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10/23/12 1:56 P

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Logould, there are a couple of aisles in the grocery store I won't even walk down. I don't want to see what I am not buying.

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10/23/12 11:02 A

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Nell, you're hilarious. emoticon I may have to steal the garbage disposal threat.

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10/18/12 3:02 P

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Me too! I have done pretty well, considering I live with a sister who doesn't much care what she is putting in her body as long as it tastes good, with keeping the binges at bay...at least as home. The problem is when I go to the store. Sugary iced cookies or stollen etc are the worst temptation and I don't dare buy them or they won't even make it home. I wish such items were sold in 1 or 2 pc containers, but unfortunately they are always in pkgs containing 4000 calories and sometimes even with that knowledge, the temptation is hard to resist.

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10/14/12 9:37 P

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Hope the suggestions you got here will help.

I once wrote a whole blog post on the subject of squelching binges, because I have that problem too.
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Maybe some of the suggestions in there will help.

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10/14/12 11:12 A

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Nell, you are so funny! emoticon

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10/14/12 10:44 A

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Since I eat three times a day according to the clock, whether I am "hungry" or not (since I am not always sure what hunger is), when I get the munchies, I look to see when my next meal will be and start the countdown. I am allowed to look forward to dinner the way some girls look forward to prom. By cooking all my own food I have absolute control over what I am eating, and know exactly what I can look forward to. I have found that if I am really jumpy to eat, making a complicated dinner is great therapy. A WW meal, of course.

And if my husband brought home candy it would go right down the garbage disposal, with the threat that it will be his hand if he does it again.

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10/14/12 6:35 A

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Three "rules" of emotional intelligence I remind myself of:

1. Know that these feelings will pass
2. Don't judge yourself (i.e. beat yourself up)
3. Minimize damage.

I concur with all of the distractions suggested. There are two others I have used:

1. A big glass of small (chewable-size) ice cubes. Caution: Chewing ice can be very annoying to those around you and not the best for your teeth (although my dentist said it's okay, if I must)
2. Putting on my robe and tying it real tight around my waste. Something soothing about it, like a hug, or maybe similar to putting a tight tee-shirt on a dog who is scared from a storm.

Wishing you the best and glad you came to SP to share concerns as all the responses were great to hear!


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thanks and yeah. I've done more damage at a ball game with my dad - so, with a bit of encouragement and some confirmation I wasn't crazy for being upset, I'm pretty proud of myself.

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10/14/12 12:08 A

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2 Cadbury eggs are far less damage than dinner at the Olive Garden. That's what we call "damage control'! emoticon

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Thanks everyone. I didn't end up going out and would have been fine had hubby not brought home 2 Halloween Cadbury eggs from the gas station. Yep, I at both. Thought I only had to worry about those little devils in the spring. *sigh*. I'm over and not especially happy with myself but I'm not going to get down on myself. A year ago it would have been SO much worse. So I'm over by some candy I get once or twice a year. I'll be fine.

Tomorrow is my big walk day so maybe the extra sugar will help me move faster at 5 am?!? LOL. Thanks for the encouragement.

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10/13/12 10:56 P

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I agree that going to a restaurant is a bad idea. Portion sizes are usually huge. I know for me I don't have binges as long as I stay away from any high-carb foods. No grains, no beans, no sugar. I can eat as much protein and fat as I'm hungry for and as many veggies as I'm hungry for.
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10/13/12 9:08 P

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Some great advice here already. I usually use the following steps to ward off a binge:

-Go for a walk, do housework that I've been procrastinating or something with my hands
-Chew minty sugar-free gum, sometimes lots of it
-Hot tea
-Cucumber slices with garlic salt and cayenne pepper (great potato chip substitute!)
-Apple with a teaspoon of peanut butter

If none of those quell the urge, I'll have a reasonable portion of whatever will satisfy my craving. I think it's better to go over my plan by 300-400 calories for the day than to have an all-out binge that can set me back 2,000 or more.

Good luck and I hope you make it through okay.
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Skirnir you have my full sympathy and understanding. My husband has ADHD and is dealing with his Dad's end of life issues, which wind him up more than usual. I love him and support him ADHD and all, but sometimes I'd just like to shoot him with a tranquilizer dart!

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10/13/12 8:44 P

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I had my little bit of ice cream, exercised on the treadmill and watched a dvd. Not as relaxing, but something I won't mess up my maintenance with. Now, if someone could just find me some valium to quietly slip my husband! (We are moving in about a month and have a ton to do, but my husband can't seem to sit for 5 minutes and runs from thing to thing to thing and it is driving me nutty.)

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Anytime I've deprived myself of foods, I've found myself overeating and binging. So, I eat a normal diet and watch my portions. That being said, I agree with the others. Make your own food at home. It is always better than if you eat out. You can eat pasta, lasagna, or chocolate and lose weight. Just make your own at home.
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10/13/12 7:51 P

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Don’t go! Anything but that and I agree make your own pasta and chocolate at home. Make it a challenge to make it special without going overboard.

Take a hot shower or tub bath
Exercise
Deep breathing
Brush teeth
Dab on perfume
Anything but Olive Garden




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10/13/12 7:31 P

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Who is it in this group who has a tag line to the effect that no one wakes up in the morning wishing she had eaten more the day before? Whoever it is, she's brilliant! Binging might provide some temporary sedation but you will just feel worse and out of control afterwards. And whatever upset you isn't going to fade away. You may feel more upset about it because you binged as a result. Your health is more important than trying to stuff down your emotions. Hang in there and good luck!

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10/13/12 7:12 P

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How will you feel after "Olive Garden"....will you be mad at your self...feeling guilty and a failure?
If so than think you shouldn't go. However, if you will be totally OK with this going out and over eating. If you can just let it go when you are done.....than I say go for it. This is a journey and a learning experience. If you have learned to accept the responsibility for your actions up until now ( in regards to your eating habits) emoticon than you will be responsible with this "binge" too. Who knows, maybe you will get there order your food and take half of it home for tomorrow.

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10/13/12 7:05 P

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Don't, don't, don't go to Olive Garden! If you want pasta that bad, you have to make it at home. You can have pasta and you can have chocolate too, but make it at home where you can remain in control of your portion size and yourself. Restaurants (especially chains like Olive Garden) not only serve huge amounts, the restaurants are designed to encourage consumption...everything is big. You have to make it so you're putting thought into it. Even if you overeat you will probably consume less than if you went out. You know it's not really going to get rid of the stress anyway--just make you feel lousy afterwards. emoticon emoticon

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Have a small splurge, but don't binge is my advice, or is there some other destressing device you can use. My hubby is currently driving me out of my mind and I need to go exercise and get away from him. But boy does a big cup of ice cream sound very good right now. *sigh* Not happening this early until I know if I will need more calories or not. My distress may be another cup of vanilla tea, with some headphones and a movie. (Well, I doubt it, but I can dream right?)


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Stress and getting angry/upset and some of my worst food triggers. If you want one of the reasons (which really don't matter right now) - read my blog. And let's just say it's been one aggravation after another since this morning. I'm absolutely craving a huge bowl of gooey pasta, extra cheesy sauce with a molten chocolate cake for desert!!! Basically, I'm wanting to go to Olive Garden and binge. Hubby will enable if I say a word.

So I came here. Blogging didn't help. I walked home (8 miles) - did no good. I need help!

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