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    Feb 13, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    I really need one of you highly knowledgeable Realjockers to help me understand something about my eating habits. I should really call it an eating anomaly.

    Basically, my eating habits, and schedule, are extremely regular and, for the most part, quite satisfactory calorie-wise on days that I work-out, which is everyday. Once in a while, I don't work-out at all on a particular day, and it is on this day that I binge eat. I go crazy. So crazy in fact, that I scare myself. It is almost as if I am possessed. This happens during periods in my life when my work-outs are either entirely light, or heavy. As long as I don't stop working out, I never binge eat. I can work out for weeks without cravings, but just one day flips a switch. I have to reiterate: this "day-off" feeding frenzy does not seem to be caused by my level of energy expenditure, except, obviously when there is zero expenditure.

    Is this due to a calorie-deficiency, or is it simply a case of boredom?
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    Feb 13, 2009 5:59 AM GMT
    I'm the opposite. The days I don't work out I have to remind myself that I need to eat because I wont do it.
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    Feb 13, 2009 6:40 AM GMT
    I can be a binger too. The things that work for me are...

    1. Eating something before going to the grocery store (complex carbohydrate, and a protein).

    2. Knowing what my trigger foods are and not keeping them in the house.

    3. Recognizing when I'm really and truly hungry vs. having a craving. Having a craving means I get a bottle of water and that usually helps.

    4. Eating consistently, not waiting until I'm starved although sometimes that can't be avoided.

    5. Strawberries, oranges, baked potatos, and spicy foods are very helpful as they seem to send the right signals to my brain that I've had enough versus chips, crackers, and sweets which I can't get enough of if they're there at my disposal.

    White flour, and refined sugars are typically the culprit although there are other foods which get my pleasure sensors riled up. If I can avoid those I can get through the day eating like the sane, rational person I am.
  • Tyinstl

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    Feb 14, 2009 1:05 AM GMT
    I wonder if you are a perfectionist. Perhaps if you don't work out, you think to hell with it and just eat how you want. At least that's what I do.
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    Feb 14, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    i am definitely a binger- today i ate a half a box of apple cinnamon cheerios right before dinner and i feel gross. icon_sad.gif and i knew i would as i was doing it but didn't care. maybe its the immanence of Vday spurring me to such wanton behavior..
  • Timbales

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    Feb 14, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    I can understand what is happening, even if I don't know why you do it specifically. I tend to binge based on stress or when I am feeling down.
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    Feb 14, 2009 2:26 AM GMT
    I binge once in a while. But it's because I haven't eaten anything all day due to a busy schedule.

    The only other time I binge is right before I get sick. I can tell when I catch a cold because I get this incredible appetite for a day or two. And then later comes the running nose, sneezing, etc. It's really strange.
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    Feb 15, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    Glad to see that I'm not the only one.
    I guess there is a little bit of perfectionism involved, at least as far as rationalizing is involved. Still, even if I eat something sensible, such as strawberries, I end up getting all worked up and holding up the local 7/11.

    Good advice, Runninchlt, I try to follow that too.............try.
  • calibro

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    Feb 15, 2009 10:47 PM GMT
    I burn between 5,000-8,000 calories a day, so on weekends when I recuperate, it's not uncommon for me to binge between 4,000-10,000 calories to prepare my body for the week ahead. It think everyone's body processes food differently. Personally, I am a vacuum, and have complete the Vermonster Challenge (in 13.5 minutes). But I also work out ridiculously to be able to do that. If you binge every now and then, try to make it healthy. Personally, I'll hit up a salad bar and make the largest salad in the world, and consume a really watery soup (chowders and creams are too high calorically, but broths are very low) which is still considerably less calorically than eating a pizza, plus it has all these health benefits. Then as I am about to get stuffed, I get something like a slice of cake and I feel as if I ate more than I really did.