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4/2/13 7:09 P

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I know binge eating. If there are peanuts in the house I will wake up & eat them in the middle of the night. (However, peanut butter is okay and not a binge item.) I bought #3 of dry roasted almonds several months ago & they were on my mind 24/7. These are okay in small quantities but I just can't be honest when they are in the house! I can stay out of cakes, cookies and candy. It might flash back to childhood, my mom saying, "stay out of the walnuts, I'm saving them for baking." The thing is, I eat until they are gone, and then I dislike what I've done to myself!

Spring is here and now I can get outdoors, do some walking, put up the bird feeders and water in their bird waterier, etc., change my routine, start up the grill, chat with neighbors & find other projects. . . and keep Sparkin"

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1/26/13 10:52 A

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I wanted to reinforce the idea that one size does NOT fit all of us, and that one size does NOT even fit ONE of us ALL the time. That is what is so nice - being able to adjust to what works for YOU.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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1/25/13 7:56 P

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Forget them as soon as you can."
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1/25/13 6:29 P

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Well, I do eat Hunt's sugar free chocolate pudding snacks and I put 6 or 7 salty almonds in each one before I eat it - it's kind of like having a Snickers emoticon

The sugar free pudding might count as chocolate, but my body and mind know the difference. I'm taking it one day at a time so I don't really know if I'll ever eat real chocolate again. Probably I will. There's a team leader on Dealing with Depression and she says she's just like me - she can just eat one chocolate if that's all she buys (like the lady mary does) but she has to buy a bag and eat one and give the rest away.

I have another Spark friend that said she used to be this way, but can now control herself and just enjoy treats occasionally and in moderation. I was sincere when I said I wish I could do that. I just responded because you said you hoped you weren't offending anyone and I just wanted you to know that I'm not offended at all - I'm just not strong enough right now to handle it. I wish I was. I really do feel more "free" now in that I'm not constantly fighting the chocolate battle everyday and dealing with the guilty fallout.

Anyway, you and others give me hope that some day I'll be able to manage it. emoticon

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1/25/13 5:15 P

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hi Miller.....
Of course ..... I'm aware of addictions...and I empathize with your feelings about chocolate. By all means, banish it away, if it helps you to stick with your program.
Good luck....from the bottom of my heart. I never meant to imply that 'one size fits all'!!

Are you planning never to eat chocolate again?? That, I could never do.......

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1/25/13 4:10 P

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LIBBY, I wish I could do what you do - incorporate small amounts of chocolate into my eating plan and be satisfied with that, but I can't. I've tried over and over and over again. Once I open the floodgates to chocolate there is no way for me to stop. I truly am about chocolate the way an alcoholic is about alcohol. I can't have "just one drink" (or in this case, "just a few bites") because I can't stop at that. I feel like I've been a slave to it for years. For me, it's been easier to stop altogether than to constantly be controlled by chocolate.

That's just my story - but if a person can do it your way and be successful, then I agree that's the best way.

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1/25/13 2:34 P

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The replies have been fantastic. Some of them almost come NATURALLY now - so I hardly remember how very very VERY VERY hard it used to be for ME TOO. When I get reminded of them, the image comes back vividly. PLANNING, REFLECTING and learning new ways to help with those issues is so much more than learning to DIE T. When you look at who you were with, what you were doing, what food is the trigger, etc. lets you start to learn about YOU and what will work for YOU. The trick is to outsmart those things. I keep healthy foods in car, my purse, my gym bag, and desk at school. I know that when I skip a meal, have a particularly stressful day, or have to deal with certain people I am likely to start a binge unless I put the brakes on BEFORE I start. When I say healthy, I mean small portions, cal limited to about 50-100, low in fats (except healthy ones like nuts), etc. Since I love nuts, chocolate kisses, mini candy bars, and such - having a couple will often be enough. I also have fruit, fiber and protein bars, etc.

Edited by: NANCYPAT1 at: 1/25/2013 (14:35)
With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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1/25/13 1:06 P

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Before I say this, I have to say that I'm a long time binge eater..... a Bad one!!! I'm working on it currently - a day, hour, minute at a time - with mindful eating......relearning how to eat!
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Here's my philosophy in a nutshell. A 'trigger' is a food that takes you out of control.....it's something you love - but deny yourself because you're afraid of the consequences - losing control - a destructive binge. Most of the time this denial leads to frustration and backslides.

I'm saying - you don't have to banish 'trigger' foods from your life - learn to eat them in moderation - and mindfully - teach yourself to stop. It's the hardest thing you'll probably ever do ..... but why do we constantly re-gain? Once we lose our weight through deprivation - we just dive back into our forbidden foods anyway - and lose control.

