How To Stop Binge Eating

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How to Stop Eating Out of Boredom

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  • #387

    Imported
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    Eating out of boredom is very common. It’s actually a form of emotional eating, and here is how to deal with it.

    When you feel bored it’s important to realize that your body is trying to tell you something. Often the message it’s trying to convey might sound like any of the following:

    - Life is starting to seem dull and pointless, and I should do something exciting

    - Life is getting way to comfortable, maybe I need to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone more, explore new territories, try new activities

    - I feel like I’m spending most of my time doing things that I don’t really enjoy, maybe it’s time I start doing more of what I love

    - I should take some time off and go on vacation

    I hope you are starting to see the point. When you feel bored your body is trying to tell you something.

    Often it’s much easier to engage in emotions eating or eat out of boredom than to actually fix the real problem.

    Anyways, I would like to know your thoughts? Can you relate to this?

    #6080

    ComA
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    You may connect new activities with growing as a person, fulfilling your dreams and goals. I love studying (such a self-improvement) and always wanted to get back to university I interrupted leaving my home country, so now, a few years later, I do TEFL course – another way to get back to school :P .

    #6081

    Andrew B
    Keymaster

    I can totally relate to this, eating out of bordem, eating when I’m depressed, or eating when I’ve had a bad day. I used to be really thin – healthy thin, toned, and exercised and ate healthy for the most part. Then… I had children, I have been in a relationship that hasn’t been good for me, I work constantly, I love my job but hate the people I work with, so eating has become something that comforts me. Even when I’m not really hungry, I’ll eat. Because for some reason, it makes me feel better for a minute. Not happy, but better. I was never like this before, but I am trying to stop. I am about 40 pounds overweight, yes, that’s right, 40 pounds. Today is November 4, 2008 and I am setting a goal for myself. A goal to be healthy, not skinny, but healthy and stop overeating and make smarter choices, and do more physical activity. I am guilty of eating too much chocolate, and I will allow myself to enjoy chocolate in moderation,but not when I have had a lousy day or when I am upset. I will keep up and let you know how my goals are coming along. I don’t want to kill myself with a knife and fork!

    #6082

    40LBSHealthier
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    My binge today consisted of:

    1 cup of Coffee (which is normal)

    3 cider doughnuts

    random candies from halloween

    1/2 crispy chicken sandwich from fudrucker’s

    2 glasses of apple cider

    I just ate all this because, I don’t know why?! I wasn’t hungry when I did it. What’s wrong with me?

    #6083

    Imported
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    Anonymous,

    That’s a great start :) I also really like the distinction you make between eating in moderation vs emotional eating. I’m actually going to start a new post and discuss my own experience with it more.

    40,

    Halloween candies are a big common temptation. And I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong with you. Eating is an activity of immediate pleasure, and who doesn’t want that?

    I think you are taking a great first step by listing and becoming more aware of the foods you are eating.

    Maintaining a food journal where you write down what you eat, and how it makes you feel afterwords is probably a great start to increase your awareness.

    #6084

    40LBSHealthier
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    Today is November 7, 2008. I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast, 1 bowl of some healthy soup for lunch (normally I would have had 2 bowls, but was full after only 1), I enjoyed an ice cream sandwich after, not because I was upset, but because I said I would allow it in moderation. For dinner, I had some baked chicken, steamed broccoli, and macaroni. My kids enjoy Velveeta mac & cheese. I am working on portion control as well. That’s what my real problem is. Like an all you can eat type of thing going on, so portion control is definately going to be important. I have also found someone to walk with when I am not in work. I also have a Wii Fit and plan to use it often, after my kids open their Wii at Christmas! Another problem is I love to cook! I love food, cooking, and baking, but here is a good, healty recipe to try if you like vegetables:

    Preheat oven to 350.

    Cut up some squash [yellow, green, acorn, whatever is in season], eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, whatever you like, into chunks. Sometimes I hit up the reduced rack at the grocery store and cook right away!

    Place in a pan, drizzle with E.V.O.O. and sprinkle some garlic salt/powder, salt, & pepper.

    Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until “tender crisp”

    Take out and enjoy while hot! This is a delicious, healthy side that will compliment some baked chicken or grilled steak, or even by itself.

    #6085

    Andrew B
    Keymaster

    I am only 17 but i have been suffering with binge eating for as long as i can remember. It started after i deprived myself from all junk and became anorexic at just 13. I know that i am better than this dissorder, but it has taken me a while to realise that. However i am stuck in this cycle which i am desperate to get out of. There are times when i go to the fridge almost on auto pilot and pick any food that is there, and when i’m eating it i barely taste it and just shut off. Afterwards i feel so sick and guilty and i promise myself i wont do it again, but then i find myself repeating it all over again the next afternoon. I am now reaching out for help and if anyone has success stories to share i would love to read them. Sasha.

    #6086

    Andrew B
    Keymaster

    Sasha-

    One of the things one can try is to make sure you stock your fridge with healthy options and also stay away from “easy grab” foods. If you must cook to snack you will be a lot less likely to binge. Make sure you are eating small meals 5 time a day vs eating one or two big meals. If you are 17 I am guessing that you are either about to go to college or be on your own or you are still staying with your parents. At time such as those you can have trouble finding time for the 5 meals or lack the ability to pick what your fridge has. When you feel a binge is about to start grab a drink instead of food. Find a low cal drink that you like. Also grab a glass of water. Then go away from the kitchen, if you stay near it you may feel an urge to go get more. Alternate drinking the drink and the water. This allows for you to gain cal and prevent anorexia but the excess liquid will cause your stomach to stretch and send a “full” signal to your brain which prevents all he cal. from a binge.

    #6087

    AndyA
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    Hey guys

    I used to eat because I thought I was hungry all the time aswell but after reading Brad Pilon’s ‘Eat Stop Eat’, I realized I ate because I was used to it…and the more I ate the hungrier I got!

    I learnt how to listen to my stomach and take a break from eating every now and then as Brad suggests in his book. I now eat whatever I want and don’t feel guilty or worry about it. I am also losing a lot of weight and fat aswell!

    If you are interested you can check it out here

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