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How much do eat during a binge?

I was wondering what others class a binge?
I dont binge anymore but when I did it could vary.

One example of a binge to me is a full packet of chocolate biscuits, 2 packets of crisps and a litre bottle of coca cola.

Tue. May 13, 8:56am

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I classs it as eating until my stomach hurts it is so full - like a triple whopper value meal at Burger King and then a coupla donuts for dessert - yuck.

so not doing that again...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 10:37 AM

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OP--how did you stop binging?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 10:49 AM

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okay, this is bad, but I do not fool around if I binge, I will easily eat an extra 4000- 5000 + calories on one day because I am just that hungry and tired of my long term strict diet and I figure that my body can only grab so many of those calories on the way out, which I am not sure is true.

Not good - I know - but this is very rare for me now.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 11:35 AM

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The only way I have managed to stop bingeing in to allow myself something if i feel a binge coming on. Generally I will share some chocolate of a small burger with someone. Its hard but if I say 'no rubbish at all' I end up bingeing so a little is better then thousands of calories.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 12:42 PM

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I don't eat fst food or junk food (much) anymore but I still find myself in a binging place occasionally...

so it can be 3 fatfree Whole foods bran muffins driving home in the car after shopping (after eating sushi in the dining area).

or after a day of good eating half a package of pumpernickle pretzels dipped in honey mustard and a cup of pistachio nuts (the salt just about does me in!)

or after shopping at the drug store a whole container of Hot Tamales or Good and Plenty. Somehow they got added to my purchases.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 1:13 PM

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i dont binge very often in fact rarely but wheni do i always end up eating double my normal calories. not necessarily on junk food but just overeating anything i can find. but i always end up sick afterwards. whichis whyi dont so it that often

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 1:17 PM

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well, I have to say, you are reminding me of that powerful horrible feeling of nausea and high disappointment after a binge to make me not ever want to do it again...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 1:58 PM

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Exactly. Thank you all for sharing so honestly. It truly has been helpful.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 2:32 PM

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Anywhere from 300 to 2000 calories, but I define a binge by what's going on in my head when I do it, not by how many cookies I stuffed down my throat.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 2:52 PM

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my former favorite binge:

16 oz prime rib plus cream based horseradish sauce
baked potato w/ everything
salad w/ blue cheese dressing
1 pint Ben & Jerry's

This was over about 2 hours, alone at night. Thankfully I stopped this kind of binge several years ago. I still binge occasionally but it'll be 500-600 calories, instead of thousands.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 6:44 PM

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I am a bulimic. You have NO IDEA how much I can eat in one binge. I wish I could just binge and let it stop there but ever since the first time I purged (8 years ago) I know it is too easy to undo it.
Just to be clear I do not recommend purging to anyone. I won't say it has ruined my life but it did ruin one year of it (then I went into treatment) and I cry when I think about how much better my life would be without it.
I am in a better place now but I still have slips - and the more I diet the more I slip. The binges make me gain weight (bulimia does not cause weight loss despite what people think) which makes me diet more. It's visicious.
This post and the other one on binging on the board right now are really hard for me to read but I keep coming back to it.
I needed to get that out. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 6:56 PM

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Ill binge until I feel physicaly ill. I dont purge, I can't, but I can pack down (after a typically day of eating with dinner) three bowls of cereal, a few slices of toast with butter and sugar and two chocolate bars plus the left overs from dinner I was saving for lunch.....

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 8:48 PM

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ha ha I am a guy, so I can totally beat you all, I can take in 2000 calories in a sitting easily. I guess I could probably do 7000 in a day or more...

...but I think 1:58 / 2:32 is the point here kids.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 9:40 PM

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almost a lb of pasta w/ cheese and maybe bacon, with a pause for a sweet chaser, then back to finish up the pasta...

or a big bag of tostitos with a big jar of cheese dip - or a big clock of melted cheddar and salsa

this was almost daily.. happy tp report that its over... if i crave, i eat a small bowl and then move on.... I thought I LOVED to binge.. but found out that I love the feeling of being thin MUCH MUCH better~

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 6:35 AM

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this is more about craving food - than binging - sorry

i don't usually binge, because if i want something bad enough, I just eat it - and screw the diet for the day. If you eat what you want rather than denying yourself - you will feel fulfilled and won't eat everything in sight.

for instance if i want ice cream, but i try to fill that craving with something else - i will eat toast, strawberries, roast beef, and other low fat/low calories items - and know you what at the end of all that - trying to eat things low cal - I end up eating the ice cream anyway...

so the short of it is... if you want something bad enough, eat it. don't try to eat around a craving, you will end up eating twice as much.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 9:10 AM

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Good point, PP.

And in moderation.
If I'm craving mcdonald's fries, I get a small order and only eat half.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 9:17 AM

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I don't have huge binging problems like some of the ones described above, but I recently ate 1/2 box of sugar crisps, simply because my mouth wanted to keep chewing. I can also eat 1/2 box of cheezits.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 11:33 AM

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Friday, June 19, 2009, 1:04 PM

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in treatment for eating disorder (response to 6:56)

i completely understand what you are talking about 6:56. i too have struggled with a general eating disorder (anorexic @ age 14 [got down to 89lbs; i'm 5ft4in] and bulimic ever since [i'm 36). every time i see posts like this, i am drawn to them like watching a car accident.... it's been about 2 years since i last deliberately purged, but i think about it every day. thankfully i have been on medication to control the OCD part of the illness, but it's hard still to deal with having a very negative and harmful relationship with food. but over time i have learned that every day is a new day.

i just want you to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel though the tunnel seems incredibly long. stay strong and focused and know that you are not alone!

Monday, June 22, 2009, 5:04 AM

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I don't binge regularly, but when I do I'll just go to the kitchen and take a bit of everything that's around. I might have a couple slices of bread, a handful of chips, a chunk of cheese, a leftover hotdog, etc. etc. I'll probably binge up to 1000 at any one time, and it's usually always savory things - sweets don't do it for me. I also only do this when I'm under a lot of stress. I can never binge when I'm out as I'm so embarrassed about it - I'll only do it when I'm home alone.

Monday, June 22, 2009, 8:59 AM

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I too binge late at night, but in front of people I would never eat like the pig I am when I am alone... It's embarrassing, I get up in the middle of the night and end up rummaging in the kitchen EATING. I have even ended up binging at my boyfriend's apt many of nights at 3am.. seriously what is wrong with me... I am so embarrassed by this and I know it definitely hampers on my weightloss as I crave simple carbs - eating handfuls of animal crackers, bowls of cereal, multiple granola bars and 4 skinny cow ice cream cones or 8 rice cakes at one time.. I am disgusted by myself after these frequent episodes in the past few months since I have started the pill, maybe that has somehting to do with it, since I never did this before! I would love to be NORMAL again and sleep through the night without eating. grr

Monday, June 22, 2009, 9:44 PM

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