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3/19/14 11:50 A

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Wow! Ton and tons of advice on binge eating! Some of it is great suggestions but some do not help me at all.
I've been a binge eater for years. I go along eating healthy then just lose it.
I've found that having low calorie foods that I actually used to binge on in the house helps more than anything. I keep sugar free candies, sugar free low fat cake snacks, etc. But I keep them in the freezer. Out of sight, out of mind. Then on my really bad nights I thaw out one or two servings and that's it.
I've learned to listen to my body. When I eat high calorie sweets it drains me of my energy, makes me sleepy and feel sluggish. Not to mention the guilt that I feel. I don't like feeling this way so I don't binge as much anymore but I do have pitfalls.
The other night I still had 200 calories left on my tracker that I could consume. But instead of eating a healthy snack like fruit and yogurt or cottage cheese I went to sleep on the couch. I woke up at midnight starving! What did I eat? Half a bag of classic Lay's potato chips and drank a diet coke. Yes, I enjoyed every bite. Did I consider a healthy alternative such as popcorn? NO! Obviously my brain does not work after midnight. Then I felt guilty, beat myself up and had a 1 pound weight gain due to all of the sodium.
I actually hated myself and wanted to give up on the healthy eating thing. But the next morning, I carried on as if nothing had happened. I went back and added all the excess I ate on my food tracker for the night before. Tons of extra fat and calories and sodium. Vowed to myself that it wouldn't happen again (yeah right!) and started my day fresh. Drank tons of water to flush out the sodium and excess fluid. Ate asparagus, cabbage and other foods that help rid the body of sodium for lunch and stayed on track all day.
One thing I have learned is not to go to bed without a healthy bedtime snack. So one of my snack choices on my tracking system is saved for bedtime. I may wake up at midnight now but a glass of tea, water or juice satisfies me and I go back to sleep. I will not allow myself to lay there and think about food. I change my thoughts to good times with the family, plans for tomorrow, etc. I even kind of plan out part of my menu for the next day. Just thinking of what I will eat tomorrow takes my mind off of what can I eat right now.
My reason for mindless eating/binging? It was there. I am now resolved to buying single serving chips and snacks for my grandkids so that I am left with no open packages. If I really want some of the "junk" food, I eat a one serving bag. I refuse to open more than that so portions are controlled. I might eat a few more fats and calories than I am supposed to but not enough to set me on a guilt trip or put me in the mind set of "OK, I've already screwed it for the day, may as well finish it up".
I find that mixing up my menu and not eating the same thing every day tends to satisfy me more and lead to less binging. So I try a lot of new recipes. At least 2 or 3 a week. Eating things I am used to means comfort foods for me so I don't scrap old recipes, I just tweak them to make them more healthy.
Binging is a reality of life for me and I know it will happen again. But I find it happening less and less.
The junk food in the break room? I do the 3 bite thing. I allow myself 3 bites then discard any more that I have taken out. Most of the time I want to eat more but after a few minutes I am satisfied and happy that I tossed it. Remember that it takes a while for the stomach to send the brain the message that it's had enough. Lay down the fork and give that time to happen. I also have learned to lay down the fork between bites, chew slowly and savor every morsel. And to use a very much smaller plate to give the mind the idea that I have a full plate of food, not a half empty one. I also take a drink of water between each bite.
Gained back 20 pounds? I bet you are really beating yourself up!!! Put it behind you. Start from what you weigh today and go forward. No looking back. Make the best choices you can make every day. It won't all be perfect but if 90% of it is right, you will accomplish your goal. Also, make short term goals and make them realistic. When you accomplish a short term goal, celebrate. Make a trip to the mall, walking will burn calories. Buy a pretty scarf or something inexpensive and display it in sight when you get home to remind yourself of what you accomplished. Be proud of reaching your goal no matter how long it takes.
Don't overwhelm yourself with too many changes at one time. Take is slow and steady. You'll get there!
Happy eating and may God Bless!




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3/18/14 11:37 P

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Take one day at a time and forgive yourself for eating whatever it was get back on track and smile make a promise to self to do better



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3/18/14 10:38 A

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I try to prepare better options for the next day and make sure I workout and maybe even do a little extra to help balance everything out.



