Weeks of under eating resulting in crazy binge weekend

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 20, 2012 at 3:25 AM

So after spending the past month or so restricted to my meal plan at college I came home and went into a crazy binge-like eating phase.

On average i'd consume anywhere from 1100 - 1900 calories a day at school. I know this probably isn't enough(female, athletic, 140lbs, 5'6) and I know there isn't enough fat in my diet.

Is it okay to do this once in awhile? To give you an idea of what I consumed... Starting on friday night= big bowl of pork stew, entire can of coconut milk/cream with frozen blueberries, a lot of almonds, a few tbs of peanut butter, tea with coconut cream.

Saturday = about 7oz of beef, brusslesprouts, frozen blueberries, coconut milk, coconut butter, more almonds, more tea. Then dinner that night of 2 eggs/avocado/spinach, dried fruit, more freaking almonds, 2 glasses of tea with coconut, half a bar of 100% dark chocolate.

Okay and today (sunday) was not much better. I'm so full my stomach aches. I think i have a mild binge problem but it seemed really bad this weekend. I can barely move right now.

Everything but the peanut butter was paleo. I consumed no dairy either thankfully. How can I stop myself from doing this? I'm really afraid i'm going to put on a ton of weight from 2 days of poor control. I'll be back at school for another month (i'm bringing a supply of good food back hopefully it will last). I'm defenseless against nuts so I won't bring them.

I'm trying to lose about 10lbs. Obviously not trying hard from my actions...help?


on April 08, 2012
at 11:16 PM

This literally sounds like my binge sessions :D



on February 21, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Even hunter-gatherers got a buffalo to feast on every now and then. I'm sure you didn't do that much harm.

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:47 AM

You sound like me when I was your age. Please, please try to eat more on a regular basis. You are setting yourself up for an endless cycle of self-flogging, believe me, I know. At 5'6" and 140, you are a good weight. Focus on being as healthy as possible and be kind to yourself.


on February 20, 2012
at 04:46 PM

Often overlooked are the emotional and spiritual reasons for overeating. When I'm full but still craving food, sometimes it really is that I need more fat or some other nutrient, but often I need to face something in my life that I'm running from, such as a worry or insecurity. I take it to God and get filled up/nourished in a way I can't be by food.


on February 20, 2012
at 08:46 PM

I have the same tendency. I'm still experimenting with it on my last pounds to lose too. I take some coconut oil between meals. That seems to help. Also...I suspect that IF and decreasing my caloric intake is not helping. I'm currently trying to eat more regularly and liberally. I think the biggest challenge for me is stress...I'll be good for a long time and then when some stress gets a hold of me I will go with gusto and whatever I can eat. Thus...all my efforts undone.

I will tell you though...2 days of binge on paleo food is not going to hurt you. Also...maybe you needed the extra calories.



on February 20, 2012
at 01:39 PM

I wonder how much of this has to do not with your diet the previous weeks, but your location?

I too seem to have the wheels fall off when I go to my parents' house sometimes. I did thru college, and even now, 10 years later. It's not that they have bad food, but I do seem to binge on almonds and other things that, while at my own home and on my own schedule, I would limit.

I'm not real sure yet how to fix it, but perhaps try to look at it from the perspective that the "you" at your parents' house is the same "you" at college -- an athletic, health-conscious woman. Being at your parents' home doesn't eliminate that, and it's not some alternate dimension where nutrition and intake don't matter.

Does this make sense? Sound like it could apply to you?


on February 20, 2012
at 07:44 AM

Don't be down...hell, when I binge, I'm rolling in ice cream and various nefarious snacks. And nachos....gawd, the nachos.

What I am gleaning from your statement is that you're asking why you "binge"? Just at face value, I think you answered your own question earlier - you need more fat. A large percentage of what you ate of the weekend is full of fat. Do you track your food? If not, I would look at an online food tracker (like PaleoTrack) to see where your numbers fall.

So, be kind to yourself. I sincerely doubt you did any damage. If the issue is deeper than needing more fat, then consider taking care of that so it will lessen your anxiety and give you more control. Good luck!


on February 20, 2012
at 01:34 PM

You will struggle to gain a lot of fat in 2 days. It will be virtually impossible after a month of undereating, particularly since you're still eating good foods. I'm guessing you don't feel quite so hungry any more and could probably fast for the day. You may want to look to eat more regularly but I don't think there's any need to rush into it. It's natural to eat a lot occasionally and then not eat much the next day. We do it every holiday! Binging is a bad word because it often involves lots of unhealthy foods and can trigger addictions and/or relapses which compromises the diet for days or weeks afterwards. I don't think what you ate really qualifies, but it's up to you how it affects your future.

I know you want to lose a bit more weight, but I think you'll find it helpful to appreciate that the body is well designed to cope with a bit of variety and that every day it goes through periods where it is storing more than it uses and periods when it is using more than it stores. It's incredibly difficult to think you need to be in control all the time. Just aim to make more steps in one direction than the other.



on February 20, 2012
at 06:11 AM

Plan out three solid meals each day in advance. Including a very nice breakfast. The more you plan ahead the better you will be.


on February 20, 2012
at 04:49 AM

I don't think you did too much to yourself. You kind of did a fast kind of thing. Low cal for a period of time then a binge. I am going to use a cliche that people that follow Mark Sisson might use. Think of being a caveperson struggling to find food. Then one day you find a big animal and go to town.

I do agree that you under eat most of the time but I think you binge was just your body really telling you that.

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