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LILLIPUTIANNA Posts: 1,038
6/30/12 3:52 P

I second the notion of talking to a therapist. I for one figured out that my binging was caused by anxiety. So, now I have ways of coping with the anxiety (and I have some emergency anti-anxiety meds if it gets to be too much to handle). Talk to a doctor and see what they say. Then talk to a psychiatrist specializing in such things, if you can find one.

Remember, this is not a sign of weakness. The urge to binge is simply the wiring in your brain getting confused. Try to slow down and listen to your thoughts. It'll be okay!

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HABITBREAKER Posts: 429
6/29/12 6:48 P

Thank you for your support and advice. I know that I am under stress and realize this is why I am binging after being fine for months. I have also had a plateau in my weight loss which makes me subconsciously feel like "I am doing all the right things and it is still doing nothing, why am i bothering??" etc. I have calmed down and stepped away from the kitchen. Cutting off the binge cycle is the hardest part once it starts so I am proud of myself for doing that and realizing that I can move forward. I think I will look at some articles that I haven't read for a long time to prepare myself in case I get any urges again soon. I did work with a therapist for a bit a while ago and also will review techniques he gave me for emotional eating. I know I am strong enough to overcome this as I have come a long way and will not let this get me down.

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6/29/12 4:08 P

POSITIVECHI,

If you find yourself binging again, what has changed in your life to cause you to turn to food ? Are you under any unusual stress ? are you having problems with family, friends, work, school or relationship ? When a person is under stress, it causes many to turn to food for comfort and relief. If you're under stress, you need to do your best to try to relax. I know that isn't easy, but I'm a firm believer that if a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline.

Have you been reading any of the great spark articles on emotional eating ? If you haven't read them in a while, I would encourage you to start re-reading them to relearn the techniques you need to help you reduce the number of binges you have.

Also, have you considered talking to a therapist ? Binging isn't about food. Something is causing you to turn to food for comfort. You need to get to the root of your binge eating. You may need a good therapist to help you. Don't be afraid to seek professional help. A good therapist can help you work through whatever issues you're having.

For now, you might start here....

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=1396


HABITBREAKER Posts: 429
6/29/12 3:50 P

I used to binge eat for years and had just got it under control this year but for some reason this week the major urges have come back and I have spent 3 days bingeing. I need to stop this RIGHT NOW because I know it will spiral even more out of control. I feel so powerless like I did for years and I hate it. I do not know what to do and I really need some major motivation now to not blow my weekend. I have been stressed about weight loss with the beginning of summer and my sister's wedding in August so I have been putting a lot of pressure on myself. That is probably why this has happened now but I really need to stop immediately. I cannot gain weight and I have been skipping my regular exercise for days because this has taken over. NEED HELP NOW!!!!!!

PLEASE any help from people who have been there and overcome it or have any advice/words of encouragement!!!!!!!!! Thank you!

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