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Default Depression and How to Make Binge Eating Stop?

Since I was diagnosed with depression a few years back, I started overeating to kill the emotional pain and emptiness I was suffering from. Now Iím not obese but Iím clearly overweight which is negatively affecting my self esteem. Iím still suffering from depression up until now and every time I try to eat healthy and lower my caloric intake I donít last more than a few days only to relapse very soon and get back to binge eating whenever I feel angry, sad or depressed. I donít know what to do. I read a lot of articles online about mindful eating but like I said I donít last more than a couple days doing so. I did try to go on different diets but the same thing would happen over and over again. Itís just become a hard habit for me break to indulge in food. Does anyone here have a success story about overcoming binge eating while being depressed?
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Since I was diagnosed with depression a few years back, I started overeating to kill the emotional pain and emptiness I was suffering from. Now Iím not obese but Iím clearly overweight which is negatively affecting my self esteem. Iím still suffering from depression up until now and every time I try to eat healthy and lower my caloric intake I donít last more than a few days only to relapse very soon and get back to binge eating whenever I feel angry, sad or depressed. I donít know what to do. I read a lot of articles online about mindful eating but like I said I donít last more than a couple days doing so. I did try to go on different diets but the same thing would happen over and over again. Itís just become a hard habit for me break to indulge in food. Does anyone here have a success story about overcoming binge eating while being depressed?
óIíve was binge eating since starting real estate school. I started water aerobics again. What has helped the most is eating a huge packaged salad for lunch. I throw in some canned beets for more flavor. Wow, it really fills me up for hours. V8 vegetable juice is low cal tho very salty. Try the salads!
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Wow I wish it was that easy. I have struggled since childhood. I have been in all types of therapy but still just ate 1/4 gallon of ice cream today. I thought I had passed the love yourself more but I guess I am not good enough in that part of self care either.
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I have had a lifelong war with compulsive overeating. what helped me was to ddrill down down down down to the core problem that started the overeating. It started when I was 5. And until I started drilling down, I didn't even remember the trauma. But I do now! I had to process the trauma and learn how every time I had anything at all happen to me that even started to be similar to the original trauma, my subconscious thought it was happening all over again and would trigger the eating again. I also learned that recovery from overeating is not a straight line, and I will have cycles of overeating followed by eating healthy. My job is to make the periods of eating healthy last longer and the periods of overeating cut shorter. I deal with eating healthy and the weight becomes secondary. For me true freedom is not the weight loss but the not being chained to constantly cramming food down my throat. Hope this helps.
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Since I was diagnosed with depression a few years back, I started overeating to kill the emotional pain and emptiness I was suffering from. Now Iím not obese but Iím clearly overweight which is negatively affecting my self esteem. Iím still suffering from depression up until now and every time I try to eat healthy and lower my caloric intake I donít last more than a few days only to relapse very soon and get back to binge eating whenever I feel angry, sad or depressed. I donít know what to do. I read a lot of articles online about mindful eating but like I said I donít last more than a couple days doing so. I did try to go on different diets but the same thing would happen over and over again. Itís just become a hard habit for me break to indulge in food. Does anyone here have a success story about overcoming binge eating while being depressed?

Yep. Such a ****** cycle. I do the same - I try some super restrictive diet for a few days, can't adhere to it perfectly, get depressed and feel horrible about myself, then binge.


Is there any outside support you can find? A dietitian who focuses on eating disorders, support groups? Or have you read Intuitive Eating?


I can't say what works for certain myself, as I haven't "overcome" it yet. But I've tried lots of different things, and feel like the more I learn about myself, and the more I focus on self-care, the less I binge.
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