How to neutralize the negative effects of my regretful "cheat"?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Some background: About 5 months ago I had a 1 month long collision with anorexia and bulimia, which turned into 4 months of extreme constant binging and overeating, especially of bready carbs, sugar, and peanut butter (somehow I gained less than 5 pounds despite not exercising). This left me very constipated (which I've happily ended after 3 weeks of paleo eating); with a weird bulge in my left lower abdomen, which gets bulkier/sticks out when I am very full (my guess is it's a hernia). In this same area I get burning, concentrated pain if I eat too much sugar or overeat, and I believe this is a pancreas issue.

This morning I had 2 boiled eggs, a can of sardines, some butter, a few berries (frozen mixed), and some radishes and yellow summer squash for breakfast. Also a few sips of black coffee.

My job is very active, and after 5 hours of work, I felt really light headed and tired. I usually bring a can of fish with me but had forgotten, so I ended up having a piece of chocolate cake someone at work brought in. It was about the size of my fist, complete with frosting. I admit I intended to only have a few bites, but I have a history of compulsive bingeing and I ended up eating the whole thing.

Afterwards my stomach swelled quite a bit and my whole intestine area felt firm and numb. I've had a bit of that pancreas burning but not much, and luckily I don't seem to be constipated from it. It also made me feel faint. A few hours once I got home I drank a couple sips of brine from homemade sauerkraut and a bite of chicken and have no hunger and am not eating the rest of the night.

What is a healthy way to treat this event and to neutralize the negative effects the cake will have? I'm feeling very scared and stressed out over this. I apologize if what I've written here seems over-blown.

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on March 20, 2013
at 01:55 AM

Relax. You appear to be intolerant to gluten and the only thing to do is to eat a normal Paleo diet and give yourself a break.

Getting some counseling for your eating concerns/anxiety may be helpful, too.



on March 20, 2013
at 02:46 AM

Calm down and seek some therapy for your eating disorder. I know you said you had a run in with anorexia and bulimia about 5 months ago, but I don't think it's something that lasts for just a few months and then suddenly ends. You should get some help with that. Guilt and regret are not appropriate feelings for eating unhealthy food.


on March 20, 2013
at 02:15 AM

paleo diet....

in other words eating normal paleo is all you can do & what you should do. pretty simple

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