How To Stop Binge Eating

Tips to stop overeating, stop emotional eating, stop eating fast food, stop eating junk food

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  • #5023

    Charlie
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    Sunday, 29th April 2012

    I overate yesterday and woke up feeling okay, but not hungry at all. I had a small salad for breakfast and felt ok, then went for a walk. Later in the day, still not hungry at all but wanting to eat because I had nothing else to do and had barely eaten today, I had some cereal. Cereal is one of my downfalls. I add dried fruit and nuts to it, which are also huge downfalls. I have a lot of nuts in the house because I somehow got a big bag of them for free not long ago. I overate, simply enough. I have definitely done worse before, but there is no denying that I overate. I felt slightly nauseous for a while, but not as bad as I have done previously.

    However, I joined this forum today and plan to make a new start. I need to detox after this weekend – not because of weight issues but because I don’t feel healthy after overeating. I shall probably fast until I start to feel hunger again, which I normally would use as an indicator as for when I can eat. If I eat when I don’t feel it, that’s when I tend to overeat. I am incredibily tight with money but I shall buy myself some diet cola/lemonade so that I don’t get bored of drinking just tea and water and start overeating for no reason again. Wish me luck, and I shall write here how I get on…

    #93783

    cudizone
    Participant

    Great job coming to the forum, it’s definitely a big step in overcoming binge eating. A detox is a good idea, mainly becomes it helps you FEEL clean. I hate the feeling of dread, guilt, and shame after a huge binge. I look forward to your progress, good luck Charlie.

    #93784

    tobebingefree
    Participant

    good luck charlie! hope you get in tune with those hunger signals soon xxx

    #93785

    Charlie
    Participant

    Thank you guys. :) I think the encouragement and support and having to be accountable will help me. Right now, it is Monday morning and I’m on the computers on campus working on an assignment and I feel physically a lot better than I did last night and haven’t eaten anything. I was kind of worried because when I search for things like ‘how to recover from overeating’, people always say to never fast, but I feel that for me the opposite is true, because I physically won’t feel like eating and if I eat when I don’t need to, it only makes me feel worse.

    #93786

    tobebingefree
    Participant

    the problem is that putting the word “fast” onto what you are doing implies that you will not eat *even if* you are hungry, to atone for the amount of food you ate when you binged. this kind of deliberate restriction after a binge only serves to keep you trapped in the cycle of binging and restricting forever, which is why people say not to do it. but if you plan to eat as soon as you get hungry, then what you are really doing is ‘intuitive eating’ – which is fine! and in fact it is what you should be doing :)

    #93787

    Charlie
    Participant

    Monday, 30th April 2012

    I’ve eaten nothing today because I haven’t felt the need to. I went to campus early to work on an assignment for my computing class which I didn’t have the software to do at home. Spent a couple of hours doing that in the morning, drank a cup of tea at midday (if I’m around campus, I usually go and meet some friends in this kitchen place where we can make tea and coffee) then had my math lecture in the afternoon. In some time I had free, I walked into the city centre to a supermarket and bought myself a bottle of diet pop which I can drink if I really need something. Aside from feeling my focus dwindling in the late morning, I’ve not had any negative effects and I still don’t feel like I need to eat at all, despite it being the early evening and not having eaten for a day. I don’t particularly feel comfortable with the idea that I can be able to not eat for a day and not be affected – it doesn’t seem normal. But with that being said, I’ve never been the type of person to have snacks and complain about feeling hungry every couple of hours. I didn’t do any vigorous exercise, but I’ve walked a lot today.

    #93788

    Charlie
    Participant

    Tuesday, 1st May 2012

    Again, I woke up not wanting to eat. I had some lemon green tea before heading out to class. I felt exhausted though, which isn’t like me. I had more than enough sleep but struggled to get out of bed. I am a morning person, generally. I couldn’t focus in my morning geology class either. After meeting friends at ‘lunchtime’, I decided it’d be best to go to my computing class only to hand in my assignment and pick up the work they were doing that class. The guy who teaches it was fine when I said I didn’t feel too good.

