Binging is something difficult to stop. That's a personal problem of mine
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1,568 5/24/13 12:23 A
LSCHNURR, I can completely relate to your plight. You are so right: it's an ongoing struggle. You just gotta pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over tomorrow. You definitely know what you need to do (drink water, etc), and in time that mindset may take hold of you. I try to psyche myself out by thinking of how much better I will sleep, and how HAPPY I will be when I wake up in the morning knowing I didn't overeat the previous night.
You are very welcome! Remember that a bad choice doesn't not mean it's the end of the world. You just start again, in the moment, and make the best choice for you. And please don't panic if you eat a treat. We all do. Just have a treat as a treat and not a regular endeavor. You rock too !
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5/20/13 9:21 P
Elaine - thank you so much for the info. You are absolutely right! It is a battle and we all go through it one step at a time. I know I am hard on myself because I know better, but if I just relax a bit I think it will work out. I will work doubly hard on focusing tomorrow on my eating habits and the foods I eat (especially snacks). I do have lots of fruits so I will start with that. I did not have this problem last year. I don't know why I am having difficulty this time. Regrouping and assessing start tomorrow..thanks again Elaine, you rock!!
Hi Sue, I had a hard time with snacking in the evening for many years. It started when I was young and because I'm not young anymore I thought it would be impossible to stop. I found that making small changes until they become part of your normal routine before adding another small change; and so on. I also found if I ate real food that is full of natural fibre like vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts and seeds is much more filling and satisfying then most snacks. I also make sure I get enough protein with every meal is very important. I didn't stop snacking at night all at ounce. It was a very old habit but if I ate enough wholesome food I was already less likely to have a large snack. I found that if I couldn't sleep and I really needed to eat I would have a protein, like cottage cheese and a slow carb like sweet potato. Then I would go to bed and resist eating everything in sight. In a few minutes a would actually feel full and was able to fall asleep and it was easy on my stomach. It was really hard for a while. I had some sleepless nights, but eventually I was able to sleep without eating or snacking. It's a journey we are all on and it takes time to learn, make changes, break bad habits, and Make healthy habits. Don't beat yourself up if you snack. And if you want to snack, eat really healthy food first. It helps to keep unhealthy snack food out of the house. And even when I no longer had snack food in my house, sometimes I'd go out to buy it anyways. It's a process one day at a time, one moment at a time, one change at a time. I wish you all the best! You will get where you want to be! Just keep going forward. Every new day is a clean slat e LOVE ELAINE
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5/20/13 7:48 P
Hello everyone: first time on this topic and I can relate to the issues here. I need help! I eat very healthy and in small portions all three meals. I go to the gym almost everyday burning 2,000 calories a day. I lost weight since I started, but now it has stalled. My problem is overeating on snacks, especially after dinner. Sometimes, my snacks are more than my three meals combined. I feel guilty after over snacking, so I work out twice as much at the gym. The cycle starts again! I feel angry at myself for doing this over and over and over. There seems to no end to this cycle. Anyone has an idea how to fight this? Thanks in advance for any help..Sue
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5/18/13 6:48 A
So it is now Saturday and I have still stayed off track, but I am getting back to it today. I was at work when the feelings hit. I thinks perhaps I did have too little to eat before my walk, and plus my work was quite stressful and I think I got a bit overwhelmed. Which is strange as I am quite a capable person. I gained 40 lbs AFTER going back to work from my 2nd materity leave, in 2010, much related to secret eating at work and in the evenings. It was funny because I bought those crackers to give my little guy as a snack when I pick him up from daycare, and when I bought them I though, "I should not buy these, they will be binge foods for me".
Next time I will listen to that little voice!
Thanks for the good advice, and off I go,to track my breakfast. a good 3 day weekend at home should get me back on track.
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5/15/13 10:19 P
I tend to be all-or-nothing too. I haven't had any alcohol for about 3 weeks. I feel that if I were to go out and have a margarita with a friend, I would completely snap and want to start drinking again. It really does help to not have it in your house, as long as you can also keep yourself from going out and getting it :)
Love the feed back you got so far.. one thing I was thinking is are you getting enough protein? that could of been the reason why you where feeling woozie after your walk.. just saying .. it sound liked a blood sugar drop and protein.. is a big factor..
but like someone said don't look back, its over and you can move forward with your next planed meal. keep moving forward you can do it
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1,724 5/15/13 7:18 P
Yep, if you drop one egg on the floor, do you go back and throw the rest of the carton on the floor, too? No, of course not. So instead of feeling like a failure, just try to learn from the experience as to what you can do differently. Great suggestions below. And the biggest one: forgive yourself. You're not failing, you're learning! Keep on!
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5/15/13 6:47 P
The long slow road will be worth it! I am not a doctor but was just wondering that if you felt dizzy after the walk, have you had any trouble with Blood Glucose levels? Have you checked those lately? Any blood pressure issues? Dehydration? If you feel like eating an extra amount of food at one time, it is possible that the meals prior to the binge were very small, you had not eaten for a long duration, were tired, less sleep, etc... there could be many reasons. Try not to keep those kinds of snacks at home. You cant eat what is not there! : ). Make some small changes to the snacks you purchase so that most are healthy. No need to make all the changes at once. If you feel a binge coming on, eat fulfilling food such as apple with peanut butter if no allergies instead of just apple. If you are craving sweet, make a small fruit platter and squeeze some chocolate sauce on it so that you are mostly eating fruit with a little bit of chocolate as well.
If you are craving salty/savory, you can eat some whole grain pita chips with hummus. Another example would be nachos made healthy by using quinoa/black bean chips instead of pure corn and sprinking only a small amount of cheese and salsa over the chips and microwave it for a few secs until cheese just melts. You can sprinkle black pepper powder on it if you desire.
There are yummy and fulfilling snacks which can see us through the binge feelings. As for this time, the time has passed, time to forgive and move on and be mindful next time... I was the all or nothing type too but now I have learned that anything positive that I do is that much more than not doing it atall. 10 mins of exercise is better than not doing it at all. And if I indulge at one meal, I dont have to consider the whole day ruined.
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5/15/13 2:50 P
Thank you, that is exactly the message I needed. I really am the all-or-nothing type, I know that about myself and I know that is how I got to this place.
I was so hoping someone would answer me quicly and give me some encouragement, because I know this is going to be a long slow road but in the end it will be worth it.
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5/15/13 2:27 P
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". Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.
As the old song goes,"Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for all the positive things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. You didn't do anything wrong. we all have days we eat more than others. It happens. as long as it doesn't happen every single day, you'll be fine.
Cut yourself some slack for being human. The guilt is no good. Put the day behind you and just to be more mindful for the rest of the week, that's all.
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5/15/13 2:13 P
I have been doing so well for the past few weeks, doing WW counting points, being very sensible. Today I managed through a team meeting, ate my breakfast, had one small muffin that I baked myself, so I knew the Nutrition info. Then I went for a walk, felt a bit dizzy during the walk (very unusual). I came in and ate my lunch and after eating still felt ravenously hungry...so I went on to eat everything in sight - another muffin, 4 bags of Ritz Bits that I had in my drawer for my kids after-school snacks, and 3 cookies. oh yeah and some soy nuts - so high in calories. I feel disgusted with myself. And strangely not even full.
I know what I should have done instead - a big glass of water before eating, another one during lunch, maybe another one after, to slow myself down.
This is an ongoing struggle. I just have to not stay off track for the rest of the week.
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