Hello there! My name is Dani and I've been binge free now for five months (going on six!).
I'm not a doctor, so I can't give you any medical advice for how I stopped but I will say what I know helped me at least!
1) Binging is typically caused by emotions/stress. You'll have to identify your own trigger for binge eating. For me I binge ate when there was stress in the family or school or out of boredom -- I was a TERRIBLE boredom eater. You'll need to learn to channel all the energy you use to put into eating into something else. For me, I picked up hula-hooping as an exercise and that became a way I dealt with stresses instead of over eating.
I know it sounds hard but it can be done, in my first month of being binge free I went through a back-to-back breakup, family troubles like you wouldn't believe, and a friend moving in with her two kids under the age of 1. It was hard, but I channeled any negative energies into working out and making myself better instead of binging. Food wasn't the solution, I was.
2) You may have a certain trigger food as well which is common with binge eating. For me I can not handle myself around cookies like thin mints or chocolate chips, I will devour cake if it's out, and I am right now trying to stop with soda (on day 3 so I'm proud).
What I Did: I keep those foods OUT OF THE HOUSE. I had my mom stop buying them and when she did I almost went nuts on it but I learned to control it but even now I just keep it out. I cannot exercise moderation on it just yet. I'm learning well with soda as I am at a college campus and I'm dong the same with cookies but it's difficult. That's why I suggest just keeping your trigger/comfort foods out for a few months and indulge on some when you're out in public.
3) Binge eaters will typically grab the first thing they see, try making it fruit!
What I Did: Anytime there was a cake at home, my mom would leave it out on the counter and I would eat it. Not even just a piece, like most of the cake would be gone by the time she got home. Soooo, I stopped leaving junk food out. That cake went into the fridge, the chips up into a cupboard, the cookies way in the back of the freezer and all the fruit/veggies came to the front and were put on the counter. By making fruit the first thing I saw, even if I did reach for food it was HEALTHY and it reminded me how far I had come and that I could keep going.
4) It's going to be hard, it truly is. But the hard is what's going to make it great!
What I Did: I journaled! Anytime I felt sad/upset I would just write it down or talk to a friend about it. I have some of the most understanding friends and it's a blessing but if you don't feel like you have anyone to talk to, I am here!!! I will listen, I've done it before so I know what it's like and am willing to be your cheerleader if you need it!
5) There comes a time when you just have to ask for help.
I was able to just quit on my own, I don't know how, but I did. If at anytime I start to binge eat again, I will ask for help. If you feel like you can't do it on your own, or you just don't know where to start --ask for help! Talk to your doctor or a counselor or something. Binge Eating Disorder is now a recognized eating disorder as of 2013. Do not feel embarrassed because sooooo many people have it that may not even realize or are too afraid to admit it but I will admit it proudly because it's something I fought to get over.
That about wraps up what I have, as I've said if you ever need someone to talk to I'm always here!
Have a lovely day xx
| Pounds lost: 1.0