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! :)
That is great advice AML, when i first started out i binged once also but i have not since then, but I read on kristensraw.com/blog, that if you ever do make mistakes like that just get back up and try and try again and learn from your mistakes and slowly the cravings will stop because you will prefer the vegan food more, and it really helped me with my cravings.
Yes, I agree with AML and would reinforce: put healthy, slightly decadent treats in your house (in moderation). And these days, there are many vegan decadent treats.
I don't really suffer from serious cravings but one thing that helped me immensely has been juicing--specifically, green juice. It is so hydrating and delicious and soothing and calming (to my spirit and my senses) that when I drink it, my cravings calm down and go away! Rather, I begin craving healthy veggies, no salt, almost no sugar. (I do "cheat" and put a pear and/or an apple in). Oddly, this juice is very filling and that is a good thing!
Great advice. I would definitely agree that avoiding white sugar/flour is key. I cannot keep vegan ice cream in the house. I'll have one scoop when I go out. So yeah, keep something yummy but not addictive in the house and don't stock stuff that triggers binges. I have quite a history of binge eating so I know what you're going through; it does get easier once you get off of sugar.
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