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How to stop binge eating?

post #1 of 36
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4 weeks ago I went to hospital for something. Before then my eating had been.... normal..ish (My eatings always pretty screwed up. I either eat nothing, or too much. Only healthy things, or ONLY junk foods etc).



When I was in hospital I ate NOTHING for 3 days, then for the next two days I only ate little meals.



When I went home... wow.. I started eating and I didn't stop for 2 or maybe 3 weeks. It was all junk foods too. Every meal was a binge. Every time I ate I couldn't stop. My pants got kinda tight (which meant I put on a fair bit, because before hospital they were sorta lose, and I know I must have lost some weight in hospital).



Then I went to Australia for a week, which ment if I wanted junkfood I had to walk about 600m to get it, rather then 1m. And I ate decently. Still not too good, but better then I had been.



Then I got back (A week ago, the 12th). I felt bad for eating so much so I ate practically nothing for 2 days, then I just resticted a lot. But most days at the end I'd go and binge on chocolate or just something REALLY bad for you anyway, so I get pratically ALL my daily calories from candy and junkfoods.



Ahhhh.



How do I stop the who binge/restrict cycle?

Or really just the binge part of it?



Like I said.. I have been doing better.. but I know that I'll most likely start binging again sometimes soon.



So how do other people stop themselves from bingeing?
post #2 of 36
Try to eat in front of a mirror and take a look at the mirror every once in a while. It has been tested that it really works. And also, don`t keep too much junk food in the house so you don`t eat it. Try to make some bad-tasting food instead
post #3 of 36
The proper way to not binge is not to eat 3-6 satisfying meals a day, and not to restrict. It just continues the cycle. Believe me, I've suffered from the same thing before DannyKass, it really doesn't help when you restrict. It's like your body can't take it any more, and the urge to eat anything is extremely high. Eating loads of junk is better than eating nothing at all. Just find a balance between the two.
post #4 of 36
Try and buy only healthy foods. I think you still live at home? What I do is only buy a bit of junk food- and once it's gone it's gone. It would take me about 20 mins to walk to and back from nearest shop- so less tempting to go and buy. Fill up on something like banannas. Or drink a glass of water. As mentioned above make sure you do carry on eating- just make it a bit more healthy. I try and have mini meals that combine healthy foods like fruit, and wholemeal pita with houmous with a little bit of chocolate. then wash it down with some fruit juice.



Good luck!



Kat
post #5 of 36
I have the same problem
post #6 of 36
I am so thankful to hear that you are not talking about a disorder! When I am in a place similar to where your life has been I have to make myself cook. I tend to over eat junk when I am truly hungry and have made no plans for my meals. Being rundown from surgery, fasting and a holiday are very hard on you. It is almost as if you have not taken care of your body so it is going to take care of itself. I have to rise above that. Plan some simple nourishing meals and snacks and fight to keep the junk to a treat level. Before I get the junk I must fill my stomach with what is good for it. If there is still room then I can have the treat but usually I am not so interested if I am already full.



However, if you are going through a time when being full just isn't enough, and you are eating the whole pint of ice-cream, the whole bag of kettle corn, the whole box of chocolate, the whole pizza, all of the cookies and looking at the cakes in the freezer section this is a different issue. You are soul hungry and trying to fill your belly to sooth your soul. Face your depression, your sense of helplessness; get help if you need it. Otherwise give yourself a break, let your body recover, feed it right and rest. You deserve it.
post #7 of 36
I feel like I have a tendency to binge on junky foods, if they're around. The best thing I've found is just to not have them around/easily accessible.
post #8 of 36
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when you ate whats on the plate, give yourself a smack across the face.
post #9 of 36
I went through a horrible period of time, just like this. I had been restricting and lost too much weight. Then it turned around on me and I binged horribly. It was a miserable time in my life. The more I tried to stop it or 'make up' for overeating, the worse it got. I only started to get better when I looked deep into my own eyes and saw the little girl inside me that I was hurting. It was only then that I could start eating to nourish my body, rather than burrying my pain. I also starting taking long walks and yoga as a means of relaxation, meditation, and becoming more in tune with my body. Most of all, I had to forgive myself ... for having a binge, for putting myself down,... for not being perfect.



You have to address whatever it is thats causing you to binge/restrict. Only then will you find relief. I'd suggest starting a private journal that allows you to record how you are feeling before/after/during the times you eat. I'd also suggest feeding yourself wonderfully nutritious filling foods every few hours and not bringing junk food in to the house for now.



Good luck to you. I know how hard it may seem, but you will get through this.
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NONONONONONONO.BAAAAAAAAAAD.



Agreed.
post #11 of 36
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Agreed.



I think he was being sarcastic.



Anyway, what worked for me when i went through that was to eat VERY VERY slow. I savored each bite of what ever i ate. Junkfood (which for me would be nuts and such ) or healthy, it actually works and it is more positive then the dehumanistic, sitting in front of the mirror to look at what a pig you are when you eat. But to each is own

*GB
post #12 of 36
I find I eat out of boredom a lot when I'm just hanging out in my room. To counteract that, I keep gum on hand. Keeps my mouth busy without consuming junk food, keeps me from running to the vending machines in the lobby. Come to think of it, I need to stock up again soon.
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I think he was being sarcastic.



Actually, I wasn't; the suggestion given (The relevant posts have, thankfully, been deleted, though) was a really bad idea.
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Actually, I wasn't; the suggestion given (The relevant posts have, thankfully, been deleted, though) was a really bad idea.



Yes, I asked for the post to be deleted. I'm guessing it was a joke, but it could be taken completely the wrong way by the OP. Supportive helpful hints are the best
post #15 of 36
I go through "hungry" times where I just want to eat all the time. I try to make sure I always have something decent to munch on so I don't just eat cookies. I also make an effort to eat real meals at normal times so I'm not getting too starving and eating a bunch.
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post #16 of 36
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I started eating and I didn't stop for 2 or maybe 3 weeks. It was all junk foods too.



