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5/24/14 7:50 P

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I found the answer for me for my binge eating: Compulsive Eaters Anonymous (CEA-HOW). It's has worked very well for me for the last 35 days. I have not binged once and have, through their meal plan, lost 10.6 pounds.
It is a 12 step program that has the meal plan that you use while working through the 12 steps. I have a question to answer every day that keeps me on track to deal with my emotional eating. I know now that when I get emotional and want to eat, it's time to call a fellow CEA-HOW member and ask for support. I have learned to sit with my emotions and NOT eat. It feels wonderful to not give in to my insanity!!!


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5/23/14 11:03 P

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It sounds like this time you were rewarding yourself for being good, doing your workout. Or it could be boredom - everything on your list crossed out. We have all been there or at least I surely have, and more often than I would prefer to be.
It is true the body needs to adjust if you are losing weight readily - it's like it needs to pause or else your mind does.
There are lots of books written about it, and everyone is different. Just when you figure out what caused that to happen, a different event will create another situation.
The important thing is to get back on track, and don't beat yourself up over it or else you'll start eating because you feel guilty about failing that one time.
Weight loss and maintaining a goal weight is a journey not a destination. Just keep on trucking.

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That's one of the big keys, I think. If you slip up and binge, getting back on track the next day really helps the damage control. It's not always easy for me but when I can manage to get a few binge-free days under my belt, I feel great.



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Hi. That happens at times. last week after "being good" all week, I decided to have a fun size snickers bar as a small treat, well long story short-I ended up eating the Entire Bag! No reason really, I craved the candy. So right back on track the next day even with a major case of the Guilties!

No such thing as "bad foods"- just bad choices.
Bye-bye Highest weight of 295 lbs. Never Going Back! The Journey Continues!


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5/23/14 5:10 A

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I used to binge, huge binges--the kind where you drive from one fast food place to another and eat in your car so no one will know. And then I stopped. And I don't really know why. I still like the occasional meal of junky food, but at some point the overwhelming desire to eat and eat and eat just sort of left me. I know that it happened about the same time that I became more physically active, but I don't know if that is correlation or causation, and if it is causation, which came first. Certainly these binges had a lot to do with depression and self-esteem, and working out religiously has helped me a lot in both of those areas.

That's not to say that I still don't overeat occasionally, but now when I do it's because I am out with friends and we've ordered drinks and appetizers and dessert--overindulging to be sure, but much less of a mental health issue than the sneaking around I used to do.

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5/22/14 11:17 P

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You can always start over. It is only failure when you give up, completely

Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

Even though I have reached goal. I still don't know everything about weight loss.

Please read my blog

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Thank you for posting this question. I too struggle. I know that I'm not able to eat just one of most things. I can't eat just one cookie. Or one chip. Or one pickle. Or one bowl of cereal. I see a pattern from all of the responses.

1. Log in the food BEFORE I eat it. Perhaps seeing the calories and lack of nutrition I was going to eat will deter me.

2. Do something else first. The distraction may be just enough to make the craving go away.

3. I'm also thinking that I should reconsider how I pray. I pray over my main meals thanking and asking God to bless what I'm about to eat. If I prayed over everything I eat I'd be embarrassed to ask God to bless the 6 Oreo cookies I'm about to slam down or the two bowls of cereal, etc.



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2/27/14 3:38 P

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Sometimes when my family members visit and they pull out a favorite item that I bought for myself. That can trigger a binge. Especially since they mostly have no concept of portions and serving size. If they eat a bowl of my cereal it will be 3 or 4 servings and not just one.

This triggers binges because when I was younger, the early bird got the worm. If I waited to long then I didn't get any treats. So I have to stop and do some deep breathing. I have to tell myself. There is still some left. I can go buy more. Cereal will always be available, or whatever.

There are other events that cause anxiety and make me want to binge. Sometimes it is the spoiled child. Who goes through the, I want it and I want it now phase. That I believe comes from my mom trying really hard to make the family eat healthy. So there was good food and bad food.

