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AUGUSTAS2
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3/5/13 1:22 P

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should we allow cheat days are they the cure to endless binging during the week, will they help us put of the binge a little longer, i have had times where due to binging so much i made myself get candida in my tummy due to to much sugar in my diet, i had no choice but to stop any sweets or high carbs for about 6 months an in that time i had no binge, but before then it was every time i visited home for a few days i would clear the presses of junk, now i am back working out an trying to be healthy but for the past week ate about 3,500 or more calories a day of cookies sweets etc, i am confused... will cheat days finally end our binges, as i doubt giving it up for ever is truly possible i tried that notion too, it lasts for weeks but then u go all out on a binge and ur bigger nearly than before.....



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i just read ur post and i am the exact same as u, i am binging since 14 but possibly earlier i just never took notice, and that whole cycle of the excitement of binging an then soon after feeling down an not wanting to be around friends an family, i had binged so much at times that it held me back from going to college or going out on dates



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1/24/13 3:33 P

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I'd recommend checking out the sparkteam Living Binge Free. It's pretty active.
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard.asp?board=0x1323


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5/31/12 11:22 A

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I recently realized that my personal reason for binge eating is boredom. I'll be watching TV and lazing around all day and nothing entertains me more than eating a whole box of cookies and a carton of ice cream while watching my favorite show! I shouldn't have been surprised when I weighed in at 10 more pounds like I was before going back to college. Thankfully, I've recognized the signs and now I'm working on combating them. One big thing is painting my nails instead of reaching into a bag of chips. When you paint your nails, it's pretty distracting and you can't really eat many foods without messing up the polish. Another thing is to cut back on TV watching in general and fill up my time with more industrious activities, like making my bed, going for a walk, reading a book, planning my wedding... :)

For other people, I recommend really searching for the root of the binge eating. What is causing it? What happens right before you have the urge to binge? Is it emotional? Boredom? Is it triggered by hanging out with other people who binge eat? Find the source of the problem and you'll be able to work at finding a solution. Good luck!

Oh and I know we all slip up sometimes. The best thing to do after a binge is just drink lots of water, go for a walk, FORGIVE YOURSELF! The next day, don't skip any meals, eat lots of fruits and veggies, drink MORE water! Your body will work itself out. Don't ruin your whole week because of one bad day. emoticon


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I struggle with Binge eating and I will give the same advice that has helped me. It's kind of my own way of doing it. I don't know if its all that better but it keeps me thinking about the fact that I am trying to change for the better. When you start craving something, eat 1 serving immediately. It stops the craving, and the possibility of you eating more. I always feel good because I only had a little bit, but I stopped myself from the spiral of binging. The trick is to measure out exactly 1 serving before you start munching. (By one serving I mean the serving amount on the bag, not what your usual serving would be.) It also helps because you start visually seeing how much calories your favorite foods are and you can consciously make the decision to choose the less calorie pack. Example: 100 cal pack cookies over the 2 oreo's. As you start seeing this stuff you will notice that you start choosing the items that you get more with, while getting the less calories. Hope this helps! If this is confusing e-mail me and I'll try to explain better!


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10/4/11 8:57 P

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Hello everyone. I have recently struggled with Binge Eating. I am not over weight but I am scared that if I continue my Binge Eating I will soon put on the pounds. I really feel like it is an emotional thing but I don't know why. I usually Binge Eat at night when I am home alone. Can someone please give me tips and suggestions to stop? I'm trying so hard but I can't seem to kick it. Please help!


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9/23/11 3:35 P

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Hi everyone. It's such a relief to chat about this issue with people that really understand and who won't judge. I have been binge-eating since I was 14, maybe even before this and it has got to the point where I don't know any other way to deal with times of stress or unhappiness. I really feel as if this has affected my life as after a binge I feel even more unhappy and depressed. After a binge, I am so disgusted with myself and my body that I don't want to be around other people - even my family and my friends. I am desperate to change this cycle so my life can begin - so I can do all the things I want with nothing to hold me back.
Even writing this has made me feel a little better so thanks guys! emoticon



