Binge Eating

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    Oct 23, 2007 4:16 PM GMT
    What the heck causes that crap? Why do I sometimes just feel the need to break out of a generally flawless diet and just eat utter crap for a week or eat uncontrolably for a day or two? It really gets me down after it sinks in what I've done but I feel like I just can't help it at times.
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    Oct 23, 2007 5:06 PM GMT
    I wish I knew.
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    Oct 23, 2007 5:14 PM GMT
    Most of us do it on occasion. I know I do. I have very little willpower when it comes to food.

    That's why you just don't keep bad things in your house. You're less likely to binge if you have to drive down to the store to buy your binge foods, and if you binge on fruits, veggies, and whole grains you're not going to do yourself a lot of damage.

    I've also stopped letting myself feel bad about it. Regret is your worst enemy. If you binge for a few days just make up for it by training harder. Bike for an extra hour a day or run a few more miles that week. As long as you approach your binging by rededicating yourself to your workout regimen, you can let go of the self-pity you feel after binging.

    Even if you don't make up for it that week, drop the self-pity; regret will hold you back far more than the binging you've just done.
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    Oct 23, 2007 5:20 PM GMT
    If you feel you are going to binge, what about treating yourself instead? I know personally, a nice steak is better than ANY greasy burger, and fills me up...what about going for a nice dinner instead of a bunch of junk...
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    Oct 23, 2007 5:46 PM GMT
    A host of reasons:

    Mental illness / satiation with food / depression.

    Lack of hormone that says your full (fairly rare).

    Bad parenting / cultural influences.

    Malnutrition.

    Low blood sugar.

    This is best research by googling on it and reading some qualified papers or watching some good stuff on, say, The Discovery Channel, on the latest science.
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    Oct 24, 2007 1:45 AM GMT
    My diet tends to be very simple and healthy but once in a while I'll get the urge to splurge on junk food. So I do it. It breaks up the monotony and resparks my desire for healthy food.
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    Oct 24, 2007 5:36 AM GMT
    fuck it. i'm always binging my two feet are my main transportation anyway so why not?
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    Oct 24, 2007 6:05 AM GMT
    Every time my blood sugar drops, I'll eat everything in site. Otherwise, I do binge eat like anyone else... occasionally a mild craving for chocolate extends all the way to making brownies (and subsequently eating the whole pan!)

    I don't worry about it too much now--I've learned to control it by limiting the amount of what I'm craving, or by loosening the diet for a day or two.

    Don't loose too much sleep over it, but you can always try different ways to limit your eating sprees.
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    Oct 24, 2007 10:48 AM GMT
    dood, don't let your blood sugar drop because that's what makes you vulnerable to eating crap. eat every 3 hrs throughout the day.

    another way to approach it is to give yourself a treat once a week. eat healthy every day then, say on saturday, eat whatever you want for dinner. pizza, ice cream, small children. it's miserable if you feel deprived all the time.
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    Oct 25, 2007 4:50 AM GMT
    I buy single serving packs...that way I don't feel deprived from not treating myself, and it shuts down the pleasure seeking part of my brain that says "it's there...eat it now!"
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    Oct 25, 2007 7:34 AM GMT
    I would have to agree with the people who say "don't beat yourself up over it." It happens to the best, and you just have to get back up on the horse/bike/wagon-to-oregon or what have you.

    Personally, I allow myself one "cheat day" a week. I maintain a very healthy diet for six days out of the week, but on that one day all rules are out the window (well, I do maintain my vegetarianism, but other than that...) Honestly, it just reinforces my healthy eating habits because I usually feel like crap after my cheat day. The last cheat day, the only REALLY bad thing I ate was a slice of sweetpotato pie with a scoop of wattleseed ice cream.
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    Oct 25, 2007 10:44 AM GMT
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    Oct 25, 2007 10:44 AM GMT
    sorry boys, i was just testing the image facility.
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    Oct 28, 2007 3:54 AM GMT
    well doods hahaha... you just met the right guy here... (opps) well i'm a pharmacist hehehe... in the making so simply if u have low sugar drops because not enough sugar can always eat like sweet stuff as in food not guys who are cute but the best is still multivitamines or B complex just those two and your day is good to go .... ( it also keep the youth in you longer lol
    bascially if u are in training den eat like diabetic kind of chocolate because they have sugar but lesser content.... so that helps too
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    Oct 28, 2007 4:45 PM GMT
    There was an article on yahoo recently that claims they've discovered a form of bacteria in the stomach of ppl who crave chocolate which is not present in those who do not have the cravings...

    I myself, am not a huge chocolate fan.
    I have to force myself to eat the dark chocolate bite I do each day for blood pressure lowering purposes.
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    Oct 31, 2007 6:00 AM GMT
    dakukdood, don't let your blood sugar drop because that's what makes you vulnerable to eating crap. eat every 3 hrs throughout the day.


    Haha, I didn't say it dropped frequently icon_wink.gif I eat about every 2-1/2 to 3 hours... I'm so sick of food, lol

    Btw, can I slap you for posting that pic? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 31, 2007 6:00 AM GMT
    I saw that as well. I think it was on Discovery Channel, maybe, or CNN. I remember seeing it.

    I remember when they thought stomach ulcers were caused by "nerves." They are caused by a specific bacteria, as they learned a few years back.

    Science is always in a state of flux, to be sure.
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    Oct 31, 2007 6:38 PM GMT
    also, give yourself a meal or day a week to have (within reason) anything you like.

    My Binges happen when i restrict myself so completely I NEED to break it. Americans are rebellious by nature!
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    Nov 01, 2007 4:19 PM GMT
    My binging takes place late at night. It happens when I leave the job I hate, get into the car I hate, to go to the apartment I hate (and that I am always alone in).
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    Nov 01, 2007 4:57 PM GMT
    Take up reading. Who says you have to be with someone every night after work.

    If your unable to be with the guys you want then lose weight.

    As we used to say in WoW less QQ more PewPew.
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    Nov 01, 2007 5:13 PM GMT
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    Man, reading yet another thread turn into a blubbering fatty forum makes me want to drink again.
    Its more than enough to cure anyone of his binging habits and, possibly, turn him off food for life.
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    Nov 01, 2007 6:31 PM GMT
    ^^^^^^ haha so true.
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    Nov 01, 2007 6:36 PM GMT
    Chasers...you're becoming a bit of a caricature. I hope you're doing more than looking for sympathy/tough love/approval/disapproval/advice on RJ. Are you talking to anyone else?
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    Nov 01, 2007 8:02 PM GMT
    RuggerATXAre you talking to anyone else?


    I once spoke to a therapist. When he asked me to write down ten positive things in my life I stopped seeing him. For me that was proof he wasn't listening.
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    Nov 01, 2007 8:04 PM GMT
    Thats your problem right there. Always thinking about the negative.

    Just lose weight, or find other fat people to love.