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Please remember to cut and paste this paragraph to the beginning of your post:

Please use this thread to post only what stops bingeing, and what has worked for a year or more, not just for a few days. Let's not discuss progress on them here. We LOVE discussions! Let's start them on another thread in this forum, or on the discussion forum. Please cut and paste this paragraph at the beginning of your new post.

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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My binge eating has greatly improved over the last two years, but I am far from cured. The things that have really helped me are:
-tracking what I eat, but not limit it, so I can learn how to eat mindfully
-sitting down to eat
-not waiting to eat until I am starving
-never getting really hungry
-no forbidden foods
-daily meditation
-exercise
-avoiding and managing stress
-staying off of the scale
-not judging my recovery by the number on the scale
-listening to my body
-avoiding the weight loss chatter about dieting
-eating more veggies
-having a creative outlet
-no longer ignoring major stressors like finances and health and dealing with them head on
-stopping conflict avoidance behaviours
-stopping the self-blame and self-loathing
-journaling and connecting with others on a similar journey
-accepting I had a mental/eating disorder and getting professional help

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Please use this thread to post only what stops bingeing, and what has worked for six months to a year or more, not just for a few days. We LOVE discussions, but let's not discuss progress on them here.! Let's start progress discussions on another thread in this forum, or on the discussion forum. Please cut and paste this paragraph at the beginning of your new post.

To stop a binge before it happens but the urge is there, or during the binge:
1. Slow down! Just slow whatever you're doing: walking toward a cupboard, driving (do it safely), opening a container, reaching for the food, chewing the food and even breathing! (This takes practice. It's okay for it to be hard. You'll get better at it.)
2. Remember how bad you have felt before when you get so full and uncomfortable. Remember how much better you feel not stuffed.
3. Think about how you don't want to stay the person that binges or eats in response to every twinge or desire.
4. Ask yourself if THIS MOMENT is really that bad. THIS moment, not the moment you are remembering or anticipating. We may be remembering or anticipating something stressful, but it's not actually happening now. See if that gives you just enough distance to stop trying to fix the difficultly with eating now.
5. See if you can just decide out of the blue, almost, to not start or to put the food down. PUt it way, throw it away, walk away, whatever. And do something else!
6. If you feel you can't stop, vow to go slowly and enjoy what you're eating. It's not a crime. Changing even the panicked way we eat can be part of breaking up the pattern. Any break in the pattern can lead to its dissolving over time.

These steps have to be followed (for most people) many times over the course of several months to become more automatic. The time will pass anyway!

Remember that the only way you get better at dealing with the urge to binge is by doing it. It's not when we aren't triggered that there's a problem. We CAN learn to manage these urges!

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Please use this thread to post only what stops bingeing, and what has worked for a year or more, not just for a few days. Let's not discuss progress on them here. We LOVE discussions! Let's start them on another thread in this forum, or on the discussion forum. Please cut and paste this paragraph at the beginning of your new post.

I'm taking the liberty of posting a link to a blog I wrote. I hope it helps. It starts with theory but gets to some nitty gritty. However, most people need more to actually implement the steps over the years. That's what our other threads are for!


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*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Hey, thanks for the encouragement. Today wasn't bad. I used some of the tools from one of the posts and decided if I really wanted it or not. I decided not to count any calories this week because that seems restricting to me. My focus is to eat regular meals, drink water and green tea, track my food and mood, and think about why I'm eating. I do have to change the way I think about food. Anyway, thanks for your advice.
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This is a process that can't really be summed up in one post. Just know that everyone here knows what you are talking about. There are tons of posts from previous times on the daily check in thread from previous months and the 21-day streak thread. Tawney has had some very long streaks of success. I have been at this 4 years and am maintaining a loss of 20
% of my bodyweight. Hippiechic isn't posting a lot these days because she recently moved and is working at a new job, but you might check out blogs.


