Mental Health,  Physical Health

Silence is Golden

Okay y’all. I am a perfectly reasonable person. I don’t believe in magic. I had heard all of the stories about how Zepbound (and other GLP-1 medications) quiet the “food noise” in your brain, and usually pretty quickly. I understood the general concept, but I didn’t think it was something I had, so I figured that effect wasn’t going to be applicable to me. I was imagining that it could be very helpful for people who “thought about food all the time,” planning meals, looking forward to snack time, having “food narration” running non-stop in their heads. (I have a very chatty narrator in my brain, but not usually about food unless I’m meal planning.) “I’m hungry. You know what sounds really good right now? What are we having for dinner? When is lunch? Can I have a snack?” I thought it was like having a “hangry” toddler living in you head constantly.

But that wasn’t me! I would just… get hungry. A lot. For no reason. Especially when things are quiet and I’m trying to work or concentrate, even if I had just eaten. (And I usually wanted something crunchy!) I mean, it happened often enough that I had noticed the association years ago. I even wondered if it was really hunger. I had heard all of the diet sayings: You’re not hungry, you’re bored. You’re not hungry, you’re thirsty. You’re not hungry, you’re tired. I even read a few months ago (after a close friend was diagnosed in his 40s) that many undiagnosed ADHD types are overweight because they unknowingly use food as a stimulant. Let me tell you, that statement literally stopped me in my tracks! (That’s a whole different topic for another day.) But I didn’t really consider any of these “food noise.”

If you’ve been reading here or on Instagram recently (haven’t mentioned it on Facebook yet), you know I took my first dose of Zepbound (2.5 mg) on Monday morning. I was alert for any unpleasant side effects (and there have been some; I’ll talk more on that in a later post), but I really wasn’t expecting it to “start working” on the first day, especially since this is just the one month of “loading doses” to work up to the higher levels in the coming weeks. Like I said, I don’t believe in magic, and it’s highly unlikely to make a major difference on day 1, right? I mean, a friend had shared with me her own journey since starting a different GLP-1 medication several months ago, and she said she felt the food noise quiet down almost immediately. But I didn’t have a food noise problem; I thought my hunger problems were some other type of issue(s).

I went about my day Monday doing my usual things, and I tried going to bed earlier than normal, which means around 10 PM. (Yes, that is quite early for me!) I tossed and turned for about 30 minutes and just couldn’t get comfortable, so I got back up around 10:30. I “doom scrolled” on various social media apps, then decided to work on a personal project involving Excel starting around 11:30. I worked on that project straight through for about 2 hours, until I started getting sleepy again, then went back to bed at 1:30 AM (which is a much more typical bedtime for me).

Only as I was getting settled back into bed did I realize the miracle that had just occurred. At no time during those 2 hours of working in Excel did I think about food. Not at all. NOT EVEN ONCE!! I was floored. Normally, when I’m getting ready to start something like that, my mind says “I need to get a snack while I work on this.” It’s nearly automatic. I don’t know why I get the munchies when engaging my brain and focus, but it happens *all* the time. (Recall that sentence up in the second paragraph about undiagnosed ADHD and food as a stimulant? Hmm….) But not *this* time. And only one thing had changed: I took a new medicine, less than 16 hours before. Maybe I did have food noise issues and just didn’t know that’s what they were talking about. But if so, I don’t have it now. I can only hope that it continues. Maybe magic is real after all.


  • AJ

    I struggle with food noise, it’s a constant chatter but most consuming in the evenings. I think it’s hard-wired into some activities (like sitting down to watch TV). I love hearing about this adventure—do let us know about the other side effects!

    • Erin

      I cannot even begin to explain to you how stunned I was when I realized it. I mean, on the first day!! It was truly shocking. P.S. Can you hear me now? 😀

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