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I've binged - or what I would "consider" binging on any particular day, whether it was eating something too decadent or just eating at all if I'd decided I was trying to fast - and then I would be ok after, just continue on with my regular eating habits and it worked for awhile...until one weekend recently, I "allowed" myself to splurge at brunch, then didn't stop there, once I had already splurged, my body decided it didn't matter what else I crammed inside! Awful. So sick feeling, when you're stomach is so full you can barely walk. I allowed this to go on for three days straight, telling myself I would just fast and cleanse for a few days and I would be back to my regular habits in no time...and then each following day I kept it up. Not as severely as the first three days, but still definitely unstoppable overeating. Then I got so frustrated with myself, I came here in an effort to teach my stubborn appetite to control itself!

Guess we'll see how this goes! I think I'm just desperate for some guidelines.


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I used to binge eat but broke that habit, fortunately. I used to give myself a "cheat day" and binge that day. If I had a craving, I would wait until my "cheat day" to binge and not care about calories. When the cheat day came around, I felt guilty binging. Little by little, I stopped binging. I still eat what I want, but in moderation (can't give up tacos). Yesterday I was craving chocolate BADLY, but I told myself that if I don't eat chocolate, I can treat myself with chocolate cheerios the following morning. By the time morning came around, I felt happy that I didn't cheat and enjoyed my cheerios as if it was junk food. Because I knew that if I had a bite of chocolate, chocolate would lead to more chocolate which would probably lead to something else.

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I have to admit that I binge after awhile...like a few weeks ago we went out to eat at red lobster and I didnt stop at dinner,I ate a huge dessert lol...I hate it when it happens.However since then I decided to start adding in a few guilty pleasures a week and it seems to ward off the binges.



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7/19/09 5:28 P

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i used to do it and afterwards i felt soooo guilty but once i started with one jaffa cake or cookie i had to have the lot with crisps and cola on top of that. now i've realised i need to allow something i enjoy in my calorie intake once a week such as 2 cookies or a pack of crisps. if you deprive yourself of foods you enjoy for too long then your bound to relapse over excessively. well this is just what i've found anyway lol


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7/6/09 11:34 P

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That's so true. I don't know what it is that makes me want to keep eating. It's not like I'm anticipating a binge when I first start eating, but after eating a normal portion, something goes wrong and I have to keep eating new things. Like there was something wrong with the first thing I ate?


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WHITETIGER03
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6/11/09 5:35 P

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Thanks for all the great posts! I have been a binge eater for about a year or so now and am trying to slow down on how much I binge. Everyone eats too many cookies at one point and that is ok, but from what I understand it is how you feel that makes this a negative act. Feeling guilty, ect.

I am ok and dont feel anxious when I start eating it is after I start eating more than I planned for me meal that my chest tightens and I feel anxious. Does this happen to anyone else? To get rid of it, I keep eating!! Never makes any sense after, but it does at the time!



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6/11/09 11:06 A

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Wow- what great posts! I feel so encouraged reading everything here. I have been binge eating since high school and lately, it's gotten so much worse (especially since my metabolism has slowed down). I'm binge eating almost every day at the office (I hate my job and have very little work because of the market and, for economic and market reasons, I can't get a new job). I'm literally eating food that I hate just to stuff my face with something. I feel so sad and pathetic but, when I'm doing it, I just don't care.

I loved the 31 days thing and am going to try it, too. Today is day #1 and I packed healthy meals and snacks to eat, so there's no reason to binge. And I really appreciated the post reminding me that I have a choice. I can say NO. I can stop at any time. Thank you everyone- I'm glad I'm not alone and I WILL make it for 31 days!

Also, I hear that there's a "panic" button somewhere on the site where you can post/blog/get help when you need it. Anyone know where that is?


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5/13/09 4:05 P

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Thanks AOKAY27. Your post was really helpful. I have started a countdown. I feel like you: if I can do 31 days (and surely, I can do anything for 31 days), then I can get my eating under control. I get to add another day to my count every day I go without a binge. 9 days and counting!


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KASHMIRDREAMER
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5/12/09 7:08 P

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I don't binge per say unless I go out to eat. Then I easily blow my calorie range by a thousand. I don't eat junk when I go out (or food that sounds like junk) but I always get things and eat them all when I only need half or a quarter.