If I had to live without chocolate - I'd find life not worth living. I've found reasonable solutions to getting the taste of chocolate - without the fat and calories.
Sugar free Fudgcicles (40 calories)
Vita Little Cakes (50 delicious calories) Google the whole Vitalicious.com line
Fiber One Brownies (90 satisfying fudgey calories) I eat them frozen
One ounce of very dark chocolate (? calories....)

If I have one or two of these a day - count them in my program - then life on a diet is tolerable. Same with any food you love .....there's almost always a way you can incorporate it into your program. It needn't be a TRIGGER.....

I'm learning to put the brakes on. But it's not easy - it's just harder to gain all the weight back later on.....

Hope I haven't offended anyone. I know about triggers, and how powerful they are --- but it's possible to fight them and have a bit of what you love.

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You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."
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1/25/13 11:48 A

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My advice is to get on SparkPeople right away and let others know you're about to binge. I gave up sweets & chocolate 2 weeks ago and yesterday I was SO CLOSE to eating chocolate again (LOTS!). Instead, I got on Spark and posted a new topic on the Dealing with Depression Team called, "I am so close to eating chocolate." A lot of people on that team knew I was struggling with this and I got really good feedback.

Most of the replies came AFTER I made the decision not to binge, but it still worked. I didn't eat the chocolate. Just typing about my feelings and how I was struggling in the moment made me realize that I'm not alone and that my fellow Sparkers always "have my back" even if I don't hear from them right away. As I said, just typing about my feelings was enough to keep me from binging - in fact, I ended up doing some household chores that I had been putting off for too long, so I ended up actually getting some exercise and feeling I had accomplished something positive!!! Which is HUGE for me!!!

Next time you have cravings or are tempted to binge, let us know right away - type out those feelings you're having (even the ones about how good the food would taste and how you really know that it would make you feel better, etc.). Get it out and we'll be here to support you, I promise!!!

Hang in there everybody - there is strength in numbers!!!!

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Look for triggers?

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1/24/13 5:46 P

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This is a hard one. Sometimes it helps to look back and figure out the where, when, with whom, what you are eating, and if you have a clue the why of it. If it is boredom, getting and keeping yourself busy can help. If certain foods tempt you - get them out of the house or out of sight and easy reach. If you notice a time of day when it happens, plan to have a heal thy snack then. There are lots of ways to PLAN to avoid them and if you know the "W"s around it, maybe you can prevent or reduce the damage. Certain words, emotions, behaviors, and people influence our binge mechanism and WE can outsmart them if we know what they are.

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With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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1/24/13 1:56 P

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Hi JJ.
Binge eating is one of the hardest behaviors to stop.....but it CAN be done!

Please see my blog today (and the one before). I'm struggling with a similar problem- --- and I've made some progress.

hang in there and come here often for support and answers@!@

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1/24/13 1:24 P

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this is hard to do . self control .. the ability to stop when you know you are full . the taste and the furtation of life makes us all crazy . my grandkids would like to say" watch out !!-" stay away "from grandma today . !!I do not know why the picture of myself taking their candy away from them . perhaps . that is it .

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1/24/13 12:36 P

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You must really be careful with binge emotional eating especially if you have health issues.

I try to pinpoint what causes my emotional eating and fix the situation.

For instance if I am bored and getting ready to binge i get a book instead or i do some sewing or crocheting. You move things around keep the hands busy and don't focus on what's in the kitchen



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I'm sorry that you had a bad day. One of the best ways I know of is to talk to someone or, barring that, to write it down as if you're talking to someone. The ability to put things in perspective, or to just have that time between the feelings and making the choice to eat, may make all the difference. Come on SparkPeople--send a SparkMail message to someone if you don't want it public. Maybe you could even find a partner (one or more!) that you could all do that for!

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I wish I knew what to do. I cannot get myself to stop eating too much food. Its all emotional eating. At work, I'm bored. At home, I'm anxious. I can't even get started on making any small changes to eating healthier. I eat healthy food but also a lot of sugary, fattening foods. I've tried squeezing a ball or playing with silly putty at work to stop a craving. I have healthy alternative snacks available but I don't eat them. I just am so upset with myself. I'm sorry I replied without being helpful. I'm looking for the same answers you are. Hang in there. You are not alone.

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Hey guys,

I really noticed yesterday the extent of my emotional eating and I need some tips on how to stop yourself when you start eating uncontrollably when you are having a bad day. I'm a little disappointed in myself because I feel like I've been trying so hard to watch what I have been eating and then one bad day and I am reaching for whatever is in front of me. How do you guys stop these binges?

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