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So I did it... I BINGED!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Ok so I've been strictly paleo for a month and a day now, except for last night, when my demons had their way with me. I totally went off the rails, like TOTALLY. I think the end tally was something like:

2 magnum ice creams 2 drumstick ice creams 1 flake chocolate A heap of choc chip cookies A few choc/caramel biscuits

All preceded by a bowl of paleo chocolate mousse with banana and maple syrup and also a bowl of whipped lemon coconut milk with mango, blueberries, roasted almond flakes topped with maple syrup again.

Right now I'm sitting down after my breakfast to analyse what the hell just happened.. I had the worst sleep after all this, I have a splitting headache, I'm shaking, I feel dehydrated, I'm worried about what damage I've done and I just feel like an idiot. It's like I'm extremely hung over but from FOOD instead of alcohol this time! I never want to feel like this again.

I know I can't make today or the next few days be any more pleasant for myself but I'd just like to lay down the contributing factors and assess what I need to do to prevent this from happening in the future.

1 - I'd been strictly paleo for a month - did I feel the need to celebrate?

2 - I'd become so good at paleo that I'd started to get cocky and make (pseudo?) paleo treats such as avocado mousse and banana ice cream, sweetened with honey - was it the sugar that I'd let back in to my diet?

3 - My work situation requires me to work 5 weeks on 5 weeks off at a time and live on a boat with 3 other guys, two of which have total disregard for their health and buy all sorts of junk food to stock our pantry and freezer with - outside influence?

4 - I've been at work for 3 and a half weeks now (quite isolated) and my new boss who has swung on is being an absolute dick because of my eating habbits and the fact that I'm fitter than he is. I also strained my achilles tendon on a long distance run the other day and it has impacted on my training (I've strapped my ankle and am sticking to intervals and strength training) - stress related?

I know I'm going to have to just cop this on the chin. I woke up this morning feeling like hell, made a salmon omelette, did my stretches, had a shower and sat down to record my thoughts. I guess just jumping back on the wagon and looking forward is the only way to go but any additional suggestions or input would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers, Tim.

55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

(25)

on July 24, 2013
at 02:52 AM

Thanks so much friend. It helps a lot to be able to talk about this to people and know there are others going through the same thing. I'll try all those methods, especially the fat, I think incorporating more animal fats in to my diet instead of just oils and avocado will help heaps. I've got about 9 days left at sea so I'm going to be good and then reward myself with a cheat meal when I get home, and then keep powering on and never look back! Gracias amigo :)

55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

(25)

on July 24, 2013
at 01:38 AM

Thanks Kimberly, I'm just going to try and instil this feeling in my memories and move on. There's a lot of haters in my work industry I can certainly say, I'm getting a lot better at ignoring them. PS yes, it's ABSOLUTELY AMAZING how good food can make you feel! We are what we eat, I just want to be a salmon swimming happily in the sea, is that too much to ask? Hahaha :p Peace.

55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

(25)

on July 24, 2013
at 01:30 AM

That's exactly how it started for me except in a shorter time frame. My work situation tends to compound these feelings quite a lot because there's a lot of sitting around doing nothing (I work on a search and rescue vessel) however when I'm at home I don't feel the need because I'm otherwise occupied. I can tell you that I feel absolutely shocking at the moment and you've got the same thing to look forward to if you let those feelings take control. Just remember that sugar is a very powerful substance and it tends to creep in when you least expect it. Enjoy the meatloaf! Yum yum :)

55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:24 AM

Yes. Before I started Paleo I use to count calories in order to stay in shape and get lean. It worked at the start but then when I'd reach my ideal weight I'd start slipping and eventually end up binging. I became purely focused on weight loss and being "ripped" instead of actually being healthy. Since I've started paleo I no longer feel the need to count calories and I'm more concerned with my actual health than losing weight (I'm leaning up without thinking about it) and that's why this time felt different. It felt like I was just having a treat instead of compensating for a calorie defecit.

55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

(25)

on July 24, 2013
at 01:22 AM

Yes. Before I started Paleo I use to count calories in order to stay in shape and get lean. I worked at the start but then when I'd reach my ideal weight I'd start slipping and eventually end up binging. I became purely focused on weight loss and being "ripped" instead of actually being healthy. Since I've started paleo I no longer feel the need to count calories and I'm more concerned with my actual health than losing weight (I'm leaning up without thinking about it) and that's why this time felt different - I felt like I was just having a treat instead of compensating for a calorie defecit..

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on July 23, 2013
at 11:45 PM

have you been a binge eater in the past?

55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

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on July 23, 2013
at 11:25 PM

Actually I shouldn't say I "needed" this to happen because my body definitely did not need that and that's promoting a half arsed effort..

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79850813c5cfc0a089e1060ef9b6ed27

on July 23, 2013
at 11:00 PM

You only have yourself to answer to. Now you feel sick and have your own behaviour to thank. I find that any "cheats" make me feel bad physically. That's all I need to stay on the straight and narrow. You can analyze it all you want but in the end you have to make good choices. The buck stops with you! Good luck :)

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on August 21, 2013
at 12:31 PM

I will diverge slightly from the other commenters: I think you are a focused person who took a brief detour, which is HUMAN. Be very kind to yourself mentally, because according to you the aftermath isn't fun at the moment. You are a good person and this binge did not change that. I think you are testing yourself to see whether you will conform to the old habit of calorie-counting/bingeing. Enjoy your life and your food! Cheers!

