What can I *add* to my life to help with my binge eating and/or desire to lose weight?
August 15, 2012 8:07 PM Subscribe
What can I *add* to my life to help with my binge eating and/or desire to lose weight? Additionally, what texts or exercises helped you work past bingeing?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (26 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
Lots of detail because this is anon:
I get caught up on the binge eating train most days of the week, and the process goes one of two ways: I either get sad/upset/anxious and cope by bingeing, or I think of bingeing, get upset/anxious/sad, and binge. It's really hard (I won't say impossible, but I can't remember the last time I got off the train once it started) to stop once that sequence begins. It's a vicious cycle that's keeping my weight up, probably exacerbating my anxiety and eczema, and makes me feel horrible about myself and feel like it's futile to try to lose weight or control the bingeing. I've started seeing a therapist through my insurance (she's good, but we meet only once a month) and am considering Overeaters Anonymous.
What I'm looking for is things that I can ADD to my life that will help with bingeing. This could be supplements, meditations, medications, art, TV shows, rituals, whatever--it just feels like every time I try to restrict or remove things in any way the bingeing gets worse to compensate, so I'm looking for changes which don't involve abstaining or limiting things.
To give a sense of what I've worked out about my food behaviours: lot of my bingeing seems to be based around "bad food" and guilty pleasures and the notion of treating yourself--I grew up in a household where good behavior was rewarded with ("bad/unhealthy") food, so if I don't get the "reward" of the binge then I feel like a failure. I don't want to feel like a failure, so I binge. This makes restricting things tricky, because my inner child (cheesy phrase, useful concept) thinks it's because I did something bad and resists by acting out/bingeing/whatever. This is why I'm looking for additions, rather than subtractions, to my life.
I've heard that yoga is good for these things, but I have related issues around starting or sticking to most exercise (except for walking, which I can't do much of now because of plantar fasciitis, which is a big reason I want to lose weight. Vicious cycle, again) because food and exercise are both caught up in the same screwed-up dichotomy of good and bad that's messing with my head.
I don't have a ton of money to throw at this, but my spending is somewhat out of control because my budgets go out the window when I buy bingeing food, so if I can divert some of that money to helpful things I gladly would.
tl;dr: Removing things from my life makes me binge more. What things (not exercise) can I do or add to my life that will help me binge less? If you have recommendations of resources that help with bingeing behavior of the kind I describe, I gratefully welcome those.