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Bingers- What do you binge on?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Ok, I'll go first: anything starchy and sugary. The sweeter, the better. Combination of cream and caramel makes me drool like Tom (Jerry's friend). If I don't touch those for a while, the cravings seem to go. But if I so much as put a drizzle of maple syrup on my plantain pancakes...whoops there we go again...I'm curious to see the difference OR similarities between us bingers.

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on April 01, 2013
at 01:08 AM

i buy it because i want to eat it, when im carb depleted and at the end of a long 6 or 7 days of working im not thinking about the negatives, im just craving food :)

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on March 29, 2013
at 06:17 PM

sounds like me.

3b031bce7c181c10452ee202e2b54dc6

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on March 29, 2013
at 06:16 PM

sounds more like a well needed refeed, Lyle McDonald style rather than a binge..

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:10 AM

Why would you feel bad about eating anything? Especially a relatively minor cheat, if we even have to think of 85% dark chocolate that way, especially 2 squares? My mind is boggled by all these ladies that talk about food in terms of regret, guilt, fear, etc, no matter what the food is. I mean that in a sincere, non-critical but slightly concerned way.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:08 AM

Why would you feel bad about eating anything? Especially a relatively minor cheat, if we even have to think of 85% dark chocolate that way? My mind is boggled by all these ladies that talk about food in terms of regret, guilt, fear, etc, no matter what the food is. I mean that in a sincere, non-critical but slightly concerned way.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:05 AM

I, personally, do not think so. Paleo-cheat, yes. Binge, no.

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:39 AM

I also cooked bacon tonight so now I just won't chocolate covered bacon. Ask me again in a few days to see how that one turned out!

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:33 AM

Dave- I have had gluten once since going Primal two months ago. I make an old family bread recipe every year at Thanksgiving. It's a tradition I plan to keep. I'm pretty sure by the time the holidays come around I could give you a run for your money on who eats a loaf fastest!

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on March 29, 2013
at 12:05 AM

omg a cherrios ball! that is too funny. i used to take nutella and peanut butter, melt them in a bowl, and pour over ice cream. omg it was heaven.

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on February 21, 2013
at 02:40 AM

how can you buy all of this junk knowing that this is what will happen?

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:41 AM

I'm right with you, 7 months GF for me

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:40 AM

I have the same problem. I stopped buying almonds as well.

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on February 12, 2013
at 05:29 AM

Thanks everyone, really interesting to see what triggers us while on a paleo diet to binge.

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on February 11, 2013
at 06:00 PM

Oh and some vanilla :)

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on February 11, 2013
at 06:00 PM

Sure :) I throw 3 medium ripe plantains in my blender, with 1/2 cup of water, dash of cinnamon, 1/2 cup of palm butter(could use coconut oil), blend until smooth. Then pour little pancake shapes onto a sheet of baking paper (on a tray) and bake for about 10 min in a preheated oven. I use the top grill only in my oven so they're done in 10min.

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on February 11, 2013
at 04:17 PM

I'm not sure this is a productive topic to spend neural circuits on... that's all.

513587882111828e619d66f2a146b627

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:54 PM

A whole loaf in a day? Amateur! I've been know to eat a whole loaf of fresh bread and half a lb of butter with one meal.

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:28 PM

can i please have your plaintain pancake recipe? yum.

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:22 PM

I can't even look at those pics, they bring on instant drooling. I think I'm gonna have a good 300grams of ground beef now, only way to stop the craving :)

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:20 PM

Ohh and the almond butter. By the way, where did that jar go? I thought I just bought some...

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:18 PM

Sounds like me exactly. Once over the binges, cravings don't really come through that strongly. But a serving or two of anything sweet, even fruit, will bring back the devilish thoughts :S

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on February 11, 2013
at 01:19 PM

I have found if I eat too much simple carbs/starch with Paleo, I will begin to crave sugar. Two or three servings a day (of safe starches or sugary fruit) for several days in row will suffice to start the cravings.

If however I rigorously stay away from any simple carb or starch, the cravings vanish, and I am suddenly indifferent to temptation. Exactly as standard Atkins/Paleo advice says.

Binge foods in decreasing order of preference: Ice cream. Chocolate. Cookies. These are my primary binge foods. For liquids, I buy lemon iced tea.

Nuts, I have never held myself to just one day's recommended serving (1 ounce), so I stopped buying them altogether. But they are not a primary binge food; I have never craved nuts.

Red wine, I stopped buying as well, because although I do not have a weakness for alcohol (frankly, I'd rather have iced tea over any beer, wine, or other), I rarely stop at 5 ounces.

Fruit, I do not really crave except occasionally watermelon in the summertime, just a bit. I've concluded real fruit simply isn't anywhere near as sweet as man-made concentrations of sugar.

