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I Need A Strategy

prairiechick

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I can do fine with healthy eating during the day, but it's evenings, especially after I've taken my meds, that can really throw me off. Within an hour of taking quetiapine I notice my craving for carbs and sugar kick in really hard, and I am so used to just giving in and bingeing. I know I need a strategy for dealing with this, and just plain distraction only works to a point. Anybody have any ideas? One thing that I could do is make sure I've got a platter of fresh veggies for when I get the munchies, but other ideas are very welcome, too. Thanks in advance.
 
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If you're craving carbs have fruit instead of veggies. The carbs and sugar aren't going to make you gain weight. Get some Cal free chocolate dip (it exists in the refrigerated fruit section of most stores). They have caramel too. Great for apples and bananas. You can also make banana "pudding" by blending a few bananas with just enough water to blend it smooth. Add some chopped nuts or something. Dip baby tomatoes in low Cal dip. There's lots of ways to snack healthy. You can eat as much fruit as ya want it wont hurt you. I lost 5 pounds in a week by eating massive amounts of bananas and other fruits a day. And I mean massive. Like 30 bananas and 10 apples, Smoothies, dates. Dates are a delicious almost fat free very sweet snack!
 
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Oh and being on a schedule helps too. Eat your meals at the same time every day and have your meu planned, including snacks and snack times. So your first snack can be 2 apples at 5pm. Second snack, 5 strawberries and 3 bananas in a smoothie at 8, and if you're up later and you get hungry have another banana or 2 or 3.

The carbs should stave off cravings. And don't forget the dip!

You could also eat half a watermelon. That is quite filling.
 
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Hi Spunky - I know we have two different types of EDs, but I'm wondering if you took your meds and then went to bed for the night if that wouldn't help. Perhaps you'll sleep thru any craving the meds cause. As far as healthy snacks go-believe it or not, I do get sweet cravings too. If you take some berries (any kind although I like blackberries) and mix some calorie free sweetener into the berries (I like Truvia), let it sit until it gets all syrupy and sweet. Add some fat-free, plain greek yogurt to it. It's delicious and if you freeze it, it's like ice cream. Hope I helped. -Lee
 
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putting a banana just as it is in the freezer makes an ice lolly, and this may satisfy and carbohydrate craving in a healthy way and also since it is cold and frozen takes a while to eat and so might stop wanting to just continue to eat especially in a slightly frenzied way. I realise all the suggestions so far have been food related so I shall try and ponder some more and see if I can think of a non-food related one
 
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Do you keep binge food in the house? Maybe cut down on what is actually available - pretty hard to binge on carbs and sugar if there are none to binge on. Also maybe brush your teeth when you fancy eating something? Take a hot bath. Go for a walk. Call a friend. All pretty obvious stuff, but most of them work xx
 
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Hey LeeMarie, unfortunately it takes about 1 1/2 hours for my meds to kick in, before I'm able to fall asleep, and even then sometimes I still have a hard time falling asleep. The only reason I sleep at all is because of the drug cocktail I'm on--no meds, no sleep, and it takes time for the sleepiness to take over.

Picnic, I don't have typical binge food at home, but if I am feeling really desperate, even brown rice with olive oil and salt and pepper can become a binge food.

Food is my addiction, my comfort, and this is an addiction that started in childhood. But I think the suggestions about fruit are good, and will try to incorporate that more into my diet.
 
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If you eat mostly fruit...you can eat all day because you have to eat large quantities to get enough calories. And its all as close to fat free as you can get. Fruits all day with a meal of meat and veggies in the evening is a great way to lose weight.
 
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Hi spunky,
I think you have a great strategy! All those amazing recipes you come up with is a fantastic way to stay healthy and lose weight. As for the snacking/'binging' on junkfood, preparing a veggie/fruit tray with a tasty dip is a wonderful idea. I'm lazy (truth) and when I see a nicely chopped full tray of veggies ready to be devoured it really makes it easy to binge on that rather than baking a cake or preparing a big meal or going out to buy chocolate.

I find that doing a hobby or personal project really helps to entirely occupy your mind for a split moment during the day where you don't think about food. Even just cleaning/laundry, scrapbooking, reading or painting your house.

Once you've got the eating part down, it will make all the difference for when you are ready for exercise. You're on the right track, its just the mentality of food that's the hard part. I unfortunately know how it feels to emotionally eat and the best you can do is take your frustration out on a long walk or run. You can email me any time and take your frustration out on me too :) here to help, sending you big hugs!
 
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Well, I totally binged after work today. It was super crazy and super busy in the day care today. It's drop in, and parents still have to be on site at the family resource centre, but today was insane. We can have a max of 18 children at one time, with 3 staff, and with children taking turns we had a total of 27 children, although not all at the same time. I was totally wired, buzzing. I felt like my head was going a hundred miles per hour even once the children had all gone home, and I literally felt like my body was buzzing. So, what calms me down the fastest? Food. So yeah, I went out and bought food I couldn't afford after sending a birthday gift in the mail to my mom which I couldn't afford and came home and binged on halvah and microwave popcorn--and not the low fat stuff. And yeah, I guess the reason I do it is because it works, and a lot faster than meditation or popping a couple of zopiclone. I hate my addiction. If I was an alcoholic I could refrain from drinking, but I can't give up eating altogether, and so I end up like this--feeling like a stuffed pig and hating myself for having no self-control.
 
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I think what helps me with my food/control issues is that when I start to feel overwhelmed, I try to do something nice for myself. Massage works well. It can be hard at first because of bad body image but in reality, they do massage because they want to help you. They don't really care what you look like. They choose to touch bodies all day long lol. Or a pedicure/Mani. Anything you can do that brings you back to center. I crave physical touch so those types of things fulfill my need for human touch, relax my body and mind, and it sort of resets me to start new.
 
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Sorry you had a bad day today Spunkygirl. I'm wondering if you brought a protein bar with you to eat on the way home if that wouldn't help. You may not be so hungry when you get home. Protein bars are nutritious and filling and it may help keep the cravings away. Bringing your own food to work will also help - eating small amounts throughout the day will help keep your sugar levels normal so you don't get those cravings. Hope today is better - Lee
 
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Thanks for all your replies. I do bring my own lunch to work most of the time. It's too expensive to eat out every day! Unfortunately sometimes no matter what healthy food I have on hand, no matter how many healthy snacks I have at work, if I am stressed like I was yesterday, I feel like a binge is inevitable. I was already thinking about what I was going to buy while I was still at work, even though I had plenty of healthy things ready to eat at home. This is an addiction, and I hate it, but I feel so powerless to do anything about it. I've eaten crap again today. I didn't fall asleep until about 2:30 this morning, and had to be at work for 8:30, so I've been super tired all day. I've noticed that when I am sleep deprived I m more likely to binge than on days I am not so tired. I feel like I'm slipping back into depression again. It was a nice couple of weeks, but now I feel that familiar slide back into darkness.
 
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EDs are addictions, or so my therapist tells me. Doesn't matter if it's anorexia or binge eating. My therapist and doc are trying to get me to go to an ED clinic (outpatient). I keep coming up with reasons to not go. My sister said something that was quite wise actually. She said that she goes to Weight Watchers because she needs help trying to lose weight; and it's no different for me to go to this clinic so they can help me gain weight. I never thought of it that way before and that makes me feel like it's not so embarassing to actually go. I'm still not ready to make that leap yet; but I'm thinking more seriously about it.
 
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