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eating disorder, feeling frustrated! help!

Commented on March 05, 2014
Created March 01, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Ok, so i'm 19, female and have binge eating disorder. im working on the reasons why i binge (feeling deprived overwhelmed upset etc.) But i cannot seem to stop! Ive researched paleo and i so desperately want to be healthy, but im starting to think maybe its too restrictive for someone like me. I dont have any hormonal imbalances, in fact my health is pretty good (i'm young after all) but i keep stressing about my eating. I love bread and ive been told to eat to hunger and fullness signals and listen to my body. But i find i end up living off sandwiches and fruit and a little protein. I keep worrying im going to destroy my health because i eat bread alot and then of course the binge eating. I can eat large pizzas and chocolate and just a shit tonne of crappy neolithic food because i had some toast and "shouldnt". Anyway im rambling, my question is, what can i do to maintain my health if i am going to be eating bread / neolithic foods? Are there foods i can include to help decrease my risk of heart disease/diabetes general inflammatory diseases? Im 25lbs overweight but thats mainly down to regular binge eating. On non binge days (when i feel less stressed about my health/less emotional) i usually would have eggs and toast or a tuna and cheese sandwich for breakfast, snack on fruit, nuts, (sometimes chocolate) then dinner could be another sandwich (peanut butter and banana) or salmon and veggies (maybe some rice). I drink mainly water, black/green tea and lattes (full fat milk) i dont have a voracious appetite but feel my diet is poor and i just was wondering is there any ways to improve my chances of maintaining my health while not being too restrictive with food. i try to walk where i can and i lift weights twice a week..

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Ive tried paleo for a week (ive tried a few times but thats the longest ive gone) i do know that i could probably eat just two meals a day on paleo, and be totally healthy, its just social situations, comfort...alleviating stresss...without crap. My main problems are bread, chocolate and crunchy foods like nuts and potato chips. i try to not comfort myself with food but i struggle to find an alternative. I do like exercise but i dont find it comforting..im going to keep trying and keep eating lots of meat eggs fruit and veg and try to slowly reduce the binges.. :)

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on March 02, 2014
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Eating disorders are about dysfunctional thinking with respect to food, and paleo simply replaces one set of faulty rules with another set of slightly less faulty, but equally restrictive rules.

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I wouldn't say that. Actually i suffered from binge eating and paleo did a GREAT difference. I agree that paleo alone may not be sufficient to get to the core of the problem but it can be a good starting point, especially when you come to it with the desire to change things in your life. It's not just about food i think... You can also get a great support from paleo community which is really encouraging!

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i also just thought i'd mention the perfect health diet. it is very similar to paleo but does include rice based products like bread/pasta. the website has a TON of info and the book is great, too.

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I should add i usually have about 3-5 eggs when i have eggs and feel i get enough calories.....

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on March 04, 2014
at 11:05 PM

I think you could find the paleo diet very liberating @grace74, provided you were also seeing a paleo-friendly therapist. Yes, you need to get into therapy to help you dig in to the underlying emotional reasons you binge.

Paleo may work really well for you for two reasons: 1) The meals are so satisfying you will not think about food until your body needs it again and 2) paleo foods are designed by nature, not food scientists. Food scientists are trying to addict you, mother nature is not.

In short, paleo is a great way to calm down your body's food-related reward systems provided you're also addressing your emotional issues.

Good luck!

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on March 05, 2014
at 07:24 PM

Ive tried paleo for a week (ive tried a few times but thats the longest ive gone) i do know that i could probably eat just two meals a day on paleo, and be totally healthy, its just social situations, comfort...alleviating stresss...without crap. My main problems are bread, chocolate and crunchy foods like nuts and potato chips. i try to not comfort myself with food but i struggle to find an alternative. I do like exercise but i dont find it comforting..im going to keep trying and keep eating lots of meat eggs fruit and veg and try to slowly reduce the binges.. :)

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i used to binge eat and then starve myself so any diet where you feel restricted will not be for you. personally, i don't feel restricted eating a paleo diet because all the food i make is so good and filling. what helped the most was counseling and reading the book "making peace with food." i know you didn't ask for a book recommendation but it really changed my life. it's an older book but my library has it.

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Paleo is not a solution for an eating disorder. It's just gas on a fire really. Get legit help.

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on March 02, 2014
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I wouldn't say that. Actually i suffered from binge eating and paleo did a GREAT difference. I agree that paleo alone may not be sufficient to get to the core of the problem but it can be a good starting point, especially when you come to it with the desire to change things in your life. It's not just about food i think... You can also get a great support from paleo community which is really encouraging!

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on March 01, 2014
at 11:13 PM

I am dealing with BED too, and I just want to offer some advice that I think might help, although finding a solution is different for everyone.

Paleo has helped me realize the nourishing qualities of foods. I don't think it's restrictive...rather, it seems natural. I have found that increasing the size of my meals, and adding in a greater variety of fats and meats to my diet has helped me feel more satisfied and energized. Based on your routine, I think you could really have larger meals and a greater variety of foods. Occasionally try making an extra large paleo meal (think lots of veggies in a meat stew or stir fry) and eat until you feel true fullness...until you naturally stop eating. It helps to feel more in touch with the food and your body. You will realize that you won't feel bad even if you think you overate. Sounds like you know this advice already, but try it on a paleo meal. And don't be afraid to have some carbs like tubers, fruits, and grains as long as you prepare them yourself.

Honestly there are some foods like pizza and candy bars that only make you want to keep eating because they are hyperpalatable and make your brain high :) Almost everyone feels this..it's not just us with BED :) If you can't stop eating them, I would cut them out. No need to get attached to foods that would not naturally exist. But if you can control yourself or are eating with the company of others, then occasionally have these so you don't feel restricted.

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on March 01, 2014
at 08:59 PM

I would highly recommend reading It Starts with Food and doing a whole 30 to perfection, especially throwing out your scale. I think if you committed to the program it wouldn't solve all your problems but it would really give you a good start. It really does change the way look at food.

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on March 01, 2014
at 08:52 PM

eat flaxseed bread, it has nearly zero carbs and tons of omega 3 and good fats

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