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What Does Binge Eating Disorder Look Like?

It’s What I Ate Wednesday, and it’s been awhile since I’ve checked in with all of you on how my Binge Eating Disorder has been. I thought I’d take today to do that.


If you went by the pictures I took today, my eating would appear to be in check. Seamus made me a yummy egg sandwich on a GF muffin, and I had a banana. Sadly, I didn’t stop there – as soon as Seamus and Emmett left, I jumped to the fridge and ate two slices of pizza. They were delicious, and I regretted them the second I started eating them, but as usual, I felt out of control and didn’t know how to stop myself. I polished off the two pieces and continued my self-hatred until I got into the office, where I was quickly distracted by work.


The distraction kept me occupied for a couple of hours, because I didn’t think about food until lunch time came around and I started smelling everyone’s delicious food (or not so delicious in the case of some frozen meals). Either way, the second I started smelling the food smells, all I could think about is food. A sub, to be exact, heavy on the onion and mayo. I got through a few more work things, and then I rushed out the door. I grabbed a turkey sub from Subway and headed home to sit on the couch and binge.

While I was sitting on the couch, I realized that I hadn’t gotten a picture of my food. Then, the thought popped into my head, “I wouldn’t want to have taken a picture. I don’t want anyone knowing what I am eating. I’ll just lie and say I had something healthy and that I forgot to grab a picture.” That was almost literally the thought that went through my head. And I almost did it, I almost lied to you, readers. But then, while I was bathing Emmett, I had a small epiphany… Maybe if I am honest and up-front with what I went through, it will help me overcome some binge eating issues, and it could possibly help someone else down the line, who may be struggling with the same thing.

When it came time to leave work, I had to fight a very strong urge to go to Starbucks and buy all the things. I managed, by a constant voice in my head saying, “Emmett’s in the car, Emmett’s in the car. You don’t want to be a bad role model for him.” I ended up with just a coffee, which is why I was going there anyway.


Dinner was easy because I was home with Seamus. I rarely binge when he’s around because I don’t want him to see me doing it. He knows, I’ve shared my struggles with him, but I don’t want him to see it. He probably wouldn’t judge me, but I don’t want to even take the risk, so I eat a normal amount and keep the binging to myself.

So, friends, I’ve laid it all out there. It’s so scary to be so forthcoming with things, but I really want to get better, and keeping it a deep dark secret isn’t working, so I’m figuring that I may as well try sharing and see if I get to a better spot.

I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons, thanks for hosting, Jenn.

7 Signs You’re Eating Your Emotions

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Eating Your Emotions

Eating Your Emotions

We all have bad days. Days where from the moment we get out of bed, everything goes wrong. When those days occur, many of us turn to food for comfort and support, and you may not even realize that you’re doing it. Here are 7 signs to look for that will tell you if you’re eating your emotions.

7 Signs that You’re Eating Your Emotions

  1. Your need for food comes on suddenly. You’re sitting at your desk typing up a report and BAM, your computer blows up (not literally), and your report is gone. You immediately start to panic, because you had been working for hours on that report, then it hits you, that insatiable urge to eat. Remember, real hunger comes on gradually, not all of a sudden.
  2. You hide what you’re eating. If you ever run out and get that extra large value meal, and devour it in your car before you return to work, you are likely eating your emotions.
  3. You need to feel stuffed in order to feel satisfied. When you sit down to a meal, if you think that the only way you’re done is if your stomach is full to the brim, or your plate is clear, then you are likely an emotional eater.
  4. You crave one thing, and one thing only. If all you can think about is that giant candy bar in the vending machine then you are likely eating to hide your emotions. Instead, skip the candy bar, drink a glass of water and involve yourself in something you enjoy. Get your mind off of the food!
  5. You typically regret the food choices you made. Let’s face it, when you are feeling emotional and thinking about food, you’re not usually thinking of grabbing some carrot sticks, it’s usually that order of large fries, burger and large drink. After you’ve eaten it all you have a feeling of self-loathing mixed with guilt, and regret the entire meal.
  6. Your food cravings typically stem from the start of intense emotions. If you’re feeling bored, anxious, angry, etc., and the first thing you turn to is a bag of greasy potato chips, then you are eating your emotions.
  7. And finally, your comfort eating is mindless. When you are eating mindlessly you never think about the food that is going in to your mouth. You are simply sitting there, eating chip after chip, never registering the amount of food you just inhaled.

If you found yourself saying that one or all of these sounds like something you deal with, then you are likely eating your emotions. There are better more effective way to handle those emotions, go to the gym and break a sweat, for instance. Keep your mind off of the bad for you foods that your mind is telling you that you need.

Your turn!

Do you find yourself coping with emotional eating? If so, what is the best way that you’ve found to cope? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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