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stopping binge eating?

I always start my days off pretty good with eating right.. but when it gets towards the evening.. I have serious problems. I know I am not alone on this but I was wondering what others do to stop grabbing for food. I have really poor willpower and I need some guidance.

When I binge eat I feel disgusting about myself and just want to crawl into bed and die. =(



Wed. Jan 30, 8:35pm

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Yeah I used to be the exact same way up until 5 months ago. Since then, I've only had a couple mini binges. I'm not sure what worked for me, but the first few weeks was tough. But you just gotta some how control yourself...I don't know..distract yourself? Got to bed early? And then after a few weeks, you get into the hang of things. I think also once you see the scale drop, you just don't have that urge to binge. Good luck.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 8:43 PM

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You are probably eating due to emotions and/or your meals are not balanced earlier in the day, thus your blood sugar is out of whack and your body craves sugars.

Binging is a vicious cycle that goes hand-in-hand with depression. Not only do the excess calories cause weight gain, but the roller coaster ride that you put your body through in terms of blood sugar levels makes your mood go up and down (out of control). It's extremely hard to feel well as your body is not at homeostasis and needs to compensate for the huge influx of calories in a short period of time.

Have you considered seeing someone about this ( a specialist)? It's a very tough issue to battle on your own...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 10:38 PM

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I know exactly what you mean! It's like all the energy you put into being careful all day just fades away and all you want to do is eat. I'm the same way...then I feel just overwhelmingly crappy about myself... The only thing that helps me at all is to keep some healthier snacking things around and then sometimes I can make myself eat them instead of the junk. Sorry, but I really have no advice, just sympathy....hope to hear some great advice on this thread!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 10:51 PM

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10:38, thank you for those links. they were different than the ususal Intuitive Eating/ Beck Diet Solution and I'm looking forward to checking them out.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 7:50 AM

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Try to eat more in the morning so you aren't starving by the afternoon.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 9:05 AM

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I used to have the same problem. I have successfully curbed my binge eating for over a year (although I do binge every once in a while. Maybe once every month or two). I suggest eating a high fiber cereal in the morning and eating enough calories during the day. If you are famished before dinner, try eating a handful of nuts about 20 minutes before you eat. It will take the edge off and give you back your control. Try to take it one day at a time, OP!

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 10:31 AM

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I've found 3 causes for my binges - physical, emotional, and nutrition.

When I'm physically tired, I binge. So I need to recognize when I'm tired and get a little bit of a rest - even just 10 minutes with my eyes shut seems to help.

When I'm stressed, I binge. Writing down my thoughts have been helpful. Make a habit of writing down your thoughts at the end of the day. Just write whatever thoughts come to your mind, and it will lead you to whatever's really bothering you.

When I don't eat enough during the day, I binge. As the other posters have said, try to distribute your calories evenly throughout the day. I eat protein snacks in between meals.

I still binge now and then, but it's getting better.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 11:06 AM

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see how do I stop night eating thread very helpful!

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 4:00 PM

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join the group Y EAT. we're dedicated to breaking those habits of binge eating. we make one challenge per week and focus on that. everyone's challenge is unique.

we'd love to see you there OP

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 4:22 PM

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OP here

Thanks for the advice everyone. I joined the Y EAT group which will hopefully help and I am considering getting a professional to talk because I'm out of control and now it's affecting my academics at school as well as social life.

If anyone has more advice I'd love to hear it and I'm sure there are others who would as well. Thanks!

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 6:18 PM

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Is it happening in your house? Stop buying the junk food. As much as it drives you crazy to crave when its not there, if its not there, you cant eat it.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 6:23 PM

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OP here

It happens everywhere... I'm actually in college so there is little food in my room.. but I will stop at vending machines constantly.. grab food in restaurants several times a day.. get things from the cafeteria in my dorm... etc..

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 6:26 PM

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Your college probably has free therapists, nutritionists as well as free group sessions. They can be intimidating at first but very helpful if you stick with it.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 7:23 PM

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I know exactly how you feel. I do so good throughout the day and then ruin it at night. What has helped for me though is eating diet frozen dinners at night (portion control), exercising, taking a nice hot bath, and going to bed early with a good book. If you make your night time routine enjoyable and something to look forward to, maybe you won't head for the cupboard. Good luck!

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 9:39 PM

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