Booze and bingeing

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cowbell
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Booze and bingeing

Ai ai ai. I enjoy drinking alcohol but it's a major trigger in my bingeing and purging....I'm at the stage in my recovery that if I'm not going out and having a drink I'm confident that I won't binge, that I'll eat well and look after myself.

But otherwise.........take yesterday, I ate okay, met a friend for drinks and walking home, reminded myself that I wasn't hungry and that I didn't want/need to binge. But I did want a snack (guess that was the alcohol making me peckish). All i had in that was safe was some carrots, so had those and then.........ahhhh, trigger and before I know it I'm dialling up a flipping pizza company and on and on.

I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Had the brainwave this morning that what I could do is eat my supper just before I go out rather than a few hours. Has anyone else got any cool suggestions?

I could stop drinking completely but I don't want to....but I will if I HAVE to in order to manage bingeing and purging. I just rather not!

JoBlogs
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I almost always overeat if Im

I almost always overeat if Im drinking at home, and sometimes binge/purge too. I am almost always able to not purge if I have company & also know when its safe for me to drink & when it isnt - that does not mean I dont drink if im not safe, sometimes i want to b/p & alcohol allows me to use it as an excuse...
Its something Im working on too. I really dont want to not drink either. I have a mix of ana & mia & ana hates the calories in alcohol.,...I dont want to give in to that...mia loves alcohol cause it allows the binge....
Its sooooooo complicated :S
But we are still working on it, so YAY for us!
Good luck - I really hope someone has some good advise cause I would like some too :D

Jo
xxx

cowbell
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Innit....I know I like to

Innit....I know I like to drink because it relaxes me and be less shy...although recovery is doing this to as confidence within myself grows. I was mortified when I first found out how many calories there are in alcohol, but I'm switching this round to grappling that if I have been able to drink a few glasses of wine a few days a week and not be massive, then it makes sense that I can do this with foods that I wouldn't eat before because of there calorific value, e.g. slice o pizza.

Big YaY for us indeed ! :-D

Catherine Liberty
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I went through something very

I went through something very similar in recovery, alcohol lead to a lot of my relapses and at one stage I did think I'd just have to give it up all together while recovering, luckily though, with a lot of planning and trial and error I came up with my own alcohol plan that allowed me to drink without bingeing.

Here are some things that I did

*I would make sure I stuck to my structured eating plan 100% on days I knew I would be drinking alcohol. I can;t tell you how much that helped.

*I would have a meal/snack just before leaving the house

*I would either prepare a snack to eat when I got home OR decide what I would eat in advance if I knew my friends would be getting fast food

This helped a lot because rather than ordering a giant pizza all for myself in a drunken binge crazed moment I would already know what I had planned to eat and just buy that.

Doing this may sometimes mean you're adding an extra snack into your day but it really does help to re-balance your blood sugar and take those binge urges away.

*The next day I would eat more often - say every 2-3 hours. It didn't really mean eating more food than usual, I would just split up my meals and snacks more so I could eat more often. That really helped with hangover day cravings.

:)

JoBlogs
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thanx for the advice!

thanx for the advice!

Jo
xxx

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