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Old 01-21-2018, 10:34 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Welcome NClarke and Burning!

I am glad you are here, though sorry for the reason that got you here.

Tell us about you? Tell us about where you are in recovery, from food, from substances etc.

I have been lucky so far and as of today struggle with food/exercise and work/life balance but I have not struggled with substances.

I have realized that any recovery I do helps all of my recovery.
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Old 02-02-2018, 10:06 AM   #42 (permalink)
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I struggle with binge eating and purging every so often. I am trying to really think about WHY I do it because a lot of resources online say we binge eat to overcompensate for something or to comfort ourselves. I don't think I am depressed. Perhaps it is deep-rooted control issues with perfectionism. Stress eating is also a big factor. I view food as a reward.

I also think I go on binges when I am bored..
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Old 02-02-2018, 03:57 PM   #43 (permalink)
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This is just me but "why" is not a spiritual question--for me. Rather, I ask "What", "How" questions. What can I do about it? How can I respond in a healthier, less destructive manner next time?

I am blessed to be in recovery from both overeating (binge eating too) and bulimia. When thoughts of extra food or any amount of junk food come, most of the time I remember to ask myself--Am I in need of comfort right now? How else can I get the comfort I need? What feeling or emotion am I trying to avoid by having this food?

Just food for thought! Good luck and God bless.
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Old 03-10-2018, 11:48 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Good questions Ringo.

My situation is complicated by the fact that I live with my sister and she is also a food addict. She just brought home a pie from the store...

I just read another thread that talked about using alcohol as a meal. I totally used to do that so it makes sense that I would eat more in sobriety. I thought I would have it figure out by now, but I know it takes time.

Thank goodness my three weeks of being a stoner didn't last long. It made me eat like crazy!
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Old 05-18-2018, 12:07 PM   #45 (permalink)
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I haven't read through all the comments but I wanted to share a podcast with you which really rocked my world this week. My food issues started years ago in my 20s, but since getting sober a year ago, the binging hasn't really gotten any better. In the podcast, the speaker who is an addictions specialist says that the addiction to alcohol and sugar (foods, carbs) are the same. It's the same exact issue in the brain. I have decided I cannot eat sugar, even low glycemic sweeteners or flour ever again. I have been doing keto for over 16 months and it helps with the cravings but I think because I never actually committed to stopping those foods, I have still been binging. Anyway, I might be rambling. Here's a link to the podcast, #14:

https://www.ketogenicgirl.com/pages/...ketogenic-girl
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Old 05-19-2018, 11:51 AM   #46 (permalink)
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Welcome Sunflowerlife-

How is your recovery going in general?

I 100% agree with you that the "drug of choice" might be different but that the behavior with the "drug of choice," is similar for me with food as it is for others with alcohol etc.

Recovery however has been the biggest gift I have ever given myself. Glad you are here.
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:36 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Welcome Sunflowerlife-

How is your recovery going in general?

I 100% agree with you that the "drug of choice" might be different but that the behavior with the "drug of choice," is similar for me with food as it is for others with alcohol etc.

Recovery however has been the biggest gift I have ever given myself. Glad you are here.
Itís not going well at all. Since figuring out I am basically powerless over sugar and flour I want to do nothing more than binge. I didnít yesterday and I wonít today and I hope to God I can beat these cravings tomorrow. Itís been a rough week or so.
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I am sorry you are having a rough time of it. Is it just food stuff or is their underneath pieces too?
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I haven't read through all the comments but I wanted to share a podcast with you which really rocked my world this week. My food issues started years ago in my 20s, but since getting sober a year ago, the binging hasn't really gotten any better. In the podcast, the speaker who is an addictions specialist says that the addiction to alcohol and sugar (foods, carbs) are the same. It's the same exact issue in the brain. I have decided I cannot eat sugar, even low glycemic sweeteners or flour ever again. I have been doing keto for over 16 months and it helps with the cravings but I think because I never actually committed to stopping those foods, I have still been binging. Anyway, I might be rambling. Here's a link to the podcast, #14:

