I have had binging problems for a long time.....But when I started the vegan lifestlye, my binging almost stopped completely. Laterly however, like this past week, i've been doing it almost twice or three times a week.
Today, I am very sad. The last few times I've binged, it was still vegan food. But i just binged on dairy. I'm talking Nutella, Milk, White Chocolate, yogurt, cheese. I just ate it ALL. Binges are like trances, you get into this state, almost hypnotic like. So no thought of "i'm eating a poor cow's milk, she suffered so much for this piece of cheese" could help. I just kept eating and eating. And now i feel like crap, obviously. But beyond my physical discomfort is the guuilt, which is even worse. I'm trying to stay kind to myself though, but i just feel so hypocritical! urgh...everyone makes mistakes, and falls back though, right?
I think that in the beginning i really cut down on white sugar, which probably helped me stop binging. Because the biggest change lately is that I've started allowing myself un-cheescakes, chocolate, and other such sweet things regularly. A solution i've found is to simply not having it in the house. But does anyone have any other suggestions? Sugar is my worst enemy, really the worst of the worst. Because it not only makes me crave more sugar, it makes me crave...well everything. Does anyone have some advice they'd like to share? Do you have a binge problem? How do you fight it?
i found a great vegan blogger that talks A TON about her extensive struggle with (and ultimate recovery from!) disordered eating, including binges. I LOVE TKD and Alicia's website, but Oh She Glows is great too! Start with the "about" page (top left hand corner), and you can find links to her three-part series on binge eating. Like Alicia says-be kind to yourself. Today was a bad day; tomorrow will be better. Bake a moderately healthy, vegan treat and put it in the freezer. Next time you feel a binge coming on, go to the freezer, grab one (TONS of the cookie/bar/etc. recipes on Oh She Glows can be frozen), and go for a walk. That way, you're far from your freezer when you finish it, and by the time you get back will hopefully be in a clear state of mind-satisfied from your treat and out of the binge mindset. The key is NOT to deprive yourself, but to ENJOY treats in moderation.
^seriously, take the time to check this out, read the "about" section, look up the binge eating posts, the "my journey to health," etc. The blog is written SO honestly. As someone who's struggled with anorexia (and when my body could no longer take it, binge eating), I HIGHLY recommend this blog for anyone--even those happy with the numbers on the scale. It's all about self-love and yummy, healthy, vegan food! :)
Your story reminds me of my old days of dieting and all of a sudden, throwing it all out the window, and eating everything in sight.
For me, I know my "gateway" foods. Those triggers that will get me going. Weirdly, one of my triggers was beef. So eating a vegan diet has certainly helped with that. My other big gateway food is white bread. There are some foods I won't touch..even in moderation, because I have come to know that I will not stop. Remember the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. :-)