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1/31/14 10:15 A


I wouldn't say that you have an eating disorder based on your post. Like many members, what you have is a disfunctional relationship with food. That's disordered eating more than an eating disorder.

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

You can learn to eat right, but it will take time. One thing I'm going to do is recommend that you either buy this book or find it at the library. It's by Susan Kano and it's called Making Peace with Food. It's a book that will help people learn to have a healthy relationship with food. I found that book extremely helpful.

Do you eat breakfast ? If not, that's something else I'm going to suggest. You need to start putting your body on a schedule. Try to eat breakfast at the same time each day. I believe that if you put your body on a regular eating schedule, you'll be less likely to binge later. You said it yourself, one reason you binge at night is because you starve yourself during the day. That's not healthy. Putting yourself on a schedule will help.

I can assure you that you are NOT destined to be fat. BUT... you really need to stop thinking like a dieter and start thinking of how food can nourish your body. Because when it comes right down to it, weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. If you are eating right, watching your portions and getting a little regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will lose weight with time.

but you do have to give your body time to change. Do check out that book. So, would you be willing to start eating a healthy breakfast on a regular basis ? Don't short yourself either. eat a wholesome filling breakfast that nourishes and satisfies your body.

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1/31/14 8:39 A

The reason it's not so simple to stop eating fast food is because:
- it's fast
- it's cheap
- it's tasty (arguably)
You might want to look into making your meals in bulk ahead of time so you have stuff to grab from your fridge or take with you to school/work and not have to waste time preparing everyday. It'll take some time, but the longer you have gone without fast food, if you ever decide to eat it again it'll taste terrible and you'll wonder why you even ate it in the first place. It's all about getting your body accustomed to different tastes.

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1/31/14 12:33 A

When you started your journey, did you make SUDDEN changes to your overall diet? This is often the cause of what you describe. This is one of the reasons why 'baby steps' is recommended. This means changing only one or two things at a time, and allowing your mind/body to get used to those changes before adding something else to the mix. It might be something as simple as reducing soda/juice, and increasing water, AND maybe adding one or two extra pieces of fruit/veges to your day.

The benefits of this is that you gradually UNlearn the old habits which brought you here, as you equally gradually replace them with healthy new ones. It also helps to prevent the 'deprivation' feeling. This is often what happens when a person makes those sudden changes.

If you give yourself to eat those 'forbidden' foods occasionally, paying attention to portion, then you are less likely to crave/binge, because your mind KNOWS that it is going to get what it is wanting, just at another time.

The other thing that I will comment on is your comment "When i begin my diet....." if you change your mindset and think of it as a healthy lifestyle (which it is), rather than a 'diet' then you will also be more likely to stay on track with only the very occasional little hiccup on the way. We all have those occasional ones.

Good luck,

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1/30/14 11:32 P

I think you just have to plan your day better so that you eat regularly and get rid of the diet/restrictive mentality.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
1/30/14 6:52 P

Well, I can't help you with the fast food maybe someone else can?

But if this occurs after not eating all day (no matter what reason), you now have a pattern.

Eat during the day, no matter what. It doesn't take much time to eat half a sandwich, yogurt, or a protein bar.

Even if you truly are not hungry - tell yourself that if you do not eat, you will binge later. Make yourself eat something. Some soup. A hard boiled egg. Small salad with chicken. Half a sandwich on whole grain brad. Yogurt. Bowl of brown rice (Uncle Ben's 90 second steam rice).

PATHFINDER52 Posts: 752
1/30/14 6:14 P

RedJellyFish -- an eating disorder is more than an occasional binge, like the cookies you describe. But, whenever I binge on anything, I try to ask myself, "what am I trying to stuff down in myself?" The answer is usually some feeling I would rather avoid than understand. I also try not to eat when I am tired, angry, sad or disappointed (all emotional states that interfere with my good judgment and lead to over-eating, usually the unholy trinity: salt, fat & sugar!).

Start fresh each day (each meal of you can!) and let go of the guilt of yesterday's binge!


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1/30/14 5:33 P

I honestly think many of us have eating disorders to some extent some more managable then others.
From what you are describing I am thinking a few things:
When you are "on track" are you rather being too restrictive? if you deny yourself foods completely you are setting yourself up for a fail, figure out how to work in the occasional burger and fries or a cookie as a treat.
Also by not eating all day then binging that screams a blood sugar roller coaster. eating on a schedule to avoid being over hungry might help, have several small meals or good snacks between meals to keep your blood sugar level and you metabolism engaged.
good luck!

Edited by: 1DERFULLLIFE at: 1/30/2014 (17:34)
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1/30/14 4:23 P

Okay so i've finally figured out (or i think i have) why i cant lose weight. I have no problem with eating healthy food (when its available) but i think i may possible be a serious binge eater. More often than not i'll go all day without eating, either due to being busy or because i legit dont have an appetite and then at the end of the day i'll gorge myself. On anything and everything i can find. To the point that even when i get to the point i feel so stuffed full im gonna be sick, i still keep eating. And then the other days, i will eat and eat all day.

When i begin my diet and am eating good food, for example, the last month i did perfectly; i lost 10 lbs and felt good. and then i started to crave the fast food. the sodas. the sweets. and when i was able to get them, i gorged. and once i started getting those bad foods, i stopped eating healthy and started gorging on bad again. As ashamed as i am to say it, the other night i ate an entire baker's dozen of chocolate chip cookies (thats 13) all by myself. after about 4 i felt sick and yet after i took a little break i went back and ate the rest. I knew i shouldnt have them. i knew i needed to stop. but i didnt. i couldnt. do i need to get help?? or do i just need to learn to discipline myself better?? fast food is a serious addiction. Many people dont realize that food is as much of drug as heroine or cocaine. its not as simple as just stop eating it. I need help, to anyone who can give it.

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