Hello everyone......I'm not sure where to start and feel a bit apprehensive in putting myself out there by writing this. Basically I've struggled with binge/comfort eating for about 4 years now and I really have tried so many different things to try and solve it. When I started paleo I felt fantastic and changed the way I ate, lost a bit of weight, had more energy etc. Then I hit hard times (I am struggling financially and desperately trying to find a job in a country where I don't speak the language and I also have a turbulent relationship with my husband) and the binging started again. Not really non-paleo foods (apart from Milky ways and chips) but eating a lot of paleo foods like meat and sweet paleo treats. I know that doing this ruins my energy, mood etc and it's so stupid as I have found the answer in paleo but I feel like I can't stop myself.
Has anyone been through this/going through this? Any tips on how to break binge eating once and for all?
I would really like a paleo friend/mentor/coach as I am quite isolated where I am living and do not know anyone who is living paleo. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear from you if you can offer any support :)
Thanks for any advice in advance,
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on June 04, 2014
at 04:02 AM
I would with VB's advice except I've read mixed reports about intermittent fasting for women..... consider with caution. Also if you tolerate dairy, fermented can work.
on June 03, 2014
at 12:57 PM
Thanks VB and cheval for your helpful comments, it's really apreciated :)
on June 03, 2014
at 10:21 AM
There could be multiple reasons for your cravings. It has nothing to do with willpower, but it has a lot to do with what you are eating.
I used to have very severe cravings and even used to binge eat at some point. I did not know at the time what triggered my cravings, but I know now. They were caused by undiagnosed SIBO and undiagnosed hyperisulinemia which, in term, triggered hyperglycemia. The treatments are completely different for both.
However, there are certain things you can try and see what works for you. Some of those tips will work and some won't.
1. Drink more quality water. I know it sounds like cheap advice, but just take my word for it. It made a HUGE difference in my cravings.
2. Try to devise some kind of diet that keeps your insulin low throughout the day. Make sure you have no insulin spikes. so no sugar or sweets allowed. Some people need snacks, some people only need three meals per day. Find out what works for you.
3. Try intermittent fasting. I haven't tried it, but many people swear by it.
4. Eat low carb, no fruit at all, high fat, moderate protein. Try eating low carb veggies as well. Make sure to consume more carbs on every third day to prevent thyroid problems.
5. Look at your Omega 3 vs Omega 6 ratio. You MUST have more Omega 3 coming in.
6. For some people it works to eat protein only in the morning. Not so for me. My supper is protein-heavy, my morning is carbs only. Again, it depends on your body.
7. Eat meat with greens and eat carbs-heavy vegetables separately. Don't mix carbs and protein.
8. Stick to meat/fish/poultry and vegetables only for a while. If you are craving fruit, try low carb berries, but avoid fruit.
9. Make it a rule - no dairy, no fruit.
10. Give Paleo time. It will take about one to three months to adjust.
Good luck! My cravings are no longer an issue. I get hungry, but I don't crave anything. My cravings completely disappeared. I am sure yours will go away as well, you just need to figure out what works for you personally.
on June 03, 2014
at 09:24 AM
Don't forget this fact: you say yourself that you hit hard times so your binges may be a "healthy" response to your stressful situation. You are trying to calm down, to comfort yourself and eating food is a very powerful strategy. I know what I'm talking about :) Sometimes it's really hard to go against that. At the same time you're smart enough to know that it's not a long-term solution. And it's also a loss of money...
If I were you I'd try a 15 or 30-days program based on what works for me, avoiding sweets and trigger foods (apparently you already know yours) and focus on good paleo foods. Take the time to elaborate your perfect plan! Getting some support while you're doing it to help you breaking the vicious circle. I sent you an email.