Binge eating Topic
How to avoid binge eating
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Someone else just posted about binge eating so I will copy & paste Joanna's excellent response here. I would like to add that calories tracking is not a safe tool to use with a binge eating disorder but please read Joanna's reply below. Thanks, Kathy (Dietitian with MyNetDiary)
Developing a healthy relationship with food and with your body takes time and attention. It sounds like you may be struggling with some episodes of binge eating and you are unsure what to do. It can be scary when you have really intense cravings around food, especially if these are new and you have not experienced them before. I have included 2 articles on binge eating that I think you might find useful. A few really important points though that I wanted to highlight:
When someone is struggling with food binges, experts in the field of psychology and nutrition agree that it is not wise or helpful to go on a diet. Restricting foods whether eliminating food groups, avoiding eating for certain amounts of time (intermittent fasting) or other type of dieting behavior actually make things worse. Which it sounds like you may have already experienced? I agree with the other professionals and would not suggest you try dieting to reach your weight loss goal.
Struggling with binge eating is a sign of something else going on in your body/mind. Think of it this way, a sudden rash on your skin is a sign that something is out of balance in your body. While you may simply want the rash to go away as quickly as possible, seeking the professional opinion of a medical doctor is a wise idea to find out what is causing the rash and prescribe a treatment.
Thus I would suggest you work with your family doctor or use the link below to find a counselor or therapist to find out what is under the surface of these binges. A therapist can help you better understand these binges and help create a plan for you to help you meet you goals.
I am concerned that using our tracker may be making things worse. I think finding professional help and taking it easy on yourself ... are the best places to start.
Please let me know that you received this note. Be kind to yourself. Today is a new day! Best, Joanna (MND Dietician)
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