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Changes in Taste Buds, Tolerating Diet, Cravings, Etc


#1

Hi all!

I am a little bit curious about something that’s been going on with me lately and i was wondering if anyone could offer me any insights.

I follow a fairly structured diet. I weigh and measure everything I eat, and I literally have the same things every day, not only for convenience and simplicity sake, but also because i love (ed) it.

I used to be thrilled to death about the chicken, rice and vegetables I was going to eat at supper time even though I literally had the same chicken , rice and vegetables 100 days in a row prior to that.
I would have cheat meals once a week, but I would happily return to my routine the next day, almost relieved.

NOW, however, I can’t seem to handle it anymore. I keep having cheat meals on a whim because i get anxiety about my boring ass suppers. WHICH may seem like a normal, human thing, but I am very OCD and very in control of these things, and having or doing anything unplanned is very unlike me. I also don’t understand why I loved my food for years and now i can’t stomach the thought of it.

It would be easy to say I’ve just had it for too long, and I am now understandably sick of it, but I have been loving healthy, bland foods for 7 or 8 years and never had a problem with it. It seems odd that my 9th year of healthy, happy eating would push me over the edge.

I also keep getting a weird taste in my mouth like my tongue keeps feeling burnt when I haven’t burnt it, so things don’t really taste the same to me anymore.
I was recently diagnosed with sub clinical hypothyroidism , but because I wasn’t overweight or having difficulty losing, the doctor decided medication wasn’t necessary. Could this be contributing to my issues ? I know that when I was very lean and eating a low carb diet, my thyroid acted up worse, but right now everything is fairly balanced, yet i still feel like i can’t handle my existence without eating excessive amounts of carbs.
IE: I feel dizzy and my cravings are overwhelming.

Any opinions are appreciated.
TLDR: I DONT WANT TO GET FAT, BUT I AM SO HUNGRY

:stuck_out_tongue:


#2

Changes to your neurotransmitters levels, balances, etc. will change the way foods taste and which ones you gravitate towards.

When I was getting panic attacks I would get a lingering metallic taste in my mouth and nothing tasted good.


#3

Holy shit, wow, I had no idea.


#4

Here’s a little bit on the sense of taste.


#5

Maybe I’m missing something here, but can’t you be OCD about an entirely new food mix for the next 3 months or so? For example replace:

Chicken->flank steak/turkey/burger
Rice-> potatoes
Veggie A-> veggie B

You can still be increadibly strict and work in some new foods.


#6

Well for veggies I already eat broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, spinach , green yellow beans, zucchini, asparagus , carrots and lima beans every single night because I am disgusting and I binge eat so in an effort to combat my inner obese woman I just use vegetables.
But yes , I got brave yesterday and got a few new things, but it sucks because the calories in a small beef patty are double what was in my breast and its half the size.
I stuck to chicken and rice because it was low cal and I could have more volume if you refer back to my binge eating issues.


#7

There’s clearly more problem here than food choices. Namely that you hate yourself, otherwise you wouldn’t talk like that. I know a few people with eating disorders, nasty stuff. I hope you can overcome them.


#8

I dont hate myself, I just hate that particular aspect of myself .

It was all fun and cute when I was 7 and could out eat all the grown men in my family at Christmas time , but now it’s just embarrassing.

I feel I literally do not have that signal in my brain that says “full”. I have eaten massive quantities and never felt stuffed. Maybe I should have done a thread asking if anyone knows about that instead :laughing:. Oh well. Thanks for the reply!


#9

Just get super fat, Spock. Embrace it!


#10

Holy shit lol! No way! could you imagine how socially awkward I would be then if I’m this bad already :laughing: