Define "Binge"

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Jaded Lime
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Define "Binge"

I was wondering is the definition of a binge whenever you eat without hunger or whenever you eat past fullness or satisfaction? Because sometimes when I'm entering a meal into my food diary I'm not sure if its a "binge" or not. As an example, once in awhile I find myself eating past full or even until I am stuffed but I started out hungry and it is meal time. I haven't purged in 8 days!! (The longest ive ever gone) So when I enter that meal that i totally over ate at is it a binge? How do the rest of you use your food journals when it comes to defining a binge? Another example, I went to the movie theater with my family the other night. I had just had dinner and was "comfortable" I bought a box of Milk Duds candy and ate some during the movie. I didn't eat the whole box and I didn't feel out of control but is this considered a binge?

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Little Miss Grumpy
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HI there! I often wonder the

HI there!
I often wonder the same thing.. what is considered a binge? Is this a binge? Am I binging, I am reallllly full...did I just binge.... etc etc. I think ifor us it's re-learning what is 'normal', afterall sometime people just overeat Ilike at a buffet or at christmas) you know to the point where they want to burst but to them they just overate, it's not necessarily called a binge, right? And the next day they probably wouldn't eat as much. For me, a binge is when I'm just eating mindlessly on particular types of food, and A LOT of it over a very short space of time. So when I wonder if I just binged I ask myself did I just do any of those things? So I guess you need to think about what it was like when you were 'binging' and try and put it in perspective. For the record I don't think eating half a box of milk duds after dinner is a binge, but that's just me :)

Jaded Lime
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Annabee :) thank you! Yes. I

Annabee :) thank you! Yes. I think you are so right. It is just like we are retraining ourselves. That's exactly how I feel! That's good advice! I used to have these crazy attacks where in the middle of the day I'd lie to my boss about needing to run an errand. Then I would go buy a large amount of some type of food and scarf it down until I was STUFFED in my car in a parking lot somewhere. Then I'd drive back to work and purge. That's only one example of how I used to binge. I used to feel literally like someone else was controlling my body in that moment. It was like I had no choice, I needed that binge like I was a drug addict and it was my drug. Now I haven't done that in 8 days. I haven't even come close to that. But I have had one slices of pizza too many and more hamburger than I should have had. So it made me wonder. Thank you again!!

Love alone is worth the fight. - Jon Foreman

katzcurrent
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This is really hard to

This is really hard to define, because for years my binges were out of control, but toward the end of my eating disorder, they were completely planned and controlled and not at all fast, even though I ate way past being stuffed. So I used to think of binging as 'eating that's out of control' or 'eating without a choice'. Also, I've experienced that kind of frantic/choiceless dynamic in relation to small amounts of food, like when I'm anxious and grab a handful of nuts and eat them in one gulp while standing, and I've hardly eaten anything, but if has a "bingey" feeling to it.

The biggest difference for me is my intention. When i binge, I stop trying to do what's loving - I know I'm being destructive. Those times when I overeat but don't binge, I am usually trying to do what's best for me.

Mouli
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I don't think eatin your milk

I don't think eatin your milk duds were a binge. Something I've learnt along the way and read other people's experiences is that some night we might eat a bigger meal with desserts or sweets or whatever but once recovered or eating intuitively you will notice the next day you might not be AS hungry and will eat accordingly to your appetite. I have noticed this with myself at times. Whether you've gone out to dinner with friends or doing something not so structured then the days that follow you will see that you will adjust your eating. I'm not saying to skip a meal but you might feel like a little less. Good luck, m x

Jaded Lime
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Katz- I think you're totally

Katz- I think you're totally right! When it's out of control or has the "bingey" feel to it then it probably is. I never thought of it that way. Thank you.
Thank you Mouli. I agree! It takes longer for hunger to return when the previous meal had a heavier amount of substance. :-)

Love alone is worth the fight. - Jon Foreman

sintensityfox
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Great topic. I find that

Great topic. I find that intention and paying attention is very key for me. I usually decide ahead of eating whether its going to be a binge or not. I do well when I slow down, choose my food, decide its staying in my belly no matter what, then eat. I have a terrible time with grazing, eating without thinking, etc. So to be a binge is totally related to intention and it doesn't matter if its milk duds, lettuce, or shoe leather!

Jaded Lime
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Fox. Yep. I totally relate.

Fox. Yep. I totally relate. Today I went to lunch at a sub sandwhich shop with my husband. I was satisfied after my meal, no hunger. Then we got home and as I walked by a bag of cheese crackers my kids had out I grabbed a big handful and ate them as I walked through my house. All of the sudden I was like what the heck am I doing?!? Hahaha. It's like I didn't even think of it. It just happened!

Love alone is worth the fight. - Jon Foreman

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