It will probably help a lot to untangle eating, being in bed, and watching TV. That's like a triple-whammy of narcotic eating right there.
Can you imagine yourself eating only at a table, with no television? Or watching TV seated in a chair?
You already recognize that binge eating is not really a "fun little me time" activity. It's self destructive. Now you have to take action to become self-caring instead of self-destructive.
Can you imagine other activities that will be relaxing and fun, that don't involve eating? Are those things you can start doing instead of binge eating in bed?
It's really up to you to analyze what's going on when you binge, why you do it, and what methods will work to interrupt your bad habits and what techniques will make new habits pleasurable enough to continue. It's something I struggle with every day, sometimes more, sometimes less. A lot of "other people's tips" didn't really work for me either until I really started confronting what I was hiding from when I was eating. I hope you find something that will work for you!
We've all had those days, and I used to love that "me time" of eating special food (for me it was cheese and bread and red wine) while I enjoyed my afternoon.
Things that helped me: Taking up hobbies that required my hands, like knitting or reading. The last thing you want is Oreo crumbs on your nice yarn or your books!
Pre-logging the food I was about to eat. It's a lot easier to realize ahead of time "I'm about to eat 1000 calories worth of cheese and bread - do I really still want to do this?" and either cut the portion or just pick something else or realize I'm not actually hungry and I have a delicious dinner planned (also already in my tracker). Your body logs the food whether it's in your tracker or not.
Leave it at the grocery store! I make a list of ingredients I need for meals and snacks and I do not deviate from the list. I can't eat food that's not in my possession. On a related note, don't grocery shop hungry.
Using the note feature in my tracker to note how I feel either as a cause or effect of eating. "Today work was insane, so my after work snack was very large and not very healthy." "I ate a triple serving of ice cream, I felt sluggish for the rest of the afternoon." It doesn't have to be self-depricating or judgmental, just facts so that next time it triggers that thought of "the last time I ate this, I couldn't stop until it was gone, and I didn't even enjoy it that much."
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I HATE when I have a day like that! What helps me is to check in on Spark and just looking at my food and exercise trackers will help remind me to eat in moderation. If a do some exercise and add it to my tracker, even just some strength training, it helps. I see the positive and it helps me remember what my goals are.
Have you tried not buying the oreos? I know it's hard to walk past them in the grocery store. The other thing I do is pre-package items into single servings to make it more difficult for me to eat the whole bag.
I've been bingeing so much over the last couple of weeks. Thought I was done but just picked up a bag of pita bread, a container of hummus, and a bag of oreos and just ate all of it. Totaled it up and so far today I've eaten a little over 4000 calories :-( I keep bingeing and can't stop. I know for me bingeing is a fun little me time activity where I can relax and bundle up in bed with my favorite shows and just de-stress. Obviously though, it doesn't actually destress me because I'm very stressed out about bingeing. I have all of this insight into myself and know all of the tips that Spark articles say about stopping bingeing, but it just doesn't work for me :-/
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