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I've been reading a book by a doctor about how certain foods - especially sugar - can hijack the reward centers of your brain. I always felt addicted to some foods - but until today it was all just guess work. Today, as I ate my lunch and read my Sparkpeople emails, I had another aha moment. This message board is called self-sabotage and lack of control, and for most of my life I believed that my over eating was ALL my fault. I've written about the empty feeling I have after eating junk food that usually leads to a binge. Now my life is far from perfect, and I do use any excuse to over eat, but I suddenly realized that on the day when I wrote that I didn't want to binge and on the day when I desperately wanted to binge - my life was basically the same. The only difference, was all the sugar I had eaten. That "empty" feeling I had, was not my soul crying out for a better life - but my brain wanting another fix because I was literally high on sugar. That's why the binge beast can only be controlled, not cured. It's hard wired into my brain.

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Alwaycentered - you are on to it...all the best.

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Just had to reply to your comments about having to indulge at Easter (cause it's a holiday, of course) and having to indulge at the family gathering (cause it's a celebration, of course). Not in any way is this a criticism, because I have done this exact thing my whole life. But I was reading something about the mindsets of skinny people, and I suddenly realized that they don't think the same way. They are internally guided by their goals - to eat healthy and low calorie - and nothing from the outside environment will ever deter them. Now that, for me, is a radical mind shift. I look for any excuse to over eat. Today I am going shopping at Whole Foods, which really means, pizza and soda and chocolate muffins - cause they're all natural. Right? I think I need to start thinking like a skinny person, even if my body isn't there yet, my mind needs to be.


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Had another aha moment. Was eating my lunch while reading the article on sparkpeople about the woman who was not going to order take out for a month, but was learning to cook. I too am not much of a cook. Though my meals are healthy, they aren't really all that tasty. So whenever I am alone, I generally eat in front of the TV or computer. I know, a big no-no. Supposed to eat mindfully. But I just find it too boring. So I'm sipping my green tea at the end of my so-so, but healthy meal, and I realize that I feel full. But I just don't feel full in my stomach, I feel completely full up. Unlike the times when I eat empty sugary laden calories, and no matter how much I cram down my throat I never feel full. After eating this healthy, somewhat bland lunch I now felt complete. Calm and full and ok with life and I didn't need to eat anything more. So I didn't.

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omg Alwayscentred I totally agree! Feeling empty 'in life' can easily be solved (for me) by feeling 'full' from food! I've just joined sparkpeople after coming off a two week binge. It started Easter Weekend - which admittedly was planned as I can't avoid the chocolate, and family refuse not to give it to me! But then I was going away the weekend after for a family party, and knew I'd be 'relaxing' my diet then, so I ended up binge eating the entire week in between. I had a great time on the Easter and the family party - and don't regret the food I ate. But when I got home I had another week of binge eating and altogether I think I've put about a stone on, even though I had got down to my LOWES WEIGHT of 10 stone 3 pounds! I am really hoping not to binge through the rest of April, but it will be hard because I'm working on my dissertation this month. Good luck everyone!

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Was eating very healthy, and glad to say I am back on track, but I dined out the other day - which is my trigger to indulge, especially desserts. Ate lots of junk, can't really say I enjoyed it that much, but when I came home, I had awakened my inner food beast, and all it wanted to do was to eat more junk. It was a struggle, but I didn't give in, but I was amazed at the feelings that this brought up. I realized, that at times like these - I feel completely empty (not my stomach, but my soul, my whole life), and I just want to fill myself up - and so I turn to junk food. But I also realized, that what ever this emptiness I feel inside myself is, that food will never be able to fill it. Sorry to go on so long, but I just felt I had to get these feelings out. Maybe I should try to further explore this feeling of emptiness I have inside and how I can better deal with it, without binge eating. Because if binge eating were the answer, with all the junk food I've eaten throughout my life, this problem would already have been solved.

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I read most of the posts in this thread. Many, many of them were from people dealing with issues in life that they seemed to be trying to fix with food--e.g. "comfort food." I think this is my problem: I try to make myself feel better with food, which doesn't really fix the problem. Actually, it just creates another problem. The other thing I noticed is that the ones who ate "clean" seemed to have the best success of not bingeing. I've been eating ice cream, cookies, and other non-clean foods for a week now. Time to get back to wholesome eating and ditch the white sugar/white flour "crack cocaine" of food. From what I have experience, yes, the sugar and white foods are addictive, and so we binge just to get more.