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I do not dwell on my lapse...I get back to clean eating the next day and exercise an extra 15 mins as "punishment". If you dwell on it, you will only feel worse and continue to sulk and binge. It helps if you remove temptation. Thankfully I don't eat when I'm depressed, I sleep :-)



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I got back to SP. I'm going to try harder to stick with food tracking first. Then exercising no less than 10 mins a day. Either early morning or afternoon as soon as I get in if I didn't get to it in the morning. I am grateful for this forum. Thanks. And may all of us succeed.

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2/18/14 10:36 P

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I suppose it's a good thing that I cannot eat when i'm upset.

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2/18/14 8:46 P

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I just try to get back to what I should be doing. I try not to worry about it to much. I do try to remember what caused it in the first place. Was it a food that I should not have around that started it, was I upset about something, or did I change something in my routine? If I can figure out what started it maybe I can avoid it in the future or at the very least minimize it.

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2/18/14 8:18 P

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First I do allow myself to feel bad and beat myself up a bit. I think it is healthy to feel disappointment when we have not reached the mark. BUT I only allow it for a day at most. Then it's time to move on.... SO I eat more lean protein and more fiber the next day. That combination makes me feel so full and satisfied I won't overeat. I usually end up with calories left over.... Good luck. emoticon emoticon

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Hang in there & get back on the wagon. It is just a hiccup

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2/18/14 6:15 P

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I just start again the next day and do not linger on my stumble. Every day a new beginning......



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2/18/14 2:39 P

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Try not to beat myself up and just keep moving forward

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2/18/14 6:09 A

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Just don't quit! Keep moving forward.
You will figure it out.
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2/17/14 10:13 P

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Hello. I appreciate your comment. I've only been with SparkPeople 10 days and after the 7th day I went on a binge. No exercise and I ate too much. Even into the late hours; I try to eat no later than 7pm. I want to exercise early in the morning but I find I'm still tired when my clock goes off. Thanks for letting me (us) know we can lose weight even if we get interrupted by a binge. I noticed your weight lose chart, good job. I hope I can get there.

Keep on pushin. Can't stop now.


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2/17/14 3:29 P

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I would say that for me what has helped the most is having a plan and sticking with it, that doesn't mean not having any treats, it means knowing what treats I can allow myself while staying within my limits. Try packing a few treats that will work for you to replace what you're having at work. I have a bag of Dark chocolate Hershey kisses in my drawer "just in case" I needed them more often in the beginning if I needed them I would count out a serving of 5 (100 calories) and try to eat them slowly to keep me satisfied longer...

Every day no matter what happened the day before I will get up, dust myself off and start fresh!


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2/17/14 10:47 A

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Coming off a binge is easy. The hard part is staying off one.



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2/17/14 8:54 A

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I do my best to avoid binges, not always successfully! It is crucial for me to plan what I'm going to eat for the day and I do this in my food log instead of just tracking what I eat. Somehow, having a plan will help me avoid the binge. But I do occasionally slip.

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2/16/14 7:45 P

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Thanks lisa. i worry about finding an excuse....to make it ok

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you just forgive yourself, and forget about it, move on! It's a new day, new attitude. One step forward, two steps backward. just keep pushing forward till you know all you need to know to succeed with a healthy life style, and learn how to over come binds. What to eat to stay full, like whole barley, mini meals, fruits & vegetables & some grains, enough protein to not be tired, not doing a lot of caffeine to make you crave sugar.

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2/16/14 1:46 A

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Even bodybuilders have a 'cheat day' once a week. I just get back on the train and figure it will even out over time... and maybe do a bit more cardio.

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emoticon All! I just tell myself tommorrow is a new day, will start again. I make sure I have a low cal breakfast and lunch prepared, go get some salad at the store to have with dinner. Just start again and try to be in control for the next day. Then I tell myself I used to overeat everyday all the time and doing better than that now. I do lose it and binge sometimes, but get back on track and just start again. emoticon



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2/16/14 12:36 A

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I feel better if I go ahead and put it all in the nutrition tracker. I think it helps me feel like I have some control. It's like "owning" the binge -- so it doesn't own me. I also know that I REALLY need to make sure I have healthy food choices at work and make sure I eat something HEALTHY every 3-4 hours. Awareness and tracking. Tracking and awareness.

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just get right back on track ASAP



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a good workout the next day

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I usually binge when I'm feeling overworked or sorry for myself. I go back to tracking my food and fitness and have faith in the next day being a better one for me.



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@KidAlot - I think there can be such a thing as "mindful binging". Like you I made the choice last night to indulge in some things that I haven't had in a long time, and went way outside my calorie, carb and fat ranges for the day. But I went into it knowing that would be case and choosing to do it.

The trouble starts when one keeps justifying continual binges. I may go out to dinner tomorrow night (Sunday), but I will make the best possible choices I can.

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2/15/14 11:35 A

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is it a binge when you decide you're going to have something and enjoy it? last night i decided i wanted something - so i had it. yeah i went over the calories and yeah it was a bunch, but, heck it was valentines and i was out for dinner. i can reconcile it all i want in my mind, but i really shouldn't have done it.........

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Typically when I do that, I just reassure myself that I'm human..I make mistakes..& remind myself why I'm on this journey in the first place.. and for the remainder of the day & the following day.. I hit the gym hard (I usually spend 45 min in the gym 3 days a week) but when I hit a snag I add another day on to the week I had a set back & than I only drink raw green smoothies.. to sort of get me back on track...
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I do self talk, letting me know that the human part of me is real and that as humans, we mess up. Now, get back on track.

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Rarely am I even aware that I'm binge eating until it's too late. My friend calls it Zombie Brain. :D

I try to find the point when I made a choice that led to binge eating so I don't feel like a victim. Sometimes the choice is not to confront a bad feeling, sometimes the choice is buying the darn food in the first place. A great example was my plan to buy myself chocolates for Valentine's day and then eating them. This happened 3 times before I said "Clearly I have no self control over chocolate this week! No more!"

For the physical recovery, I take a Zantac, eat a ton of fruits and veggies and drink lots and lots of water. I go for a walk then sit with my feet up. I usually feel less sluggish after that.

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2/14/14 9:27 A

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like the song says pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again!!!!! it happens. to all of us.

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we all fall off the wagon sometimes, don't let it get you down that's the most important thing, just say oops and try again. Also make sure you still track everything you ate in your nutrition tracker even if you have gone way over your amount for the day, then you can see how many extra calories you had and maybe a few extra minutes of exercise each day will help burn off the binge (I find this removes the feeling of helplessness that comes after a binge, just knowing I can fix it makes it so much easier to cope with) or if you don't have time for extra exercise you can still track it to look back on for next time you feel like a binge. I also work late nights with people who used to leave naughty food lying around all over the place, I asked them to take it home with them when they leave, or to put it away so its not staring at me saying ''eat me'' just ask for a little support from your colleagues, also having a little pot of berries on you at all times is a great way to bust sugar cravings, fruits like blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are full of natural sugars and hardly any calories so you can get a guilt free fix emoticon



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It happened today. Shake it off and start fresh tomorrow.

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2/12/14 9:06 P

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I'm so there with you. I've read countless of tips on how to prevent binging but nothing about how to stop yourself when you're reaching for that food. It's I don't have the thought that tells you "stop" you don't need that or I would be thinking that I shouldn't be eating something and I'm doing it anyways.

How I recover from a binge, I don't look back. I try to accept what had happen as best as I could and try to make the rest of the week as best as possible. I remind myself that if you're good 80% of the time you're still making progress. I have to really remind myself and try to stay positive about the whole thing.

I also know what you mean about gaining the weight you had lost. I gained 10 pounds and I'm trying not to freak out about it and continue the course of eating healthy, clean and proportionately and exercising regularly.

Stay positive.



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If we have cakes and sweets at work that I don't want to eat mindlessly, I imagine that someone has picked up every cake or sweet and licked it. Especially if I imagine it is that slightly creepy, sweaty guy who has questionable personal hygiene. Puts me right off.

For times when I'm at home, feeling tired and unloved and just shoving anything in my mouth seems to be the solution, I try and binge on lower calorie foods like rice cakes instead of slices of bread and butter, or a bowl of un-sugary breakfast cereal without milk instead of a bowl of peanuts.

The other thing is to try and track your binge. I often find I haven't eaten as many calories as I thought.



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Don't beat myself up. Think positive thoughts. Move forward by working out, eating healthy and measuring and weighing food. emoticon

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I must say that I have enjoyed this thread and it was really helpful for me. I'm in the middle of a binge right now. I blogged about it today (2/12/14).

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Recover during a binge or From a Binge? During is another story that if you learn that one....., lol I get into a feeding frenzie at times. Sometimes I rationalize that I NEED it every blue moon or couple weeks, to convince my body that food is NOT in short supply and it doesn't need to adjust to lower levels. idk if that's true or not, but I do know that's my rationale of what I tell myself. But yes to get MINDFUL of what Im doing, what I want, what I need... and review my GOALS.

FROM a binge is much easier. After the crime one cant change the past, the only thing to be done is to firmly get back on track. it isn't logical nor rational to give up taking the needed steps just for slipping on one. Just let the past go, FORGIVE, or even better USE it as a learning tool to be even more motivated.

What was going on when you just had to binge? how did you feel, what were you doing? what did you cheat with? did you drive out to get it or was it there in the house? was it a matter of portion control or a matter of poor choice food? Was it actual HUNGER or lack of something better to do to SELF SOOTH.

If I do happen to catch myself during a binge, (most of my slip ups are mindless ones) I use an OLD but TRUE and very much tested method of REDIRECT.
the old school house rock song, "The Munchies?" "go outside find something to do get munchin off your mind...♪♪♫♪♫ Then you find that you have left the muchies way behind."
or something like that.
If I'm watching TV, I might go on my computer instead, or play a Wii game, take a walk, write a letter or make an entry into my journal.
LOTS OF PEOPLE GO TO SPARKPEOPLE WEBSITE INSTEAD!! like an alcoholic goes to a meeting. lol



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Stopping and thinking about what I am doing and pushing on more mindfully.

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Don't continue it for the rest of the day.
Better to stop when you can.

we all splurge. just don't let it keep going every day.

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I am having a really bad binge today. Have been trying to curb it with all my usual resources.
Drinking water, tea, eating fruit.



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dust yourself off the following day and get back into eating healthy. Your only a failure if you give up..So although I binge once every two weeks I don't let it get me down I know the next day I will do well.



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This seems really simple and maybe a little silly, but if I'm craving something sweet (and like others, once I start on something sweet I keep wanting more) then I try to grab something not sweet but not necessarily salty either. Usually cheese, like string cheese or a babybel. Once I have eaten that (especially babybel, since it has a stronger flavor) I really don't want anything sweet anymore because it wouldn't taste as good after that.

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I move on and do better the next meal. I also try to drink a lot of water, makes me feel like I'm flushing it out of my system.

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As a recovering binge eater who's been able to cut my binges back to almost zero, from my personal experience I can say that no eating strategy will help eliminate binges that stem from emotional eating unless you're willing to address the root causes of why you're bingeing and find a healthier replacement for the binges. It's not easy and it's not an instantaneous process, but if you're really willing to work at it, this can help. Working with a therapist can help you identify the underlying causes of your binges and help you to develop alternative strategies to ward them off.

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Years ago when i was a young girl .that goes way back a long time . on a show called the hit parade one of the singers said she kept her trim body by only eating three bites of anything and she stayed trim that way . I have many times pulled that thought out of my purse and tried to enforce it in my own life . sometimes with success and other times a great failure . the way at times we just want to eat the whole thing and not just a bite try three . and then let it be .

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My friend and I decided we HATED the way we felt after we cheated on our diets. We found that if we ate one thing, we felt like we failed and the whole day was a loss. We would do the whole "I'll start my diet over tomorrow", excuse and eat garbage for the whole day. The two of us decided to help keep each other accountable by playing a little competitive fitness/ diet challenge. We earn points for exercising and we LOSE points for cheating on our diets. It's only a 5 point loss for the first diet cheat, but the lost point value increases dramatically for each additional item you eat. Those points are hard to earn and losing them sucks, so it's motivation to stay the course. We talk about our points so that we have to account for what we did during the day.Since we are competitive people, our points matter if we want to win!!! We have found that the best way to recover from a binge is to NOT have one at all. Find a friend. Sometimes the cheesy little games are very helpful.

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If the pattern happens in summer and winter equally though, I will say it's probably not SAD, just FYI to anyone reading this. There are many things that cause a person to eat, just adding this in for my .02 because in my case, that's what it was/is.



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Thanks for the info. I did see a dietician who is about half my age and who has never struggled with her weight. She said, " Try harder and don't take the easy way out." That was my pep talk..... I felt like I was trying pretty hard already to keep my head above water.

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Yeah I got my 5-HTP at Costco but you can get it online for the best price too. I wanted to binge and in fact did once before I started taking it, and that is so NOT like me - didn't have this problem when living farther south - moving to a dark wintered area has been SO negative for me that I'm moving AWAY. After 5HTP (I take l-tyrosine with it) I'm (mostly) back to normal now.

I've found that fighting hormones and blaming yourself is ridiculous and just doesn't work frankly. For people that think seasonal depression doesn't exist - it is REAL - and can get bad for many. Read the book, "Winter Blues", by Dr. Rosenthal for more info. If you think you have SAD a bright (made for SAD) lamp is the best first line of defense. It obviously wasn't good enough for me so I tried the 5HTP sort of out of desperation.

There are many symptoms of SAD, food cravings are just one.

If you think you have non-seasonal depression and it's serious, please get professional help.

Edited to add: My best friend moved from Denver to Wisconsin and now thinks she has SAD there, not as bad as I do but I can see it in her too. She is tired, doesn't want to exercise (not like her), irritable, craving sweets, etc.

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There are group meeting for food abusers in cities around the U.S. I went to a few classes myself. They are motivational shoulders that you can lean on and learn from. It's like AA or NA. They follow a program like it. Look on your local ads for meeting that say; Overeaters Anonymous, Eaters Anonymous. If you cant find a local group attend any program that works with addicts.



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Perhaps this explains why I have had such a hard time with carbs. I live in Wisconsin and we have had something like 46 days where part it at least has been below zero degrees. No one wants to be outside. Through January and now through this cold February I have struggled with feeling stressed, bummed out and a strong craving for carbs that often pulls me to the dark side of food choices. Where can one get 5-HTP? Health Food stores?

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I recently found out I have seasonal depression and one symptom of that is carbohydrate cravings, which can be extreme. The cause is low serotonin levels as eating carbohydrates increases the level of serotonin in your body. Your brain knows this so intensely starts to seek them out.

I started taking 5-HTP and it's helped a LOT. I don't need to take it in the summer, just the winter. If someone has non-seasonal depression caused by low serotonin, this would be a symptom though as well. Just a thought.



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Good for you! Doing great and moving forward you get an Ata-girl for that.



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Shake it off and get back on track!

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Guilt with a side of self-loathing... :) Actually I'm focusing on the end result and realize that I'm human. If I slip, I admit it and move on. Gives me that much more resolve to get to the goal and know that if it is an accident/special occasion there is no reason to give up.

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It's not easy, but I try to remember the past is the past, can't change it. Move forward

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I am a binge eater. :-( I have not over come this problem yet. don't know what to do about it.

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Binge eating is something new to me. I have never been a binge eater until recently. I have no idea why or how to stop. I have to have something to eat or just munch constantly. I know I haven't been using sparks like I should and have come back and hopefully can get back on track. emoticon



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What helps me is remembering the past is the past. One of the items on my goal board is "Stay in the Present." I try to write in my planner about what I did wrong, why I did it and how I can avoid it in the future. I know I'll binge again, but I know I'm conscienciously doing it less and that's what counts.



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First I try to let it go. No use beating myself up over it, because that will just make me want to eat more. Then my trainer suggested, after a "bad" day try for two exceptionally healthy days...and be sure to drink lots of water. That way the "bad stuff" doesn't have time to settle. Of course my ultimate goal is to avoid binges all together...just enjoy small amount of my favorite foods when I can. That way I don't have to feel guilty, and I don't have to see food as good vs. bad.



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Blue said: What I tell myself when I get there is, "This is MY food. It's special and it's just for me. What's in the kitchen is OTHER people's food. It's not mine."


that has helped me not raid dh's/other people's food. I add "unless I'm invited."

also decided he could buy his own junk and that I did not need to round up/bake/make for other people, which I would then often have to eat and replace.

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Great queston! For me I have stopped the negative self bashing! We are human and we are going to slip up on this journey....we need to stop BEATING ourselves up! When you start to be nicer to yourself and with alittle hard work the binges seem to get farther and farther apart! Be kind to yourself!

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This semester and last semester all my classes I taught are at night, so I've had trouble with the late-night snacking thing too. Fortunately, though I'm almost alone on the office floor before/after class, there's usually no food left out in our tiny break room, and people's offices are locked, so there's not that much access. There are vending machines, though, and fast food places right across the street, so the temptation is still there.

What I've found helps is to pack my bento box. It might be dinner-type stuff that I'll eat before going to class, or it might be planned snacks like a boiled egg, mini tomatoes, almonds, crackers, a piece of cheese, or sometimes a PB&J sandwich. I HATE baby carrots. I might put in one cookie.

I've actually had good results with the PBJ thing. It has some fat and some sugar, but also a lot of protein. And, once it's gone, it's gone. There's nothing more to binge on.

What I tell myself when I get there is, "This is MY food. It's special and it's just for me. What's in the kitchen is OTHER people's food. It's not mine."

