SparkPeople Living Binge Free Team Messageboard Are you struggling with bingeing & emotional eating? Whether you binge a little or a lot, join us for support, help, encouragement, tears & laughter while we (re)learn how to Live Life Binge Free :) SparkPeople Living Binge Free Team Messageboard Trying to be strong Last time I was on Spark was around 2014. I had lost 90 pounds. Then life got really bad and I regained 45 pounds. Mother died of lung cancer. Brother died of non Hodgkins lymphoma, father died, best friend hit by car and died and then my husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. In the past 18 months he has had surgery, radiation, chemo and a stem cell transplant. My cousin who is a best friend also has multiple myeloma. I've been trying to be strong and... Sun, 13 May 2018 15:23:42 EST Hey y'all Hey you all. I'm Ashley from Columbia, SC. Binge eating took over my life almost two years ago, and I want to make changes, lose weight, recover the girl I once was. Seeking all the encouragement available. Wed, 9 May 2018 15:06:52 EST Hi from Suburbia Hello everyone--I'm new to the group. I've struggled with the concept of dieting for many years now and it's finally dawning on me that I possibly need to change my strategy. I never really classified what I do as bingeing, but it fits what I've been reading. It's been said I tend to stuff my feelings inside the tube. The tube being too narrow and spillage occurs at either end in the form of eating. And hiding my eating from others. Well, you get the picture. It's gotten to the point where I'... Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:58:10 EST Hiya Hi, I've just joined the group. I'm 62 and my BED can positively be traced to when I was 8 years old and began to binge secretly. This caused real problems with my weight and by the time I was 10 I was very obese. Since then my weight had been slowly increasing over the years with frequent periods of dieting in between. I eventually became super, super obese and lost 184lbs before and after WLS in 2009 with the support of SP but had since slipped back into depression and regained over 100lbs.... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 08:47:32 EST Caffeine Triggers Binges??? I quit caffeine cold turkey on Tuesday. Despite the terrible headache and all-over body/muscle aches.... I notice my urges to binge or snack between meals has been drastically reduced! Does anyone else think caffeine might trigger binges? Sun, 4 Mar 2018 12:14:46 EST i'm a binge eater...just now dawning on me.... I just posted the following on the main message boards. After considering it more, I'm realizing I'm a binger. I don't know why this hasn't occurred to me before now. I just thought I had no control...and that it's kinda normal for diet "failers" like myself to feel like they don't have control. Read my previously posted post below (that I put on the main msg board) and tell me what I need to do. I need help! <BR> <BR> So, here's my cycle. (btw, I'm 38 yrs old and weight 177 lbs. at... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:05:12 EST Nice to meet you - Thank you for having me here. <BR> <BR> I am 45 (as of last week) - and a lifetime of bulimia and binge eating under my belt. <BR> Newly back to SparkPeople, coming off of a relapse and ready to want different of living the miserable life, one day at a time.. (One moment at a time even) <BR> I am newly back to my recovery program, and finding a community on SparkPeople that I can draw motivation, support and understanding from here at LBF seems like a positive tool to have in my books. <BR> ... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:57:45 EST Hi Looking for support among others who know what it's like to live with food addiction/emotional eating/B.E.D. <BR> <BR> I have had issues for about 10 years now. I am in therapy, spent time in a residential treatment facility, and still struggle daily. <BR> <BR> I binge-eat but I do not purge. <BR> <BR> I am severely overweight and you would think that would stop the binge-eating, but it is much stronger than that, and does not listen to reason. <BR> <BR> I have been binge-eating ev... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:23:04 EST Bonus points for team I did not know that this tool still existed – that I can give points to teams I am a member of. I am better supporting others than taking care of myself, so this will be a good motivator to make me come around every day! Sun, 4 Feb 2018 03:34:49 EST New here & closet binger Hi, <BR> <BR> I’m a working and caregiving grandmother who looks fit enough that few would suspect my lonely fallback when tired or overwhelmed - essentially, when I’ve prioritized all else above basic self care. I’ve been with SparkPeople almost 9 years, yet just found this team. Glad to join you. You made a bag of chips difference today! <em>521</em> <em>220</em> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:36:55 EST Hope I binge eat but I learned something amazing today. I have meds I take in the morning and meds I take in the evening. One of my medications is Vyvanse for A.D.D. Most A.D.D. medication are a stimulant which usually has the side effect of decrease appetite, weight loss, and stunted growth in children. None of those stimulants, and I've tried them all pretty much, have ever made a difference in my weight or hunger until Vyvanse. When I looked it up... I found out, it is also the medication presc... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:59:58 EST NEW HERE i'M CINDY AND IVE HAD ISSUES WITH BINGE EATING AND PURGING FOR ABOUT 40 YEARS. I REALLY NEED THE SUPPORT OF THIS GROUP. HOPE I CAN ALSO BE A BLESSING TO YOU ALL IN SOME WAY! Tue, 5 Dec 2017 05:56:28 EST binger of many years in therapy for the first time My name is Jennifer. You may call me Jenny. I have binged for most of my life. I just started therapy for my eating disorder which is binge eating disorder. I have a great counselor named Christine. We are reading through a book called Goodbye Ed Hello me. I am on chapter 4. Sat, 25 Nov 2017 20:18:34 EST Hi everyone! I'm a newbie here. Hello! I've been on a great, healthy weight loss journey over the last year and have lost about 75 pounds. But now that I have gotten close to my goal weight I have slowly begun to binge eat again. And with each passing day, it's getting worse. I keep telling myself that "tomorrow will be better" but I'm REALLY struggling to fight the urges to binge on food, be it healthy choices or just plain ol' junk food. I have tons of stress in my life as well; caregiver to both my parents while working ... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 23:17:03 EST Success? Heck YES! So the other night I ran out of gas on the interstate less than a mile from my exit. Of course everyone knew of my foolishness by the time it was all said and done. When I got home I text my friend, who knew I had already gone over my calorie goal, and said, "Every article I've read says not to do it, but I'm going to do it anyway!" He panicked wondering what I was going to do. He was shocked when he realized I was "only" going to eat a root beer float. <BR> <BR> Now here, on SP, everyone c... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 06:37:54 EST Candy Binger Oh my, I am out of control eating candy! Like, fistfuls. I'm so addicted now that I shake if I do too long without the sugar rush each day, and if there is nothing available, I obsess over finding a way to leave the house to get more (making some type of excuse). No matter how much I try to talk myself out of it, I just can't. Time to revisit my past learning and reread the Beck book. <BR> <BR> Hello there! I've used SP before, but have not been around for a couple of years. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 21:21:47 EST Daily calories Do any of you worry that you have dieted your way into a really slow metabolism? All my adult life, I thought I was fairly average. Weight was 125 to 130, 135 on high end. I am 5 foot 2. Since quitting smoking 2 years ago (combined with middle age) I am now between 149 and 152. I don't feel like I am eating more, but maybe I am?? I have been using the tracker, and seem to average between 1,200 and 1,800 calories per day. Yet I am not losing weight! So either I used to smoke instead of eat,... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:08:23 EST Binge eating at night I remember there used to be an eating disorder called "night eating." This is when I binged in the past. Looking for new ways to comfort myself at night after a long day of work. I live alone, but have lots of friends, dog, and cat. <BR> <BR> Suggestions for evening activities that calm you down and are not food? Wed, 6 Sep 2017 08:16:14 EST living binge free progress <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> ever since I Join this team I have become more aware of Binges . I gather information from the team members ,it does help me . <BR> <BR> I thought if we can discuss our binge . Like what was it ??? how long did it last ?? <BR> and was it shorter than the last time. <BR> <BR> I know i use to have 5 or 6 small cups of ice cream . now if I binge I got it down to 2 <BR> thats progress . We can all start over to day 1 . but what have we learned to help each of us . ... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 16:55:32 EST Inspired Hi, I am new, logged on a few times a few months ago, but not much. 47, separated, no kids, quit smoking 2 years ago (yay me!), but also gained 20 pounds, which was very hard. I have always struggled with binge eating, but sadly I now think smoking helped me stay between 125-130 (I am 5 foot 2). I wanted to lose 10 pounds then, and I am now 149 (edited this because I actually bought the scalw and weighed myself, rather than in its packaging at the store). Most important, I am also a feminist ... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 20:04:01 EST hello Hi, I'm new to the team but not new to SP. <BR> I'm a woman in my fifties. Married, no children. I struggle with binge eating. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 13:33:31 EST newbie Hi everyone. I'm Angela and I'm a second year medical student on the east coast. I've been an on/off user of Spark People and similar sites over the past few years, but since starting medical school, I've found keeping healthy is something I've been struggling with a lot, and I put on quite a bit of weight. I'm looking to regain my activity level and fitness, as well as lose weight, so that I can maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout graduate school into my professional career. <BR> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:35:33 EST Hi there, y'all! I'm Gerrtie, and I actually joined this team a long time ago but have never been active in it. I have been practicing healthy living since Nov. 2008. Between then and Dec. 2009 I lost almost 100 lbs. My motivation was that I had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2007. I got on Metformin and continued eating nothing but fast food and tons of sugary foods. Well, in Nov. 2008 my little toe was hurting and I reached down to feel it, and the toenail came off in my hand. It scared me poopless!... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:41:21 EST Morning-After Blues Very disappointed in myself. I succumbed to temptation and ate a whole bag of tortilla chips last night. Lying on the couch in front of the TV too, which has been an absolute "no-no" for me since about April 10. And here I was, so proud of myself for sticking to my plan and going over 90 days binge-free. I KNEW I was going to do it, and PLANNED it for when my husband was safely out of the house so that I could go behind his back and hide the evidence. Don't really know why I did it; I ha... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:14:37 EST Need Advice Hello all, <BR> Well I was hoping for some advice. I have been struggling immensely with Binge eating disorder for some years now. I am actively working to be conscious of my food and emotions, but over the past 2-3 months I just cannot seem to get back on the wagon. Last night (and almost every night this week and last week) I have had horrible binges. I understand now that I use binging as a means for procrastination and especially when fatigued, anxious, or stressed. However, when I exper... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:52:14 EST Howdy! I'm Kim. I got to be my current weight through food addiction/binge eating, and am making awesome progress on learning how to recognize my own triggers, avoid them, and be binge free. One of my personal goals for May was to make it through May without a binge. I thought there might be some helpful hints, or just folks who can relate to the struggle here. <BR> I was also hoping to hear from folks who consider themselves "recovered" or was wondering if there even are such folks, or if this i... Mon, 1 May 2017 23:35:51 EST Hi! Hi! I'm new here, and I'm kind of at a loss. I deal with a food addiction, and was 350 pounds. But I decided enough was enough and went on a medically supervised liquid fast at my local hospital. I figured that's a perfect way to get a hold on my addiction and bingeing. I did that for 10 months with zero cheating and lost 162 pounds. And now I'm back on food and dealing (poorly) with my binge eating. It took me a month to binge after transitioning back onto solid food. I need to get a handle ... Mon, 1 May 2017 04:22:52 EST Habit I started Spark strong but I see now that I've slipped back into binging in the evening. I think it's a mindless habit but somehow it's so ingrained that it's a fight to stop. I want to commit to 21 days binge free. Afraid I can't do it but willing to give it a try. Day one - Today. Here goes. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 07:48:33 EST Hello! I'm a returning Spark member who finally decided to acknowledge my eating disorders. I've been diagnosed as a binge eater by a psychiatrist and am currently working through this issue as well as working on my body image issues. Is anyone else taking Vyvanse? My doctor prescribed this to me and it's really helped cut down my binge eating. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being on the team! <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:37 EST Eating Less by Gillian Riley I read this book years ago rather in the middle of my first successful years after my turnaround, and it didn't impress me much then but it seems really smart now! Much of what I have been doing fits her assertions about what needs to happen, but I had cobbled it together from multiple sources. <BR> <BR> One interesting fact is that research shows that those who are motivated by weight loss because of body shame are more likely to give up on their efforts most quickly. I have long said her... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 20:46:33 EST New here Hello I am new to the team. My problem is binging in the middle of the night. I want to learn how to control it. I don't know why it started but it has that I get up and have the urge to eat. I came here to get help and support. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 12:54:05 EST New Hi, everyone. Are you up for new members? I have been at goal weight for many years. Just recently, after a cross-country move 2 1/2 years ok, I have slowly managed to put 10 extra pounds on my short frame (every ounce shows when you are 5 feet tall!). I have recently started binging. I think I get stressed, feel discouraged at how hard it is to lose, mess up, feel terrible and the cycle starts all over again. I am usually very disciplined all morning/early afternoon, love healthy food, and t... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:16:12 EST "Breaking the spell of Binge Eating" - new team Just wanted to let you know I started a new team called 'Breaking the Spell of Binge Eating'. The goal of the team is to explore the book of the same name, which was written by Dutch author Joana Kortink. <BR> <BR> She suffered from bulimia and later on became a therapist who worked with clients with eating disorders. She wrote a book that was translated in English in 2008. <BR> <BR> The purpose of the book is to accompany the reader on an inward journey that allows her (or him) to stop o... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:08:49 EST Hi, I'm Rebecca, and I have control issues... Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I'm a 41-year-old wife, mother, and English teacher. I'm just starting to realize that my habits are worrisome and unhealthy. I'm here looking for ideas and support, and I would like to be a support for my teammates as well. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening! Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:42:20 EST Question for all members When you are stressed out AND depressed, how do YOU cope without turning to food? <BR> I have a few things I do, but would LOVE to see what might work for you to give me more ideas. Thanks everyone ahead of time for your help with this. