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Sunday, February 19, 2017

I was covering the last 20 minutes of a health class for my colleague, and the students were working on presentations for their upcoming nutrition fair. For fun, I walked around and asked general questions to prepare them for future visitors.

Their topics were all self-chosen and related to questions that they had about real life nutrition: the effects of skipping breakfast, calories in Starbucks drinks, etc. I was having a good time and feeling pretty smart (since I already knew most of their info) when I came across a display-in-progress on binge-eating. I let the boys explain what binge-eating was (like I don't know!) and then I asked, "What can people do to stop this?"

I assumed they would tell me about finding other activities or not keeping chips in the house. Instead, I got this answer: "Most people binge-eat because they're depressed so they have to take care of the depression first."


Am I depressed? Do I start the week on a positive high day and then lose it? Why, exactly, do I lose control? I am coming off of a 3-day binge of ugly, ugly choices. I ate Culver's custard straight from the carton-- and I had bought it for my kids for Valentine's Day! I refused to log in to Spark for three days because I was too angry to confront my choices.

So how do I get help? I'd love any advice.
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    ANNIEONLI has shared some wisdom. Binge eating is not a challenge I've confronted. Stress, however, can easily send me into a downward spiral. Hold the line on stress management and I have a much better chance of making healthy choices.

    I think some of the biggest changes I've made that have supported my progress has been setting boundaries and holding them, saying "no", and getting adequate sleep. I often hear folks say things like sleep is over rated as if sleep is something that keeps us from being productive and is a waste of time. My experience leads me to take issue with such statement. My experience leaves me saying, "Sleep is under rated." Adequate sleep is so, so powerful!
    757 days ago
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    You're being too hard on yourself! Just admitting to what you did says that you're are being accountable for your actions. emoticon
    757 days ago
  • NEWNANCY2012
    This is so true about emotional eating being caused by depression. After losing 70 pounds to begin with back in 2011 I have put back on 10+. I track my weight everyday so I can see I always put on weight when I'm sad, stressed or just plain angry and keep it inside.
    757 days ago
    Hey Beccs! Interesting answer you got right there...and you know what? There might be something to it. I know that once work stress starts kicking up, my insides wants to go home and have a glass of wine! It's really my one vice. This past weekend, on Sunday, I did over indulge on a French bread pizza and I had a few bites of stuff I don't usually have, but I begrudgingly tracked each and every bite...just because I promised myself I'd track everything. I am prone to bouts of being down here and there, especially when the kids are off and I have to work...and things at work are stressful...and my hormones kick in. (you'll notice in the past Sparking - that is when I get quiet on here) This time, I acknowledged it outloud to my hubby and told him I just wanted to be left alone..I got a huge hug. I USED to binge eat when I was heavier and definitely, back then, I was depressed and an emotional eater. Now, I'm more centered and focused, but I've retrained myself NOT to go for the cake and chips. I don't really care for cake or cookies at all anymore anyway...but chips, on occasion, they are my kryptonite, but still....I think twice before I dive into a bag when it's not attached to a party, lunch portioned, or visit with someone. Behavior modification? bet. Acknowledging that there is a trigger (for me) was half the battle....and hindsight is 20/20 so I can see why I was binging so bad when I was.

    Sorry to have made this so long, but maybe it'll shed some light for you and others.

    I saw your next blog with your plan...but I'm going to leave my little tidbit here:
    - eat with a purpose - to fuel your body is #1
    - track it - no matter what --- sometimes having to write it down will make you think twice and you won't indulge after all
    - you said you go strong and then fizzle....That, my dear, is where the above thoughts and actions will help carry you through.
    - blog it out, especially when you start feeling the slide down into ick. I'm just getting over a little slide myself!
    - acknowledge it out loud....that's what hubby's are for, and I use mine as a sounding board now.
    - be KIND to yourself and hop back on with a slip-up. Yeah, we talk about it on here all the time, but behavior mod takes time, patience and persistence.

    A bunch of Sparkers on here have tried the Beck Diet Solution...there are steps they follow and they talk about it a lot on here...definitely behavior mod in an organized fashion that really seems to work for a lot of them. Maybe check that one out. They talk about binge eating in the book for sure. Go to KRISZTA11's Sparkpage - she is the leader of that team.
    757 days ago
    Those students made a good point, didn't they? It's like telling someone who keeps getting bad headaches that they should take lots of paracetamol - helpful to a point, but only in dealing with the symptoms, not the more important issue of why the person is getting bad headaches in the first place.

    But as for offering advice as to where you can get help, I'm afraid I don't know. However, I'm sure other Sparkers will come up with some good suggestions and I look forward to reading them.

    In the meantime, well done for re-entering Spark Land and daring to write your blog today - that's two very positive steps you've taken already!
    758 days ago
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