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best way to recover from binge

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 08, 2012 at 1:38 AM

I recently binged on dark chocolate almonds, 85% dark chocolate and chicken because of classwork stress. Now I feel like I swallowed a bowling ball. What is the best way to recover from this binge?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 09, 2012
at 05:19 PM

Ok. This is my concern. How much are you eating in a day? Are you a college guy? Yes, binges can be stress etc... but what you are talking about don't fit with the classic binge-purge style situation. You are eating healthy foods in "excess". A lot of people have calories way too low trying lose weight too fast and end up "binging" but it isn't psychological per se it is physiological. I get horrible cravings for ice crea...right after lifting weights for over an hour. I eat an entire chicken and it goes away. That isn't binging.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 09, 2012
at 05:15 PM

I had Thanksgiving yesterday and ate a big meal and felt over-full and kicked myself and felt bad emotionally for over-eating. Guilt at eating too much is not the same as binging and in my experience, having dealt with this, a "binge" is rarely a salad. It tends to be sugar, junk and high carb because that psychiatric condition often has a neurotransmitter relation either related to food addictions (dopamine) or seratonin sensitivity.

C0d63e15a4e21b29c49d0380d87894b3

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on October 08, 2012
at 09:27 PM

I binged on dark chocolate about a week ago too. Except I don't like the word binge. I indulged. It was delicious. I felt so lazy afterwards that I haven't really touched chocolate since. It's not worth being hard on yourself (i've read that the stress over consuming "bad" foods is often more detrimental than consuming the foods themselves), just make sure that when you indulge you are enjoying every. single. bite. and not just stuffing it in your face out of guilt. Mmmm... chocolate ;)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on October 08, 2012
at 06:07 PM

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. Y'all know the drill!!

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on October 08, 2012
at 04:39 PM

I used to eat 2 chicken quarters everyday for lunch, bone skin and all plus have a hefty supper 8 oz steak. Breakfast was 5 eggs with some meats or leftovers. You are fine, that was not a bad binge. The chocolate was dark, almonds are good for you. I'd say that's not a binge, you ate well plus some dessert. Your meal makes me hungry. Don't worry about it.

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on October 08, 2012
at 02:50 PM

Stop it. Just stop it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow0lr63y4Mw

C6f441a3410394366ef567ebe2d55d00

on October 08, 2012
at 11:33 AM

a full bar of dark chocolate (about 600 cal. worth), around 30 dark chocolate almonds and two chicken legs.

C6f441a3410394366ef567ebe2d55d00

on October 08, 2012
at 11:24 AM

thanks for the great advice!

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on October 08, 2012
at 08:07 AM

I agree with you 100%

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on October 08, 2012
at 08:06 AM

A bowling ball of chocolate and almonds is a lot of chocolate :P was it solid or hollow?

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on October 08, 2012
at 04:45 AM

I would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness about the difference between binge and overeating. Those two terms are often used interchangeably on paleohacks, but they mean two different things. Binge eating is a psychiatric disorder; it has little to do with the food itself. It has everything to do with the emotional and psychological causes and effects of eating.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on October 08, 2012
at 04:25 AM

I think this advice is okay for someone who has a healthy relationship with food. But for someone who is struggling with food, it is probably not a good one. We don't want to trigger anyone with ED tendencies...

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on October 08, 2012
at 04:19 AM

The word binge always carries an emotional component for someone who has suffered from an eating disorder. It's the lack of control and rational thinking around eating -- not the nutritional profile or amount of food eaten -- that qualities such an event as a binge. The OP seems to experience the emotional consequence of eating. So I don't think it was physical hunger that drove him/her to overeat.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 08, 2012
at 04:05 AM

What kinda amounts are we talkin?

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on October 08, 2012
at 03:45 AM

No that can start a cycle of binging then fasting then binging again. That can lead to some kind of ED which no one wants

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on October 08, 2012
at 04:01 AM

The best way is to forget about it and carry on life as normal. If you fall into the habit of doing excessive exercise after a binge than you set a dangerous precedent where you look to exercise off every binge you may have. Look to see what the root cause of the binge was and treat that instead of the symptoms.

Matt
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7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on October 08, 2012
at 08:07 AM

I agree with you 100%

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on October 08, 2012
at 06:07 PM

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. Y'all know the drill!!

