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Bingeing - January 6th 2014, 04:35 AM

I'm not hungry and I know that. But all I can do is eat. I eat when I'm sad, I eat when I'm bored when I'm tired. I always eat even when I'm not hungry, so then I stop eating or sit in my bathroom for a hour+ trying to throw up but can't so then I eat more because I'm upset that I ate in the first place. I don't know what to do


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Re: Bingeing - January 8th 2014, 07:26 AM

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First off, you said you eat when you are sad. I know this list is for SH, but a lot of the alternatives are for simply distracting yourself until the urge passes. And once you've beaten the first one, the next one is easier to resist, and so on.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f12-s...ves-self-harm/

When you're bored, I know it may sound obvious but try and find some sort of hobby that really interests you. For example, whenever I feel down I play computer games to take my mind off of it.

Next, maybe even more than eating, try to resist the urge to purge. Once you have it, bulimia is extremely hard to kick, so you'll thank yourself in the long run. Again, the thread I posted up there is really helpful.

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Re: Bingeing - January 8th 2014, 05:32 PM

Hey Kayla, I also eat a lot when I'm bored and when I know I'm not hungry, so I kind of understand what you're dealing with. If you're bored, the best thing to do is try to fill your time with something other than eating. I know that sounds obvious, but find something you can do any time and then do that instead. I like to read, for example.

If you're eating to deal with feelings, the key is to find healthier ways of dealing with them. Distracting yourself can work for the urge in the moment, but I'm not a big fan of using it long term because the feelings don't go away. Until you find a better way of dealing with them, you're likely to continue to eat to cope. Venting and expressing them somehow may help, whether you talk to someone about them or just write them down. Find some kind of an outlet and have it ready for when you start to feel the feelings so that you can redirect yourself away from the food. It may also be a good idea to give yourself a small, (non-food) reward for the healthy behavior to help it stick.

As tempting as it may be, purging is not a healthy solution and once you start it is very difficult to stop doing. This takes a while to break, so don't beat yourself up if you struggle with it.


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