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THOMAS834
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5/10/09 5:36 P

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I can relate to many of these reponses. I've read up on binge eating and it always ties binge eating to overweight and obese people. However, I am normal weight and binge eat. I think there are more normal weight people that binge eat than are recognized. I do not keep sweets or snackfood in my house, but I always seem to find things to binge on. I will even binge on healthy cereal, wheat bread, peanut butter, and bananas (all considered somewhat harmless foods when eaten in moderation). I will tell myself that this time I will stop binge eating, but it's inevitable that something overcomes me and I hear myself rationalizing that I will have just 1 which turns into 50. I know that if I could just normalize my eating I would be in really great shape.



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5/10/09 4:35 P

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I finally know I am not the only one. The bad feeling I get from binge eating, combined with the thought of how I'm so troubled thinking that nobody else in the world is so out of control doesn't help either.

I have found that buying food just for one day works for me. I'll try my best to be ok with buying bulk food. But so far, with experimentation, I still want to devour everything in the pantry and fridge.

I've learnt to be lenient with myself, not let myself go entirely, but just not beat myself down when I have slipped. Since I would just eat even worse the rest of the day after I've binge a little bit.

It's tough, but we all have to use all our calories into maintaining a positive energy!! Go ladies!!



MINANAMI
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5/10/09 9:48 A

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I have the exact same issue. Im not even hungry nor craving for anything, but I just cant stop eating. Its more mentally/emotionally driven than anything else i guess. SO I came up with some little techniques to trick myself into satisfaction, and I hope it would help:

- Rule 1: No junk food around. I buy exactly what I need for a day, not a week or month. That works for me 'cos I have some spare time compared to other working ladies (I'm a student and its summer, so I can just walk across the street if I need anything)

- Rule 2: Only veggie and fruit in the fridge. Whenever I go crazy for something to chew, I just open the door and grab the least-calorie possible. Preferably something raw, like a carrot or an apple. Add some salt to help quench meat hunger.

- Rule 3: Chew as slowly as possible. Please!

- Rule 4: Pick small fruits that go in bunch, like grape, berry, chew slowly one at a time. That is much better than killing a whole banana, as its less calories and it takes more time - you feel full much easier!

- Rule 5: Fill the rest of your stomach with liquid, like low-sugar juice, skim milk, smoothies, etc. I read somewhere that even its good to drink lots of water, you shouldnt go to the extremity. The kidney would have been placed under great pressure, and your sugar crave wont go away, so like 1 liter of water and the other liter should be juice/skim milk.

I will make it!


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5/10/09 7:44 A

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I do exacetly the same, even if I buy the 100 calorie packs of treats, I take a pack and then raid the kitchen till all of the temptation is gone. I cannot buy treats and keep them in the house. So I have decided to treat myself once a week and on something that is absolutely amazing. I asked advice from my friends about loosing weight and they tell me I don't need to, I know they are being nice however in three weeks I am wearing a bikini (I haven't worn one before) and I want to feel confident and there support to help me reach my goal would have been nice.



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I actually tried the whole "allow yourself to still eat the good things" idea, but if I take ONE bite, that is just the end, no matter what. I've discovered that for me, it's actually easier to say no altogether. If I kept taking those little bites or tastes, and then didn't see any progress, I'd get frustrated and give it up for a day. Leading me back to square one. Now I tell myself, "you can do anything for 31 days." And it goes beyond just eating- I want to know that I have the will power to do what I want to do. That my head rules my body. What I have accomplished so far is extremely empowering, and if I manage to achieve my 31 day goal, I think the self confidence I will gain will help to curb bingeing sessions. So just consider, if it's ONE bite, maybe just let it go- those bites add up. I'd rather suck it up, and get where I'm going faster than just drag it out.


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5/7/09 8:54 A

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I've been having binges everyday. I start the day out thinking I can do anything, but by mid afternoon, I'm in binge mode. I've noticed that if I feel that I've slipped even a little, I totally give up and eat everything in sight. In 5 months I've gained a total of 40 lbs and I've reset my goals on this site more times than I can count! I really need help, and it's not even just a weight issue, because during this binges I'm taking in dangerous amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat, 10 times the recommended daily values! I seriously need help. I've thought about going to Overeaters Anonymous meetings. Has anyone here attended any?

