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5/27/12 1:50 P

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For me the tell tale sign is how much sugar it involves. I eat fine. When I binge it's a sugar attack in front of the TV, preferrably alone, can last for hours.

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5/27/12 11:07 A

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I consider binging when i over eat in calories by doubling the daily calories or more allowed. I also consider binging when i am full but keep eating and eating. Opening a bag of cookies to place a few in the kids lunches and i end up eating the rest of the bag throughout the day plus eat other stuff whether it is healthy or not.

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2/19/09 2:15 P

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Posting here can be the first step to regaining control, a problem shared is a problem solved.

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2/19/09 12:56 P

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I'm struggling with a binge right now, and the calories I've ingested doesn't really define it. For me, the binge is the uncontrollable desire to eat (for me it is usually sweets or carbs). I simply cannot concentrate on anything else unless I eat something I'm not "supposed" to. I'm really frustrated this time, because I KNOW what the trigger is/was, but I cannot stop the desire to eat (without eating). I'm going on three days now. emoticon

I'm going over to sign on to the main board, too, to start working through this!

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1/24/09 10:03 P

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check out the book "overcoming binge eating" by Dr Christopher Fairburn. the 1st 1/2 describes different kinds of bingeing (although most are associated with the feeling of being out of control, unable to resist eating it). The 2nd 1/2 of the book has tips for dealing with the bingeing that work well for some people.

ultimately, you will find what bingeing is for you, and go from there to improve it. you're off to a good start!

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1/24/09 9:39 A

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If I liked it, did it with other people, it was part of a special occasion, I didn't eat it hiding in my room, and I didn't cry about it, then its just overeating.

If I do it alone in my room, hide the evidence, deny it happened, cry/try to throw up/ruin my day, then its bingeing.

I've had 2000 calorie overeats and 500 calorie binges, so I don't think the #s matter so much as where you are mentally.

The weight tracker shows my maintenance range. :-)

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1/20/09 7:27 P

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For me, overeating is not eating mindfully, e.g. going to an unhealthy restaurant for dinner and finishing the plate, snacking throughout a party, etc.

Bingeing is when I eat to physical discomfort but still cannot stop myself. Overeating is a physical act, bingeing is emotional.

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1/19/09 9:11 A

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I used to not track binges...in fact, I'd just delete my whole day. Doing that made me avoid my problem and give me permission to eat crazily for a whole day.

I define a binge as anytime that I lose control and eat mindlessly but think that there are different degrees of binging. I track all my food too although it's usually the next day for a binge. I try to keep healthy foods in the house so I consider it a "bad" binge if I go out, buy a cheesecake and come home to eat the whole thing. Another binge might be by eating foods that I have on hand, like three bowls of Go Lean. The caloric damage isn't as bad as the cheesecake, but it's still a binge.

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1/19/09 2:42 A

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Well I've tracking my food in spark for 4 weeks now. Previously when I felt out of control I did not track my food so I don't know how many calories I ate. I know it was a lot.

Now when I'm out of control, or just shoving food into my mouth, I still track my food. So since I still track my food, is that no longer out of control?

But then isn't that just a way to fool myself into thinking that it wasn't a binge?

I've also thought of binges as eating mindlessly over a short period of time. Basically getting your hands on lots of food and eating it like a robot, very quickly.

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1/18/09 6:24 P

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The out of control feeling is really the key feature for me too..

Maria

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It doesn't matter how many times you begin again. It only matters that you begin again.

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1/18/09 5:58 P

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people often overeat for many reasons and it's not a compulsive kind of a binge... think a holiday feast or special celebration meal. They eat, they enjoy and they go back to their usual eating plan the next meal or day, no problem.

for me, i also pay attention to what's going on in my head... if there's a feeling of being out of control or unable to resist the food and walk away from it when i'm not hungry, then i know i'm in binge mode... whether or not i'm actually over-eating.

it's important then to distinguish why you are eating, because you still need to nourish yourself, with enough but not too much :)

those days i allow myself more, up to the calories i need to eat to maintain my weight. it has helped ease the feeling of being deprived. i can tell myself that i am eating enough to keep my weight the same, but not too much that hurts me and causes me to gain weight... sometimes that helps. sometimes not, and i just have to keep working through that urge to dive into the food and eat with glee....

i am always glad when that feeling eases and it becomes easier again.

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1/18/09 1:32 P

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I couldn't begin to tell you now many calories is in a binge. To me its just not being able to stop eating even when I am stuffed.

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1/18/09 12:37 P

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To anwer your lquestion: lhtere really is NO ONE ANSWER. So many factors: the behavior, mind set really if you have to ask the question then your "understanding" of a binge is the key here.
I can not explain it. It is a mind set a difinate behavior.

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1/18/09 9:40 A

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I'm like Maria - the distinction is in what's going through my head. Bingeing for me is secretive and compulsive, and I feel very guilty afterwards. Another sign that I'm in a binge is when I'm thinking about what else I can eat before I even swallow what's in my mouth. Overeating is just going over my calorie range, for example if I overeat when out to dinner with friends. Not compulsive, not secretive, just way more food than I need to stay healthy.

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1/18/09 9:21 A

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I do not associate calories with binging vs overeating. I call it over eating when i go over my calories levels of off my low carb plan...

it is a binge when I slide into emotional eating, secretive eating, or non-stop eating. Binging is for me more to do with my state of mind when eating than how much I consume.

Maria

The only real failure is quitting!

It doesn't matter how many times you begin again. It only matters that you begin again.

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."
F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Do not fear mistakes, there are none."
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"I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don't work."
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1/18/09 6:09 A

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I was wondering how many calories per day do you consider a binge?

I have a calorie goal range. If I'm over the range, than I have overate. If I went over 3,000 then it is a binge.

After 5 weeks, I think I should change that to 2,500 or something...

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