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3/26/13 1:22 A

Thanks everyone for the replies. It's not a fun disorder to have, but I am seeking help.

ARCHIMEDESII, thanks for the reply. I think i definitely wasn't eating enough during the day. I added some healthy carbs to my diet today. Breakfast was 1/2 c oats with 1/2 cup pumpkin and 1oz nuts and i felt great after.

I still live at home with my parents and my sister and her two kids which are 4 and 6 and there's always horrible snacks like donuts and all sorts of chips and chocolate and ho-hos and pop tarts and peanut butter. I mean, you name it and it's in my house. My mom won't change to healthier options. So even being in the kitchen is a super stressful situation for me. I do my own grocery shopping and try to keep my things separate, but it's not easy and all the bad is always visible.

NEWRUNNER2 Posts: 542
3/25/13 2:58 P

There's not much I can add to the previous posts which are full of great info. and ideas.

The only thing I can think of would be to find something else to do at night instead of eating. Maybe there is something you can do with your hands (craft project, writing at the computer with a no-eating rule) or something you can do with a buddy that doesn't involve eating. Just a thought.

Take care and thanks for sharing! emoticon

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3/25/13 11:39 A


Binge eating is a complex disorder with no easy solution. You only have one day posted in your food log, so I don't know what sorts of foods you've been eating. Some times, eating too little during the day in an effort to be "good", causes us to over eat later. So, do make sure you're eating enough calories during the day so that you don't feel hungry by the evening.

Also, have you ever tried writing out your feelings when you binge ? If not, I'm going to recommend that you do. Get out some paper the minute you feel like eating, start writing. How do you feel ? Are you bored ? Are you angry ? Are you depressed ? Are you anxious ? Are you stressed out ? Then write out how you feel as you eat. Are you really tasting the food or are you stuffing your emotions ?

Something is triggering your binge eating. If you can determine what that trigger is, you can start to mange those binges. It will take time, but as you look over what you write, you'll notice some patterns.

And well, if you know you're going to binge, get the junk out of the house. Out of sight. Out of mind. If it's not there to eat, you won't eat it. So, try to avoid buying the treats if you know you're going to end up binging on them later. Try having some tea when you feel a binge coming on. Tea can help reduce any stress and tension you're feeling. Take a bubble bath. Take a walk. listen to relaxing music. Find ways to keep yourself out of the kitchen.

Do read some of the spark articles on emotional eating. the more you learn about what causes binges, the better you'll be able to control them.

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3/25/13 9:45 A

I have a couple of suggestions... I would eat almonds (pre-measured) and/or an Apple with a big glass of water to help fill you up. I have found for me these two foods help when I am having a craving. Also if I am craving I drink water and wait 15 minutes- i tell myself that I can out wait a craving.
You can do it!

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3/25/13 5:23 A

Hi Heather - below are some links that you may find helpful:

You say that "It's like a crazy high that I can't explain. It makes me feel like a drug addict, which I am not, but ...."

Perhaps you are addicted to food?

If the binging continues and the various tips in the articles, and any others you may receive on the message boards doesn't help you much, then it would be beneficial for you to talk with your Dr and ask for a referral to a Therapist who deals with Eating issues.

When you say you are pretty much 'gluten free' do you have a gluten intolerance? If not, then it may be that you would be better continuing with whole-grains which also include gluten, because otherwise you could be missing out on some really good nutrients. It may be that if you continue with very little gluten-containing food, that you might benefit from an appointment with a Registered Dietitian to ensure that you are getting the nutrients you require. Your Dr will be able to refer you to one.

Make sure that you start your day with a good, healthy breakfast and one that is filling, and contains filling carbs and protein. Including a piece of fruit will help you to stay fuller for longer. Having this type of breakfast, can help set us up for a healthier day and evening, than grabbing anything on the go, throughout the day. Also make sure that you are eating enough during the day. A lot of people under-eat, and don't understand that this will often cause them to pig-out later in the evening.

Good luck,

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3/24/13 11:41 P

I say all day I won't binge tonight, and plan for a healthy snack... but then it just happens. And I can't stop. I eat thousands of calories in chocolate and peanut butter type snacks. My digestive system HATES when I do this, and my body gets bloated, so the next day I usually have to move my belt notch up a size =/ and I then feel uncomfortable in my own skin.

It's like a crazy high that I can't explain. It makes me feel like a drug addict, which I am not, but maybe it's a sugar high that I am addicted to. I am determined to stop this though. It used to happen occasionally and now it's becoming a nightly ritual... I'm so scared to gain all the weight back that I have worked so hard to lose.

I am not really sure how to find the power within myself to fight the urge, but I am going to work on it. This is essentially why I created this profile today called "30 Days Strong" I want to commit to 30 days of no binging.

I need to learn to plan my meals and track so that I am getting enough calories and nutrients. I am pretty much gluten free, having no breads, which I think might be why I have these intense cravings..

...anyone else relate or have tips??

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