Tag Archives: binge eating

Conventional dietary advice contributing to the eating angst?

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It is interesting reading, tripping through other people’s blogs and everyone’s responses when it comes to food, eating and bodies.

There are unrealistic ideals in terms of thinness, eating disorders, people who believe one thing bagging anyone else who has a different view, a myriad of ways to eat – paleo, vegetarian, vegan, high protein, fruitarian, bananas only, raw food only, low carb, junk food only, low carb high fat, a combination of the above, eat some things but leave other things out and the whole ‘a little bit of everything in moderation’ camp.

So really to find your way through the murky depths of the many views, concepts, programs and guidelines, there is only one true shining light of guidance for you. And that is…

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But I don’t want to eat that way.

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Chatting to someone on IG who was complaining that she keeps overeating cake, cookies, ice-cream, chocolate and was mad at herself for not being able to stick to the plan she was on.

The plan she followed allowed certain amounts of all this stuff but time after time she would eat more than what was allowed, get mad at herself for doing it, not reach her weight loss goals, feel down and depressed, vow to stick with it this time and found herself back at square one, mad at herself again for doing it again and again.

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The cutting out certain foods debate…

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On social media, a person gave out some advice, which was aimed at those with eating disorders and part of it said…

“…and never leave any type of food out of your diet. Just eat less of it.”

Now I disagree with that sentiment completely because after discovering I was addicted to a few foods, leaving them out of my diet has been one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me.

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Chocolate Tweets…and a new buttery twist.

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One of my big revelations when I finally worked out how to lose weight was that you don’t have to completely give up the taste of the stuff you like to eat, while you are on your way. You just need to tweak it, so it goes from being junk food, which has no nutritional value, has toxins, and chemicals that your body can’t recognise, to something so amazingly good for you, tastes fantastic and has an automatic off switch, making binge eating or over eating a thing of the past. Meaning you can still eat it every day and still lose weight. Genius huh?

So one of the foods that most people absolutely love is chocolate.

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Yes Please! Baked Cheesecake…

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So when I was a raging overeater, cheesecake was my favourite type of cake. (See story… the cheesecake is calling me…)

I can clearly understand the attraction now as I am not a dry cake or dry anything type of eater. I prefer everything rich, creamy, decadent, satisfying and the fat content in these types of cakes fits the bill.

And when I think of it – when I used to eat bread or rolls, I preferred the gooey middle and never the crust, if I ate chips as in fish and chips, I would always eat the soft ones and not the crunchy ones, if I do have dry cake I prefer it with a rich chocolate sauce on top and preferably cream, even if it’s salad the creamier the dressing the happier I am.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Tweet Cups

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When I was in my overweight days, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were one of my psycho foods that made me eat until I was sick or finished the whole packet whichever was first. Oi vey!

There was something about the combination of PB and Chocolate that just had me all a twitter. It was the flavour I used to pick too at Baskin Robbins ice-cream place too, when I used to eat that; however one little scoop of all that richness and I already felt sick, so I didn’t need to eat lots of that. Ha ha.

Luckily though I worked out that the key problem ingredient causing all of my out of control eating was sugar. Once you take that out of the mix and replace it with something less ‘psycho inducing’, you can still enjoy all the chocolatey, buttery goodness and stop at one or two. Hooray for health food! I love it.

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Emotional eating…or something else?

I was reading an article recently (link down below if you are interested), which spoke about eating disorders and the psychological aspect of binging in terms of the emotional reasons people pick up that block of chocolate and eat the whole thing.

In all the examples they gave of the type of food people were pigging out on, it was junk food. McDonalds, KFC, commercial chocolate, cakes, biscuits, and ice cream were some examples. Never once do you hear the story… and she was so upset she ate five bowls of salad and a whole watermelon.

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Food Addiction – a scientific finding…not that I needed science.

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One of my favourite nutritionists Cindy O’Meara featured Dr Pamela Peeke on her blog who was responsible for writing the book The Hunger Fix, which is all about overeating and food addiction.

See! I knew food addiction was a real thing that was affecting me!

I knew even before someone else had to tell me, because I figured it out for myself. This is why how you feel has so much more credence than scientific stuff, which can take years to catch up with what people are experiencing. If I waited for a study to tell me how to fix myself, I would still be overweight and miserable now. That means I could have potentially wasted 10 years of my life waiting for someone else to figure it out for me. No thanks!

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No way! It tastes like Snickers!!

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It’s no secret that I am a fan of Chocolate and Peanut Butter together and in the past I would easily eat packets of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups until I was sick. Ah such is the lure of food addiction. I’m so glad those days are over.

So in it’s place I created healthy versions that allow me to have a normal relationship with these foods. I still love them to bits and enjoy eating them but because they are nutrient rich, I eat one or two and my body signals scream at me “that’s enough” and I can’t eat any more. A far cry from the past binge eating days.

So most of my weekly batches of Chocolate Tweets are the kind where I make a batch of PB balls as well and combine them together. So much rich chocolately goodness, and on the satisfaction scale – 150%!!

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Do you weigh yourself every day? – No Way!

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I was checking through some instagram posts on what people are up to with their own approaches to losing weight and a person posted a question…

“do you weigh yourself every day?”

The owner of that account went on to say how they do weigh in every day; another one said ‘yes it keeps me on track.’ And my head was screaming – “no way! Keeps you on track for what? Total obsession about how much you weigh and how much you haven’t lost today?”

If a healthy weight loss is to lose 500g (1lb) per week (that is if this is permanent weight loss that you won’t put on again in a flash) then for 6 days out of the 7 what are you looking at? ‘No haven’t lost it yet. No haven’t lost it yet….’

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