Is anyone else not able to distinguish hunger pain and twisted gut?

Not trying to freak you out but this is exactly what turned into an eating disorder for me. They were so similar. Feeling depressed and anxious and feeling hungry. So I would starve myself on purpose until the hunger was stronger than the other feelings in my chest/stomach. It gave me something else to focus on and the physical pain could outweigh the emotional pain at a certain point. And the thoughts about food would drown out all the bad thoughts. I didn't even realize I was doing it for a little while I just fell into doing it. Then from there it turned into an obsession over food and calories as a distraction from my life. It took forever to break the habit and I still fall into it sometimes.

I recommend just eating 3-4 smaller meals throughout the day even if you don't know if you're hungry. And if I Meditate for about 25 minutes I can feel the weight lift off my chest for a little while too. Meditation and mindfulness have really helped me a lot. Taking a break from feeling all these emotions sometimes is really helpful.

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