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KIMMA34
Posts: 91
6/11/13 11:46 A

Hi,

I am 37rs old and I weigh 305lbs and I believe I am a Binge Eater. I have no control over food and the amounts I eat. How and where can I get help??


-Kim



CHARMAINEK1
Posts: 354
5/30/13 10:55 A

thanks , i drink about 9 500ml of water a day, but maybe eat too little because i eat a portion of weetbix with milk in the morning, two slices of bread at lunch and a fruit either in between meals or with lunch and then something for supper tonight it is a sandwich with avo on . before each meal i drink a 500ml of water, but no i am not hungry i dont feel hungry



AMBERMICHELE77
Posts: 25
5/29/13 12:51 P

If I'm in the middle of a binge, I will start drinking a lot of water so I'm incredibly full. It will also make you feel better. I think so anyway.



COANNIE
SparkPoints: (9,512)
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Posts: 241
5/29/13 12:21 P

Binging is so hard, and I think most if not all of the Sparkers will understand.

CHARMAINEK1, If you're eating a good dinner, and then find yourself desiring something else, here is what I do - sit and think about it- am I really hungry because my body needs more nutrition, or am I just wanting to fill up? Just thinking about it really helps. Also, try drinking some herb tea, or a big glass of water. Take a walk outside, or just go outside and sit.

Now, if you're exercising, that is great, but you may need to eat more. Or, you may be fudging on your portions and thinking- well, I'll work it off- I am convinced that while exercise helps with weight-loss, the main thing is food. Make sure you're tracking, weighing your food, drinking your water, and adjust your nutrition tracker to count the exercise.



CHARMAINEK1
Posts: 354
5/29/13 10:39 A

i am not to sure if i binge or not but what i do is after my evening meal i feel like something sweet or just something to eat and it is always something like chocolates which i never usually eat or a big bad of chips . i find it strange because i am exercising now way more than i have ever , i have put on about 2kg in about 3 months . emoticon



AMBERMICHELE77
Posts: 25
5/28/13 12:55 A

I should have read this 18 hours ago.



STARDUST2K4
Posts: 1,344
5/26/13 4:36 P

I've learned that it's not about making sure I never binge again. It's about how I'm going to pick myself up after it happens. It's bound to happen whether it's at a party, or with family, or just in some uncontrollable situation where I 'lose it' and eat a ton.

Learning to get back up from it-without beating myself up, has been a key in staying successful.



ARCHIMEDESII
SparkPoints: (139,179)
Fitness Minutes: (208,750)
Posts: 20,615
5/26/13 3:02 P

JJ625JONES,

I wish I had an answer for you. Binge eating is a complex disorder with no easy solution. What causes one person to binge might not be the cause in someone else.

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss 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.

If you find yourself binging, don't assume all is lost. it's not. Also, don't beat yourself up because you do binge. As I mentioned, binge eating IS a very complex disorder. Have you ever considered talking to a therapist ? If you've been a binge eater for a very long time, talk to your doctor and ask for a referral to a therapist who treats eating disorders. Binging on food is merely a symptom of something deeper that's going on. So, depending on how long you've been binge eating, you might consider seeking professional help.

If you find yourself binge eating when you're stressed out, then you need to find ways to vent your stress that don't involve food. If you feel an urge to eat every single cookie in the house, then the cookies need to go. Out of sight. Out of mind. If it's not there, you won't eat it. If you don't want to get rid of the treats, when the next time you feel like binging, put on your coat and take a walk. Walk away from the kitchen. Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. Put on some music and try to relax. take a shower. There are lots of other things you could do instead of eating.

Also, get a notebook. The next time you binge, write down your feelings. How did you feel when you ate the food ? What were you feeling before you ate that food ? How did you feel afterwards ? Some times writing out our feelings can give us clues that can help us stop those binges. In short, if we can find out what triggers a binge, we have a good chance to "head it off at the pass" and stop it.

Have you ever tried writing your feelings when you binge ? That might be worth a try. writing really might help you figure out what's causing your binges. The more you learn about what triggers your binges, the better you can reduce their occurrences.

Have you read any self help books ? You might also take a trip to the library to get out some books on binge eating. A good book by Susan Kano is called Making Peace with Food. you might find it helpful.





RIGEIN24
SparkPoints: (11,573)
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Posts: 260
5/26/13 2:39 P

I would recommend this article about emotional eating
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=693


and this article about changing your attitude/being positive
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=497


Please read them, the wisdom there is better than any advice I could give you.



JJ625JONES
Posts: 130
5/26/13 1:45 P


I have noticed what I eat either makes me feel bad or makes me feel good. And the more I eat the hungrier I am. For example, a few days ago I ate a lot of chocolate and junk. Yesterday, felt awful about myself and put myself on a healthier eating plan. There is noo dieting, just healthy eating but for some reason, after a week or so of that I binge. And on the days i am eating healthy, I'm very convinced that healthy eating is the way to go, but still binge!! I know why I binge its like I temporarily just give up, lose sanity, like the taste of the food.
And of course it makes me feel awful. I'm all for treats every once in awhile, but when I eat 3 chocolate bars, of course I'm going to feel sad and bad. So I know I have to stop bingeing if not for anything else for my emotional health. Yesterday I was soo hungry bc I had eaten so much the day before... but told myself no I will just eat healthy and not overdo it. And I didnt and today don't feel so hungry.
How do I stop an eventual binge?



 
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