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Ive found that if I don't answer to my hunger signs quick enough I am more likely to stand in the kitchen and graze on everything in sight. I have had a very bad week with food and control, to the point of my SO asking if I am going to get sick again when I said I needed the house or kitchen to go through a change since I am home with the food all day. I also told two of my friends who are struggling to lose the weight with me and have started journaling.

Reading this post really helped me see that there are ways to get your self out of the kitchen.!

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Hi, I know exactly how you feel. I just started a workout plan and I'm sticking to it but I always go overboard with the snacking right before bed. However today and tonight I challenged myself to eat yogurt instead of candy. I'm so proud of myself.

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Ate pretty healthy most of the week, but then went to the Oktoberfest on Saturday. Couldn't resist the fun junk food (or so I told myself) - so I figured why not just binge the rest of the day since I figured I'd already blown my diet at lunch. Instead, I decided to be honest with myself and track what I had just eaten. To my great surprise, turns out that - though far from healthy - my lunch was within my allowed calorie range. Really made me see all the excuses and self sabotage and mind games I use to keep myself over weight.

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I have these days myself. I work out so much but I ruin it sometimes by binging and I know the exact cause for me... Hangovers! I literally do not have an off switch when it comes to food after a heavy night the previous one. I lost a lot of weight (too much though) last year when living at home in England, but I moved to another country with a friend and it's been a complete diet overhaul for me. Not to mention it's a party town where I live so the hangovers are hard to avoid.

But I know I can be good when hungover, I've done it before. I just need more willpower. I'm starting a macros program on Monday and hopefully that will help me lose some fat and gain more muscle.

I find doing a distracting activity stops me from binging. I like to draw and when I'm in the middle of a piece, food doesn't even enter my mind. So I'm going to focus on that the next time I feel the urge to reach for the bad food. Also, brushing your teeth is another one I'm going to try.

I've been trying to master this hangover binge eating ever since I moved away from home but it's been so tough. Hopefully Monday will be the start of something new for me. I just need more willpower and to learn the difference between NEEDING food and WANTING it.

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I have the problem of not wanting to eat enough. I havefound it easier when I keep fresh cut fruits and veggies in the fridge for grazing during the day

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Th e first step to recovery is acknowledging there is a problem.

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I read your stories and struggles and it sounds so familiar!! I am learning through this weight loss journey that I have a very unhealthy and destructive relationship with food. I feel that I self-sabotage at every fork in the road. I will know something is wrong, I will acknowledge it in my head, then do it anyways. I'm addicted to that stuffed feeling, and I have been so terrible to my body that anything that is not that stuffed feeling feels like I need to eat. I feel restless.

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Wow! This is really hitting home for me. Especially after this past week. I did very well on Wednesday, until the evening. We even went to a Mexican restaurant and I had a spinach salad. Who does that at a Mexican restaurant? Got home and I fell apart. I ate 4 nutter butter cookies and some canned icing I had in the fridge. Would have ate more if there was more.

Then my husband went grocery shopping yesterday and brought home a BIG container of cookies. I told asked him why would he buy these? He said you can have one or two. That's my problem. I can't have one or two. I will eat the whole damn thing. I have a food addiction problem. I just can't eat one or two of something.



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My Hubby and I have learned that others effect the way you eat. We both oerate while visiting my sister and we were both il from this action

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Try to stay happy and funny too. Humor is the best stress reliever around. We can and are doing this. It's no big deal!!!! emoticon

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I've come to realize that I am a self sabatoger. I was doing great, and deciding on the right things to eat. I was even feeling great, my body was showing me that it was happy for once. Then my birthday came around... and decided to celebrate. My form of celebrating all my life was to eat, eat this and eat that. It just doesn't work- no one ends up happy when I over eat.
Plus I'm an emotional mind numbing eater... when I'm bored I get anxious, when I'm stressed I get anxious, when my toddler is getting on my nerves I get anxious. When I feel that anxious feeling I instantly think of food.
I just need to break the cycle and realize that this is not how I want to live.
I'm up 4lbs and its a week after my birthday. I need to get back on the wagon, and keep on making healthy choices. I know what to do, and the right decisions to make.

