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Tricks and Tips to avoid BINGES!


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Just wondering what other people did to avoid binges, just little tricks or rules for yourself that help you to not binge OR stop you during a binge. 

Some examples:

1. No eating after 10 PM
2. Brushing my teeth at 10 PM
3. No "hanging out" in the kitchen
4. Closing and putting away the bag/box of whatever I'm about to eat before I start eating it
5. Getting rid of my all or nothing mentality, "oh well, i already went over my calorie limit, why not binge"
6. Thinking about how much money binging wastes. (2000-3000 UNNECESSARY calories a couple times a week adds up!)
7. Thinking about the fact that one 2000 calorie binge cancels out 3 hours at the gym.

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My number 1 method of avoiding binges is to not allow myself to buy any binge-worthy food in bulk. I can have a single serving cookie here or there if I really feel like it but ONLY healthy foods come home from the supermarket!

I get super annoyed later in the evening when I really want a carby snack and all I have is celery, tea, fruit, beans, and veggie etc, but it works.

I remind myself of how much money binging costs because I will waste $30 or so on a "binge run."  This is money I could be spending on SO many other fun things like going to movies or buying clothes.

I read this somewhere else, but I now mark each binge free day on my calender.  It gives me something tangible to look at.  I actually get excited when I get to cross off another day!

feanor, I wish I could have your option. My husband is in construction, you should see how he EATS. I bet....3-4 thousands calories a day. There is ALWAYS junk for in my house. Last night he bought bakery cupcakes (8) and pie (4 slices). O, and he is SKINNY, BTW!! There is always some kind of temptation lurking in my house!

My binge triggers are: Sugar, over exercise and artificial sweaters. As long as I can control those three....I can control myself.

I really need to work on these same things! 
I go to the gym every day, and I've been great about keeping that up (this is my 3rd week of it)... but I ruin everything at night by binging!
I used to be good and brush my teeth.. but lately I've just put it off.
I've decided now after 10, if I want a snack.. decafinated tea with splenda will just have to do!

Your #5 is the hardest thing to get over.... I have that mentality lately and its bad.
Having a kitchen in my room makes it harder. (I'm in college & have an apartment-style dorm.) But this is how the rest of my life will be, so I need to learn to close the kitchen!
Having roommates who make 7 layer taco dip at midnight and eat in right near my bed doesnt help, but oh it was delicious..
I live alone and just don't bring stuff into my home.  But if I do it's almost impossilbe to use portion control and savour a little each day.  I usually eat the whole thing all at once.

Sometimes the 100 cal packs help me control myself, cause they're sealed.  Sealing?  (in my mind sealed makes it more sinful to open)

December when visiting family and tons of food around..........I gained 10# and never want that to happen.  Can I ever learn to just 'say no'  ?

I binged last night and it added up to about 3500 over what I'd burned off for the day.  Ha! It was pretty fun, I have to say.  And I'm quite happy that I don't have a bad case of the guilts that usually follows a colossal binge, and that I'm not taking drastic counter measures today. Shows I'm making progress on the ED front. 

Nonetheless, I've been trying to figure out another way to avoid big-top binges like this in the future.

I've decided to try having one day every 2 or 3 weeks where I can eat as much of everything that I want, but must pay attention to when I'm full and not stuff myself.

I can't have one of these days every week or else I'll never make any progress on the weight loss front; even having a treat once a week (much less a whole day of treats) seems to throw me off course.

Knowing myself, I have enough willpower to carry me through to the 2 or 3 week mark, but that's about it.  

sometimes we all need to binge  LOL  just remember your goal!!!  AND don't quit!!!

it's ALL worth it in the end  :D

The BIGGEST thing that helps me is to make sure I never get hungry.  And if I'm going to leave the house, I eat a little bit of something.  That way I don't go to fast food and get waaaay too much food. 

Another thing that's been helping is to cut out one food/drink item per month.  January I cut out all beverages with high fructose corn syrup.  (Except I get it once a month as a treat.)  That meant that even if I did binge, I couldn't top it off with 32oz. of coke!  This month I've added no drinks with processed sugar.  So natural sodas are out too.  Next month it will be no fruit juice, etc.  So even when I do binge, it's not quite as bad as it could be.  :)

The last thing that helps me, is to just go to bed if it's later at night and I get the munchies.  I tell myself I won't feel the hunger if I'm sleeping, and then I can just eat in the morning.  By morning I'm ready for good food, not junk. 

GET A BRACE!! hahaha i had mine fitted today and eating is such an unpleasant experience that i dont think im going to be tempted to binge (on anything other than soup/overcooked veggies..) for a loooong time! 
Original Post by sherea:

feanor, I wish I could have your option. My husband is in construction, you should see how he EATS. I bet....3-4 thousands calories a day. There is ALWAYS junk for in my house. Last night he bought bakery cupcakes (8) and pie (4 slices). O, and he is SKINNY, BTW!! There is always some kind of temptation lurking in my house!

My binge triggers are: Sugar, over exercise and artificial sweaters. As long as I can control those three....I can control myself.

 I feel your pain!! My husband is in construction as well, and he eats soo much.  He will come home with fast food and say "hey baby i got ya dinner" and i'm like YOU HAVE THE WORLDS FASTEST METABOLISM! I DONT! YOU EAT IT!" arGH.  Makes ya so frustrated huh?  

 

My binge triggers are if i am stressed out with no outlet, and really really delicous smelling deserts...

 

Ophelia 

i used to really undereat (like 200-300 calories a day) but i would binge every couple of weeks. then the bingeing got more frequent and now it's every day. i know i'm going to end up really fat if i carry on this way, and i can't seem to just eat normally and healthily :( any advice, please?

when you feel the need to binge, just wait out the hour. leave the house if you need to and go on a walk or something. if it really isnt going away, then what i do is take a low calorie fruit or something, (i usually pick blueberries or cucumber slices) and eat one at a time. chew it ten times, and then take a drink of water. it doesnt take long to get so full you cant even think about more food!!

I don't really binge, I get the urges but I'm always motivated to get a better looking body (wanted a proper 6 pack since I can remember, and not a skinny mans one, they don't count!) but I do have a cheat meal (call it treat meal, day off, whatever you want) on a Sunday because I don't usually get to sit down to dinner with my parents due to my schedule of working and gym and other activities so Sundays are my cheat meal days, I eat normally apart from one meal, last Sunday it was a lovely roast dinner and even had some pudding. I don't feel guilty or get upset because it's planned, I just carry on as normal.

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