It is really good to journal about your food choices.

It is not all about childhood experiences. Some adult experiences cause a binge too.

I am happy to say that I have gone since January 6 without a binge. My birthday is coming up and that will be a challenge

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 2/27/2014 (15:47)
Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

Even though I have reached goal. I still don't know everything about weight loss.

Please read my blog

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I did it last night too. The hubby and I were going out to dinner and a movie and I thought I'd save a few calories up. BIG mistake. I arrived at the restaurant with only 700 calories under my belt for the day, so I was starving, and then proceeded to drink my half of a bottle of wine, some guacamole, short ribs with pasta, and dessert.

I KNOW better. I KNOW better. Sometimes I just struggle to DO better.



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2/27/14 1:25 A

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I just binged. I've worked so hard to lose 60 pounds and I am terrified it will pile back on from the binges, which are becoming more frequent. I see a nutritionalist and 2 different therapists plus I read everything I can get my hands on. Emotional eating is a tough one to kick and resisting the urge to binge takes so much energy that I'm literally exhausted on so many levels. My heart goes out to all you who have spoken up in this thread.



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2/8/14 1:45 P

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"When I was young I monitored all my food intake and stayed thin, especially with the "help" of my diabetic mother. I struggled with anorexia and exercised like a demon. Now I am in my early 50s and struggle with the opposite end of the food issue spectrum. I eat and eat and eat. When I try (or even think about) dieting or life style change, etc... I binge. I constantly think about food. The OA group in my area is small and rather unorganized. I need help. Winter means less exercise, less sunshine and more stress, as I am an active high school teacher. I am now 50lbs over weight and miserable. I'd see a shrink, but I'd like to see a specialist and picking a good one is difficult.



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When you eat things like cereal that are very processed, high carb and just plain full of sugar, your blood sugar spikes and then drops again very quickly. Once you feel that drop, you want to eat more right away. Cereal is the worst for this kind of thing, but even white rice can cause this kind of spike.

I think that the most effective things that you can do to stop this behavior are 1. to track BEFORE you eat ANYTHING. It should not go in your mouth until it has gone onto the computer. 2. Make sure that you get enough protein and liquid earlier in the day so that you are quite satisfied by the time the end of the day rolls around.

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Dear Katie,

I'm glad you are on SparkPeople!

I hear you and I identify with you in many ways. I also had/have exercise bulimia and binging as well as purging. I have used extreme exercise and restriction to lose weight since I was 15. It was when I went to college that I also purged and binging became my whole existence. I am 22, just out of college and my life is in pieces due to binging and bulimia (or should I say emotional problems and anxiety that are the real cause of bulimia). Try to seek professional help now before it isolates you more and more and before you become more and more depressed. I know I did.

When I went to college I did not eat much of what I deemed "bad food" left and right. Then, after a severe breakup (and coming from a bad childhood), I went for everything I had restricted. Like you said: carbs and dessert. And more dessert. Mental state of CHAOS. My whole life became and is still suffering the life warp from bulimia. I gained some weight but much of it was hidden by my overexercise and even that became unmanageable. Even my dad noticed and asked me: You work out all the time yet you are not losing weight; maybe you should eat smaller portions... (i.e. Bulimia nonpurging-- keeps about the same weight while binging and exercising)

Have you tried 12-Step Overeater's Anonymous? There are certain OA a group with bulimia/anorexia focus as well. Recognize what is making you anxious: You may not tell right away. What causes you to binge? How do you feel? Are you anxious/happy/ lonely/difficulty with emotions? For me, eating is a way to not feel anything and to soothe myself. Ironically, it causes extreme anxiety later. It leads to more isolation too as I feel inadequate and embarrassed around others all the while obsessing about food in my head.

