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How do you stop a binge?

I try and eat something I am allowed and enjoy like a WW shake and popcorn. Some times I go on Peer trainer!

Wed. Sep 20, 8:24pm

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i drink a cup of tea-or two! usually that helps!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006, 10:18 PM

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Get out of the house. Go do something. Throw the cookies in the garbage.

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 1:39 AM

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Call someone and tell them whats on your mind!

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 1:43 AM

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I'm learning to just have whatever i am wanting in moderation if it is a craving.Because i am thinking of the future when i'm on maitenance.If it is emotional eating to get on peertrainer,try on something that fits tight,tell mysef it will be okay,or count how many calories i've had already for the day.With time if you keep logging your food you will eventually GET IT.It takes time and trial and error and patience.With trial and error there are more days i'm good than days i am not the key is to don't quit and keep logging in and trying.Ask yourself will this binge get me any closer to my goals?

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 2:28 AM

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Call a friend, do dishes, do anything! Get out of the house and exercise if you can - walking, swimming, - visit someone. Do anything else!

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 4:42 AM

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brush your teeth, drink a glass of water. pop in a piece of really strong gum.

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 9:28 AM

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I drink 16-32oz of water and then if the craving is still there, I give into it in moderation.

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 9:55 AM

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i'm a gum chewer. for me, it works every time.

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 10:01 AM

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If you've already have the food in your mouth- stop chewing it and spit it out! Not sure if it helps, but mentally I feel better. I do a lot of unconscious eating, so I do this when I come to my senses.

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 11:23 AM

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i have a cup of unsalted vegetable and herb bouillion. really satifies.

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 11:31 AM

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EAT IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR

Carry whatever you're bingeing on and continue to eat in front of the mirror, lookng at your face as you do it. As long as you're eating, stay there. The accountability this gives you, I guarantee, will stop the binge.

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 12:31 PM

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I use all my will power to walk over to the garbage disposal and stuff the food into it.

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 3:09 PM

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I chug some water and wait 15 mintues, it should go away.
I have never heard of the eating in front of the mirror thing, and it sounds like a great idea! I am going to try that!

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 5:47 PM

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I agree with the gumm chewer. I don't know. Now I stick a piece of peppermint gum in my mouth after every meal. It really helps me!

Saturday, September 23, 2006, 10:23 PM

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THANK YOU FOR THIS THREAD!!! The cup of tea worked for me. Next time I'll try the mirror trick...

Sunday, September 24, 2006, 11:00 AM

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the mirror thing sounds really good.
i find that when i eat something i'm "allowed" when im desperate for a binge, it sort of triggers me off, so i find speaking to myself (when on my own obviously) helps a bit more. i hate that pacy, jumpy feeling i get like i'm only 2 seconds away from running like a mad person to the kitchen so i say stuff like "No. No. You DONT actually need this do you, you're going to gorge yourself and then cry yourself to sleep, why do you want to hurt yourself like this?" and other motivational things.
one way of stopping going out and buying food is to only go out with the money you need so you actually cant stop off at thorntons.
going on peertrainer tends to help too, or visualising the lovely (healthy yet tasty) breakfast you could have guilt free if you don't binge now.
i binge usually once a week and have done for a long time now ever since i started extreme dieting. horrible cycle but we can do it!!

Saturday, January 27, 2007, 6:53 AM

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Sometimes just asking two questions helps me.

1) What am I *really* feeling? (answer could be lonely, bored, sad, upset, angry, scared etc)
2) What do I *really* need right now? (answers usually are sleep, calling a friend, a walk, a hug, etc.)

Saturday, January 27, 2007, 2:36 PM

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Ok well, this is not a healthy solution but it seems to be the lesser of two evils... drinking a 1/2 liter bottle of Diet Coke seems to stop my desire to snack on unhealthy amounts of something else.

Saturday, January 27, 2007, 3:40 PM

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See, i have the opposite thing wth diet coke and any flavored soda in general. It makes me crave sweets even more..and I end up feeling bloated.

