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“I have a problem with binging at nighttime, I will eat anything, I'll go out of my way to buy crap and ill feel so guilty ill eat it all. Pizza, ice cream, etc. I always feel like crap after and remind myself that tomorrow's a new day and that I know i don't want to feel this way again but i always do it again. Do you have any tips for avoiding the binge? :(”
-Anonymous

Nighttime is an awful time for a lot of people. Despite the fact that I feel much more at home at night, right around dusk is always a difficult time for me. Since high school, I’ve gone through a number of periods where, as the sun set, I’d burst out crying for no reason and revert to self-destructive behaviours. So you’re certainly not alone.

My biggest suggestion for you is to make sure you’re eating enough during the day. Binge eating is often brought on by your body’s attempt to make up for being denied something it requires. If you’re cutting way, way back, your body may go into a panic mode and take over.

If it’s more of an emotional thing, try to find ways to distract yourself. Skype with a friend, read a good book in a hot bath, or prepare a nice healthy meal for yourself. Even if you have to invite a friend over to make sure you don’t go rushing to the store to buy binge foods, a small hiccup in the process could help you “reset” the behaviour.

Also, I’ve always found journalling to be immensely helpful. If you write down how you’re feeling (what made you happy that day, what is stressing you out, are you annoyed with anyone, etc.) and mark down when you binge, you may find a pattern that you can then work on changing.

Best of luck to you!

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  7. valerieeve said: I know that a lot of people have this problem. I think it may also be a function of not eating enough during the day. I try to make sure I have enough protein and snack on fruit with almonds and that has hugely helped me with any nighttime cravings
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