For me, seeing how many calories a day on SparkPeople has been invaluable. I can visibly identify what/where I am eating and prevent undereating that may lead to a binge and seeing what a person of my height should be consuming (this is novel to me X) ). . I have not binged in 4 days since joining here. WE ARE TRYING TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY. So many people have been able to get over their addiction to food and sugar. If 300-pounders are finding healing, you and I can too. PLEASE DON'T GIVE UP. Release control and make small steps toward your own sanity.

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1/8/14 6:21 P

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Hi, my name is Katie. I am 19 years old, and ever since coming to college about a year and a half ago, I have struggled with an eating disorder. It started off as orthorexia nervosa-- a disorder in which I would only eat healthy food and had severe anxiety over eating unhealthy-- alongside over-exercising. As I lost 20+ pounds, the doctors and my family advised me to reincorporate some foods back into my diet. However, since then, I have become a binge eater. Whereas I used to restrict myself of food-- such as carbs and dessert-- I now gorge myself on these foods. My binges have become so frequent and so deep, sometimes to the point where I can barely move after I eat. I have tried to find help, but I feel as if I have no one to turn to. Food seems to torment my every thought. Sometimes I purge after my binges, but often I do not. I have not gained excessive weight since I still over-exercise. I'm sick of this cycle of over-exercising and over-eating. Food is ruining my life, and I need help to get back on track and return to a pattern of normal eating.

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1/8/14 9:47 A

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I only binge on specific trigger foods. And some are even healthy!! I don't normally binge on sweets (minus the holidays) but carbs like cheese popcorn or even white cheddar rice cakes- I will eat the whole bag. I don't buy unhealthy stuff so the cheese popcorn is never in the house... so I am going to not buy the rice cakes for a while. Then when I do, I am going to open the bags, and put two rice cakes in a small plastic bag, so that the serving sizes are decided for me. Otherwise I eat 7 because that is how many are in the section you open first.

Glad to know I am not the only one who struggles with this.



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Reading these postings was helpful. Thanks so much for those sharing about their personal binge eating problems.

I am 3 days without binging and the withdrawals are here. Yet, I think to myself: Would eating a bunch of sweets help me? Make me feel better? Answer: No. Nothing will. I am very unhappy and anxious now. I am half a year out of college and trying to get into the workforce if I don't go back to school, along with an harmful addictive relationship, and verrryy low self-esteem. I feel incapable and inadequate. I isolate even though I want friendship. If I am with people, the natural thing seems to be eating which may be related to the interpersonal anxiety. However, this is reinforcing my inadequacy.

I no longer take anti-depressants nor anxiety medication. Life is quite meaningless without binge eating.

Tearfully,
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I know it's not easy, because I am struggling too. Here's what I would suggest. I read in a book called "Binge Breaker" by Peter Miller that frequently scheduled meals and snacks are one of the most effective tools in breaking the binge eating cycle. I would recommend scheduling breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and evening snack. That way, your next "feeding" is never that far off. Expand your snacks and meals as much as possible with lots of veggies and fruit, so that you get to chew quite a bit. Do not use liquids to get your calories. If you have a binge, have the next meal or snack as scheduled, just as if the binge never happened. Write a food plan for yourself with a half hour range for each feeding, and roughly what that food will be (ex. Lunch start at 12-12:30: 3 oz protein, 1-2 starch, unlimited veg/salad, half a fruit). Look at your food plan to reassure yourself that you will be eating soon, and write down all you eat. Use tea and coffee as an oral activity when you want food and it's not time to eat. I know this sounds like a drag, but it has helped me. Every day that you get through will make the next day easier. Hang in there!

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I am also a mom and the binge eating started after my first son was born and i made a personal decision subconsiously that nothing else in the whole world mattered to me but that little baby boy. I didnt have alot and went through a break-up with my fiancee and was probably suffering from post partum but didn't have the support from anyone to tell me.
I am in the upper bmi for my height and always stay active but am only now reaching out for help even though my situation has drastically changed from all those years ago, and im no longer depressed I still suffer from low self esteem. And I can't stop binge eating so this is like a skeleton in the closet and i desperately want to figure out what is causing this!
Did you always binge eat? How did it start for you?
Hope this helps! Sarah



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I love tea, especially chamomile and green tea, so I am going to give your suggestion a try. Thanks for the tip.



