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coffeebiscui...

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Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 07:19
I hate it when I binge eat. I was doing so well this week, and today that crazy power took over me and I ate 3 huge slices of cakes and a number of pastries, at one go! And for no apparent reason. I wasn't even hungry. I'm disgusted with myself, I even felt disgusted while I was eating. I don't know what drives me to have this sudden urges, and even worse, to allow it to control me. Is this normal? Does anyone have crazy urges or certain power that takes over your brain that makes you decide to buy a whole lot of stuff and eat them all at one go, for no reason? Any ways or tips to overcome it?


“A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.” ~Unknown~
Jannabelle

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Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 07:58
I'm sure that everyone on this site has done this before. Don't beat yourself up, but try to understand what (if any) your triggers are for doing it. Had a bad day? Upset with someone or something? No matter what is triggering it, here's a couple ideas for you to try and resist the urge:

Drink a HUGE glass of water - sometimes just doing that will kill the urge to binge, as you are filling your stomach with volume and should feel a bit full afterwards.

Paint your fingernails - seriously - it's hard to eat (especially snack items) when your nails are wet.

Go for a walk or do some other kind of exercise. Tell yourself that you can eat whatever you want AFTER you do 30 minutes of walking or exercising. Bets are you won't feel like it after you've done something positive for your body and mind.

Good luck!! You can do this!
Nicky111

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Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 08:08
Hi Coffeebiscuit

I too have been known to binge eat. especially when it comes to candy and cakes.

Are you logging everything you eat on your food diary? Keep proper track of everything you eat every day. Yes even those cake slices and pastries. This way you will "see" what you are eating. It will show you the calories and once you mentally see what you are putting into your body you will see why its bad for you and your diet.

Also if your current food diary is correct then you are eating way too little. No body can survive on too little food. When you eat so little your body (and brain) loses the ability to say no when you are faced with food and you over eat because your body needs nourishment.

Try eating proteins like eggs, and cheese and veg and at least 1 fruit every day. The fruit will assist with giving you something sweet during the day.

You are welcome to look at my food diary. Its not perfect but I have found my cravings are MUCH better the last month since I have just cut out sugar completely and eating more regular meals.

Do yourself a favour and Google "Hungry for Change" in the internet. I know it's available on Netflix and available for free viewing on YouTube. Its a big eye opener on sugar and how addictive it can be.

Nicky
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coffeebiscui...

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Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 08:36
Thanks Jannabelle. Yes, that glass of water will help and so will painting my nails. I will definitely try that the next time. I'm actually wondering if there's a mind game I could play to talk me out of it. My trigger was just wanting to munch while watching a movie.

Thanks Nicky. Yes, I've been religiously keying in my food intake, but side-tracked a little this month. I have been eating very little the past 2 days as I was planning on looking a teeny-bit smaller than I am to fit into a dress this coming weekend for a wedding. In fact I planned my meals for today as well, and was done with a good breakfast and lunch, and then I gave up and all hell broke lose. I have cut out sugar and carbs almost completely too, but then when I get a craving, I give in.
“A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.” ~Unknown~
b.please

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Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 14:07
I sympathize, it sounds exactly like me, this horrible binge eating. I used to eat all the time, just because I'm bored, sad or happy. What helps me - water, going for a walk or exercise when i have the urge to binge. Someone said, you need 15 minuts to overcome craving, I agree. Just keep yourself busy in this 15 min and don't think about food!
Missnaughty

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Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 19:47
OMG I know how you feel,I suffer with Bulemia and have had times when I thought I could never get a handle on over eating. But for me it's about controlling the hunger then I don't get cravings. High protein is working for me and since changing my diet I haven't binged once, so I'm feeling amazing. You need to find that thing that works for you and we are all so different, but I have done it all including precription diet pills. Life changing for me and I'm more than happy to share experiences Smile I wish you all the best and you can do it
Sherota

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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 06:59
coffeebiscuit wrote:
I hate it when I binge eat. I was doing so well this week, and today that crazy power took over me and I ate 3 huge slices of cakes and a number of pastries, at one go! And for no apparent reason. I wasn't even hungry. I'm disgusted with myself, I even felt disgusted while I was eating. I don't know what drives me to have this sudden urges, and even worse, to allow it to control me. Is this normal? Does anyone have crazy urges or certain power that takes over your brain that makes you decide to buy a whole lot of stuff and eat them all at one go, for no reason? Any ways or tips to overcome it?



