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Does mindful eating really work?
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March 10, 2012 at 11:42 pm #91043
For your reference Tobe, the chapter I referred to is 31 normal eating…specifically pg 225 meal plans etc.March 11, 2012 at 12:01 am #91044
hi again… i was at the pool… lot of discussion in the meantime. I still have questions and comments Divine (thank-you for your input). ToBe, I have a couple kinds of ‘binges’ (now i don’t even know what a binge is anymore… if it has to happen in minutes??…); one is the type I described previously… the planned ritualistic thing… I haven’t had that in months cuz i’m too busy and it would take me out of circulation for a couple days. Another would be out of pure anxiety… sitting at my desk w/ deadlines that I fear, and a gnawing stomach. But i’ve learned from horrible experiences past not to binge on dessert food (candy, cookies, cake etc). And I don’t do this much anymore but i do remember one in particular, a do-or-die book deadline from a publisher…or an enormous pile of grading that had to be done by the next morning and it was 10 pm… i went out and got a couple big tubes of rice cakes, tub of margarine and 1-2 bags of red globe grapes (I love them) brought them back to my office… probably after crunching my way through 1/2 bag of TVP chunks. And I proceeded to eat most of it at my desk while trying to do the work…. more later… sciencefreak.March 11, 2012 at 12:43 am #91045
Thankyou everyone for your replies. It has helped me distinguish what mindful eating really is. I feel like when I just concentrate on the food and have conversations with the family when we have family dinners that my urge to binge increases. I think it’s because my family and I down dinner in seconds and move straight onto packets of chips and junkfood and mindlessly eat while watching t.v. But it’s a habit I’m trying to pull myself out of. Thanks again!March 11, 2012 at 9:35 am #91046
sorry @dani, we kind of went off on a tangent there! …your family’s habit of eating junk food straight after dinner doesn’t sound like the healthiest thing in the world doesn’t your mom know all about your problems with food?!
@divinelyyou, thanks for the reference! i was actually thinking about the whole of chapter 32 “body image, weight and dieting”. but yes, i have an eating plan now – or rather, i know what types of things i should be eating at what times of the day, in line with my blood sugar, hormones, training and body recomp goals. however i don’t restrict the amount i eat so i don’t get hungry, and i do ‘cheat’ occasionally, like when someone brings biscuits to the office. eating this way not only gives me the results i want i.t.o physique, but has also helped me to view food in a positive light, in that i am eating to nourish my body & help it grow, instead of viewing every calorie coming in as a calorie that has to be burned off.
@sciencefreak, i don’t think a binge ‘has’ to happen in a couple of minutes – this was just my experience. for me, a binge is when you don’t feel in control of what you are eating, or that you continue to eat after you want to stop. again, my experience differs from yours in that i would choose foods like desserts etc *despite* knowing how they would make me feel afterwards. there was no logic or control at all.
hmmm. i just looked up the wikipedia definition of binge eating.. it’s mainly about the loss of control. but the worrying part is this:Quote:Causes
No one is certain of what causes binge eating disorder. As many as half of all people with BED have been depressed in the past. Whether depression causes binge eating disorder, BED causes depression, or the two have a common cause, is not presently known.
The trigger point can be an emotion such as happiness, anger, sadness or boredom. Impulsive behavior and certain other emotional problems can be more common in people with binge eating disorder. However, many people also report that binging occurs regardless of their mood. It is also unclear whether dieting and binge eating are related. Some studies show that about half of all people with BED had episodes before they started to diet.
Researchers also state that binge eating disorder is more common among competitive athletes whose bodies are regularly on display, such as swimmers and gymnasts. Affected athletes in these sports tend to compare their own bodies in a negative way with those of their teammates and competitors. There has been research into how brain chemicals and metabolism affect binge eating disorder, but this study is in its early stages.
bloody hell!!March 11, 2012 at 11:29 am #91047
Hey tobebingefree I have spoken to mum about my problems with food but I haven’t really brough it up in context with the families eating habits. I have tried previously and they just ignore it or get mad with me suggesting that it is healthy to eat like that. But they usually only do so because they don’t have regular meals throughout the day. I have noticed, ever since I picked up on my own poor eating habits that my mum does binge. Okay it’s not as drastic as mine but she’ll just go so long without food and then just consume so much at once. She tends to skip meals like dinner or lunch and just make something small so she can have junkfood. She drinks ALOT of tea everyday and sometimes I get concerned because she already eats so much sugary food and we have a family history of diabetes.
One of my best friends confessed to me a while ago that she was once anorexic as it all started with her being overweight and trying to lose some weight. She then turned into bingeing and purging. I never really took notice but looking back she would eat very little and very healthy foods and then binge on the weekends. She would also openly admit this. She exercised every weekday for 2 hours of hardcore cardio. I never understood, I just thought she had a fast metabolism. I wish I could have come out to her about my own personal problems with this E.D but I just didn’t have the courage. I felt embarassed and it’s hard enough for me to be open with my family let alone my friends. I have trust issues that I’m trying to deal with.
Maybe I just need to try another approach to it all? xx thanks for the advice once againMarch 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm #91048
TOBE, that wiki entry is troubling because it is WRONG. What bothers me more is that therapists too often have similar views when they approach helping a patient. Years of therapy taught me THAT one. Their intentions are good, they want to help and believe they are. The approach however is wrong, and does not solve the problem as we now know.
Hope that will change in the future.March 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm #91049
i know!!! wow, i can’t believe that entry still exists on wikipedia. there are no references or anything ok, that made me angry, so i just spent some time researching some links, and i’ve updated the wikipedia page. if anyone wants to tidy it up (i don’t really know what i am doing on wikipedia!) please go right ahead
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