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I have the same issue, mostly if I am not busy and boredom sets in. So I try to keep myself to busy to have time to munch. My biggest time for craving is when I am reading a book I like to snack while I read. Tea helps me when I am feeling hungry but know I really am not hungry, I can choose whatever flavor sounds good and have me a cup and usually the urge to snack is gone when my cup of tea is done emoticon



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Ok so you binged, now is the time to just get back on the horse. Sometimes I take it by time increments. I can go an hour without eating. I need to distract myself too. Remember the urge to eat and binge is really uncomfortable, but can't hurt you! You do have a choice, you can ay no. Sometimes I mark the time when I want to binge then I work on distracting myself and then realize an hour or so went by and that urge did not last as long as I thought.
The more I resist the urge the stronger I get. The more I give into the urge the stronger the urge gets!



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I am disgusted with my food choices today! A new start tomorrow!

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I am absolutely at my wit's end. I'm about to burst from an all day binge and I just can't take it anymore. I was at my goal weight for a while, and then I started binging occasionally. Then the "occasionally" went to "regularly", and now it's daily! Every single day I binge--often it happens all day until my husband comes home. I actually binge on healthy foods--don't even keep processed foods or sugar in my house. I can't afford to get professional help. Someone please help me! Please give me some guidance.



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I have a big problem with binge eating.PEANUT BUTTER is my fav.I want to break but know I will hate myself if I binge cause I can binge bigtime for days and really put on the weight.Want to make friends with others that stuggle with binge eating

one bite at a time


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Thanks for the great advice.



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I'm in the same boat. I can ruin a hard days' work at bedtime. Peanut butter is my weakness. Someone suggested popcorn (100 calorie pack). So, I tried that with half a pear and it seemed to work. Another suggestion was sugar free peanut butter. Someone else said to brush my teeth and use mouthwash. So, I'm going to try that one, too. Great ideas.



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i am in ur shoes exactly

i was so focus on my exercising and healthy eating , i eat clean , natural , organic food, i track my calories and still i am under the range and i am full , one day i went in gathering everyone told me that i lose weight , what is the secret , how can i manage that , and other million questions , from that day (last Friday till today) i was binge as a crazy , i ate too much food , i felt guilty for what i did, did i stop? noooo , so to kill the guilt i ate yogurt , green tea , maybe four or five fruits , dark chocolate , oatmeal bowl , nuts!

and i am still in that circle , literally i can ruin everything just in the last 30 mins before bed



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Don't stress. First, ask yourself if you're really hungry, or if you want to just eat. If you aren't sure, have a glass of water, distract yourself, and see. If you're really hungry, it will come back, then just have a small portion. Get all natural, no sugar added peanut butter. Smuckers has a good brand. That might help detox you of sugar and get your cravings under control...

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I struggle late at night, too. I can do good all day long, but around nine o'clock, I am scavenging for something. Unfortunately, its usually peanut butter.



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Like others have already mentioned, I have noticed that certain foods trigger binge eating for me, for example: rice. I try to stay away from such foods and plan them very carefully into my diet so that there is no scope for them triggering a binge. Usually have them in limited quantity at the end of the day when I am already full.





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This is a problem for many of us. I struggle late at night. Have even gone out to the store for a particular goodie. That is motivation.

One pound at a time.


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One, I try to keep any foods that are easy snacking out of the house. Bars, chips, candy, etc. I'm not lazy, but if I am really hungry, I tend to grab those things and eat them rather than fixing myself something healthy. So, I also try to keep healthy snacks IN the house. Carrots, veggies, anything easy that I can grab and eat.

