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Yeah - for me, it's Triscuits and organic peanut butter (chunky), spinach, yogurt (just plain) and oatmeal - and that's pretty much what I can eat. No caffeine - and a ton of tea. I try to supplement the lack of nutrients with vitamins.

Eventually, I'll get back into eating on a more 'normal' diet schedule. I had my first anxiety attack about two months ago, and I lost about 15 pounds in a month. I usually do the following to ease my way back into a regular eating habit:
- Try to incorporate at least one different food item daily that you didn't before. If saltines are the only things you can eat - maybe mix in some sharp cheddar cheese or an orange or strawberries.
- Exercise - that's usually a metabolism booster.
- Try to get a regular schedule for eating - like if you're fairly comfortable in the morning - use that time to get a good amount of nutrients in (for me, it was yogurt with a handful of blueberries, a nutrition bar and a few Triscuits and organic peanut butter) before my anxiety got worse later in the day.

The humorous thing is when all of this ends and your body goes into the opposite mode - when you're hungry for everything. After about a month, I considered it a victory when I bought a pint of Ben & Jerry's "Americone Dream" - whereas when I was training for a triathalon, I thought doing that was a huge step back :)
I'm glad someone mentioned the smell of food. I couldn't smell or look at anything today. It's amazing how anxiety can mimic the stomach flu or pregnancy symptoms. Or for that matter, it can mimic pretty much anything we can think of!

The good news is that I am on the upswing at this point. I happened to be with a nurse who noted that I looked dehydrated. After a few small glasses of water and the telling of more problems than she wanted to hear, I did start feeling better.

Anxiety is so weird - I was coming up with all of these awful things that might be wrong with me instead of realizing that I forgot to drink anything today. At least I can step up to apple juice and maybe even some applesauce now that I feel a little better. I do think the anxiousness seems to take a lot (water, nutrients, etc.) out of you too.
The only thing I feel that helped me was medication and therapy. I learned to deal with the anxiety. You have to turn your negative thoughts into positives. You need to say to yourself "this is just anxiety. I am not going to die. It will pass" I has before and you can make it through it."

When mine first hit me I had a sickness called CMV virus. It is like mono. I thought all the symptoms were from that, but now I realize that it most of it was anxiety.

Every time I do get the flu I think it is anxiety because the symptoms are the same. It is so hard to distinguish between the two. That is why I am afraid to get pregnant. I know you get nausea and that automatically triggers my worries. I am going to stay on prozac while pregnant and hopefully I can handle it.

After talking to a therapist I learned how to calm my mind down. I try meditation. Concentrating on one thing and when negative thoughts come into my mind I try to go back to my two words. "Peace and Calm" I breath in and picture the word peace in my mind and breath out and picture the word calm. You need to take deep breaths. It helps. Also when I have trouble falling asleep I put headphones on and listen to classical music. It doesn't have words to distract me and keeps my mind off of my worries.

I have been dealing with this problem for 6 years now and I have a great support system in my family. My husband is wonderful with me. He listens and holds me when I feel bad. I hope you have someone there for you to listen to. Sometimes you just need someone there who understands. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
I know the feeling. I'm the applesauce girl, boost breeze juices for nutrients, fruit, crackers..basically anything that's easy to get down since when I'm anxious I can't eat..I get so sick to my stomach and it's all due to the anxiety. I lost so much weight that I had to start seeing a nutritionist and she helped greatly, but it's really hard to keep up the routine. There are good and bad days. I would have trouble eating with my family, friends and boyfriend and it's unreal how anxiety seems to get to our stomach first. I use to vomit also after eating and I'm been much better with eating and controling the anxiety but I have my moments where I eat my applesauce, I blend my soup and drink it so I don't have to chew it. I eat fruit snacks, basically what I can but won't make me feel sick.

It's amazing how our body works. So you're not alone and yes i do have trouble eating even until this day. I've been with anxiety and depression for 8 years now and try my best to cope with it each day. Good luck to all of you..:cool:





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