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DANI_LEANN SparkPoints: (3,955)
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9/24/13 6:40 A

Hello there! My name is Dani and I've been binge free now for five months (going on six!).

I'm not a doctor, so I can't give you any medical advice for how I stopped but I will say what I know helped me at least!

1) Binging is typically caused by emotions/stress. You'll have to identify your own trigger for binge eating. For me I binge ate when there was stress in the family or school or out of boredom -- I was a TERRIBLE boredom eater. You'll need to learn to channel all the energy you use to put into eating into something else. For me, I picked up hula-hooping as an exercise and that became a way I dealt with stresses instead of over eating.

I know it sounds hard but it can be done, in my first month of being binge free I went through a back-to-back breakup, family troubles like you wouldn't believe, and a friend moving in with her two kids under the age of 1. It was hard, but I channeled any negative energies into working out and making myself better instead of binging. Food wasn't the solution, I was.

2) You may have a certain trigger food as well which is common with binge eating. For me I can not handle myself around cookies like thin mints or chocolate chips, I will devour cake if it's out, and I am right now trying to stop with soda (on day 3 so I'm proud).

What I Did: I keep those foods OUT OF THE HOUSE. I had my mom stop buying them and when she did I almost went nuts on it but I learned to control it but even now I just keep it out. I cannot exercise moderation on it just yet. I'm learning well with soda as I am at a college campus and I'm dong the same with cookies but it's difficult. That's why I suggest just keeping your trigger/comfort foods out for a few months and indulge on some when you're out in public.

3) Binge eaters will typically grab the first thing they see, try making it fruit!

What I Did: Anytime there was a cake at home, my mom would leave it out on the counter and I would eat it. Not even just a piece, like most of the cake would be gone by the time she got home. Soooo, I stopped leaving junk food out. That cake went into the fridge, the chips up into a cupboard, the cookies way in the back of the freezer and all the fruit/veggies came to the front and were put on the counter. By making fruit the first thing I saw, even if I did reach for food it was HEALTHY and it reminded me how far I had come and that I could keep going.

4) It's going to be hard, it truly is. But the hard is what's going to make it great!

What I Did: I journaled! Anytime I felt sad/upset I would just write it down or talk to a friend about it. I have some of the most understanding friends and it's a blessing but if you don't feel like you have anyone to talk to, I am here!!! I will listen, I've done it before so I know what it's like and am willing to be your cheerleader if you need it!

5) There comes a time when you just have to ask for help.

I was able to just quit on my own, I don't know how, but I did. If at anytime I start to binge eat again, I will ask for help. If you feel like you can't do it on your own, or you just don't know where to start --ask for help! Talk to your doctor or a counselor or something. Binge Eating Disorder is now a recognized eating disorder as of 2013. Do not feel embarrassed because sooooo many people have it that may not even realize or are too afraid to admit it but I will admit it proudly because it's something I fought to get over.

That about wraps up what I have, as I've said if you ever need someone to talk to I'm always here!

Have a lovely day xx


MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,535
9/23/13 3:22 P

I do and I am reading a book called "Stop Eating Your Heart Out"

I have found that my binge eating is centered around some type of emotion. I need to deal with what I am feeling and realize that eating my heart out won't help my feelings. Whatever they may be.

ON2VICTORY SparkPoints: (47,763)
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9/23/13 3:04 P

SHERYLDS- that was a fantastic answer. Pretty much what I was going to say.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,484
9/23/13 9:19 A

For me there are 3 binge modes

1. When It's about changing a mood so that I don't think about what's really going on in my head. Sometimes I don't even realize that something is bothering me...until I take a step back. Emotional triggers can be subtle. When I catch myself doing that, I think about what set it off...and I try to find a way to resolve those feelings in more positive ways.

2. When I wait too long to eat and my blood sugar drops...and then I want to eat everything in sight. Better to have a healthy snack handy for emergencies. A single serving of nuts and raisins in a small plastic container is great for this.

3. When I fool myself into thinking I can handle a trigger food in the house...{uh uh}..
I'm better off having a single serving outside...for that occasional treat.

SIRENSONGS SparkPoints: (57,040)
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9/23/13 9:10 A

I'm still really struggling with binge eating myself. I wish I had advice to give, but I don't, as I am still struggling with it myself. Luckily, it has not kept me from losing weight, but I'm sure I'm losing more slowly than I would be otherwise if it weren't for my occasional binges. And boy, when I binge, do I ever binge!

ALBERTJON SparkPoints: (3,133)
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9/23/13 8:45 A

This can be a really complex issue, and there is seldom a simple solution.

(1) A person might need to analyze why he/she is engaging in binge eating. Stress? Depression? Loneliness? Pleasure? Defeated attitude? If it is a mental issue causing the desire to binge eat, then that needs to be addressed thoroughly.
(2) A person has to REALLY WANT to quit doing it. The only people who I have known who lost significant weight, quit smoking, quit drinking alc. beverages, etc. really wanted to do it and did it almost "cold turkey." For whatever reasons, they just up and quit doing it. It involves will-power and self-restraint. That is not easy to accomplish. I know that from past experiences.
(3) Sometimes binge eating is triggered after a person has been on a too-restrictive diet, and the body/mind just rebels and wants to eat enough to feel satisfied. That can cause a person to overeat, sometimes for days in a row, because the body/mind does not like feeling deprived of food. The best way to avoid that happening is not to be on such a restrictive diet that can not be maintained, since binge eating will often follow such a diet. A person needs to consume enough calories daily to lose weight in an intelligent manner.
(4) If a person feels the urge to overeat ("binge"), he/she might try some damage control -- eating a lot of filling foods like vegetables (lettuce, cabbage, carrots, celery), popcorn without butter, fruits like apples, etc. In other words, instead of filling up and over-eating desserts and fatty meats and pizzas and pastas, stuff that stomach with plenty of "fillers" including water.

Best of luck! Take small steps and don't beat yourself up if you do binge eat. I don't call what I do "cheating" or "binging" -- but I call it "treating." When I take my one step backward, I just regroup, rally the troops, and go forward.

You CAN overcome that urge! But no one said it would be easy.

RMCINNIS0010 SparkPoints: (49)
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9/22/13 9:49 P


I'm wondering if any of you out there struggle with binge eating and are some coping methods that you use

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