I have recently (for about two months) suffered with binge eating - I can pack in up to 15,000 calories a day (I know, my stomach is like a bottomless pit!) but I'm so sick of gaining weight and I really really need help to control this!
I need to lose 10-15kg in order to be healthy again.
Anybody who can give me any advice would be great, I am only young and don't want to be held in an eating disorder for the rest of my life!
Please please help me!!
Usually sweet carby foods: chocolate, pastries and biscuits are big ones - really calorific unfortunately.
I can usually go about 3 days eating around 1900 healthy calories, then after that I go all out crazy :(
I can definitely try to change the food in the house! It's difficult because I live in a fairly big family so there will always be some kind of sweet carby food I guess :(
I completely understand the horridness of binging. I suppose my first step is to relax. Realize that tomorrow will always be a new day, and that the choices you've made in the past/today will not severely affect your future, diet-wise. Never beat yourself/regret a binge. For whatever reason, your body was craving something naughty. C'est la vie. Move forward and continue with your normal diet, and don't dwell on the "opps" of the binge. Make sure you get lots of water, today. Write down the feelings/reasons as to why you thought you needed to binge. Were you preventing yourself from having something? Did you have too much of something and neglect nourishing your body with something else? Were you stressed/anxious/worried? Identify your "triggers" to help prevent future binges. In addition, find activities (write down a list) that you can turn to when you get an urge to binge. Go for a long, meditative walk, do some yoga, call up a friend, play with your dog, paint/draw, et cetera.
Also, if you need some support, feel free to contact me. :)
Thanks for the great advice! It's such a horrible problem to have, I don't understand why I can't control it but, you're right, that's life I guess!
Check and see if there's an OA group near you. They're very supporting and helpful. Also, feel free to talk to your doctor about it. (Which might be a hard thing to do, but definitely could be worth it. He/she might be able to give you the best guidance)
Exercise! I know it isn't for everybody but, it's helped me out with my own binge issues. I find that the more frequently I exercise (some form of cardio especially) the more my body tells me what it needs. Suddenly I crave salads like I can't even believe. And, ice cream and french fries (usually two of my favorite things) start looking kinda disgusting.
Assuming that you don't get much exercise and, I apologise for that, start small. Go for walks and do some sit-ups while watching TV.
And, most importantly, don't beat yourself up about it!