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And just when I was feeling possitive only yesterday I've had a huge binge at work.

I was feeling a bit bored since I've been working really hard all week and today was a bit slow and.. I don't know.. I went out to the shops and bought a piece of sweet bread, a package of biscuits and a little pecan tart. I had the bread with coffee about 9.30 and kept on working for a while and then at 11.30 I thought.. oh.. "I'll have the biscuits and not eat lunch" so I did... and then I had the tart... I was already feeling full and uncomfortable but my thought was.. well I've bought it already so might as well eat it and not save it for another day... (I should have saved it!) and now I feel terrible... guilty, full and uncomfortable and sooo sad :(
I do think I have a problem with binging and I'm scared that I will not be able to get it back in control.
If you guys have tips, websites I could check out or anyone I could talk to please let me know. I'm scared and desperate!

@ 4:06pm ET on May 24, 2012
I have binging problems too. They're far better than they used to be, but I am by no means perfect.

What I found helped me was keeping a food journal. I wrote down what I ate, when I ate it, how hungry I was when I was eating, and why I ate it. So...

Toast - 8am - 3 - Tummy rumbling
3 Cookies - 10am - 5 - bored

I rated my hunger on a scale of 1 to 10, with one being so hungry that you're feeling weak (not a good point to get to) and 10 being so full that you can barely move (also not a good point to get to!), so 5 indicating a level of perfectly satisfied. The ideal time to eat is between a 3 and 4, and then stop eating when you're at a 5.

Recording how I was feeling when I reached for food helped me to better understand why I was binging. There were a few times where I was completely unsure of why I was eating, but for the most part, I was eating when I was really happy, bored, or sad about something.

I still struggle with eating when I'm bored, but have found more productive ways to handle sadness and I never did figure out why I eat when I'm happy. lol! You don't have to record the calories with this if you don't want, the important part of it for me, at the time, was understanding what was causing me to overeat and to train myself to eat when I was physically hungry instead of emotionally hungry.

@ 4:50pm ET on May 24, 2012
We have a emotional eating expert blogger, Dr. Roger Gould, whose blogs may help you identify some of the things that are causing you to overeat:

He won't be able to give you any explicit medical advice, but his blogs may help you out with some coping strategies.

I hope that helps!

@ 1:47pm ET on May 25, 2012
Thank you for your comments, I'm feeling better today.

@ 12:00pm ET on May 29, 2012
Glad to hear!!

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