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I feel like I have been binge eating while at my sisters. so I know how you feel. I will be definitely back on my plan when we leave here Sunday morning. We will have a big breakfast before we leave. I am looking forward to a few days of fresh fruits to just rest my system.

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Have problems with all three Sabotage Binge Control
Take one day at a time
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5/25/15 11:36 P

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very true at times drinking a glass of cold water & walking a few minutes helps to cut down

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Also, have a plan to implement before the binge occurs. It took me a long time to realize that the time to create a plan is not when I am in the binge stage but before I get to it. When I am in control is the best time to create a plan for when a binge occurs. My plan consists of any of these: physical activity, cleaning my house, logging on to SPARKPEOPLE, playing brain games on the computer, looking at what I have eaten already, and using some positive self talk to work through the feeling.

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struggle to explain to people that gifts of items made of white flour & margarine is unwelcome I mean all hydrogenated oils should be out also foods with preservatives

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I am a binge eater too. Sometimes I can't figure out why. I would be at my goal weight if not for my binge eating. Things could be going well and I want to binge. Things could be going bad and I want to binge. I eat fruits and vegetables, protein and whole grains. I watch my fat intake. I track what I eat. I drink water (8 cups per day) In short I do many things well but binge eating is the obstacle to reaching my goal weight. I have found that physical activity helps decrease my binges. It helps my moods (endorphins?). For anyone struggling with this issue I recommend incorporating some physical activity and not just when the urge to overeat strikes, but on a regular basis. There is like a cumulative effect to exercise. It just does something good to my brain!! It is good to know I am not alone. There were some great responses to this issue. Like many other people have suggested I forgive myself and move on. My lapses have gotten shorter and my binge episodes are shorter and I am more able to pull myself together and get back on track.

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5/24/15 4:26 A

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feel its better to exercise throughout the day ot keep some segments so your metabolism is faster just my idea

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Go slow and let it flow.... emoticon

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5/18/15 10:46 A

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thanks for your post Holly that is what to do

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Try to find the funny side of life while looking forward not back. Exchange the negative for the positive. emoticon I wish all of us the best of results.

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5/16/15 11:37 P

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because am alone no idea what to do do any of you have any ideas?

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Best of luck to never give up! emoticon

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I have this issue with emotional and binge eating. It is so deeply rooted that I have panic attacks sometimes when I cannot (should not) eat... Is this just me?

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best to all of you

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Back on the horse. It's a feisty thing, but so am I. Taking it one day at a time. Going for being a emoticon slow long distance runner. My best to you. emoticon

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have the same thing Holly am trying hard to control myself

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emoticon LOL

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yup

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Great idea! For me it is best not to snack at all. I pretend the kitchen is closed! No hanging out in the kitchen where my evil twin resides in front of the television. emoticon

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another thing I find is to brush my teeth just after dinner so think twice before snacking

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this is something I have to do for myself none can do it for me

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I sometimes gets on my daughter's nerves when eating at her house. I will ask her to estimate my portions sizes. But I know that tracking really helps to know how much I am eating. Irony= She is back tracking herself because she has gained some weight and wants to get rid of it.



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Hope everyone is also doing well.

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This is a great topic - been there & done that myself.

It helps when I put a few of the items I want into a dish or on a plate, close the container and put it away. Then I go concentrate on what I am eating. If you watch TV or continue to work at your desk or talk to someone while snacking then you just don't register what you are eating.

I have even found that if I'm preoccupied and my mind is on something else, the food simply doesn't seem to make an impact - except later on my waistline. I also agree with an earlier comment that being tired can make me more vulnerable to taste temptations so be aware.

I do find that planning ahead helps a lot, and tracking before eating the food also is a good strategy.

Certain foods could be triggers and it may be that some should be "red" light ones - don't keep at home or be extra careful if you must have them around - like for other family members. Then there are the "yellow" caution ones that sometimes you can control and sometimes not. these are the ones that have to be limited in portion and perhaps you need a buddy system - tell someone I am going to eat a half cup of such & such so you are committed to only that amount. Even if you live alone, you can call a friend or log into Spark People or write it down but make that commitment.
"Green" light foods are those you can eat in quantity - like they use to tell us at WW, no one got here by eating too many vegetables.

