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Old 06-21-2014, 10:05 AM   #1
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I Couldn't Stop Eating...

Hey friends, just wanted to share a brief part of my history. I wish someone would've exposed me to this years ago, so maybe I can help someone out by exposing it myself.

I happened upon the low carb scene after watching "Fat Head" on Netflix. From there I discovered Sugar Free Sheila's site, and after reading through her FAQ, then reading through Atkins, I was entirely hooked.

I started induction and was so excited to get on it! After a few days however, I gave in to my cravings and consumed ridiculous portions of carb-rich foods. I'd restart the next day and the cycle would run over and over, no matter how strong my resolve was to stick to it. Every time I took a bite of the forbidden food, it started a binge, and I felt entirely out of control.

This has been the course of my life since childhood- I'd eat all sorts of food, especially alone, until I was sick. I never threw up, nor did I try to exercise it all away- I just ate a lot. My mother was a dietician, so she taught me how to eat in a healthy manner, and I did when I wasn't bingeing. I wasn't overweight, but only because I was eating such a lean diet for so long.

Finally last July after bingeing yet again, I tried out the world's most strict 12-step program in existence. I was there for about six months and gained a world of insight. But it wasn't for me, so I didn't stay.

Since leaving, I've managed to stay binge-free with accountability, community and through nourishing my spirit. I've had two binges in twelve months, whereas I often had 3 to 4 binges a week before. And last month I learned that the DSM added "Binge Eating Disorder" to it's collection of eating disorders, separate from Anorexia or Bulimia.

I struggled with a Binge Eating Disorder, and I didn't even know it. I lost control around food all the time, and I thought it was because I lacked the willpower to stand to my resolve. That wasn't it at all-- it was a mental illness that I needed help overcoming.

So now, here I am almost twelve months later, and I'm right back to lowcarbing again. I love this way of eating, and I love this group of people. I know there are others out there who struggle with the same thing as me, and I just want you to know that if you can relate to my story, there is absolutely hope out there! You CAN get better!

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Old 06-21-2014, 05:52 PM   #2
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Congratulations to you for beating the "monster." It's hard to be low-carb perfect all the time, but we do our best. Best wishes to you.

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Old 07-05-2014, 09:46 AM   #3
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You know I used to binge eat all the time too and still struggle with it. I often thought it this a mental illness. I would say to myself...why oh why do I keep on doing this. I realized though that is was my blood sugar that was on a roller coaster...not my mind. If I had just the littlest bit of something it would set off a binge. I finally realized that I have to stay LC and cannot have just one. I test my blood sugar now and never eat anything that will spike it because it will set off a binge. It is still very hard for me though. It could be a combination of mental and physical is actually what I am trying to say. Thanks for sharing your post because I could identify with what you were saying.
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sarah, I agree with you about it being a combination of mental and physical.
Lots of discussion on this forum about this, whether is is more one or the other. My view is that is both, as my minds and body are all part of a whole that is me. It's complex.
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So now, here I am almost twelve months later, and I'm right back to lowcarbing again. I love this way of eating, and I love this group of people. I know there are others out there who struggle with the same thing as me, and I just want you to know that if you can relate to my story, there is absolutely hope out there! You CAN get better!

Thanks for letting me share friends
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I used to struggle with night eating...ie. wake up in the middle of the night and eat with abandon!!!!

Recently heard of a book Brain Over Binge....listened to the interview of her by Alan S. on podcast 'Progress not Perfection' ...(used to be called Quit Binge Eating)....I haven't bought the book yet, but her use of AVRT (Addictive Voice Recognition Technique) sounds interesting.

Thinking of those urges/thoughts as "neurological junk" gives me another tool in my maintenance box for success.

Validation that I can change...that I can quiet the monster in my head...without paying for psychotherapy!

Low Carb is the MAIN TOOL that I will not give up
Checking my blood glucose is a tool that lets me know if a food needs to be eliminated from my choices list
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:30 AM   #6
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sarah, I agree with you about it being a combination of mental and physical.
Lots of discussion on this forum about this, whether is is more one or the other. My view is that is both, as my minds and body are all part of a whole that is me. It's complex.
I actually only have one mind -- although the phrase "changing my mind" makes me think a spare could be useful.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:27 AM   #7
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-- although the phrase "changing my mind" makes me think a spare could be useful.
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:56 PM   #8
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Thanks for sharing Carrie. I'm in the thick of it right now I feel very hopeless. I have been doing low carb on and off since I was 14 and now I am 28. My weight is at an all time high and I have managed to gain 80+ pounds in about a year. I am fine all day, food doesn't matter. But at night I feel disconnected from my body and I start eating. It's just been a nightmare. I too was a binge eater as a child but wasn't severely overweight until the last few years. I have no idea how to curb this behavior I feel like I have tried everything.
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really interesting thread. I used to hide foods I loved as a kid. Laughed about it for years, but I can GORGE on carby foods once I take one bite. it's a scary and hard thing to overcome...

Good Luck to you !
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Thanks for sharing Carrie. I'm in the thick of it right now I feel very hopeless. I have been doing low carb on and off since I was 14 and now I am 28. My weight is at an all time high and I have managed to gain 80+ pounds in about a year. I am fine all day, food doesn't matter. But at night I feel disconnected from my body and I start eating. It's just been a nightmare. I too was a binge eater as a child but wasn't severely overweight until the last few years. I have no idea how to curb this behavior I feel like I have tried everything.
I am really sad to hear you saying "hopeless."
You say you have been doing low car off and on. Are you currently low-carbing? Has it worked for you in the past? Are you able to stay on it rather than off? What is your longest stretch on? Can you limit overeating to only low carb choices? Do you keep your home free of binging options?

My issues are more about drinking than food but there are similarities.

Over-eaters anonymous works for some folks. Tracking every bit of food can help too.

I am just trying to get a feel for what works and doesn't for you. We can support you in lifting yourself into a more hopeful place.

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