    On my way home I found somewhere to get my hair cut, which I desperately needed having not had it cut since around Christmas time. I got home and broke into the bottle of diet pop, having been craving it all day. As of now, I’ve drank about a third of the 2 litre bottle and that’s all I’m having. I also ate a couple of vegetarian sausages. It wasn’t a lot of food but I felt rather full and almost sick afterwards – I hope I don’t still feel like this tomorrow morning because I want to actually eat breakfast and start eating properly again.

    As I said before, my plan was just to fast until I didn’t feel rotten from binging. It’s not a weight/calories issue I have at all, and I don’t enjoy not eating for days on end but it serves a purpose. I just hope that I won’t have killed off any weak hunger signals for days again by eating a small amount. Because even though I haven’t felt it very strongly at all, I’ve felt completely drained and lacking in energy for most of the day. I want to get better and be normal.

    For tomorrow, I’ve planned to eat small things throughout the day. I’ll also be in uni most of the day so I hope I can focus. I want beans and mushrooms on a slice of toast for breakfast – if I have cereal or something sweet there’s a chance I’ll overeat again. I’ll take a sandwich, some pieces of fruit and some vegetables to have throughout the day.

    #93789

    tobebingefree
    Participant

    charlie, i think you should try to eat something after you binge. i don’t think this binge then fast thing is working for you at all – no wonder you are feeling drained, you’re not eating! if you binge again, i think you should “force” yourself into a normal eating pattern the very next day. you may as well try it, right? and if it doesn’t work then you can go back to whatever you were doing before. it may be that you have been fasting after binges for so long that your body is used to it now, and perhaps has come to rely on the binges in a way? so maybe you could break the pattern by aiming for 3 normal meals the day after your next binge, if it happens xxx

    #93790

    Charlie
    Participant

    If I force myself to eat, I only end up feeling sicker and it takes longer for me to get back to ‘normal’. That’s what normally happens and I don’t feel good doing that – I don’t normally not eat for days. I ate breakfast this morning, and I feel better now. It’s just yesterday I didn’t feel so great.

    #93791

    Charlie
    Participant

    Wednesday, 2nd may 2012

    I did as planned today. Beans, mushrooms, a sausage and a slice of toast for breakfast, then throughout the day I ate a fairly big (by my standards) sandwich (eaten in two halves, about two hours apart), an apple and some boiled mixed vegetables. It’s not loads but it’s what I felt like eating. I still haven’t felt hunger at all, which I’m annoyed by, though it’s possible that’s partly down to stress.

    I also went to the student counselling service today. It wasn’t specifically to talk about food issues but it came up briefly and I was honest and it all sounded disgusting saying it out loud. I mean, ‘I overeat at weekends because I’m bored’ sounds revolting. Food isn’t entertainment – I have that almost as a mantra and believe it a lot more than I think most people do – so it just sounds disgusting to me. Oh well, I guess if I’m also accountable to her, it gives me more of a push than ever to try and get over this. :)

    #93792

    Charlie
    Participant

    Thursday, 3rd May 2012

    Today I felt good. I woke up and felt like eating a decent breakfast, which was similar to what I had yesterday but a slightly bigger portion. I’d hesitate to call it a ‘cooked English breakfast’ because that implies everything was fried and I grill/oven everything.

    I had a class in the morning and when I got back home at midday I really wanted lunch. I had a large lunch, but when I eat ‘normally’, I usually want to eat more earlier in the day rather than having a large evening meal, so this is fine. I don’t feel like I overate at all, but I felt satisfied for a while.

    I did take some fruit with me when I went back out in the late afternoon, but I was busy and didn’t feel particularly hungry so didn’t eat it. I feel I could eat right now, but it’s getting pretty late (I go to bed early) so I’ll enjoy a decent breakfast when I wake up.

