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Do you struggle with binge eating disorder?
I did for over 8 months and I gained at least 20 pounds from it! I was able to recover from it in June 2011. Since then I have been binge free!! I would love to help anyone who is currently struggling with binge eating!! Feel free to message me here!
What is binge eating disorder?
Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food. Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, overeating crosses the line to binge-eating disorder and it becomes a regular occurrence, usually done in secret.
Signs of binge eating disorder:
- Feeling out of control when eating.
- Eating compulsively.
- Constantly thinking about food.
- Eating in private.
- Eating to the point of being full or to the point of feeling sick.
- Eating to relieve stress or to comfort yourself.
- Feeling guilty, ashamed, or disgusted after eating.
- Feeling unable to stop eating or prevent a binge although you don’t want to binge.
- Eating very quickly.
What are the health risks of binge eating disorder?
Over time, compulsive overeating usually leads to obesity. Obesity, in turn, causes numerous medical complications, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Gallbladder disease
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancer
- Joint and muscle pain
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Sleep apnea
- Weight Gain
Emotional & Social Risks:
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Weight obsession
- Restriction of activities due to embarrassment of weight.
Treatment For Binge Eating Disorder:
- Psychotherapy: A type of counseling that helps to develop a healthy relationship towards weight and food.
- Medication: Some medication can be used to help control depression and anxiety that may be associated with an eating disorder.
- Nutrition Counseling: A type of counseling that helps to restore normal eating habits.
Books to Help With Binge Eating:
- Overcoming Binge Eating
- Getting Better Bite by Bite
- Binge Eating Disorder Recovery and the 12 Steps
- Binge Eating Disorder: Clinical Foundations and Treatment
- A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder
- Getting Out of B.E.D.
- Eating Disorders Information for Teens
- Overcoming Your Eating Disorder
- Healing the Hungry Self
- Intuitive Eating
- List of more books!
Tips to reduce binging:
- Brush your teeth frequently.
- Keep cravings and unhealthy foods out of your house- out of sight, out of mind.
- Avoid grazing or “hanging out” in the kitchen.
- Do not buy in bulk or bring home leftovers from a restaurant. Chances are you will binge on them all once you are home.
- Make pre-packed healthy snacks so you can grab one on the go to satisfy your hunger and reduce cravings.
- Do not diet or deprive yourself of foods you love. MODERATION is key!
- Do not bring money with you to school, work, etc. so you won’t be tempted to buy snacks from the vending machine. Instead pack your own healthy ones!
- Find ways to better cope with your stress and emotions -> Do NOT turn to food for the answer! It only makes things worse!
- Eat when hungry but eat slower.
- Drink lots of water before and while eating - it will help you feel more full.
- Use smaller plates and cut food into pieces while eating.
- Focus while eating: Do not mindlessly eat while watching tv or while distracted by any other activity.
- Keep a food diary- this
What to do rather than binge:
- Go on tumblr!
- Read health books or any other kind of book!
- Make a craft.
- Paint your nails.
- Take a bath.
- Find a new hobby.
- Do a scavenger hunt.
- Redecorate your room.
- Update your ipod.
- Go to the gym.
- Go for a walk/run in your neighborhood.
- Hang out with a friend.
- Go shopping.
- Find a penpal or write to a relative.
- Go through your old stuff and donate whatever you no longer need!
- Write out all of your goals and reasons why you should not binge!
- Send nice messages to your followers!
- Watch tv.
- Play cards.
- Do chores.
- Go on an adventure.
- Drink tea.
- Chew gum.
- Do yoga.
- Watch youtube videos.
- Vent to someone.
- Make yourself a glitter jar. Shake, stare, relax.
- Make a journal or collage.
- Play a game (an app , board game, computer game, or other video game, ANYTHING!)
After a Binge:
- Drink lots of water: It helps to eliminate toxins and get rid of water weight.
- Eat asparagus: It will help to reduce bloating.
- Eat fruits and veggies: They are a perfect, low-calorie snack. And they help to replenish nutrients!
- Workout: This will help to boost your metabolism.
