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Do I have an eating disorder?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Do I have an eating disorder?

Yes, I believe I do. I have BED. Binge Eating Disorder. I don’t need a therapist to diagnose me (although, maybe one would be beneficial)

I can walk the walk, do the talk and still turn around and hide my binge eating from everyone. My family, friends and even my dietican.

SP member TERESA159 commented on my “not ready” blog and she got me thinking. Got me going. I needed to hear that binge eating holds a lot of similarities to alcoholism. I cannot go on like this. My lifestyle change cannot be half-hearted. It has to be a complete commitment. Taking baby steps is okay if you eventually take bigger steps. I am not looking to be perfect, but, oh my, I need to do so much better.

I thought binging was a thing of the past for me, but it isn’t. I’m coming off of one right now.
I needed to research this some, so, I googled “what do you call someone who is a closet food binger”. (I google everything.)

I found some very interesting things.
My first stop was abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books
. Very informative.
It lead me to www.bedaonline.com/index
BEDA or Binge Eating Disorder Association.
And to another helpful site, www.stopcompulsiveeating

My interpretation of BED is having an out of control relationship with food.
I looked to see if I could find a twelve step program for Bingers. I found one for overeaters, but not for BED.
So, decided to come up with one of my own.

BED Twelve Step Program:

Step 1. Admit you are a binger,
Step 2 Recognize this as an eating disorder. (I dislike this one the most)
Step 3. Find someone to share your thoughts with, when things are going bad, and good.
Step 4. Learn to recognize your “triggers” that often lead to your binging
Step 5. Call or text someone when you have the urge. You don’t have to do it alone.
Step 6. Have a plan in place for when the urge happens because, it will happen.
Step 7. Make a list of all those “bad” foods that harmed you and decide if they really need a place on your plate.
Step 8. Keep track, daily if you can, what you eat.
Step 9. Keep a journal. Write, write and write. Blog at SparkPeople, connect with other members.
Step 10. Exercise. It will help stave off the cravings.
Step 11. It is important to get enough sleep. If you are eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep there will be less room in your life for the bad eating habits.
Step 12. When you fall off the wagon or feel close to the edge start back at step 1 and make sure you hit each one of them.

You need to be consistent and keep coming back, if you want to succeed overall. The cravings may never go away but they need to stay out of the limelight.

There are titles for everything these days, so, I made up a term to describe myself. I am a BEDaholic. My goal right now is to become a recovering BEDaholic. I am working on my 1 week pin.
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    I'm a binger as well that's why I am here on SP... have been so much better since joining, but so far I haven't had the urge to binge, so the rubber hasn't hit the road yet. Thanks for writing out a 12 step plan. Many of these I identified in my life as well.... hmm... maybe we need to open up a "overcome binging" challenge or team or something?? emoticon
    I think I read a quote somewhere sometime which goes something like this:
    A dry alcoholic is like someone who puts a tiger in a cage, yet it's always there. A "dry" binger on the other hand, is someone who puts a tiger in a cage , but has to take it out for a walk three times a day.
    Don't let that tiger control your life!!! Keep going, keep fighting it!!!!
    1903 days ago
  • SH9719
    All of the best luck to you my friend. It sounds like you have recognized the problem and have a plan to work on fixing it. Let us know if we can help.
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    You can do it!
    1903 days ago
    My disordered eating has decreased significantly since I identified trigger foods (especially peanuts) and kept them out of the house or in a separate cupboard which I have mentally labeled as "my husband's cupboard." The stuff in his cupbard are bread, chips, snack food, crackers,and cold cereal. Also, when I was overreating (and knew it wasn't due to physical hunger), I would note what I was really feeling inside (boredom, anxiety, lonliness, depression) or what thought or event had preceded the overeating episode. Then I could think things through........handle the problem in another way.
    It took a lot of effort and soul searching and reviewing situations in the past and how my feelings could have developed.
    Now I am noticing that I mainly overreat when I have let myself go too long without food and then I just eat too fast because I feel "famished." This is easily remedied by not letting myself get overly hungry.
    But the emotional overreating is basically gone. I didn't have a counselor but kind of did the job myself. I just kept asking myself what I was really feeling and kept thinking where those thought patterns started in my past.
    1903 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/6/2013 8:44:37 PM
    If you really think you have a serious bingeing problem, Overeaters anonymous or another 12 step program could be beneficial, but the regime is pretty strict. Back in November I blogged about a book called Eating Ice Cream With my Dog by Frances Kuffel. She was a regular at those meetings. Those people are bona fide bingers.
    1903 days ago
    Recognizing and admitting the problem is where it starts. Sounds like you're ready to move forward. You can do this. Look forward to hearing you earned your pin next week.

    1903 days ago
    emoticon You have already taken the first step!
    1903 days ago
    It looks like you are moving in the right direction. Although consulting a medical professional possibly wouldn't hurt.

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    emoticon I have faith in you! emoticon
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  • 3016DEBRA
    emoticon Admission to anything is always the first step!
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  • KATYDID412
    You'll earn your week 1 pin. You've got this!

    1903 days ago
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