If you must binge eat, go for the veggies as they have nutrients, its not just empty calories. I have been known to eat a can of green beans with only a little seasoned rice vinegar if I was "hungry" an needed something to fill me but was out of calories for the day. Believe me, if you won't eat that then you really don't need the chips, or ice cream or whatever is calling your name. Make sure you choose the food - not the other way around. When I am in charge, I put certain foods into my daily rotation. If something happens to cross my path, that's when I get in trouble.
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keep triggers out

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Binge eating is my number 1 problem with being able to lose weight and keep it off. I just love food, and when I get bored or upset or happy or nervous (basically when I feel any emotion) I eat. Most of the time when I do this, I'm not hungry at all and at times I'm full and make myself nauseous eating more. It's pretty much an addiction. It's going to be really hard to pull myself out of, and it will likely be hard for you too, but it is possible. Just keep trigger foods out of the house like sweets or carb heavy snacks and that way when you feel the urge, you can grab a piece of fruit or some nice, crunchy fresh veggies instead.



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Your not alone i do the same thing i eat well during the day(and i eat enough) count my calories but come night time i just binge feel guilty and start all over again xxoo



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I am usually GREAT if people are around... but if I am ALONE & bored, I am in trouble. Then I am sitting there rationalizing UNTIL I come up with a good "excuse" to eat this or that... then it's a slippery slope and my cravings crash in 100% and I can not STOP. :( ...but if I don't START, I am fine... sugar & starches kill me every time.



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love to munch on baked vegtables

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Keeping tempting things out of reach works for me too.Too bad I don't crave brussel sprouts!

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buying just one thing might cost more money but just think how much you save in better health

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I don't keep any trigger foods in the house either. If I want ice cream, I buy one scoop in a cup, or one can of soda, or one slice of pizza, or one cookie. It might be more expensive, but it's saved me many a binge.

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hardly ever keep sweets in the house if I crave something have to go out to have it

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great tips thanks for sharing

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Try planning ahead. You suggest a restaurant that you have researched before hand, so that you can decide ahead of time what you will order and how many calories it contains. I searched for beer in the nutrition tracker - a light beer is less than 100 calories, a regular one is still only about 140.

Maybe your issues are more about attitude than caloric count. I generally equate eating out with just an excuse to splurge on dessert. Most times I don't even try to eat healthy. What I need now is to wrap my head around the fact that whether I eat out or eat in or whether it's a week day or week end or holiday, it's all still a part of my new healthy lifestyle. emoticon

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very seldom go out prefer to eat at home

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Whenever I'm at a restaurant I go out of control. I have one beer, and then the menu usually doesn't have many healthy choices, and I think, this healthy choice probably has as much calories as a hamburger so why not get that?
I have to stay away from restaurants because I gain a pound with every "healthy" choice. How do I make it a habit not to go restaurants? What could I do when I go out of the house instead?



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Today, I am feeling similarly to what you have expressed in your post. You mentioned the red flags and the bug spray... I like that!!!! Only problem I would have is that the bug spray could be right in my hand with my finger on the trigger, my emotions would get the best of me, like last night... And I would completely forget to press the trigger until it was too late and I was sulking with guilt from the emotional eating.

Hum, the trick for me would be to figure out how to recognize, before it's too late.

Thank you for the post!!!!!!

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How nice we all have this place to grow and vent. We are in the middle of much stress from my husband's recent health scare and while I knew I needed to be strong for him, food became an outlet again. I know how damaging overeating can be and how it solves very little other than to dull your senses and slow you down, but still it calls to me like a pusher on a street corner.
I added up my calories today and decided dinner was on in the cards. I feel like SuperNanny has put me on the naughty bench. Now, what I really need to do, while in time-out, is to find more constructive ways to express those feelings that chip away at my self-confidence. I can't correct this behavior until I can redirect it. I need to build a better toolbox! More red flags and bug spray for all difficult occasions.
Thanks all and best of luck, Holly

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Getting back up after a week off falling...