I definitly do. I've been recording everthing for over a year. I've had many successes but also some crazy binges. I'm continuing with the struggle. I've found that writing down everything I eat everyday has proved to be an eye opener. I no longer ask myself why am I gaining weight? I know when and why it's happening. If you want to see the ups and downs of my struggle feel free to take a peek at my diet entries. Try recording evrything it may help you to get some incite as to why you eat the way you do. Don't feel bad it happens. Neutral
Sherota

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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 07:07
Nicky111 wrote:
Hi Coffeebiscuit

I too have been known to binge eat. especially when it comes to candy and cakes.

Are you logging everything you eat on your food diary? Keep proper track of everything you eat every day. Yes even those cake slices and pastries. This way you will "see" what you are eating. It will show you the calories and once you mentally see what you are putting into your body you will see why its bad for you and your diet.

Also if your current food diary is correct then you are eating way too little. No body can survive on too little food. When you eat so little your body (and brain) loses the ability to say no when you are faced with food and you over eat because your body needs nourishment.

Try eating proteins like eggs, and cheese and veg and at least 1 fruit every day. The fruit will assist with giving you something sweet during the day.

You are welcome to look at my food diary. Its not perfect but I have found my cravings are MUCH better the last month since I have just cut out sugar completely and eating more regular meals.

Do yourself a favour and Google "Hungry for Change" in the internet. I know it's available on Netflix and available for free viewing on YouTube. Its a big eye opener on sugar and how addictive it can be.

Nicky

This is so true. Another tip. When you record all of the food you eat especially the highly processes snack food focus in on the nutritional content. What I've found is when it comes to the vitamins and minerals for most of these types of foods they are almost always filled with zeros. This might sound crazy but it I came to a realization of what the phrase "Empty Calories" means. More often than not it means a whole clot of calories for little or no nutritional benefit and more often than not slow bodily harm over time.Smile
coffeebiscui...

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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 09:21
Thanks b.please, missnaughty and sherota for the advice. Yes, I find keying in every drop that goes into your mouth really helpful - to the point, sometimes, I actually visualise my diet calender when I'm about to eat something. I really should programme my mind to get away from those crazy binge moments. Also, I agree that protein is amazing. It keeps me full all day, and I ensure I have protein for breakfast - I find that really helpful. And I also understand what you mean when you said you finally realised what "empty calories" mean - i feel the same way, who would have thought. I mean, yes I have to admit I never gave much thought about nutrient intake until I started this journey, and now I am obsessed about the nutrients in my food.

And missnaughty, I use to suffer from bulimia too, when I was way younger, but not to the extent of falling ill. But I did have my bouts of overeating and than throwing up. Its an awful habit, and its addictive. No one should ever do it. Sometimes, I still have thoughts of binging and throwing up, and I have to talk myself out of it - for the sake of my teeth and skin.
“A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.” ~Unknown~
thinner120

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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 09:59
Coffeebiscui.... your words could be my words. I have been dealt with bingeing,emtional, and comfort eating for years. I never became bulemic, but considered it.

I have managed to cut most of the bingeing after using Dr. Paul McKenna's "I Can Make You Thin", but I still overeat or am tempted to eat things I shouldn't eat. Try his tapping method or EFT.

Are you confusing hunger with thirst? Sometimes we have hidden hunger that isn't even hunger at all. It is either thirst or "head" hunger.

When you binge, where do you binge? Try prepareing your table with a candle, napkin silverware and solid dinner plate and eat it sitting down, not in front of the tv,not standing , not over the sink, not in the car, not in private,and not sneaking. This removes most of the "power" of the "forbidden" food.

Also rating the food as "good" or "bad" gives it power.
By thinking, "I can't have chocolate cake because it is "bad" for my diet and it is forbidden" empowers the food and charges it with emotion. That attitude gives the food power over you. I started rating foods by their nutritional value instead of making a "moral" judgement about myself for eating them and that does help.

Journal it right away and start journaling your feelings before, during and afterwards.. You will be astounded at the calories in a slice of cheesecake, or chocolate layer cake! That could be enough to discourage you from the 2nd or third piece.

Drinking water, distracting yourself by doing something else, make a list of 10 things you could do besides bingeing and try one of them, waiting 20 minutes before you indulge, writing down the tempting treat and telling yourself you can have it tomorrow does help.

