My “Bag of Tricks”

love2eatinpa, 22 February 2010, 22 comments
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So yesterday I wrote about how on Saturday I almost blew my over 2 year binge-free abstinence, here. I wasn’t even quite sure why I was so into eating or why I could never get satiated. My stomach was like a bottomless pit. The compulsive eater voices inside my head were really loud instead of being somewhat quieted as they had been.

So here are the things that I did, in no particular order, that kept me from bingeing. I’m sure these are nothing new to you, but here goes:

1. I removed myself from the kitchen. My laptop/office is in the kitchen, so I spend like 90% of my waking day in there. I forced myself to go into another room in the house to either watch the olympics or read, ANYWHERE but in the kitchen.

2. I usually drink two cans of caffeine free diet soda a day. Saturday I had to have a third because I desparately needed something to ‘feed’ myself that would help to fill my belly. I typically drink a lot of water and tried that first, but it just wasn’t cutting it. (I know, not the best thing for me, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.)

3. I sucked on or two sugar-free hard candies. I particularly enjoy “Werther’s sugar free caramel coffee flavor”, they have about 8 calories each, so no real damage there. They are sweet and last in my mouth for a while, which feels satisifying. They don’t give me stomach issues either.

4. I chewed a piece of sugarless gum. Keeps my mouth busy and is sweet tasting. Only 5 calories.

5. I eat a Hunt’s sugar-free jello that has only 10 calories and NO sugar alcohols. Sweet and yummy.

6. I make myself a hot cup of green tea. Very healthy and fills my belly. Ok, I had three.

Somehow, these “tricks” are what got me through. Of course I sat down and wrote about the whole experience at the end of the night, after I had pretty much got through it. That definitely felt good too.

What do you have in your bag of tricks?


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  1. Jill
    22 February 2010, 5:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us! 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    no problem! hopefully it will help someone.

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  2. Jody - Fit at 52
    22 February 2010, 5:58 pm

    I think ya have to find what is right for you & you did!

    I remove myself as well & then have a talking to myself about why I want it, what it will take to work it off, is it really WORTH it. After 10 minutes or so of this, if I still eat it, I know the consequences.

    YIKES on where your office is! Any chance of changing that? I would have trouble surviving that too!

    I also like a bit of flavor so I do buy some of the no cal flavored water & if regular is not cutting it, I go to that OR I may make some flavored coffee. I water mine way down so it really does not have much caffeine in it.
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Addictions – Good, Bad & In-Between =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks for sharing your tips!
    nope, really can’t change where my desk is, we built it into our kitchen when we re-did it a few years back. it made sense cuz i spend so much time in the kitchen, prepping food for my family, cleaning up, etc. it’s a great convenience. i can however, pick up my laptop and move it elsewhere, which is another thing i do when i can’t stop thinking about food.

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  3. Anonymous Fat Girl
    22 February 2010, 6:41 pm

    Some wonderful ideas here. I am so glad that you made it through without binging.

    I don’t know if I’m qualified to offer any tips or anything because I’m still a work in progress with my eating, but the only thing that seems to have worked so far for me is to drink a big glass of water before a meal and to stay away from my trigger foods.

    I’m glad I found your blog though, because some of these I would have never thought of!
    .-= Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Protein, my workout last night, and leg bruises =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    drinking water before eating is a great idea! i’m so glad i was able to give you some ideas.

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  4. Diana
    22 February 2010, 6:55 pm

    I was doing sugarless gum, but keep biting the inside of my cheek 🙁
    I also make sure to save calories for the end of the night so that I have calories for when I do feel a binge…not healthy, but right now I’m trying to work with what works for me.
    I also snack on lo-cal options so that I can eat more if I need.
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Scale betrayal =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you have to do whatever works for you, diana, it’s a very individual thing. sounds like your “bag of trips” is working for you!

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  5. Diana
    22 February 2010, 6:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 I really appreciate it!
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Scale betrayal =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    my pleasure! i hope some of them help.