The first thing, though, is that you have to stop thinking of it as "terrible" that you do this. It is actually a very logical process from your human standpoint. And letting go of guilt is ESSENTIAL to the process. It has been shown over and over: overeaters who feel guilty about overeating (a habit that can be broken) overeat more later!

The second thing: you likely have to stop formal dieting. This doesn't mean you eat according to your every impulse. You just have to learn to let go of feeling that everything in life depends on losing that next pound. For myself, the MOST important eating habit I have established is eating regular meals at relatively regular times. I don't always know what I'm going to have at each meal, but I do know that I have only certain situations when I eat randomly. I do this because most slim cultures in the world live this way. I take my cue from tens of millions of people, not from small diet studies.

You will also find that most successful sane eaters over time cut way down on processed foods. But remember that guilt thing! Thinking of them as evil or terrible is not helpful. Just think of weaning yourself off them. Stop telling yourself that you "can't" control yourself. It is a learned skill, just like playing a musical instrument or a sport.

Oh, this is going on too long. I've written tons about this over the years on the 21-day thread and in blogs.

Have faith that making even small changes now can lead to living a very different life one or two years from now.

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Hey everyone,
There is a lot of good information in the replies on this topic. I never really thought of myself as a binger mostly because of denial. I knew I had moments (days, weeks, months) where I could not stop eating everything in sight, but didn't want to put a name on it. I've needed to lose weight for awhile, but usually sabotage myself after a week or so. I start losing and am all gung ho to lose it and then I get overconfident that I am losing and feel better about myself and somehow that triggers another binge. One thing that is bad is that I realized that I actually hide the fact I'm eating all this extra from my family. I'll go to Publix and get one or two of their jumbo cupcakes from the bakery and eat it in the car before I leave the parking lot. Sometimes, I even go to a different Publix and get another one so I'm not embarrassed by seeing the same bakery worker. It is so bad that my kids automatically assume I ate something if it is gone when they go look for it. It is terrible. I don't want to be like this anymore. I'm ready to not be embarrassed anymore. Any help or advice is really appreciated!


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I'm going to try to get through all of these articles because I need to learn more about binging and how to make the craziness stop.

So this morning I read the article at the start of this thread called: Why You Binge-Eat and How To Stop
I think I got just as much from the comments as I did from the article itself.
Again, it seems like one of those scenarios where you have to apply what applies and leave the rest.
It reminded me that I need to journal more about my eating. I used to keep a Mood/Food journal that was very helpful. Every time I would eat I would document what I'm eating. How I was feeling when I began eating, how I felt after I ate. It put me in touch more with my feelings and since I tend to numb-out with food I need to be paying more attention to my emotions.

After I binge I like to pretend it never happened and move on with my life. I appreciate the advice in this article to fully assess and evaluate why the binge happened, what were the triggers, etc.I think that will really be hard for me because I feel so much shame and guilt afterward so I don't want to think about it. I need to really aknowledge what happened and why it happened.

I also appreciate the practical advice about brushing teeth and not eating anything else for 3 hours post-binge. I think that would help me to move on, get past it, etc. When I binge I tend to go on for days. This might be a good way to break the cycle for me.


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I was disappointed in that first article, too. I wish there was a way I could recommend skipping it, but there isn't.

I do not feel powerless around food, though I admit that I used to feel a lot weaker and do sometimes overeat. So do most human beings. I did admit that bingeing was a problem and that it was increasing. That helped give me the determination to implement the steps I did. I found that just being told flat out not to eat this or that was useless. I takes a lot more than that to help most individuals turn the ship of overeating around!

Overeaters do lack some self-control around food, but it's mostly out of misinterpretation of hunger/desire signals. It can be very uncomfortable to reverse the habits, so it's understandable that it takes practice.

I don't think there is any one post or article that can solve this problem for MOST bingers. Exceptions exist, but it is very hard to recreate what conditions help make exceptions. We just have to keep working towards establishing regular eating patterns, increasing the quality of our foods, and increasing the gaps between binges. To do this, we often have also reeducate ourselves about how to approach other problems, especially our interpretation of stressful events. It normally is a multi-prong approach. And we can do it!

