In addition to what everyone has said below, I would add make sure that you are eating enough during the day. I often find that I'm eating relatively few calories for breakfast and lunch in anticipation that i will binge in the evening. It's not easy to plan to eat more in the day and less in the evening, because it's hard to trust that I won't binge later, but when I manage it I do find that I get less cravings that way.
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it is never what you ate or even how much you ate its what were you numbing what could you not face.and if you hadn't numbed out would the boredom or the pain have killed you no you would have dealt with an emotion survived and not put it aside to be toxic tomorrow. go well
Locking the fridge won't do you any good, because you still need to eat. :) Try removing yourself from the situation. Get as far away from the kitchen as possible. Go upstairs or go outside for a walk (if possible). Try drinking tea in the evening to unwind instead of eating. If you get that "got to eat" craving, try chewing gum.
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I''ve said many times on the 21-day streak thread that a psychologist once said the important question is not why do I eat but what would I do if I didn't eat? At first, it can seem almost surreal not to eat during hours we used to binge (mine were late afternoon and evening.) What, this is me soaking my feet and giving myself a pedicure? Eventually, I did the same things I did before, but I just didn't eat. It is really a matter of habit. It will go in waves and cycles. Hard at first, then deceptively easy for awhile, then hard, then.... It's that second round of hard that often knocks people for a loop. They want it all to be over with in a few weeks, but it just doesn't work like that. How long would you give yourself to learn to play a musical instrument pretty well? A few years, and you wouldn't expect it to just get easy after awhile. But you would also have a lot of enjoyment along the way.
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I think that's the important thing. When we want to binge, we have to decide to do something else instead,even if it's not as fun. Writing about what we're feeling also helps-the other day,I wrote a blog about binging and my anxiety went away. Good luck!
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Night time eating is a struggle for a lot of people. Since I live alone, it's easy for me NOT to buy anything that I would be tempted to binge on. I do have my moments though! Scheduling other things to do at those times when you find yourself tempted to binge is also helpful. Place yourself in another room, away from the kitchen, could take your mind off of it. I read another member would give herself something to do with her hands so she's not tempted to eat (can't eat and use your hands for something else at the same time) and I thought that was a great idea!
I'm sure you will get other ideas from this forum...but know that you are not alone in this struggle. We are a supportive bunch!
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Hi everyone...I am pretty new to spark...My weight has fluctuated throughout my life(I turned 50 this year!). For the last few, it has just remained too high. So here I am. I always do well for awhile but end up getting frustrated. At night I feel like I could eat the whole fridge and I start eating and can't stop.
It is really frustrating to eat healthy all day and "ruin" it with a binge. How do you all handle this challenge? I am thinking about locking the fridge!
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