Binge Eating Article

I found this article via one of my food blogs I follow. Anyway, I was wondering what you all think about it and if you had any tips or advice on things that have helped you as a binge eater (now or previous) or that have helped someone you love who has this problem. It is something I struggle with personally, so this article did catch my eye…..What do you think about it? 🙂

 

PS. Sorry about the lack of posts lately…I’ve been really busy with finals…but I’m almost done. I’ve been making some fun new recipes too though and can’t wait to have some time to share them with you! 🙂

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9 Comments

  1. indrek

    For some unexplainable reason, I really started binge eating about a month or two after going mostly paleo. Started off easy, with just an increased appetite, but over the winter went to complete and total hunger for food, even when I was completely stuffed! I just needed more and more and no amount seemed to be enough.
    drinking something warm helped stop the hunger, but that was treating the symptom, not the cause.
    some time and a lot of experimenting and correlating later I found that it was due to a magnesium deficiency. started taking magnesium and like a miracle I could eat without binging again.

    • Hmmmm…that’s interesting. How do you find out if you have a magnesium deficiency? Sounds like something to check into! Thanks!- Ari

      • indrek

        If you have severe deficiency, you could have a variety of symptoms, from heart palpitation, menstrual cramps, cramps and twitching of muscles in general (especially the muscles of the legs), chronic depression, sleeping disorders and so on . . . though a good indication would be to look at how much magnesium-rich foods you’re eating, or not. It’s mostly found in the bran on grains and chlorophyll (dark green vegs). Hard water also has magnesium.
        What got me thinking about whether I could be having Mg-deficiency was that my calves started cramping up. So I took a wild guess, tried Mg, and hey! My muscles are loosening up (as my Mg stores are being restored) and my chronic hunger literally disappeared, which I wasn’t even expecting to be connected to Mg.

  2. Interesting . . .

    “Those who binge eat go for long periods without eating, and one of the primary things we encourage people to do is eat regularly, to eat breakfast and not go too long between eating.”

    . . . I’m not sure it defines me. I always make sure I eat all of my meals each day. I can’t function if I don’t!

    Interesting article but I wish it had given some ideas of good self-help books.

    If I binge it is usually on something bad for me – like too much Easter candy :). I wouldn’t ever go order two meals at a fast food place like the article talks about. Certainly I also eat under stress – I think a lot of people do. I just try hard not to have the bad stuff on hand so that I don’t overeat! I can’t seem to eat only one cookie – something I really need to figure out how to handle. Sometimes it is best if I don’t even take a bite.

  3. I’m struggling with binge eating as well. Always have. But I have to say, ever since i realized that was a problem its been a lot easier to handle. I think that in this case, the biggest help for a binge eater is awareness. For most of my life I would starve myself thinking that I had too, but that’s definitely what actually makes me binge! So now I try to eat regularly when I need to or even when I want to. I think it helps!

    Thanks for posting this article too, it was an interesting read… helpful!

    ~Aubree Cherie

  4. I did a review of that book a while back: http://www.thedailydietribe.com/2009/10/book-review-overcoming-binge-eating.html

    I realized that the methods used in it were similar to what my therapist had had me do, and I did find them to be really helpful. Hasn’t solved the problem, but I’m doing SO much better. I definitely recommend it IF you’re the kind of person who’s motivated to stick with things on your own. My guess is, anyone who can keep up a blog, probably is self-motivated.

  5. Hi! I saw you commented over at The Crazy Kitchen on the “Bad Ass Mocha Cream Cake” – the black bean and avocado chocolate cake. You were wondering if it would work without the coffee… did you get a chance to try it? I want to make this for a friend, but he can’t have coffee/caffeine.

    Also, any tips perchance for using stevia as a sweetener in this? (But it can’t involve fruit, like the usual method of using unsweetened apple pulp to add bulk. He can’t have fruit either. Poor guy!)

    If you’ve got any tips for one or both of my questions, I’d love to hear from you – hello_hillary (at) yahoo (dot) ca. Else I can just check back here for your answer.

    Thanks! Best of luck on all your finals! 🙂

    • Hi there Hilary! Thanks for commenting! And asking the questions too! I really appreciate it! I didn’t get a chance to try it yet as I have been really really busy with finals…….I’m finally done, and I’m headed back home today. Hopefully I’ll be able to try this at home soon…and I’ll let you know how it goes…if you need to try it though before I am able to, I’d say go ahead! I think it will be great without. Or you could try a coffee substitute like this one (I think this one was recommended to me..I’m not 100% sure though). Also, for the stevia…that’s a hard one….can he have like sweet potatoes? I’d try that..you want the really sweet orange ones…(also known as yams). Let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear/see how it goes and what substitutions you made. 🙂 Best of luck! I totally understand your frustration and your friends—-I’ve been on several food restrictions in the past/still am and it’s never very fun especially when trying to make a treat! Love, Ari

  6. Whenever I find myself really craving food (always sweets for me), it’s usually due to something being “off.” Even though I’ve experienced this many times over the years, I still forget, so I appreciate the reminders here. Magnesium and zinc are certainly critical, and some others I can’t think of right now.

    Shirley

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