- Drink green tea: This is a great way to counteract a binge! Green tea is high in antioxidants and will help boost your metabolism!
- MOVE ON: You cannot change the fact that you binged so you must forgive yourself! If you remain mad at yourself it will only make matters worse! Focus on making tomorrow better!! Everyone has bad days! You just gotta pick yourself back up and move on!
Please reblog this if you struggle with binge eating! Even if you don’t please reblog this for your followers who do!
Binge eating is an awful eating disorder and it is so hard to recover from and I want everyone to know that I am here to help! I have recovered from it and would love to help anybody else struggling! Just send me a message here!
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge Eating Disorder is the most common kind of ED. Its characterized by:
- Frequently eating unusually large amounts of food
- Feeling out of control, unable to stop eating once a binge has started
- Hiding the amount of food eaten & binging in private
- Feeling embarrassed and shameful of the amount of food eaten
- Eating when not hungry and to the point of physical pain and nausea
- Feelings of depression and worthlessness
- Rapid weight gain (although not all people who suffer from BED are overweight)
Unlike anorexia or bulimia, there’s usually no attempt to reverse the calories taken in. People with BED do sometimes purge (make themselves vomit), but usually to make room for more food or to alleviate stomach pain from eating too much.
What are the first steps to moving forward from Binge Eating Disorder?
- Stop, take a deep breath, and acknowledge that what you’re putting your body through isn’t healthy. Acknowledge that you deserve better. Decide you want to treat your body and mind better.
- Talk to someone about it. Tell your closest friend, family member, or whoever you trust. If you have access to a therapist or counselor, use them! Consider looking into Overeaters Anonymous. OA is free, private, and very nonjudgmental.
- Make a recovery blog. Be anonymous if you want, but even updating it once a week with your thoughts and progress can help a lot. Be honest, even if its hard. There are thousands of fitblrs, recovery blogs, and other people struggling with the same thing you are. Take advantage of the free support. Reblog anything that inspires and motivates you. Submerging yourself in a culture of recovery, even online, will help keep you in the mindset you want.
- Keep a simple journal. Write down when you binged, what you ate, what you were feeling, and what led up to it. Be totally honest with it. This will help you recognize patterns & help you avoid them in the future.
What Can I Change in My Day to Day Life?
- Plan, plan, plan. BED is chaos. Add structure to your eating habits to help regulate them. When you’re feeling motivated, make a meal plan for your week. It doesn’t have to be ultra healthy. You don’t even have to count calories. Just pick some things that you think your body would appreciate. Try to include a source of protein, a grain, and some veggies/fruit in each meal. Don’t make the meals too small. Include a snack or two. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The point of this isn’t to lose weight yet, just to get your body used to eating normal amounts at normal times. Once you have your meal plan, turn it into a shopping list. Go to the store and buy ONLY whats on the list. No exceptions. Cook and separate what you buy into ready to grab meals. If that seems like too much, just do what you feel capable of and try to increase the structure as you go. Baby steps are still steps.
- If you’re not planning on buying anything while you’re out, don’t bring your debit card. Keep a small amount of cash for emergencies in your glove compartment or tucked away in your purse. If your money isn’t easily accessible, you can’t buy a ton of junk while you’re out.
- Put pretty notes/reminders on your fridge or cabinets. “Are you really hungry?”, “Is it time to eat?”, “There are other things to do when you’re bored”, “Count to 100” or a personal reason you chose to recover.
- Be mindful while eating. Don’t watch TV or scroll through tumblr while you’re eating. Pay attention to how your body feels and if youre full. You’ll enjoy your food more, and learn your body’s specific needs.
- Try to eat with others.
- Keep food in one room of your house. Eat in one room of your house. Don’t eat in bed, on a couch, or at a desk.
What Can I Do Instead of Binging?
- Paint your nails with a bunch of coats. Keep it wet by using lots of layers. Check out some nail art and try to imitate it. You’ll get distracted by the cool designs and the wet paint makes you ultra aware of what your hands are doing. Its also harder to reach your hands into bags etc
- Drink cold water or hot tea. As you sip, feel it in your body.
