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Biggest Binger Contest!?

My entry to the Biggest Binger Contest: a HUGE (980 calories, 7 servings) bag of cheddar corn puffs from TJ's, eaten compulsively in one sitting this evening.

(I wish the corn puffs were heavier. I did at least 1500 reps of some kind of arm curl as I reached into the bag and then up to my mouth.)

Anyone else had a huge binge on something recently? Feel free to submit your entries...

Mon. Apr 3, 10:35pm

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well, my husband is currently scarfing down a huge bowl of popcorn that I am resisting... though he is not on peertrainer... or a diet...

Monday, April 03, 2006, 10:36 PM

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Well, after dinner out on Friday, I didn't feel full... I had a soy chai at the coffee shop (120 calories) and also came home and had two "lite" english muffins with margarine and jelly (350 calories), two granola bars (240 calories) with peanut butter (200 calories) and a handfull of Life cereal (50 calories). Yeah, that was not good. I allow myself a splurge on the weekends, but that is just ridiculous. Thank you for sharing this post. I know the behavior is negative, but at least I have company.

Monday, April 03, 2006, 10:53 PM

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How about 16 Timbits? (doughnut holes) I did that Sunday, I can't believe I ate that many. I was just going to have 4, but couldn't stop. It was about 900 calories total.

Monday, April 03, 2006, 11:13 PM

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I'm not trying to be rude.....but how does this thread benefit anyone?

Binge eating is very serious and addictive for some......I think the discussion should focus on overcoming the behavior rather than celebrating it through a biggest eater contest.

Monday, April 03, 2006, 11:39 PM

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i think it hold people accountable and able to make better decisions next time...most people who binge are ashamed and hide it and then do it again

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 8:20 AM

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I posted my little binge earlier and would like to add positive comments about how I am trying to overcome this. Perhaps contest was a poor word choice for the subject of this thread. I am not trying to out-eat anyone. However, it makes me feel supported knowing other people are out there who do these small binges, even on (sometimes) healthy food.

Yes it is a negative behavior, and an unhealthy relationship with food. I realize I am "feeding" some other emotion and not actually my body. I haven't discovered what I am feeding yet, but will be going to therapy soon to try and figure it out.

Typically I have lots of willpower and stick to my calorie goal 5-6 days a week, but once I let go and tell myself to eat what I want, it's almost impossible to stop. Any suggestions on how to maybe stop midway through the bag rather than finish the whole thing? What do you say to yourself to stop? (I keep almost no snack foods in the house, but I will overeat anything... even nuts and granola bars add up quickly.)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 9:46 AM

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Just a suggestion - make a "rule" for yourself that you'll never eat directly out of the bag. You can pour cheese puffs, or whatever, into a bowl or mug, or onto a paper towel. Sure, it's a little messier to clean up, but isn't that better than weighing too much? The best way, though, is to put everything in 1-portion-sized baggies as soon as you get home from the grocery store. Even cereal. Then everything is pre-measured, and you can grab one serving and go sit down and eat it, and if you want more, you'll have to get up to get it. But more likely, you'll be able to stop at one. It's especially easier to stop at one when it's in serving-sized portions, as opposed to munching out of the whole bag. Also, don't let yourself eat standing up. Make yourself sit down. That way, you can't graze out of the fridge or pantry.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 11:15 AM

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someone also recently suggested in a different thread getting a bunch of measuring cups and leaving one in each bag so that it is really, really easy to measure out a portion size. This goes with not eating out of the bag - you measure it out, pour it onto a plate or into a bowl or whatever, and it makes logging accurately way easier, too. I haven't done it yet, but mostly because I haven't made it to the store to get the measuring cups, but I am planning to.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 11:24 AM

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In response to the 4/3/06, 11:39pm poster, I see what you are saying as far as binging being a very serious problem. But i'm guessing the original poster just wanted to know she wasn't alone.

I know i feel that way some times. I see these beautiful, extremely fit people out in public and wonder if they ever eat anything bad for them. I wonder if i'm normal to have cravings. I once went to a nutrition session where the presenter said that when her and her husband want to order pizza they make sure they eat a head of brocoli before it arrives to prevent them from over eating on the pizza. Come on! Do people really do that? If so, kudos to you. But, aren't you ordering the pizza for a reason!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 12:27 PM

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Actually, I recently started snacking on raw veggies before dinner. A baggie full of cauliflower and broccoli and carrots does a lot of good. I feel like it satisfies my desire to chew a lot of food, it is very filling, it actually makes me say "Gah, I can't take another bite" and boy does my dinner taste good afterward.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 12:40 PM

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