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Old 09-25-10, 09:41 PM   #1
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Help. I'm a binge eater, I eat to hurt myself. I'm overweight now and hate myself to such a degree, and I hate the life i've given myself by being overweight and not letting myself enjoy life. This life is making me binge more often.

Brainstorm some addictions that I can replace my food addiction with. Gaming...working...exercise.... that's all i've been able to come up with, unfortunately those 3 have not replaced my addiction to food.
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Old 09-25-10, 10:33 PM   #2
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I think you need to distract yourself with something other than food. You got to get away from the refrigerator. Maybe you can take an evening class and learn a new language or something.

I'm much in the same boat. I've put on about 10 pounds over the last few months. I friggin hate myself with every pound I add. I find going to the gym, gets me out of the house and away from the refrigerator. I"m more of an emotional eatter and I know a 10 pound weight gain isn't bad but I have weighed about 50 pounds more than this and don't want to be back there again. Also, it's easier to lose 10 pounds than 50 pounds.

Currently, I'm completely obsessed with food. I can't get food out of my mind and I'm eatting to much calories. I can't get into "diet mode" again. I wish I could start dieting but I can't do it and everytime I think of dieting I eat more food.

So currently I'm going to the gym. I also want to learn 2 languages right now. I'd like to learn Spanish and Hindi. I think you have to come up with something that your passionate about other than food, that's the only way to distract yourself. Something that completely takes your mind off of food.
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Old 09-28-10, 07:38 PM   #3
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I can't even explain how relieved I am to know there are other people out there with my same problems. I too, eat to hurt myself. I want to stop, and I can for days at a time, until I "give up" and lose myself to food. I think the trick is that you have to find a way to create a healthy relationship to food. It is very hard, I am finding. But cooking is definitely one really great way, because you take pride in what you've done, you can make it healthy, and you actually feel good about eating it. Obviously you have to find outlets not related to food that work for you too, like going to the gym, but I think more than that. Something creative, that can give you a different type of pleasure than eating. Really, thanks for writing :)
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I also have problems with binge eating. In the past few months, I gained about 30 pounds, lost half of it, and now I think I'm gaining again.
I find that the more busy and productive I feel, the easier it is not to overeat.
Eating healthy and cooking for myself works too. I've also learned to accept that the compulsion to eat won't go away, so I try not to hate myself too much when it gets bad.

I've also started taking yoga classes twice a week, which is really fantastic because even without losing that much weight I can see and feel positive changes in my body.

All that said, this past week or so has been really tough for me.
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exercise has to be the best replacement. dont go getting into bad additions just to stop eating, that will cause awful problems!

find someone to do it with and make it more enjoyable
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oh btw i am totally addicted to pepsi max. i have about 6 cans a day! better than booze though
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Old 10-30-10, 03:50 PM   #7
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I'm another binge eater. I used to smoke and quit 2 years ago and in the past year have swapped my cigarette addiction to food. Argh.

It's comfort, it makes me feel better, stops me from feeling empty inside but I also know it's not a good road to go down and I've gained 30lbs in a short space of time. You are not alone. I can't find the motivation at the moment to stop.
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Old 11-04-10, 05:46 PM   #8
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I try to leave notes around to stop myself from eating just "because"...

For example right now I have a sticky note right in front of me at work that says "NO MORE CANDY" because everyone in this office has brought in Halloween candy, and although I don't need or want it, I have to eat it.

It's helped.

Also when I'm hungry I try and get up and get a glass of cold water instead, usually that curbs the craving, I try and get a lot of crushed ice so I can chew on that instead. Or reach for a piece of gum.

I used to turn to Diet Soda's, but that's really bad for you and only made me hungrier and bloated! So I've cut soda out of my diet and I do feel less bloated!

Another trick....hanging up a bikini so that I see it, every time I head to the kitchen I catch a glimpse of that and remember how I felt when I was thinner, how much happier I was, how I had tons more confidence!
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I don't know if this will help anyone else. I had really gotten into the habit of binge eating, and nothing I could do would stop it.

However, a few years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. The medication I take controls my blood sugar (levels it out) and I no longer have the urge to binge the same way I used to. I realized it was a physical craving. Even though I was eating, my body wasn't absorbing the carbs (my cells were insulin resistant), leaving wanting more.

In fact, my doctor told me that my diagnosis of depression (which preceded the diagnosis of diabetes by about 6 months) was also an early indicator!

So, never ignore the fact that other things can trigger our problems.
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Old 11-07-10, 10:02 PM   #10
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I'm so relieved to know that there are so many others out there.. I don't mean that I'm happy that you're all suffering, as I am, though!

Exercise is a very good replacement I agree. I have been using that instead of the last few days. Unfortunately it is not enough, I can't exercise all the time, I become sore sometimes and unable to exercise I still turn to binge eating.

Also somebody mentioned productivity. I think that is a huge problem for me. I am not in school anymore so I sit all day doing nothing, no friends. No life, no distractions.

So, here are some replacements I am finding: Exercise, music (playing and listening to), decaf tea, reading.... Add the the list if you can please! Appreciated x 0192830219. And thanks for the replies!
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