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Re: I CURED MYSELF – EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Postby katana » Sun May 19, 2013 11:19 pm

Guess its different for everyone, & good for pointing out binge eaters aren't always 3 feet wide, neither am I.

I'm way too lazy to do all that $#%^ but I realised binge eating is a form of self harm/self destruction, except I dont self harm to harm myself, I self harm to harm others. Its not that I want to prevent myself from succeeding, its that I believe to succeed I need to destroy the people who are trying to control me, and what better way than to destroy what they created. I actually believe that eventually, by destroying myself I will destroy them, and by destroying them I win, and I will be free to succeed. So I think to succeed, I need to destroy myself. Hmmmmm.... doh. :roll:
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Re: I CURED MYSELF – EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Postby amina » Wed May 22, 2013 4:39 pm

Hi,

After another day of binging, I decided that I need to do some research as I assumed information on that what I didn’t even know the name for was freely available on Internet (I googled for ‘uncontrollable eating’). I have always known that this is not normal but did not actually know that I should be CURED!

I was amazed to see that even after 6 years, so many people are still posting to this thread and you are still replying to these! So I decided to post my story as I am also currently trying to cope with that problem.

I am an auditor in her early 30s. The binging moments started a few months ago, I would assume mainly out of enormous amounts of stress during the busy season and these moments went on up till now occasionally. In the beginning I did not pay that much attention as I gained only a few kilos so I thought I would be able to lose with more exercise which didn’t happen of course.

As my binging went on, I gained more and more and now am 10 kg above what I was 2 years ago and 5 kilos above the weight I normally feel happy and comfortable. Still I am not overweight as I was way under before the binging moments started but if I go on I will soon be.

I have been having a healthy lifestyle for the past few years with heavy exercising and control over what I ate which I believe now could be the reason for these moments of binging (not eating sweets/sugar and wheat products). I admit I have always tried to control what I eat as since I was 16 I didn’t feel well when I am over a certain weight and did everything to keep that weight.
I tried to see what the reasons could be and I recognise that the stress plays a huge role in it although some other reasons add on which I am now trying to discover and deal with.

I recognised the problem a couple of weeks ago. I never stopped doing exercises however I became a lot more lazy, stopped going out with friends that much and started calling sick at work after a day of binge with the hope to recover in a day and be good for the next one.

I completely understand that it will take time to overcome, but somehow I am not able to make it longer than a week.

Today I spent doing some research, shared with my mother and a friend and I am really determined
to deal with the problem and never go back again. A smart thing my mom said was that I should not fight the problem, I should deal with it.

Happy to have found people that experienced similar things as I did and this gives me strength to start a new healthy life and go back to my old me, the active, loving networking person I was just a few months ago.

Love
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Re: I CURED MYSELF – EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Postby CeejayToday » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:10 am

Thank you for sharing Happy-go-lucky. I'd like to know how old you are, and how long you have been binge free by now?

Then, I would like to point out that everyone is different. You have done a great job of describing what works for you. And for some it might work, too, it would probaby be worth a try.
But, it need not be so that what works for you works for everyone. For example, I am never bothered by pimples! And my issues are much more psychological, it has to do with the kind of thoughts I am thinking and with childhood trauma. These cannot be solved by your method (alone).
Also, just to start eating at regular times alone can help to overcome binge eating as far as I know. I know of someone who cured herself doing this.
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Re: dealing with the reasons

Postby jacknn » Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:13 am

MrBrightside wrote:i can focus on the reasons and asimiliate them, then the symptoms go away.


MrBright, could you please share about how you go about focusing on the reasons and assimilating them?

Thanx.
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Re: I CURED MYSELF – EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Postby Typical83 » Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:49 pm

Hi there, i know u have posted this years ago but i just want to let u know that it is still having a profound impact on people's lives... I hve taken the steps to identify my triggers which are very similar to u triggers. Now i will move on to the spreadsheet. If u are still around and wouldn't mind sharing a set out example of spreadsheet i would really appreaciate it... Thank you for sharing ur experience.
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Re: I CURED MYSELF – EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Postby UKGeordieLass » Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:27 am

This thread is awesome. Thank you OP for sharing your experience (not sure if you're still around?) Many of us identify with you.

I am going to start tracking my triggers every day but my question to anyone reading is: How do I know what counts as a "trigger" - does literally everything that happens on a binge day count as a trigger? I'm at the very start of identifying triggers so am looking to be as comprehensive as possible and then later I will eliminate red herrings. What things should I be writing down? You gave some good examples (mental: stress; physical: bad skin; social: being alone). Can you suggest any others? So far I have:

Mental:

Work stress.
Relationship drama.
Panic attack.

Physical:

Cycle day (period).
Bad skin.
Lethargic.
Hyper.
Cold.
Hot.
Dizzy spells.
Stomach cramps.

Social:

Attended gym.
Spent time with friend.
Cinema.
Went for a >1 mile walk on own.
Meeting (work/medical).
Alone all day.

Nutrition:

Fasted.
Binged.
< 1500cals.
< 1000cals.
< 500 cals.
< 200 cals.
Deviated from planned menu.
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Re: I CURED MYSELF – EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Postby Emmazazazaz » Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:25 pm

Hey

I'm 18 years old and for 2 years now, I've realised that I have BED. I've always been very active: rinding to school and back each day (28km), running x3 a week, fitness x3 a week. At first, I ate so much the sports didn't make a diffrence. But the last 3 months have been really good for me.
Now the last 5 days have been bad... The exams are almoste their and I had a lot of stress...

I'm losing confidence in myself...
How are you today? How is your health? Your body?

Greetings
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Re: I CURED MYSELF – EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Postby Finn1989 » Wed May 31, 2017 3:03 am

Hi,

Im really interested in what you have to say and interested in using your xls if youre happy with sharing.

What do you do if you find yourself on your own with no stimulus? Do you have coping mechanisms...say for example of youre too tired to partake in a hobby or socialising during the weekend...I want to be able to relax alone but fine I cant without binging.

Im currently waiting in the reception area of my therapist who so far has not helped my recovery...its a lot of money and I would prefer taking my recovery into my own hands.
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Re: I CURED MYSELF – EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Postby Cba321 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:24 pm

I really enjoyed this post. I'm def not the author, but I made a super quick spreadsheet since some people were asking for an example. You can download & edit/add more triggers if you need, this is just an example loosely based on reality (I really like peanut butter) ;)

click THIS https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0
then click File, Download As: Microsoft Excel
(it won't let me attach a spreadsheet on this post)

Like he said, just type a '1' for applicable triggers for that day. I have the limits as:
- 1 or 2 triggers that day = NO BINGE
- 3 or 4 triggers = MAYBE
- over 5 triggers = BINGE ALERT

Hope this helps! let me know if you need help with anything else or need help making changes to the limits/amount of triggers :-)
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Re: I CURED MYSELF – EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Postby Happy_go_Lucky » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:35 pm

Wow, I thought about this post today and thought I’d log in. I am blown away this post has had over 77,000 views, I hope it has inspired each and everyone who has read it, 13 years later I am still binge free and haven’t once even thought about binging, I remember it being a very tough time and it was very hard to overcome but I am proof that it is something you can completely get on top of. It’s been humbling to read responses and I am just glad my journey continues to inspire others.

Best wishes all
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