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just get up every time you fall nothing wrong in falling if you get up

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When you get off track you just have to step back take a long look at wat caused it. Forgive yourself and get back on track. We all have time we are not on track, slip up, get lazy on exercise, etc. But we do not need to beat ourselves up, just stop step back recroup and get bak into the swing of things

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We all have our good days and bad days we just need to keep at it. emoticon



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emoticon I always knew that I when I was stressed, I turned to food to calm me down. But I used to think that stress came only from outside, like a fight with my family or a deadline at work. But now I am at the age when my hormones are like a tornado, blowing hot and cold at any moment regardless of my life circumstances. It hit me again out of the blue last night, and I really wanted to binge. But because I'd already been working on this issue for the past few weeks, I was able to substitute an out of control binge with an extra snack. Thus, what might have been thousands of extra unhealthy calories turned into only a few hundred extra healthy ones.

I've also realized that while I've always just considered myself lazy and weak willed when it came to food, that there are biological factors, that while out of my actual control, are still within my ability to manage. Getting enough sleep, exercising, eating mindfully and slowly, meditating, getting some sunlight, cutting out sugar, social bonding, - these things really help to lower my stress levels.

So thank you for helping me see, that though I might feel crazy when the urge to binge hits, the feeling might actually be in my body, and not just in my head.

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Great recent posts. Thanks. I have to believe that if we try to manage stress differently this bad behavior might be better trained into more constructive patterns. When I do not rest enough, don't get enough fluids between meals or let stress feed me, I'm in trouble with food. What amazes me is that when we over eat or eat poorly, we know it will not solve anything and in fact, it puts us further down the wrong road. Are we looking for someone to save us when we are not able (willing) to save ourselves?

Please tell me it is not to dull our senses that we stuff our mouths and fill out our hips. I'd be better off hitting my head with a two by four (less calories). Maybe it is for lack of excitement in our lives that we let our guard down and binge. There is an element of naughty delusional delight when we eat uncontrollably. Maybe it is a sign that something is missing in our lives or something destructive is consuming us. Lots of possibilities and answers out there but none involve eating uncontrollably. I recommend keeping a journal and counting our blessings. Good luck. Struggling a bit here too. I do best when off sugar totally! emoticon

Maybe I need to view the most tempting foods as evil (heroin) and the good foods as healthy fuel. I so need to give up the entertainment feature of most of the foods out there. emoticon

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we are united in this struggle some more some less but its hard but the results are sweet getting out of eating all these lovely foods

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Thank you for sharing your struggle.

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I too had my sugar cravings under control for several years and thought I had over come them entirely. Then last summer I fell in love with ice cream again and my love affair lasted all the way through the holidays. On January 1, 2015 I finished off every last bit of sugar in the house, and on January 2, I locked the sugar demon back in his cage by keeping all sweets out of the house. Moderation might work for some people, but not for me. My demon might be under control for the moment, but I realize now I will never be rid of him for good. Sadder but wiser. emoticon

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I had been away from white refined sugar for well over a year with no desire of it. This past Christmas I decided it wouldn't bother me to have a few small sweets. Oh yeah... whose trying to fool who? Here I am three months later struggling with this same old sweet addiction again.

I made it three days over this past weekend, but on Monday, I fell off the wagon again!!!! I have read through some of the posts here and after reading about the person who spread windex on the donuts as to not pick them out of the garbage later, I felt like, yes, it all needs to go in the garbage again.

I paid $11,00 for a beautiful torte, I cut it into 1x2 inch pieces and told myself "you can have one piece everyday until its gone". In reality it is not near as tasty as the homemade fudge I make using almonds, coconut oil and unsweetened cocoa powder - which one tiny piece is very satisfying. BUT, the torte looks so good... UGGGGG

Well, I have decided that today the remaining beautiful tort (about half of the original size) is going in the garbage can!!!!!!

I have been a person who wants to eat beautiful sweets and most of the time they are not very tasty, and when it is tasty, I want to savor the flavor for as long as possible with small bites all day long until it's gone. Does anyone else do this?

