Binge Eating Disorder

I suffer with binge eating disorder. I feel like my mind and my body are not communicating.  I eat until I am so full that I am in pain; however, my brain is screaming for more food.

I finally talked to my doctor about it yesterday.  He gave me some information about binge eating disorder.  I learned the disorder has a genetic component and research shows people with the disorder tend to have a chemical imbalance in the brain.

The doctor developed a treatment plan for me and gave me a follow-up appointment.  I believe working with my doctor and attending the Celebrate Recovery meetings will allow me to finally beat this disorder.

47 thoughts on “Binge Eating Disorder

    • I am not the best at getting regular exercise. However, I do like to walk my dogs and take them to training classes. The training classes focus on things like healing and other things that require me to be active.

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      • The reason I ask is because regular exercise regulates the body’s digestive system pretty quickly.
        It also helps stabilize other physical and emotional functions that tend to go a bit haywire if we are too sedentary ( stuck in front of a laptop, like me! ) .

        I can’t run anywhere as near as much as I used to but a brisk walk every morning with a bit of jogging thrown in when I feel up to it makes a world of difference.
        Just a thought.

        When I was running marathons etc the calorie demands were high enough that I could eat a horse.

        Binge eating

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  1. The Poetry Channel says:

    It’s great that you’re addressing it, and courageous of you to share your battle. That is a service to help others understand, and those also struggling who my not be ready to get help to do so.
    Bravo.

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    • I know I am not the only one who struggles with this disorder. Sharing my difficulties helps me and it also is a way to make my blog relevant. It is a way to help other people.

      Thanks for the words of encouragement. 🙂

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  2. I have everything crossed for your success Lynn. There’s nothing more miserable than feeling fit to burst but still wanting food. Whether it’s because of a genetic disposition or just a heart in need of Hugs this can be beaten.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  3. Sometimes, the endless feeling of hunger can be relieved through hormone treatments. I watched program yesterday whereby over-weight people’s feelings of an endless hunger, no matter how much they ate, were given hormone injections. It gave remarkable results, the feelings of having eaten enough came after eating a much smaller amount of food than previously. But, your doctor would be the best person for advice.

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  4. Good luck! For whatever reason no doctor has taken me seriously when I’ve told them I have problems with binge eating. I guess I don’t look the part… yet? It’s a horrible feeling when you can’t stop eating even though your body is screaming in pain already, but your brain keeps telling you that you need more food to feel better.

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  5. In India, we drink Buttermilk or eat bananas and drink water to feel full.
    Whenever you feel hungry at the wrong time, Drink a Glass of Water, Buttermilk and just chew on Soup Sticks.
    Hope you get Cured Soon.

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  6. Hi beautiful, I too have binge eating disorder and I completely understand how irrational and baffling it is. It is as if the brain and body are completely seperate and once I pick up, I feel out of control and hopeless. I however, am recovering one day at a time and for the most part, no longer a prisoner of my disorder. I am passing onto you love and hope. You do not have to live with this disorder, that is not the life that was intended for you xx

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  7. Talasi Guerra says:

    How has it been going with your recovery? Just came across this post and wanted to encourage you that it is totally possible to overcome! Sharing this and being open about it is a great step. I have been eating disorder free for 9 years, but still learning and growing every day. Hang in there and keep fighting!

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    • It is getting better. I still have bad days, but they are not as often as before the treatment. I am working hard on fitness training and eating healthier. I am so glad that I finally talked to my doctor, because I wasn’t able to do this alone. I needed help.

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  8. Hi Lynn. My name’s Barbara. I’m a former binge eater so I know exactly how it feels to eat until you feel physically ill and not have any control over wanting to eat more. I think it’s great that your doctor was able to help you. I even went to a psychologist but no-one knew enough to help me. I ended up doing a lot of online programs to help me. I can recommend a few if you like. I am developing a program myself but I’m still in the process. I’ve never heard of it having a genetic predisposition, that’s interesting!
    Stay positive, recovery is possible. To be honest with you it took me years to recover from binge eating there’s definitely no quick fix. My quality of life is so much better now though not thinking about food all day and eating until I feel sick. Good luck xxx

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    • Thanks for the encouragement and I am glad to hear you were able to overcome binge eating. I am doing a lot better now that I am working with a doctor. It’s not easy, but I am making progress and I can feel the benefit of my hard work.

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      • Im so happy for you. Its great to have professional help. I had loads of help I sought out psychologists and various health coaches.
        Its definitely not easy. Looking back it seems easy now because ive changed so much but at the time it was a struggle and I felt like nothing was happening. Just be patient with yourself.

        My biggest advice at this stage if you are making progress is to forgive yourself for slip ups. Learn to expect them and still love yourself. We are all imperfect beings so dont be hard on yourself. Be your own cheerleader and even when you slip up, tell yourself you are still doing OK. I hope this helps xxx

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