https://www.ketogenicgirl.com/pages/...ketogenic-girl
Sorry you are struggling, I am too at present. I relate very much to what you share here. Thanks for posting the link.
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:00 AM   #50 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. I'm back after a relapse and have 16 days sober. I'm in rehab (outpatient now) and most days I eat all three meals at the facility. The food is actually pretty good and nutritious and I'm finding that I don't want to binge. I don't know what is different this time, but maybe it's that I'm eating more balanced meals and also I don't binge in front of others. The facility limits sugar quite a bit since it complicates recovery. I have very little food at home on purpose so that I don't binge.

I clearly need a plan when I'm out of rehab and making my own choices about what I bring home from the store. I almost bought ice cream yesterday and resisted.

I'm also sorry to hear you are struggling Sunflower.
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Leanbeana-

Sunflower has started a well visited thread in the Newcomer's section that you may want to participate in.

Congrats on your continued hard work.
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:51 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Thanks LifeRecovery. Sorry I missed your post in June.

About a week ago, I told my boyfriend I have a fatty liver, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. Yesterday, it happened. He told me I need to lose weight. He insists he loves me the way I am, but that he's concerned about my health. He's started to make comments about my food choices and portions and I'm not sure how to handle it. I believe that he's doing it because he cares about my health and longevity, but it makes me feel self-conscious. Part of me feels like it's good to have some accountability, but I just don't know if it's healthy to have the person I have sex with "coaching" me. I really love him and I don't intend to walk away, but I'm struggling with this.

I feel like I had a pass to not worry about food stuff for the first 30 days of sobriety, but now that I'm on day 46, I think it's time to get serious about my overall health.
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:18 PM   #53 (permalink)
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leana, it is very okay for you to establish a boundary around your food choices -- not just with your boyfriend but with everyone. It's okay for you to ask him to leave you to it and to keep his feelings about what or how much you are eating to himself.

Never underestimate the accomplishment of 46 days sober. That is amazing.

People who do not have food issues cannot understand people who do. This leads to a lot of well-intentioned shaming, which doesn't help anyone.

If you want to make changes for yourself that is one thing. Making them out of fear of what anyone else thinks about you is a very slippery slope.
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:59 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Hi SparkeKitty. Thanks for your quick response. I will set some boundaries with the man. I get that he cares about me, but I'm worried his involvement will just cause me to rebel and do secret eating.

I definitely want to make changes for myself and I know that the opinions and advice of a man won't do me any good. The opinions of men about my body is what made me dysfunctional around food and exercise.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:44 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Hi Leanabeana, congrats on your current sobriety. I got sober first and much later got serious about my compulsive overeating. But I didn't have the health issues as you have mentioned.

Please take good care of yourself even if it means saying no, especially to people close to you. I wish you all the best. I go to a Saturday 9:30am OA meeting in Oakland. Wouldn't it be cool....
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Hey Ringo! I would love to join you but that time conflicts with a women's AA meeting I attend. I usually go to daily meetings at Rockridge Fellowship if you ever want to join me. PM me if so.

I just inhaled a bar of chocolate. The struggle continues...
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Old 07-24-2018, 03:43 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Oh leanabeana, I can so relate. Going just one 24-hour period without hurting yourself would be a huge gift to yourself. I really know the pull that sugar (and really any food) can have. I also know it is possible to not eat it just for today.

Doesn't matter what you ate yesterday or even this morning, please don't hurt yourself with food tonight. You are a precious child of God who deserves to be treated well, and that starts with you treating You well.

I have a commitment this Saturday but I will PM you. I am very familiar with Rockridge fellowship.
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Old 07-24-2018, 03:51 PM   #58 (permalink)
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Thanks Ringo. I really like the way you phrased that. "Hurting myself with food". So true. I will try to go 24 hours without doing that in the same way that I avoid drinking.
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