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3/10/12 1:35 P

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I spent years discovering why I ate and what my emotions and frustrations were, but it didn't stop me from eating. I finally had to admit that no matter what was wrong, whether I had a problem I could solve or not, overeating was not helping, and was getting more painful and deep as time went on. I also had to recognize that the problem was not going to get better and if I didn't turn it around, I would binge and be unhappy for my last decades on this planet. I hope you don't have to go through 40 years of this as I did.

I started (and am continuing) to use the principles of the No S Diet (nosdiet.com). For me it has been the best of both worlds of allowing myself to eat all kinds of foods I enjoy but in a reasonable way that moderates the amounts. I don't have to limit my social life, though I don't eat snacks with others.

You don't have to use it, though, but you do have to determine how to incorporate foods you like into moderate meals that you can enjoy with others (or alone, but you probably don't eat alone often). I've had success with limiting sweets to only a couple of days a week. Others eat them more often but much less than they used to and in smaller quantities.

Anyway, I'm getting into too much detail here. We have resource threads on this team and lots of posters on other threads who are having success. Some are in therapy, some count and track food (I don't and haven't for over two years); there is variation but what most of them have in common is that they have learned that they have to stop criticizing their bodies, their eating, their circumstances, and themselves for criticizing themselves!

EVERYONE here has done what you have done, many of us longer than you have. This is not a life sentence. You can turn this around but you will have to learn some new ways of thinking and behaving. That can be fun or frustrating. The more you can start thinking that this is not necessarily so horrible and awful and terrible to binge, and that it is a habit problem that can be conquered with curiosity and thoughtful experiments in smarter eating, the happier you will be. Cultivate some happiness also by trying to shift some of the focus to how much greater you are as a person than this problem. Don't let your focus narrow down so intently on the one spot on the hem of the dress of your life. It's a beautiful dress! emoticon

Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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3/10/12 10:18 A

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Hi, Selena. I am the mother of two young boys and I also struggle with binge eating. I have had to rid the house of anything that might tempt me to binge. It is a struggle, but everyday gets a little easier. I Now have a rule that if I feel like binging I will exercise for at least 15 minutes first. If I am still hungry then I can have a piece of fruit or a pickle. I haven't been hungry, though. It is all mental for me. Stay connected on here. The support is wonderful!

My health is more than a number on the scale, but I sure like seeing that number drop!

They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. (Philippians 3:19 NLT)

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.


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3/10/12 8:39 A

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Welcome!

Binge eating can be a let down but you have to let go what's already done and focus on the now and next. Write down a list of some things you can do instead of reaching for food when you're upset, stressed or bored. Getting out of the house will help but that's not always possible, especially with three boys. Playing a game, housework, writing down your feelings...anything to keep your mind and hands busy will help you re-focus. Also, remove those bad foods from your house...just because you have kids is not an excuse to keep junk around...they can eat healthy too!

Everything we do in life is a choice...I can't blame others for my thoughts or actions.

Faith is taking the first step-even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.



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3/10/12 8:18 A

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Hi I am Selena and I am 26 and a mother of three young boys. I am finally realizing that I have issues with binge eating, although I have been doing it since high school. I don't know why I do it but I do. Sometimes I am upset, stressed or even bored and I can't stop eating and when I do stop eating I feel depressed for the next few days, and do it again.
I need to figure out why I do this and how to stop it?
I want to be healthy and I know that to be a healthy weight I need a healthy state of mind and emotionally/mentally as well.

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