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So today was the first day in 7 months or so that I had 'real' ice cream... not Skinny Cow or Healthy Choice but Ben and Jerry's... and I ate an pint this afternoon. In one sitting.

Ice cream used to be my binge food (I never did the purge thing, but I did binge). At the worst, I was eating 1-2 pints/day for a week or so on end. Like I said, I haven't had it in 7 months... and today I wanted it, so I did. But it didn't feel like a binge, I didn't feel out of control, etc. And I don't want any more... my question is:

I ate it about 6 hours ago. I now feel ill as in queasy, shakey, etc... and I shake worse when I see the empty container in the trash... What am I doing? This has never happened before. Any ideas? Similar situations? I can't decide if I'm scared I'll go back to binging on ice cream or what my deal is... HELP please.

Like I said, I don't want anymore. I just don't know what's happening. Thanks!

Wed. Jan 17, 10:46pm

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sugar withdrawl maybe??

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 10:52 PM

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your blood sugar probably dropped

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 10:59 PM

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OP here... It didn't feel like a blood sugar drop (no dizziness or cold sweat like I usually get) it feels more like a fear-shaking than a sugar shake.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 11:13 PM

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It doesn't sound like something you want to do again. Next time go for a more healthy treat - lowfat frozen yogurt or even one of those sugar-free jello pudding cups. Whatever... sounds like you need to stay away from your former binge food ALTOGETHER! Good luck! YOU CAN DO IT!

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 12:51 AM

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I feel totally gross/queasy when I eat something that is way less healthy than what my body is accustomed to. When I was a teenager, I ate extremely healthily, would not touch candy/chips/ice cream/fast food. Then, on the occasion that I'd break down and have one of those, I'd end up in the bathroom for hours! Our bodies are just not accustomed to processing that much sugar and/or fat in one sitting when we've been dieting.

So, I disagree with the poster before me that you need to cut out ice cream completely. But, now you know what a pint of ice cream will do to you. Maybe a half cup of it (a single serving) will taste great, and not leave you feeling crappy.

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 10:08 AM

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i used to binge just like the op-same ice cream and just as often. this lasted for about 3 months!!! (maybe not every day for three months, but at least every two days). it was out of control, literally. then i eliminated ice cream from my diet. i turned to crispy creme donuts for a couple weeks. then i forbid myself to eat those, too. after getting through many pangs and cravings for super, uber-sugary, fatty treats, my body stopped dictating my food choices and my head took over. of course, my body now shows the weight from all of those binges and i have a lot of shame attached to those experiences, but ultimately i feel stronger for having it all behind me now. i never thought it would be so hard to get that extra weight off, but the work required has changed my habits for the better. i suggest staying away from the foods that have served as binge foods in the past. it's like an alcoholic trying to control the drinking, otherwise. it can totally take over your thoughts if you start looking forward to the 1/2 pint of ben & jerry's (or whiskey).

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 10:28 AM

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I have really found what the 10:08 poster has noted to be true. I switched my diet quite radically from stuff like frozen pizza, fast food, clam chowder and 'home cookin' to 60% fruits & veggies, whole grains and lean meats with light homeade sauces. Now I can no longer eat anything other than a very small serving of rich, greasy, fatty, sugary foods without considerable gastric distress (my stomach hurts, feels icky and I feel sort of 'quivery' inside in addition to lethargic and bloated). Whole milk is out and so is hamburgers, pork (except the very lean), gravy, ribs, ice cream (although the lite Breyers is ok for a small treat), cheesecake (dear lord won't this stuff ever pass through?!!?) and even peanut butter.

I had an experience sort of like yours where ~6 months after I changed my diet I went home and ate my mother's (butter-laden, gravy-soaked) cooking for a week - I was soo sick that by the end of the visit I couldn't eat anything other than chicken broth! And this was stuff I grew up on!

It does sound like you have some pyschological issues with food, so no doubt this could be your head taking your body to a 'bad place' out of stress and guilt, but don't discount the idea that it could be a purely physical reaction from your body protesting the increased effert required to break down the fairly large amount of rich food you gave it. Definitely keep alert to how you feel in the future when consuming something outside your nomal dietary routine. Sorry you're not feeling so great, and hope you get back on track and feeling great soon!

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 11:11 AM

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OP here.. Thank you all! In a way it's nice to have a negative experience with ice cream because I definitely don't feel like I want it anymore... or if I do an entire pint no longer appeals to me... which is good! It's not the "friend" I once thought it was...

Thank you all for your input! It's good to know that it could have been primarily a physical response (and to be prepared for others if I plan on eating a particularly decadent meal any time soon)...

:) I feel much better! -k3

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 10:31 PM

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One year, my hubby & I went vegetarian for Lent and also swore off of fast foods and restaurant foods.

After about 1 month of eating this way, we needed to get a quick lunch 1 day and I got a sub from Blimpie's.... I felt gross and bloated after eating it-- I think it's because we had cut out so much processed foods that my body could not process the fast food.

Also, that same Easter, my hubby decided that the meats on the Easter Buffet looked great and ate ham, turkey, roast beef and lamb... Needless to say, he was in great pain later that day due to his body being unable to process all of that meat!

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 11:27 PM

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how are you feeling now?

after your ice cream escapade, how are you doing? are you resuming your healthy diet or do you sometime slip into eating ice cream again. I love ice cream and had a binged last night ( long story, very upsetting). Did you maintain your weight or gain weight? Hope you are doing better!

Friday, September 07, 2007, 12:29 PM

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