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  6. Suzie
    22 February 2010, 6:56 pm

    My “bag of tricks”

    – going for a walk, stretching, meditating, yoga.. going for a walk is the most effective for me
    -dancing around my room to really loud fun music
    -talking on the phone to someone I’m close with
    -cleaning or organizing.. something about accomplishing something I’ve been procrastinating is really a good mind switcher. maybe because a lot of my bingeing has to do with avoiding tasks I don’t want to do
    -tea

    those are my most effective I find
    .-= Suzie´s last blog ..Organizing =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, suzie! those are great ones, i may just put a few of them in “my bag” =)

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  7. Kim
    23 February 2010, 1:16 pm

    Hi! Thanks so much for de-lurking and commenting on my blog 🙂 That way I could find you. Look forward to following you 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! you’re welcome and thanks for stopping by!

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  8. POD
    23 February 2010, 5:25 pm

    I *think* about the underlying reason — I ask myself what’s going on? Is it anxiety or sadness etc. I try to remember if any of what’s going on has to do with being hungry and it never does. So then I realize it’s that monster inside me trying to take over my world once again and I fight with the monster until I beat the crap out of it.
    .-= POD´s last blog ..A Sisyphean Effort =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i love your method and attitude of keeping the binge monster at bay!
    i’m glad you stopped by. =)

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  9. Holly
    24 February 2010, 1:08 pm

    I LOVED this. I actually just printed off the list as a reminder for me. 🙂 Thank you so much!

    I actually do many of the same, but it helps to have it out in list form. The next time I get the urge to binge, I’m going to refer to this!

    The biggest trick for me – yet also the HARDEST – is to identify why I want to binge. Am I sad? Lonely? Procrastinating? Need something to look forward to? If I can identify the reason (I’m getting better), like POD said, I have to fight like hell to not let it win. It’s so much easier to give in…but when I don’t and actually face my feelings, the feeling I get is indescribable!
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Lara Lovin’ =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    aw, thanks! i’m so glad you found it helpful. and yes, it is really hard to identify why you want to binge. and even then, you have to deal with the reason instead of eating. HARD!

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  10. Shannon
    24 February 2010, 3:55 pm

    I am so happy for you that you didn’t break your 2 year binge free abstinence. It is very encouraging for others to see that although you still have some rough days you made it through without binge eating.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, shannon!

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  11. mme
    23 October 2011, 6:27 pm

    i find your blog to be very encouraging but at the same time i cant help but feel powerless to binge eating knowing that it is something that you never fully recover from. it is like an alcoholic, one slip up and their 15 years of sobriety means nothing. I was always made fun of in high school for being too thin, so when i went to college and gained over 30 pounds my freshman year being made fun of by everyone that went to high school with me was hard. I have been trying to stop my compulsive eating for 3 years now, i can do well for awhile but always end up slipping up after a couple weeks. Sadly my compulsive eating and weight gain has turned me to binging and purging, I am only 21 and am starting to realize how fast time is going by. I have spent the past 3 years trying to get a grip on my condition and be comfortable in my skin with no success. I have completely isolated myself from friends and no longer find enjoyment in going out or doing other things people my age do. The years are passing me by and im slowly fading away, losing myself a little more each day to my eating disorder
    mme´s last blog post ..Guest Bloggin’ at Truth2BeingFit

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    hi and thanks for stopping by. i understand what you mean about feeling powerless, but you can make the choice to take the power back. you wouldn’t let a sock rule your life, why would you let food run it? food is just an object, it’s just fuel for your body. it has no power unless you give it power.
    and yes, there are slip-ups here and there as we are only human, but slip-ups here and there don’t mean that all the good days are meaningless, not by any stretch!
    i’m sorry that you were made fun of, that must have been horrible. and i’m sorry that you have chosen to isolate yourself. to me, that is a really strong cry for help. you need to be kind to yourself, you deserve it. don’t let the people who made fun of you have power over you. they do not. don’t let them have it, empower yourself! you can so do it!
    have you went to see a therapist or support group to find a better coping mechanism than food? help is out there, i promise. i was a compulsive overeater for over 30 years, i thought having a sweet tooth that i could never seem to control was just my lot in life. i’m a few months away from being four years binge-free now. if i can do it, anyone can. the fact that you recognize you have a problem is a huge step. take another step by getting yourself some professional help. you are worth it!

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