Two, I notice that when my nutritional needs are met, I tend to eat FAR better with less binges. I know that if you are eating everything you should, you don't NEED a multivitamin, but for me, they fill in the cracks. SO, I take a really good all-natural multi-vitamin every day. (Rainbow light is a VERY VERY good one if you are looking) and I binge much less.

This two things don't ALWAYS stop the binges, but I do notice that they are FAR FAR less than ever.

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Read Dr. Phil's book: The Ultimate Weight Solution. Even if you aren't a fan of the ole Philster, get it and read it. It explains everything you need to know about why you binge eat and how to stop it. It made me realize why I do the things I do to self sabotage. Now I know I can lose weight and not worry about failures. It really gave me the knowledge I needed to continue and not give in or give up on myself. He tells you in the book to really stop and analyze what you are thinking right before you want to binge. What is going through your head? Write it down! You would be surprised at what your mind is telling you!



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First, don't beat yourself up, that is part of the cycle. Just pick yourself up, brush off the crumbs and keep going. You can't change the past! My friend who lost over a hundred pounds eight years ago says she still has her moments. They aren't as bad as they used to be, and are further and further apart.
If this is a continuing problem, there is a spark team called living binge free which is very active and incredibly helpful.



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sick of binges that sometimes last for days and the unhappy cycle it brings with it, along with the weight back on.

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What you are is eating empty calories? I don't eat cereal, becuase it is like chinese food - you only feel full for about an hour. If you feel like your starting to binge, eat something with protein and drink a glass of water. It might control it.



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Thank you all for your responses. I bought a notebook today to journal. I figured I would journal what time I eat, my hunger, and my emotions. Then I'll be able to see what the heck is going on. Last night I was not hungry and had just worked out. I felt fine emotionally so I don't know what the deal was. Thank you for all the insight. It has helped and I'm hoping I can get a grasp of this.

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Journal your emotions when you are wanting to binge. Also when I get the munchies like that I try to take a walk, do sit ups, play Just Dance with my daughter anything to get me moving (especially if I know I don't have any calories left). Another thing that helps prevent me from binging is not having my triggers in the house. If it's not there I can't eat it and honestly I'm too lazy to drive to the store for just one thing. :)



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That has happened to me. This is how I deal with evening snacking

Now if I want to eat a bunch of food I have to track it before I eat it. Even if it fits into my calorie range, I have to ask myself these questions. Why do I really want to eat this item? Is it really necessary for me to eat this item? How will eating this help or hurt my goal?

I allow myself one snack in the evening and I have to have a valid reason to eat something else. Like being really hungry or low blood sugar. If I have LBS I can have something even if it doesn't fit into my calories. I usually don't have that problem. I plan carefully to avoid blood sugar swings as much as possible.

Also not eating enough during the day can cause wild binging.

I wish I could say I was now perfect, but I occasionally slip up.

Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

Even though I have reached goal. I still don't know everything about weight loss.

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most of the time for me, i bing based on the emotion i am feeling. if it's anything other than happiness or self love, i eat when i am not hungry. so, i am working on listening to my stomach and body. if i am actually, physically hungry, then i try to talk myself out of eating.

