I wonder if you have any problems with your menstruation cycle because you work out quite a lot? I am recovering from anorexia and i still dont have my period back:( any advice?
hello Izzy, what do you think is sensible in terms of e.g. how often to eat cake, chocolate, crisps etc? If one has a history of binging so it is easiest at least at first not to have extra of such foods lying around in the house?
This is very individual. For me while i was trying to recover from binge eating the best thing was to just not have any of those treats at home... i was very much "all or nothing". If i took one bite suddenly something switched in my brain and i would eat the whole 200g chocolate bar or the whole cake because, with one bite i had already "ruined it all", or one slice of bread was "too much" so i might as well eat the whole loaf. So instead, i made my mum not buy any of my binge foods (though she never actually knew that i binged and purged) and i stopped baking. And then the first step was to eat cake or chocolate while i was with others as that would stop me from going crazy, and if i ate a slice of cake at a cafe then all i had was that slice and i couldnt eat the whole cake. And eventually i learnt to buy small packs/bars and not buy a huge thing.
How often you should eat food such as cake, chocolate, crisps is up to you... whether you want to eat a little everyday or just once a week or once every 2 weeks. But i would suggest only buying small packs. Only buy the amount that you will eat so that you dont have extra lying around. But also i would suggest to begin with eating those types of foods while you are with others, it is easier then to eat a normal portion/not over do it and you learn to deal with those signals and feelings of "wanting to eat it all" . Also i would sugges to begin with maybe eating those types of foods while not at home... such as if you really want chocolate then buy a small chocolate and sit and eat it outside or somewhere else, sometimes just being at home or being at the place where you used to binge can be a real trigger, and it is then easier to distract yourself from the feelings of wanting more.
I hope this helps, and know that you can overcome binge eating! It isnt easy, but you can do it! :) If you need more advice just let me know :)