anymore. I feel really hopeless at this point and I always wish that I could just get a do-over for my day so I could do it right.
I’m just going to try to help myself by posting my feelings and habits here, and hopefully that will help.
That transition to college can be really tough it terms of adjusting our eating habits. Maybe the salad just isn’t satisfying enough. Why don’t you try getting a more balanced meal that you also think is yummy. Eat it slowly, chewing each bit super well, and thinking about the tastes and textures of the foods. Don’t rush through the meal thinking about making a trip back to the dessert table. Just focus on what you’re eating. Then, when you’re done, if you really want to go back for dessert. Make yourself wait 20 minutes. If you can’t be bothered to wait 20 minutes, leave the dining hall and forget it. If you can wait 20 minutes, think about how you’re feeling. Physically, and emotionally. If at the end of the 20 minutes you still want a treat. Go get it, and then savour it. If you finish and want to go get more, tell yourself that if you’re willing to wait another 20 minutes you can have one. If not, leave and forget it.
Maybe worth a try?
Good luck! This forum is helping me so much working through the emotions that are tied to my habits.