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4/16/18 7:18 A

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You could use the new-ish SparkChallenges to count this for you. You can set up your own challenge -- in this case, using the #FoodFeats. You can change the title to be something like "It's a success if I did not binge eat yesterday", reduce the number of elements down to "1" and increase the days to 99. Each day you'll get a reminder to take a look at the challenge. If you succeeded the day before you can click the plus sign. The challenge will keep track of how many days in the 99 you didn't binge.

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There is no such thing as the final success in life. What is really meaningful is the courage to face the next minute, the next hour, the next day.


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4/15/18 11:53 P

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I would like an optional tracker to count my binge free days. Just one little tick to put in one little box, as the don't-break-the-chain principle.

1) get it off
2) keep it off
NOW is the perfect time to succeed!


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LILIWHEELER's Photo LILIWHEELER Posts: 653
2/27/18 8:40 P

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Thanks Coach Jen! I really appreciate your help!

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2/27/18 1:50 P

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Here's an article you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1703


Coach Jen

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"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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2/27/18 10:44 A

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I binged on carbs and sweets last night and felt sick afterward and filled with regret. I've been dealing with this for years and feeling guilt and shame but continuing to do it. Any suggestions?


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4/30/17 7:44 A

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I never knew about B.E. D. I am going to do some reading on this, binging is my downfall with every change of eating habit that I have tried.

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you'll never see change, if you focus on change you will see results. - Unknown

Think of all the lives saved by plastic knives.- BNL



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MOODYSHINE's Photo MOODYSHINE Posts: 182
4/21/17 9:33 P

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I have B.E.D. and it is very hard to overcome. I have been trying for 7 years to control it.



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SPARK_COACH_JEN's Photo SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 66,003
10/17/16 10:08 A

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Thanks for the detailed feedback. I will discuss it with our team.

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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10/17/16 10:05 A

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Hello,

Here a few suggestions based on what I understand about BED. It could also be valuable to have an expert review the site to see if they have an ideas.

1) Even though Spark has info about non-scale victories, I do not remember ever seeing anything that says very clearly sometimes letting go of weight loss is the first step to becoming healthy. Some articles or stories about this could be helpful. After being in the weight loss mentality for many years, it was real culture shock for me to learn that a pretty basic principal for addressing BED is stabilizing eating patterns before losing weight. To me this is a different message than the one I find on Spark, which is that we can lose weight by finding a healthy diet we can keep for life. The end goal is the same, but for BED there is the step of crossing weight loss off the list while you focus on healthy eating patterns.

2) For treating BED, it is important to record and reflect on eating patterns, but counting calories and other nutrients is discouraged. I have seen some mention on SPARK that other forms of reflection than tracking nutrients can be helpful. However, the nutrient tracker is the key tool for many people. I think it might be possible to have more visible information about other ways to make sure that you are eating well, reflecting on what you are eating, and learning from that process.

3) Most BED programs including learning to eat ALL foods in normal/healthy amounts. In this area, I have seen small, but disturbing contradictions between visualizations on SPARK Coach and information provided by your own nutrition experts. In particular, I believe that I have read articles on Spark about how it is counter-productive to set up a mental opposition between "good foods" and "bad foods." It was disturbing to me to have visualizations on Spark coach that suggested that an empowering visualization is "when you are the restaurant, do not order your usual food, but pick the healthiest thing on the menu" or "throw your trigger food in the garbage can." These are both idealizing the importance of eliminating certain foods instead of learning to eat them in moderation. It is a real eye-opener to me to find out that I can control my eating in a much healthier way when my food plan builds in a certain amount of treats that are considered off-limits on a traditional diet.

I HOPE THIS HELPFUL


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SPARK_COACH_JEN's Photo SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 66,003
10/16/16 7:39 P

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Thanks for the suggestions. Can you be specific about where you think our site is lacking so we can look into it further?

Thanks,

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
SUZYB53's Photo SUZYB53 Posts: 507
10/16/16 7:08 P

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Hello,

I am wondering if there is any way that SPARK can show itself as more aware of issues related to Binge Eating Disorder (BED) In particular, I have been struggling with binge and restrict cycles for years, but it was by chance that one of my team members shared information that clued me into the idea that the treatment for people with BED might be quite different from some of the strategies often recommended on Spark.

I understand that Spark cannot provide professional services to people with disorders. And I do know that there are a few articles about eating disorders available on the site. In addition, many of the Spark themes (such as eating for a healthy life, rather than dieting) are consistent with addressing eating disorders.

However, there are other aspects of treatment for BED that are not consistent with some of the materials on the SPARK site. Even though SPARK cannot be all things for all people, it might be possible to provide some additional information without changing what you already do so well.

Thank you.

This turtle is to remind myself that slow but steady wins the race.


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