We often overlook food sensitivities. Sometimes we crave and overeat on foods that we are allergic to. I was shocked and amazed to realize this could have been one of the reasons I overate on refined carbohydrates for so many years.

Is your diet restrictive? Some diets have a built in free day or free meal, which releases most of the pressure with that type of restriction and eliminates bingeing.

Try this mental exercise presented in Kim Bensen's book, "Finally Thin". Imagine your mind is an empty room. A food that you want to binge on appears as a ball that is thrown into this empty room. Now it is your job to run in, catch the ball, and throw it out of the empty room as fast as it appears. It does help to do this exercise.

Good luck.
Stay strong, stay focused.



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coffeebiscui...

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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 10:54
Thank You thinner120. I usually binge secretly, in the comfort of my own room, where no one is watching because it is just so disgusting for one person to gobble up all that. It's true, ensuring you only eat in the company of people, or in a properly set table does make a huge difference.

My diet is basically low carb, and mostly just vegetable (either cooked in soup or as salads) and meat. So yes, it is "restrictive" in a sense that I have cut out all sugars and carbs. I do have indulgence days (and by that I mean I allow myself to eat reasonable amounts of rice or bread) once a week. But my binges are when I suddenly decide I want all the cakes and cookies in the world.

I have seen some of Paul Mckenna's videos on youtube, but I have not practised any of his methods. I was quite taken by the tapping thing. I suppose its about time to put it in practise, and I must remember to do that each time these ridiculous urges crop up, and not just unthinkingly give in. Thanks again.
“A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.” ~Unknown~
coffeebiscui...

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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 10:59
Also my RDI is really low (1200 cals) because I'm really short, and by short I mean 5ft (fullstop. no extra inches). In order to actually lose weight, I read that one should cut down 500 cals from your RDI, and so I try to maintain it at 800. But its just so difficult. I'm afraid to eat much most times, and then I get fed up, and just binge away. I was doing alright the first 3 months, but this month has been crazy.

“A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.” ~Unknown~
Nicky111

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Posted: 20 Sep 2013, 02:17
Coffeebuscuit

Its really tough to cal count and do low carb at the same time. Forget about the calories for now and just eat more fats and proteins. The fats (nuts, butter, avocado, coconut oil) makes you fuller for longer. Protein also takes longer to digest so stock up on cheese, bacon, healthy cold meats that are low in carb, chicken with the skin on (but not deep fried). You can even eat burgers as long as you remove the bun and no fries or milkshake with it. Then add your veg - Broccoli, Spinach actually any green veg and salads. I try to include 1 fruit per day for something sweet. BUT eat regularly 3 x per day.

If you stick to this for a week or 2 and go cold turkey on sugar and eat only carbs from veg and fruit your cravings will subside and you will be able to cope better with the binging.

Nicky
robg

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Posted: 20 Sep 2013, 11:22
I had issues with the binging when i was on Weight watchers, its like an emotional break now. Now i keep Healthy snacks packed near me all the time. Veggies, or some healthy nuts. I can eat that and not feel like i'm cheating.

I also created some carrot juice smoothies (with sweet fruits) in a picture i can down when i feel that insulin dive.

Hang in there!
Mari1955

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Posted: 20 Sep 2013, 13:00
coffeebiscuit wrote:
I hate it when I binge eat. I was doing so well this week, and today that crazy power took over me and I ate 3 huge slices of cakes and a number of pastries, at one go! And for no apparent reason. I wasn't even hungry. I'm disgusted with myself, I even felt disgusted while I was eating. I don't know what drives me to have this sudden urges, and even worse, to allow it to control me. Is this normal? Does anyone have crazy urges or certain power that takes over your brain that makes you decide to buy a whole lot of stuff and eat them all at one go, for no reason? Any ways or tips to overcome it?


