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Quick fix for recovering from a fall off the wagon...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2012 at 1:36 AM

I've been very disciplined lately, but played hookey from work today and went to see a movie (The Dictator, awful by the way). Something in me snapped and I got a popcorn with "butter" and a bag of Sour Patch kids. I ate every last crumb of both in a frenzied binge and now feel awful. I'm not going to beat myself up too much over the binge as I've been very consistent with my diet as of late but are there any quick fixes for making one's stomach feel better? Godawful feeling right now...

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Thanks SlipperyNick! Trying that as I type.

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on June 08, 2012
at 08:01 PM

Agreed - incentives matter, paricularly negative ones! Fortunately I'm feeling great after a long night and a brutal crossfit session helped as well. Thanks everyone for their thoughts.

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on June 08, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Of course and I can understand and appreciate that. I think we just have to be careful with how we promote the idea of fasting. Obviously don't go and have a proper sized dinner if you've ended your binge an hour before and are just eating for the sake of it, but I also wouldn't suggest fasting for too long in the opposite direction either. I agree you just need to wait till your stomach settles and you're hungry enough to eat properly again at the next appropriate meal time.

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on June 08, 2012
at 02:49 PM

I envy people like you. I only very rarely suffer such immediate, negative consequences from eating badly. I think this would serve as a major incentive to stay the course!

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on June 08, 2012
at 02:41 PM

I don't accept the characterizing of post-binge fasting as "bulimia." Maybe, if someone actually has an eating disorder, but that's not a diagnosis one just throws around. There are real people who really suffer with real eating disorders. Someone fasting because they feel sick from over-indulgence until, they don't feel sick anymore and are hungry again is not the same thing. Shouldn't we eat when we're hungry, and not when we're not? I guess someone could take it too far, then binge again, but the OP seemed to describing a one-off experience in a very specific environment.

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on June 08, 2012
at 03:56 AM

The feeling is your body reminding you to pay attention to it :P Consequences for everything fellow Eric

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on June 08, 2012
at 01:44 AM

... Lemon water does help flush you out. Also keeps you away from soda by sating any want for something acidic.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Thanks SlipperyNick! Trying that as I type.

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on June 08, 2012
at 03:59 AM

I've found that a 16-18hour fast followed by a very mellow jog/run will help the bloated nasty feeling go down. Try a 3-4 mile jog/run/walk, 75% Max Heart rate or lower and that will help tone things down (in my experience). I wouldn't try putting any thing else into the belly caz that could just irritate it further...

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on June 08, 2012
at 11:41 AM

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix solution. I wouldn't fast, as I feel this is a similar response to bulimia of over-eating than over-compensating by skipping meals, and purposefully starving yourself until you're so hungry that you may overeat at the next meal.

Instead, do as suggested, and drink some lemon water. Stick to green leafy vegetables. And just hop back on where you left off.

Binges are a great way of reminding you exactly why you try to be healthy. It never ends well!! Don't beat yourself up :) Just accept what happened, and move on. Overthinking is a bad stressor too!!!

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on June 08, 2012
at 02:41 PM

I don't accept the characterizing of post-binge fasting as "bulimia." Maybe, if someone actually has an eating disorder, but that's not a diagnosis one just throws around. There are real people who really suffer with real eating disorders. Someone fasting because they feel sick from over-indulgence until, they don't feel sick anymore and are hungry again is not the same thing. Shouldn't we eat when we're hungry, and not when we're not? I guess someone could take it too far, then binge again, but the OP seemed to describing a one-off experience in a very specific environment.

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on June 08, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Of course and I can understand and appreciate that. I think we just have to be careful with how we promote the idea of fasting. Obviously don't go and have a proper sized dinner if you've ended your binge an hour before and are just eating for the sake of it, but I also wouldn't suggest fasting for too long in the opposite direction either. I agree you just need to wait till your stomach settles and you're hungry enough to eat properly again at the next appropriate meal time.

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on June 08, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Fasting until very hungry (I mean VERY hungry) helps me. The previously mentioned lemon water is helpful too. Ultimately, I think 24 hours is what it's going to take.

EDIT: I later realized my answer might seem to suggest a 24-hour fast, but that is not what I meant. The 24-hour figure was more about how long it takes (me) to feel better after a binge. I would almost never fast for 24 hours unless forced to. I fast until I physically feel that the nasty food is well on its way, the nausea/bloating/indigestion is gone, and the hunger returns. And when I say "very hungry" I mean "very motivated to eat," and not "starving."

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on June 08, 2012
at 03:06 AM

Fibery stuff to keep it all moving through and out. Celery, salads, spinach, kale, etc.

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