Binging, is binging, and probably rooted in emotions. It may be a time to reflect on what emotions are going on in you, and look at your self-talk. It would have caused more weight damage with junky food but it's still an issue that needs attention.
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I'm a binger on whatever is around. When things aren't right in the emotional world, I think the feeling of being full is comforting, so anything can and will be eaten. Too bad. I can't stock up on anything during my low times.
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Hmm, that's a puzzle. I don't exactly binge these days, but I do get to periods when grazing threatens to become a problem, and I don't discriminate much between "good" food and "bad" when that happens. If all that's around and ready to eat is healthy stuff, that's what I'll grab for. So far it's never taken all that much effort to stop: I notice, I consciously put the brakes on for a day or two, make double sure all food gets packed up and put away immediately after serving, and then the issue is gone again (until the next time). So I can't really help with the emotional aspect -- if you feel that there is one, then seeing someone about it might be a good idea.
I'd also suggest taking a hard look at your overall nutrition and calorie intake. Sometimes binging (and grazing) can be triggered or made much worse if calories have been pushed a little bit too low, or if you have nutritional deficiencies going unrecognized, or if your intake has shifted a bit too far towards simple carbohydrates and away from filling fats and proteins and complex carbs. So if you see any potential issues there, it might be helpful to focus extra hard on getting really good nutrition and sufficient calories for a week or so and see if any of the urge to binge goes away. It just might. (Even consider eating above the top of your range in calories for a little while to see if things stabilize. It's probably fewer calories than the binging is adding on, you know? And you could still lose weight doing that.)
Hmmm, the usual "suspects" have already been covered, but I'm wondering when was the last time you went in to your doctor for a check-up and had a full vitamin / mineral / electrolyte panel done with your bloodwork?
I have never been either an "emotional" or "binge" eater, but last year found myself almost insatiable. Veggies are some of my favourite foods, and I was over-eating spinach, broccoli, and carrots. Cereal, on the other hand, is not a favourite at all, yet I was over-eating it as well. When I went in for my annual check-up, I found out that I was severely deficient in iron, folate, and Vitamin D. Surprise, surprise --- the foods that I was "binging" on are all either naturally high in iron and folate, or, in the case of the cereal, had those added.
If this is unusual behaviour for you, then you really might want to consider a visit to the doctor to see if there might be a deficiency causing your body to look for "more".
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Is this something new? What sort of calorie intake are you taking in? How many calories do you burn through exercise?
I am curious because you say you're binging on healthy foods. It seems if this were a "comfort" or "emotional" thing that you would be binging on crave-worthy, comfort foods not just any food you can get your hands on. This similarly happened to me when I was not eating enough for my activity level/exercise level. I went into starvation mode and began obsessing over food, *any* food I could get my hands on. I was suddenly picking the veggies and fruit clean from my children's plates. Had to "taste" everything I was cooking. Thought about food constantly. Never felt satisfied after a meal. My body was essentially forcing me to eat and I had little control over it.
There is probably something else going on that is causing you to binge eat. If you don't figure out what that is, you'll continue to binge eat on whatever is available.
So, when I find myself overeating (whether on healthy food or unhealthy food), I have to address why I'm stuck on this act of binge eating. It can be painful to do, but really there is no other way around it.
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21,139 9/19/13 2:42 P
If you find yourself binging on even healthy foods, you have to ask yourself why ? Are you under any unusual stress ? Are you anxious or worried about something ? Having problems with family, school, work or relationship ?
I'm a big believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. if a person can reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline.
You need to find a better way to manage your stress that doesn't involve food. The next time you feel an urge to over eat the air popped pop corn, put on your coat and take a walk. walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. Have a cup of tea. tea is very relaxing. listen to some of your favorite tunes. go to the gym and have a workout.
Do you have a hobby ? Do you knit or sew or paint ? If not, having a hobby can else help reduce stress.
Also, if you find that those things don't work, perhaps it's time to seek a professional opinion. Some times why we eat isn't about the food, it's about some other issue that drives us to eat. a good therapist could help you work out the issues you have that cause you to eat.
Eating takes on a whole new level when hot air popcorn, steamed broccoli, carrots, fruit... (you get the picture) become dangerous. I am finding that I am overeating and almost binging... okay... binging on "healthy" food choices. I know I have to look at the behavior around the over eating and binging. I would really love some feedback as to what do YOU do when you find yourself overeating/binging on what is considered a healthy food choice. Thanks in advance!
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