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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (191,551)
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7/23/13 3:24 A

Anxiety issues and food addictions can be very debilitating. I am really glad that you are working with a Dr and Therapist.

I know that this is likely a long shot, but when you are clambering around hunting for something to put in your mouth, are you aware, and I mean REALLY aware of what you have eaten over the previous couple days? I guess what I am saying is are you writing down what you are eating, and ensuring that you are getting a good amount of lean protein and plenty of fruit/veges? Sometimes we can eat, but it doesn't fill the body more than a few minutes, really satisfy. Altho' it can be expensive, depending on where you live, a couple oz of lean steak and various veges can work out cheaper and be more filling and emotionally satisfying than filling up on chips, cakes, sweets, burgers, etc.

You say seeing the scales go up makes you want to eat more - well I would be inclined to put those scales away for a while. You can obviously tell by how your clothes fit you, and the scales are only one small part. For some people scales can be a nasty trigger. Use the SP Nutrition Tracker, and hopefully that might have some good impact on your emotions. I know that it helped to keep me on the right side, and as a result I managed to reach my goal after having been overweight for about 30 years. Even tho' I have been at my goal for nearly 3 years, I still weigh everything and enter it all into the tracker, just to make sure that I stay there. It also saves my sanity, because I don't gain, so don't beat myself up!

Good luck to you,
BIG hugs,
Kris xxx

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 61,415
7/22/13 7:12 A

The previous poster has given you some great advice about starting with small goals that aren't too overwhelming, and building from there. Have you discussed all of this with your therapist? What kind of suggestions have they given you to start dealing with the problem?

Coach Jen

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7/22/13 5:54 A

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I give all new members and anyone who will listen to me 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.

I know things seem overwhelming right now, but you can take back your health and your life. Spark People encourages all its members to start with simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones. Don't worry about anything else. Just do your best to work on those goals.

Also, you have to understand that binge eating is a very complex disorder with no easy solution. The first thing I would recommend is that when you feel an urge to eat, take a moment and sit down. Write out how you feel. Were you angry ? Were you upset ? Were you bored ? Were you frustrated ? Whatever emotion you were feeling when you binged, write it down. Keep writing down your emotions. How did the food taste ? What did you eat ?

In time, what you may learn is what triggers your binges. If you can find out what causes your binges, you'll be able to decrease how many binges you have. So, right now, you may be binging every day. As you learn more about what causes your binges, it may go down to once a week, once a month or even less.

BUT... you need to be proactive. Sitting and wallowing in self pity isn't going to help. You have to do your best to take some proactive steps if you want to make a change

So, I ask you, are you ready to make a change ? Because one small change CAN change your life.

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7/22/13 5:43 A

So I don't know where to begin. I am lost. I don't know where to start again. I fear overwhelming myself with too many demands and then failing. I have binged almost every single day for the last month or so, and binged almost every other day the 2 months ago. I've tried re-reading my books, the beck diet, emotional eating, this and that etc. And then I get so overwhelmed with life anxiety and I find myself binging. I even having anxiety about binging before I even binge. I've gained 20+ pounds over my healthy range and I no longer have clothes that fit me. I am having to borrow my roommates clothes. And people around me are noticing. And I just am lost. I tell myself that I am not going to binge today. Or that I'll eat less. And it's like my emotions and ugh I am just so hypersensitive to the world everything triggers me. Seeing the scale go up, makes me want to eat. I don't know where to start again. I've done some pretty crazy things lately. I have stolen and eaten my roommates food more than once this month. I've climbed in the trash can, and eaten things. I've walked in the odd hours of the night on a mission to get my binge foods. This really is an addiction. And then I tell myself oh I am not going to have any sugar or "junk", and then I eat a cookie then it's a dozen cookies, a whole bag of chips etc. My doctor has said that I am going through a lot right now. So has my therapist. And the next step is doing and intensive out patient program. I am even having anxiety about that. It would mean being on a train for almost a total of 4 hours for 5 weeks. But maybe it's necessary. I know I need more help and support. And am desperate! I've thought about gluing my mouth shut. That's how out of control I feel.

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