Saturday, January 27, 2007, 3:43 PM

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here is a link to a new study on the cnn site...

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Friday, February 23, 2007, 1:18 PM

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I've been struggling with binge eating for 27 years and I'm 90 lbs overweight. I binged yesterday. Thank you VERY much to whomever posted the link above. The article was really helpful.

Friday, February 23, 2007, 6:21 PM

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How do you stop a binge?

i'll eat super-healthy and super-nmindfully all day. (i'm an athlete). and then the second i walk in my dorm room i get the urge to eat something. often at night i'll binge on the healthy cereal or nuts i have. i can't tell you how many times i've overdosed late at night on nuts. it's awful and i feel awful about it.

Saturday, February 24, 2007, 8:42 PM

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How do you stop a binge

I do the same thing. Most of the day I eat well because I am an athlete and need the food for energy. But as soon as I get home to my room - or alone - I just eat - used to be bulimic, and sometimes have a full relapse - but instead of that I have got into the bad habit of chewing and spitting out food. It's like I am having a binge, but don't have to make myself sick to get rid of the food. All in all, it's just as bad. Now I can't break that habit! Can't win

Friday, July 27, 2007, 12:51 AM

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big picture

Great suggestions here for stopping the binge....I would add another step. Take a good look at what you are doing BIG PICTURE.

Are you eating enough in the first place? Are you getting your nutritional needs met? Are you getting enough sleep? Do you have enough support in your life? Do you have a major worry you need some help with? Is you activity level appropriate? Do you need help eliminating stress?

I am a binge eater and sometimes it is the bigger things that set me off....like being bone tired. What I need is a nap. So take a look and see if there are patterns that emerge.

Friday, July 27, 2007, 2:34 PM

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positive thoughts

I have been a binge eater for years. Sometimes I make a consious effort to stop it, and I do, then I will have a relapse...sometimes might me days, weeks, months I go without doing it then just seem to have a binge. I need some advice on how to keep positive thoughts after a relapse so I can keep avoiding the binge.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 1:48 AM

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Wow........thank the lord that there are other binge eaters out there! I mean, I'm not happy that we are doing this, but I don't feel as alone as I did before. I use to be a bulimic and now I'm just a binge eater. It is so hard to resist the urge to binge. I can't wait to try the tea thing and the cleaning thing! I hope it works. I also like the big picture idea. It's important to know the reason that the urges arise.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 4:10 PM

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I smoke ALOT of cigarettes.
just kiddin.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 4:18 PM

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signs...

I'm reading "Body for life for women" by Dr. Peeke (doc from the discovery channel's National body challenge) she has a page with a sign on it. She advises in the book to make photocopies of it and post them in areas around the house.

THE FIRST SIGN:
The sign says "STOP!! The Answer is NOT in here!"

She states that when you confront this sign (put it on your pantry, fridge, or whatever food/beverage that causes your to binge), close your eyes for a second. Ask yourself, "what am I running from right now?" Pause. Acknowledge and accept your pain and allow it to pass through you. Then take a deep breath and say, "the answer is not in this fridge/vending machine/pantry, etc."

Next she advises to run to wherever you attached the following sign.

THE NEXT SIGN:
"The Answer is here!" she recommended putting this sign on your gym bag, free weights, exercise equiptment, bathtub, relaxing cd's...wherever our refuge places of calm are located within our house, etc.

She advises to be with your feelings. Honor that new voice inside you. It's a voice of empowerment, and each time your withstand stress in a positive way, it will become louder and louder.

I thought it was a great thing!

It's the little accomplishments that we give us the Strength/Confidence to get past the bigger ones!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 4:27 PM

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I LOVE THAT! Unfortunately, I don't think I can use the signs because I live with my family, and I think my siblings will get freaked out if I put a sign up. However, maybe I will try it and tell them I'm experimenting.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 10:02 AM

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