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    I have been living under the worst stress of my life since mid January. The anxiety has manifested itself into horrible spells of binge eating resulting in my gaining 40 pounds in the past three months. It's like a vicious cycle because the weight gain is ADDING to my stress, anxiety, and depression. I started taking my prescription phentermine again today but no pill will do the trick unless I get the binging under control. The cravings are worse late at night when I am convinced I won't be able to sleep unless I eat something so I usually hit up the fast food joints that are open later. I stuff my face with fatty foods and then go to sleep. This needs to stop not just for my mental health but also for my physical well being - when I try to do chores around the house my back is killing me and I get out of breath. Today is the first day in what I am sure will be a long and difficult journey. I can't believe I've let myself go like this and I am experiencing a lot of self-loathing because of it.

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    Kala .

    Have no real solid advice. Myself, I try and "prepare" for grazing. Meaning...eat food that isn't particularly bad that I have readily available for when I feel like it.
    - Hummus. I always intentionally store cans of chickpeas (or other beans), garlic, lemon, pine nuts or other nuts, lots/lots/lots of fresh and dried herbs, and oil, so when I feel like it, I put my immersion blender into it even when it is the middle of the night. Sometimes I slap it on melba toast with a good wine on the side to make it feel less like grazing, even though it is probably worse so. varying with peas and bean and herbs is almost an art with limitless potential.
    - Cottage Cheese. To combine with a bit of pesto, onions, garlic, artichokes, capers, tomatoes, lots of herbs like black pepper, oregano, rosemary, saffran....
    - Quark. Ideal for combining with a spoon of caocao and some honey for that necessary chocolate fix.
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    I don't buy the thing I love, and I don't eat it. There's a reason there's no jellybeans or tubs of ice cream in my place, as I know I will eat them in a day. We had candy for easter in case kids came around to beg for it (some sort of Swedish thing, like halloween) and I just ended up snarfing the lot.

    Like Spikey I have graze food, of which hummus is one too.

    --greek yoghurt with nutmeg and honey is my "I am craving icecream" fix. Works.

    --tomatoes. Slice them with a bit of oil, vinegar and salt and it fixes my crisp cravings.

    I still cannot for the life of me stop myself from eating toast though, for all the crispbreads in the world cannot replace it. (I've tried, can't quit bread. I love you, bread.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by soignee View Post
    hummus is one too.
    tomatoes
    toast
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    I try to eat before 8 p.m. and then I brush and floss and use mouthwash, and that's my cutoff point for eating. It would be a pain for me to re-clean my teeth again if I ate again and that's my deterrent from eating again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soignee View Post
    I don't buy the thing I love, and I don't eat it.
    This is basically me. If I don't buy it, I can't eat it. I cannot have junk food in my house ever. No ice cream, no chips, no pretzels, none of that ish. The only indulgence I allow myself is a measured ounce of Good Cheese if I get my workout done with a Wasa Light and Crisp cracker or two. I also make sure I have fresh fruit in the house at all times. It's totally okay to eat two apples. It's just totally okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    This is basically me. If I don't buy it, I can't eat it. I cannot have junk food in my house ever. No ice cream, no chips, no pretzels, none of that ish. The only indulgence I allow myself is a measured ounce of Good Cheese if I get my workout done with a Wasa Light and Crisp cracker or two. I also make sure I have fresh fruit in the house at all times. It's totally okay to eat two apples. It's just totally okay.
    Exactly! If one apple a day keeps the doctor away, two must be even better!

    Fresh fruit, hummus, salt free popcorn, yes, all of these. Must haves. And also mini/baby carrots. Sometimes I hate them but they're easy to eat for the lazy folks like me. My other rules include, like you guys, no sweets in the house. I see sweets, I eat them. Especially cake! NO CAKE. Husband is allowed his nasty ice cream with nuts (it's the texture conflict that gets me.) I can keep my mitts off that. Nothing else though.

    I also have a rule that each day, I must make some kind of greens meal--whether a green smoothie, a salad, whatever. Half an avocado with some tomatoes, even, and a bit of vinaigrette. Most of all though, I must also prepare one veggie a day and eat it all by midnight. The leftover golden beets saved me from several naughty food indulgences tonight...and I got a tablespoonful of chocolate almond butter as a reward.

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    OMG - I have a hummus problem. Like, I cannot just eat two tablespoons of hummus. Who can??? If I open up a tub of store bought hummus, that shit is gonna be gone. And hummus is not exactly a low calorie food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Alan View Post
    And hummus is not exactly a low calorie food.
    It can be, if you make your own and cut down on the oil (a lot) and nuts (a lot). Just use relatively loads more of herbs, water and lemon juice; it is how I do it.
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    It doesnt help that when i get even a little hungry, my anxiety goes into overdrive and then i'm like "EAT ALL THE THINGS!" A little rumbling in my stomach quickly unfolds into certain death until I eat. It sucks so I feel like i need to have snacks on me at all times or something. I'm trying to find healthy snacks but popcorn gets boring. i was thinking nuts or something but those get really expensive (WTF why are they so expensive!). Ugh, carrots and any sort of "hard" veggies are out 'cause of my jaw problems. Any other ideas? Any beverages? Drinking water helps it a little bit but not for long.

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    Guys I just don't know what to do. I haven't had a non-binge day in at least a year and it's probably been two years since I've had two consecutive non-binge days. I'm legitimately at a loss. I feel worthless and pointless and like a completely fucked up failure of a human. I hate myself.

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    I hate to ask obvious questions, but are you working with a therapist? If not, maybe look into one who specializes in eating disorders? What I am hearing from you is that you feel out of control, and maybe you need a professional to help get to the root of this, because you can't go on feeling like this about yourself. Sending love, you know where to find me if you need to talk. xo

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    I have a therapist, but she doesn't know anything about counseling ED. The nearest ED specialist is an hour away - doable, but difficult. I was going there, but I couldn't go often enough (given the travel time) for it to really help much. I think I'm going to have to re-evaluate that, though. It's Christian-based, but the last time I went there I just told them straight up that wouldn't work for me and they respected it.

    My husband wants me to consider an inpatient program. He only said this because of my wailing and crying last night. Otherwise he says nothing about my weight or my eating or anything. But I know he sees it.

    I'm thinking about going to an OA meeting tonight. It sounds crazy. But I feel like I need to do something immediately to try to reset.

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    it's a long long climb Kari's Avatar
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    OA is a good choice - it will at least give you a place to share struggles and get insight from people in recovery.

    If you feel like your depression has become unmanageable, that is when you can consider inpatient. They might just need to figure out your meds. I know when I was on the wrong drug cocktail I was a bottomless pit of eating and self loathing. I think both options are good - maybe try OA first.

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    For inpatient, he was talking about ED treatment, not depression/anxiety. I feel like that part is being managed well with Effexor. It's the ED part that is totally out of control. My weight and my feelings about it are legit ruining my life.

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