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"I am not a mindless eating machine!"

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5/4/09 2:58 P

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I found out that I can't have an unrealistic goal weight. If I do that, then I'm constantly restricting what I eat and leave no room for the "good" stuff (desserts, pizza, etc.). You can't just totally cut the good stuff out or you'll crave it that much more, and won't be able to stop when you let yourself have some. I have the hardest time stopping at one normal piece of brownie or cake or whatever it is, so I've found that by not buying and making it or having it around, I can allow myself to have it at all of our birthday dinners and family dinners and I don't go too crazy. I'm still allowing myself to have the good stuff, but it's nor lurking around in my house calling my name all day. Fitting it into my meal plans helps a lot, too. And exercising helps me feel better about those days I have desserts, especially if I have them multiple days in a row.


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BERRY143
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5/4/09 10:34 A

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o god i totally know what you all are going through... i work out like 3 times a week. eat healthy during the week and then i blow it on the weekends so badly... i go out with my friends, drink then eat or vice versa and im at square one come monday morning. i really want to get out of this circle while still enjoying myself. im young so i like to go to a happy hour with my friends on friday but i feel like im doomed to never lose any weight doing thigns this way. im maintaining my weight rather than progressing... ahhhhh



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5/3/09 9:22 P

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Sorry, no great advice here, but a quick thanks for everyone's tips. I use the idea of the cut up veggies in bags too, it really helps to have something to munch. I find that if I have any sort of cake, cookie, candy in the house I will go back to it until it's gone. Wierd huh? Like it could be the world's last cookie, right?


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5/3/09 3:09 P

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I've lost about 25 ibs in the last year so I'm not a person without will power.but the problem Im facing for my wight maintanance is this binging stuff.Im not on diet but I try to eat few and healthy and work out really hard for a week,but there are 2 o 3 days of binging now and then that makes all of my efforts useless.since I've been facing this problem recently I have thought of some ways to stop it and I want to share them with you:
1-I slice an apple in the morning and put it near my hand so anytime I feel hungry I have a bite.
2-I have a bottle of water near my hand too having a sip every now and then makes me feel fresh and not desire food.
3-never let my blood sugar decrease by eating little carbohydrites right at the moment I feel I need.(I think binging happens when you ignore your body need to sugar for a long time)
4-make myself involved in activities as much as I can.
5-ofcourse not keeping junk food at home is a good way too,but there are other people living in my house who buy such things and I just have to avoid them.
6-let myself having certain amounts of FORBIDEN foods as chocolate a day (for example I eat 10 grmas dark chocolate every day with tee) and dont let myself start eating these stuff out of order cause I know as soon as I begin to eat out of order it would end up to a binge.
ofcourse I found out these by exprience and they are not scientific ways but I hope theyll help.



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5/2/09 11:52 A

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My husband really helped me out with this whole idea, so I can't really take the credit.
I think sometimes, I like to consider myself a victim to a binge or even to food. I act as if some power greater than myself has control and I just "can't stop."
But that's not true. There is always the opportunity to stop a binge. I can recognize that feeling I get at the grocery store, standing in front of the ice cream for 5 minutes. That's what I did yesterday. But this is an example of when I recognized the desire before I even allowed myself to posess the food. After 5 minutes of staring I said "I have a choice. I can either go down one path or the other. What do I REALLY want. Do I really want half a carton of ice cream, or do I really just want to take a break and allow myself to watch oprah, even though I dont have time to."

Then there are times, when I am ravenous for ANYTHING in the house. And since we can't keep cookies or anything with any sugar in it, else I'll eat the whole box without thinking twice, I find myself eating practically anything. The binge may be in motion, but again, I have a choice. I CAN stop. I am not victim to this binge.

Yes binges are real. Yes these desires are real. But we need to ask ourselves, why? Why are we wanting a tub of ice cream and half a pizza? Until that question is answered, we will keep answering incorrectly by drowning it with food, or anything that can momentarily fill that void.

