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In need of some help

I feel like I am stuck in a bad cycle, I eat really well and excercise for a few days, then I binge really badly on all sorts of junk for the next few days, then return to my regular healthy habits, I don't purge but I can't seem to stop myself from just shoveling food down even when I know I am full and will feel shitty. Does anyone have advice? I keep a food journal but I always seem to find excuses to eat tons of food.

Sat. Apr 5, 1:04am

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I watched a show tonight.. I can make you thin.. when you feel like binging think of that food now do something digusting to it.. like pizza with hair all over it or roaches.. now eat that food with that mental image and press your thumb of your left hand to your left index finger. now press your thumb of your right side to your right index finger and imagine a time you were so happy and fullfilled in your life..

now when you want to emotional eat or binge go to that moment by pressing your right thumb to your right index finger and remember that time when you were so happy.. its suppose to help with the emotional eating.

I know it sounds disgusting to mess up a image of you favor food by putting hair or bugs or whatnot .. but if it helps you control the urge to binge.. andmake eating that food a choice not a compulsion. I will give it a try.

Saturday, April 05, 2008, 1:46 AM

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That sounds so negative PP. What terrible adivec to give someone. It's so out of context too. That's the way anorexics avoid food. They make scrapbooks with pictures of fatty (and delicious) foods and pictures of morbidly obese, obese, and overweight people beside them. Then they look at those pictures together to keep themselves from eating them. They call it THINSPIRATION. Look it up.

Saturday, April 05, 2008, 9:35 AM

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I think it's a great idea! These are foods we are not supposed to be eating... to be truly healthy, ever. I'm going to try it!

Saturday, April 05, 2008, 10:04 AM

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9:35 - it is common sense. If you eat fatty food, you're going to be fat. Look it up. :)

Saturday, April 05, 2008, 10:06 AM

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PP, when did I say that eating fatty foods didn't make you fat? Obviously they do, but it is mentally unhealthy to create imaginary negative connotations for those foods. Why not just exert a little natural self control.

That would be like saying that because someone has an alcohol problem they should envision themselves drowning in it every time they want to have a drink. Those negative images are not good for us.

How about every time you want to eat those fatty foods think about how much more you want to be thin, or to be able to run up a flight of steps without getting out of breath, or wear that summer dress proudly and comfortably, etc.

Positive images are so much more affective than negative ones. That's all.

Saturday, April 05, 2008, 10:35 AM

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9:35 & 10:35 here again. I just want to add that it doesn't make sense to envision fatty foods as evil because these foods are not the enemy. These foods are not trying to attack you in the night and jam themselves down your throats. Whomever is trying to lose the weight is the one who might need "hair all over or roaches" not the food. It's that person's association with food that is negative, not the foods themselves. blaming the food is just another part of the overweight person's blame game.

This is not good advice for someone "in need of help."

Saturday, April 05, 2008, 10:41 AM

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Who decides what is helpful?

Shouldn't the person asking for help decide whether or not the advice is helpful? What works for one, may not work for another, but I think the person in need can weed out what info they want , right???

Saturday, April 05, 2008, 12:44 PM

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PP, I don't know. I think it's fair to intercept and give my advice about the type of advice other people post.

It would be like if some youngster came on here and asked how she should lose weight and someone posted that they should eat 500cals a day, and then someone else came on and said "Yeah, that's a great idea. That'll work for sure." Don't you think it's reasonable for someone to step in and say : "I don't think that's healthy." How can you know that the person receiving the advice won't appreciate me looking out for him or her? I think it's only kind to let someone know if you think something seems unsafe. Especially when it's being given as advice on a normally rational, healthy, training site.

Saturday, April 05, 2008, 2:51 PM

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Also the OP seems to have vanished. I don't think she's been back since she posted her original cry for help. Who knows when she'll come and read the wacky advice people are giving her.

Saturday, April 05, 2008, 2:53 PM

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If you're bingeing because you're hungry, then you are restricting your calories too much on your "good" days. Very common phenomenon.

If you're bingeing for emotional reasons, you need to work on finding other ways to cope that don't involved food.

Saturday, April 05, 2008, 3:58 PM

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