Binge eating!

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nursenana

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Posted: 10 Jun 2012, 17:24
I lost 2o pounds over a years time--just a slow healthy pace and really stuck to a plan and had great eating habbits. I've managed to keep it off for the last 6 months. But now in the last month or so I've been binge eating and sometimes drinking too. And I mean binge eating. If I get started on sugar--that's it. I will eat like 10 or 15 candy bars and a bag of chips and bowls of ice cream in one sitting. I feel absolutely sick and disgusted with myself afterwards and swear I will never do it again but I've continued to do it about once a week for the past month or so. before I could eat like one very small piece of dark chocolate and be satisfied. Now if i even do that it's all over once I have that and I'm off on another binge. HELP ME PLEASE!!! Any suggestions how I can break this cycle? I know it's a head game-- I went without bingeing for years and I can do ot again but how do I get that in my head and break this horribel disusting habit?
SnookieBoo

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Posted: 10 Jun 2012, 19:27
Good job on the 20 lbs Smile I'm new to this and know nothing about the psychology of binge eating but I think it might help to take small steps back towards healthier eating. Try not to feel guilty if you cheat on your diet, just get back on track with the next thing you eat. Try not to have junk food around the house, replace it with healthier snacks. That way if you do eat more than you should it won't be as damaging to your diet. Like you, I'm GONNA have a snack if I want one (it's not even realistic for me to think I'll never eat junk food ever again) but I swapped most of my snacks for healthier ones, like chocolate chip granola bars instead of candy bars, pudding pops instead of ice cream and diet soda instead of regular. I also like to snack in the evening when watching t.v. so I bought stuff like sweet peppers, jerkey and nuts that won't leave me feeling guilty once it's gone. Another quick tip is not to go grocery shopping when you're hungry and make a list. That way every bit of junk food won't catch your eye and you'll get out of the store faster if you stick to the list. Let me know if any of this helps and please share any ideas you have with Me Smile
nursenana

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Posted: 10 Jun 2012, 19:57
Thank you for the encouragement! When I say candy bars I mean granola bars. I don't really have any junk food in my house for the most part. The chips are Food Should Taste Good Multi Grain Tortilla chips, ice cream is Skinny Cow or Frozen yogurt, Candy bars are choc chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, sweet and salty granola bars. I do buy these at costco in the boxes to keep pn hand as snacks for my grandkids. So it's not that my binge eating is all "junk food" but I guess "healthy junk food" It's just the amount that I eat once I get started on that stuff. And my house is loaded with fruits and vegetables. Actually people make fun of my grogery cart cuz I never I anything "fun" in it. I would never have anything but diet pop and I rarely have even that. I just need to get a grip on the binge eating!!!!
NCNOLE

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Posted: 10 Jun 2012, 20:06
Know your trigger foods and keep them out of the house. If it is alcohol - then make a commitment to avoid it for one month. If it is oreos, cookies, pretzels - just don't buy them for awhile. I used to be able to eat 1/2 carton of ice cream in one sitting- I would start with 1/2 cup and then another and another... So, I stopped buying it. I then became afraid to buy it. Sometimes I would walk by the freezer in the grocery and crave it, but when I felt those cravings were too strong, I would not buy it. I now have 3 small containers of Ben and Jerry's in my freezer that have probably been in there for at least 4 months. I don't really crave it and if I don't have 250 extra calories for the day, well then I just can't have it. I REALLY want to be thin! I want it more than anything. The 5 minutes of pleasure from "x" is not worth the long term pleasure I will get from reaching my goal-- that is always in my head.

Be careful with things labeled as "healthy" or "healthier" - often times they are just as bad as the real thing. They often have just as many calories, maybe just smaller portions and often are highly processed.
nursenana

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Posted: 10 Jun 2012, 20:23
I just said that to my husband today! I'm going to stop buying even the "healthy" granola bars, chips and frozen desserts for a while cuz we don't need them and the grandkids don't either so get used to it!
SnookieBoo

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Posted: 10 Jun 2012, 22:29
Oh I get what you mean. Maybe it might help to stop buying in bulk for a while, that way you won't over do it. I've only been doing this for a week so I've mainly been concentrating on healthier options but I'll also keep an eye on my portions. Hey, how is that Skinny Cow ice cream? I've been afraid to try it lol.
nursenana

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Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 06:05
The skinny cow tastes great but I did hear on Dr Oz or some TV show that it is healthy to eat real ice cream rather than skinny cow but just not as much as it. I do weigh and measure all my food to make sure of my serving sizes. But once I'm on a binge it's all over, eve though I do record my binge eating too. Sad
SnookieBoo

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Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 22:55
Well, I'll have to try it, thanks Smile I have been recording absolutely everything I eat, but I guesstimate the serving sizes. I've lost 38 pounds and been able to keep it off so now I just wanna amp it up a bit. I'm disappointed that I found out my scale is broken so I can't weigh in like I wanted to but I will keep tracking my food and hope I see results in my clothes until I can get a new scale.
Trotwood