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
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Glad to hear you manage to take what you can use and ignore the rest!




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ChristinaToday, I am with you! I tried to take away something that I could apply to my life and ignore the stupidity.
The part that you quoted is in direct opposition to what I have spent time learning in recovery - that I am powerless over my compulsive eating and that my life has become unmanageable.
When I try to rely on my own strength and "willpower" I end up failing, I have to rely on my higher power and the group for my strength.
If ti was as easy as just stopping, we would all just stop!
I did take away a couple of things that I could use, and I appreciate the over all tone that we are able to stop!
Thanks for your honest opinion of the article, I can see how it could actually be damaging to some people who struggle with binging. If I was new to this struggle and this was the first thing I ever read in my recovery journey I would be devestated.

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I just read that article 'how to stop binge eating' for the first time and - may I be honest? What a DUMB article! I think it's written by someone who does not have a clue of what it's like to be a binge eater!
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"People who binge often lack any self control. It is you alone that tells yourself to eat, and it is you alone who can just as easily tell yourself not to eat. You must strengthen your will power to stop binge eating."
This is NONSENSE!!!!

Sorry to say it! But it should not be on the list!





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Hey, I'm new to the group and just read the article: How to Stop Binge Eating and Avoid Weight Gain in this thread.
I REALLY didn't like what I read. It hits a little too close to home, maybe. I didn't like reading that I have no self control. If you look at my life it appears on the outside that everything is perfect... but underneath I really have no self control, if you look at my spending, my eating, my relationships... etc. it's pretty obvious that I am controlled by my selfish desires and don't practice self control.
This is kind of a wake up call for me.
Something good that I'm taking away is - eating only at the kitchen table. At home that's pretty easy, but at work I tend to eat a lot at my desk. I keep a stash of unhealthy food and I nosh all day long. I'm going to start eating only at a table in the breakroom and keep my food in the refrigerator and pantry in the breakroom. If nothing else I will be ashamed for people to see me constantly eating in there! emoticon

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Just Read the article about Binge Eating, and now I'm feeling pretty good about myself.

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To all of us here, we are not alone and the support we can offer each other here is so important.

We can do it and we are worth the effort this takes!

"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."

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Hi Bride of Christ79
You can get your eating on the right track.
GREAT! You are tracking your food.
STOP EATING THE SWEETS, cookies,cakes,candies,pies, and ice cream.
NOT ONE BITE!!!!
What's left? Healthy food.
Good luck,
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I'm Clara and I'm new to this team. I would love any advice on how to get my eating under control. Lately it just seems as if life itself triggers an all out binge. I'm recording my food intake again, and once again I am completely depressed and discouraged about how many calories I manage to mindlessly shovel down. I feel awful! I look awful! emoticon emoticon

"It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'"
Matthew 4:4

"Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food." Romans 14:19-20a (NIV)

I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
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Having this problem SUCKS. Especially if your significant other refuses to believe you have a problem... sometimes it feels like I'm the only person in the world going through this problem, but then I come here and I don't feel so alone. :)


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Thank goodness the holidays are over, food was in your face the whole season.
I am so happy to be eating healthy again.
Since desserts are so addictive, beginning to track my food and exercise are a small price to pay to finally lose some weight. Good luck everyone.

WE CAN SUCCEED.

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I cannot tell you how many times this scripture has come to me, whether it be in an email, a plaque, a card, a sermon at church.....it is just meant for me Or the LORD would not keep sending it to me.

I am going to do this!!!!!


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PRAY!!!! emoticon

Jeremiah 29:11 ~~ "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."




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Great idea to leave your wallet at home.
I find if I DO NOT TAKE THE FIRST BITE, it seems to work, if i eliminate the
processed food which I ADORE. Once I eat the first cookie or first bite of ice
cream, nobody can stop me from finishing the package.

I have to cook my meals myself. I cook large batches and freeze individual servings.

