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Abstaining from overeating thread?

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MrsMargoLeadbetter Wed 02-Jul-14 22:36:20

There is a support thread in Relationships where posters are abstaining from drinking alcohol.

I wondered if anyone wanted to join a similar thread here for binge eating?

I have battled for a long-time and I have always hoped that something would just "click" (following another round of threapy) and I would stop. I now accept that this isn't going to happen, I need to stop myself.

I am going to try to help myself by:

- Cutting out caffine - it makes me anxious

- try to reduce the obviously sugary things (cakes.etc)- it adds to the mood swings/blood sugar level dips and highs

- write in a diary (have signed up to OhLife it emails you once a day, you reply and it uploads your entry onto a private page for you) as it helps me keep perspective

- not weigh myself - it never helps

- chew my food properly - I need to learn to enjoy food

It is a lot to focus on but I think I need to give myself the best chance.

Anyway, day 1 done smile .

I know this board isn't that busy, but do drop by if would be helpful.

Thanks for reading.

FightingBed2014 Sat 05-Jul-14 08:24:04

Hi MrsMargo. I think your ideas are really great ones! A lot of them are part of a programme I follow to overcome binge eating. I need to stay on that as I am working on coming out of a relapse but hopefully someone will pop by and join you soon. There are a few of us on a thread supporting each in New Blog Posts, please feel free to join us. It been a big help for us so far.
In the meantime I wish you luck with your plan, you sounds ready to tackle it. Hopefully you will keep the thread updated with your progress.

IBlameThePenguins Sat 05-Jul-14 08:31:53

Hi! Could I join this thread please? I struggle with obsessive eating and can't remember a time that I haven't to be honest. I would be really interested to read how others are overcoming this issue.

It's a huge relief to see people talking about this!!

FightingBed2014 Sat 05-Jul-14 12:40:50

Iblame & MrsMargo the other thread is here if you want to check it out we are chatting at the moment..

I started the thread alongside my blog if you want to have a read... It's covering my ups and downs as I go along. Iblame I definitely share your enthusiasm for getting this topic out there and talking about it.x

Peonysandblueglass Sat 19-Jul-14 22:14:54

I went to a 12 step programme over-eaters anonymous which suggested that you make food plan at the beginning of the day, this helps alot there aren't any rules about what is in the plan you can even put in puddings or cake as long as it's in the plan you don't eat it then trigger a binge. Worth a try Id say

ClairDeLoon Sat 30-Aug-14 13:07:21

I'm with you on this. I'm trying to:

Cut down on sugar intake
Cut down on dairy intake (whole block of red Leicester, anyone?)
Eat more slowly
Stop counting calories!!
Stop needing to clear my plate even when I feel sick

I overeat til I'm a stone overweight, then restrict until I'm back to normal. It's hard because my dress size stays the same and nobody else realises what I'm doing because I eat in secret. I will have a normal breakfast with DH, go out on my lunch break and have a baguette, crisps and a cupcake, wash it down with fizzy pop, have a sausage roll on the bus home, then my normal tea when I get home. blush I just want to maintain my comfortable 'normal' weight and stop obsessing over eating or not eating.

FightingBed2014 Sat 30-Aug-14 13:33:16

Hi Clair, you're definitely not alone in this. Talking to others is a great step to recovering in a different way than alone.
I'm sure MrsMargo will be along soon too. We have a good support group going as mentioned above which is open to anyone, like the relationship support threads.
Have you had this for a long time?x

ClairDeLoon Sat 30-Aug-14 14:53:20

I've done it my whole life Fighting

I'm not even sure why. Even when I was about 9-10 I would hide food or sneak 5 biscuits up my sleeve at the childminders when I asked to get one. hmm It just used to be binging until I hit puberty and started actually gaining weight. I went from a size 8 to a 14 in a year and a half and then started crash dieting constantly or skipping meals if they weren't 'right' or 'healthy' so I'd lose weight quickly and pile it back on because I reward myself with food a lot...

I'll definitely check out the other thread!x

FightingBed2014 Sat 30-Aug-14 15:29:23

From what I understand it is very common to have a variation in how our eating problems exhibit themselves.

There is hope though and lots of people manage to get it back on track. There are so many of us trying and there is a world of support and understanding out there. You don't have to struggle on your own anymore.x

JavaSparrow Fri 10-Oct-14 22:41:24

I would love to join you. I am a chronic overeater Thurs to sun and undeater Mon to weds.
This is because I start each week being good....
Peony, I am considering oa. Was that the group you went to and would you recommend it? Feel free to pm me if need be.
Thank you op for starting this thread.

SweetLips Wed 15-Oct-14 14:39:51

I really like the idea of planning food at the start of the day and sticking to that plan. I've just started following tbe 7-step plan to reduce sugar and increase better eating as outlined in the book Potatoes not Prozac. I don't suffer from depression but I have very disordered eating - skipping meals and then eating sugary snacks throughout the day etc.

Today I'm aiming for 3 meals, and am trying to include protein in each meal, and so far it's helping me.

MrsNippyCat Wed 22-Oct-14 07:40:16

I'd love to join you all too if that's ok.

I have tried every diet, healthy living and exercise programme going, basically throwing money at the problem but I finally realised that isn't going to help until I crack the binging habits and work on my willpower.

I need to lose about 5 stone but I know now that weighing myself is bad for me - whether I lose or gain it sets off something in my head and I lose all the strength and willpower.

My husband works shifts so I'm home alone quite often and that can be my secret binging time. Emotions definitely play a part too - good or bad emotions.

So I have a lot to work on!

I'll read your other thread tonight and look forward to joining in on this one!

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Wed 22-Oct-14 10:27:14

I'm a savoury snacker. I'd prefer to not have any salty, savoury snacks in the house at all, as I find it so hard to resist them, but want to be able to exercise some self control (as well as enjoy an occasional treat.)

I think breakfast is the key for me. If I eat something at breakfast or brunch I don't get the munchies in the evening as much. To offset the breakfasts, I really need to get out running, and I managed that today.

Italiangreyhound Mon 03-Nov-14 17:53:49

Hi MrsMargoLeadbetter can I join too?

I am currently going to Overeaters Anonymous. I am not a binge eater but a grazer.

I am thinking of starting a mumsnet thread on OA for anyone who is doing it, has done it. But for now I would like to get all the support I can just by reading other people's posts too.

Today has been a good day generally. I got back in touch with a counsellor I was seeing through work (she is a volunteer so it is free, I know I am very lucky as I would not be able to afford one any other way really).

Italiangreyhound Tue 04-Nov-14 00:33:34

I have just started a thread for anyone who is also doing Overeaters Anonymous (OA) and if anyone is interested and wants to pop in and say hi, please do. It is called

Overeaters Anonymous - anyone anonymously out there want to share?!

and is at

I just felt it was a good way to start a specific thread without de-railing any others and I will keep checking on here too.

Good luck to all.

Italiangreyhound Tue 04-Nov-14 00:37:10

YeGodsAndLittleFishes I also love savoury. Good luck with healthy breakfasts, have you heard the quote.... something like....

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a knave (or prince), and dinner like a pauper.

LoisWilkerson1 Tue 04-Nov-14 00:44:15

Make a rule that at least one meal a week will be something you really love, it gives you something to look forward to and reminds you that you can enjoy food too! I have one mars bar dipped in hot choc and it makes passing on the whole pack of biscuits easier iyswim

LoisWilkerson1 Tue 04-Nov-14 00:45:26

Not that a mars bar is a mealblush

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