How To Stop Binge Eating

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

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  • #392

    jacquirsw1
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    Well I hope that this is going to help me.

    I had been in what I would class as a recovery phase (hadn’t binged for about 7months) until earlier this year, when I decided I was cured and stopped doing all of the things I know work. I started dieting again stopped my own journal and just got on with life.

    It work for a little while but before I realised what was happening I am now back here, binging regularly and feeling bad about myself again.

    I know that I have a perfectionist trigger, all or nothing thinking is a big part of my personality in all aspects of my life and is something I have to really focus on.

    So today is day one. I have read lots of posts and I know that we can do this, the support on here I have seen is great.

    Lets hope today is a good one

    Jacqui

    #6104

    ComA
    Participant

    Welcome in the team, Jackuirsw1 :-). Good luck to You, and keep us posted.

    #6105

    jacquirsw1
    Participant

    Well I have managed so far to stay on track today, I have eaten 3 meals and a snack and allowed myself some sponge cake as well which I normally wouldn’t do.

    Just got tonight to get through now which is always a bad time for me, but going to change some things so I am doing other stuff to normal to see if that helps

    Jacqui

    #6106

    jacquirsw1
    Participant

    Well I generally stayed on track. I did have one thing that I hadn’t planned to have which I was dissappointed in myself about, but for once I managed to just live with those feelings rather than repress them with even more food so I am overall chuffed with how yesterday went.

    So onto day 2. I have woken up feeling quite anxious about a number of things today, I am off work this week and due to go back on Friday and work hasn’t been a very positive place for me over the last few weeks. So today I am going to try and cope with those feelings and look at if there is anything I can do when I go back to make the situation better.

    Jacqui

    #6107

    jacquirsw1
    Participant

    Well not the best day I could have had. It started really well I had my food for the day planned out as I find this helps if I know what and when I am eating, and then my mate called and invited me out for lunch. ended up having something which I hadn’t planned for which knocked my off kilter a bit, but although I did over eat afterwards I didn’t binge and managed to stop it going to far.

    So today I have had

    Breakfast – 2 crumpets and honey

    Lunch – tuna melt panini

    snack – 4 x lemon slices

    dinner – home made lasagne

    so not too bad

    Jacqui

    #6108

    Imported
    Participant

    Jacqui,

    It’s great that you didn’t let a small overeating episode turn into binge eating, good job :)

    #6109

    jacquirsw1
    Participant

    Really struggling today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am back at work tomorrow and not looking forward to it, so have been getting the binge urge. I know it is because I am anxious about returning but that is not helping me.

    I have had 2 chocolate biscuits and some sponge so far that there was no need for and shouldn’t have had. I am so ready to just go all out for the bigne and am trying really really hard not to go there, but it is getting harder as each moment passes.

    I need to do something, I have tried calling a friend and stuff like that, I can’t go out at the moment. It is starting to feel inevitable and I don’t want it to!!!!!

    Sorry just needed to let it all out, I want to beat this and typing at least means that my fingers are occupied and can’t put anything in my mouth.

    Jacqui

    #6110

    Imported
    Participant

    Jacqui,

    What’s so bad about going back to work? Often we get anxious about work or school automatically but really if you were to sit down and try to make a list of reasons to be anxious you’d find no good ones.

    #6111

    jacquirsw1
    Participant

    Hi unfortunately there are lots of reasons that are quite valid about going back but too much to go into here. But lets say it has to do with staff wanting to try and get me sacked because I am challenging them and their practice and they don’t like it. I am also having to act up and am anxious that my best isn’t going to be good enough and will lessen the chance of me getting the post on a permanant basis.

    Well This is what I ended up eating today, not proud of it and feeling a bit rough.

    Breakfast – cereal bar

    Lunch – cheese pitta and home made mushroom soup

    snack – 2 rocky bars (this is where it started going wrong)

    Binge – 4 sponge cakes, 2 more rocky bars, 4 mini chocolate bars (crunchie, fudge etc)

    Dinner – liver and bacon casserole, oven chips, cabbage, carrots, parsnips.

    The only thing that I am positive about today is the fact that I managed to convince myself not to starve after the binge and still had my normal dinner.

    I have sorted out the food I am going to take to work tomorrow as I am notoriously bad about eating when I am at work and having the classic wait until soo hungry that I binge so I have prepared a lunch to take with me that I will eat through the day.

    I also have to get up early to take the in laws to the airport so will need to remember to take it slow in the later part of the day so I don’t binge because I am tired.

    Thanks for trying to help Andrew.

    Jacqui

    #6112

    Imported
    Participant

    Jacqui,

    It’s a really good idea to plan out your meals in advance. It’s kind of interesting that your job stresses you out, for me my old job was a main cause of my binge eating.

    It took me a while to deal with it, finally admit it sucked and that I need to put in some effort and transition my career. Of course I had some flexibility because I’m originally a computer science major.

    However most of the flexibility really came from my decisions to say screw it and trusting that I’ll be able to manage and find a better job after quitting. Many people to this day think I’m crazy for doing that :) and I don’t blame them. It is a bit nuts even as I reflect back on it, however it really paid off :)

    I’m not sure what your industry is like and I can see how it might be tough being at a job that’s a bit stressful. I guess I don’t really have any advice, but thought I’d share my past situation anyways because it is a bit similar.

    #6113

    Andrew B
    Keymaster

    jacqui,my job was a major stress factor…..i took a risk and quit…im settled now but even then the worry of when am i going to find another job was a major anxiety feeling…my mental state of mind is more important than anything else…put yourself first

    #6114

    binger
    Participant

    sorry forgot to log in

    #6115

    jacquirsw1
    Participant

    Hi

    I manage a home for teenagers with emotional and behavioural disorders. I absolutely love the kids and the knowledge that I am helping them to overcome their past issues and move on with their lives, but the staff…………………….. need I say more.

    A lot of the stress comes from my own issues around perfectionism and I realise that and do try to amend it when that happens, but when you are responsible for other people (the kids) then I don’t see why I should compromise on the care that they get, so do end up causing trouble for myself because if I see something that needs challenging then I will do it, I can’t just leave it for an easy life like some people do.

    I have just put in for a new job, which is above the one I have now. (crazy I hear you say) I feel that if I got it because I would be more accountable I would actually feel better as I would control more of the situation than I do now, which is often where I get frustrated.

    The good news is though that my planning has gone well today and I have eaten my planned food at roughly the times that I wanted to have them. I am tired tonight as I was up early to take the mother in law to the airport and as I know that tiredness is a big trigger for me I have planned to have lots of little things through the evening so that I don’t then feel the urge to pig out.

    Thanks for all the support, just knowing that people are around helps

    Jacqui

    #6116

    binger
    Participant

    hey Jacqui,i too work with children…im a residential children officer and work in a childrens home. the kids have behavioural and emotional problems….i know how stressful the role can be..part of the challenge i have is that when it comes to dinner time especially staff need to be seen to eat the same as the kids…and sometimes this gives me anxieties.I try and stay in charge of cooking the dinner if im on shift but trusting someone else to cook dinner is hard because you dont know how much oil is in the food or if it was fried or grilled….but staff are supportive as they know about my bulimia

    #6117

    jacquirsw1
    Participant

    Wow what a coincidence.

    It is good that you have got a supportive team. Do you want to come and work for me I could do with some good staff!

    I find that the eating is erratic, as you know meals are one of the big flash points for the kids so often we end going for ages without eating cos of incidents and things like that. Or a kid will start disclosing and the last thing you are going to do is say ‘just stop for a minute so I can eat’

    What area are you in?

    Jacqui

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