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Hello everyone, I'm making this post while I'm having this issue, and really need some advice. I've struggled with binge eating for years, and I'm trying to transition to raw foods, and I'm doing well so far. I'm not 100% raw yet though. At the moment I'm having urges to go binge eat, and eat some boca chicken burgers, which are vegetarian. I know I'm not doing it for hunger reasons. I'm wondering what do to, should I eat nothing, or should I load up on fruit? I'd usually have the desire to binge eat pizza, so I'm atleast happy I don't have that desire.It's night time, after 9pm, so I don't know if all the sugar would be good, especially if I'm gonna sleep good tonight. Any suggestions?

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Just keep eating lots of fruit. Don't even think about it. Just stuff the fruit down your face. Binge on fruit and you'll be happy.

If you eat refined sugar or carbs like bread it will cause you to be hungrier. Stop those. Don't eat anything that says dextrose maltose or any other processes sugar mind control substance. Don't eat honey or agave.

Just keep eating fruit and you will be happy! I promise, I'm just starting also but I got past the cooked food cravings because I trusted the fruit (and Freelee's advice). Just eat it fruit and you'll get it like a bright light going off.

Hi Micah, I would recommend that you get rid of all of the foods that your inclined to binge on...and even though the boca vegetarian chicken burgers are better than pizza I would suggest that you avoid indulging in them (high fat). Instead eat some fruit or force yourself to go to sleep. But if the urges are too great drink some water and eat as much fruit as can fill you. Maybe fruit with high water content would be best...

I think another great thing to do would be to change your current thought patterns...try not thinking about eating, especially if you're worried about doing it before bed time. Maybe read a book instead? I hope this helps, have a great one :)

I'd say go with more water, and snack on healthy foods. Heavy meals aren't good for late night. Thing about fruit is its not an oily mess.

How long have you been in this transition phase and how many calories would you estimate that you get raw? I ask, because I had very different things that I did at different states that has worked for me.  (I also suffer from eating disorders and binge eating).  I did this...

Stage 1: Unlearn Associating Bad Food With Feeling Good - I see this phase as getting the body/brain chemicals in line, first.  This phase took me about 3 weeks, but in it, I made specific raw fruit goals for the day (like 2,000 calories from fruit), and I told myself that I could eat "whatever I wanted" after that so long as I got in my 2,000 fruit calories. It really didn't take my body long to learn (not just know intellectually), that the fruit made me feel better, and to not associate lfrv with "negatives" (like not being able to eat this that and the other). I only gained 3 pounds in the first week and a half doing this, and quickly lost it in the next week. I actually found myself starting to crave things like dates and raisins. 

Stage 2: Taking the Plunge - This phase was more about getting the mind in line. Once I got to the point where when I thought of my binge food and my favorite raw vegan food, and imagined tasting them, that I was honestly admitting (and not just telling myself) that the fruit choice *would* taste better, yet I still wanted the binge food for psychological comfort/habit reasons, I decided it was time to take the plunge and go 100% lfrv and just eat as much as I wanted.  I ate A LOT of dried fruit (as well as fresh fruit) in this time period, just because it's easier to carry around and nibble/binge on.  Seriously, I only had like 3 bad days of emotionally binging of the raw food. It just stops on its own when you go 100%.  But, as a binger eat with huge emotional eater issues, I don't think I could have gone 100% without the "retraining" of my mind period.  

Eventually I got to what I consider myself in now with is Stage 3: Learning Curve, where I don't binge, but I'm still learning my bodys' needs and making sure I'm never stranded and undercarbed. I'm still really bad at this right now and get dangerously close to losing it, but I've managed through because my mind/psychology has changed. 

P.S. I wouldn't worry about what time of day/night I ate sugar ever... In fact, when I was still eating cooked foods, I needed the sugar at night so I wouldn't be totally low blood sugar monster in the morning.  I almost blacked out in the shower one morning. 


Thank you for the advices, I am also struggling with the cravings and going to try your stages, I am confident they will work for me too !

that is an excellent approach:) Thank you!

I eat when ever I am hungry. It took a long time to break my ice cream binges...and my other really bad (not tellin) binges.
Make sure you get your calories. Make sure you never leave home without your food. If the food ads on TV make you crazy, quit watching TV. Don't go out to eat with anyone until you have full control. Take a couple of bananas or apples to you room at night to eat in case you wake up starving. Always eat before you are hungry until you are long, long past this stage of changing your life. Think of this as a battle for your life because it is and you can't afford to lose. If you do end up on a binge, put it right out of your mind and restart with the very next thing you put in your mouth.

i love all of this stuff you said and i just want to add that if you want to eat ice cream, you can take frozen fruit and blend it with seed mylk that has a tiny bit of vanilla in it. it's so good, and really easy. cures the craving and you feel so good for so many reasons!

you could just put something quick together like that anytime you want something in particular. if you saw freelee's video on raw tiramisu, it's a perfect example. there's a million different ways to hit the spot without dumping garbage in. <3

btw, i used to eat boca and tofu crap, it is sooooo bad. that's maybe a whole different story in a way, bc you wanna focus on the good, but you could prolly benefit by doing what arvis said up there. maybe not throw it away; maybe give it to a food bank or something for people who would choose to eat such sh## and worse. . . but, yeah. good luck.

I don't think people who visit food banks get to choose what they eat.

Yep, iI let myself do that and resort to drug-free escapism.  I rode out my last cravings watching dvds on my laptop.

This is something I'm trying to get better at-- actually planning moments to "decompress" and watch dvds, listen to music, etc., to get my mind off of things... Good reminder for me, Dovima. 

*p.s. and pretty name. :-) 

Life changing book that I read to help me stop bingeing, it truly changed how I thought and how I dealt with my ED, Book: Brain over Binge by Kathryn Hansen


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