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12 3/24/13 11:15 P
I am in it too. I say all day I won't binge tonight, and plan for a healthy snack... but then it just happens. And I can't stop. I eat thousands of calories in chocolate and peanut butter type snacks. My digestive system HATES when I do this, and my body gets bloated, so the next day I usually have to move my belt notch up a size =/ and I then feel uncomfortable in my own skin.
It's like a crazy high that I can't explain. It makes me feel like a drug addict, which I am not, but maybe it's a sugar high that I am addicted to. I am determined to stop this though. It used to happen occasionally and now it's becoming a nightly ritual... I'm so scared to gain all the weight back that I have worked so hard to lose.
I am not really sure how to find the power within myself to fight the urge, but I am going to work on it. This is essentially why I created this profile today called "30 Days Strong" I want to commit to 30 days of no binging.
Well, I hope this helps, knowing that you are not alone in this battle. We can do it! It's just a bump in our weight loss journey that we must learn how to deal with and manage to get back on track of a healthy lifestyle.
Have you thought of keeping a journal to see when you eat and how you are feeling? I don't know if it will help you, but I have heard that it has helped other people (and me).
I noticed that I tend to binge more a couple days before my period (as with a lot of other women), when I get super depressed or mad, when my sister is coming over (she has ALWAYS bullied me; to this day, I have to be in a good mood to see her or I get wicked stressed) or when I think about my next meal. I run through my head what we have to eat and what I can make for the next meal and then my brain remembers the junk that we have and next thing I know, I'm binging. I'm getting it under control, but I was able to identify the triggers.
I never binged until I started to try and lose weight. It's been a cycle ever since, but guess what? Every "cycle" is a little better, I eat a little less, even if it's been years. I agree with ARCHIMEDESII - writing a journal may help identify those binge triggers.
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3/20/13 11:04 A
As Coach Nancy mentioned, binge eating is a complex issue with no easy solution. One thing you might consider trying is this. The next time you feel a binge coming on, take a moment and write out your feelings and emotions. Writing out how you feel when you binge can help to identify what might be triggering those binges. Are you bored ? Are you angry ? Are you upset ? Are you stressed out ? Were you in an argument ? There are lots of different reasons a person turns to food for comfort. If you can identify what reason causes your binges, you can learn to decrease those binges by recognizing what triggers them.
The more you learn about what causes those binges, the better you can manage your binge eating. What I've learned about people who binge eat is that the binging never completely stops, but it can be decreased to a point where you might be binging once every few months instead of say once a week.
Your ticker says that you are 5 pounds under your goal weight. Are you getting enough nutrition when you aren't binging? Use the tracker, and make sure that ALL of your nutrients are at healthy levels.
Are you under stress right now? Can you do anything productive to reduce the stress?
As for the current binge, I wish I could offer you some brilliant piece of advice, or wave a magic wand and make it go away. that you are going through this.
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46,222 3/20/13 9:40 A
Unlocking the door as to why we binge is probably one of the toughest parts of the journey.
First of all recognize that many times we are led to a binge because physiologically we allowed ourselves to get too hungry therefore as the old saying goes when we are exposed to food, many times "our eyes are bigger than our stomachs."
Secondly, you must really decide if you are truly hungry, or if you are eating out of stress, boredom, because you are tired or lonely, etc, etc. This is honing in on what I call, "the why we do, what we do, when we do it" scenario. This is where keeping a journal is a VERY helpful tool as it will help you see if there is a pattern with your bingeing.
Thirdly, know that when we continually deprive ourselves or make certain foods off limits, many times this draws us even more so to them. There are no 'good' foods or 'bad' foods, just choices. But if you allow yourself to occasionally have them (this is where planning is key), they no longer carry the stigma of thinking this will be it. And of course for me that meant I was less then perfect, therefore I would allow guilt to move, therefore I would abandon my plan until I was ready to try to lose weight again...no more.
Lastly, know that you are in full control over the food. In other words, food does not have control over us unless we allow it to.
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