You have a binging problem, just as I do. It's the hardest thing in the world to admit, but once you do, you can take steps to start preventing it. The first step is to figure out your triggers. With some people, it's because they eat a trigger food and it sets them off. With others, it's because of stress or a bad day. My binge trigger is stress or just a bad or even just a boring day. The steps to prevent these measures take a lot of research (or atleast for me it did). I had to learn stress management. After a while, I found my savior. Exercise. When I get the urge, I literally stop, and go to the gym. It's not as simple as that for some, which is why it takes research for different people. I've been binge free for 2 months now, and it started by just admitting my problem.
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2/18/13 8:26 A
I very much appreciate everyones comments and advice! I think I will try and get in to see my doctor. I believe I am due for a physical anyway. It would be a good opportunity to sort all of this out. I probably could use someone to talk to as well. My greatest fear is happening. I'm on the route to gaining back all the weight I have lost (lost 90 lbs from my highest weight). It would be so sad to do that. It is sooooo helpful to read all of the comments and thoughts you all have for me! Thank you so much! They are coming at a time where I really need them!
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2/18/13 1:14 A
I'm sorry you are going through this! Echoing everyone that talking with a doctor might be a good place to start - and then if it turns out it's not something medical maybe he or she can recommend some type of support/therapy that could be helpful. It could be related to something else going on in your life (emotional/stress response), even if you're not acutely aware of it.
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27,165 2/17/13 8:53 P
I, too, would strongly suggest that you talk with your Dr. Because of the amount of weight you have gained since Xmas, I would be inclined to think that this kind of binging is not normal for you. Your Dr will be able to determine through bloods and examination if something else is going on.
As another piece of advice, I would suggest limiting those types of TREATS in the house. If they aren't there then you won't be able to binge on them. It won't hurt your children, either, in spite of what they may think to start with.
If you feel you need something sweet, try going for a dried date or fig, and chewing them slowly. They are very sweet so odds are your emotional need will be satisfied, and they also have many healthy nutrients.
If you use your Nutrition Tracker for EVERYTHING that you put into your mouth, you MIGHT find that it reduces your urge to reach for food when you aren't hungry.
Take care, Kris
2/17/13 8:35 P
I would talk to a doctor. This could be a sign of a medical issue.
It sounds to me like either you body needs something it's not getting or you have a chemical imbalance that is causing you to eat even when you're not hungry.
Do some research, talk to a doctor, and don't feel like you are "weak," because you're not. Weak people would gleefully eat the one pound of M&Ms without questioning it!
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1,021 2/17/13 8:13 P
Have you looked into Overeaters Anonymous? I haven't tried it personally, but if you're struggling with compulsive eating, I've heard that's a place where many people have found help. You may also want to consult a therapist with experience treating binge eating disorder. I'm no doctor and I certainly can't diagnose you, but if you're eating the way you describe here regularly, it certainly sounds like you may be experiencing issues with binging.
As for your issues with your husband, try to cut him a little slack. You admit yourself that you hide most of your eating from him - if all he sees you eating is three normal meals a day and maybe one snack, of course he's not taking you seriously. From what he's seeing (and what you're telling him), you're eating "normally." Have you tried being honest with him? If it's too difficult to talk to him about it directly, maybe try tracking everything you eat here on SP or on paper and then showing him the tracker. If he's usually supportive, I can't imagine he's not going to be concerned if/when he realizes you're eating something like 3,000 calories a day (my rough estimate based on what you describe here).
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2/17/13 7:42 P
I am at a loss. I don't know what to do. I feel so alone. I am eating out of control. Today I ate an entire 1 lb bag of peanut m&ms, then I started a bag of cadbury candy coated eggs (finished maybe 1/2 of it), at some pepperidge farm milano cookies, 4 girl scout cookies, plus I ate regular sized meals today. I cannot believe this is me! What is happening?! I've told my husband I think I have a problem. He just rolls his eyes at me and acts like I just need to get control and stop eating. That simple. Granted, he doesn't know the extent to which I'm eating. I hide most of it from him. When I begin mentioning "my problem", he just seems to think I'm overreacting. I'm so discouraged by this. He is usually such a supportive person. Shouldn't I feel safe talking to him about this. I have gained 15 pounds since just before Christmas. This is not healthy!! Please help me feel not so alone...