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3/4/13 3:57 P

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Amalosin, what a terrific idea! Food addiction isn't like other addictions where one can simply stop and never do it again. Visualizing what you do with the addiction and slamming it, that's powerful stuff!

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3/4/13 3:57 P

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Amalosin, what a terrific idea! Food addiction isn't like other addictions where one can simply stop and never do it again. Visualizing what you do with the addiction and slamming it, that's powerful stuff!

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3/1/13 9:15 P

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Tonight I have been fighting back food urges, big time.I really want to comfort myself with food, but instead I chose to go to the gym and smack the ball around the racquet ball court...just me all alone. It relieved stress. I pictured the ball as my addiction and slammed it against the wall, it was good. :)

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2/26/13 9:56 A

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A warm blanket and a good book.

Although this still involves a form of consumption, I also find a hot beverage very comforting. (Herbal Teas and the like)

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2/23/13 1:18 P

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I find playing music is a great coping skill to distract me from craving food. It doesn't work everywhere but it works at home! emoticon

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2/23/13 1:18 P

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I find playing music is a great coping skill to distract me from craving food. It doesn't work everywhere but it works at home! emoticon

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2/18/13 6:44 P

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emoticon Every 10 lbs I buy a new outfit for work.
I turn on a language DVD after work...I enjoy it!
Play the piano to distract myself.
Read
Hot tea or coffee with a friend.
Turn on music.
Stay away from TV! It is a trigger!
Practice Mindfullness

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2/18/13 6:44 P

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emoticon Every 10 lbs I buy a new outfit for work.
I turn on a language DVD after work...I enjoy it!
Play the piano to distract myself.
Read
Hot tea or coffee with a friend.
Turn on music.
Stay away from TV! It is a trigger!
Practice Mindfullness

Aspire to inspire before you expire.


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2/1/13 1:38 P

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Hi Deeo12, you posted a while ago but the topic is still important. I have usually used food in response to anxiety, so what I have to do when I have the urge to binge is slow down and ask myself what is wrong. Sometimes this works and I solve the problem.

I also tell myself “I am safe, as long as I stand up for myself” since often I get anxious from not taking enough rest or time for myself.

Other things I do include getting up from whatever I’m doing and going outside for a minute or just fixing my hair in the bathroom mirror. But eventually, to avoid the binge, I still have to work out why I’m upset and either make myself feel better about it or talk to someone to try to make it better.

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1/22/13 7:04 A

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As far as soda goes you could try first switching out one or two to diet, then work up to all diet. Then I would suggest switching to a non-caramel based soda (like sprite zero or fresca) and then maybe go to club soda and water? But basically it might be easier to gradually step down and work it out.

Also you could tell yourself to drink a full glass of water before you drink each soda.

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11/10/12 1:24 A

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Having a problem along these lines myself--only I eat right, but I drink sodas all day long! So I have only gained 2lbs so far, but I have to find some way other than DP to comfort myself. Looking up that book you mention, and going to make a list tonight!~ Lots of great advice!

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11/3/12 11:02 A

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I find music very soothing, whether I listen to it or play it, and it is a great distraction from thinking about food.

"Change does not happen immediately, but it will happen eventually." Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P.

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10/24/12 9:34 A

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Such wonderful advice. I am going to buy that book asap. I have found that praying helps.

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10/21/12 10:21 A

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Distraction is a wonderful tool I use.
When I am out of the house food hunger doesn't cross my mind.
I will go to a store without my wallet and walk down every aisle sometimes more than once.
I leave refreshed and satisfied.

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10/19/12 9:47 P

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A lot of great advice here. Thanks!

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

~ Earl Nightingale


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9/7/12 4:03 A

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I try and face the urge head on and try and figure out what it is that is making me want to reach for the truck load of food. Understanding doesn't necessarily make the urge go away, but it does help you come up with alternative solutions. The biggest help for me though is to get on the phone to a trusted friend who I can share everything with, who I don't feel embarrassed with, and who will listen without judgement.

Finally, the obvious choice is the 24 hour helpline that is Spark! I find that coming on here always seems to motivate and uplift, and if nothing else, it makes you feel like you are not alone.

