Life without Anorexia

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'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'

My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Do you struggle with binge eating?

I went through a period while i was recovering where i started to binge, and it was awful... though that happened due to stress, and me not eating enough... and after a period of 2 months or so, after going back to my 6 meals a day. I stopped binging. And it has been a whole year since i have last binged. (Sure i have days where i eat alot. But its a contrlled amount... its not this, feeling of uncontrol where you cant stop yourself from eating...)
  And i have got alot of emails from people wondering if i could help. I have written posts about it before, but i found this (down below) on Tumblr, and thought i would share.

Binge eating is not fun, whether it is during your recovery from anorexia, or you just have BED due to emotional problems, or mental or just out of sheer boredom. It is awful. But you have to learn to take control of the situation. And remember, starving or skipping meals wont help with you binging.
  But one of the best tips, is to eat from all the food groups (especially carbs. As a lack of carbohydrates in your diet can lead to binging) and if there is a certain food which you know you binge on... then dont buy it for a while. Not until you know that you can eat that food in moderation. :)



Do you struggle with binge eating disorder?

Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food. Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, overeating crosses the line to binge-eating disorder and it becomes a regular occurrence, usually done in secret.What is binge eating disorder?
Signs of binge eating disorder:
  • Feeling out of control when eating.
  • Eating compulsively.
  • Constantly thinking about food.
  • Eating in private.
  • Eating to the point of being full or to the point of feeling sick.
  • Eating to relieve stress or to comfort yourself.
  • Feeling guilty, ashamed, or disgusted after eating.
  • Feeling unable to stop eating or prevent a binge although you don’t want to binge.
  • Eating very quickly.
What are the health risks of binge eating disorder?
Over time, compulsive overeating usually leads to obesity. Obesity, in turn, causes numerous medical complications, including:
Physical Risks:
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Weight Gain
Emotional & Social Risks:
  • Stress
  • Loneliness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Weight obsession
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicide
  • Restriction of activities due to embarrassment of weight.
Treatment For Binge Eating Disorder:
  • Psychotherapy: A type of counseling that helps to develop a healthy relationship towards weight and food.
  • Medication: Some medication can be used to help control depression and anxiety that may be associated with an eating disorder.
  • Nutrition Counseling: A type of counseling that helps to restore normal eating habits.
Books to Help With Binge Eating:
Tips to reduce binging:
  • Brush your teeth frequently.
  • Keep cravings and unhealthy foods out of your house- out of sight, out of mind.
  • Avoid grazing or “hanging out” in the kitchen.
  • Do not buy in bulk or bring home leftovers from a restaurant. Chances are you will binge on them all once you are home.
  • Make pre-packed healthy snacks so you can grab one on the go to satisfy your hunger and reduce cravings.
  • Do not diet or deprive yourself of foods you love. MODERATION is key!
  • Do not bring money with you to school, work, etc. so you won’t be tempted to buy snacks from the vending machine. Instead pack your own healthy ones!
  • Find ways to better cope with your stress and emotions -> Do NOT turn to food for the answer! It only makes things worse!
  • Eat when hungry but eat slower.
  • Drink lots of water before and while eating - it will help you feel more full.
  • Use smaller plates and cut food into pieces while eating.
  • Focus while eating: Do not mindlessly eat while watching tv or while distracted by any other activity.
  • Keep a food diary- this
What to do rather than binge:
  • Go on tumblr!
  • Read health books or any other kind of book!
  • Make a craft.
  • Paint your nails.
  • Take a bath.
  • Find a new hobby.
  • Do a scavenger hunt.
  • Redecorate your room.
  • Update your ipod.
  • Go to the gym.
  • Go for a walk/run in your neighborhood.
  • Hang out with a friend.
  • Go shopping.
  • Find a penpal or write to a relative.
  • Go through your old stuff and donate whatever you no longer need!
  • Write out all of your goals and reasons why you should not binge!
  • Send nice messages to your followers!
  • Watch tv.
  • Sleep.
  • Play cards.
  • Do chores.
  • Go on an adventure.
  • Tan.
  • Drink tea.
  • Chew gum.
  • Do yoga.
  • Watch youtube videos.
  • Vent to someone.
  • Make yourself a glitter jar. Shake, stare, relax.
  • Make a journal or collage.
  • Play a game (an app , board game, computer game, or other video game, ANYTHING!)
After a Binge:
  • Drink lots of water: It helps to eliminate toxins and get rid of water weight.
  • Eat asparagus: It will help to reduce bloating.
  • Eat fruits and veggies: They are a perfect, low-calorie snack. And they help to replenish nutrients!
  • Workout: This will help to boost your metabolism.
  • Drink green tea: This is a great way to counteract a binge! Green tea is high in antioxidants and will help boost your metabolism!
  • MOVE ON: You cannot change the fact that you binged so you must forgive yourself! If you remain mad at yourself it will only make matters worse! Focus on making tomorrow better!! Everyone has bad days! You just gotta pick yourself back up and move on!
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Please reblog this if you struggle with binge eating! Even if you don’t please reblog this for your followers who do!

5 comments:

  1. Your blog is really excellent. It inspires the readers who has that great desire to lead a better and happier life.Thanks for sharing this information and hope to read more from you in future in this great blog.

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  2. I'm almost crying...this really helped me

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  3. you're an inspiration. I cannot explain how much your blog has helped me. cant beleive i just found it. such a beautiful person inside and out...when im older i hope to be like you

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  4. Thank you so much for this blog ... Whenever I binge-eat I start restricting calories, on and off. I'm not sure how to stop this yet, but I'm trying my best to find a solution. Thank you again for all the great advice and congrats on your overcoming anorexia! :)

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  5. I've struggled with binge eating since I was 11 years old and I still struggle with it! I used to be 190 but now I'm down to 166 due to exercise and eating better but I still struggle with the urge to binge sometimes and it's awful! I want to get down to a healthy weight for my height of 5ft 1 and I know I still have a long way to go but binging does detour me and it makes me upset but I'm not going to give up

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