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4/13/13 11:13 P

I picked this topic because I was feeling almost exactly the same way. My binges have been on fiber bars and protein bars but I think it's because they're sweet and nutty. But, like most of the advice suggests I think there is something underlying going on. I have been kicking butt and taking names since January with an occasional slip, but nothing like this. It seemed to have started when I blew my fitness streak last Sunday. It's like it broke something in me and I can't seem to get it back. I KNOW it's a matter of choices...just like all the advice says. Just like everything I have learned on SparkCoach and everything else on SparkPeople. I am discouraged with the weather because I want to get out and walk and it's still so dang cold I can't and I'm bored with my Zumba DVD. My other DVD is still very hard work which is what I SHOULD be doing. Overall, it helped to read all the advice you gave here. I hope tomorrow marks a better day.

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4/10/13 1:35 A

Isn't it strange how you think you are the only one who is messing up. That everyone else is doing so well, everyone but you. Guess again. I have been "so busy" since Friday, that eating properly was the last thing on my mind. Good excuse huh? I thought so. We were going out to dinner every night and I was not choosing the best that I could choose. Time to pick myself up by the boot straps. Did a really good work out tonight. Have my breakfast on the counter ready to cook in the morning. Going to think smart at lunch. Believe me, you can start over hundreds of times, the point is .... you are trying .... keep up the good work. We are ALL there with you.
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4/9/13 12:43 P

its ok ,,everyone has those times . but knowing is the key ,see if something triggered it ,are you sad mad upset ,our is it your hungry , some times its ok to go off your diet a few days your only human ,but no that the next few weeks you got to stick to it ,,by no means is it easy,,make a list of good foods you can have allot of ,i tend to do salads and cabbage soup. may be you were trying to be to stricked .. on your diet .. like i have a bowl of bran flaks almond milk ,a salad or a birds eye veg bag . and fruit that's my good days other day o might do a rice cake with liver worst that my thing i do it 2 times a week with some honey mustard and lil light coslaw dressing ..bottom line is start back today and done beat your self up to much over your weight loss ,,slow and steady wins the race not fast ,i have faith your get back on track keep up the good work you can do it

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4/8/13 1:55 P

Bella9999 ... I've been there and I know that helpless feeling. Start your day with a list:

JUST FOR TO-DAY... I will drink 8 glasses of water. I will track my food. I will not eat after 7 p.m.

Something like that...whatever works for you but you start with Just For To-day and then sign it. Like a contract with yourself. This seems to work for me and after 3 days of contracts, I'm back on track. Think this might work for you?

You are worth not disappointing yourself !!! Good luck !!! Snugs 'n hugs, Norrie xo

Lots of good tips here.

Edited by: NIMBUS-NEEN at: 4/8/2013 (13:56)

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4/7/13 4:09 P

Sugar binges try getting gin some fruits or maybe juice a drink.

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4/7/13 1:08 P

So glad to hear this! Whenever I've had the urge to binge-eat, I've managed it by slowing way down and paying attention to how I'm feeling at the moment. If you notice the rate of speed your mind's got right before a binge, you'll probably notice that it's sped way up...and almost has a "contracted," tense feel to it. Take a breather and notice what you're thinking...and then slow it way down...

And then, work hard to find the perfect distraction or distractions in that moment to mentally carry you away from binge-related impulses. Whether it's balancing the checkbook or watching something engaging on TV, find something that really *draws you in*...something that won't let your mind wander. Go with that activity! You'll find that within a half hour, the urge to binge will have evaporated.

Good luck to you; I know how compelling binge-eating can be...and how very powerful!

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4/7/13 9:58 A

Thank you all so much for your support. It really helps. I'm on day 4 binge free and feeling better.

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4/7/13 9:39 A

It seems like there is some powerful moment that is supposed to swoop in and save you from a "binge", like there is an answer to why, and sometimes there is, but it is really as easy as recognizing what you are doing and stopping, it is a choice. I hate when I feel like that. I am hoping that you have gained the strength to pull things back together, because it's just a step back, it's not the end of the world (even though it may feel like that at times!). Good luck and don't underestimate your strength- tap into it!!!!

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4/4/13 9:19 A

If you are craving sweets, it could be a sign that you consume too much salt. Eating too much salt boosts the production of insulin and then the body stores fat. Maybe check your sodium intake.

There is a lot of salt in bread and cheese and breakfast cereals
Some brands of corn flakes have up to 266 mg of sodium per cup.
Some brands of raisin bran have up to 342 mg of sodium per cup.
Puffed rice and puffed wheat are sodium free.

Some Canned veggies, canned soups, spaghetti sauce, potato chips, cheese puffs, pretzels, ketchup, relish, anchovies, capers, headache or heartburn medicines can contain sodium carbonate or bicarbonate. French Fries and fast foods are high in sodium, fat, and calories.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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4/4/13 8:55 A

Unless you have been starving yourself, it's not food you need. It's something else.

Take a deep breath. Get a glass of water or a mug of green tea.

You don't fill your body with fat in 3 days. Even at an extra 1000 calories a day, it will work out to less than a pound of fat.

Do some yoga, get a massage, meditate, go for a walk in the woods. Do something to reduce your stress, and get away from the food.

And then manage the real problem.

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4/4/13 5:33 A

Stop... You know what you are doing, so tell yourself to stop. Look at how far you have are bigger and better than this. Switch to some of the amazing yummy fresh fruits coming into season. Better yet ask yourself why. What are the circumstances behind your choices. You got this just get back on track. :)

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4/4/13 1:35 A

I can't seem to stop myself. I haven't been this off in a long time, but I can already feel my body filling up with fat. How can I stop my sugar binge mode? Help!

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