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Why?


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Why do I binge on candy and pasta and other trigger foods? I feel terrible physically and emotionally when I do it ! I try not to have binge friendly foods in the house because I know what will happen! What causes me to binge? I wish I knew! I didn't binge last night because I went to bed early! I knew if I stayed up I would binge! Yesterday I had 2 pieces of candy at my friends house but if they werent there I would have ate half a bag of candy! They said they needed chocolate and they each had 1 or 2 pieces and forgot about it!!! The candy made me very uncomfortable because I wanted to binge but I knew it would be rude to start eating all of it! I didnt buy my own supply at the store because I knew I would binge on it later if I did! Instead I bought fruits and veggies I like I thought if I end up binging better to eat healthy foods! I wish I could be like my friends and not want to eat the whole bag of candy! Time to go biking with my friend! emoticon
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NANALISA-4 11/12/2012 1:32PM

    I can totally relate to the candy and snack binging and not knowing why! I am not a stress, depressed, etc binger....I just do it if its there! Once I start, I can't stop! Good for you for buying the good foods! Keep up the great work!

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LITTLEBO 11/12/2012 12:11PM

    Unfortunately, we binge eaters are like "other people", but we are good people none the less. You made some excellent choices in buying fruits and veggies instead of candy. Count every little victory. I have found that the more I make those good choices, the not so good choices become less frequent.
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BRAVELUTE 11/10/2012 4:52PM

    Yep!! get rid of temptation. Flush it!! And I've found after 6 weeks following Eat to Live that I can watch a commercial without getting up to get a snack, or not even wanting to.

I've set a rule for myself: eat a piece of fruit if I desire a sweet snack. I didn't seem to want savory snacks. I keep a piece of fruit with me all the time.

I sound like I'm eating fruit all the time. I guess it's like a security blanket. If I seem to be heading toward those non-nutritious snacks, I don't panic because the tasty, healthy fruit is waiting.

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MIZINA730 11/8/2012 9:36AM

    You did the right thing! Buying fruits and vegetables will get you on the right track. I think that binging is related to the tiredness you have. Going to bed early is another good move. I've also at times thought that having a treat is a way to give oneself a little interlude in the day that doesn't cost time or money. But now I make myself a cup of tea to sit down, relax and unwind. Also, stress wreaks havoc with the blood sugar. Perhaps your body is trying to reach an equilibrium when you crave things. Again, a cup of hot green tea may help.

I also cut an apple and enjoy the experience of smelling the aroma and enjoying its qualities. We live near an orchard and my husband just brought home four heirloom varieties. One was developed in France in the 1700s. This orchardist loves cultivating as much variety as possible. You might want to explore apple varieties to try. It's another convenient brief interlude to savor for yourself, just enjoying an apple.

Sometimes when I really need it, I will have a cup of hot cocoa with added cocoa to it. It's sweet but not too sweet, and the extra polyphenols are good for my heart so I don't feel it's a such bad thing. I try to find things that make me feel special, that are simple, easy and don't break the bank calorie wise.

Also, as time goes by, your cravings will lessen. Your body will adapt to better living and sugar won't appeal to you as much. Just be patient and keep up the good work!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/8/2012 3:38AM

    That is a good way to deal with temptation, don't have it handy.well done.

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GREENGENES 11/7/2012 10:51PM

    I hear you. I am amazed at my wife's self control. She can just take a single bite out of something and be satisfied whereas I tend to just keep on going. I work hard to keep trigger foods out of the house but it doesn't always work. Fortunately, over time the binges become less and less so just keep positive.

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TEADYBEAR77 11/7/2012 10:56AM

    I do the same thing. I turn to food for comfort. Try keeping a food journal. Write down everything you eat. And right down your feelings when you eat. You can identify why you turn to food. I use food as a drug for comfort instead of dealing with my problems.
I appreciate your honsety. You're not alone.

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JENGOJENGO 11/7/2012 9:36AM

  I can totally relate. Try to identify why you have the urge to binge the next time. Are you stressed, bored, hungry, feeling deprived? It was helpful to me this week when I went out of control to realize that I was stressed about my son's asthma flare up. Just being able to name it helped me to eventually get back on track.

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