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Posted: 15 Jun 2012, 11:00
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Hi Nursenana,

Thanks for sharing your challenges re binge eating. I agree with Snookieboo regarding just not having the stuff around in bulk, even if it is labeled healthy. I sill have a candy bar, when I'm craving dark chocolate, but I have learned that I must just buy one at a time. Interestingly enough, when I buy it--or ask my husband to pick it up at the store--if I can get it home, and place it on a non-eye-level shelf, I am pretty successful at not just inhaling it all at once. It's comforting to know it's there if/when I need it, but it's not there just staring me in the face everything I open a shelf door or refrigerator saying "EAT ME!!!" If/when I start to crave another one, I have to go and buy it. This gives me time to think more about it and many times I change my mind--I wouldn't have this added opportunity if I already had it at home in the shelf OR in my freezer.

I've been wearing a "good" pedometer for a little while also, and this has helped me be more aware all around about what I'm doing--. Previous pedometers have been from the $tree or similar outlets and they did not last. This one shows the steps walked, aerobic steps, and calories burned. It's just a helpful reminder for me.

Finally, I have an audio book that I listen to from time to time--When I'm not listening to it, some of the statements and scenarios still "play in my head". It's called, Mindless Eating, by Brian Wansick; You can probably check it out at a local libraries. It's helpful to think about the many things that trigger our eating mindlessly. I've seen myself in many of his examples, and have been able to made some few changes as a result. These three things have helped me quite a bit.
CH002591

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Posted: 15 Jun 2012, 12:33
Ok. Here's my two cents, if I may. I lost 40+ lbs. Was doing great, feeling great, everything was wonderful and I was on top of the world. I am very active and have every reason to be able to eat plenty of healthy food with the occasional goody thrown in. But I too, suddenly discovered myself having binges. Yes, I tried the "don't have it around" routine. I cleared everything out of the house. But it didn't matter. Whatever I cleared out, I found something to replace it with. I found myself eating things I never would have eaten before because I was out of control. I was raiding the cupboards. I was becoming the most creative addict you have ever seen. I would share, but really, nobody needs any more ideas...
So finally, I broke down and bought a bodybugg. The device that tracks you total caloric burn every minute of every day and night. And I found out the truth. The truth is that I was STARVING!!!! I was bingeing because I would go for a week or maybe two of controlling myself and then my body would override my brain and MAKE me eat. I was on most days under eating by 1500-2000 sometimes up to 3000 calories depending on what I was up to that day. NO WONDER!! I knew I was active. I just didn't believe I was THAT active. Which of course then makes me go "so, just how many calories was I eating BEFORE I started watching my intake when I was fat???"
Anyway, a month into this new knowledge and I am eating much closer to my actual caloric burn (trying to stay closer to a deficit of 500/day in order to burn off the stored fat now). And I can eat a cookie and stop. I don't feel so desperate. I can look at desserts and feel "meh.". And yet, I don't feel deprived. I get to have my dessert and eat it AND be in control again. So, that's my story. I hope it helps. I struggled with it for a year. I pray you find the answer too.
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mermaid33

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Posted: 15 Jun 2012, 12:49
Nursenana, Great topic! I wish you luck in figuring out how to control it. I'm still trying to figure it out.
CH002591, I think you have hit the nail on the head for my binges. I had one yesterday and thought it was totally stress induced (my son's beginning to show me how terrible twos can be). But, I have noticed a pattern. I eat well Mon-Thurs, but then Thurs night I am starving and that usually continues to Friday. Then I give myself the weekends "off" more or less and restart the process Monday. I think I may need to reactivate my bodybugg account!
pilliscn

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Posted: 15 Jun 2012, 15:12
When you gain weight and maintain the weight your body grows accustomed to it. When you lose the weight your body will fight to keep it. I found this peice of information from two sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/magazine/tara-parker-pope-fat-trap.html?pagewanted=all and HBO's weight of the nation. I am a binge eater. It helped hearing why I sometimes binge. I do a lot of self talk before I eat, similar to the mindful eating post. That usually helps. Also I too have only healthy snacks in the fridge. When I binge now I binge on greek yogurt and fruit.

I love fat secret because it does two things to help me with my binge eating. First, I am accountable to myself by recording every amount of food I eat. If I had a bad day it will stare me in the face. Two, I can see a pattern of what I am eating a lot of. Cheese was the killer for me. As soon as I saw that I binged on cheese and at super time the first thing I did was take cheese off of the shopping list.

nursenana thanks for posting about this because it is something I struggle with too and way to go with the 20 pounds! Also thanks to all the other posters I found your tips and suggestions wonderful. I am buying bodybugg today!



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