On 8th day of binge free.

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I have to leave my wallet at home when I go to work. I do the same thing ~~ buy junk food.

Jeremiah 29:11 ~~ "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."




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I think I am going to try to leave my money at home as someone else suggested a few days ago.

I did the lunch hour binge (I packed a healthy, perfect lunch) and then went out to the store and.....consumed 7 ounces of Gardetto's Rye Chips--I meant to have a few, but it did not work at that way as I sat at my desk.

Great suggestion!! This is my worse time. I must start sparking more-I did this before, but walked away and old habits have returned.

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Thanks for the info on the book.

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I'm in. I would really enjoy having a dialogue with you. I also belong to 21 days binge free.
I am on day 3. I have finished the book, "Salt, Sugar, and Fat" by Michael Moses.
If you want to know why you binge, you might want to get this book from the library and read it.
Good luck in stopping these food frenzies. You are not alone.

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You and I are in the same boat....I've been eating non-stop for the last 2 hours at work. emoticon Let's both make a vow to start fresh RIGHT NOW. emoticon

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I fell off the wagon big time. I went on a wonderful cruise abd food was EVERYWHERE NIGHT
and DAY!! Our culture and all social activities have FOOD CONNECTED to them.

Today, I am starting all over again.

I binge when I am happy, sad, stressed etc. If I take the first bite of the binge food, I can't stop
and I will eat stuff I don't even like.

Someday, I hope to learn to shut my mouth.

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I am finding that if I leave my money at home I can't binge. I tend to binge at work and without can't do it if I don't money to buy junk food.

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I have seen a therapist as well. She gave me lots of different advice, but one piece really struck home for me. It is the idea of getting rid of the word 'should' in your life. This can apply to multiple aspects of your life, but when it comes to food I think rather than 'should I be eating this' and the common guilt and shame that follow when I am eating 'bad' things. I try to think do I WANT to eat this food. Some times the answer is yes. Sometimes I take a step back and see what I am doing and chose not to hurt myself in that way. Either way I have made the choice and that is empowering in and of itself. So often I feel out of control when bingeing. Pressure and guilt make me want to take control and make myself feel better by eating even though I know I 'shouldn't'.

I often slip and forget this, but I always find that when I remember and bring myself back to this habit of thinking I am happier.

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I do have a therapist that I see as well. I have been having a rough time with accountability and sticking to my goals and believing in myself. I know this is really for my own good and I am hoping to learn something from it...I am just stuck in a rut...

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That sounds weird to me that the nutritionist is telling you these things. I think she should at least offer you the names of other people, maybe a therapist, that CAN help you.

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I have hit the bottom again. I keep bouncing around the same 5-10 and have been for almost a year. I just am not applying myself for some reason or thinking that exercising will fix everything. I binge out of jealousy of a friend who is losing weight very easily, I binge because I am upset about not being appreciated at work, I binge because I feel like a failure, I binge because I want to hurt myself or punish myself in some way without showing physical harm. My nutritionist told me yesterday that we have to take a break from me seeing her because I am not following my potential and it is not worth the time and money and energy (of me getting upset) until I can work on improving myself and see why it is worth it. I understand it is not because she is being mean, she is showing me tough love which is something that I need. Right now I am frustrated and totally eating off of what I normally eat. I just dont know what to do. I feel like quitting doing this.

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Hey fellow bingers !I'm new to the sight & I've read through all the replies. I need a great deal of help in this area that's why i joined.

I have , however discovered a couple things that have helped me recently. Green tea. I pour it in my ceramic tea pot, let it steep & drink the pot. About 2C. It really helps to alleviate my cravings. Why? Not sure.

I read all of ONICAM'S replies & I hear it in her posts . I realize as most of you do that most of my binges result from anxiety, loss of control, loneliness .
I learned how to binge from my mother. I grew up in a stressful home. She would sit at night in front of the TV with a HUGE bowl of salty, buttery popcorn & finish it off with ice cream. During this time was NO stress only feelings of enjoyment, bonding & satisfaction - relief.

