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Binging and Pumpkins: a two part question!

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Okay, so this post is actually 2 entirely separate questions, but I thought I'd just bundle them together.

1) My first question has to do with my capacity to binge. And trust me, it's impressive. I find myself living with roommates who make cookies/brownies constantly and always have ice cream or doughnuts in the house. I keep going on these absolute binges of delicious junk. Anyone have any advice? I seem to lose any sense of "I'm full" and fall more into a "SUGARRRRRRRRRRRRRR!" method of searching for food.

2) It's pumpkin season! Last night we gathered 5 pumpkins and carved into the wee hours of the day. This left us with a fairly ridiculous amount of pumpkin seeds. We looked all over the internet for how to cook them, and the results have basically been "season it" or "add sugar", so I thought perhaps someone could hack my pumpkin seeds. Any tried and tested pumpkin seed recipes would be greatly appreciated guys.

Thanks to everyone!

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on November 06, 2012
at 12:28 AM

First off, your screen name is awesome. Second, my digestive system definitely did not appreciating my nomming of lots of pumpkin seeds. Watch out.

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on October 23, 2012
at 05:18 PM

That sounds awesome, I'll give that a try this afternoon. And alright, I'll load up on some fats, thanks a lot!

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on October 23, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Yeah, I was expecting as much. Just sort of hoping someone had a trick that helps them, thanks.

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on October 23, 2012
at 04:10 PM

I forgot about the "part 1." Eat more fat...more than you think and see if your cravings go away.

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on October 23, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Regarding #1 - Sometimes you just have to take responsibility for yourself. Often the answer is to get rid of all of the crap in the house that you binge on, but you can't ask your roommates to give that up. So if you want to be healthy you just have to not binge. That is, don't eat even one of the doughnuts or ice cream or cookies or anything. I know it sounds callous to say that, but really you're the only one responsible for your health, and ultimately it's up to you to make the right choices.

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on October 23, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Yeah, I was expecting as much. Just sort of hoping someone had a trick that helps them, thanks.

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on October 23, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Here is what we do. Melted Coconut oil or olive oil or ghee, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, finely crushed sea salt. Mix together in big zip lock bag or bowl...add pumpkin seeds...mix. Put on cookie sheet...add slight more paprika on top. Bake at 400 until they seem "dry." Should be 10-15 minutes. Store in tight container.

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on October 23, 2012
at 04:10 PM

I forgot about the "part 1." Eat more fat...more than you think and see if your cravings go away.

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on October 23, 2012
at 05:18 PM

That sounds awesome, I'll give that a try this afternoon. And alright, I'll load up on some fats, thanks a lot!

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on October 23, 2012
at 05:43 PM

I found the answer to curb cravings for myself - and it is going very low carb. The less carbs I consume, the less I want.

Believe me, I KNOW what binge eating is. I used to binge eat - two huge chocolate cakes in a row. I know the feeling.

It is hard to go low carb with all that junk food in the house. I have a rule for myself - I do not buy junk food and if somebody gives it to me, I find a way to dispose of it, even if it is Godiva chocolates. I have to give it away or throw it away - but I am not allowed to bring it to my house.

I wear a bracelet to remind myself how sick I got on sugar and I am no longer allowed anything sweet.

Stay strong!!! Deal with your roommates.

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on October 24, 2012
at 05:42 AM

  1. I've found that supplementing with L-Carnitine first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and a 5-HTP supplement twice a day have helped tonnes with my sugar cravings.

  2. I've noticed that Juli of PaleOMG (love that girl!) has been posting a few recipes lately that uses pumpkin seeds. This one in particular doesn't seem too damaging to your situation. http://paleomg.com/pumpkin-bread-french-toast/#comments Try making a few batches and freezing them in smaller portions. Frozen solid treats are less likely to be grazing food and the smaller thawed portions might discourage binging on paleo goodies.

Good luck and stay strong!!

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on October 24, 2012
at 04:09 AM

I used pumpkin seeds in pumpkin granola. Mix with pumpkin, maple syrup, nuts, coconut, dates, and spices. So delicious, and a healthier alternative to cookies and brownies.

http://paleomg.com/pumpkin-granola/

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on October 23, 2012
at 08:18 PM

In regards to the pumpkin seeds... I have pumpkins, as well & was actually thinking about how to make some sort of pumpkin seed butter!

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on October 23, 2012
at 08:01 PM

1 and I know Binging! I now (if ever) binge on Meat and Fat! Ever binged on grassfed butter? or a rack of Pork ribs. I have! This if anything will keep you out of the High sugar / Carbo loading! Eating High Sugar (High Fructose Corn Syrup and Gluten) is just going to be followed by another Yep Sugar / Gluten Binge and then another and yet another. A better plan is to find out what causes the binging. Emotional eating will never subside unless you get to the root of the problem. I don't thinking just being around sugary foods sets bingers off, it is the boredom, loneliness, anxiety, procrastions, sleep deprived, exhausted, frustrated, sad and unhappy thoughts... most emotions set the emotional eater off on a "feel" good binge. I tend to make a Paleo Grass Fed Butter or Grass Fed Cream "Super Fat" Treat, so rich in Fat that I am stuffed for hours after it is devoured. So what ever that emotional thought was is fleeding and gone by the time I am done. Does eating this address my battle with emotional eating? Not really, but I am certaininly not tempted to reach for M&M's or Yogurt covered pretzels that my spouse insists on keeping in the house. Plus if you are like me and have problems keeping nuts to a handful now and again, get rid of them and don't buy them. Way to tempting and my emotional side can justify how paleo they are. Hope this helps a little.. at least you know you are not alone! Oh and L-Gluetamine really does help!

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on October 23, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I have suffered with Binge Eating for over 10 years, and I can say the one thing that worked 100% in dealing with that bad habit when trying to go paleo, is having a ton of FAT. Breakfast would be a couple of eggs (with yolk), cooked in some beef fat, with some kilbassa (fatty sausage) or bacon, and a spoonful of avocado. Midafternoon, I would go with a salad with olive oil and some 80/20 grass-fed hamburger on top. Dinner - hamburger or pork belly (yumm) and vegetables. I lost 12 pounds that first week, and didn't have a single issue with over-eating.

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on October 23, 2012
at 06:42 PM

BaconHealsChic has answered #2 quite nicely, I think.

As for #1, it helps me to think of it as not my food. My friend & coworker has a big bowl of candy out. It's technically community property, but I look at it and think, "That peanut butter cup would taste lovely. Too bad it's not my food." Sure, there are some days that I go through this six times an hour, but I keep my hands off of the crap.

L-Gluteamine has also helped my sugar cravings immensely.

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