Originally Posted by veggiedaze
kittykatfan - maybe you have mentioned what has helped you not to binge on other threads, but could you comment on that again. What are you doing now differently from when you used to binge.
I found a treatment program that has truly changed my life. You go there understanding that Priority #1 is to break the binge pattern, not to lose weight, which I agreed to (even though I have lost about 20 lbs since I started there, but I'm doing my best to maintain).
The program is group treatment but you do meet with an individual therapist as well. It is a multi-pronged approach: behavioral therapy; body image acceptance; nutrition. You eat there too. They make you bring your lunch so they can offer tips but you also eat a cooked meal there at least once a week. They teach you portion control and intuitive eating.
You are taught to eat three meals and two snacks a day so you don't feel hungry and you can maintain blood sugar. That was a HUGE help. The other help is the therapy because it teaches you how manage through stressful situations and anxiety without binging, and to help you determine what emotions you are feeling so you can address the emotion without the use of food.
What has been hard for me but very freeing at the same time, is that their philosophy is that no type of food is off limits. You have to watch portion size, but the idea is that if you eat a food you crave and give yourself that freedom, then you won't crave it. If you deny yourself, eventually you will binge.
I can give you more details if you have specific questions.