I realized that if I blog, write when I'm having the craving. It really helps. i don't mean just write about what you want & how bad. Looking inside yourself for the cause. There usually is one with me, anyway. Did you have along day at work & now have to deal with a long night at home. Are you a care giver with no life ? Are you feeling lonely ? Are you mad because your husband won't help with any responsibilities & are feeling life isn't fair, but you have no control.

Also ONICAM was having very small amount of cals I agree with others. what good is it restricting cals that much to lose weight if you eat 1000 at night because you were so hungry it brought on a binge. It helps me to chose good foods during the day . That are satisfying ,too so i don't feel like I'm dieting all the time.
Eating my dinner more around 5:00-5:30 helps. Instead of 4:00 & then I save some cals for a night time snack . I don't feel deprived.

Anyway. these are some things helping me on controlling my binges.It was so good to read the other comments. I'm in the right place !
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I'm reading through this thread and its helping me already, just by identifying with what is said. I have not lost this past week for the first time since I joined SP about 6 weeks ago. I was really focused and I got side-swiped by work and now I am struggling just to keep my loss so far. I just want to eat MORE. I read the articles about satiety and applied those nutritional guidelines, but still something is eating me. I'm thankful the weather has improved. It is helping me to get outdoors and take in oxygen and ride my bicycle which I really enjoy. During that I can get the clarity to keep reminding myself of the hard work I've already done. Hopefully, posting this will keep me committed and I will move forward again.

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Old behaviors die hard but I go back and build on what worked in the past. Mine was a program by Dr. Gould called Shrink Yourself and it is online. I purchased the book but the online program had all of the info and was a good study guide! When I start putting on weight again, I have to return to the program and start working it again. Self forgiveness and getting up and trying again worked for me. Read other people's inspirations! We all build on our strengths:o) emoticon

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Old behaviors die hard but I go back and build on what worked in the past. Mine was a program by Dr. Gould called Shrink Yourself and it is online. I purchased the book but the online program had all of the info and was a good study guide! When I start putting on weight again, I have to return to the program and start working it again. Self forgiveness and getting up and trying again worked for me. Read other people's inspirations! We all build on our strengths:o) emoticon

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How to STOP Binging? Mmmm.... When I start, I am like a high speed train until I am stuffed or pass out. Real bad binger. I know that I can PREVENT binging by following a controlled carb or low carb program.(regulates blood sugar fluctuations) I focus on high nutrient foods. I try to heal the reason I am craving foods nutritionally and THEN psychologically. Exercise helps me feel more in my body and wanting to care for it more. I know that some foods and situations trigger a thought to binge. I try to be aware of that. Still not perfect but I will not give up... ever. emoticon

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I'm going through the same thing and I hear ya. I'm 20 years old as well and up to this point this is all I've done...diet lose weight then binge...do another crazy fad diet lose weight and then binge...the cycle over and over again. This time I'm trying my hardest to lose weight the healthy way by keeping track of food and excercising but I find that I'm still binging (at least once a week) and it normally occurs in the evening. It's horrible...but at least I'm moving on and trying to forget the past and just keep striving forward. I don't have family or friends that support me either and believe me it's awful being stuck in this situation. I hate living like this and I'm open for any advice to stop this binge eating and diet the healthy way.

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Beckafano is on to something...I find that using spirituality to self sooth is far better than the food. This always helps! emoticon

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Beckafano is on to something...I find that using spirituality to self sooth is far better than the food. This always helps! emoticon

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Just got off a binge :( Needed to find some way to vent.

I know the most important thing is not to take that first bite... as I'm fully aware I'm in binge mode and once I start, it's so hard to stop. But that little voice that says "Don't do it" is still too little right now... It's really out of control.

I do journal, write to friends for support... but whenever I sit down to write something and clear my head, my head is already pretty clear.

Next time, I will try to visualize a "stop" sign. Then maybe come on Spark and post here as well.

