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Eating Binges How To Stop The Crazy Cycle

Updated on July 27, 2015
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Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing

It seems like the eating never stoppes. It was a healthy meal, but I want more to eat.

  • Eggs with vegetables, half cup oatmeal with brown sugar, nuts and raisins. A cup of tea to drink.. Sounds like a big breakfast doesn't it?
  • Half cup of dry oat meal quarter cup of steel cut oats = 150 calories
  • 1/8 cup of raisins = 70 calories.
  • two eggs = 140 calories
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar=30 calories
  • 1/8 cup almonds = 85 calories
  • 1 teaspoon honey =21 calories (according to the department of agriculture).

This delicious 496 calorie breakfast was huge. Green leafy vegetables have very few calories per cup, but they are filling. This is a training breakfast, but it isn't a training day. Why am I hungry? At this rate I will be two hundred pounds in no time. Looking at the list is making me hungry. What is going on with my body?

The 1/2 cup of oat meal was overflowing. the almonds closer to 1/4cup and the honey closer to two teaspoons, this is really more than 500 calories.


Nothing Out Of The Ordinary

Every morning the dogs and I are at the park around 7am. Coming back today I am starving. I have just walked maybe a mile. Is that enough to make me this hungry? When I was younger I walked 3 miles every morning. Afterwards I ate two bowls of cereal. One bowl just wouldn't abate the hunger. Twenty pounds later the importance of being hydrated came to light. This morning I am starving. I woke up and drank about 24 ounces of room temperature water. That satisfied the hunger while I was out with the dogs. I came home and ate the above breakfast. I should have felt full, but didn't. What can be causing this binge?

Causes Of Hunger

Obviously if you haven't eaten in a while you get hungry, but if you have eaten and are still hungry you have to do some investigation. Take this quiz and see if you can find a cause to your hunger.

  1. Are you hungry because you haven't eaten in a long time?.
  2. Are you are sad?
  3. Are you bored?
  4. Are you heading into that time of the month?
  5. Are you really skinny and active therefore legitimately hungry ?
  6. Are you coming down with a cold or allergies ?
  7. Are you pregnant?
  8. Are there serious immune deficiencies?
  9. Are you dehydrated?

All of the above can cause pangs of hunger. If you continue to be hungry and eat more than you need seeing a doctor is highly recommended.

The Culprit ?

The scope of this article is not to cover all nine possible reasons for excessive hunger. The intention is to cover what to do when you are a healthy person who can't seem to find anything to satisfy your appetite.

It feels like a Cold and allergies are active and aggravating this fine day . The difference between the two is very small and the solution is mostly the same for both, so when I started to sneeze I suspected these culprits.

Stave Off Hunger

First thing in the morning drink at least 8 ounces of water. Drinking first thing in the morning is the way to get your system kick started. Hot or room temperature water is better than cold. Your body doesn't absorb cold water easily. Continue to sip water or clear liquids until late afternoon. Stopping late afternoon eliminates repeated trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. If you don't like water, put some flavoring like lemon wedges, or a splash of fruit juice for flavor. Broth is a great way to hydrate too. Especially Increase green leafy vegetables and protein. When I am starving and can't find anything that satisfies I avoid sugary foods like the plague. After increasing fluids stay away from sugar. Sugar feeds a variety of bacteria, viruses,cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Eat lots of cooked green leafy vegetables like chard or spinach.(add a little of Italian salad dressing for a satisfying snack) can help curb the appetite. These vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals in forms that are easily digested. Other fruits and vegetables are good snacks. Beware of carrots! They have a high sugar content.

When you are done eating, "Stop, wait for awhile before you think about eating more". Wait for the food start producing the energy you need. This will take at least 30 minutes.

Tell yourself to stop eating. Talking out loud, to yourself, is another form of thinking. It helps you process what you want to do. "No", it isn't crazy, it is just another way of learning.

Increasing vitamin C intake can help curb a binge especially if you are fighting a cold.

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Condor at Pinnacles National Monument | Source

Why Do These Ideas Work?

These ideas work because some cravings should be heeded. A person tends to crave food because your body needs what it craves. In the book My Side Of The Mountain the boy craves liver. He kills a rabbit and eats the liver. Later he finds out that liver is the only part of an animal with vitamin C. The book scene is set during January in the Catskill mountains. Vitamin C sources are few, but available apparently. The boy listened to his body.

