Binge Eating Disorder

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by lotr2012, Dec 2, 2012.

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  1. lotr2012

    lotr2012 Active Member

    I am twenty five, and sense the start of high school I have had binge eating disorder. I developed such low self esteem, and emptyness that I turned to food. I eat and eat all day. I go to the grocey store every morning and spend twenty or thirty dollars, and eat it all that day. I eat to the point of getting sick and then I continue eating. I am ashamed of this. I don't eat in front of anyone. I am out of control. I have hypertension, borderline diabetes, sleep apnea, and chronic back pain. I can see it killing me, yet i can't stop. How do I get help? What can I do?
  2. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    First step is to go to your doctor hun who will send you to a specialist to help you deal with your pain in a different way then over eating Talk to your doctor ok tell him/her what is happening
  3. youRprecious!

    youRprecious! Antiquities Friend

    hi lotr - I do empathise with you honey, and there is help - first, support is a good thing to have. I know what it is like to have this condition, I was the same myself in my late teens/early 20's (have since identified the cause, it helps to keep me on the 'straight and narrow'). I know how it feels to feel like there is nothing that can stop you, BUT you would like to stop it very much, and that means you are half way there :)

    I agree with TE, to get yourself to a doctor, that is what they are there for, to deal with pain the best way, and they might refer you to specialist help. But if you want to tackle it yourself, meanwhile, I have a few suggestions which may help honey:

    1. Food is a comforter for you, so the idea to win this battle is to still feed yourself the mountains of food, so there can still be that comfort. However, you are smarter than the dependence on food that your emotions are telling you you must have, and can outwit your emotions and do your body favours at the same time.
    2. When I first realised this trick, like 30-something years ago, I started by making up lots of homemade "coleslaw" (I know it doesn't sound very appetising, but I realised I could eat and eat and eat and eat and eat this stuff - with grated low-fat hard cheese and dressing even, and it filled my belly and satisfied that "must eat" craving) - these days, the same principle still works, though modified.
    3. Google TCM - Traditional Chinese Medicine and you will see how the Chinese use their food to medicate their whole life. There are natural chemicals and enzymes in foods that do the job of medicines. It's also gluten and dairy free, which helps.
    4. Re-educate your taste buds and from there, the cravings, to relish the thought of a huge plate of chinese stir-'fried' vegetables. This is what I do now - a tiny bit of oil in a wok, spread around with a brush, then make up about a pint of braising liquid (water, stock, tomato paste, crushed garlic, ginger, chilli, kelp, salt for flavour) - Start by frying sliced onions, then add carrot sticks, sweet potato, pumpkin, celery, parsnips, asparagus, you name it ...... They all go in together, mixed around with the liquid and come out tasting wonderful. Cut up your meat into strips and stir-fry separately for just a minute, then add. Experiment with adding beans, seeds etc. Your tastebuds will love you for it - you will save tons of money at the store, and you can eat as much as you want :)

    Honestly, ..... with porridge and fruit for breakfast, and then the above - I've lost the taste for junk and processed food - your body will love it and you'll start feeling on top of the world hun :) All the best :pinkrose: Please PM if you'd like
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