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448856e75f0af457a37c3f6b912ab9e0

on July 24, 2013
at 02:12 AM

Tim, you're not alone. I've been paleo for two months. And honestly, I feel like binging because of this numbness in my thighs, which never occurred before. I feel beaten. My peers do not appreciate me not joining in on the fellow grub at the local burger joint. My parents do not approve, as they are conventional Koreans who got offended when I told them that I was not going to eat the traditional food prepared in the old, carb-loaded ways.

Here are a few tips: EAT THE FAT. Honestly, I realized that I was always hungry because I didn't eat a good portion of fats. Try cooking a fatty piece of meat! I couldn't even finish the little cut of pork.

Freeze up cuts of fruit. Whenever I felt like swallowing the entire candy section at Walgreens, I took out frozen bananas, which taste so much sweeter when frozen, and ate some. Whew, that saved me behind so many times.

Cheat. I know this sounds bad, but one cheat meal is better than binging. Just try to order the smallest size.

Hope that helps. :D

55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

(25)

on July 24, 2013
at 02:52 AM

Thanks so much friend. It helps a lot to be able to talk about this to people and know there are others going through the same thing. I'll try all those methods, especially the fat, I think incorporating more animal fats in to my diet instead of just oils and avocado will help heaps. I've got about 9 days left at sea so I'm going to be good and then reward myself with a cheat meal when I get home, and then keep powering on and never look back! Gracias amigo :)

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47b7669a74390612f0390449aef3bf50

on July 24, 2013
at 12:45 AM

You're beating yourself up too much. You now know how bad you feel when you binge, so the next time you get a craving remember this feeling. Do you think if a caveman found a beehive filled with honey that he only dippd a finger... Nah he binged! I have my cheat day, FOR ME, it helps me stay focused the rest of the time.

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on July 23, 2013
at 11:49 PM

Well maybe you will just remember the payback the next time, Tim. :-) Isn't it amazing how good food makes you feel good? Ignore the haters. It's not their life, it's not their body. I think the only analyzing you really need is that you binged and felt like crap. Now take good care of yourself, okay?

55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

(25)

on July 24, 2013
at 01:38 AM

Thanks Kimberly, I'm just going to try and instil this feeling in my memories and move on. There's a lot of haters in my work industry I can certainly say, I'm getting a lot better at ignoring them. PS yes, it's ABSOLUTELY AMAZING how good food can make you feel! We are what we eat, I just want to be a salmon swimming happily in the sea, is that too much to ask? Hahaha :p Peace.

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4b63eb9c59e947feb9dde8b3547d7c07

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on July 23, 2013
at 11:24 PM

I've made it strict paleo for approx 6 months and just posted about my fear of a big binge coming on.... bingey feelings for lack of a better word. I've been fighting it for a few weeks with little dabbles like way too much almond or cashew butter... a few tablespoons of peanut butter here and there. UGH. anyway on Sun yeah....... bread, hummus, various "healthy" crap that is not healthy at all.

I need to turn this around somehow as the last few times this has happened over the years have lead to large regains. ugh.

anyway hugs. feeling your pain. I'm cooking a big paleo meatloaf right now. ....

55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

(25)

on July 24, 2013
at 01:30 AM

That's exactly how it started for me except in a shorter time frame. My work situation tends to compound these feelings quite a lot because there's a lot of sitting around doing nothing (I work on a search and rescue vessel) however when I'm at home I don't feel the need because I'm otherwise occupied. I can tell you that I feel absolutely shocking at the moment and you've got the same thing to look forward to if you let those feelings take control. Just remember that sugar is a very powerful substance and it tends to creep in when you least expect it. Enjoy the meatloaf! Yum yum :)

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55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

on July 23, 2013
at 11:23 PM

Thanks Sharon, I know I need a good kick up the backside for my actions. I was just trying to assess whether this was a sugar, stress or deeper psychological related issue. I was feeling great up until now, I guess I just forgot what it was to feel like pre-paleo. I have previously had binges when i use to count calories but this time it felt different, I didn't feel like I was compensating for calorie defecit, it just started out as a little treat. Maybe this is what I needed to make me stand up straight and stay focused?

55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

(25)

on July 23, 2013
at 11:25 PM

Actually I shouldn't say I "needed" this to happen because my body definitely did not need that and that's promoting a half arsed effort..

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0ca715103edc6c00c813921164f3d42a

on August 26, 2013
at 01:32 AM

Yep, you're not alone. I've been Paleo for a few months and gluten free all year... I used to binge on sweets so I stopped keeping them in the house, now I will wake up feeling binge-y and by the end of the day am so desperate to stuff my face that I will binge on ANYTHING- carrots, macadamia nuts, chicken, literally any food in the house. A healthy binge is still damaging mentally, and and I know I'm consuming an insane amount of calories. I'm getting better with longer stretches in between binges, but now my binges are worse and more desperate. I am in great shape and feel healthy but I just can't get rid of this terrible, frenzied food obsession.

I don't know anyone else that has this problem so it's nice not to feel so alone. Good luck to us all in kicking this problem and forgiving ourselves when we slip up :)

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on August 21, 2013
at 01:36 PM

I think you could simply view this as a learning experiment, and as a preventative for future binges.... If i ever crave something that wouldn't truly be good for my body, i always imagine how i will feel afterwards: bloated, tired, cranky, lazy, sad..... So now you have that reflection to remember the next time you want to go off! Maybe it's a good thing after all. In the end..... You have a perfect example of how you NEVER want to feel again:) consider it a gift.

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