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I agree that binge eating is often an emotional problem. I know that's why I binge eat. I find if I practice "Mindful eating" ( look it up there's a lot of info on it right now) it helps control cravings and thus, bingeing reduces. I still binge from time to time, but much less. And definately don't beat youself up about it. Start fresh the next day, like it never happened.
With all due respect, binge eating is NOT "CAUSED from mal-nutrition, dehydration, sleep-deprivation and the chemicals and additives in the phakephood/processed/cooked de-natured phood items you are consuming." OVEREATING or poor food choices can indeed by caused by the aforementioned causes though. Binge eating is largely a mental health issue and often intertwined with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and sometimes a past of trauma issues. I say this as someone with a license in mental health and a history of eating/misc issues.
Healthy eating and exercise does indeed assist in decreasing the likelihood of a binge episode. Also, you did mention working on better coping skills, and I would strongly encourage this. Sometimes campuses have a counseling center where students can receive counseling services FREE or at a reduced price. These services can include individual or group counseling services. I don't know the full depth of your binge eating but counseling is something that can be a big help to people suffering from this issue.
I send you hugs and understanding! I know it can be a very difficult obstacle to face. SparkMail me if you want to chat further about it in private :)
C. Exercise is great for stress, too. If you've been at your computer too long and your legs are starting to feel it, or you're stressing out for some reason, stand up and do some jumping jacks or go for a run around the block. Drag your roommate with you, if she's game. Can't go outside, hey, run up and down the halls and the steps of the dorm! Just do it for a few minutes for a break.
If you try it, let us know how it works out for you.
Does your college have a gym with weight machines and tread mills? That would be a great free resource for stress relief and exercise.
Thank you everyone for your comments.
I do have a generally low carb and high protein diet. It's just the snacks that I've been binging on are full of carbs and sugar and god knows what else. I am vegan and of course only have vegan snacks. And i eat these because I'm stressed and I start to crave what i know isn't good for me like salt and sugar and whatever else.
But today is a new day. Me and my roommate and starting food journals to exchange at the end of the day so we are both watching each other and helping each other (mostly me) get through the semester.
Today I will go to the grocery store and buy some celery and other other vegetables and fruits. It's just so hard being in the college environment where all of this junk food CRAP is in my face. At home it's never in my face and I've never had this problem until college. And I am generally stressed out too. So I really need to establish some coping mechanisms for the times where I want to binge eat. Because when I'm in "binge eating mode" I am an entirely different person. I need some coping mechanisms for that person to bring ME back to ME.
Binge eating is CAUSED from mal-nutrition, dehydration, sleep-deprivation and the chemicals and additives in the phakephood/processed/cooked de-natured phood items you are consuming. This is a formula for disease and fast track to an early grave.
Go to the gocery store and purchase fruit, lots of it and greens and vegies. Eat them instead. Drink your water, get your sleep. Read 80/10/10 by Dr. Douglas Graham.
YOU are the only one who can stop this.
Karen - The Green Smoothie Loving High Carb Low Fat Raw Organic Vegan Co-Leader Low Fat Raw Vegan : www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
FOR RAW FOOD SUCCESS READ 80/10/10 BY DR. DOUG GRAHAM! EAT FRUIT! CARB UP!
I understand eating snacks and then not wanting to stop. If I eat sweets like cake, candy, or cookies, I have a very hard time eating just one serving. If I have a cake at home, for instance, I like to eat it for dessert; for all meals, including breakfast, and three snacks! That's a lot of calories. And, if I eat refined grains, I get very hungry shortly after eating. So, to help counter those two problems I have, I have to eat all whole grains and stay away from my trigger foods (sweets) while I'm dieting. I'm OK if I have a cookie or two at an event that has other food as well, but I can't have a 2 lb box of chocolates at home; at least not for long. ; )
As NUTTYNUTRITION said, have some protein with your carbs, to curb hunger, and bring your own snacks with you, too. Fruit, a few nuts, and half a nut butter sandwich are good. If you're not vegan, some fat free milk, a hard boiled egg, celery stuffed with cream cheese or nut butters are good also. I like a half of a hummus or baked bean sandwich for snacks, as well. Drinking a lot of water before and with your meals and snacks is filling, too.
And, don't beat yourself up. The next meal or snack is an opportunity to do it right; the way you really want to do it. It's persistence that pays off, not perfection.
Edited by: BENTON1948 at: 4/19/2012 (00:29)
NUTTYNUTRITION is right. Also, do you have a chance to pack yourself some snacks so you don't get hungry? That used to be my problem. Now I carry something to eat, even if I am just going for a walk I'll have a few almonds in my pocket & tote my water bottle.
Eva - Portland, Oregon USA
First of all, don't beat yourself up about it. We all do it.
What I do notice from your listed snacks is that they are all full of carbs. When eating you need to combine a bit of protein with your carbs so that you'll feel full longer. Are you eating because you're bored? Hungry? If bored, you need to make an effort to eat when you're hungry, not from boredome. Get up and do something for 10-15 minutes until the craving/urge passes. If it is because you're hungry...they you aren't eating the right combo of foods...goes back to eating protein with your carbs. You could have an apple and peanut butter, or hummus and veggie sticks.
You've made the first step by recognizing that things need to change...now you just have to work on it. Baby steps!
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
I've been having a binge eating problem. And I really need to stop.
Tonight at work I had (from the vending machine, so single serving bags of snacks):
2 bags of chex mix, 2 bags of plantain chips, and 2 bags of veggie crisps (all vegan but not good.)
And that was after a large iced coffee with soymilk.
Last saturday I had 2 bags (2.5 servings in each) of simply salted popcorn, a bag of dried mango (at least 6 servings), a pint of soy cookie dough ice cream, and a large chocolate chip cookie. and a Fevertree gingerale and a nuro-sonic drink.
After That night i was so ashamed and full of guilt that i spent the morning crying and feeling HORRIBLE about myself.
I am finishing the semester at college, so i am looking forward to going home and being in a better situation to watch what i eat.
But i need to make it until then!
I always realize how horrible what "i did" was afterwards and i know it while i do it, but the thing is that i always "get back on track" afterwards.
But i think im starting to have a harder time getting back on track.