First of all- huge congrats on beating it! You give me so much hope and inspiration to keep fighting-
I'll have a look for these Geneen Roth books now- I think it'd be worth the read, and for the first time I'm planning to tackle this with a psychologist as well- rather than just trying to figure it out on my own- it clearly goes well beyond just eating wrong or eating right.
Yesterday I had a day that I can only describe as "good" for me anyway
2 pikelets with honey and marg
1 slice of toast and vegemite with tea (at my mums)
A devilled ham and salad sandwhich on wholemeal bread
A coffee and celery stick with peanut butter
Chicken stir fry (home made) with vegetables rice, avocado oil, soy garlic and sweet soy.
But then I went on after stressful moments with kids to scoff a choc honeycomb Meusli bar-
Then in the middle of the night after a few wake ups I binge ate a banana, half an avocado, a tablespoon of peanut butter and something else I can't quite remember??
This is a good day for me...
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13-06-2015 06:16 #11
13-06-2015 06:32 #12
And you're so right- it's not about the weight - I mean sure it's nice to feel good about yourself and fit into smaller clothes, but in reality the Heath (both physical and mental) is what really bothers me about this behaviour. The body image can come later In the gym and/or through the results of fixing things- but mostly I want to address the issue so I don't have a heart attack/stroke in my 40's and so I can feel better- eating too much and the wrong things really does make your body feel sick and sluggish- and the opposite is way too extreme, making me miserable and feeling like I'm starving and tunnel visioned/obsessed with exercise.
13-06-2015 06:48 #13
Yes. This is the opening post on a thread I started in august 2011.
Here I am, still 20kg overweight, still bingeing.
"As a weight watchers member of 13 weeks who absolutely hates my body, has a DH who'd like me to weigh 30kg less, and has very low energy levels and low self esteem, I keep trying to stick to the program but I find I feel fantastic when I binge eat! I have energy, I can think clearly, I want to socialise, and I feel motivated and creative. Why dies the price for thus have to be all the above issues? Surely there is a middle ground somewhere? Who else loves binge eating, does it in secret, and thinks they might not be able to stop, ever?"
13-06-2015 06:50 #14
13-06-2015 07:01 #15
I am a compulsive eater. I don't really like sweets and chips but I serve too much in meals eg too much breakfast lunch etc..
I'm 40kgs overweight now since pregnancy 😟. (And before hand) I've done shrink thing and now I'm turning to WLS. I don't see another way out
13-06-2015 07:05 #16
Big hugs Hun- I feel a complete loss of control too- I hope WLS brings you the answer you need.
The power it takes on you is not something I think can be explained to someone who doesn't have it (or some sort of real addiction)
13-06-2015 07:26 #17
Thanks for asking @KiWolf, very little has changed in my eating behaviours since that thread in 2011 which is why I wanted to refer to it, to highlight that I feel controlled by food and that it's a long term issue for me.
I do have some triggers which I am very aware of, but am many times unable to remedy.
Tiredness is my first trigger for binge eating. I have three children, one who is only 6 months old, two primary schoolers, my DH is a shift worker, and I run my own small business. Sleep is a luxury around here. I know when I get adequate sleep I am stronger regarding binge eating but it's just not possible right now.
Stress is another trigger.
I don't get bored. I don't get lonely. There is too much to do, too many people to see.
I love exercising- that's not a problem, I know what healthy foods are, it's the bingeing on high fat high sugar high carb food which is the problem for me.
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13-06-2015 07:34 #18
I can see how we're similar in some ways like that- it's so difficult to control.
I know some of the tactics already and the principles behind them- but in that moment when craving a binge it's certainly easier said than done- and it doesn't just pass like some people say after a few moments - or perhaps it does but for me then it comes back in waves sporadically- and those waves get stronger and stronger and harder to resist- and the binges tend to be worse for each time I have not given in when I finally do?
13-06-2015 09:10 #19
Oh lordy I can see myself in so many of these posts. The comfort/emotional eating is a big thing for me and it's like a compulsion I can't stop. I totally agree - it's not about the weight at all. I don't have any sage advice since I am nowhere near resolving this for myself, but I am reading along with interest. You are most definitely not alone OP
13-06-2015 09:13 #20
So nice to see how many people have this issue that I'm not alone (not that's it's nice you all share this issue!) I'll keep the thread alive and update what I learn from therapy and any new tactics I learn as we go! Feel free to do the same xo
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