This is so me... Or should I say hopefully it was me. I have been keeping a daily journal since I started my weight loss journey on 1/15. The binges were worse in the first few months and now have really tapered off., but when I feel one coming on it's like almost impossible to control even knowing full well that one days binge can sabotage a entire weeks work.
I am happy to say that I'm 0.5 pound from my weight loss goal!
Ruhu

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Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 05:51
I'm a sugar addict & binge on it at times too sadly. It's become such a horrible habit & equally horrible to break no matter how hard I try. I'm happy that my binges seem to have become predictable at stressful times, but frustrated at the same time that I still can't stop them. As others have said, it's like something takes over & doesn't let me think rationally about the consequences. I'm hoping that by recognizing my pattern & taking them one day or meal or moment at a time, I can continue to reduce the binges & curb them when they come. I have to agree that cutting back/out added sugars & processed foods and focusing on vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats & some fruit (even the sugar in it affects me if I eat too much) helps keep me on track. Hope we can stay in touch & continue sharing what we find that helps!
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austentatiou...

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Posted: 03 Oct 2013, 14:16
I can totally relate Sad this is exactly why I keep yo-yo-ing...I'll be good for weeks and then it only takes a few bad days to shoot my weight all the way back up. But, the trick that keeps the episodes at bay for me is to have a cup or two of flavoured tea! Some of them really taste like desserts - for zero cals! David's Tea makes some great ones Smile...also reminding myself how much it sucks to start over is a good way to stop
mom2males

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Posted: 09 Oct 2013, 09:58
It is difficult I agree, I just have to take it one meal at a time. I am reminded that a good eating decision is only one meal away. So I pick myself up and dust myself off and start all over again. The number of bingeing incidents has greatly reduced since I stopped beating myself up over them.
kkd1125

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Posted: 09 Oct 2013, 14:20
If you want some extra information and helpful tips for coping with binge eating, go to the Half Size Me blog www.halfsizeme.com and sign up for her FREE 7 part audio series on binge eating. I haven't listened to them yet, but I love this woman's podcasts and have been listening to her every day for a few months now. She has great inspirational stories, tells personal accounts of her own weight loss (over 100 lbs. on WW) and how she's dealing with maintenance. Her guest interviews are great as she brings in other bloggers, success stories, etc. I highly recommend her site and podcasts.
clek74

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Posted: 13 Oct 2013, 02:32
Some ideas that work for some:
- "Cold turkey" is hard... better to take small steps and replace one habit with another. Start by buying/making healthy snacks and allowing yourself to snack on those without guilt (tuna with lettuce and carrot sticks, or left-overs... anything). Once you're in the habit of eating healthy snacks, then and only then worry about quantity.
- Find some replacement habits... when you get hungry, do some walking around the room. Sit on a Swiss Ball instead of the couch and fidget. Sip water with a squeeze of lemon. Do a crossword puzzle to get your mind off whatever is stressing you.
- Figure out what, if anything other than real hunger, triggers the urge. Boredom? Anxiety? Fear of failure? Relationship issues? Once you've done this, you can create an alternative response for yourself.
- ALLOW yourself to have a couple of cheat meals a week (call them reward meals). It's different because it's now part of your plan and won't make you feel like you've failed. Start with 3-4 per week with a high calorie limit (but healthy foods) and work your way down to 1-2 per week.
- Find healthy foods that you absolutely love, to replace your junk food snacks! Fish, eggs, chicken-avocado salad, yoghurt, protein smoothies... high in protein and good fat (satiety factor) rather than bad carbs, breads, sugary foods.
- Plan your entire week's eating, on paper or using one of the many apps. Make a shopping list. Shop. Eat.
- Snack. It's OK to snack! PLAN to snack between your three meals. Call it 5-6 meals a day or call it 3 meals and 2-3 snacks... as long as you stay within your daily limit, it's all good. Snack on a can of tuna or a small tub of (non-sweetened) yoghurt. Stick to low-GI foods that include protein and fat to satisfy you... NOT sugar.
- Set yourself weekly exercise goals. SMALL amounts daily are much better than weekly marathons because they keep the motivation high. Exercise will release endorphins and make you feel good about yourself. Don't kill yourself with long runs unless that's your thing... frequency over duration.
- Find out what motivates you to exercise. Are you competitive? Team sports or boxercise. Are you social? Group walks. Are you always thinking? Try a sport involving maps, such as orienteering. Like to see FAST results? Weight training. Find it hard to keep going for more than 10 minutes? Gym classes.
- Keep reading... books, magazines/ezines, forums... anything on health to keep you focused on goals.
- Find friends that are healthy and don't let your unhealthy friends keep you away from your goals.
- Measure measure measure. What you eat, when you eat, how you feel, how many steps you take, your exercise, your snacking.

Let me know what works for you. Have fun!



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