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:56:14 EST New here Hello everyone, I am new to this group and look forward to getting to know you. :) Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:57:16 EST New to this team Hi all. I'm new to this team but I'm an old-timer on SP. I've started, restarted, quit, given up, etc. many times over. I never really thought of myself as a binge eater until recently but I took a nutrition class last year that helped me stumble across that term. And it really fits. I will be "good" on a plan for a few days and then when I get stressed, or bored, or tired, or someone brings a pile of chocolate near me, I mow it. <BR> <BR> Then I try to be even stricter, and it backfires ag... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:55:15 EST Newbie from Minnesota! Good morning everybody! <BR> I'm new here to this team and just wanted to say hi. I'm 32yo and over the course of about 9 months, I managed to gain 70lbs. 70lbs that I had spent the previous year losing. <BR> <BR> I feel awful, I WANT to exercise, but dont have the energy. Every second that I'm not consuming something, I am thinking about what I can consume. I don't know what is wrong with me or why I have this constant need to do this to myself. But something's gotta change, NOW. <BR> ... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:11:53 EST Vent here when you want to binge. I thought it might help some of us to have a place to post when we are on the about how it feels to want to eat so much, what's bothering you, etc. It's worth a try! Sat, 7 Jan 2017 18:04:46 EST 4 Day Wins (Short term habit changing) Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> This thread is for logging and reporting 4 Day Wins. "The 4 Day Win" is a practice from the book by Martha Beck.The main idea is that a goal that is practiced and sustained for just 4 days is very likely to perturb the inertia we get into with bad habits and push us forward. <BR> <BR> I for one love the idea of just 4 days at a time and use it to explore all sorts of new habits. <BR> <BR> To create a 4 day win: <BR> * Choose a goal and then simplify it by half... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:01:06 EST Day 1 - binge free! Easy peasy today :) No binges! Fri, 18 Nov 2016 01:58:57 EST New to team I'm an introvert, so I'm not gonna tell you all about me right off the bat. I'll just be observing and binge reading posts until I feel comfortable. I'm glad I found this team! <em>524</em> Sat, 5 Nov 2016 00:47:06 EST Guidelines to Overcome Binge Eating Just a note... In February I started a private team on which I shared what I learned during the treatment for Binge Eating that I got. It is called the 'Guidelines to Overcome Binge Eating' team. It has six 'lessons' or steps that one can take to stop binge eating. <BR> <BR> I just started copying the information in the main posts to my blog so everyone who is interested can read it! <BR> Just go to my page and look at my blog. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:07:15 EST Returning I was on this team before and I am coming back to battle the bulge and get some support as well as support others!! Mon, 1 Aug 2016 12:41:56 EST What is a reasonable eating plan? What is a "reasonable eating plan"? <BR> Please share your definition. What does a 'reasonable eating plan' (as opposed to 'a diet') look like? <BR> <BR> Using a food plan (that I got during BED treatment) has really helped me to be much more stable in my eating pattern. I also know though that what is 'reasonable' for one person may not appear so to the next! <BR> And, I realized that many people who struggle with bingeing no longer have an idea of what 'reasonable' amounts are... I know... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 03:24:38 EST How to accept the size I have How do you handle having a higher weight and a bigger size for quite a while to come while learning, gradually, to no longer binge and have a normal eating pattern? Sun, 17 Jul 2016 03:49:17 EST Returning Member Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm coming back to Intuitive Eating. I've been out "scouting around" and learning about food addiction, exploring other programs that advocate weighing and measuring, eating 3x a day, or baking and cooking the low-carb way. Oh my goodness! My head is just spinning with all of the conflicting information out there! One group says to eat low carb, high protein; and they have a ton of scientific information and evidence that makes perfect sense. Of course, one wo... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:19:39 EST HELLO FROM TENNESSEE, USA Hello, my name is Judy and I was born and raised in Music City, Nashville, TN. I am an emotional and binge eater. Need some help in this area. Please see my Sparkkpage for my story and how I am doing. I am a Christian and proud to be that. I live in a little town called White House, Tennessee (yep, White House) Am looking to being a part of this team. Thank you. Have a great weekend. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:02:08 EST New Today This looks like exactly the group for me. I have been a sparker before but have been gone for a while. I have had wls and lost 172 lbs. however I had originally lost over 200 and gained it back. So I have 68 to lose to reach my goal and I am back to Spark because I know it works. I am hoping to meet new people and reconnect with some old friends as well. <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:32:02 EST Well hello! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm on my phone so I won't go on too long, but I'm Josh and this isn't my first go round on here. My weight has been a crazy ride for my entire life. It started in high school, when I would gain weight unabated through the summer, then get in shape during football and lose most of the weight during wrestling. <BR> <BR> This worked pretty well when I was 16, but once high school ended and there was no more sports to lose the weight it just kept piling on. By the time I wa... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:40:21 EST scared newby Hi. I'm new to sparkpeople and to this team. I'm hoping to gain some support and just chat with some people who struggle as i do. I have only just admitted my problem even though i have been struggling for most of my life. Hopefully this is the start of something great for me. <BR> TCG Thu, 26 May 2016 07:24:38 EST Hi everyone! I saw this team and thought to myself "This is where I NEED to be!" Living Binge Free seems like a dream to me. I have been working on that goal my entire life! However, I have not quit yet, so there is still hope! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting you, sharing ideas, encouragement and hope! Thu, 12 May 2016 16:47:56 EST Hello fellow LBF team members I was excited to discover this team through PennySaver's Spark page. I binge on food, and also non-food actions like playing a computer game or watching a particular TV show, heck....I can binge on just about anything. But enough is enough! I want to learn to overcome this negative tendency! <BR> <BR> My latest food binge is eating tortilla chips and dip.This binge started when I found a Greek yogurt dip that is yummy and healthier than other dips. But what does that matter if I add a bag of... Mon, 9 May 2016 12:43:01 EST So glad to have found y'all! Hey y'all, I'm new here. Just found you yesterday. At the end of my rope. I lost 15# when I first started this weight loss journey and since then I have been slamming into lack of self-control with my eating head on. Frustrated, down, but not giving up. I need to figure out what is my trigger, or culprit. Need advice on how to do do you figure out what it is that's spiraling you out of control? Am honestly here to learn and grow. Hope you can welcome me into your fold! Fri, 22 Apr 2016 23:03:43 EST weight issues I have had problems with food my entire life. and I was gained and lost so many times it is unreal...when I first got on sparks I called myself yo-yo queen because that is who I was. <BR> the last four yrs I had given up on weight lose. I was up to 198 pounds and I would get up take my daughter to school and come home and sleep. I would get up about 1pm and eat but stay on the couch. i would pick my daughter up and be with her. when her dad came home i would cook dinner and eat it and than g... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 15:51:33 EST Is it eating through boredom? I started calorie counting last week. It made me realise that I'd been masking boredom with food. At least that's what I thought in the beginning. But I have loads to do. Just don't want to do it. Then I realised it might be more a case of I'm dissatisfied with my life? Or maybe it's an inability to enjoy. Anyway it's something I need to investigate/think about etc. So I thought I'd just put it out there. :-) Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:27:52 EST The art of postponement "Most of us think of indulging in something like donuts with a “yes” or “no” answer. I have better response for you – –“LATER.” " <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ay-exercise-self-control-over.html </link> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:11:15 EST Hello! New here. Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am so happy I found this group. I have been recently thinking about how I just need to stop dieting. Because if I am not dieting, I am failing at a diet (ie bingeing quite a bit, gaining rapidly, feeling like garbage physically and beating myself up incessantly). I just want to stop and get off the roller coaster. <BR> <BR> I found your group yesterday. I thought "Living Binge Free" is exactly what I want to do. Then I saw someone's tag line about the No S Diet. So... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:35:58 EST therapist doesn't recognize binge eating disorder I recently started with a new therapist and she doesn't recognize binge eating disorder. She said, "I don't understand why people have trouble losing weight". Now I am seeing her for my phobias and anxiety and she is really good at that work. I am making tremendous progress in those areas so I don't want to leave her just yet. <BR> However in a year or so of working with her, when I have my phobias under control, I'd like to try another therapist. There are a few therapist in the same clinic... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:08:48 EST Introducing myself Hi, I'm new here, full of hope <em>30</em> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:24:24 EST I like to eat !! Hello everyone, I'm new to the team!! I have been binging for as long as i can remember! i do it because its there, and i do it because i like food, well LOVE food ! glad to say for 2 days straight i have not went on a binge at all ! and 2 days to me is GREAT ! <em>244</em> !! <BR> <BR> i am open to being a virtual buddy for anyone because i need one myself!! so if interested let me know !! and good luck to everyone!! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 14:56:22 EST I've been binging for years. Finally my doctor gave a name to it. I want to beat this but have low hopes. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:30:30 EST Hello from Austin TX Good morning. <BR> <BR> A quick 'about me'. I joined SP in 2007-2009, losing 15 lbs which was great when we returned to the US for our respective deployments. However since our mil-civ transition in 2012 and subsequent moves, stress has been our friend for the past few years. <BR> <BR> I recognize the emotion eating habits that I have, sweets and salty, that keep me from achieving long lasting goals. I lost 40 lbs with MediFast from Jan 14 to April 15 which I should be able to maintain b... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:14:34 EST Has anyone used Vyvanse to treat BED? I'm thinking about talking to my doctor about it... from what I've read, it seemed to do well in clinical trials, and I think I could benefit from it. Well, I'm willing to give it a try at this point. Just wondering if anyone has any experience.. thoughts... opinions.. advice? Tue, 15 Dec 2015 22:11:04 EST Suggestions for how to stop bingeing This is a post I wrote on one of the other forums today in reply to someone who was struggling with overeating. I am copying it here for whoever might make use of them. They offer the core of the BED treatment as I know it. <BR> <BR> "You might want to look up the criteria for Binge Eating Disorder (BED). If that's what you are dealing with maybe you could seek professional help. <BR> <BR> Suggestions based on treatment for BED: <BR> - Make a food plan that is not very difficult to follow ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:44:46 EST Interesting thought During the treatment for binge eating that I am following one of the therapists said something that I found interesting. <BR> <BR> She pointed out how, 6 times per day (we are supposed to eat 3 meals and 3 snacks per day) we start eating, and then we STOP eating again, and go do something else. Then when it's time for the next meal or snack, again we start eating, and we must also STOP eating again. <BR> <BR> She said that the problem of people who have BED is with stopping. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 07:52:52 EST How Others Around you can help you stop binge-ing I have to say for once my mother's diabetes may help me, it's hard to binge w/o the binge able's available. My mom/roommate has asked me to buy less sugary food, because understandably it is very hard to resist, (Honestly for both of us) I binge her A1C levels go up because she eats more sugar than she should. So I will HAVE to buy for healthy, less sugary (i.e. dried fruit not cookies) and trust me cookies, ice cream, cake, cupcakes, sweet chocolatey carbs are my biggest binge foods. Now I w... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 06:15:53 EST Thinner than I've ever been, but still binging I'm new to the group. I reached my goal weight in June, losing 45 lbs in 6 months. Since then, I've been keeping the weight off, with a few swings up and down. I never was a real binge eater, but over the last 2-3 months, I find myself stuck in a pattern I NEED to get out off. I have developed a habit of staying up later than normal after my workout and preparations for the next day. Then I put on a tv show, because I 'deserve' an hour of chilling before going to bed. And then I find myself ... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 08:03:20 EST Personal Journal? I am sorry I may not be posting this in the right place but I don't know where to find where I can have a personal journal. Can anyone help? Thank you in advance Sun, 27 Sep 2015 16:36:34 EST Hey! Hey guys, <BR> New to this group and back on Spark for what, the 4th time? I joined the site over 5 years ago (was it almost 10?) and have come and go. I'm back on, mainly to support myself in my journey. I'm tired of binging as it causes havoc on my body. I started almost a year ago and since, have gained a lot of the weight back that I had previously lost. I hate my body right now and I'm trying to get it back to where it was, albeit, not my over restricting myself like I did last time. My ... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:40:51 EST Glad to find this group Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I just joined this group. I have suffered from BED/Bulimia for almost half my life. I had a big 5000 calorie binge yesterday. I am happy to say I didn't purge! I did purge twice this week though, it is a tough habit I am trying to break. I was hospitalized for Bulimia last year, I was released in December. I am going through a tough phase in my life right now and it seems like I only get pleasure from binging/purging. It's like flushing all your troubles and sorrows down t... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 05:00:42 EST My experiences with BED treatment I recently started treatment for BED. I have been blogging about the experience, in part also because some of my friends here at SP would like to hear more about it. Several members of this team also expressed that they'd like to know more. <BR> <BR> I first copied my blog posts into posts on this thread but I realize this feels much to vulnerable! <BR> If you like to know more just send me a sparkmail and I will add you as a friend - but please realize that my page and blog are private fo... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:30:49 EST How Late-Night Eating Sabotages Weight-Loss Articl <link><BR>te-night-eating-sabotages-weight-loss/<BR>?user_id=273947563052221&alt_source=mf<BR>p&alt_medium=email&alt_campaign=weekly<BR>20150706&utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=ema<BR>il&utm_campaign=weekly20150706&mkt_tok<BR>=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRokvajPZKXonjHpfsX87OkuX<BR>KGxgIkz2EFye%2BLIHETpodcMTsRiMq%2BTFAwTG5toziV8R7DBLM153N8QXRTg </link> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:25:30 EST Semi-Regular Pizza and chocolate chip cookie binge About every 2-3 weeks I eat about 1/2 a medium pizza and half a pizza hut chocolate chip cookie. HELP! Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:35:45 EST New here Hi everyone, My name is Bobbie I am new to Spark people. I love to workout and eat healthy! I am moving my family towards clean eating and we are almost there. I love sharing recipes, ideas and motivation!!! We can do this! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:36:40 EST Hoping to find support and stop the binges Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Tammy and I started binging about 5 years ago. I have a hard time pinpointing how are why it started but I know I need to stop. It mostly happens on weekends when my schedule differs from my work week where I find it easy to be healthy. <BR> <BR> I joined the group hoping to find support and solutions that are currently helping others with their struggles. I joined sparkpeople quite some time ago and have not been active on it. I'd like to get back into it a... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:51:42 EST Hello and New Hello all! <BR> I've been having an issue getting back on the wagon, primarily because of my intense urges to binge. This syreak challenge sounds like a great way to get back on track. May I join?? Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:11:56 EST Help! Need emotional support during power outtage I have been doing well not binging, feeling strong and supported, and had a game plan all laid out... then the island where I live got SLAMMED with a typhoon... Power is out on the island (using work's generator right now to check Spark and email, but shouldn't use it long) And the destruction is so bad they're estimating 30 DAYS before power is restored to the whole island. <BR> <BR> I am trying to be careful to not binge on food from the fridge/freezer now that power is gone - it's easy... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 02:56:13 EST Like the rest of you I am a binge eater. I can destroy a week's worth of progress in a weekend. I want to get to a place where the food doesn't control me Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:12:26 EST Need a Fresh Start Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm Jessica - I just turned 30 and have a two year old daughter and two step kids. My husband and I both work full time and are both overweight (we could both probably lose 80-100lbs), so the struggle has been the junk food in the house.. We both have weaknesses, but he has more willpower than I do. There have been nights in the last couple of weeks where I will go into the kitchen and have four pieces of cinnamon toast and a glass of milk before going to bed. I usually w... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:01:51 EST 40 years of binges Since my teenage days, I have eating disorders. Like most young girls I started out with anorexia, which very soon led to boulimia/binge eating. There have been long periods in the past where I could control the bingeing behavior, and in those I lost weight, and then out of the blue (no discernable cause) I totally lost control over long periods. I doubt if I'll ever get 'cured'. Since I joined SP, 40 days ago, I've had 38 binge free days, and I feel I'm sliding back again, afraid to eat enou... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 03:54:41 EST New member, long time binger Hello new team :) <BR> <BR> I have been fighting with weight for years - it wasn't "bad" for a long time, and I was able to balance my binges with days of healthy eating and lots of exercise. But lately, the binges are coming more often - usually 2 days a week - when they used to be just every few months. <BR> <BR> I would work hard, lose 5-10 lbs, maintain (even though I am trying to lose more), then lapse, binge, regain that 5-10lbs in 1-2 days, get set again, work hard for a few weeks t... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 19:22:33 EST article: 33 ways to to stop binge eating<BR>/ <link> </link> Sat, 4 Jul 2015 07:51:46 EST The time for change is now! I've been an emotional binge eater for a long time and I never made the connection that it was moods, emotions and feelings driving me to binge eat until recently. I believe that diets have not worked for me..and there were many...because I need to work on the inner me...I need to start feeling emotions rather than covering up the issues with food. <BR> A week ago I had a bad binge episode and the next day I woke up drained and feeling like my body was sick....that morning was the pivotal poi... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:01:32 EST structured eating to prevent binges? Has anyone tried eating average high protein meals every few hours? I'm curious as to what you eat daily to try and prevent binges. Posted a blog about it, I'm interested in your typical day to day meals to help me cure my binge/restrict cycles: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947260 </link> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:10:27 EST So tough! I said no to what in the past would've started a late night binge. It was hard! I paced the floor for a bit to gain my bearings, I talked it out with my husband, and then settled down. I do wish I would wake up one day and not struggle, but for today I'm happy that I said NO. <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 08:55:25 EST Resources: 'does focus on weight loss make sense?" Below are articles and sources that I came across while trying to find scientific support for the statement that '95% of the people who lose weight gain it back' (within 5 years). <BR> <BR> If you come across, or know, other good sources of information, please post them here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ticles-evidence/ </link> <BR> <BR> Four-Year Weight Losses in the Look AHEAD Study: Factors Associated with Long-Term Success: <BR> <link> Mon, 25 May 2015 13:33:31 EST Definition of 'Binge eating" & of 'Normal Eating' Two quotes that I stumbled upon today: <BR> <BR> 1. About binge eating <BR> <BR> "So let’s talk a bit about binge eating, what it is and what it isn’t. (Caveat: I am not an expert on binge eating or eating disorders by any means, more of an interested observer who has done some reading, since it is closely related to the work I do.) <BR> <BR> What it’s not: <BR> <BR> "Binge eating isn’t accidentally or even deliberately overeating (which is something people of all sizes do sometimes ... Sat, 23 May 2015 13:24:58 EST Let's blame it all on society Binge eating that is. I don't have time for a lengthy article on the subject but thought it might be interesting to name all the reasons why the society we live in makes binge eating more likely for individuals and also more common overall. <BR> This is not to say that we don't have individual responsibility, it's more of a "blame game", so feel free to blame. <em>213</em> <BR> I hope we can learn from the answers and develop our own strategies to counteract the effects of our surroundin... Wed, 20 May 2015 01:26:49 EST Feeling hopeless right now I was doing well for a little while and my daughter got sick Saturday night and has had continual pain ever since. Took her to the doctor yesterday, then for a x-ray, then for an ultrasound today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday after not getting any answers, I ate way more than I should have - especially for someone with pre-diabetes and I did the same thing today. <BR> <BR> I asked myself what else I could have done to deal with my fear besides overeating and I couldn't come up with anything. It us... Tue, 19 May 2015 18:27:45 EST Need more tools I was doing quite well getting my eating under control, exercising, and actually lifting the veil of anxiety until I hurt my knees. Then, like I always do, I threw my hands up and grabbed a bag of chips (or cookies, or ice cream) to make it all go away. It's fun for that first week, the extra food, the wonderful calmness that accompanies a full belly and the addictive sweets/junk. Then, I start to feel disgusting. I bloat due to all the excess salt, I become sluggish, I start eating at ni... Mon, 18 May 2015 08:20:15 EST Listen to the body <link><BR>e-basics/ </link> <BR> <BR> "What do you really WANT to eat, when you consider how your body feels physically before, during and after eating?" <BR> <BR> I thought this is an interesting blog. Tue, 12 May 2015 16:09:09 EST Does DBT help against bingeing? Doeas anyone have experience with DBT therapy for binge eating? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Fri, 8 May 2015 22:17:49 EST "Health at every size" - anyone? <link><BR>-health-every-size </link> <BR> <BR> I only heard about this today... Is anyone on this team familiar with it? What are your thoughts? Wed, 6 May 2015 09:54:58 EST Saturday Morning Ponderings I've been thinking a lot this morning about what a huge waste of mental energy, and of LIFE, it is to be SO obsessed with diet and food. ALL of the time I'm thinking about WHAT I ate, what I CAN'T or SHOULDN'T eat, how I OVER ate, what I WILL eat at my next meal, or tomorrow. In addition, there is a lot of time spent feeling guilty and ashamed about what I ate that I shouldn't have eaten. So, I'm wondering...what would I think about and do if all that mental time and energy was freed up fr... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:02:57 EST What is the equivalent of your trigger food? Do (or did, in case you overcame binge eating) you have a trigger food? I mean a favorite food that you run for when you want to binge? <BR> <BR> If you do, can you mention what things to do / experiences to you would offer you the same pleasure as having / bingeing on that food gives you? <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:31:29 EST What helped you overcome binge eating? I heard that there are several approaches to overcome binge eating. Which one did or do you follow, what are and were your experiences and what method would you recommend and why? <BR> <BR> 1) "Brain over " book approach: Basically not follow the urge to binge and over time it disappears/urge surfing: just watching and experiencing the urge/ feeling the addictive voice to overeat ("ditching diets book") and making friends with it and accepting it to be there but not reacting on it <BR> 2) Di... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:55:24 EST Night time binger, trying to stop Hi, I'm Nancy. I'm 58. I lost 70 lbs several years ago on WW and kept it off for 8 years. The past year, I've put on 20 lbs. I'm struggling with doing super well during the day and then blowing it at night. Slowly, I'm improving, but it's a real struggle. A few days ago, I started on 100 mg of 5htp at night. I also take some melatonin and drink a cup of sleepytime tea. I'm noticing a slight improvement. <BR> <BR> I eat enough calories during the day, nutritious foods, and get exercis... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 05:25:55 EST April 2015 Chat In case you don't want to track streaks. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 00:40:38 EST Wow... Hey everyone...I'm Kristen. I just turned 24. <BR> <BR> First of all, thank you SO much for being part of this group. For the longest time, I thought I was alone in my struggles. I have been a binge eater for as long as I can remember, going all the way back to hiding food as a child. I'm not really sure what started it, but I have yet to be able to overcome it. Every single day is a battle and lately I have been failing regularly. Failing to the point that I have gained back 20 of the 50 po... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:23:05 EST Going to try the binge free challenge!! Day 1 is today <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not putting a limit on it, I will just take it day by day! Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:18:40 EST binging for me I can binge from high emotions, but my biggest problem is I tend to binge once everyone goes to sleep. I've done this since I was 18 and a young stay at home mom, so 13 years now. I hate it and it erases all of my hard work during the day. The cravings or urges are so strong makes me feel crazy. It's weird some weeks I do fine if I don't eat after dinner, sometimes..... <BR> <BR> What are some tricks you've tried to hold off a binge?? Which worked for you?? <BR> <BR> Thank you for any inp... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:09:16 EST Another binge eater here *blush* Hello there!! :) I'm Pol, I'm 19 and new in SP... So I'm also new in this team. As many of you I suffer too of binge eating. I'm determined to beat it and I feel like overcoming it is going to be easier if I get involved with people suffering the same, so here I am. <BR> <BR> I don't really know what else to say, if there's any way in which I can help you guys... Well, you can always contact me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:03:06 EST hi It's so nice to see I'm truly not alone in this wicked battle of binge eating! <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:37:46 EST Hi all! Hi all, my name is Brenda and I am pretty new to SP and think I have found the group for me. So I am new to the idea of binge eating and recognize myself in the description of a binge eater. <BR> <BR> I've hidden whole bags of candy just so I could eat the whole thing by myself and not have to share with my family. I can't have just one or two cookies, I need to eat at least 15, someone else might eat them and there won't be more for me. <BR> <BR> I think I have struggled with this almost... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:46:38 EST's me Just popped in to introduce myself. I joined earlier this week. <BR> <BR> I have B.E.D. and am having a hard time managing and dealing with it. I do not have much of a support system and when I do binge, it is in private. <BR> <BR> I was binge free for a long time and now recently it is occurring more and more often. 2-4 times a week. I have many more pounds to lose and haven't lost any "new" weight in months. I keep losing and gaining the same 5-10 lbs. I want to lose more weight but... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:25:29 EST Hi, introducining myself Hi, I'm a long-time member of SparkPeople, but spend most of my time on the Dealing with Depression team. Since my late 20's, I've struggled with emotional eating and what I would call binge-eating. I find myself doing it even more lately and it's scaring me so I found this team and am hoping to learn how to cut down (or stop?) emotional eating and binging. It seems like an impossible task because I've been doing it for so long. <BR> <BR> I have chronic depression and an anxiety disorder tha... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:46:13 EST Binge eating - disease - addiction - habit ? One could argue that it is all three and many people do. <BR> It is significant that the DSM 5 is now including BED, but this alone should not influence us too much. Every new version of this manual adds new things and eliminates others and not always based on scientific evidence, but sometimes based on public perception and politics. <BR> There are the emotional elements, the cognitive/behavioral elements and the physiological elements to binge eating. But we can not separate these out neat... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:30:22 EST New to the team and trying to stop the binges Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Lizzie and I restarted spark last month with a new name and new motivation to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I am going back to college in September for a Child and Youth Worker Diploma. Its given me new motivation to lose weight as I A) don't want to be the biggest person in the room and B) I start placement in the first week and if I am running around with kids I need to be in better shape. <BR> <BR> My current challenge? I have BED and no support in this ci... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 12:18:50 EST Hi! I have just blogged in detail but to quickly introduce myself. I am on the NoS Diet, am binge free and intend to stay that way, and am waiting for the Beck Diet for Life (green book) to come. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l_individual.asp?blog_id=5888527 </link> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:10:20 EST Adam Sandler conversation with Conan O'brien <BR> Adam Sandler was on Conan's talk show last night. Since he was on Saturday Night Live in the 90's along with Chris Farley, he was sharing what I guess he considered a fun recollection of him. <BR> <BR> He talked about how much food Chris would order when they went out to eat. How Chris' eating was epic to watch. The whole conversation made me so sad. Chris Farley, aside from using drugs, was killing himself with his own knife and fork. There was nothing "epic" about what he was ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:28:26 EST What IS binge eating? I'm curious to know if anyone considers bingeing a habit? <BR> <BR> Is emotional eating a habit? <BR> <BR> Your thoughts? <BR> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:47:34 EST Not sure where to turn Hello all, <BR> <BR> Hello my name is Ryan and I am 24 years old from New Jersey. I have been struggling with binge eating for the last three and a half years and using food to cope with my emotions instead of dealing with issues that arise. I have not been formally diagnosed with binge eating disorder by a medical professional but I have many symptoms of the disorder. <BR> <BR> The binge eating has had a major impact on my life. I have not felt comfortable in my own skin and I have lost... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:55:13 EST journaling prompts <BR> If you go to you will see she offers some free tools. <BR> For me, journaling is very helpful, but I've been getting stuck on what to write lately. <BR> <BR> Here are the prompts for a "before bed journal". Maybe they will help you too. <BR> <BR> I think ... <BR> I need... <BR> I feel... <BR> Today I... <BR> I wish that... The worst part of my day today was.... <BR> The best part of my day today was.... <BR> and the last prompt is, anything else ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:58:12 EST Wondering about 'working on other goals' I can wonder sometimes: I may be able to exercise (almost) daily and get more sleep and do yoga several times a week, and work on 'other goals'. And I'm more or less succesfull with those. BUT as I still binge and overeat I'm not losing weight... I can wonder at times: is it even worth it to work on 'other goals' as long as I can't get my eating right? <BR> Maybe rather than work on several things at once, better focus all my energy on trying to heal the bingeing and stop the overeating? <BR... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:36:31 EST how do I stop bingeing but still lose weight? Just so you know...this is probably going to be a long read...but I will try to keep it from becoming a novel. <BR> I'm 54 and a returning Sparkie, different name this time because I can't remember my previous details! LOL <BR> I've struggled with weight my whole life, and have yo yo dieted for years. I have never reached goal weight but I have come close. Most diets were the "sensible", calorie counting type and i did lose weight when I was being "good" but it was always very slow. That ofte... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:10:36 EST BED clinical foundations book I'm just reviewing the topic. Published in 2008, so not too old. Book pretty much emphasizes cognitive behavioral treatment, which was the basis of much of what I looked at before and during the beginning of my turnaround five years ago, (My first aha was in looking at similar techniques for OCD from Jeffery Schwartz in book called Brain Lock. Also Judith Beck, but NOT her rigid diet plans/ weight loss focus.) I saw an article this week comparing treatment techniques. It showed a lot of succe... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:05:00 EST Feeling Positive Yes! Today is the first day of my 30 day challenge. this week I start with 10 minutes a day. I have completed this and now am washing laundry and going to vacuum. I have two days binge free under my belt and I am working on today. I am the only person that can control what I do. <em>198</em> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:16:20 EST Fat is not a feeling 3:38 minute video Did you see this video? It's one of today's top stories on the spark start page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>videos-detail.asp?video=145 </link> <BR> <BR> It was the pic of the list that caught my eye. It said <BR> <BR> what it felt like <BR> not to purge <BR> not to binge <BR> not to eat emotionally <BR> not to fear food <BR> <BR> I decided yesterday to give up dieting. I made that decision without feeling bad, but I have doubts as to whether or not I c... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:35:58 EST Hi Hi I have just joined the team. I am a massive binge eater and binge a couple of times a day. I feel completely out of control and very guilty afterwards. I used to be bulimic many years ago but managed to stop making myself sick when I was pregnant because I was worried about hurting my child. That was eleven years ago now but I still do the bingeing part. I used to weigh around 112 pounds and now I weigh 182 pounds and I know this is all down to my bingeing habits. I eat a healthy breakfast... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:13:32 EST Want to live binge free! Hi, I'm relatively new to sparkpeople and also have trouble with binge eating, it started like a day of the week that I let myself eat anything I liked, and I thought it was controlled. But it has turned into a problem because it occurs 2 or 3 times a week (now I have done it 4 days in a row each one worst than the last one) and I eat until I almost feel sick. I don't purge or anything like that but I feel sooo guilty afterwards that I am scared some day I will. I just can't control it once I... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:55:22 EST I finally found the team for me! Hello, my name is Gayle. I have binge-eating disorder and I am out of control!! I have been for quite some times now and I weigh more than I have in well, EVER! I feel terrible all of the time, tired, no energy, I already have RA so my joints hurt even worse. I was watching a show pertaining to alcoholism today and I cried when he admitted he was an alcoholic because I identify with them so much. It's just a different drug. An addiction just the same. I came across this team and am so ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:28:40 EST new here...had foot surgery and have been binging I was on spark a couple years ago. I tried another site but their teams/message boards are not as good as spark. <BR> <BR> I gained so much weight that I need help. I had foot surgery on one foot and the other needs it too. So I have pain everyday. <BR> I have been eating badly and want to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I am also looking for spark friends that also have binge problems. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:12:50 EST I have to get this under control Its embarrassing. Its like I ignore what I know is right and continue to eat. Justifying starting or stopping at a later date. My excuse, " I already ruined today or this week, Ill Start tomorrow or next week. Thereby indirectly giving myself permission to binge. I have been trying to stop it. It all started when I was sick last year. I was sick for 5 months. Doctors had no idea what was wrong. Eating was difficult. Sleep hardly ever happened. I thought I was going to die. Well, ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:35:59 EST Finally admitted this is a problem for me! Binge eating has always been a problem for me. I eat healthily most of the time and exercise frequently but then I will often have a serious binge session. I have never really identified that this is more than a momentary lapse in will power until recently. Now I realize that I need to change my behavior, particularly because my DH and I are looking to start a family in the next couple of years. I am on a mission to stop this destructive cycle and learn how to eat "normally"! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:57:20 EST finally facing up to it its taken me 30 something years to realise that I use food as a crutch, a friend and a stick to beat myself with, my health so far hasn't suffered (more by luck than judgement) but gastro problems are becoming the norm, I hide what I'm eating and then feel guilt and angry at myself and I realise that I don't want to spend the rest of my adult life living this way so there's only me that can do something about it. <BR> <BR> I eat healthy 90% of the time and make sure my family do, I just add ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 05:28:18 EST Just put the brakes on Hi all. My name is Jan and I live in beautiful BC and have been binge eating since mid December. Lots of family stress but that is not a reason, I need to control myself. Joining this team because I am hoping by having to check in I will be able to stop losing control every night. <BR> I have even got to the point I am eating in bed at night and I had been doing so well. Now my weight is going in the wrong direction. I am going in for my second ankle fusion it his month so I need to stop the ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 23:41:58 EST Chat January 2015 New year off to a good start, neighbor came around passing out donuts one of my trigger foods, I passed them up Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:34:40 EST Post binge distress Well I've called it distress. I guess that's a reasonably accurate description. It was a whole lot worse than the awful fact that I'd binged. I can hardly believe that just eating too many chocolates could make me feel this way. I'm feeling better now, but the day after I ate those chocs I felt scared. Scared of dying would you believe? Scared I was gonna get seriously ill. Man I was having weird emotions. Scared I wouldn't be able to get back on the healthy eating track was probably ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 04:22:08 EST Dec. 28-Jan. 31, 2015 Chat In case you are someone who gets waylaid by thinking she MUST achieve a streak of BF days for success, I'm posting this chat thread. (Any team member can do this, BTW). I like the 21-day thread because it's been around so long (way more than 5 years!) but if someone needs this option, I hope s/he gets some help. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:33:11 EST Journey through cheesecake Had a portion of cheesecake for dessert yesterday. Took the first fork full and thought about how it tasted. Started eating the rest slowly and enjoying it. Then I realised I was eating it fast and greedily so I slowed down again. I didn't like the greedy feeling. I don't get it as much as I used to. It just feels bad to eat like that. Not the way it should be. <BR> <BR> <em>35</em> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 04:35:36 EST Binge Eating Disorder with Diabetes? Hi, <BR> I'm struggling with Binge Eating Disorder and the way to work on that is to stop dieting and to not limit food groups, but to focus on eating healthier and maybe pre-planning your meals. But I also have diabetes and my blood sugars are really bad lately. I get incredible cravings from carbs, even if it is high in fiber or supposed to be healthier. It seems to work better if I don't eat a lot of carbs and only eat them in combination with protein and fat, but that means I feel depriv... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:40:20 EST Thanks for the welcome oolala! Thanks for the welcome oolala! Thought I'd post my reply on a thread rather than on your page in case anyone else on the team relates/can gain some encouragement from my improvement. <BR> <BR> BLC27 is sparks version of the Biggest Loser Challenge. It starts on January 14th. I don't have a goal to lose a certain amount of weight by a certain date. My current goals are to lose just 9 pounds so that I am no longer officially obese, and I have set myself a goal of 10 pounds lost during the... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 04:08:11 EST How to celebrate the holidays without binging Another thread gave me the idea to start this topic now: <BR> Is there ways that you enjoy food that are not problematic over the holidays? Do you substitute with non-food family traditions? Are there some family traditions that family members are not willing to give up and are there ways to make them healthier? <BR> <BR> For me meat is not usually a problem. Drinks of any kind are not a temptation, either. In fact, a cup of decaf with cream or a half glass of red wine help me feel satisfie... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:37:13 EST Weekend Binger Hi fellow bingers. <BR> <BR> I used to binge until I felt sick to my stomach on a daily basis, but because of stomach issues (nothing serious, mostly extreme discomfort) I’ve been able to cut back on my binging by setting the alarm on my cell phone and only eating whenever the alarm goes off. This is actually working for me (at least for the time being). I’ve been able to stick to this but only during weekdays when I have structure in my day. When weekends rolls around I have absolutely no c... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 07:38:43 EST That's totally normal right? So I am totally excited because I am going to pick up the christmas tree after work. I asked my husband if he needed me to pick up anything from the grocery store. He said "No" and my immediate next thought was... I wonder if I could get some chocolate to eat in the car on the way home before dinner, and i wonder if a pint of ice cream would be cool after that. Huh. I don't even want chocolate or ice cream. So yeah, that's just how I roll...... My current goal is to slow my roll and then get... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:15:32 EST Somewhat of a Bingeing Problem....... <em>213</em> <BR> Hi Team. Glad I found you. I'm about halfway through my weightloss. I am an emotional eater and tend to binge a bit at times. But I do think my case is mild. <BR> <BR> I look forward to an enterchange of encouragement with u guys! <BR> <BR> I had a breakthrough yesterday when I had seriously strong urges to overeat on chocolate. I even wanted to leave work early and curl up in my bed and probably binge. I felt totally down, emotionally. But I remembered hearing or re... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:16:21 EST Binged :( I had a 1300 calorie binge last night. I've been counting calories and losing weight. (I know most of you don't do that but it's the only way that I can lose). <BR> <BR> How do I recover? How do I not let one binge turn into a week long binge? Ughhhh Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:32:55 EST Hiya I binged last night so I thought I'd join you! 275g ready salted crisps. 1463 calories. :-( <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 03:09:10 EST Admitting I have a problem I'm here admitting that I have a problem with food. The excuses for over indulging, binging, stuffing my face are never ending. I hope that by doing check ins and wiegh ins on a weekly basis and having the support from this team will help to give me that extra push I need to stay on track. I'm tired of being unhappy and overwieght. It's time to take control. Thank you to all who will be there to help nudge me along and feel free to send me e-mails to give me that nudge! Mon, 3 Nov 2014 17:21:57 EST day one again!!!!! have been in a real self destructive cycle but am aiming to take control again and more than that learn to care for my self. <em>521</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:25:36 EST Looking for an accountability buddy I'm really struggling with planning my meals each day and staying on track. When I participated in Overeaters Anonymous several years ago, i "checked in" with my sponsor each morning and gave her my food plan. It really helped me avoid binges and stick to my food plan. I would love to find a "buddy" that I can do this with and also reciprocate (ie: we could email each other the day's food plan). Anyone else think this would be helpful for them? Feel free to send private message if you are i... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:49:44 EST day 4 here I am at day 4 cant believe it <BR> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:34:23 EST day 2 im very pleased to have done two days Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:45:53 EST day 1 hi all im just committing to the challenge .day 1 for me . any tips? <em>252</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:45:04 EST Struggling - would like some support I'm dealing with a lot of stress. <BR> <BR> Urges to eat chocolate are very strong. <BR> <BR> ... Support welcome! <BR> <BR> One thing you could do for me is tell why YOU do not want to binge. Remind of why I want to stop bingeing and be healthy and not eat so much junk / candy? Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:48:36 EST Hmmm.. research says crash diets are not so bad?! <link><BR>lth-and-families/health-news/crash-die<BR>ts-might-not-be-so-bad-after-all-sugge<BR>sts-new-study-9796651.html </link> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:17:43 EST What is the cause of binge eating? I know that there are many approaches.... I would just very much like to hear what YOU think is the cause of binge eating. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 06:51:29 EST New To Sparkpeople Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm DarkLightning (like the geophysical phenomenon). I just turned 30 at the end of August and joined Sparkpeople at the beginning of the week. I've set healthy goals with realistic timelines for myself, but one of the biggest obstacles I have standing in my way is my tendency to binge eat. It happens the most when I'm stressed out. Or I'll accidentally eat a little too much and feel myself say, "Oh hell...why not keep going? You already slipped, so let's do cheesecake... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:37:39 EST I'm back from a long break. I used to belong to this team but I allowed life circumstances to get in my way. <BR> <BR> My name is Ann and I look forward to meeting everyone! I've committed to stop this food addiction. <BR> <BR> Any help and/or suggestions for me is welcome! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:25:11 EST Introduction to the Forum Hi, my name is Luiza and I am new to SP and this forum. I am an emotional and binge eater wanting to work on changing habits and getting control over my emotional eating and consequently me and my life. I will pop in and read and figure out how to best use the forum, it is just great to know that the forum exists and there are like minded people out there! Cheers! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:11:50 EST I think I found an important new 'tool'. I always say we must all create our own tool box of methods that help us to overcome the binge eating. Some tools that are in my box may not work for you and vice versa. <BR> <BR> Still would like to share the following... I started doing the 'Eat to Live' program 51 days ago. This means the main foods I ate were vegetables, fruit, beans and nuts. <BR> <BR> Kept a log: only on 3 of those 51 days did I binge, and when I did it was on 'healthy' foods, not the kind of chocolate blur that wo... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:03:58 EST Check in August 2014 Happened to notice there's no check-in thread for August... or did I miss it? <BR> So let this be the thread to share whatever you feel like sharing. How are you doing? Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:40:02 EST Brain over binge workbook Hey, has anyone else seen the brain over binge workbook? I downloaded it a couple of days ago and have been working through it. I'm finding it really helpful. It has given me a way to reframe how I think about my binge eating which really works for me. I feel like I could really genuinely recover... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 05:53:47 EST Joining! Hi everyone! I am so happy to have found this team. I was a previous member of SP and lost 50 lbs...thought I could do it on my own and binged my way to gaining 30 lbs back. While, here I am. I am happy to offer as much support as I can and look forward to sharing experiences with everyone! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 17:35:27 EST I'm back!! HI! My name is Sharon and I have been here before. <BR> <BR> I do really well for awhile and then I let old habits creep up on me. <BR> <BR> I am 50 and my body is changing and so is my energy level. I want to have a reasonable healthy attitude with food, (I am so much better than I used to be, but I still need some improvement). My weight is up 15 lbs from where it was 2 years ago and I must stop this periodic binging/feeling guilty and ashamed. I am not going for super skinny, bu... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:32:19 EST Am I cured of BED?? I read brain over binge and haven't binged since. Whoever shared it on this forum, thank you, THANK YOU!!! I don't think it's an exaggeration to say my life has been changed. I feel freeeeeeeeee! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:44:46 EST New Member-seeking support <em>524</em> Team! <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> I have had serious binge eating problems my whole life, began when I was young, lonely only child, and it has continued pretty much my whole life <BR> <BR> I have survived breast cancer 3 times <em>390</em> , but not my eating disorder. I keep thinking I can change. I have considered attending over-eaters anonymous. I struggle daily. <BR> <BR> I think the constant stress in my life leads to this. <BR> <em>230</em> <em>473</em> <em... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:26:55 EST Bentonite clay capsules Anyone have any experience with them. <BR> Heard they are really a great body detox as well as candida, IBS and other things. <BR> Please let me know your experience. <BR> Thanks. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:59:07 EST hi <BR> <BR> Hi, folks, glad to be here. My name is Ruby and I've been a binge/emotional eater for much of my life. My food addiction is better than it was, say, two years ago, but I still have a long way to go. I now struggle with eating too little during the work day (just not hungry) and then feasting at dinnertime. <BR> Looking forward to making friends and beating this way of life. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:00:11 EST Hello! Hi peeps! <BR> My name is Alyssa and I have been struggling with my binge-eating disorder since I was five years old. My earliest memories of having this disorder started around then when I would go to the fridge while no one was looking and would eat three bowls of cereal, a cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter and several pieces of cheese-all before lunch! <BR> I ballooned up to 250lbs by the time I was 16. I was out of junior clothing by the time I was 12. <BR> My parents were never t... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:34:35 EST I hereby swear to never diet again <BR> Dear lower brain, <BR> <BR> I know that over the years I've been pretty cruel to you, constantly dieting and making you think there's a famine or something. It must have been stressful for you, and I know you were doing what you thought was best, protecting me from starvation with all those bowls of cereal and jars of peanut butter and what not. I want you to know that from now on, it's going to be ok. There is no famine. You can relax. <BR> <BR> I promise that I will never diet agai... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:26:11 EST hi Just new. Saying hi. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:48:01 EST New Here but the Story is Old I am new to this group but my story is one I have been living for years. I have tried over and over again to lose weight. I have succeeded and failed. The times I have succeeded I gained it all back again and then some. <BR> <BR> I binge eat. I eat fast food in secret. My emotions control what and when I eat. To add to this I work nights (3 12-hour night shifts then off for 4) and I want to have dinner at 8:00 in the morning. By the time I get to work I want breakfast! It is exhausting p... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:51:25 EST New to the group! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm Jen - and I'm an emotional eater. If you go to my page - and check out yesterday's blog (tornadoes) you can read about my emotional eating. I also have a bit of anxiety - and for what ever reason, the past 30 years food has been used as a way to soothe. I'm working on ways to get through that and hope this group helps to inspire me to keep improving myself. <BR> <BR> I'm also finding that blogging and writing my feelings helps to get past the anxiety - and hopefully ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:14:17 EST your spiritual life? My spiritual life does not match the common one in this culture, but I do really believe down deep, it comes from the same place. It feels central to me, but honestly, I don't take as much strength from it as one would think I would, given how important I it seems to me and how much reading, listening, viewing, meditation, and reflection I give to it. <BR> <BR> I really don't want this to seem like an attack, but I'd like to know if others feel their spiritual life is important, but find th... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:37:25 EST How good a housekeeper are you? There are some times I'm tempted to eat when I know it would be better if I did housework, which I am not very consistent with. The good news is that I usually don't eat, but I don't get housework done, either. Boy, if I straightened and cleaned every time I had a thought to eat, my house would be immaculate! (And I've been getting Flylady's newsletter for years!) I find it even harder to face those tasks than it is to NOT binge. <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you find housework an easy or ev... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:44:47 EST Am I hungry? Stumbled across this.... Inspiration to ask 'Am I hungry?' <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gry-mindful-moments/ </link> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 03:41:12 EST Newbie Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Ann and I am new to the group. I made the decision in February 2014 to stop the cycle of binging and "dieting" that has stopped me from meeting my weight loss goals for several years. Since making the commitment 4 months ago I have been largley binge free with a few isolated slip ups here and there. Being more consistent with my eating has allowed me to make slow but steady progress in meeting my weight loss goals. Looking forward to gaining motivation from t... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 15:44:53 EST Amaranth's Intro Hi, I've been on sparkpeople a while but haven't looked at this group before. I have binges, they used to be worse than they are now, but apart from that I don't have much ideas how to change that and do something else to cope instead of binging. So I'm hoping to learn a few new ideas here! Nice to meet you all. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:11:41 EST Check-n June 2014 Thought I'd get this going for those who prefer a new start each month. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 16:47:38 EST Do you know how often you binge? And why? Wondering about this. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 May 2014 10:43:05 EST When you binge... ... do you feel that there are triggers before you start? What triggers binge eating in you? Thu, 15 May 2014 13:37:49 EST Tired of the ups and downs Hey everybody, <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople and new to this forum. What I am certainly not new to is food allergies and how they lead me to binge. <BR> <BR> After years of digestive sickness, in October of 2012 I underwent allergy testing. Many of the foods on my list I knew I couldn't have, some I suspected, some I had no idea. Here is my current list of allergens: <BR> Any type of nut <BR> Shellfish <BR> Soy <BR> Onions, chives, leeks (all alliums) <BR> Garlic <BR> All peppers (red, green, ... Sat, 10 May 2014 16:15:52 EST Started a Sparkteam to help 'normalize' our eating I admit I don't know what I got myself into, nor what got into me, but today I started a Sparkteam that focuses on ways to normalize one's eating pattern. <BR> This is a place where those struggling with binge eating and emotional eating can go and work consistently on getting a more 'normal' way of dealing with food. <BR> <BR> Looking at the reasons for bingeing and overeating is very good. But I did that for years and it did not change the problem much. <BR> If we see binge eating and em... Thu, 8 May 2014 09:41:17 EST Set back I've been doing pretty good for a few days but tonight I ate two large bowls of cereal with a lot of sugar. I'm disappointed in myself. I was hungry. I could have eaten celery, a cucumber anything but I didn't. I think of binging several times a day and have been thinking about sugar for many days. I don't consider this a binge persay but it wad a bad choice and I could've stopped it. Sat, 3 May 2014 00:35:23 EST Check-in May 2014 This is the thread to share how you're doing! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:42:53 EST New member today Hello all, I am so glad to have found this team. I rejoined spark 7 months ago, and somehow have managed to lose 75 lbs so far. I have had a few binges during that time too. I am looking forward to any help with this, that I can get. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:16:27 EST Getting healthy one meal at a time. After each small, healthy meal, imagine some fat dripping off your body and that you weigh at least one ounce less. <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Conversely, if you overeat, you weigh 1/2 lb. more <em>15</em> and will be <em>39</em> and probably <em>46</em> later. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:26:44 EST Any good books about overcoming eating disorders? Does anyone know of any good books about overcoming eating disorders (especially bingeing)? I read a lot and have come across fiction books where the main character has an eating disorder, but it is generally not solved completely or in a positive way. My therapist suggested that I find books about people who have successfully overcome their disorder so I can see that it is possible and to see how they cope and deal. Any suggestions are welcomed :) Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:22:51 EST Hello Everyone!! Hi guys, my name is Katelin and I am a college student. I don't think I ever had a problem with binge eating until I entered maintenance last year. It was at the same time that I started school and it all became a bit too much to handle. As I started increasing my calories into my maintenance range, I ended up not really stopping and now I feel like I've been on a four month binge. As a result, I've gained back about 15 pounds and I really want to stop this now before it gets any worse. I'm h... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:37:25 EST Hello All Hi everyone <BR> I've been on a weight loss all my life with big and small loses. I need all the tools available to make a permanent change. I envision a life where I am healthy, strong and full of energy. I know that if I keep doing what I've done, my life will be short lived. So I'm getting up once again and see if I can finally find that life that I've envisioned. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:12:09 EST Checking in after my first week Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> I started my first full time job this week. The job is a 20 minute walk + a 20 minute train ride from my house. So I've been getting some exercise. I've also been reading a book that was written by one of the women that used to host the weekly SparkRadio. It's helping a lot! I managed to go Monday through Thursday without over eating. I did over eat yesterday. I'll admit I was really tired and just didn't have the control. But one day out of 5 isn't bad! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:22:17 EST Hi everyone! I just signed up for spark people to help me drop 32lbs. I'm always looking for support and to support people on their healthy journey so feel free to add me as a friend so we can reach our goals together! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:31:59 EST Looking for help Hi, I'm Dawn 65 years old. I've had a binge eating problem for as long as I can remember. <BR> I have seen dietitians and they do not seem to have tools for this problem. Always gave me a diet to follow. Perhaps talking with people with the same disorder will help me One meal and day at a time. Looking forward to meeting you. thanks Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:13:20 EST Comments from a friend Today a friend of mine suggested I do 3x 15 minutes of biking per day. I was (carefully, and reluctantly) talking with her about my binge eating and weight problems. <BR> <BR> She'd asked if I exercise. I said I do 30 minutes on the bike on most days. <BR> <BR> I feel like what I do is not (good) enough. This while I am really VERY proud of exercising at all. I never exercised until 2 years ago. I could not have dreamed that some day soon I'd be doing 30 minutes per day, and enjoying it. ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:08:13 EST New Here Hello everyone, <BR> I have struggled with binge eating off and on since I was 12 years old. This past year has been a struggle for me. I am back in school and going to graduate from an RN program in June. This gives me a lot of anxiety. I am scared and nervous about it... and so I eat and drink too much. <BR> I am seeing a therapist and in addition, I am starting a healthier eating plan. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:59:05 EST Tips on how to handle food cravings <link><BR>ness/mental-health/how-to-handle-food-<BR>cravings?page=1 </link> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 05:14:15 EST hi, new to group Hi, recommitting to myself and stopping the binge and emotional eating, have over 200 pounds to lose but need to focus on today and each step, thank you for having this group just what I need,! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:49:17 EST It's time to break the pattern. Hello! I am an emotional eater and I've never thought of it this way until now but I do binge. When stress and anxiety kick in (which is a lot thanks to an anxiety disorder), or when I'm angry and scared. <BR> <BR> When things are good for me they're really good. I make healthy meals and snacks and I stick to eating well. When things are bad...well...I'm sure you can imagine. <BR> <BR> I just got through one of the bad times. The stress and anxiety are back down but the binging to s... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:43:54 EST Check-in April 2014 How are you doing? Mon, 7 Apr 2014 05:44:37 EST I need help I just returned to Sparkpeople after a long hiatus. This time I was determined to make it work. Unfortunately, I didn't even make it through the week. I'm constantly eating, even healthy foods, to excess. One day I ate practically a whole roasted cabbage. Today a container of pumpkin seeds, almonds, chocolate, ice pop, 1/4 of pineapple, ate out for lunch, besides the breakfast that lasted 3 hours. I'm sick of my constant need to eat. My stomach hurts and I'm feeling depressed. I can't g... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:04:32 EST Eating with significant other in the next room Why do we do this? Are we hoping that they will notice and stop us? Are we actually hungry? I want to see what everyone else's thoughts are on this. For quite a few months I was eating and drinking right under my husbands nose and he didn't say anything. I came to the conclusion recently that this is only hurting my own health. I deserve to be healthy and he deserves a healthy spouse. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:16:09 EST New to the Group Hi, I'm Kate, I'm about 150lbs overweight and I am a compulsive, emotional, binge eater. I'm 38 years old, mother of three (two college age guys who live at home, and a teenage daughter). I got married about 2 years ago to a guys who loves to work out and hates to eat right. <BR> I'm thrilled to find a group that specifically addresses binge eating! <BR> I have recently implimented more structure in my eating plan, my body loves it and my mind hates it! I've been tempted more to binge ea... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:44:07 EST So tired of it.... Hi... <BR> I have been diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder, I knew I had something wrong for a number of years. Recently I started to induce vomiting after meals, which gave me a huge wake up call that I was on a more dangerous road. With the help of my Therapist and One of my Professors at College. I hope to over come this some how. I have started a daily log of food I eat and I measure everything out because I have a hard time knowing what is the right portion sizes. Still it is reall... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:28:51 EST Article by Amanda Salis: famine reaction original article at<BR>y-diets-fail <BR> <BR> "Almost everyone who has tried to lose weight has tasted the bitter pill of failure. That feeling you get when, despite all your desires to be healthier, to fit into sassier clothes or to shimmy through life (and into aeroplane seats) with greater ease and comfort, you just can’t stick with your diet and exercise plans for long enough to get there. <BR> <BR> People failing to lose weight frequently blam... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:08:17 EST I want to break the cycle I think before I can get to a healthy weight I have to honestly address my battle with food and eating. I want food to be healthful nourishment but it has always played other roles in my world; enemy, friend, comfort, curse. I want to go more places in my life than the meaningless, "hamster wheel" journey from the bottom of a chip bag to the toilet bowl and back again. I'm so tired but so ready. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:31:20 EST Hello Another newbie here. I've been binge eating for almost 10 years now but was always able to maintain my weight through exercise and binge free days. Now I am on Tamoxifen for precancerous cells in my breast. It's putting me through severe menopausal symptoms including depression and a slow metabolism. I binge 2-3 x week. I really need help. I would like to start 21 day binge free challenge. But I am afraid of disappointment. Anyhow it's nice to find a group who can relate. <BR> Dawn Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:45:36 EST Another Newbie here Hi everyone! I'm so sick of food ruling my life. I'm so tired of losing and gaining the same 30 lbs. I'm hoping this team will help me build a healthy relationship with food. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:01:12 EST Check in : March For those who like to start anew each month. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 14:49:13 EST Hi Hi my name is Frank. <BR> <BR> Looking back now, I know i have had a pretty awful relationship with food since primary school. <BR> <BR> I can go all day eating healthily but once i am at home at night I start to graze which in turn leads to a full blown binge. I have had counselling in the past and help from my doctor but unfortunately. I have always fallen back into the same old routine (I am starting to think that i have and addiction problem going on). <BR> <BR> I am usually quite a po... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:38:01 EST new to Spark and LBF team Hello! I'm not quite sure how to navigate here, but what I am sure of is that I am a binge/emotional eater and I need some support. I've had minor binges in the past, but recently they are becoming more frequent and uncontrollable. I don't want to discuss this issue with my family, but I am very grateful for this forum and hope I can learn from others who are dealing with the same issue. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:41:49 EST Still finding that I am over eating ! Hello I am 43 yrs old with 100 pounds to lose. Last night I started eating just to eat I know I wasn't hungry I just ate cause I could and that's because I been doing just that for so long the only difference now is when I find myself on a binge I eat only heathy choices example: string cheese, pickles, tomatoes, blue corn chips , sweet potatoe chips , salad etc. I find the heathy foods I consume stop me from eating a whole cake, and that's a huge accomplishment for me. Don 't get me wrong I... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:26:43 EST Hi from a UK weightwatchers member! Hi I am in the UK, doing weightwatchers and walking and I have just under 50 pounds to lose. I'll check out the threads over the next few days. :-) Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:01:22 EST I need help and support !! Hi, I'm Julie aka Quadcmom. I joined Sparkpeople in 2008 and lost 75 pounds in one year. I maintained very well until our friend died unexpectedly in 2011. I have put 15 pounds back on and I can't seem to stay on track long enough to get it back off. I started a new job in October 2013 and this has added to my struggle with eating. I am more tired and I seem to turn to food and binging when I'm tired and stressed. I am looking for a fresh outlook and to continue on my journey to better heal... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:07:40 EST Hey there - new to team! Hi! I'm Laila. I've been on Spark People for a while, lost a little weight, and have sort of been stuck for a few months now. I decided to join this team because the number one issue for me is emotional eating. <BR> <BR> I am a mother to a 2.5 year old, a wonderful, sweet boy whom I adore. I work full time too. My husband has a mostly opposite work schedule from mine, so time together is fleeting. Anyway, I'm home most nights by myself with my son, and that's when I do most of my emoti... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:39:01 EST Hi, This is my story Hi how are you? I have been struggling with my weight for years. When I was younger I had a stepfather who mentally abused me and would intimidate me when I would eat, he would stare and me and then portion out all my meals so I wouldn't gain weight. Then he would lock snacks up in the basement so I couldn't get to them. I also wasn't allowed to eat any treats like soda or anything like that. We would have to drink lemonade made from lemon juice sugar and water and then eat whatever was made ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:23:30 EST New ... Joining LBF Team Hi! My name is Leanna and I was so glad to find this team! I need it! I joined two other similar teams in the past but they're not very active. I've been binging recently and am not sure why. I do suffer from winter blahs (SAD) and am wondering if that is part of my problem right now, as I can't seem to get my head back in the game. It only took one bite of sweets and I started falling down that slippery slope that is so hard to stop. SUGAR! So, I hope by committing myself to this t... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 22:08:37 EST Check-in february I think this is a month without any ambitions, I will just try to fight the panic of only getting paid 60 procent and believe that it will turn out just okay ... I have made it happen because I wanted to try out to get some other assignments but I have lost my confidance so it is hard to stand it right now... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 23:54:54 EST hello Hello everyone! Im new to the team. I defintly have a lot of problems with binging, sometimes for no reason. Lately, i have been really struggling, its like i have no control over my body and i cant stop myself. I feel hungry constantly, and i eat and eat and eat. I think alot of my binging comes from no matter how good or bad i do with exercising and eating, i cant seem to lose weight. Im being testing for a few things, just waiting on an appoinment. But I need to have control, and n... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 15:43:56 EST My story Hello im Ryan and I am a new member of this group. This is my story. <BR> <BR> Over the past 2 and a half years, a lot of personal things happened which resulted in me gaining about 50 pounds. In the fall of 2011, a few of my close friends went to go study abroad in England while I stayed at school (I couldnt go). During this time I felt alone and isolated which led me to binge eat on junk food like cookies, cake, and ice cream because it was comforting and made me feel better despite my ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:59:31 EST Fighting the Urge - Free e-book The Author Dr. Amy Johnson has given permission to share her book which really excited me..this is only 23 pages long!! Please check it out and share with your friends if you like! <BR> <BR> Per the author....My intention for this work is that it is widely shared with as many people as possible. Please feel free to reprint, publish, and share any part of this e-book with anyone who you think might benefit from it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2013/12/Fighting-t... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:21:05 EST New... just realized I have an eating disorder New here from Wisconsin. I never really thought of myself as having an eating disorder, despite the fact that ever since I can remember I've had times when I stuff my face with junk food to the point of feeling sick and ashamed. I eat very healthy for the most part, but I have an uncontrollable addiction to sweets and snacky foods. It was tonight, when I had such a craving for sugar that I filled a 1 cup measuring cup with powdered sugar and ate it with a spoon that I thought to myself, "This... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:55:51 EST new to boards Hi all. I am a binger and totally out of control right now. I have put on 20 lbs since November and of course, very down on myself... I'm looking for help and support. It has been a long time since I have been in a group about food/weight issues and hope this will help me get a better grip. Looking forward to chatting with all of you! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:54:11 EST Newbie/lot to lose Hi there, <BR> I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I am here because (a) I have a lot of weight to lose and (b) I tend to self sabotage in the form of a binge as soon as I see success. I really would like to get a handle on that, but don't want to psychoanalyze it too much. I just want to be self aware and learn some ways to eradicate binge eating behavior. I am 45 years old, and feel weighed down and tired. I want to keep up with my kids and live life to the full. Thank you ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:22:20 EST We can do it Hi, <BR> I am new to the team but not spark. I'm an emotional binger. Meaning I tend to eat my feelings, like if I'm angry with someone or something or if I'm really sad about something that happened, etc. Of course I do have those times when I binge because I wait to eat until the end of the day and then I just lose control. I have to say over all I am doing much better now that I have been consistently using SP and all the tools, not to mention all the support you get here. I am looking for... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:44:38 EST binging has been life long problem with me I have had binging problems for as long as I remember. I binge on all occasions when I happy, sad, bored, and when people draw attention to me rather it is in good way or bad. I really have trouble when I experience a change. Like just starting this I have binged the two days. I am coming off the binge now so my body is in rebellion over the over eating. I have conquered this in past and know I can do it now. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:06:19 EST Redefining Hey guys, so I am going to bare my soul to you all. This is my first day on the team, an old time sparker (but I am back again, for probably my tenth time saying that). I am realizing now that I have a binge eating problem. Of course I have known this for a while, but I refused to actually accept it and want find help for it. I am typing this as I am coming off what I am determined to be my last binge episode. <BR> <BR> This journey is going to be about redefining who I am. It is up t... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:22:11 EST Is body image part of my problem? Here is an excerpt from MIlestones in Recovery, a center for the treatment of eating disorders. <BR> <BR> In sum, body image disturbances are a prominent feature of most eating disorders. Whether they are a symptom of an underlying issue with a mood disorder such as depression or generalized anxiety disorders, a manifestation of past trauma, or any number of factors often associated with eating disorders may not be relevant. WHAT MATTERS IS THE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE [that] BODY IMAGE DISTURBA... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 01:20:25 EST STOP saying, "I'll never binge again!" On the site "Shrink Yourself," founded by Roger Gould, dedicated to dealing with emotional eating, one article says the biggest mistake overeaters make is to declare, "I'll never binge again." The majority of people who end bingeing (or make it manageable) do not just stop one day, though there are exceptions. It's better not to use exceptions as models because- they're exceptions! Trying to be the exception is the source of much failure. <BR> <BR> It is much better to aim at reducing binge... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:30:03 EST Decided to put the fork down Hi! <BR> I'm Li. Mom of two wonderful boys aged 2 and 29. Husbands count as kids too, right? Life happened and brought a ton of pounds with it. I have battled B.E.D. for several years and I finally recently admitted to myself and to my husband that I have a problem. I have a long way to go but not as far as when I started! South Louisiana born & raised. Taking my journey one day at a time, and even sometimes one hour at a time, whatever it takes. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:40:52 EST Brain over Binge I posted the following in my blog today and am posting an edited version of it here, too, in case others may be interested. I'd love to hear if you've read Brain over Binge and what your thoughts / experiences are. <BR> <BR> In the past weeks I've read the book "Brain over Binge" by Kathryn Hansen and I am very interested in the ideas in that book. <BR> <BR> I'll try to summarize the thoughts in the book that appeal to me, as I understand them. <BR> 1. Binge eating is not 'emotional' and n... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:01:03 EST Binging to cope Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I have a long history of hiding "bad foods" and eating them in secret in times of high stress. The past 18 months have all been high stress and so my binge eating has increased. I've tried to do this alone, and know it's time to share of myself and be with others are doing the same so we can all move in our desired direction! For now, trying for a streak of binge free days. And at least ten minutes of exercise daily (this one I've been doing for a month already). Loo... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:15:47 EST Check-in January Nice morning, don´t know what the weather will be like. <BR> <BR> Been working with my new years resolutions, why waste a good opportunity to get an overview over my plans and think of what strategies I want... <em>283</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:15:41 EST Oh what I would give not to turn to FOOD! I am a binge eater also, I eat at night after my husband goes to if he cannot see that I am gaining weight DAILY! I just cant imagine why!!! I hope to get some encouragement from all or one. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:30:33 EST I Will Not Binge Today No Matter What I will not binge today, no matter what - despite emotional ups & downs, despite unforeseen circumstances being thrown at me, despite interactions with others that don't turn out the way I want, despite my brain rationalizing that it's okay to binge. <BR> <BR> I will hold fast to the truth that I am worthy of being loved and protected, and that today, I will take care of myself by eating in a healthy manner, no matter what. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:10:28 EST I Wish to Consume Mass Quantities It seems weird to post here cuz I can't remember the last time I binged - I mean several weeks at least if not longer - but it has been a serious issue for me for as long as I can remember. I do it to comfort myself if something bad happens, to celebrate if something good happens, to liven up a day when nothing happens, for any reason whatsoever or no reason at all. A switch gets flipped like the Manchurian Candidate and I turn into a machine programmed to eat non-stop without even thinking... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:27:46 EST Not a new year resolution Hello! <BR> I am back after about 5 years of doing pretty good with my weight, however, not doing well with my binge days. I really want to be here; and I'm glad I finally made this decision cause I haven't been living healthy at all. <BR> I look forward to getting healthy, <BR> Ann Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:38:48 EST New Member Hi Everyone, My name is Lisa and I am an occasional binger. Thankfully over the holiday I didn't engage in any binging, however, I want to belong to this team because it is my reality every so often. I feel horrible after I binge and once I start it is hard for me to stop. This is my time to work on issues that prevent me from being the best I can be so I joined in order to get support and give support to other's experiencing similar issues. I look forward to being a part of the team and m... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:35:58 EST New member Hi - I have a problem with binge eating. I hide my binge eating from my husband. This is the first time I have said it to anyone other than my adult daughters. I really want to change <BR> <BR> I do really well with excercise. I actually walked the LA Marathon in 2012. I have done several 1/2 Marathons since. I just can't seem to get my eating under control. <BR> <BR> Today was a binge day and I'm sitting her with my stomach bloated and my bowels full of gas (hope that's not to transparent... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:26:59 EST What Does Living Binge Free mean to YOU? Living Binge Free means ... <BR> <BR> Reaching out and stating aloud, via writing, my trials and tribulations on my life's journey. It means being inspired by others the same way ... and sometimes inspiring others too. Mostly it's connecting with the people, places and things I want to ... in the way I want to ... instead of being reduced to the forced connections around me that leave me feeling disconnected ... and sometimes wanting nothing to do with the others surrounding me! LOL <BR> <... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 06:41:36 EST Newbie Awakened AGAIN My life is filled with sleepless nights. There are either noisy neighbors who have fun waking me up; or some idiots (living with or otherwise) have speakers in my room to talk to me whenever THEY decide they want to. <BR> <BR> Today, at 4 AM, I had a nutritional shake and came online. Spark People is new to me. I found the groups I was interested in (like this one) a few days back. <BR> <BR> So here I am attempting to remain Binge Free. LOL Me thinks I still need practice. How about you? ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 05:59:27 EST New Team Member Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa I'm 47 years old and I have been binge eating since I was a teen I don't understand why I do what I do but I'm very frustrated. I was really glad to have found this team and I'm hoping I can gain some insight and make a few friends along the way. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:39:05 EST New member Hi, I always begin the day great, no thought of binging, but as the day goes on it becomes much more difficult. I am exercising, i know how to eat, I just cant get over this emotional eating. thanks for being here. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:39:31 EST Why are the nights so hard? Why is it so hard for me to refrain from overeating at night, I wonder? <BR> <BR> During the day I'm usually fine. I even send myself reminders per mail to have a decent portion of food at supper (and not overeat) but once the meal is on the table, I often simply FORGET (or what is this? rebellion?) to watch how much I have. Then later on at night again it can be very very difficult to refrain from eating or overeating. <BR> <BR> Do you overeat mostly at night like me? Why is that? And wh... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 05:22:24 EST Post your accomplishments of the day here Post your accomplishments of today. Could be anything, it does not have to be food- related. Any litle thing you do to take care of yourself, of your health, your future, your wellbeing counts! <BR> Sometimes just getting out of bed and taking a shower is an accomplishment! Sometimes just making a healthy breakfast is a big step. <BR> Don't hesitate to post whatever effort you made! Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:22:07 EST New team member Decided I needed to join this team for support and to work on binge eating. I have been a member of SparkPeople for several years and have recently been more active on the site. I have lost 25 lbs. over the last few months and was doing really well until last night. While I was at work I started eating something I really liked and my intention was to eat one, maybe two. Before I knew what was happening I had eaten all ten. I have been a binge eater in the past and thought it was under control... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 16:36:05 EST New member My name's Kristine and I have been struggling with emotional eating and Bulimia for over 20 years. I recently read the book "Brain Over Binge" and it finally seems like their may be a way out for me. I am looking for a safe place to vent and get advice from others on how they get thru their daily struggles with binge eating. <em>524</em> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:25:37 EST A New Binger Hi- <BR> I've been binging for months/years. <BR> I am the highest weight I've ever been. <BR> I haven't gotten on the scale in a while - denial, freedom, doing it different ? <BR> I don't know. <BR> I'm on Day 5 of clean eating - scared of when the wave will return - the wave of binges, and not caring and pulling me into the kitchen. <BR> I want to do something different - I want to feel as good as I do now and just keep feeling clean. <BR> I hope I can find help here and keep at it - I'... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 14:43:23 EST 'Help' I'm struggling. My mind is in eat eat eat mode, for the third night in a row. I just said to my husband that this is worse than trying to quit smoking. When I quit smoking I suffered from urges to smoke for 3 days and then I got through it. <BR> With food, it keeps on and on, it's like there's no end to the cravings. <BR> <BR> I can think of two reasons why I have those ongoing cravings: <BR> - hormones; PMS ( I don't know where my cycle is at; perimenopause...). <BR> - three days ago I ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:58:19 EST What do i replace food with ??? Today i started my " no binging " diet. I have done really good today. <BR> Right now i am so anxious.... all i want to do is just devour something, anything. I almost feel like i am having withdrawals... I thought maybe i could buy some celery sticks but wouldnt that be defeating the purpose.. The whole goal is not to binge. Thinking of picking up a book to read or maybe drinking water. I am not hungry... I just want to eat !!! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:12:35 EST I'm new I joined because I need to work on this I'm currently 2 days binge free...haha but figured I could get more support. I ended up making my own spark streak so that I could track this (and actually made it public, first time doing that!) for accountability to myself and others who I tell I'm working on this. When I started getting healthy and losing weight with Sparkpeople starting this Spring I had no problem avoiding bingeing for a really long time...Until Fall hit and there were food holidays (including my bday at the end of Oct),... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 16:24:39 EST New to team I am new to Sparkpeople. I am 46 years old. I am constantly eating. I am 5 ft tall, 180 lbs. Honestly i am surprised i dont weigh more. Food consumes me , i consume food. If i dont eat i get anxious. Food calms me. I feel terrible about myself but I am having a hard time stopping. I found Sparkpeople yesterday 11/30. Today 12/01 i am beginning to try and eat normal. So far today, i have had a bowl of grits, 2 yogurts and a healthy choice bowl. Looking to find support and tips o... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 14:28:24 EST Check-in december Julie in Brooklyn – as I am struggling with compulsive eating myself Ihave no solutions to offer,only support, what is keeping me most sane is toeat as well as Ican when I can, and to be honest of what I am doing, and to seek support i safe groups. Keep on sharing, I amsure it helps in the long run. <BR> <BR> It is one day at the time Sun, 1 Dec 2013 01:28:46 EST a healty relatioship with food first for the last 5 years or more I was struggling with my emotions ,,,couldn't deal with them effectively led me to emotional eating which by time worsen to binges.... <BR> and the 5-7 kg I was trying to lose turned up to 20!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I already lost 8.5 of those 20 now and I kept them off for a year :) hey me <BR> but since i am still struggling with EE and binges, my goal for this year Insh Allah to build a healthy relationship with food first( I really miss being normal again) even if th... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:43:43 EST starting fresh!! I have been really bad lately and today, I have decided to stop delaying on more day. Stop planning and start doing!! That is my motto for the rest of the year. I must develop good habits. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> will be successful-but I must keep going- change takes time and the time is now!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:45:25 EST new hey, I'm married with 3 kidz. <BR> <BR> i have had problems with compulsive eating on and off since I was a kid and really need to ge thtis out of my system. <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 17:41:37 EST Great blog about 'normalizing' your eating pattern I liked it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=JUSTYNA7 </link> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 16:05:06 EST Check-in november The goal for november is to try to stay beneath 2 000 calories in nutrition, so far it has been one day success, one day failure, it is weirdly hard! In the long run I need to learn to be happy with about 1 800 calories on normla days... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 02:53:32 EST ;looking for support I am a night binger; addicted to sugar and flour on the physical level, and prone to coping with difficult feelings and fatigue with emotional binging-always at night. I have recently begun to make some progress; I think it's 21 days now and I have binged three nights out of 21 which is unheard of for me. I have a really disordered way of seeing myself when I am 'successful'. I see pounds come off and I start to make it about the weight, when the weight is only a symptom of the real issue.... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:26:27 EST Downward Spiral - Help!!! Help!!!! I am in desperate need of help. I am a big binge eater and am currently seeking professional help for my compulsive over-eating, but it doesn't' seem to be working. I eat when I am no longer hungry and can consume thousands of calories over what I scheduled. For today: Ate a healthy and filling breakfast, well rounded meal and it always is. My problem is lunch. Today I ate a Hot Pockets, I ate a large bowl of yellow squash with margarine, potato chips,a large bowl of elbow pas... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:53:40 EST Im Struggling Hi, i am new to this team and joined hoping i can get some tips on how to break my binge eating cycle as im finding it impossible. I am a single mum of a 9yr old girl and im currently unemployed, so im feeling pretty low, isolated and out of control at the moment. I have 70 lbs to lose but due to the fact I cant control the binges my efforts are proving futile. Don't mean to be a debbie downer but am feeling desperate at the moment as the more i binge the worse i feel. If anyone has any sugge... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:43:55 EST Fear of Dining Out Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just joined the team. I have yet to properly introduce myself, but I have a pressing matter that I was hoping to get insight on, and it didn't feel right to put it in the introduce yourself section. <BR> <BR> I am an obese woman diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder. I know no one else in real life who experiences binge eating issues, or at least no one that has admitted so. I have been shamed my whole life, childhood on, for being overweight. I was a target of bullyi... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 16:32:39 EST Not hungry - postpone a meal or just eat a little? I overate at lunch (I think partly out of sorrow over the situation with our dog who is ill). And then I ate some fruit and a oatmeal cookie (sugarfree...) in the afternoon, so I overate again. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm not hungry for supper at all. Not sure what to do? Have a little bit or just wait until I get hungry? It's 7.30 and supper is nearly ready, my husband is cooking. <BR> <BR> What would you do? Sat, 5 Oct 2013 13:38:50 EST I've hit bottom and need to get up... Hi everyone, this is my first post to any forums since I joined a few days ago. I'm feeling overwhelmed with trying to lose 50 pounds - especially since it's 50 that I've gained over the past couple of years after being my "ideal" weight for about 5 years. I thought I had it all figured out, but as soon as I started eating the white stuff (sugar, breads, crackers, etc) I haven't been able to stop. I work full time and have 4 kids, and I stopped exercising after running marathons, competing... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:20:55 EST I've hit bottom and need to get up... Hi everyone, this is my first post to any forums since I joined a few days ago. I'm feeling overwhelmed with trying to lose 50 pounds - especially since it's 50 that I've gained over the past couple of years after being my "ideal" weight for about 5 years. I thought I had it all figured out, but as soon as I started eating the white stuff (sugar, breads, crackers, etc) I haven't been able to stop. I work full time and have 4 kids, and I stopped exercising after running marathons, competing... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:20:54 EST I've hit bottom and need to get up... Hi everyone, this is my first post to any forums since I joined a few days ago. I'm feeling overwhelmed with trying to lose 50 pounds - especially since it's 50 that I've gained over the past couple of years after being my "ideal" weight for about 5 years. I thought I had it all figured out, but as soon as I started eating the white stuff (sugar, breads, crackers, etc) I haven't been able to stop. I work full time and have 4 kids, and I stopped exercising after running marathons, competing... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:20:54 EST Fall7 times, get up 8 Hi Team, <BR> I've been away for a long time. My huband was very ill last year and I let the stress derail me. I need to get up again and focus on my own health - mentally, physically, and emotionally. <BR> It was difficult to come back and admit I'm still struggling, but I know I have to do it. <BR> Leslie Fri, 4 Oct 2013 15:40:23 EST '100 days' by Linda Spangle Just wanted to say that I clicked the button to become the leader of the team for the book '100 days of weight loss' by Linda Spangle. I reorganized the team. I'm enthousiastic about the book, regardless of what method you use, you can use it as a 'course' to learn to be more consistent and practice sticking to your plan for 100 days. <BR> <BR> I'm inviting you to join, if you feel like it! I expect we'll have FUN and lots of opportunities to learn new things and support one another. <BR> ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 13:55:32 EST starting to stop Hi, this is the first day on road to stop binge eating. I hope to be here each day to record my progress and to support others who are following this team. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 13:44:13 EST Check-in october I do love october - I love september even more but october is okay with me. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about a oup month but my heart is not in it, it will be too much right now so I will let go of the effort and go on doing the best I can with food and exercise. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 02:24:02 EST Help family understand I know I have a problem and I have certain trigger foods that I keep out of the house (for the most part), but family just doesn't understand the extreme draw I have to foods. It is viewed as a weakness and silliness. Any tips for navigating this situation? Sat, 28 Sep 2013 16:16:05 EST A Struggling Binge Eater, New to Team I am almost 65 years old, and I have struggled with binge eating since my early 20's. I'm so glad to find this team because I want to share thoughts, feelings, and strategies with others who struggle with this. I seem to have a pattern of losing a significant amount of weight, keeping it off for a couple of years, and then gradually resuming my binge eating-and of course gaining the weight back. I look upon my binge eating as my "demon" in life. But I do believe that it's possible to control ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:27:44 EST need help now I wwnt to binge so bad right now. Peach pie or candy bars. How can I stop. I need help through this urge Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:27:33 EST Fear of being open in my blog I noticed today that I'm afraid to post in my blog about the binges I had because I fear the replies. <BR> <BR> Which is why I just posted a topic asking if anyone knows of a forum - outside of SP - that is especially for binge eaters / those with BED. <BR> <BR> I begin to feel a need for it. I really struggle with all the ads and pics and recipes for sweets and muffins and pizza etcetera here at SP. Also the diet mentality of most of the articles and blog posts I read is beginning to get... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:48:24 EST Forum for binge eaters? Does anybody know of a forum - not at SP I mean - that is especially for binge eaters / people with Binge Eating Disorder? <BR> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:46:35 EST how do I control sleep eating? I've done really well with sleep eating for the last 4 weeks then today it happened...I finished off what was left of the frozen yogurt (about 3 servings it's my best guess). I counted it when I saw the empty container by my bed. I haven't gone over on calories, but I don't even get to enjoy the food and now I'm hungry... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:06:44 EST Hello Everyone I am new to Sparkpeople. I am glad I found this site. There are alot of tools and support here to help you on your journey. My goal is to lose at least 60 lbs and get off all the meds I am on. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 06:11:34 EST What do you do to overcome binge eating? What do you do to overcome binge eating? <BR> <BR> What strategies, methods, books, etc. do you use? What works for you? (And maybe also: what has not worked for you?) Sat, 7 Sep 2013 13:25:03 EST What's your personal challenge this week? What will you do this week to make your life happier, healthier, better? <BR> <BR> Are there things you want to do or try for one week? Let us know and post daily how it's going. <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 07:51:39 EST 'The men who made us fat': interesting documentary I think it's very interesting. About how political choices made in the US in the 1970's influenced the present epidemic of obesity, not just in the US but also in the UK. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=PLC95D4B298A5FCF4D </link> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:31:05 EST Check-in september This month I will try to be relaxed with my own obsession with food...reading Oolas post in the august thread mad me realise that I spen a lot of time thinking that I am "wrong" because I think about how I would like to eat, and wether I was healthy or not... I need to reconise that I have been a copulsive overeater for many years and if stay on track in reality I will still have a lot of obsessed and twisted thoughts around it. And it is okay. It is what I do that counts and I will focus on ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 07:34:22 EST Hello! Hi all! I am new to this group. I have always had an issue with binge eating, even before I knew what binge eating was. Recently I found this article by Isabel Foxen Duke that takes another look at a relationship with food. Check it out! <link><BR>now-what-to-eat-bahhh/ </link> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 00:49:37 EST Tell me your thoughts I gained weight in the past month because of a few BIG binges that happened in a short time. I gained about 6 kg. (1 kg = 2.2 lbs). I feel that I crossed a 'set point' and suddenly certain movements are harder, my clothes don't fit anymore, etc.. <BR> Before, I had binges but 'balanced' that out apparently by eating very healthty foods and exercising in between the binges. My weight had been the same, gone down a bit even, in the past two years or so. <BR> <BR> My dietician is urging me to... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:33:31 EST How does this work? Hi, all! <BR> <BR> I just joined this team, and saw this entry on "join the 21 day binge free." <BR> <BR> I am not sure how this works. Does each individual start their own "day one?" Or is there a day when all participants begin on the same day? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Libby Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:43:10 EST Greetings from chronic binge Hi, all: <BR> <BR> I am a mature woman (58 years old) and find myself engaging in binge behaviors more than I ever have done before. And lately it seems as though there is not enough food to fill me. I had lost 80 lbs after the death of my brother four years ago, through healthy eating and exercise. I have now regained about 45 of those pounds lost. The weight (re)gained is one problem; the binge behavior is another issue altogether. <BR> <BR> I found this team and this forum and thought "... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:37:35 EST almost 3000 calories hi. i seriously want to die right now. I have been binge eating the last week and everyday I go almost to 2400 calories my worst binge was almost 3000 calories. I lost weight and was at my goal weight and recently gained ten pounds by binge eating. I am so mad at myself eveytime I do this I go home and tell myself I wont binge I wont binge and then I end up binging I know I should stop focusing on the problem because I cannot keep eating this many calories or I will gain all my weight back I ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:02:26 EST Something I read today - about 'deserving' a treat "For example, after a stressful day at work do you, as a compulsive eater, return home exhausted and zoom towards the kitchen? You might remind yourself, I know I probably shouldn't have a cookie, but I DESERVE a little treat to make up for my crummy day. (....) <BR> There is absolutely no question that you are a deserving, worthwhile person. You are, I am, we all are. But when you base eating decisions on what you DESERVE, you're missing the point. Yes, you deserve that cookie/ cake/ candy, ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 04:54:21 EST Music to help you overcome the urges to binge From the site of 'Shrink yourself': <BR> <BR> "Music can be a great way to access and manage your emotions. And when your emotions are in check you don't have to escape from them into the arms of food. <BR> <BR> Cynthia Bulik, PhD director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program and the author of Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop recommended in an article in the March, 2009 issue of O Magazine to create playlists for each mood -anxiety, depression, anger, bored... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:05:38 EST Book: Overcoming Binge Eating - 2nd Edition This book is written by Dr. Christopher G. Fairburn. It was recommended to me yesterday at my doc appointment (the one I blogged about). I have gotten through Chapter 1 and have highlighted MANY passages and important paragraphs. According to my doctor, this is THE book to read for those of us that binge. I'll continue to update you about the book! I"m really looking forward to living BINGE FREE!!!!! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:45:25 EST Do you meet the criteria for BED? The current criteria for binge eating disorder: <BR> 1 * Episodes of binge eating, defined as consuming a large amount of food in a short period of time. Patients feel that they lack control over eating during the episode. <BR> 2 * Binge eating episodes are marked by at least three of the following: <BR> a Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry <BR> b Eating more rapidly than normal <BR> c Eating until feeling uncomfortably full <BR> ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 07:59:58 EST Binge Cycle I'm in a binge cycle and I need someone to help me snap out it. <BR> <BR> It began at the end of July. I had TOM followed by a trip out of town. I was binging (i.e., just eating any old thing in any old amount) during that time but excused it as hormonal, and then a result of my trip. <BR> <BR> But I'm still doing it and there's no excuse. I need to snap out of it but aside from reaching out to you guys, I'm not sure what to do. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 19:05:11 EST Can Gaining Weight and Binging Be Positive I've had a rough past two weeks. I've binged so badly and on foods that are so bad - cookies, donuts and potato chips were the big ones - that I've gained 4 pounds. I've been trying to find some way to find some positivity with the whole situation. Is it possible to find and be positive after that? I'm trying not to be depressed about it. I'm trying not to implode upon myself. Does anyone know? Can some positivity come out of all this that I can look at a new fresh start for August wit... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 18:16:01 EST what is your binge??? I have been reading a lot of posts in here and have a question... <BR> <BR> What is your idea of binging??? overeating at a meal?? snacking till you find the right thing to satisfy your taste?? opening a bag of something and not stop till its gone?? sneaking a snack before a meal?? <BR> <BR> was just curious on what all of you consider a binge??? Thu, 1 Aug 2013 02:25:08 EST Check in august The first post in agust from me is to sum up July. <BR> <BR> I stayed bingefree 30 out of 31 days <em>244</em> <BR> I ate under my calorie limit 28 of 31 days <em>244</em> <BR> I exercised 26 of 31 days <em>244</em> <BR> I lost five kilos <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> All in all <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>285</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:26:42 EST Hi. Trying something new. Hi. I feel like I have tried everything to conquer my binge eating. I have had some sort of ED since I was 11 years old (I am 27 now) and I have done everything from therapy, intuitive eating, prescription pills, laxatives, purging, starving...but nothing has stuck. I was on a good roll for almost 2 weeks but I fell off the wagon this week and am in my third day of binging. On Monday I weighed in at the gym and hadn't lost anything. Anyway that led to the 3 day binge. I tried to "starve" toda... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:12:02 EST When does a binge really start? I have found that I do great when I am planning for something: a vacation, getting married, etc. Then, seriously, even on the plane ride home, I am feeling the tension build and planning to binge. I can also feel the tension released once I do binge. I really don't know how to change this, but I do know it's gotten better if I actually plan it/modify it not to mess up my whole week. For example, on the way home from a recent trip I felt the familiar anxiety/tension/stress and right when we go... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:25:01 EST Hello! Oh wow, where to start? I have known I have a binge disorder for about ten years now, although, I think I've struggled with it long before that, I simply didn't have a name for it. It's been bad (I remember living with my parents for a short period of time after college and bingeing every day, every damn day) and it's been better (I've always managed a 'healthy' weight, at times skinny) and right now it's somewhere on the 'better' end of the spectrum. I think this is because I've decided: You... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:42:57 EST Has Anyone Done/Tried the 50 Day Binge Free Challe Has anyone tried the '50 Day Binge Free Challenge'? I was on tumblr looking for binge free tips (my therapist gave me something she found on there) and found this list/challenge. I was just wondering if anyone had tried it or found it worthwhile. I'm really tired of bingeing and want to try something that works. Thanks for any help in advance :) Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:00:31 EST Calorie counting, obsessive thinking and the bulge Hi everyone- hope you've all had a good weekend <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I had a tough weekend food-wise. No real binging but definitely some poor choices (a chocolate bar I didn't need, a pizza when a balanced meal would have been better,that kind of thing...) and it got me to wondering... When I eat something unnecessarily or high in calories or fat I tend to obsess for the next few days about how many calories I ought to be eating and how hungry I feel if I only have between the 1200-150... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 03:45:57 EST I am NOT going down that road again... Hi everyone, I'm Zoe. <BR> <BR> So I hope you're all doing well. Phew, this is the third time I've tried to write an introduction. It's difficult! <BR> <BR> I pretty much thought I had my bulimia under control - with the help of medication and some serious life changes I had reduced binges from three times a day to two or three times a month in the space of about two years. I was really proud of myself for that, and the weight coming off was a bonus. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, things starte... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 13:17:57 EST Woman loses lots, inspired by Geneen Roth <link><BR>st=sparking_others_helped_her_lose_142<BR>_pounds </link> <BR> <BR> Just thought this was interesting; one of the usual 'Jane lost XXX lbs - stories', but this time it's someone who said she was inspired by Geneen Roth and by 'eating when hungry'. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 07:11:54 EST Group therapy for BED Hey guys, <BR> <BR> Hope you all are well. So, I decided I needed to have a therapist help me with binge eating disorder because I'm tired of denying it. I read Intuitive Eating and several books by Geneen Roth. I agree with them 100 % - I need to listen to my body and respect it. But, I realized that sometimes, self-help books aren't enough for me, so there's free group therapy once a week for ladies near where I live. I went on Tuesday night. A man led it, but he was good. I felt ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:51:48 EST Did I binge...? I've been doing really well lately, making great food choices, getting exercise & my "observe your thoughts" strategy when I feel like bingeing has really been useful! <BR> <BR> BUT... Yesterday... Oh, yesterday! I'm PMS-ing really badly (*willing*my period to come) so I'm tired, distracted & HUNGRY ALL THE GD TIME!! I was cooking my grilled chicken breast sandwich and I ate 3 slices of bread with peanut butter while I was cooking... <BR> <BR> I mean, I'm annoyed at myself b/c it was mindle... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 03:42:09 EST An accomplishment ! OOLALA, I did what you suggested & just felt the uncomfortable feeling for what it was. <BR> I started craving my processed carbs. My daily craving.My downfall. <BR> At first it was bad . I felt like an addict needing her fix & that I had to give in to it. I was a little bit frantic & unrational hearing only , Eat Chips, Eat Popcorn, even though I was completely satisfied in hunger by my dinner. <BR> I thought about what you said, realized it was just an uncomfortable feeling & it actuall... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:30:54 EST Trying to Stop Mid-Binge Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I was compulsively eating I'm trying to recall when exactly in mind did all the "scripts" of I shouldn't be eating this and I'm not going to feel good about myself tomorrow and remember that I'm trying to stay strong and be binge free, ran through my head. I can't remember if it was before when I was trying to keep from binging or was it in between cookies that I remembered all those phrases that are suppose to keep me from binging. <BR> <BR> Even ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:15:17 EST I've been bad Last night was the worst. I got to my mom's house where she had cookies and potato chips and I tried my best to stay away from them. At the last moment before bed I decided to stay up and snack away on the cookies - these were the big size Costco cookies 4 or 5 of them I don't know - and a bag of potato chips. I had a ton of grapes, again Costco size container, I ate half of it. Finished it off with another plate of dinner - rice and fish. All before bedtime, all of it around 10:00 pm. ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:44:20 EST