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Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 18:06
i have those times when i want to eat everything. today i did really well until I came home then it was munch munch munch. Every night actually. Wow I got to stop this, it is sad.

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Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 22:09
I totally understand. There were times when I used to come from work and was so hungry I pretty much ate everything but the wallpaper lol. What helped me was keeping track of what I ate on this app called myfitnesspal. Looking at everything I ate was really eye opening. I had to force myself to be honest when I logged in my food. I found myself not eating certain things or not as much bc I wanted to log in less food and keep under my calorie limit. Its an everyday struggle I must admit. Also I started limiting carbs, only eating whole grains, and eating less sugar. I think that helped too. Keep getting up though. Don't let the eating beat u! Tomorrows another day!

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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 06:03
I know where you are coming from. I was doing so well then something just snapped. I think tiredness is my main trigger. I have just come out the other side of a 5 day binge (probably averaging about 4500 calories/day) and know I have gained at least 5 lbs. The guilt is all consuming, I am thinking about making a doc appointment to discuss it more. I haven't had a lengthy blow out like this before (usually only 3 days!).
Have been reading loads of overeaters anonymous stuff today and have concluded that I just need to say goodbye to some foods forever to try and avoid binging. I need to fess up to my husband about my problem and think I need to explain to my kids too, am very fearful that they might develop food problems too. I think mine stems from a trauma at 16 years old, then I suffered bulimia for the next 10 years. I don't purge anymore but think about it a lot!

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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 06:42
I was a binge eater on a major scale. I could eat a quarter-kilo of chocolate washed down with 3 or 4 family bags of chipsticks or crisps.

The way I put a stop to 30+ years of binge eating was with roast pork! I read this tip on a message board...

One Monday morning I cooked a crackling joint and the first meal I had was 90% crispy crackling and a bit of pork meat. Then lunch was more pork (fatty) reheated with some mushrooms and double cream. Dinner more pork meat but with a mixed salad (not too high GI). Same the next day. If desperate for something sweet or a dessert I drank a bit of the double cream.

The bingeing STOPPED. The food was composed 65% fat, 30% protein and 5% carbs. So I have more or less tried to stick with that ratio, and I only binge if I start back eating carbs.

I don't think serial bingers will ever get cured by eating refined carbs.

Hyperinsulinaemic, carboholic and serial failed dieter!

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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 12:35
Three things really helped me get control of my binging. 1) mindful eating 2) satisfying a craving and 3) the mantra that 'food is my friend - I just have to choose my friends wisely.'

There a zillions of articles on mindful eating but what I took away from it the most was the ability to enjoy my food and not hate myself later. Taking the time to eat it slow enough for the satisfaction triggers to kick in instead of quickly (and the guilt triggers take over so you can't stop at all).

The study about giving into cravings yielded that we as humans can only deny ourselves so long and then we lose it all together. So giving into a craving MINDFULLY (small amount, slow) has helped me avoid a 'I give up and want to eat the wallpaper' binge.

And the third (food is my friend) helped me stop putting any foods on the 'do not touch' list. But to make wise choices in the frequency and consumption, I actually associated the 'less healthy' foods with my 'less healthy friends' (you know the ones .. owe you money, return your car out of gas) and then assigned healthier foods to people I aspire to be. (My really good faithful friend is a healthy veggie soup).

And I was a binger/purger of epic proportions. Half gallon ice cream, whole family size pack of oreos all in one setting type binging.

Good luck to you. Buddy me if you want because I've been through what you're fighting.
I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.

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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 14:44
My experience is that much binging is a sign of a deficiency in either fat or protein. Especially evening binging may be a sign that you need to eat more of your calories earlier in the day.

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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 15:32
i think if you have this problem there is always a tendancy to slip back ( i know i do ) but the best thing i have learnt over the past 2 years is to lose the guilt .feeling guilty about anything you eat only mde me eat more ,ive been seeing a dietition for 2 years now and they have been so understanding ive used them as a counselling session and only just recently started dieting as such ( more of a healthy for life style ) i think each persons diet has to be specific to themselves and a one diet fits all mentality didnt work for me look after and care for yourself thentry to think about yourself and what you like to eat and what you dont ..try to base your eating on things you like finding healthier ways to cook them and smaller quantities ....dont aim for perfection ...that is a slippery slope of doom just do what is right for you . i alsohink if you eat a litle more during the day then hopefully you wont be driven to madness by starvation...i also read somewhere this week about bread style carbs creating a craving
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