How To Stop Binge Eating

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

just ate 7 cookies

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    …and then joined this forum. I don’t know why I do things like this. I am a stay at home mom and I was always at a healthy weight. I have been struggling with losing my weight from 3 pregnancies but I have this horrible problem of binge-eating. I think I do it to relieve stress from parenting, or because it feels like a way to indulge myself or get a break. The problem is, I’m not merely indulging in a cookie…I eat ALL of them. I made a dozen cookies for the family yesterday and there were exactly 7 left. So, today when I put my baby down for a nap, and my older child got busy playing, I snuck into the kitchen and ate ALL SEVEN cookies that were left. Why, oh why, do I do this? Now I feel yucky and gross and I don’t know how to get back on track for the rest of the day. Does anyone have any advice for recovering after a binge and moving on with the day? And most of all, how do you eat normally for the rest of the day? Do I not eat at all unless I get physically hungry, even if this means skipping dinner? Or do I sit down for a normal supper with my family anyway? HELP!



    I’m in the same boat as you, trust me it’s not a good feeling. I’d say as soon as the cookies come out of the oven give them to the kids. Or hide them. Then eat something sweet but low in calories instead. Thats the best plan I would say




    Welcome to the forum. You’ll find a lot of support here.

    I’d like to simply say “water under the bridge”, if it were that easy. But I know that there’s not only the guilt and depression that can come with a binge, but the physical reminder of the binge, and the discomfort of the food in your stomach. I don’t have all of the answers, I’m just writing to let you know that there are more of us out there wondering the same things. There are some really great people you’ll meet on the forum who can give you answers and opinions on your questions.

    One key I’ve heard is to not binge, then restrict. You can get into a binge/restrict cycle that can bring you spiralling down.

    Another key is to do “intuitive eating”. I’m no expert on this, but eating what your body asks for.

    Another biggie is recognizing that it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

    Good luck to you. And know that you are welcome to the binge eating forum community.




    A warm Welcome to you Anastaisia :)

    This is certainly not something to fix overnight but we all take baby steps and then you all of a sudden realise you havnt binged in weeks!!! but if your back reading this today – try and accept that yes you binged today and that it is past history, now move on and do not restrict anything – have a nice healthy meal with your family – prepare it with love and eat it slowly and savour all the scrummy tastes. Have a wee treat after dinner only IF you feel like it – this may seem MADNESS after having 7 cookies today but the whole idea is to also ‘let’yourself have what you feel like as restricting absolutley eventually leads to binging.

    there is so much to learn and experiment with what works for you – and theres aot of literature out there on it too.

    A good start on here is to post your food intake daily and one big factor is you may not be actually eating enough!!! go figure?!!

    I can so realte to you as a stay at home mum – i only have one child and i’m v tired all the time so i can only imagine what having 3 does to you!!!! I know real tiredness always triggers a possbile binge with me so if your always tired – it’s HARD!!! no doubt about it.

    Start by giving yourself a break and being nice to you :)

    look forward to getting to know you

    Jen :)



    Thanks for the encouragement! It’s nice to know that I’m not alone. The restrict/binge connection is very interesting. I actually just decided today to start tracking my food intake so I was logging it on The Daily Plate website with the goal to lose my baby weight. I came home from an outing with the kids and found myself so starving that rather than making a healthy lunch, I lunged for the cookies. So maybe it was a defense mechanism to the idea that I was “dieting,” which I greatly dislike?

    So…is it possible to overcome binge eating and lose weight at the same time? Or do weight loss goals need to be put on hold while trying to conquer binge eating? My biggest impulse is to start fresh with the diet tomorrow, but it sounds like that might not be the best idea.



    Hey Anastasia! Welcome! I think something that would help you is to maybe find something that you can do during the day to maybe get a little break or “you” time so that you don’t feel the need to get that release from bingeing. Maybe your hubs could take over when he gets home from work or you could have a baby sitter for an hour or two so you can get out and do something to treat yourself? I think its important to get out of restrict/ diet mode so maybe tracking your food isn’t the best idea as that tends to get us obsessive in terms of calories? But if it works well for you, go for it. I think that weight loss goals definitely need to be put on hold during recovery because recovery is about learning to have a normal relationship with food and be able to cope with emotions…and weight loss is usually a slow gradual thing as opposed to crash dieting. But post binge, forgive yourself and DONT RESTRICT. Eat normally the rest of the day, even if you are feeling bloated. Hugs, Lauren

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