There are two cravings, water and sugar, which are not intuitive. The key to fighting hunger are these two cravings. Thirst frequently mimics hunger. If you are hungry you may be dehydrated. This is especially true during the winter when you don't think your are sweating. The reason most restaurants bring you a glass of water, when you first sit down, is to abate your hunger until your food arrives. This works well at home as well.

Sugar cravings should be avoided at all costs. Disease craves sugar. Sugar feeds hunger craving in two ways. When you are hungry grab a snack full of sugar, and sugar levels spike, your pancreas injects a spurt of insulin. Sugar levels drop rapidly after a sugary snack leaving unused insulin floating around in your blood. Unused insulin floating in your system is a free radical. People who are depressed have reported carbohydrate cravings. This is similar to sugar craving because carbohydrates turn into sugar. The key when you are craving sugar or carbohydrates is to substitute a high quality protein or complex sugars. (aka eggs, nuts and fruits) Eating a broad variety of healthy foods fights what ails you.

A healthy hydrated body can fight diseases and colds. Bodies that repeatedly binge are getting too much of some nutriments and not enough of other others. Having a balance diet can help if your system is out of whack due to a cold or allergies.

Eat well and be well!

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Years ago I read Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old by Deepak Chopra, and I remember his claiming that statistics and studies show that the number one difference between those who are alive and kicking past age 100 and those who die younger is that the former have the longtime routine of fasting between supper and breakfast.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      B. Leekley. Oh dear, that is surely a problem. It has been hot here, I have been tired, not moving around much and have found myself eating my way through the days. Not really hungry, but eating nonetheless. Everybody seems a little on edge because of the heat.

      I somewhat understand the bed time snacks. If I am too hungry at bedtime I don't sleep well. But eating too much at night makes the stomach heavy and sleeping difficult don't you think? Thank you much for stopping.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Sounds like good ideas. I don't have that experience of feeling hungry even when that doesn't make sense. I'm guilty of nervous eating when I'm not the least bit hungry. I feel anxious if I deny myself a bedtime snack -- which sometimes is my biggest meal.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Great hub... I really related because lately I have found that I seem to be eating a huge amount of food. I just can't seem to fill up. Now I have started taking a mulit-vitamin lately and I don't know if that is been burning the food... or maybe I am playing catch-up because when it is hot I have a tendency to not eat much then. Good advice... drink water and sometimes you just need to tell yourself to stop eating!

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      Felina, Welcome So glad you stopped for a visit.

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      Felina Margetty 6 years ago from New York, New York

      This is a compassionate approach to the subject. Awareness is the key, you are certainly right about that. Thanks F.

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      SouthernHoney- Welcome! Give me salt and I am happy. Have been known to dip celery into it for a snack. You can indeed wean yourself off the wonderful stuff, but be careful when you exercise. You need some salt, but many foods have it. Cut back a little at each day and add more water could help.


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      SouthernHoney 6 years ago from Woodinville, WA

      Awesome hub, this is such a relevant topic for me! I love to eat, and I suspect that most of the calories I take in are due to boredom. It’s always salty snacks that I want though. I wonder if you can wean yourself off of salt?

      Voted up!

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      Thanks for stopping by acaetnna.

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      A useful read, thank you.

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      Always looking for a laugh; am on my way to the Gym.

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Sound advice TT, I tried Atkins once and was the healthiest I've ever been after it. The problem is you can only do that once and then your body adjusts somehow so I'm trying to be more sensible and include healthy carbs. I like the water in the morning idea and I'm trying to keep some protein snacks around instead of my delicious chocolate chip cookies to munch on.

      I am glad you are traveling down your cancer road with humor. May I suggest a visit to the Belly Laugh Gym--a hub I created just to help you laugh away just about anything. I dare you to get through it without busting up. All my best! =:)

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      hush444- I thought I was the only one until two weeks ago when a petite lady I was in a meeting with went back for seconds before I did. Thanks for stopping by it is so nice to have company.

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      hush4444 6 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm so relieved that I'm not alone. I'll eat the healthiest breakfast I can concoct (similar to yours) thinking it will keep me until lunch, only to be starving two hours later. You have some great tips, especially avoiding sugar and staying hydrated. Voted up!