How To Stop Binge Eating

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

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  • #96370

    Trauma girl
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    Great job! Keep it up. It’s an inspiration.

    #96371

    lexiloo52
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    Alice, I love to try to give advice. I’m certainly not perfect, but I think I might have some suggestions.

    My fiance is also a recovering drug addict. He’s actually the one who has helped me get this far. He taught me to treat it like an addiction, because that’s exactly what it is. It might seem over-dramatic to accept that, but while I may not ever have been as physically addicted to food as he was to drugs, I was just as addicted mentally. Once I accepted that, I accepted how important it was for me to stop. With him by my side, I decided that I was the master over myself and was not a slave to food! I relied on him heavily at first, but now I’m able to stand on my own two feet :)

    I don’t count calories, but I have some fairly strict guidelines I follow. I only eat during meal times and I never ever go back for seconds of anything.

    Eventually I’d like to factor in snacks to my daily diet, but I’m typically a snack-binger, so I’m avoiding snacks at all costs.

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a “normal” diet, so the past two weeks have kind of been a lot of experimenting and listening to my body. I really want to eat a healthy amount of food, but I’m not sure what that is. I eat until I’m full, and then I stop. Sometimes that can be a struggle. Yesterday, I had a bowl of Mac and Cheese and there were like 5 bites left, but I got full. I really wanted to eat it all, but I decided since I was full that was it. I rinsed it out of the bowl before I could change my mind. I take those small moments of strength and sabotage any change I have of binging :)

    Alice, if your boyfriend is willing, let him help you out a lot! Having someone who loves you and understands can be your greatest asset. Without Mark, I would still be a binge-addict, I have no doubt. I owe so much to him. I like that you confess to your boyfriend when you’ve binged :) That accountability is always important!

    So, I’m dying for dinner to hurry up. I’m still working on keeping my thoughts off of food constantly. I’m much better than I used to be (I counted down constantly to the next meal), but I have a long way to go.

    #96372

    lexiloo52
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    Day 17 has been fine and dandy. It hasn’t been until the past few days that I’ve had big cravings to resist. I think it might be good to let myself have a tiny bit of chocolate every day just to satisfy that sweetness craving so that I can get it out of my head! But I’ve been good still! It’s crazy to think I can actually say no to whatever craving comes my way. I never used to be able to :)

    #96373

    missjackie
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    You’re doing great Lexi. I think dark chocolate would be great to satisfy your cravings because you only need a tiny bit to get that flavor.. plus there’s not a bunch of weird crap in it :) Good job on saying no!

    #96374

    lexiloo52
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    I love milk chocolate so so much though. I crave the sweetness, not the chocolateness. So I got some Hershey’s Nuggets and I’ll have one with lunch each day! I’m already looking forward to the treat tomorrow. Plus, I take gummy vitamins, so that’s always a nice sweet something. Maybe I’m being too soft on myself :) I feel good about it, though!

    I’m going to try something new. Everybody always posts their food. I haven’t to this point and I’m not exactly sure why, but here goes!

    Breakfast

    Two slices of toast with peanut butter

    Strawberry Oikos Greek Yogurt (this stuff is amazing!)

    Lots of water!!!

    Lunch

    Two mini pizzas (two Rhodes rolls with pasta sauce, mozzarella, and pepperonis)

    Some pita chips

    A banana (:D)

    Dinner

    One big taco, one small taco (ground turkey meat, cheese, sour cream, salsa, corn)

    Some sweet potato fries

    And gummy vits!

    #96375

    amillioncarrots
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    Lexilooooooo yaaay :D you go girl. You’ve come so far!

    Your photos look great!!! I can TOTALLY see a difference wow! And you’re so cute!

    #96376

    lexiloo52
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    Day 18!!!

    Okay, I’m super nervous. We’re going to Utah next week for my brother’s wedding and there are going to be about a million binge opportunities. This will be the true test for me. My grandparents have a bowl of M&Ms that sits right by the door, so it’s so easy to grab a handful every time I come or go, but I’ve decided I’m not going to have a single M&M while I’m there. Not one. I will have my mini chocolates and that will have to do. Also, wedding receptions always have yummy little finger foods. But I won’t have ANY of them because we’re going out to lunch right before the reception. My fiance has to stay here in Colorado to work, so he can’t be there with me to cheer me on :( So, I guess this really is the test!

    #96377

    lexiloo52
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    I should have know it wasn’t a good idea to weigh myself every day. As I was thinking, I realized how much I think about my weight lately, and it’s because I have a daily reminder of what it is. So, that stops immediately. I won’t weight myself more than once a week. If I do it more, I start to get focused on it. I want to keep my mind healthy and focused on what it needs to focus on, and that’s overcoming this addiction completely.

    #96378

    missjackie
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    You’re nearly three weeks binge free. I know you can resist that temptation. I always find it easier to avoid binging when other people are around. I agree you shouldn’t become obsessive about your weight. Work on one goal at a time – which is not binging! :)

    #96379

    aliceautumn
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    Thanks for the tip about getting support from my boyfriend. I told him not to buy breakfast cereal or peanut butter for a couple of weeks. I don’t have these things in my house, but when I go to his it can be a problem. Now that we’re moving in, I told him I need some help keeping some of these things at bay. He isn’t especially fond of either food so I didn’t think it would be a big deal. At first he said something kind of insensitive, something like, “That sounds like your problem.” I was quick to reply, “Yes it is my problem but you can chose to help me with it if you like. I help you not do drugs every day and that is not my problem either.”