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

(309)

on February 11, 2013
at 03:18 PM

Sounds like me exactly. Once over the binges, cravings don't really come through that strongly. But a serving or two of anything sweet, even fruit, will bring back the devilish thoughts :S

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on February 11, 2013
at 01:13 PM

Almonds! they're not allowed in my presence anymore. If they're in the house they're all I can think about until theyre gone.

2lbs of them in 2 days

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:20 PM

Ohh and the almond butter. By the way, where did that jar go? I thought I just bought some...

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:40 AM

I have the same problem. I stopped buying almonds as well.

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on February 11, 2013
at 01:08 PM

Anything with sugar and gluten in it. Donuts, pizza, ice cream, candy bars, cookies.

I haven't touched any of it in 5 months though.

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:41 AM

I'm right with you, 7 months GF for me

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7cc64d8fdbca692dccee238f38e24b82

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on February 11, 2013
at 01:49 PM

I'm a really bad binger and Ive been really REALLY bad the last month. I can easily do 15-20k calories in a weekend. I was just jotting down what I ate over this weekend, looks something like this (can't believe i ate all this). Ive added the links to where i bought some of the stuff as well as the pictures (these are the actual things i bought not just random pics) so you can get an idea of the food i love :)

10 slices dominos bbq chicken pizza
2 x Strawberry fresh cream mille feuille (http://www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk/p210_Strawberry-Mille-Feuille.aspx)
Belgium Apple Tart (http://www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk/p157_Apple-Tart.aspx)
Bag chocolate eclairs
2 x Cadburys flake
Jam Donut
Cherry Danish (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yO9_UPsj1-U/T9ux8dH-HgI/AAAAAAAADQc/Ii62lEo76zk/s1600/Reading-20120602-00217.jpg)
Slice Chocolate Brownie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tbridge/3283254144/)
Slice Banana Cake (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tbridge/3283254144/)
2 x 150g BBQ crisps
200g bag Honey roasted cashew and peanuts
4 Pancakes with lemon and sugar
Medium Pork Pie
Slice Carrot Cake Slice Cheeesecake
2 x Lindt Lindor Egg
1 x caramel egg

I reckon 10k calories right there. Ive worked the last 13 out of 14 days and just wanted to splurge. Now back to paleo -_-

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:22 PM

I can't even look at those pics, they bring on instant drooling. I think I'm gonna have a good 300grams of ground beef now, only way to stop the craving :)

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

(360)

on February 21, 2013
at 02:40 AM

how can you buy all of this junk knowing that this is what will happen?

3b031bce7c181c10452ee202e2b54dc6

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on March 29, 2013
at 06:16 PM

sounds more like a well needed refeed, Lyle McDonald style rather than a binge..

7cc64d8fdbca692dccee238f38e24b82

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on April 01, 2013
at 01:08 AM

i buy it because i want to eat it, when im carb depleted and at the end of a long 6 or 7 days of working im not thinking about the negatives, im just craving food :)

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on March 29, 2013
at 12:30 AM

Almonds. Raw almonds. Almonds covered in dark chocolate. Almonds covered in sea salt.

And chocolate. Dark chocolate.

And berries... gah....

And does eating a whole chicken or turkey count as a binge? What about 2-3 pounds ground beef?

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on March 29, 2013
at 06:17 PM

sounds like me.

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on February 11, 2013
at 04:23 PM

Roasted nuts are a major issue for me, especially in the form of trail mix. Really any dried food that's easy to eat causes problems: nuts, dried fruit, chocoloate, cacao nibs, tomatoes, even meat under the right circumstances (like when I can eat it with my fingers and no one will notice). I think I'm just not engaged enough in my daily activities, because once I start thinking about food, it's all I want to do!

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on February 11, 2013
at 12:56 PM

Lettuce. That's my paleo response to the"eat all the things"urge. Our I totally go off the rails, it doesn't really matter - whatever's around is fair game. Bread is a big one, though; at my worst, I've gone through a whole loaf in a day.

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:54 PM

A whole loaf in a day? Amateur! I've been know to eat a whole loaf of fresh bread and half a lb of butter with one meal.

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:33 AM

Dave- I have had gluten once since going Primal two months ago. I make an old family bread recipe every year at Thanksgiving. It's a tradition I plan to keep. I'm pretty sure by the time the holidays come around I could give you a run for your money on who eats a loaf fastest!

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:44 PM

Chips (and salsa) are definitely a danger zone! I haven't really found any Paleo replacement for tortilla chips (that isn't a labor intensive cracker that I have no interest in making).

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:43 PM

When I sin, I sin... real goo-ood.. When I sin, I sin REAL GOOD!!!

