Do I have an eating disorder?
Yes, I believe I do. I have BED. Binge Eating Disorder. I don’t need a therapist to diagnose me (although, maybe one would be beneficial)
I can walk the walk, do the talk and still turn around and hide my binge eating from everyone. My family, friends and even my dietican.
SP member TERESA159 commented on my “not ready” blog and she got me thinking. Got me going. I needed to hear that binge eating holds a lot of similarities to alcoholism. I cannot go on like this. My lifestyle change cannot be half-hearted. It has to be a complete commitment. Taking baby steps is okay if you eventually take bigger steps. I am not looking to be perfect, but, oh my, I need to do so much better.
I thought binging was a thing of the past for me, but it isn’t. I’m coming off of one right now.
I needed to research this some, so, I googled “what do you call someone who is a closet food binger”. (I google everything.)
I found some very interesting things.
My first stop was abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books
. Very informative.
It lead me to www.bedaonline.com/index
BEDA or Binge Eating Disorder Association.
And to another helpful site, www.stopcompulsiveeating
My interpretation of BED is having an out of control relationship with food.
I looked to see if I could find a twelve step program for Bingers. I found one for overeaters, but not for BED.
So, decided to come up with one of my own.
BED Twelve Step Program:
Step 1. Admit you are a binger,
Step 2 Recognize this as an eating disorder. (I dislike this one the most)
Step 3. Find someone to share your thoughts with, when things are going bad, and good.
Step 4. Learn to recognize your “triggers” that often lead to your binging
Step 5. Call or text someone when you have the urge. You don’t have to do it alone.
Step 6. Have a plan in place for when the urge happens because, it will happen.
Step 7. Make a list of all those “bad” foods that harmed you and decide if they really need a place on your plate.
Step 8. Keep track, daily if you can, what you eat.
Step 9. Keep a journal. Write, write and write. Blog at SparkPeople, connect with other members.
Step 10. Exercise. It will help stave off the cravings.
Step 11. It is important to get enough sleep. If you are eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep there will be less room in your life for the bad eating habits.
Step 12. When you fall off the wagon or feel close to the edge start back at step 1 and make sure you hit each one of them.
You need to be consistent and keep coming back, if you want to succeed overall. The cravings may never go away but they need to stay out of the limelight.
There are titles for everything these days, so, I made up a term to describe myself. I am a BEDaholic. My goal right now is to become a recovering BEDaholic. I am working on my 1 week pin.