    I think it clicked a little bit with him. Small steps at a time. I can’t expect everyone to understand, especially boys. Have fun at the wedding. Do you drink? Maybe a glass of wine or 2 couldn’t hurt and it might take your mind of the buffet because your taste buds are busy. And you get the tipsy bonus :)

    I like your rule about No M & Ms. It isn’t that you are banning chocolate, you are acknowledging that you do not like how they are presented. It is easier to never take the first handful than stop after your first handful. Been there done that! And you are allowing smaller treats along the way instead! When I deprive myself time and time again (especially in a social situation) I end up getting frustrated and binging on food at home. Consequently, it is less good than the food I passed up as well as a million times more caloric.

    Keep it up. I think the food journal idea is good, but I wouldn’t recommend doing it everyday. I did it for awhile and it was all I thought about. Good luck!

    #96380

    lexiloo52
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    My family is Mormon, so we don’t drink, and there definitely won’t be any alcohol at the reception :) I’ll just have to control myself. Maybe I could just have a bottle of water and take a sip every time I feel the urge to go to the snacks. I’m not even going to look and see what they have!

    Today was pretty super!

    Breakfast

    Oatmeal with a little bit of brown sugar

    Oikos strawberry Greek yogurt

    Lots of water!

    Two gummy vits

    Lunch

    Sub sandwich (chicken with mayo, provolone, and lettuce)

    Salt and vinegar chips

    Sprite/Lemonade drink

    Little piece of Hershey’s chocolate

    Dinner

    Small piece of chicken breast with mesquite marinade

    Slice of toast with peanut butter

    Fruit “ice cream” (just a banana, mangoes, pineapple, and some coconut)

    So in hindsight, I overate at lunch. I should have gone with a low fat chip or gone without chips. I also should have gotten water instead of Sprite. However, I was super proud of myself at dinner. Well, before dinner actually. Normally, I’m super anxious for dinner and once it hits 4:00 I start thinking about what I can eat and I keep checking the clock to figure out when I can eat. Today, however, I was so anxious to see my fiance that I forgot about dinner! It wasn’t until my dad made it that I really thought much about it. Also, I saw the whole chicken breast and thought it was too big, so I only took half! Then I thought my bowl of fruit “ice cream” looked like too much. However, considering that was all fruit and super healthy, I ate it all anyway :)

    I also got to the gym today (although that’s a separate issue from eating altogether). I spent a nice 30 minutes on the elliptical. I don’t know why I haven’t always worked out! Actually, yes I do. I’ve always tried to push myself WAY too hard. Starting out with just 30 minutes is helping me look forward to it, instead of dreading and postponing it.

    #96381

    aliceautumn
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    Drinking actually lowers your ability to make strong decisions so maybe it is a better lifestyle choice for some to not drink. It’s another one of those “on moderation” things that are so hard to control.

    So I bought a big box of honey graham crackers. I ate I think… 6 “sheets” so… 24 individual crackers or so. I found a single serving packet of chocolate hazelnut butter at the store and put that on top. I also grazed a bit in the bulk food aisle. That is a really bad habit that I quit for some time but now it’s back, apparently. It is also stealing…

    Anywho. I did pretty well today besides all of that. I can’t tell how bad that eating episode was. Was it intentional? Or was it a binge? What is the difference? More bingey I suppose, but it could have been worse. I am feel pudgy and that simply isn’t helping. How do I not care about weight???

    I am thinking about throwing away the box of graham crackers… I think I will actually. It is a waste because I didn’t even eat 1/3 of the crackers but they just don’t have a place in my daily diet. They are a holiday food (smores) and a binge food… I threw away all of the nuts in the house yesterday. I caught myself fantasizing about the cashews and almonds and peanuts… They are healthy sure, but I never ate them in a way I could feel good about. I wonder if wasting money will be an incentive to not buy it in the first place.

    Hope your day is going well. I move out officially on the 31st! Yay, less stress, and hopefully I won’t binge anymore then. :/ I am deeply considering getting “Brain Over Binge” because I have heard that book and that book only come up in the forum a lot. I am not really into “self help” books. I think they are kind of a waste of money. But you know what? I think I need help. Any thoughts on the book, you guys?

    #96382

    lexiloo52
    Participant

    How do you not care about weight? Great question. It’s not like POOF! I don’t care about weight anymore. It’s a gradual thing where you make it less important every day. I, for example, need to stop weighing myself daily. The biggest thing, though, is to love your body for what it is. That’s so hard!!! All of us have self-esteem issues. For me, it took my wonderful fiance telling me multiple times every day that I’m beautiful and that I have a beautiful body for me to believe that it’s true. I don’t think that it requires someone else telling us that we’re beautiful, although that can be immensely helpful! We’ve got to tell ourselves how beautiful we are until we start to believe it!

    Oh man! Tonight my sister bought Pringles (my #1 enemy food!!!) and I did not eat them! Granted, she wouldn’t have let me, but I didn’t even ask. I also made pizza for Mark when he got back from work, and I didn’t have a single bite of that either! Wow. I deserve a nice treat tomorrow because that was hard work!!! I actually bought these calcium chews that are insanely delicious! Not because I think I need calcium supplements (although I really do because I don’t like milk), but because they’re so freakin’ good!!! Okay now I’m just rambling :) Heehee goodnight!

    #96383

    BleuCeleste
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    Lexi, I am so happy for you! I know, it’s incredible, once the bingeing goes you regain so much self-confidence. Self-acceptance.

    You are doing so amazingly, it’s inspiring!

    #96384

    lexiloo52
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    Yikes, so I know I was getting a bit obsessed because I really really really wanted to weigh myself this morning. But no. I decided to do that once a week, so once a week it is. This isn’t about weight. I need to keep reminding myself of that. I’m not denying that the weight loss is nice, but I should focus on how nice it is to be free from this addiction and be able to say no! I just thought since I accepted that mindset in the beginning that it would automatically stay like that, but it takes work, surprisingly!

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