    I feel well physically and am not lacking in energy and do not feel sick when I think about food. This is a very good thing, and I shall have this in my mind now if I get the urge to overeat.

    #93793

    Charlie
    Participant

    Friday, 4th May 2012

    It’s only the morning but I quite want to share this now anyway.

    I woke up and ate a healthy breakfast (I decided to attempt scrambled tofu which I’ve never made before but wanted to try, and it was really nice). About an hour or two later (just now), I still wanted to eat and I really craved some nuts and raisins (general binge food). I allowed myself to have some, but all the while was also thinking about keeping myself in control. It also tasted a lot nicer because I wasn’t eating quickly and because I genuinely felt like I needed to eat rather than having it for no good reason. I feel like I ate quite a lot, but it wasn’t in binge-territory because it wasn’t mindless or more than what I felt like I needed. I probably ate quite a lot though because I didn’t feel like eating dinner last night after I had a large lunch. I feel satisfied but not sick or full, which is a good way to be. I’m not sure how I’d respond throughout the day if I didn’t have to be out for most of the day and be busy at uni, but for now, I’m having a little victory and I feel good about it. :)

    #93794

    Charlie
    Participant

    …continued.

    ‘Continued’ doesn’t imply that I ate more than planned.

    I feel fine now. I’ve just had pasta and a tomato/vegetable sauce. I didn’t eat any more of the fruit and nuts, though I’m not completely convinced I’d have been ok had I been home with them in the house around me all day. Obviously with having a lot of them this morning, I didn’t want anything at ‘lunch’ time, which is completely fine since I’m being inuitive.

    I’m not worried about tomorrow since I have a lot to distract me. It’s actually several friends’ birthdays this weekend. I’m meeting one of them in town in the day, then the other two are having a joint party in the evening. However, Sunday onwards is where I have to try and make this week of recovery a solid, ongoing thing.

    #93795

    Charlie
    Participant

    Saturday, 5th May 2012

    I’m not totally sure how I feel about today. It wasn’t terrible but it could have gone better, I guess.

    I woke up and wanted a decent breakfast, which I had. Then I wanted some fruit and nuts, which I had a lot of. I felt like I overate a bit but not in a ‘binge’ way. I didn’t feel out of control and although I didn’t feel great afterwards, I didn’t feel like I could be sick at any minute either.

    Following that, I went out to meet a friend in town. I got there on my bike and we spent several hours walking around. When I got home, I had some more fruit and nuts with a yoghurt. I definitely couldn’t eat any more today. I feel like I probably have overeaten, but not binged.

    It’s a step in the right direction at least, considering that for me, nuts and dried fruit are something I’ve often binged on. I don’t want to think about it in terms of calorie content because it’s probably higher than I’d like. I keep reminding myself that it’s normal to overeat and ‘indulge’ occasionally, and while today’s eating has consisted almost entirely of ‘binge food’, I haven’t overeaten to that level.

    #93796

    Charlie
    Participant

    Sunday, 6th May 2012

    I got up late today having been at my friend’s birthday party last night. An hour or two after I got up, I had what I thought was a fairly big breakfast/lunch. I nervously put it into this online food diary thing I sometimes use, and it came up as just below 600 calories which isn’t excessive, in my mind. I guess that’s partly because a lot of it consisted of vegetables and tofu.

    I did a bit of studying, relaxed, whatever. Bingeing crossed my mind but I gave myself time to have some rational thoughts, and made myself a cup of tea and sat and thought of all the reasons why I shouldn’t do it. A few hours on, I felt my energy dropping and I felt pretty drained. I craved some biscuits. I got a small bowl and portioned out three biscuits and some fruit and nuts. I did initially say I wouldn’t eat any of that today because I got into risky territory yesterday, but I was fine. I had the portion I gave myself, which was fairly generous as to not feel deprived, but not so large that I’d feel crappy afterwards. I feel fine, and that’s me done eating for the day I think. :)

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