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Do you still binge? Psychological and physical wins and failures.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I have noticed a ton of questions regarding binge eating lately on PH. I always read them since I can relate with a lot of them. Melissa has written before about how people with food addiction or prone to binge eating "struggle. They give up. Not everyone sticks with the paleo diet. We don't usually hear from these people."

I've run the spectrum of binging on paleo foods-which never worked because I then would turn to non-paleo foods. I've tried IF, high fat, more veggies, more starch, less starch, self-talk, and the list goes on...

We succeed. We relapse. We make big promises. We fail. We triumph. We eat.

Right now I try to eat good food for my body and not worry about my "diet." I eat stuff I love that is not filled with crap. And...I'm very forgiving and not condemning with myself. For now...this works for me. I am sure there are more struggles to come.

I am curious if others relapse and what happens for them? What has worked and what has triggered a fail? Or...what is your experience since Paleo and binge eating?

679c9b82011303c2affa33adba533e36

on October 18, 2012
at 12:44 PM

Thanks Dragonfly. There's no "add comment" under the answer, at least not to my username. Thanks!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 12, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Thanks! :-)

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 12, 2012
at 02:58 PM

Thanks Dragonfly. I started taking vitamin C because of you. I'm turning 40 and you LOOK great!

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 12, 2012
at 02:09 PM

It really rings true to me what you say. Thanks Keeks! I agree on the minimal fruit.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 12, 2012
at 02:08 PM

Thanks BoneBrothFast!

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 12, 2012
at 02:08 PM

I think you HAVE to do what works for you. That's awesome Bobbie.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 12, 2012
at 12:32 AM

FYI, best to ask questions as a comment under the answer...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 12, 2012
at 12:31 AM

I take 400 mg NOW Magnesium Citrate before bed, since I don't eat enough seafood regularly.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Dialing in my Magnesium supplementation has nipped my chocolate binges in the bud. I used to eat a whole bar of dark chocolate every day and now am content with 20 g or less.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 12, 2012
at 02:58 PM

Thanks Dragonfly. I started taking vitamin C because of you. I'm turning 40 and you LOOK great!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 12, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Thanks! :-)

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:36 PM

There was a point before I went full paleo where I was binging on an entire jar of peanut butter & packages of rice cakes for no reason (usually after a night of drinking, when my judgement and self control was comprimised). Now, even if I have an alcohol buzz, the desire to binge just isnt there. No more mindless eating, and filling myself up until it hurt. I have myself tried to figure out how and why this feeling no longer exists. I think finally being satiated from meals from the healthy fats and sticking to low carb, and minimal fruits has helped me get my blood sugar under control, which in turn, controls the urge to binge. There was a point where I thought I was doomed to be a binger forever and that I was powerless over food, but I dont feel that way anymore! I think some peoples personalities & life situations make them more likely to be a binge eater, but more importantly, I think it is caused by hormonal imbalances and blood sugar irregularities. You are not alone and you can get through it!

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 12, 2012
at 02:09 PM

It really rings true to me what you say. Thanks Keeks! I agree on the minimal fruit.

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on October 11, 2012
at 11:50 PM

I am a binge-er. I know a lot of people don't believe in being on medication on this board, however seeing an integrative physician and getting put on Wellbutrin for my depression has miraculously improved my binge eating. Actually, since being on it since the end of July I haven't had one binge episode and the re-entrance into Paleo eating (100%) has been so much easier. I've never went this long before without a binge (or without cheating) and I know the medication is responsible for part of my success. The other part that has helped me is not letting binging control me. Instead, I am in control (consciously) by tracking my foods daily and not letting myself fall into the gorge / binge cycle.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 12, 2012
at 02:08 PM

I think you HAVE to do what works for you. That's awesome Bobbie.

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:58 PM

This keeps not only my old binging habits from coming up, but also keeps me from eating unhealthy, but tempting food:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/149968/is-it-unhealthy-to-use-psilocybin-mushrooms-regularly-to-initiate-100-control-ov#axzz291RtrVMD

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 12, 2012
at 02:08 PM

Thanks BoneBrothFast!

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679c9b82011303c2affa33adba533e36

on October 11, 2012
at 07:30 PM

@dragongly, what do you eat to suplement Magnesium?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 12, 2012
at 12:32 AM

FYI, best to ask questions as a comment under the answer...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 12, 2012
at 12:31 AM

I take 400 mg NOW Magnesium Citrate before bed, since I don't eat enough seafood regularly.

679c9b82011303c2affa33adba533e36

on October 18, 2012
at 12:44 PM

Thanks Dragonfly. There's no "add comment" under the answer, at least not to my username. Thanks!

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:00 PM

I am only quite recent to Paleo, my partner and I began around 5 months ago. Prior to trying the new lifestyle, we were notorious for our late night sweet food snacking. I'm talking whole blocks of chocolate and chips, half boxes of ice creams, multiple bags of lollies.. I've always had a problem with bingeing and restricting, he's just got a sweet tooth (and the metabolism/lack of digestive issues to deal with it).

For my first 2 months there were no problems. The 3rd and 4th were big struggles, mostly with fruit. Every few days I'd have a binge on fruit so bad it would take another couple to recover, I'd have one good day and then start the cycle again.

Being less stressed about particulars has really helped. I've also switched any consumption of fruit to early mornings and always with a serving of fat. At first there were some cravings, but those have subsided. I'm hoping that this will continue to work.

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