Next, recognize these desires, these negative forces, and then give yourself some credit and respect. I AM stronger than this. I AM worth a healthy life. We ARE NOT powerless. We have a choice every day, and minute to live lives of purpose, power, and peace. I am worth this. You ARE worth making the right choice.


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4/23/09 7:52 P

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omg, your story is mine to a T!!! i work out pretty hard - in fact, i'm training for a marathon. i eat healthy and don't deprive myself (lots of lean protein, good fats, veggies, fiber etc...) but then after about 3 days of working out and eating good, i am consumed with eating large amounts of high calorie food. i usually let the weekends be my 'cheat' time - so i've started binging big time on the weekends.

it has made it so i'm dropping a pound or two during the week and then gaining it right back on the weekends.

so, my goal for the next month is to quit the binge weekend and allow myself an extra 100 calorie snack per day. i think i'd be better off that way instead of two full days of binging.





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I have had a really hard time with binge eating. It's almost always combined with alcohol, but in the last month I have gone through stages where I was binging 4-5 times a week. It's always combined with a bad mood/feeling not so good and when I'm feeling good I can eat normally. I think that often a change of atmosphere or attitude can change things pretty drastically. Anyway, when I'm bummed I can eat up to 2,000 kcals in one sitting in addition to a normal day of eating. Pretty gross.
Any advice/support would be really appreciated. Most of my friends don't even GET IT.
Thanks!


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I have a cycle, basically every week I eat very healthy for 4 or 5 days and the other 2 or 3 I am a mess! Chocolate, cakes, cookies, french fries.

It's not even necessarily the weekends.

So I started SparkPeople to try and make myself wake up and do something about this. I have been yo-yoing up and down 5-8 lbs for 2 years now and I want to MAKE PROGRESS!!

The fast breaks helped me for a while and then I got distracted with my wedding plans. Should I start over the whole program?

I need inspiration!


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4/20/09 9:10 P

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I had never been a binge eater until my quitting smoking. I am afraid that I traded one addiction for another. I weighed 100 lbs when I quit and I now I'm at 116 and stuck there. No matter how good I am the scale will not go down. Now if I'm bad on the other hand, I can gain 3 lbs like that. I have tried all the advice that I have recieved and I am working on a new routine. I am no longer forcing myself to eat super healthy and eat 5 small meals a day. I realize that 5 small meals is not good for my addictive personality. Instead, I eat breakfast at 11:30, lunch at 3, and dinner at 7 (due to my work schedule). I have stocked up on tv dinners. I love Healthy Choice but it's expensive and the Budget dinners actually have about the same amount of calories so I buy half and half. Tv dinners may not be that ideal if you have a family to feed but they are really helping me with portion control and I am no longer stuffing myself till I can't breath. I especially like the ones that come with dessert. That way I get my sweet tooth satisfied without feeling guilty.


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This advice was recently given to me and I shall pass it along to you: Do not try to "make up" for a binge by eating extra light or doing extra exercise. As you have found, more often than not it just causes you to binge again. Perhaps because the rules of your "atonement" days are too strict. Perhaps because the stress, the guilt, the pressure are too much, and you just want to free yourself from it.

It would probably help you to not keep junk food in the house. I have noticed that when I binge on sugar, it is self-perpetuating, I crave more and sooner. IMHO, things like pop tarts do not have any redeeming nutritional value for anyone. I am not saying that one should never enjoy desserts, but perhaps treats could be an occasional thing outside the house?

Definitely try to find something else to do when you are tired or bored. I definitely find those to be triggers for me to eat too. Simple as it sounds, I am finding it helpful to just go to bed when I am tired at night, instead of eating or drinking something to keep me awake longer.

I wish you success! It is a long journey, do not expect to stop overnight, but you can go longer and longer in between binges. Check out the Living Binge Free and Compulsive Overeaters teams. There are some wonderful supportive people there who will be able to give you additional advice.

�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.� - Kenneth Blanchard


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OSBECK
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4/13/09 9:42 A

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I am so happy to hear that other people binge eat too. I really thought that i was the only person to do it. I workout 4 to 5 times a week really hard. And i usually work out harder and eat really good the day after i binge eat because i feel guilty, but then a day or two later i binge eat again. It is just a viscous cycle that i would love to break.

I eat awesome for 2 to 3 days and then just splurge, and when i mean splurge i mean splurge. I would eat 1000 calories or more in like 20 minutes on stupid stuff that i do not even like, ex: pop tarts, nutrigrain bars, hostess muffins, anything that i can get my hands onto. I try not to keep any junk food in the house but i have 3 year old twins so i need some food for them.

A couple of things i noticed with myself it is if i go to my parents house i ALWAYS binge eat there, i think i just feel comfortable there or something. But it usually is at night when i am tired and bored.

Any Suggestions ?????

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ALYSONPILE
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4/12/09 10:36 P

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This weekend certainly hasn't been good for me either. I didn't do any big binges, but I allowed myself to eat over my calorie range pretty much all weekend with Easter as my excuse.



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4/11/09 10:46 P

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Yes, I do, usually when I am very upset. It happens WAY more often when I am dieting, ironically enough. I just don't want to think about it anymore sometimes. Ugh, I admit, I did tonight. And I mean binge. I ate almost 1000 calories of chocolate!
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I've really been feeling at the end of my rope today.
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Alas, this is what got me out of my highschool jeans in the first place, and it is my largest obstacle to overcome if I want to get back there.

�There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.� - Kenneth Blanchard


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ALYSONPILE
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4/9/09 5:38 P

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Glad I'm not the only one. There's some good points in this discussion about restricting and that leading to it. makes sense in my life. I tend to have a streak of a few really good eating days with no "bad" stuff and then i just can't help myself. It's usually chocolate.



NAOMIKEZIAH
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4/8/09 6:43 P

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yes i binge eat! just last week the office ordered pizza and i let myself have one slice next thing i know half the box was gone. i lack portion control which is why i keep none of that stuff in the house



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4/1/09 8:36 P

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I've only been married for 9 months, but my husband has been great about adhering to my rules that keep me from binging. I've had success within the last year by not buying the following:chips, any salty snacks, any sweets, anything I that is too convenient, or basically anything I've turned to before in a binge. This may sound restrictive...but it's not. It's freeing. I don't feel like a slave in my house, because I can eat anything in it without feeling guilty. My husband offers me the accountability and support that I need. Maybe someday I can walk down the cookie isle, but I'm not holding my breathe. These things take time, or lifetimes, but I'm going to keep setting myself up for success rather than failure. Good luck to you all! We are all worth caring for ourselves and each other!emoticon


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BEACHLOVER25
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4/1/09 7:46 P

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I deal with the same thing. One thing that I noticed is: it's easier to stick with eating the right things when you pre-plan and have for ex. little baggies of veggies ready to grab. Also, I chose not to keep any sweets around the house, because if I do I cannot not eat them! I even stopped baking for that reason. If I do make sth, I make sure to have some and then give the rest of it (ALL of it) away (as far away as possible)! Another thing - I do not let myself buy junk food at the store - I keep thinking - I am not going to buy this candy bar even though it looks good - basically buy that stuff is NOT an option. If I happen to pick up sth on the way to the register, I make sure to put it AWAY (drop it off) before I get through the checkout.

caloriecount.about.com/cc/search.php
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This link to caloriecount.com has all kinds of foods that I didn't find in the nutritional tracker - like Papa Murphey's Veggie pizza (yes, ladies and gentlemen - a whopping 300 calories in 1 slice!!!!)


