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What is your binge trigger

Have you ever had a totally out of control eating episode that started innocently enough with:

1 girl scout cookie
1 piece of chocolate
a potato chip
a piece of cinnamon toast.

About once a week I have a totally out of control day where I binge and eat so much fatty, processed foods my stomach hurts. It usually starts with just one little thing that tips me over the edge. I am wondering if there is anyone else who has that experience... and if there is any human way to avoid this.

Tue. Mar 14, 10:24pm

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I have the same problem...

Except w/mine, I noticed that I alternate between salty and sweet. I binge, all in one day, until I am physically ill.

I'll eat Ding Dongs, then find myself looking for salted peanuts, then a chocolate pudding, followed by some potato chips. It's insane.

Any tips?

Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 10:40 PM

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Do not keep those foods around. Want something sweet? Try strawberries and Fat Free Cool Whip. You can binge all day long on those and it is ok. Want something salty? NO CHIPS. The nuts are ok. If you want chips there are some new Fat Free choices to buy. Snack Cakes of any kind are a no no. Most of them just make you want to have another one. When the binges come on do something active. Take a walk, clean house, or just get ONE chip out and put the rest back. Break that chip into little pieces and eat each small piece one at a time. This sounds weird but you will get more of the taste and feel like you ate more of them.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 9:26 AM

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Hershey's Valentine chocolates. For some reason these are the best. Good thing they are all gone. I have no control with them.

Like someone else said, the best advice to not have it in the house. Then if you really want it, go buy the smallest searving they make and only eat that.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 9:48 AM

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This happens to me... I keep all these foods out of my house, and I never, ever binge at home. That really works.

BUT, when I am at my boyfriend's house, I can easily get out of control on all the junk he has. I just gravitate over to the cabinet and Ooohhh, chocolate covered pretzels. I am trying to make a rule that I bring my own food over, make my own dinner and stay out of his pantry.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 9:51 AM

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It wasn't just one trigger for me, it was a million! I couldn't stop thinking about food. I'd practically chew my husbands arm off if he stole one of my french fries. I could eat a whole bag of potato chips or a whole pizza, and a whole box of cookies, easily. People would bring food into work, cookies, donuts, candy, chips & dip, etc. and I'd just eat and eat and eat. Mindlessly. I'd let myself get too hungry, than I would pig out on anything in front of me.

This is what I did to deal with it:

First of all, eliminate it from your conciousness. Don't buy it and skip that aisle at the grocery store. You have to convince your mind that it is bad for you, that it will kill you (because it will!). Think of it as a food allergy. You are ALLERGIC to cake, you have a violent REACTION when you eat potato chips. And truthfully, all those food are POISON to your body, a way for food companies to control you to buy more and keep you fat and depressed so you keep eating and getting fatter and more depressed. You are fighting the MAN!

Then, never let yourself go hungry. Eat every 3 hours, before you even get a craving - snack on veggies & fruit throughout the day in addition to your regular meals. Keep yourself hydrated, constantly drink water & tea. You may still get cravings and get tempted to eat bad things, but it is easier to stop yourself when you are full & hydrated than when you are starving & thirsty.

This has worked for me. It might seem psycho but it works. I don't even think about those foods anymore, because I love the new me more than I love food. I now eat food to live and not live to eat food!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 2:53 PM

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My problem is anything that is chocolate so I don't buy it. I find I make a bowl of jello put some fresh fruit on it with no fat cool whip sure does the trick. I can eat that and not feel guilty. Something salty I eat popcorn I was never one for chips but love those doritios. I agree with everyone else on here just don't buy it. Out of sight Out of mind.

Have a great day everyone.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 4:00 PM

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I find that when I do the binge thing, my body is usually telling me that I need the nutrient that is in that given food. Yes, even junk food houses vitamins and minerals we need : ) My body knows at the time isnt concerned about the bad effects of the food but is only concerned that that item has what I need from previous programming.

The next time, look up the nutritional content of the food and determine what they have in common from a nutritional standpoint.

For instance, chocolate has the following
"Chocolate is a good source of essential minerals copper, magnesium and calcium"

I try to take a vitamin or eat healthy food that has what I am binging on.

Also, you may want to make sure that you are eating enough. If you had 3 days of eating like a baby rabbit when your former habbit was to eat differently, of course you are going to binge.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 4:31 PM

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Binge food

My binge food is pizza. I tell myself to have only two slices but that ends up to be like 5-6 slices. I love it soooo much.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 4:38 PM

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Pass it on!

My biggest binge trigger is boredom. When I don't HAVE to be doing anything in particular or I'm vegging in front of the TV my mind just naturally wanders to food. Happily, the first lesson I learned on this new and final journey down the scale is that if it's not in the house then I can't eat it. That is one of the best lessons I've learned and I strongly encourage all of you to purge your house of anything you should not be eating. And if you should not be eating it then your family should not be eating it either. Don't you wish your parents had taught you to eat mostly fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and healthy snacks and to stay away from high-fat, processed foods? If we had all learned that as children we may not have the weight issues we've got now. So pass on that great healthy eating habit to those you love most!

Best wishes!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 5:20 PM

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When I'm stressed, I crave salt, so Wheat Thins and Triscuits are my two addictions!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 5:40 PM

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