If I part from my Paleo ways I do it all.

Burgers & fries

Chocolate croissants (yes plural)

Donuts (apple fritters especially)

Chocolate croissants (yes, plural. Again)

Pizza

Chocolate croissants

Did I mention...

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on February 20, 2013
at 09:05 PM

I tend to binge on anything that's very dense and requires little preparation. This means pre-roasted nuts, dark chocolate, etc. If it's not very dense, or it requires lengthy preparation time, I'm much safer in this respect.

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on February 12, 2013
at 02:59 AM

Nuts and seeds in general. Almond butter, sunflower butter, etc. Its the only food I really crave and can eat and eat and eat and never be satisfied!

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on February 12, 2013
at 05:29 AM

Thanks everyone, really interesting to see what triggers us while on a paleo diet to binge.

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on February 11, 2013
at 09:14 PM

Whataburger. Almond butter. Dark chocolate.

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on June 07, 2013
at 10:04 PM

Most things bad for you. Memory time!

One of my best binges: 600g of chocolate, a whole pizza, a sandwich, a huge bag of crisps, 2 pints of ice cream, a bag of eclairs, a bag of fruit pastilles, and 4 cups of hot chocolate.

Yep. I used to convince myself this was OK, even if my stomach felt on the brink of explosion, I had a headache, and tears in my eyes from self pity.

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:32 PM

Nut butter (cashew, almond, peanut.. although I haven't touched peanut in a while), ice cream, and chocolate. But a binge for me would be something like 3-4 spoonfuls of almond butter, 5 bites of ice cream and a handful of dark chocolate chips, all at once, all out of the containers. I'm not sure if that's enough quantity to be considered a binge, but it sure felt like one when I used to do it. The bingeing occurred more when those foods were "forbidden" - now that I let myself eat an apple with 2 spoonfuls of almond butter or a few squares of dark chocolate when I feel a craving (usually 2-3 times a week), I don't really need more than that and I don't have to go hog-wild eating those things because I know I can have them again soon. As for the ice cream, not buying it coupled with allowing myself to go out and order a cup of it every few weeks has pretty much eradicated that binge.

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:03 AM

I just ate 2 hotdogs (Chicago style, obviously) fries and mozzarella sticks. That counts as a binge, right?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:05 AM

I, personally, do not think so. Paleo-cheat, yes. Binge, no.

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:37 AM

I haven't "binged" exactly since going Primal. I give myself a few days of having a craving before I decide to splurge or not. I usually don't make it a few days though, the craving typically fades away. I have, however, been craving chocolate since Monday and finally gave in tonight and had two squares of a 85% dark chocolate bar. I don't feel at all bad about it though!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:08 AM

Why would you feel bad about eating anything? Especially a relatively minor cheat, if we even have to think of 85% dark chocolate that way? My mind is boggled by all these ladies that talk about food in terms of regret, guilt, fear, etc, no matter what the food is. I mean that in a sincere, non-critical but slightly concerned way.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 29, 2013
at 02:10 AM

Why would you feel bad about eating anything? Especially a relatively minor cheat, if we even have to think of 85% dark chocolate that way, especially 2 squares? My mind is boggled by all these ladies that talk about food in terms of regret, guilt, fear, etc, no matter what the food is. I mean that in a sincere, non-critical but slightly concerned way.

91597fb7f6bb422bff222c03f0885d5b

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:39 AM

I also cooked bacon tonight so now I just won't chocolate covered bacon. Ask me again in a few days to see how that one turned out!

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on March 28, 2013
at 10:55 PM

Peanut butter. If I even so much as have a tablespoon -- danger zone! I can polish off a jar like it's nobody's business. Before paleo I used to take balls of cold peanut butter scooped using a melon baller and roll them in honey nut cheerios. So so wrong. Thank goodness those days are long gone -- I would much rather feel healthy like I do now then how I felt after I ate that way!

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on March 29, 2013
at 12:05 AM

omg a cherrios ball! that is too funny. i used to take nutella and peanut butter, melt them in a bowl, and pour over ice cream. omg it was heaven.

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on February 20, 2013
at 09:25 PM

I can binge on anything IF I allow stress to rule my life. I primarily go for carbs, but I have been known to eat a pound of beef jerky all at once as well. It doesn't matter if I have some sort of sugar in my diet or elliminate it completely, stress and exhaustion seems to be what really triggers my binge eating.

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:34 AM

I used to binge on things like reeses, health bars, candy, pizza, bread, pb, cereal, butter, sugar, muffins/cookies/cake, GRANOLA, basically anything I wouldnt allow myself to eat. But now i binge/overeat chicken breast, fish, meat, nuts, fruit and vegetables. i think my body just wants food from my undereating. gotta learn to find a happy medium

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