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KBTRUSSELL SparkPoints: (0)
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2/13/12 11:19 A

I binge eat as well... but was really unable to define it - as strange as that sounds. I feel like I am in a trance and just eat tons of food. I am going to start researching binge eating now.

MSGNOME Posts: 555
2/12/12 2:36 P

She does have a lot of books! I really liked "Why Weight' which is more of a workbook. Also, Breaking free from Emotional Eating. Really, whatever books you can find by her in your local library are probably going to be helpful.

MUFFINTOP911 Posts: 6
2/12/12 9:34 A

Thanks for the info. I too have depression. I'm interested in learning about this connection. Which books address this topic? I see she has a lot of books so I'm trying to narrow it down to maybe 2 or 3. Thanks again

PEEDIE22 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/12/12 9:22 A

Geneen Roth is the bomb and her books are in most public libraries. Check her out.

You might want to get some help though. Often binge eating is caused by depression. Carbs actually increase your serotonin levels briefly (but not in a lasting, good way), so it's common to crave sugar and refined starch when you are clinically depressed.

There's no shame in getting an evaluation and meds if you need them. You may find it's a lot easier to stick to your plan if you treat the depression/binge eating first.

I have major recurring depression and on meds I don't crave sugar if I don't eat it. It helps enormously. Don't give up! emoticon

KANOE10 Posts: 5,605
2/12/12 9:08 A

Try reading about cutting sugar out of your diet..and cutting out refined carbs. I found that eating low carb stopped my binging.

Hope you feel better today.

MUFFINTOP911 Posts: 6
2/12/12 7:32 A

I feel your pain. The guilt is tremendous. I feel like I can't stop until whatever it is I'm binging on is completely gone... Followed by the guilt and disappointment of failing to stay in control and sabotaging my own success. I feel like such a loser. Why can't I get a grip on this? I lose 10 pounds and gain 8 back in what seems like a week! Ugh.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,155)
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2/12/12 6:47 A


Binge eating is a real psychological disorder that many people do suffer from. There is no one reason or answer as to why it happens to a person, but you can get help. Have you read any of the Spark articles on emotional eating ? If not, start reading those articles. There are many techniques that can help you learn about binges and how to decrease them.

Also, do you have a PCP ? If your binge eating is really that bad, consider talking to your doctor about your problem. Ask them for a referral to a good therapist. See, the binging is merely a symptom of something deeper. That's where a good therapist can help. A good therapist can help you work through whatever issues you're having and help you get control of your eating.

Do start reading everything you can to become more educated about binging, but don't be afraid to seek professional help. Binging really is a very complex problem.

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
2/12/12 2:10 A

I too have issues with binge eating (heck, last night was an example) I'll have to give the cheese eating thing a try. I usually crave sweets terribly when I want to binge. The important thing is once you DO binge to get right back to it the next day. Surprisingly, I was able to go for a 6.54 mile jog today and stay within my calories today as well.

MSGNOME Posts: 555
2/11/12 10:17 P

I used to have big problems with binge eating. If you're doing a really restrictive diet then it could be from just being hungry or feeling deprived. Or it's something else you're feeling, like frustration or stress or anger that you don't deal with in a healthy way. I found it helpful to keep a journal of what I was feeling and then act on it appropriately, like when you're stressed out go for a walk instead of binge eating.

I also found Geneen Roth's books to be helpful.

MBHRD27 SparkPoints: (3,051)
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2/11/12 9:46 P

I am a binge eater and I learned that binging = depression and it's just not worth it. It's very hard not to cave in because once it starts it's like something takes over your body and you cannot stop. you have to have self control and reward yourself for not binging. promise yourself a nice healthy breakfast or whatever

2/11/12 9:46 P

For me, when I want to binge, I crave sugar. However, I've found that if I eat something heavy in protein (cheese, deli meat) instead, it stops my binging in its tracks. I discovered this one day, when i ate some cheese because I had no sugar in the house and I was shocked at how well it worked for me.

I really hope this helps or someone else has advice that works for you.

KRYAN931 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/11/12 9:42 P

what a disgusting habit, maybe not the habit itself but how i tend to feel after....does anyone have any advice how to overcome this?

the longer i do this the more out of control my life seems to get.

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