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I have been having many issues with this topic...it's gotten worse recently and I wasn't sure what to think. Yes, I work a lot...yes, it's stressful...yes, I live by myself and no one has to watch me eat, so it has gotten out of hand. I've always been a little bit overweight, but it has gotten crazy these past several months. I was debating on seeing a doctor to see what was wrong, but coming to a realization and trying to help myself first seems like the way to go. I'm sure a doctor would say it's all in my head anyway. I'm happy to start reading down this string of messages and seeing more of what you all have done to make things better for yourselves. The time to help myself is now...thank you for helping me realize that. emoticon



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Thanks for all your support and help. I've always known I was an emotional eater. That I binged to help me cope - especially in the evenings. That I have a problem with stress and trouble sleeping. That I can stay on a diet long enough to lose some weight but that stress or cravings or one taste of sugar gets me out of control again. I also know that I'm a fast eater and that I usually eat my meals while doing other things. Thankfully sparkpeople has a team for every one of my issues.

However, I settled on your team, because as I wolfed down my dinner the other evening in front of the computer while reading your message boards (I know, my bad), it was like reading the story of my own life, and suddenly I felt the urge to binge. And then I saw the tip about cleaning up after dinner and declaring the kitchen closed for the evening. And something inside of me clicked.

I immediately got up, washed the dishes, cleaned up the kitchen, did a few other chores - all the while knowing that it was still early and I was still going to eat my preplanned pre bedtime snack. And after about a half an hour I returned to the computer and I realized that the urge to binge had passed, and that enough time had also passed to allow my body to realize that I actually felt full.

It's been three days now. I still eat a bit too fast. And truthfully, I enjoy my meals in front of the TV or computer too much to ever probably change. However, after finishing each healthy portion controlled meal, I immediately get up, clean up, and allow enough time for my mind and body to realize that I am full.

I'd be a liar if I said I will never binge, or over eat, or indulge my sugar cravings again. But it's three days and counting since my last late night binge. So thanks again. And my only tip is - find what works for you - in diet, in exercise, in keeping you on track. We're all unique, we all have unique issues - and yet we can still all help and support each other. emoticon

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You can do it. We're all behind you. It makes you so much stronger when you make good choices. I'm at the beginning too. We can do this. Sending support to anyone who wants or needs it, Holly

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Used what I learned on this message board to not binge last night. Going to keep track of my progress - now at one day and counting. Thanks for all the help.

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Update:
Decided to kick sugar. I think it will help a lot of things. Lots of natural sugars in our foods anyway so I'm not expecting to waste away. I found this group because I had spent the last three months renovating a bathroom and recovering from foot surgery, so self sabotage, binge easting and lack of control had been the flavor of the day, mainly because I took on too much at once. Those things are now done and much improved so there is no stopping me now.
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Everyone here has helped me to stop this destructive behavior. My philosophy now is to try to be prepared and say "no" to having too much on my plate. How funny is that since we are all using smaller portions and smaller plates. You never know when the big bumps in the road might hit, so it's best to live life with a healthier lifestyle and attitude all the way around. We must love ourselves now, embrace the process and never doubt our resolve. When things get chaotic I plan to be much stronger and lighter. I'm finding out how fragile life can be.

My best to you. Getting in a good groove is so peaceful. Take care and allow yourself confidence.

You do it, you see it, you feel it, you own it, you live it for the rest of your life. It is a gift and we all have it. Lucky us! Stay positive and kick negativity and excuses to the curb! We're the boss!

Hugs, emoticon Holly
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we all have our problems in one degree or another have to find best way to deal with it

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This message board really helped. I'm in a weight loss course at the gym, and all they talk about is portion control and eating more fruits and vegetables. I already know what to eat, I just can't get myself to do it. When I brought up emotional eating, everyone looked uncomfortable and acted like I was the only one with this problem. Now I know I'm not. Thanks for the courage to tell the truth and all the good suggestions. emoticon

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Ditto, great tricks to stave off binging. Thanks, Holly

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Don't know if this will help anybody but here are some tricks I use.
Think of something you normally do during the day that you would never do while eating and do that thing when you think you might binge.

For example I knit or read or play solitaire. I never eat while I'm doing those things. If my hands are busy with something else and my mind is engaged doing something else, I won't binge.

Some people can stop the bad binge thoughts by brushing their teeth. (Don't want to get those pearly whites all dirty again!)

I have been guilty of grazing in the kitchen in the past and I think it was just my body longing for the healthy stuff I wasn't feeding it.


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