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Bingeing isn't always just about emotional stuff. It can develop just as a response to food cues and the human brain's bias for easy calories and concentrated flavors. The great thing is that we can use our prefrontal cortex to counteract it until the habits help tamp down the cravings. Never been sorry I've held out against a binge.

Nine years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
10 years and counting!
*Get to the next meal hungry!

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2/3/20 6:47 P

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This is a great way to share our binge habits. It is a learned behavior.--- a coping behavior for alot of reasons. Loneliness depression fear, anxiety. It is nice to feel that crunch of those cheetos in my mouth. Better than sex... at least what I remember of sex.

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Hi KTRIBE808! Your story was very inspiring.

I am new to this team. I finally acknowledged that I have BED. The last major episode is, in part, what set off what I sometimes jokingly refer to as the Mid-Life Crisis (actually not a joke at all,) which in turn sparked my current weight-loss and fitness efforts.

I have had an unhealthy relationship with food since puberty. I couldn't stand to see leftovers get thrown out, so I would eat them, even if I wasn't hungry. Conversely, I would also feel anxious about not getting "my" share if someone brought in treats, and help myself to second and third helpings. I would steal food, attempt to hide my eating from others, and try to atone for over-consumption by fasting for the next day or two.

During my teens, twenties, and thirties, I was able to keep things somewhat under control. If my binges led to weight gain (which they often did -- usually about 15-20 lbs.), I would lose the weight and, for a time, think that I no longer desired the foods that triggered binges. For some reason, though, I found myself with less and less control during my forties and now fifties.

The last "major" binge episode happened about 2 1/2 months ago. My husband bought a half-gallon of my favorite cookies-n-cream-flavored ice cream for me, and a gallon of the generic cookies-n-cream for himself. I polished off my half-gallon during the season finale of The Walking Dead. By the following weekend, I saw that my husband hadn't yet touched his, so I helped myself to a teaspoon-ful for "just a teensy little taste." I ended up eating the entire gallon!

Then the "event" that sent me into full-blown mid-life crisis mode occurred. I'm still dealing with that, but the upshot was the recognition that I needed to make some drastic changes to my life. I'm not one for seeking out help, especially not "support groups," but I have to admit that feeling accountable to other people who offer encouragement and have walked in my footsteps has been helpful. I believe that, by acknowledging the problem and using the nutrition tracker to stay honest about what I am eating, I can overcome this issue.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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Love the post. You show there is hope and that perfection is not necessary, only forward progress. I can relate to celebrating with food, as DH and I don't drink alcohol either. Thanks for your story.

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I have been with SP since 9.11.10 and just last Sunday I reached my goal of losing 30 lbs. Woo hoo! I have been a life-long binger, even as a child I binged! Luckily, until I hit my 40s, I could counter much of the damage with extreme amounts of exercise - often spending three hours or more at the gym! I remember when I went to my first (and only) meeting of Overeaters Annoymous and the people looking at me and asking "What are YOU doing here!". OUCH!

Then a little over 9 years ago, my daughter and only child died unexpectedly. I sunk into depression. I stopped exercising and turned to food in earnest for comfort and I quickly gained close to 70 lbs. The my sig other of almost 20 years dumped me for a bar skank (and I AM being polite here). That was my wake-up call. I knew there were two directions to go - down or up and I knew my daughter would want me to choose up! So I lost most of the weight!

A few years later I met my husband and we got married about a year and a half ago. Neither of us drink alcohol so our way of celebrating just about everything is to EAT! I LOVE to cook and bake and we both love my cooking! We also love to dine out! Before I knew it, 30 lbs. had returned.

Thanks to SP, I have slowly learned about portion control and what my binge triggers are - simple carbohydrates, special ocassions and late-night tiredness. I am happy to say that since joining SP I have binged about 8 times, although I DID overindulge during the holidays.
I now have my "go-to foods" when I feel a binge coming on - like graham crackers, sugar-free pudding, non-fat Greek yogurt and sugar-free Sunkist hard candy. I have come to accept that I need a late night snack - so I leave some of my calories for that very purpose. We are works in progress and the lack of perfection does not equal failure! Every effort, every attempt is a step in the right direction. When I fell off the wagon, I IMMEDIATELY got back on track. Do NOT wait for tomorrow to begin again.

I will probably continue to over-indulge on ocassion and surely I will binge again. But I accept this and I now know it is what I do the majority of the time that makes the difference. DO NOT GIVE UP! YOU ARE WORTH THE EFFORT! IT CAN BE DONE!

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