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Binge eating - December 26th 2014, 02:02 AM

Hi. I binge eat. Once I start I can not stop. I have to try and control myself more because it's really bad. What do you do to help control your binging?

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Re: Binge eating - December 26th 2014, 03:01 PM

Make sure you're eating a nutritious diet. If you're not eating a nutritious diet, you'll be more prone to it.

Also, make a habit of listening to your stomach. If it's lunchtime and you're not hungry, don't force yourself to eat until you're hungry - or you'll binge. Keep desserts and junk food out of the house, including those little [Edited.] pack things, because those add up, too.

When you feel like you're about to binge, get the largest plate out of your cabinet, and load it with everything you plan on bingeing on. Why? Because you can see exactly how much you're eating.

When you're bingeing, tune into your stomach (so you know when it's beginning to hurt). DO NOT eat in front of a television. You sit at your kitchen table, with no books or music or anything, and you chew as diligently as you can (until the food is liquid in your mouth). You'll get bored of it in a few seconds. You'll probably feel a need to get up and go looking for entertainment with your bingeing plate, but don't do that: Leave it behind, and go find something else to occupy yourself with, otherwise you'll binge like crazy.

At all costs, avoid eating when you're upset (either emotionally or physically).

Try finding another hobby/stress-relief activity besides eating. If you do it because you're bored or lonely, then find some new friends (real or online ones) or take up some small hobby, preferably one that keeps your hands busy. When I was weaning myself away from the bingeing habit, I replaced my bingeing time with writing time. It kept my hands busy, it kept my mind busy, it entertained me, and even relieved the loneliness somewhat - which all worked together to keep me from going into the kitchen in the first place.

Also readjust your feelings surrounding eating. Realizing that nutritious food is the substance which fuels your entire body is very important. Understand that eating shouldn't trigger guilty feelings - otherwise it will backfire, and you'll think: "What the hell. I've already ate this, I might as well eat the rest of the house down." If you feel guilty when you eat nutritious food, then you need a therapist before it gets any worse.

Good luck.

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