Putting "healthy" grains on trial to see if there's any merit to the claims against them. Hoping to beat anxiety, binge eating disorder, and more. Follow me here:

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The only way I know how to beat this is one step at a time. I rely on posting here. I try to focus on not bingeing instead of on losing weight. Just remember that you are not alone in this. You have support.

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I have a problem with binge eating. I eat right and exercise for a week or 2 but then I crash. I lost 12lbs in 12 days but I've gain most of it back a few weeks later. I really don't know what to do!!!! I find myself over eating when I have money or if I just went food shopping. I buy a lot of things that are healthy for me but I end up eating it until its all gone. Sometimes I over eat because I feel confident from losing so much weight, but I just crash. Right now I feel fatigue, sick, fat and depress. I really need to find away to over come this. I don't have no friends or family that can really support me because they don't know what I am going through. I am 20 years old and I don't want to live like this any more.

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I wish this was a more active thread but I am.reading back through the posts so thanks.

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PINKSPARKLE1965 - Leaning on God is often the best we can do - remember in our weakness, His strength is made perfect. Good luck and i can't wait to hear how good you did today.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

This morning was a bad morning, but it's getting better. I just have a little dusting to do and then I can focus on enjoying my family this weekend. I just hope it's enjoyable. Hope your holidays go great and the rest of the weekend is just as great.

Never mistake failure as final

They call it a diet, but it's really my life.

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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I got one day down and I now thanksgiving is coming but I'm leaning on God not to treat my temple like garbage and not binge and enjoy the food He gave me I'm free from binges I'm praying that God will help me and I know He will yesterday was a good binge free day but I made some bad evening choices I could have done better with my nutrition emoticon Happy Thanksgiving everyone love hearts and rainbows emoticon emoticon

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Hey you, yeah you, the one who is reading this. You're awesome, and never change that. (: Simone Reneehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA4ht
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Craziness never stopps, I hate it and I'm not having a good day. I've been depressed all day. I don't even know why. I planned to just check in, not depress everyone, so I'll just let you know I still love my job and not so much anything else. So we'll just leave it at that. Hope everyone else is having a better day.

Never mistake failure as final

They call it a diet, but it's really my life.

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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I do good all day but when I come home and I think of all the things that need to be done bills, dr app kids stuff...I get so stressed and food only seemed to be the answer but once I started I cant stop. Im tired of being like that I have been like that since I was in my teens...Im 32 married with 2 kids..Just had my second kid 8 years after my first 9months ago.

Tired of being the fat one!


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I am so sick of my binging. I've had this issue ever since I was a teen. Needless to say at 32 its has not been pretty. I find my bing time is between 2-4. I can easily eat 3000 plus calories. Then its dinner time. I eat while I cook, eat dinner then eat while I clean up dinner. Almost every night I go to bed just feeling sick. I can't keep doing this. Especially since I just had DD #3 in Aug. I can't wait to get this under control! I need to not be home during that time but its hard because that is when my girls get home from school. I think my goal this week will be to walk on my treadmill during that time and see how that works out! Wish me luck!!!

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I'm trying to get caught up on my 'Sparking.' I was hoping after getting a job things would calm down, but learning a job is difficult. However, I still like my job and I'm so glad I chose this one. I'm missing my spark friends though and hoping I can catch up soon. I also lost 5lb since my last weigh in and I'm so happy about it.

Never mistake failure as final

They call it a diet, but it's really my life.

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

Rebecka


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I have had weight control problems all my life. I am so encouraged to find other people who
have been successful in learning how to eat moderately. I am on my 3rd day. I have a problem every time I eat at a social gathering, eat sweets, or am alone watching TV.

Hooray for my new IPAD. I am so busy entering my food on this program, I hope I can
change these behaviors permanently.

Good luck to all of you.

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I am so glad our kitchen has a door. After dinner, I close it, and it's a visible reminder not to eat. When we lived in a house where the kitchen was open, we put up a curtain. It seems odd, but it helps me a lot!

