Bingeing in recovery

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alyh2o's picture
Bingeing in recovery

Help! I joined the first of this month and have not purged since. I'm thrilled with that but I have had small binges almost everyday since. Why is this? Is this part of recovery? I'm trying not to judge myself too harshly and look at the "bigger picture". I want to stop associating guilt and self-loathing with food so I'm trying to embrace the entire process in small steps. Am I doing something wrong? Did anyone who is fully recovered experience an increase in bingeing at the beginning? I really need some encouragement. Thank you!


juliec85's picture
well done on your month!

well done on your month! thats so good and maybe you should be foussing more on that success although I can appreciate that you are concerned about your increase in binging frequency. I'm no expert as its not something I did but maybe it is just your body adjusting? Maybe just try to reduce one component ie. size of binge/ frequency / content. Like try to make a big salad / fruit bowl to fill you up or if its sweet stuff then try to cut it to everysecond day? just an idea :) You have done so well on your recovery so far so keep the big picture in your mind. xxx

beYOUtiful's picture
Hi alyH2o! I can definitely

Hi alyH2o! I can definitely relate to your situation! When I first stopped purging, my binging continued virtually every day for a few weeks to a month. I gained weight at an alarming rate and was either starving myself, or binge eating. I recall experiencing an uncontrollable, ravenous, insatiable hunger. It was truly ridiculous how much I was able to consume non-stop. In my case, I had lost all sense of satiety (natural cues to stop eating when full) and had absolutely no structured eating habits. I think malnourishment, old habits and emotions are the culprits behind the prolonged binging phase at the start of recovery. Although I still struggle with restricting, overexercising and 1-2 binges per week, I am in a better place physically and emotionally since giving up purging. Keep up the amazing progress! If u do binge, don't be so hard on yourself. We're on a journey and re-learning many things (like how to eat healthily and responsibly). In time, trust me, the binges DO decrease in volume and frequency!

danisport's picture
I'm glad someone asked this

I'm glad someone asked this question and that others responded. I joined the site almost 2 weeks ago and have not had a b/p incident since, which I'm really happy about. I haven't had what I would consider to be a full binge, but I find myself snacking a lot and overeating at certain times during the day and especially at night. i've always had trouble sleeping and tend to snack late at night when i can't sleep. i'm now taking a light sleeping pill so i'll go to sleep, but i don't want to keep doing that. i've been sort of allowing myself to snack when i'm not hungry because i feel like if i say no to myself than i'll end up binging later. i'd rather it a little too much now than b/p later, but i'm hoping this will stop. i'd like to be more structured. any thoughts/ideas, especially to reduce this habit at night? one thing i do is chew a lot of sugar free gum, but it gives me stomach cramps, bloating, and gas. i chew it late at night so i won't keep eating. i think it's better to chew gum than binge, but i want to stop this habit because of the side effects.

alyh2o's picture
Wow, thank you all so much

Wow, thank you all so much for your encouragement and words of wisdom! Julie, I really appreciate your support and the idea of substituting fruit for the sweets is a terrific idea for me. Controvosa, I see you are coming up on one year of joining! Thanks for the encouragement from your own similar experience. I really want this to be the LAST time I try to recover so I'm going about it totally different. I'm trying not to focus on temporary weight gain or percieved weight gain. No quick fixes for me this time, I'm in it for the long haul. Danisport, I can completely relate. I would classify my food intake as overeating, not binges. And when I don't get enough sleep, I can pretty much guarantee that I will overeat to give me energy. So, getting plenty of shut eye and getting on a regular sleeping routine is key for me. Also, I used to chew gum to keep my mouth busy and avoid snacking but I have found that it only makes me thirsty which can trigger a binge for me.
One thing I have found to be amazingly helpful is upping my water intake. During my month of recovery I have been incredibly thirsty all the time, insanely so! I'm easily drinking over 100 oz of water a day and I feel better, sleep deeper and my digestion is working more regularly!
Take care all and keep me updated, I'd love to be an ecouragement for you as well.


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