C6f441a3410394366ef567ebe2d55d00

on October 08, 2012
at 11:24 AM

thanks for the great advice!

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7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on October 08, 2012
at 03:39 AM

Just start the next day fresh and carry on as normal. Be Paleo and don't stress about it, it wasn't unhealthy as you ate protein and fat with carbs. Still all Paleo so don't sweat the small stuff, once in a while is ok.

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C0d63e15a4e21b29c49d0380d87894b3

on October 08, 2012
at 09:28 PM

I "binged" on dark chocolate about a week ago too. Except I don't like the word binge. I indulged. It was delicious. I felt so lazy afterwards that I haven't really touched chocolate since.

It's not worth being hard on yourself (i've read that the stress over consuming "bad" foods is often more detrimental than consuming the foods themselves), just make sure that when you indulge you are enjoying every. single. bite. and not just stuffing it in your face out of guilt. Mmmm... chocolate ;)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 08, 2012
at 04:04 AM

Ok so what makes something a binge? I tend to think of crap food as a binge. I tend to think of yam or chicken or even 90% dark chocolate as...hunger.

I say this a lot but hell it is my credential...I've lost 150lbs and at times have packed away an entire chicken, an entire dark chocolate bar (95% dark) and a large coffee. Guess what? I didn't gain any weight from that. I don't really think you can "binge" in the traditional sense on true paleo foods. Maybe you can, but I just sort of doubt it based on my experience.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on October 08, 2012
at 04:45 AM

I would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness about the difference between binge and overeating. Those two terms are often used interchangeably on paleohacks, but they mean two different things. Binge eating is a psychiatric disorder; it has little to do with the food itself. It has everything to do with the emotional and psychological causes and effects of eating.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on October 08, 2012
at 04:19 AM

The word binge always carries an emotional component for someone who has suffered from an eating disorder. It's the lack of control and rational thinking around eating -- not the nutritional profile or amount of food eaten -- that qualities such an event as a binge. The OP seems to experience the emotional consequence of eating. So I don't think it was physical hunger that drove him/her to overeat.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 09, 2012
at 05:15 PM

I had Thanksgiving yesterday and ate a big meal and felt over-full and kicked myself and felt bad emotionally for over-eating. Guilt at eating too much is not the same as binging and in my experience, having dealt with this, a "binge" is rarely a salad. It tends to be sugar, junk and high carb because that psychiatric condition often has a neurotransmitter relation either related to food addictions (dopamine) or seratonin sensitivity.

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2ea24c22690b54e938229b140dcf60f7

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on October 08, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I ate too much chocolate this afternoon. A combo of being famished from breastfeeding, biking to and from work, and then being on solo baby duty for the evening where finding time to cook is limited. Needless to say I felt pretty crummy. Now I'm sipping on a warm mug of chicken broth and it seems to be doing the trick to settle my belly for the night. I'll start tomorrow fresh.

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7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

on October 08, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I sometimes like to transition back with a paleo version of a comfort food. This way I kind of wean myself emotionally (which is really the problem anyway). I also sometimes will just prepare a favorite paleo meal to entice myself, reminding myself afterward that I feel okay and satiated.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on October 08, 2012
at 06:13 PM

You mentioned it was caused your classwork stress- yes, classes (and life) will never be completely stress free, which is good because it wouldn't be worth doing if it didn't carry some importance for you, but don't listen to anyone that says classes HAVE to be so, so stressful. People end up burdened with so much unnecessary discomfort and distress.

Stress management- move on with life after this binge and keep calm. Find something that allows you to calm down and check in with how you are doing. Go for a 20 mn walk every couple of hours and listen to a podcast on a topic that you enjoy. Watch a TedTalk and get fired up about learning. Download some meditation aps or podcasts. Learn a few simple breathing exercises. Read a novel throughout the semester. Journal. Whatever the eff you want, just take the time to manage your stress!!!! It is so important.

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on October 08, 2012
at 01:55 AM

the way i would do it would probably go for a fasted jogg the next morning

i hope this helps

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on October 08, 2012
at 04:25 AM

I think this advice is okay for someone who has a healthy relationship with food. But for someone who is struggling with food, it is probably not a good one. We don't want to trigger anyone with ED tendencies...

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on October 08, 2012
at 03:45 AM

No that can start a cycle of binging then fasting then binging again. That can lead to some kind of ED which no one wants

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