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Binge eating

I am not overweight at the moment, but I suffer from binge eating/OCD. I can't stop--and it's become a daily/nightly habit. I don't know anyone I can talk to who understands. Everyone I talk to doesn't believe how hard this is since I'm not overweight right now.
If I had to self evaluate, it's almost as if I hate myself so much that I don't feel I deserve to be thin. Probably the only reason I'm still small is that I work out a lot. (Yes, the over-exerciser-bulimic tendency...) But, even lately my motivation has just dropped and I've recently, quickly gained over 5lbs. I can't seem to be able to control myself. I don't know how to stop.
I could go on and on about how this problem manifests itself, but I know my problems are not any more (or less) important than everyone elses...
Thanks for reading.

Sun. Sep 10, 12:04am

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If you really want help, see a professional. Available free if you're in school, or many companies have EAP (emp assistance programs).

You've taken the first step by admitting you have a problem, but don't deny how serious it is.

Sunday, September 10, 2006, 4:54 AM

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I don't know how to help but here is some advice. Take it one day at a time! Log on to Peer Traianer as often as you want. Log your food even when you are binging. Don't beat yourself up if you had a binge. This is a weakness. Everyone has weaknesses. It doesn't matter if you are fat or skinny it is what is going on in your head. The goal at Peer Trainer( at least this is what I think ) is to help each other be the best we can be. there is also a different tools you can use to stop binging
Go online to Peer Trainer
Call or talk to a trusted friend
Take a nap if you are tired
eat protien before a sweet. Always have a beverage with it sitting down
Write what you are feeling then burn it or rip it up and throw it in the garbadge
When you do fall forgive yourself.and let it go.
You are not an Ax murder Your over eating is not a crime. Forget about it!
Just pick yourself up and start again .Each time it will get less and Less. Don't forget I care as many of your Peer Trainer friends do!

Sunday, September 10, 2006, 8:29 AM

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you are not alone. when i read your thread i was shocked because i could have wrote it myself. it is a vicious cycle to go thru that ends when you go to bed and returns in the light of day. i don't have any answers for you but i know it made me feel a little less alone when i saw that you suffered as well. so maybe just knowing that there are others, in some way will help.
the overexercising only last for so long as you are able to do it.

Sunday, September 10, 2006, 10:42 AM

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hey there,
ditto the poster above... you need only glance through a few of my last few logs to see the same exact patterns. I think i've gained 15 pounds back, not 5 though.

i am off to the therapist tomorrow for the 2nd time, and i'm hoping this will help me sort out the bingeing. Don't try to do it by yourself, find some groups, go to OA or get a rec for a good BED specializing therapist. i'll report back how my time tomorrow goes...


Sunday, September 10, 2006, 10:09 PM

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I have had issues with this as well. First of all, identify what types of food are a problem (salty, sweet, anything?) and maybe if there is a trigger (time of day, emotions, time of month, etc). For me it was always sweets and certain times of the day were worse, simply because that is what became my habit (maybe I was alone at that time of day more often). I never looked overweight or unhealthy, which makes it that much harder. I had to stop eating sweets cold turkey to finally get a grip. Also, I had my blood tested and realized my cholesterol and triglycerides were SKY HIGH! I finally switched gears and instead of thinking I could fool myself and everyone else because I still "looked' good, I had to think of food as what it is--fuel for my body. That helped me some. I tried to think of it as putting poisin in my system, visualize the bad things happening to my blood when I would eat an entire bag of candy day after day or make a bowl of frosting just so I could sit and eat all of it. I do much much better now but I still have my urges and occasionally I do get out of control.

Like the other posters said, seek help if you don't feel like you're able to overcome it. It's not just about the scale. In fact, more importantly it's what you're doing to your body on the inside that should really concern you. I was so naive; I never really thought about that. I must have thought my body could "filter" out anything and still be in tip top condition but that's not so. Like it was said earlier, you've recognized that there's a problem and that's the first step. Just don't ignore it. Find a way to deal with it and make a change. You can do it and you're not alone!

Sunday, September 10, 2006, 10:33 PM

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there is a space in our group "a health relationship with food" where two of us have the same problem and are trying to help each-other over come it.

Monday, September 11, 2006, 11:01 AM

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It's amazing how many people out there sharethe same problem. I was "good" all day yesterday and then I found myself eating something I know I shouldn't until I scrapped the bowl clean.

Monday, September 11, 2006, 9:27 PM

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(It's me, the original poster again...) Thank you all so much for reading and posting your own experiences. Although I don't want to say it's nice to know I'm not alone because I certainly wouldn't wish this on anyone, I do find a bit of comfort knowing others have dealt and are working on beating these issues, too.

For me, I just can't have any food in the house that doesn't require me to cook--and if I cook, I can't have leftovers. It's like I go into this compulsive rage of getting rid of the food by eating it... It's very strange... If I buy a loaf of bread to make sandwiches it won't last more than 2 days. Regardless of whether I make sandwiches or just eat the loaf of bread. In general, it's carbs. I am a pretty active person, I run and play soccer, so I know my body needs carbs, but I think I'd become so obsessive about what I ate that it backfired on me.

In general, I don't eat fattening foods; in fact, I eat really healthy (I definitely get at least 5-7 fruits and veggies). BUT, I eat a TON of really healthy things. And in the end I might as well have just eaten poorly. (Then again, I'm totally all over making a bowl of frosting to just sit and eat it... in fact, half the time I think I buy things knowing I'm going to be bad, but I can't stop myself.)

Thank ya'll again for your support. I know I need help, and I hope that I will find the strenth to find a therapist. (I've tried two different ones, but they just didn't fit for me.)

Monday, September 11, 2006, 10:32 PM

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losing weight.

im looking to lose some pounds im from chicago, illinois

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Monday, September 11, 2006, 11:13 PM

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Don't analyze utilize! Just try and stick to a healthy eating program.. Try writing talking going on Peer Trainer. I eat a cheese stick a sweet less then 199 calories with a stick of gum. Ther is some other thread about what other people do. Just breathe and relax and let it go each day it will get better and better.

Sunday, September 24, 2006, 3:24 AM

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Binge eating

I know this post is old but I'm in exactely the same cercumstance. People look at me and dont think I could have a problem yet I cant stop bingeing and have gained weight that I cant stand myself yet cant stop. How are you doing?

Sunday, January 03, 2010, 8:49 PM

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This problem sounds so difficult. I hope you find the support you need. Each day is a new day.

Sunday, January 03, 2010, 11:26 PM

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Hey. Problem for me too.

I recently went to the bookstore and in the diet section there are a lot of books on this topic. I didn't buy any as I am currently reading Beck's Diet Solution which would probably help with this topic too as it is an overall-relationship-with-food type book.

Of course professional help is always preferred and sometimes necessary. But books can help too.

Monday, January 04, 2010, 10:16 AM

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