squidgybunny_276 wrote: »
I suffer BED. I've read many books (Brain over Binge etc), had hours of therapy, antidepressants etc. There are times when it is better, times when i spend days in bed, unable to move, putting clothes on is terrifying. The thing is I WANT to binge, just for those few hours where I'm high on all the food. Even if i know ill feel bad afterwards. It feels like a choice, even though I have no power to choose "No".
Weirdly enough i went hiking for 20 days recently, even when i was hungry I ate a small snack and that was it. Lost about 10kgs. I was happy, I was occupied, I got my highs away from food, I slept well for consecutive nights for the first time in years. Now i'm back in the city I said I was not going to binge but i'm lying in bed after about 3000 calories today (and thats an improvement on yesterday) feeling violently sick. I just wonder to what extent for me (and maybe for others) it is environmental. Maybe for me its time for a life change, not just a food change.
For all the people who say there is no cure. Hope that there is for me is what keeps me going, even after 10 years of this, I live in hope that some day things will fall into place and ill be free.
hellnative wrote: »
A few things that help me:
- Keep busy as much as possible . When you sit down on the couch your mind wanders; more often than not it wanders over to the fridge. Keeping busy doesn't include passive activities like watching TV (unfortunately).
- Eat foods that'll give your body what it needs. Eating empty calories will do nothing to satiate yourself. This might be the most important thing. Foods that work best for me are oatmeal, eggs, and tuna (not all together, haha).
- Choose one, or more, very low calorie, healthy snack/s to binge on. If you're going to binge, make it something healthy. My go-to is cherry tomatoes, deliciously sweet, and moreish; although not great for you teeth (but I'm English, so I figure I can't fight genetics)! 😂
- Always keep your fridge stocked up with a sufficient supply of healthy foods. It's so easy to go grab a takeout on nights where you've accidently run out of food.
- Learn a few quick and easy recipies for healthy meal/snack options. It won't take long to learn 5-10 meals that can be prepared in minutes, and can save you reaching for potato chips when you're feeling a bit bingey.
- Exercise, and log your estimated calorie burn. If you've just done a 5 mile run, you're going to be less inclined to want to gobble up that slice of cheesecake in 2 mintues flat, when you realise it's the equivalent of all that hard work you've just put in during your run.
- Drink water/tea/coffee when you feel like gorging. It's surprising how much this can suppress your urge to eat.
- Never go on a food shop with an empty stomach. You will buy fatty, sugary crap. Bingeing is mostly done using empty calories (chips, chocolate etc); one of the best ways to stop it is at the source. If you don't have those options in your home, you're less likely to do it. The way to ensure you don't have those options is to stop buying them at the supermarket; the way to do that is to avoid going on an empty stomach. In fact, I'd recommend stuffing yourself before heading out! though probably best not to try that if you food shop on a daily basis. 😬
- Stay organised. You won't succeed if you're not on top of your kitchen and it's food contents.
Anyway, I hope that can be of help to people. 🙂
runinfinity wrote: »
I’ve been binging on cake for the last two days and I feel terrible. I workout religiously, get my 5k steps in everyday but I can’t control myself around food. I’ve (unsuccessfully) tried to maintain a deficit for the last few weeks but my weekend binging sabotages my weight loss every. single. time. I’m so sick of this never ending binge restrict cycle.
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