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4/20/13 1:23 A

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(Sorry I hit the wrong button lol) I also noticed you mentioned you did not allow yourself much wiggle room in your diet. One of my co workers is like that, and cake is her kryptonyte. I think that might be the partial key to your binging is not allowing small doses of the foods you love. Its like weening off of smoking, or drinking. You start tp actually withdrawl from not eating the foods your addicted to so you binge. I do it alll the time. That's why its easier to take small steps than to take big ones. :) I hope this helps even a little. ( btw one year of no smoking for me on may 27th!) Good luck deary :)

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4/20/13 1:18 A

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here is an interesting question. I must say I was intrigued. And I might have an answer for you as I too struggle with a crazy food addiction. if you really think about it, its a psychological process. Like any addiction you always feel that "high" in this case its your happy hormones saying to you that this feels great, I love everything it makes me feel. That's why its an addiction and why its so hard to want to give up. Its like when I kinda sorta wanted to quit smoking. I wanted to because it was expensive and made me feel "relaxed" when I was at work. The problem with addictions is there is always that other side of the coin. When the "high" is over. You feel quilty, and gross. In this case feeling bloaty and gross. the problem is we liked the high food gives us so much it tends to out-weigh the negative feelings after. One thing that has always helped me is this. If you have to have it( food wise) don't. Deny yourself it. However always think of it this way. Let's say you have a pint of ice cream. I know I would be all up in thatand next minute I know its gone. Instead think of it as moeny or something of value. You wouldn't want to spend all your money at once right? Think of your foody goodness that way. Only eat a small bit and tell yourself you want to save some of it for later so in your head it "lasts longer" less quilt and you definately have some for later. It takes great skill

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7/22/12 2:19 P

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I try to think about it in terms of... not liking everything I have to do.
example
i do not like answering the same question from my 5 yr old, but I do it.
I do not want to get up at 6 am because he does, but I do it.
I do not want to exercise, but I do it.
I do not like spending one afternoon a month in the kindergarden class, it gives me a headache, but I do.

I do not want to control my binging, and sugar swallowing, but I do.

I do these things because its the right thing to do.
I do not always want to do them, but I am in control of my reaction to having to do things I do not want to.

Jane

Great question, Great answers. Thank you all.

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BALANCINGKATE Posts: 10
6/14/12 9:39 P

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Yeah thanks for that great answer NENELALA. I really do not know that I am ready to quit. I love the rush I get from binge eating but I hate the feeling afterward, like most people I am sure. I guess it is nice to know there is not something completely wrong with me, and there is hope to outgrow it. I have done better this week which is good. I keep reminding myself that I do not need more food post meal because I am not hungry and want to be healthy, not do not eat more because you want to be thin. I feel like the latter makes me not care because I always tell myself that I can lose the weight I've just binged. When I tell myself to be satisfied because that is the healthy choice I feel better. Hope others like me are doing well!!

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6/5/12 8:27 P

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emoticon answer!

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6/5/12 10:34 A

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Thank you for being honest! I love that you just came out and said this. I'm addicted to sugar, and carbs run a close second. Unfortunately, I am also an emotional eater, and when I am sad, I shovel food in and don't stop until I am out of food or I am too sick to eat another bite.

I am a food addict. And yes, that is a real thing. Now that I am more in tune with my body, I can actually feel a chemical change when binge. I partied a LOT when I was younger, and binge eating causes a wave to wash over me that is hard to describe, but it reminds me of that feeling of drunkenness that alcohol would cause in my partying days. I didn't quit drinking because I wanted to--I actually just kind of grew out of it. Nowadays I don't like to drink too much because of how it makes me feel the next day. I'm in a different phase of my life.

If you've ever watched Intervention, you know that most drug addicts don't quit because they want to quit--they quit because of what drugs do to their lives. And that is exactly why I want to stop binge eating. I feel like it is ruining my life. I desire to live a different life. I'm tired of looking in the mirror and being ashamed of my appearance. I'm tired of looking like a sausage that is packed a little too tightly, and looking pregnant even though I'm not. There are repercussions to binging, and I don't like the repercussions. So I am struggling to give up the binge. I don't see myself ever growing out of it like I did the partying, so I just have to find a way to give it up. I WANT to quit. That's the difference between you and me.

I don't have a magic answer to your question. I just wanted to respond because it is really great to see someone come right out and admit something that is considered so taboo. And I do agree with Sparklise that you are not ready yet. You just have to get to a point where you want to quit. Unless and until you either grow tired of binging or you find something that you love more, you probably won't quit. And honestly, I think that's OK. Life is short, and I think that you need to be true to yourself. If you really find your true happiness in binging, then I hope that you work out hard enough to keep yourself healthy while doing it. Just be honest with yourself. Make sure that it is the binge that you love. Make sure it's not the feeling that you get from the sugar and/or carbs. (And if it is the feeling, then I can tell you that I get the same rush from spinning, only it's a bigger version of the same chemical rush.)

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5/30/12 9:39 P

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Good question.
I think the only way to stop is the pain of overeating is greater than wanting to eat.
You are obviously not ready yet.
Carbs and fatty foods ARE good and hard to give up because we are accustomed to it.

I don't really know what to answer.
Good luck on your quest to wellness! emoticon

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5/28/12 10:17 P

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So I do and I don't want to stop... I mean I want to stop feeling like crap during and after the binge. I hate that bloated feeling. And I obviously do not want to gain weight. But I secretly love to eat. And I crave these binge foods so bad. I love the taste of carbs and fatty foods. I think this is partially because I do not allow myself too much wiggle room in my ordinary diet. How can I overcome binging when I love to stuff my face so much??

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