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sometimes, when one is "doing really well all day" what is really happening is that they are overrestricting calories, which means that periodically the body just screams out need food and you eat whatever is nearby, well beyond where you need to be.
the other thing is that when you start eating munchy things that have no value, particularly when you're used to eating more balanced meals, it's much easier to overeat. my big realization with this was with pringles. i was hungry after work, so i had a serving. unsurprisingly that didn't fill me up, so i had another. at which point i realized i should really eat something that actually had some substance to it so i had about 100 cals of shrimp stir fry and felt full. the next day or so i found myself in the same situation after work. instead of having the pringles, i skipped to the 100 cals of stir fry and was full sans the 400 cals of chips. i would say that if you want to have tortilla chips don't have them with something that you can eat pretty much indefinitely. have the tortilla chips but have them with salsa and chili or some other hearty bean dip, with lettuce and avocado and onion and peppers and a little cheese. in other words, make it part of a meal that you can't have 1000 cals of without blinking or noticing. and when you start having munchy foods that aren't filling you up, instead of grabbing the next munchy on your list, head for one of the foods that you find the most filling and eat that instead. i find that this diversion where you actually eat something with substance can really help skip the succession of random junk. it doesn't work 100% of the time, but it works enough to make the misses much less of a problem.
i will also say this. cereal is pretty much one of the least filling foods ever, at least for me. so are eggs. when i eat them, i know i am going to be hungry as soon as i finish eating them, so i tend not to unless i am eating them with something that does make me full or i know i am going to be eating again very soon [ie i got home late and am making dinner but need something to tide me over when cooking]. by contrast a baked potato with broccoli and cheese is one of the most filling foods ever. lentil curry over baked potato or shrimp stir fry are also high up there. part of what helps keep you full is giving your body something to digest. and for really processed foods like cereals, part of their manufacture is a process called chemical digestion. which basically means that when they are made, machines do a bunch of the work that your stomach is supposed to. which means that those foods get digested much quicker and packed in much tighter and count less towards you feeling full. which means you can eat a lot more of them without feeling full. so skipping those kinds of foods in favor of more filling ones can help.
i'd also look in to emotional eating. if you're happy/sad/mad/bored and filling it with food, there isn't any amount of food that will fill that up. if you find that you are doing this, you can work on addressing the emotion instead of shoving food at it.

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I am in the same boat as you; I can have a very successful day and all of a sudden the wheels come off the bus. And, it's usually something small, like a jellybean, that can trigger it. I have one and the next thing I know I've eaten 2 or 3 servings. What a waste, right?

Things I've tried to do to figure out or stop the binge behavior are: journaling (although I don't keep up on it when I should), distracting myself, or literally throwing away (or giving away) my trigger foods. I know the last one sounds wasteful, but I probably didn't need whatever food was triggering me to begin with. (The last one also won't work if you are binging on "healthy" foods, but you may have to limit how much you have of whatever you are eating in the house.)

I know I am an emotional eater and have been for as long as I can remember, so when those compulsive eating moments creep up I have to stop myself from throwing caution to the wind. Every time I'm able to stop myself pre- or mid-binge I feel much better (proud, even), which helps me the next time one of those moments happens.

You already recognize what you are doing, which is half the battle. Now you just need to figure out what works for you in terms of stopping or slowing it from derailing you...even temporarily...

Good luck!



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There are a number of things that it could be.

Are you relatively new to this healthy lifestyle? If so, a lot of people make lots of changes all at once, and don't allow our mind/body to get used to an initial change before adding something else to the mix. It is often why people fall off the wagon.

Is it TOM? This is another time when this sort of thing occurs.

Is there something going on in your life that you are having problems with? If there is, see if you can find a way to successfully deal with it, other than with food.

Have you been quite tired? I find that if I am particularly tired then I tend to want to eat - including today!

One of the best ways to solve the problem is to figure the cause. This can often easily be done by keeping a diary. I keep a daily spreadsheet which includes the date, calories, and a general comments page which has things like if I had a lot of pain, or if I was quite tired, OR if I was out all day (which would cause me to be really tired the next day.) Odds are you will discover a pattern, and THEN you will be in a position to deal with it.

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I don't know what happened yesterday. I did well all day. I rarely felt hungry outside of meal times. I ate well. I did my workout. Then I decided I would have one tortilla chip. Well that turned into several with salsa. Then I had a bowl of Fiber One cereal, that's not bad right, it's Fiber One. Then I had a bowl of Chocolate Lucky Charms cereal. And when I say a bowl I mean a full bowl, probably 2-3 servings of cereal. I don't know why I do this. It happens every now and then. The thing is, I wasn't even hungry. Is it self sabotage or just a lack of control over myself? Both? How do I stop doing this? I know that my weight will be up for a couple of days as a result. I've done this before, I've tracked it and moved on. I will move on this time but I just want to know what the heck is going on, you know what I mean?

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