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8/13/12 10:57 A

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i went around my house and wrote down all those little projects to do that i would normally pawn off to my hubby. when i feel a binge, i start one of those projects. distraction is the key for me. if i can get my mind off food, i'll be ok. good luck everyone!

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8/9/12 11:03 P

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How could I forget my all time secret weapon???
Chew sugarless gum! That is the only time I chew gum is if I'm trying to curb the munchies or bust a binge before it begins.

I also put on my make-up, touch up my make up, tweeze my eyebrows, and wear jeans or dress pants (nice looking clothes so I feel good about myself-I'm a stay-at-home mom), but I never wear sweat pants. Sweats leave more room for over eating!

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but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22
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8/8/12 11:08 P

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I take a walk with my earbuds in.
Soak in Epsom salts. Get on Sparks and read the message boards.
Listen to my favorite song about 20 times (Mandisa-Good Morning w/Toby Mac)
Sit in the sunshine. Go to the park and swing. Go to the library.
If I leave in the car I always take take 2-16 oz bottles of water with me
so I won't be tempted to stop anywhere for something cold to drink (which could lead to something to eat)

I have even colored before :)

When you eat at the refrigerator, pull up a chair was the book that helped put me in the right direction to want to quit bingeing.



A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyLnhn-IATk
My favorite song at the moment
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7/6/12 8:47 P

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Yes, Geneen Roth is fantastic! I was given one of her books a few years ago by an eating disorder therapist. Loved it.

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6/9/12 9:45 P

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I just finish reading the book "when you eat at the refridgerator pull up a chair". Thanks that was an interesting read.

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6/4/12 4:48 P

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Here are some things that have helped me...

- listen to music with headphones (either angry rock or mellow new age for me, depending on what's needed!)

- coloring in a coloring book (really!)

- working a jigsaw puzzle (keeps the hands and mind busy)

- journal or blog writing

I have that Geneen Roth book too, so I add to nominating ideas from that! :)

Lala

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"We expect these things to change by waking up, and suddenly there they are." - Toad


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When I notice I feel like overeating I try these things:
- take a walk
- journal; but I try to write about solutions and steps I can take not (just) about the problem
- wash dishes
- reading a text that inspires me
- often I feel like bingeing at night. it helps at times to just kick my behind to go to bed.

Keep it simple.


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I play the guitar most evenings that I'm home. I work on my lessons and that keeps me away from food. It's hard to eat and play guitar. I also find a lot of comfort in making music and in just practicing.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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5/27/12 4:34 P

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I don't care for tea but i guess it is worth a try. Thanks!

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5/27/12 4:33 P

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I am not much of a book reader but i took some advice here and bought the book on ebay. Hopefully i get it soon. emoticon

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5/27/12 1:47 P

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I agree, if you like tea, a cup of mint tea really helps. It makes your mouth feel fresh and that feeling keeps me from binging. I also like to do crafts. If there's something I can do with my hands rather than eating that helps a lot. Best of luck!

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I will have to check out the Green Roth book Thanks!

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I'm loving the Geneen Roth book, it has lots of good ideas!

lots of great ideas here KAYTEETOO, do things you enjoy! You deserve it!

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Hi DEEO12. Exercise works pretty well for me but sometimes it's hard to find the motivation if you're already feeling down.

A cup of tea sometimes helps (if you like tea!).

To cheer myself up I watch a lot of comedy - laughing is good! I have loads of DVDs of my favourite comedy TV series. Some of them I know off by heart but I still love to watch them.

Reading can be good if I can get into it but sometimes I'm too distracted.

I know some people like to have a hot bath, or do their nails or something like that, that makes them feel good.

I am sure you will be able to come up with your own list if you think about it.

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geneen roth has written a great book called when you eat at the refrigerator pull up a chair, its full of all the things you need to know



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Any advice on what you all use as a comfort instead of food? I find when i am upset or avoiding things i run for food and well it isn't good when i have a week or two of these feelings going on as it really adds up the pounds.

Trying to find things instead of food for comfort.

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