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FINALLY GOT A JOB! PRAISE GOD! And just finished my first week there. So far I like it and I think I made a good choice. I'm doing Accounts Payable and Payroll for a non-profit company that helps kids with behavior problems. So far I like the work and LOVE the people. Now that I'm somewhere where I'm happy i just hope they don't change their mind and get rid of me after a couple weeks. I'll also have a 'space,' (not quite an office) with a window and I can have plants. I already bought two, a lilly and an orchid.

I also started walking again this week and tracking my calories. I'm not doing bad since I started my new job. Thank God for that too, because I gained back the 3lb I lost plus 6 more because of how depressed I was over not having a job. So it's time (overdue) to get back on track.

ASHPATCH11 - I try to keep a project or craft next to the couch, so when I get those cravings and munchies, I can keep myself busy with something other than food. I also make a list of things to do each afternoon and on weekends, that way I'm focused on something other than food. It doesn't 'always' work, but it sure helps.

Never mistake failure as final

They call it a diet, but it's really my life.

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

Rebecka


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Hey guys new to this team! I am good with exercise and food until its night like 9pm-11pm i eat on the couch with my hubby all kinds of junk and if its healthy i eat so much its no longer healthy this is every night and weekends are really terrible :( I need to know how to stop thing from happening. what do you do ..provided it works for you for the most part?


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I'm looking for a job. My boss told me that we've lost enough business that he is selling the payroll part of the business and I'm going to be out of a job by the end of the month. I've been putting in applications for the last three days. And I have an interview on Monday.

Never mistake failure as final

They call it a diet, but it's really my life.

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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i'm pretty close to my goal weight, and i think, "i'm close, why not treat myself!" so i changed my goals to fitness goals, i.e., do more push-ups in a minute and limit my tv watching. it has helped a lot so far

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Keeping distracted works. Also changing my routines where I'm most likely to binge (i.e.; recliner & tv: I avoid those now). My dangerous bingeing time is 2 - 5pm. I've decided to shower & lie down for a couple hours instead of plowing into sugary foods. I'm usually exhausted at that time.

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

I may not be there yet but I am closer than I was yesterday.


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I have to choose this morning to be the beginning of a new period in my life. The last months I have just let myself believe that as I walk out of the house, as I pay for a giant bag of potato chips, as I pay for a 2L container of ice cream, that it doesnt really matter and that just this once I can just go for the short term pleasure and relief of it. This "just this once" feeling with which I allow myself to slowly self-destruct, is now a once a day experience.

The worst thing is the loss of respect for myself that I feel afterwards. Today I have to commit to looking at this in a clear-eyed way. I have to see that binge as the destructive sabotage of my health that it is. Today I will restart with spark, and go for a daylong bike excursion. I will do the thing that always arrests a binge streak. I will tell my partner. I will tell the truth and it will bring it to a halt for a while. When I see the pain and worry it causes another person, it seems more real and it gets through to me what I am doing to myself.

Peace and good health to you all.

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I just joined this site and I love what so of you had to say about self esteem. That is my problem too.

I'm going to work on some of the things you said here, like getting rid of the snacks. I started with everything at 100 calories is okay. They were not things without sugar though. Like chocolate covered pretzels the mini ones. I have changed to sugar free with splenda but, when I love at the intake it has 30 grams of fat. So that's not much help. I'm going to make it a goal to look at the ingredients more careful. I don't want to make this as an excuse but my man does the shopping. I'm handicapped so I do go in the store.

I had my left hip replaced in Jan. 31, 2012 and the right May 21,2012 The left side had a problem and when I started walking the day of surgery. I feel and did some damage to the nerve above my knee. Also the inside of my leg is numb from the inner leg to the ankle. The leg is so week that I have to us a walker to get around. I'm doing better now and am able to go further then before. Another goal is to get in the store and shop for myself. My man has done a great job at buying veggies and I cut them up for myself for a week and then I eat much better.