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4/1/09 7:35 P

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I feel the same way... (read your post on the 20 sth's with less.... team). Sometimes I feel like I eat just to punish myself, especially if I'm failing at making the right decisions, I just want to stuff myself - it's like if you're mad at yourself for not eating right then you just get even more mad, and then said and demotivated and depressed and eat more. That's something I struggle with.
Thankfully I just have somewhat of a fast metabolism cause I haven't really gained any weight, it's just really demotivating that even with a lot of exercise I cannot seem to lose even 3 pounds! And if I do lose anything, I gain it right back. It's like I cannot get below the 140 lbs mark...
Any suggestions? I got desperate enough today, I bought the SlimFast Optima powder (to mix with skim milk). The ingredients are better than the can ones, and it tastes better, from what I remember.. I'm thinking - if I can just not give myself an option to pig out by having to make a decision about what to eat (especially hard when I'm hungry or bored) then maybe I can stick with eating less calories in a day...
Anyone got any other suggestions?

caloriecount.about.com/cc/search.php
?search_type=foods&searchpro=&x=0&y=0

This link to caloriecount.com has all kinds of foods that I didn't find in the nutritional tracker - like Papa Murphey's Veggie pizza (yes, ladies and gentlemen - a whopping 300 calories in 1 slice!!!!)


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ANNIEDICK
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3/30/09 11:56 P

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I do this all the time too! I once tried to do a detox menu for a day and by supper time I was stuffing pizza and oreos in my mouth! There is a fine balance between restricting and limiting. It's hard, but I try to remember that one error isn't going to make me 500 lbs or have a heart attack. One day at a time approach. And definately enjoy life!


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EAGYOW
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3/30/09 5:26 P

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I eat way too much when I am bored. I am especially bad about pigging out at night if I am just watching tv. Luckily that doesn't happen too often.


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KELEIGHQT1
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3/22/09 6:32 P

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I find that I tend to binge eat if I try to restrict too much. That is why I try to eat a little something even if it is just a square of dark chocolate each day. I have found that Attune dark chocolate helps me stay on track.


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3/20/09 1:13 P

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Lol, oh yeah binge eating I am very famailair with. Appearantly if you do it enough its consider an eating disorder and I have been walking a thin line to getting to that point lately. Usually I have a fast metabolism so I can get away with it for awhile but than it starts catching up with me. Which it has recently. Its tough this is the first week in a month almost that I haven't eaten reasonable portions, and I feel like Im starving, but I have to keep reminding myself that it is an emotional thing, and I will really be an emotional mess if I gain 50lbs, because I can't control my eating.


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LUCYBRASCO
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3/20/09 12:05 A

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Hi ladies,
I think you really have to think about when you're hungry. I find that simply wanting to get recover from emotional eating is better than setting weight loss goal. I'll let you know how it goes.
Good luck!
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I am the exact same way! I will do really good for a day and then binge eat and double everything that I previously ate. I guess I am what they call an emotional eater. I just can't help myself. I have an addiction to anything and everything sweet! Especially cookie dough!!!



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good attitude, ambernichole. that is such an in-control and healthy approach!

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily.

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2/20/08 7:56 P

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Yes I Binge eat. I did it all last week and gained 4 lbs. But i enjoyed it. I had a cinn. roll, choc. cake, carrot muffin, french toast w/ syrup and melted butter. I was on vacation and now I am trying to loose the 4 lbs. It happens.,


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Don't fall off the wagon completely. A screw up every now and then is fine, but do right more often than not. I eat healthy most of the week but go out for chicken wings every Tuesday. (I don't even want to know how many calories are in those things)

Don't loose your motivation! Baby steps will get you there, it just takes longer.

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DANMC123
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2/19/08 10:29 P

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Thanks for the inspiration Dieter1986, I appreciate it.



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i try to remember that weight watchers allows 35 extra points each week, on top of the daily allowance. these are optional use, but they are there if you need a good dessert or are going out for a special occasion - or just to use if you have that little binge attack!
so next time you have one unhealthy thing, remember that it's okay - it won't affect your weight loss progress, life will go on. but you HAVE to let it go, and believe that it'll be okay. get back on the horse, walk away from the snack, and move on with your day. don't indulge the guilt and keep sabotaging your day just because of one step out of line!


People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily.

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DANMC123
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2/19/08 9:39 P

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Does anyone binge eat every once and a while? I'm the type of person who feels if I eat one unhealthy thing then I feel like I blew it so I'll just go ahead and eat bad for the rest of the day. Then it just leads to binging and I keep sabotaging my diet this way. I hate this mentality and this negativity. Can any one please share some inspiration with me or some good advice?

Thanks



 
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