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    I have a problem with binge eating… If I buy something junky – I eat EVERYTHING. I’m not really sure why I do this or how to stop. Plus, I eat junk and then I eat it the next day & the next…

    I am a super slim woman who has always felt awesome about her body (maybe not other parts of myself at all, but I feel good about my body) so I suppose since I was a teenager I have just been into the habit of eating whatever I want and feeling like it didn’t matter. But I know, that I have used food to numb my pain (not anymore, but when I was young; so maybe this is where by binge nature comes from) and it’s a big, big source of pleasure for me. I think it’s a really bad attachment. But I am not sure how to get over it. If I start eating then I don’t want to stop because I enjoy it, so I just keep going (even though after the first bite it’s not even that great). Maybe I am striving to deal with some emptiness..

    Since being in college I actually ate super healthily, because I was really aware of the effect that food had on my well-being. But since leaving, and having the corner store across the road (and maybe feeling bored or like food was the most fun I could have (without taking my clothes off…kidding :)), I binge eat at least a few days a week mostly… whether it’s a meal out or eating the whole packet of biscuits (ew).

    My boyfriend and I always make food this fun thing we do – like go out to eat or eat junky, delicious things at the weekend. I really don’t think this is a good habit. We enjoy cooking healthy meals – so should I move the focus to that? And enlist his help to eat better and stop making food the fun thing we do? I still want to enjoy food, like an awesome pizza – i don’t want to lose that – but this is adding pain to my life.

    Please advise ^_^

    Thank you so much :)!

    • This topic was modified 7 years, 8 months ago by Kirsten.

    Hi Kristen,

    Food is awesome and should be celebrated! Also, to “binge eat” was called “feasting” in the old days. It was allowed because of general food scarcity and a shorter life span. In the dawn of time for humanity, if you somehow procured food on the savannah, you had better eat all of it before any other predator/scavenger did!

    Make the corner store and eating with your boyfriend into weekly events. So my weaknesses are the deli, take out and D&D/Starbucks. I go to each place once a week. That’s it! I have any “fix” of Coke/Frapp/pizza/Chinese/chicken cutlet smothered in too much mayo/BLT/drink of seasonal badness/etc. knowing that whatever else I crave is waiting for me next week. That there will be Coke later. That I can scarf on garlic bread later.

    Turn your two “sins” into once a week events. Space them out so you don’t go crazy, like going out weekends, store Wednesday. But maybe buy only one junky thing at the store!!

    And enjoy!

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 8 months ago by Inky.

    Ahhh thank you so much lovely Inky :)! Perfect, wise advice :)! Take out is such a massive one of mine as well :D! And we loveee mayonaise haha :D. I’ll definitely limit the enjoyment to twice a week; and thank you for not making every ‘junky’ meal seem like a shame fest :).

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