- Try yoga. You absolutely don’t have to be fit or skinny to do basic yoga. Your body will thank you, and it will calm you down. Click here for a list of free yoga videos.
- Take a bath. Use bubbles, candles, whatever. Treat yourself like a princess and relax.
- Go for a walk around the block. It doesn’t have to be a long walk. Just enough to stretch your legs and get out of the house.
- Make yourself a glitter jar. Shake, stare, relax.
- Play a game. Try one of those free for an hour download games or get into a game on your phone.
- Go for a drive. Blast your music, sing along, and let it alllll out.
- Watch a good stand up comedian on youtube
- Clean. If youre living in shit, you’ll feel like shit.
- Do something you need to do. Homework, updating your calender, organizing your purse/binder, laundry, etc. You’ll gain a sense of accomplishment, relieve stress associated with having unfinished tasks, and distract yourself from wanting to binge.
- Check out autogenics or progressive muscle relaxation
- Call someone and vent
For anyone struggling…
notice how’s there’s never been anything for Ana or Mia…
Are you fucking kidding me every ED resource out there is geared to Bulimia or Anorexia. There is SO little for binge eating disorder out there in comparison. What.
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New year, new calendar! Welcome to January 2013!
This month, Back On Pointe brings you three workout calendars: the basic version asks for one or two workouts a day, the student version asks for more while you’re on break or on the weekends, and the beginner calendar follows a 4 days on/1 day off plan. (If you’d like to make any plan a bit more challenging, add in HIIT for cardio on days of your choosing.)
Whatever plan you choose, and feel free to change whenever you’d like, the directions are simple: find the current date on the calendar, see what workout(s) it asks for, and pick one from each section listed for that date. For example, if today it says “Arms” and “General,” I’d find an arm workout and a general workout to do today.
If you’d like to write about your experiences during the month or see how others are doing, please use the tag “BoP: January”. By all using this tag, we can see what others are doing during the month and send others encouragement along the way. Let’s all support each other on our journeys! (If you’re not on Tumblr but still use these calendars, feel free to update us on the Back On Pointe Facebook Page!)
During the month, remember that you should take as many rest days as you need, modify any workouts that you cannot do, stay hydrated, get more low-intensity cardio, and eat well.
p.s. Any of the calendars can be modified. If you are training for a half-marathon, feel free to count that as your cardio on cardio days. If you’re sore in the arms from helping a friend move, substitute a butt workout instead. It’s all about you!
- Lean Arms Workout v.1
- Lean Arms Workout v.2
- Tone Those Triceps!
- Weight-Free Arms
- Arms Workout
- All About Arms
- Dumbbells, Smart Arms
- Beginner Arms
- Inner Thigh Toner
- Tame Those Thighs
- Kill Those Legs!
- Your Best Butt
- Thigh Toner
- Dancer’s Legs Workout
- Legs Workout
- 5 Minute Butt Blaster
- Legs For Days
- Shapely Squats
- Beach Babe Booty
- Get Those Glutes
- All-Over Abs
- 1-2-3 Ab Workout
- Quick Challenge
- I Seek Obliques
- Abs Challenge
- Intense Abs
- Waist Trimmer
- Ballet Abs
- Flat Abs Workout
- Lower Ab Attack
- Easy Abs
- Student Workouts
- Wake Up Warm Up
- Full Body Meltdown
- Absolute Beginner Workout
- Fat Blaster
- Quiet Workout
- Coffee Break Workout
- All-Over Workout
- Whole Body Workout
- Morning Angel Workout
- No Space? No Problem!
- Basic Dumbbell Workout
- Full Body Workout
- One-Song Workouts
- 50 Up, 50 Down
- Morning Workouts
- Leveled Workouts
- Count Up, Count Down
- Strength and Cardio
- Water Bottle Workout
- Workout Challenge for the Absolute Beginner
- Weather Workout
- Quick Workout
- Digital Clock Workout
- Leveled Cardio
- One-Room Cardio
- All-Cardio Challenge
- Cardio Circuit
- Killer Kardio
- Beginner Cardio
- Kick-It Cardio!
- Basic Cardio
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)