How do I stop the who binge/restrict cycle?

Or really just the binge part of it?

Stop eating junkfood. It's empty calories, there's nothing healthy in it, your body is crying for something healthy and yet you keep feeding it crap.



If you eat healthy meals in healthy amounts at healthful times, then I can't imagine you'd have an urge to binge.
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Yes, I asked for the post to be deleted. I'm guessing it was a joke, but it could be taken completely the wrong way by the OP. Supportive helpful hints are the best





Thats what i said, it wasnt a comment to you click.

*GB
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nevermind
post #19 of 36
I can get pretty serious about bingeing, and it rarely has anything to do with hunger, or my body craving nutrition. It's about "filling the void". I could eat without stop for hours if I allowed myself.



I dont' have the answer to this one. I wish I did...
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post #20 of 36
The problem is that by breaking your fast with sugar and processed food (which are full of sugar) you're making yourself crash and crave more. Don't restrict the ammount - just make sure you're having veggies and whole foods, not sugar and bread. Break the cycle by making a huge veggie stir-fry or chilli and just eat that when you're hungry.



Also drink lots of water, and if you want a bit of extra help get a Chromium supplement from a healthfood store. It's a natural mineral that we should be getting from our veggies, but we don't get enough of it any more because of how we farm. It stops cravings for sweet things.
post #21 of 36
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Stop eating junkfood. It's empty calories, there's nothing healthy in it, your body is crying for something healthy and yet you keep feeding it crap.



If you eat healthy meals in healthy amounts at healthful times, then I can't imagine you'd have an urge to binge.



I also disagree with the above ^^^



A binge is usually emotionally driven. The binger continues to eat because they can't ever satisfy the 'problematic' emotional need with food. If this were indeed a nutritional problem, I'd think it would be much easier to solve. However, that doesn't seem to be the case in this situation.



Edit - After thinking about this for a bit, I've realized thats its important to know if you (DannyKass) are technically overeating or actually binging. There is a big difference. Outeating may in fact be more an issue of not eating well or enough. Binging is when you consume thousands of calories in one sitting regardless of how much or what you ate the rest of the day.
post #22 of 36
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Thanks for some of the suggestions guys.

My eatings been pretty screwed up (disordered even..) for a few years now.



The not having junkfood in the house isnt so much an option... My family buy so much crap hah so yeah flag!



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post #23 of 36
When I was having a sever binge and restrict pattern for about a month I found that finding something that got me so involved that I completely forgot about the urge to binge. For me this was watching a certin show (Cowboy Bebop ). Make sure you are eating an aduqate amount during the day though. The problem with me kicking the urge to binge was that I didn't eat during the day. Bad idea. Hope this helps .



Cheers.
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just an inappropriate (thoughtless and rude) remark and a couple of reactions to it...



If you really want to know, you can PM me, but I won't put it back in here...
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post #25 of 36
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I also disagree with the above ^^^



A binge is usually emotionally driven. The binger continues to eat because they can't ever satisfy the 'problematic' emotional need with food. If this were indeed a nutritional problem, I'd think it would be much easier to solve. However, that doesn't seem to be the case in this situation.



Edit - After thinking about this for a bit, I've realized thats its important to know if you (DannyKass) are technically overeating or actually binging. There is a big difference. Outeating may in fact be more an issue of not eating well or enough. Binging is when you consume thousands of calories in one sitting regardless of how much or what you ate the rest of the day.

I might be thinking of overeating then. I don't know proper food terminology I guess!



Personally I find that if I eat refined foods (what I call junkfood) then I get hungry much quicker. I believe this is my body's way of saying "give me something good to eat." For example, if I have a cup of chili and a cup of brown rice at noon it'll go much farther then a bag of potato chips and a soda of the same calories.
post #26 of 36
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I might be thinking of overeating then. I don't know proper food terminology I guess!



Personally I find that if I eat refined foods (what I call junkfood) then I get hungry much quicker. I believe this is my body's way of saying "give me something good to eat." For example, if I have a cup of chili and a cup of brown rice at noon it'll go much farther then a bag of potato chips and a soda of the same calories.



Yup. Your advice would be great for an overeater, boredom eater, etc., but a true binger usually has some unlying emotional issues that need to be dealt with. Of course, binging on healthy foods is preferable to junk.
post #27 of 36
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www.overcomingovereating.com/

www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/ mental_health/binge_eating.html

Yeah, here you go.

*GB
post #28 of 36
Also, if you want something that could help...I use to brush my teeth if I ever had the urge to binge. I also used listerine. It made everything I put into my mouth tast like crap, thus making it unpleasant to eat for that time. Just a suggestion . Hope this helps.



Cheers.
post #29 of 36
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How do I stop the who binge/restrict cycle?

Or really just the binge part of it?



I don't think you can just stop the binge part of it. I think restricting food can cause a person to focus too much on food, obsess about food, and increases your likelihood of bingeing.



I'm sorry you are going through this, I wish I had some good advice for you, but I really don't. I have gone through some times like that before and I managed to get through them, somehow, but I don't know how. Maybe it's a matter of filling your life with other things, and focusing on other things...



good luck
post #30 of 36
I've noticed that if I eat six small meals a day, it kind of stops me from binging. I also make healthy food decisions and I kind of make it so that it's harder to binge.. for example, if I bake some muffins then I'll eat one or two after I bake them and then put the rest in the freezer for later, so they're not as tempting. I think it's about getting adequete ammounts of nutrition and listening to your body, but not over doing it. It's hard sometimes, but you can do it! Wish you the best of luck~
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