I still do have problems with binge eating but I have got much better at managing them. Here's some tips that I use:
1. Slow down. Try to recognise the feelings you get better a binge then when you notice them try to stop and think about why you want to eat rather than rushing to the kitchen.
2. Eat enough. Depriving yourself too much won't help you lose weight. Adding 100 cals each day is surely better than eating an extra 2000 once a week which for me is easily done.
3. Respect yourself. Remind yourself that bingeing will only make you feel worse physically and mentally after. Do something positive for yourself instead.
And remember not to try and 'make up for it' if you do binge. This can set you up for a viscious cycle of restricting and overeating which is horrible for your body. Feel free to message me if you ever need support. You can do it!
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40 1/9/12 11:04 P
I am a binge eater. When I get the urge it is the most overpowering feeling I could ever imagine. When I look back at some of my episodes I am disgusted knowing how many calories I consumed. I know that is how I got here. When I am in the middle of a binge I just can't stop. My days of binging are less. I also try to binge on healthy things and when I do I try not to beat myself up. It makes me hate myself less to know I am not alone. Often when one binges, like me, they do it alone in secret feeling alone. Thanks for your honesty everyone. I like the popcorn idea.
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1/9/12 8:43 P
When I want to eat alot (like really really a ton) I make TONS of popcorn. I just keep filling up the air pooper and make it and eat it ....until I am full. Seriously, I can eat a lot of it. But air popped popcorn is a healthy choice as far as snacks go. SO I know...I know...it doesn't resolve the emotional eating but at least you don't blow all the good you did all day! :) The when you are having a good day try to come up with a plan for when you fell the emotional urge to eat. If it is not in the house you won't eat it!
1/9/12 7:50 P
Honestly...I still do it...sort of. Saturdays I let myself get whatever it is I want and I eat as much as I want. But I don't eat near as much as I used to. I think just knowing that I can have whatever I want and however much I want one day a week keeps me from binging the rest of the week. Still not healthy but it works for me. :)
1/9/12 4:01 P
I'm a compulsive binge eater. Until 3 months ago I was doing it pretty regularly.
I even wrote my blog fivee days ago about how I met every single symptom of a binge eater.
I knew I had a problem before I read the article and have been working on it for months. There are still days that I can't help myself.. They're a lot rarer now but it's hard when all you think about 24/7 is food. I don't deprive myself if I really want chocolate I'll eat it. In more of a moderation though. If I don't then the thoughts of chocolate becomes all I can think about and then I go overboard. I know I'll always have a problem with food.. but it's how I deal with it that becomes important.
I used to binge a lot and at night especially. What I found has worked really well is spacing out my meals, and when I do eat something that's particularly high in calories, start with eating half a serving, then wait about 10 minutes and decide if it's really worth my time and calories. You can do it!
It took me a long time to get over it and I still have problems with it, especially recently. My main advice is to not deprive yourself. I found that when I was binge eating it was because I was depriving myself of things I really liked and ate every day. Instead of binge eating I still allowed myself that chocolate every day, just a little bit less. Once in a while I totally fall of the wagon but it happens, I just pick myself up and look forward.
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