just binging?

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tennisgirl21's picture
just binging?

I haven't forced myself to throw up in a while but i haven't lost the binging tendancies. I feel like i have formed an addiction to food and that is all i think about. does anyone else have this problem? I just want to have a normal relationship with food and I'm not even sure what that is anymore. I want to be able to go a day without constantly thinking about food and my weight.. help! how do i handle these binge urges and get back to a normal, healthy outlook on food??

purplebottle's picture
Hey, i have this exact thing,

Hey, i have this exact thing, it's exhausting and horrid. I'm still not there but it's taken me a while to get to the mindset to kick the binges.

First of all, you have to be realistic about how much you are eating. Are you eating enough? If not, it's no wonder you are binging and the first thing you can do is to make sure you eat often and enough.

Secondly, you might find that it helps alot to develop some boundaries around when/how you eat. Like, if you normally eat/binge in front of the computer/laptop, make it that you can eat ANYTHING you want as long as you eat at the dining table or outside and try and pay attention to what you eat. This can be really hard, so don't beat yourself up about it if you can't.

Thirdly, do you think you are emotionally eating? One thing that might help, is to find another outlet for your emotions.. write in a diary or paint when you feel the urge. If it doesn't go away do something else, have a small amount of what you crave (if you can) then exercise? Find something that works for you. It may take time but you'll find it, trust me

Also, try making goals unrealted to food. Like: read ____ book or watch a movie at home this week, or do your washing before saturday, or go for a walk this week. That way, you will be accomplishing minor things and making yourself feel better, even if it is only small things. It's also good for distracting yourself.

Goodluck, let me know how it goes x

summerlyn's picture
I feel the exact same way. I

I feel the exact same way. I havent thrown up in a couple of days but i am overly obsessed with food . It is always on my mind. I emotionally eat all the time especially if im upset about something. Like im trying to punish my body or something. It might feel good while im bingeing but afterward i feel digusted ( if not completely sick from eating so much food)....until we find a healthy way to deal with the emotions we are feeling at that exact moment that we decide to binge we will not stop the bingeing completely. I am a work in progress..but trying to distract yourself by doing other things you enjoy or even just talking to a friend might get your mind off the bingeing. Good Luck!

Coach Jen
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For me, binging without

For me, binging without purging was the first step to recovery. I was stuck there for several months until I learned to eat intuitively. It was very gradual for me to eat normally and not binge, but I finally did it and the weight I gained is gone now. I encourage you to eat when you are hungry and don't overexercise, because that gives you a bigger appetite. I now eat freely, and never ever thought it would be possible! Please hang in there and try to make binges smaller and smaller until they aren't even binges anymore- it happened for me, so I believe that you can do it too!

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