habit substitute?

Why do you chew ice?

habit substitute?

Postby blindsideme85 » Sun Aug 15, 2004 9:10 pm

I used to have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive) for a long time, and I pulled out some of my hair. Now it's a few years since I broke the habit, and I find myself substituting ice chewing for other such habits like the hair pulling.

Maybe it's just a substitute for other compulsive behaviors.

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Postby cube-x » Wed Dec 08, 2004 11:43 pm

that sounds resonable to me, after all it is not likely that all of the people on this site are anemic

Postby SweetT72 » Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:35 am

cube-x wrote:that sounds resonable to me, after all it is not likely that all of the people on this site are anemic

But I think majority of the people on this board does have anemia. I am one of thing. Some people may that be worst than others. I have a friend who is anemic and she doesnt eat ice.

And I think it could be a habit as well.
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Postby artificial_red » Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:31 pm

i believe i chew ice to make up for quitting smoking 12 yrs ago. also chewing ice it just so amazingly pure. :wink:
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Postby WHYNOTSALOT » Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:51 am

I do run borderline anemic, however my ice chewing became a good way for me to get my 8+ cups of water each day! After a stomach surgery I had an awful time getting anything down and was all too often dehydrated, once I discovered I could toelrate the ice I just went with it! And we have this amazing ice at work that is soft and slushy when it comes out of the dispenser ...I easily eat 6-8 cups of it during an 8 hour shift. Of course I get teased by my coworkers, but I do not face the medical problems I used to! :)
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Postby Timus » Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:21 pm

I'm not a doctor or anything (I do VCE level psychology) but isn't Anemia an iron defficiency? And by extension a defficiency in hemoglobin?

Wouldn't this lack of iron be the result of an ice diet rather than the cause?

Please explain this to me.
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Re: habit substitute?

Postby esilovesice » Tue May 21, 2013 5:24 pm

@Timus--The lack of iron brings upon the craving for ice, not the other way around. Many people find that after raising their hemoglobin levels through iron suplements, the craving for ice disappears. Many women become low on iron during pregnancy and begin chewing ice as a symptom of anemia. Once their iron levels are restored after giving birth, the craving subsides. So please do not spread the falsehood that eating ice causes low iron. People who eat ice also eat food. We just prefer the water we consume in frozen form.
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Re: habit substitute?

Postby zoeyku » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:21 am

also chewing ice it just so amazingly pure.
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