After I get home, it's ten o'clock and I'm not ready to go to sleep since I just got home from work, so I'm working on what to eat then so I don't just scarf down Ritz crackers while reading a book. I'm thinking maybe soup, an egg with toast, or hot cereal. Comforting, nice, but not junk food.

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I let it go and focus on the current meal/day.

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I find that if I plan out my food in the morning and track it all then I am less likely to eat more than I want.
I also find that if I haven't eaten enough during the day I am not really binging - rather I am hungry and need to eat. Are you eating enough? Maybe you are trying to get off those extra pounds and not eating enough?

If I do eat too much at one meal, I chalk it to to one episode and don't let it get me down. I get back on track.




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A lot of responces hear have been so close to the total answer but haven't actually stated how to "Get Over a Binge".

There are at least two parts to a "binge". One is the actual intake of the food (calories) and the other is psychological pain you feel before the Binge and the psychological pain (guilt) you feel after a binge.

First, be honest and nice to yourself. Never demand from yourself what you wouldn't demand from someone else. What do you tell a friend who is miserable and thinks that she has ruined her life. Tell that to yourself.

Some people here have indicated that when they Binge that they don't track their food. They stop binging and the next day just start over. That doesn't address "How you recover from a Binge at all.

First, it is very VERY important to track your food during a binge. It really doesn't matter if you've had to many carbs or fat or protein. Calories are King!

By tracking your calories and subtracting your daily goal, you will find out how many calories in excess of your daily goal you have consumed. You know that eating 3500 calories in one day will not show up on the scale the next day. If what you binged on was highly salty, you could see an increase in weight, but it's water weight.

When I played football in high school, I consumed somewhere between 4000 and 5000 calories a day. Even eating at that level, by the end of the season I had actually lost weight.
Backing off on all the practice, running and weightlifting led to me not feeling hungry and consequently I ate less. With a substantial cut in activity and not feeling hungry, I kept my weight swing between 5-10 pounds. For a guy, with higher testosterone, that's at most a two day increase in exercise.

It's different for ladies, and for men as they age. Testosterone levels drop. So, what you have to do is to look at the whole process scientifically.

For ease in computations, we will assume that you overate one day by exactly 3500 calories. If you did absolutely nothing about it, or you ignored the excess calories, you will have gained one pound - it might not show up on the scales until later in the week, but a pound is 16 ounces (You thought I was going to say something else, right).

Look at both your nutrition tracker and your exercise tracker because there are three ways to eliminate the 3500 extra calories. The most obvious is to lower your intake to make up for your excess. Lowering your goal by 100 - 150 calories a day is considered very doable. For practical purposes, it's eliminating one carton, 6 ounces, of FF yogurt 80 calories) and 1/2 of a serving of vegetables (7 grams of carbohydrate = 28 calories). It's even less volume if you can eliminate some fat out of your daily diet. A total of 100 +/- calories lost - it will take you 35 days to get even with the track you were on.

The second way to make up for the excess calories is to burn 100 calories more a day than your exercise plan calls for. So what kinds of things burn an extra 100 calories? 23 minutes of casual biking (don't forget your helmet!); jumping rope for 9 minutes at a moderate intensity; playing Frisbee Golf at the park for 30 minutes; 18 minutes spent weeding the garden; spend 14 minutes rearranging furniture. There are a number of ways to expend just 100 calories, just google "burn 100 calories" and if you can't find at least 100 ways in less than 2 minutes ....., well, you need to read faster - which will burn more calories. Spending more time with difficult mental challenges also burns more calories - but they are hard to measure. This, too, will take you 35 days to catch up from the Binge.

The third and most efficient way to make up for your Binge is to combine both of these ways: consuming fewer calories and increasing you calorie expenditure just a bit.

My favorite way of burning an extra 200 calories is to spend an hour in the park playing Frisbee Golf with my grandson. Actually, I bet I burn more than 100 calories because my 6 year old grandson is never content to briskly walk after our frisbee's - he runs me ragged.

After more than an hour in the park (we can never get away with just playing Frisbee Golf), at 67 I am ready to go home for a short nap - AFTER I enter my 200 calorie burn to my fitness tracker.

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Acceptance and then letting it go. I drink a protein shake and eat fresh fruit for breakfast the next morning. I then go back to eating "my normal," which is pretty "clean." I also make sure I get my 8 glasses of water and try to drink a few more. I agree with others and getting back to exercise helps, too!

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A good workout and lots of water!

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