I want to thank you so much for sharing. That has helped me get a start for myself.
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the only thing that has worked for me is making myself just STOP. just say that word to myself "STOP"... or i'll say "one bite is too much because 1000 is not enough" or i'll say "this food isn't going to satisfy me. so what will satisfy me?" and mainly just walking out of the kitchen, getting past the fast food place, doing whatever i can do to distance myself. i chew gum if i feel like i just need something in there to chew on and that's the issue... really it is hard because those emotions run rampant and i get that "i might as well give up and give in" attitude. if i can conquer that by asking myself if i'm really hungry then this can work. other times i feel like the binge monster is like a stemroller, running over anythign in its path. i need to picture myself stopping the binge monster... not lowering that drawbridge, not letting it come over... i try lots of metaphors where i am stopping it... thought stopping techniques. most of this stuff works if i am in the right mindset. when i'm not in the right mindset it is liek the angel vs. the devil on my shoulders. "you really want to have this. just have this one"... vs "you don't need this food to satisfy you"... on and on. very tough stuff but it can certainly be done.

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A little smile can help stop a binge...maybe? Try to be happy gals!
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I have been way out of control again yesterday and even several times for the past week.

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I'd love any advice I can get on how to stop bingeing. I've gained 10lbs this month, and gone from bingeing 3-4 times a week, to bingeing more than once a day. I'm trying to identify the stressors and what's changed but it's overwhelming.

I'm starting slow today and trying to relax and deal with my feelings in an emotional way, and use food for my nourishment needs only.

Support needed here!

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I have been super busy with things.

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RUFUSRIO: emoticon emoticon loved your post!

Edited by: AUSSIEFLOSS at: 4/6/2012 (00:09)
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If you have lost weight or at least not gained any that is a plus. The trouble is when I binge, the gain doesn't always show up right away but in a few days I do notice the scale is climbing.

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I've had a rough few past days with last night being a full on binge. I hadn't binged in a while so this time I really tried to focus on what was going on and how I was feeling. I heard some really bad news about an ex boyfriend that I still care deeply about and it emotionally affected me a lot. I thought about what I was doing as I was basically shovelling food in my mouth, I thought about how embarrassing it was, I thought about how crappy I was going to feel today because my stomache was going to hate me, but one of the things that really was striking me and bumming me out was that I was going to have to remove my little check in the box for being binge free on my spark goals... haha whodathunkit! Today is a new day and I'm not going to beat myself over the past few days or the binge last night. I'm working 12 hour shifts from today until Monday and I've set a minigoal that if I can eat healthy/good for me foods, and not go overboard then I can get a small starbucks on Monday morning before work because I've been craving one. Today begins a new sparkstreak for no bingeing!!

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I'm really struggling, but I think I'm just going to do these 8 things:
1) Stop buying binge food altogether.
2) Stop thinking that 200 cals over gives me the license to go 2000 cals over.
3) Eat as if everyone is watching me.
4) Throw out any binge food that tempts me.
5) Eat what I enjoy within my daily budget, as compared to what society wants me to eat (i.e. have a breakfast food for dinner if it'll curb the binge).
6) Recognize I must get over this for my health and well being.
7) Weigh-in to keep accountable.
8) Forgive myself.

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1/18/12 8:03 P

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I have someone working with me and I have not binged since the 8th. I have lost some weight, but other than that I am not seeing any other changes.

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1/18/12 4:41 P

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great advice ........thanks!

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For nearly a week I have been following the Carb Addict's diet which seems to be helping me. It is particularly difficult for me in the fall and early winter when days get shorter. I don't think I could do the diet forever, but it does seem to keep me from my mid afternoon binges which have been a huge problem over the last 3 months.

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I know that at least part of this is the fact that I have lots of allergies. I have 8 different allergies, so I feel like if someone gives me something that I am not allergic to then I must have it no matter how healthy it is since there are a good number of them like wheat and dairy that are in a lot of foods.

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