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4/22/11 7:54 P

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I also struggle with binge eating during finals. Lately I'm finding doing 5-10 minutes of wii or walking or biking every 30 minutes or so of work has helped. Also switched my study food to lollipops, popcorn, veggie trays..

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1/9/11 3:11 P

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I have the same problem. Whenever I have finals or many papers do I binge eat. What helps me is locking myself up in the school's library to work on papers. The school I go to now, the library closes early, so instead I go to my old undergrad school library and work on may papers there. That way I have no internet, little food on me, and must focus on my work. Afterwards I also try to go over someones house, not my own, so I dont binge when leaving the library.

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12/21/10 4:19 P

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Not sure if this will help, and if it is even relevant any longer, but I find that sometimes my brain needs a momentary distraction to help me sort something out. The trouble is that the habits I have for giving myself that mini-break are often kind of bad. The main thing to do is to try and establish a new habit in place of the old one (without stressing yourself out too much!).

You might try going for a quick (3-5 minute) walk each time you get up with the intention of getting something to munch on (and don't keep the food at your desk!). Or maybe keep something at your desk to play with -- like a stress ball or a rubics cube. Little distractions that are neither facebook nor food.

Also, can you plan your "meals" as little snacks, and schedule them at times? So maybe you aren't allowed to have your "evening snack" food until 8 PM, which means you are guaranteed to have something left at that point. It will mean some times during the day where you'll have to hold back from the munchies, but it will be for smaller stretches of time (which will hopefully be more manageable).

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12/17/10 2:21 P

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I do this too. I think it is the excuse to get up and go to the kitchen/mindless activity of munching keeps me awake and able to focus/stress-induced emotional eating for me.

Lots of reasons why I do it - none of which are hunger-related.

Since finals aren't all the time, I think the best bet is to plan for it. Tea helps. I also like sugar-free hot cider mix. I'm sure the chemicals in the cider aren't doing me any favors, but sometimes I need a bit of sweetness.

Carrots, pretzels, popcorn, grapes and relatively low risk snacks are good to have on hand too.



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12/12/10 7:23 P

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Have things gone any better JAZZTHEJAZZ?

I find that any time I have to study, I get the urge to eat. Part of it is breaking up the monotony of reading/writing and the other part is being up for such a long time that by body needs fuel.

I usually try to plan in an after dinner snack (e.g. almonds, fruit, etc.) when I study since I know I'm going to need a little something when I work.

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12/7/10 9:06 P

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It's only 6pm and I've eaten EVERYTHING I put in my tracker for today. Writing my final essays always makes me so muchy. I'll probably be downing the tea to stay awake and stay away from food, but does anyone have any good suggestions for when I do this all over again tomorrow night?

(I'm a history masters student currently writing a 20 page paper about perspective and how it shapes the formation of history and identity in Spanish California)

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