The NewYorkTimes
by Olivia Bee


Do you struggle with binge eating disorder?
I did for over 8 months and I gained at least 20 pounds from it! I was able to recover from it in June 2011. Since then I have been binge free!! I would love to help anyone who is currently struggling with binge eating!! Feel free to message me here!
What is binge eating disorder?
Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food. Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, overeating crosses the line to binge-eating disorder and it becomes a regular occurrence, usually done in secret.
Signs of binge eating disorder:
Feeling out of control when eating.
Eating compulsively.
Constantly thinking about food.
Eating in private.
Eating to the point of being full or to the point of feeling sick.
Eating to relieve stress or to comfort yourself.
Feeling guilty, ashamed, or disgusted after eating.
Feeling unable to stop eating or prevent a binge although you don’t want to binge.
Eating very quickly.
Do you have binge eating disorder? Take this free online quiz here.
What are the health risks of binge eating disorder?
Over time, compulsive overeating usually leads to obesity. Obesity, in turn, causes numerous medical complications, including:
Physical Risks:
Type 2 diabetes
Gallbladder disease
Liver problems
Kidney problems
High cholesterol
High blood pressure
Heart disease
Certain types of cancer
Joint and muscle pain
Gastrointestinal problems
Sleep apnea
Weight Gain
Emotional & Social Risks:
Feelings of worthlessness
Weight obsession
Restriction of activities due to embarrassment of weight.
Treatment For Binge Eating Disorder:
Psychotherapy: A type of counseling that helps to develop a healthy relationship towards weight and food.
Medication: Some medication can be used to help control depression and anxiety that may be associated with an eating disorder.
Nutrition Counseling: A type of counseling that helps to restore normal eating habits.
Books to Help With Binge Eating:
Overcoming Binge Eating
Getting Better Bite by Bite
Binge Eating Disorder Recovery and the 12 Steps
Binge Eating Disorder: Clinical Foundations and Treatment
A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder
Getting Out of B.E.D.
Eating Disorders Information for Teens
Overcoming Your Eating Disorder
Healing the Hungry Self
Intuitive Eating 
List of more books!
 Tips to reduce binging:
Brush your teeth frequently.
Keep cravings and unhealthy foods out of your house- out of sight, out of mind.
Avoid grazing or “hanging out” in the kitchen.
Do not buy in bulk or bring home leftovers from a restaurant. Chances are you will binge on them all once you are home.
Make pre-packed healthy snacks so you can grab one on the go to satisfy your hunger and reduce cravings.
Do not diet or deprive yourself of foods you love. MODERATION is key!
Do not bring money with you to school, work, etc. so you won’t be tempted to buy snacks from the vending machine. Instead pack your own healthy ones!
Find ways to better cope with your stress and emotions -> Do NOT turn to food for the answer! It only makes things worse!
Eat when hungry but eat slower.
Drink lots of water before and while eating - it will help you feel more full.
Use smaller plates and cut food into pieces while eating.
Focus while eating: Do not mindlessly eat while watching tv or while distracted by any other activity.
Keep a food diary- this
What to do rather than binge:
Go on tumblr!
Read health books or any other kind of book!
Make a craft.
Paint your nails.
Take a bath.
Find a new hobby.
Do a scavenger hunt.
Redecorate your room.
Update your ipod.
Go to the gym.
Go for a walk/run in your neighborhood.
Hang out with a friend.
Go shopping.
Find a penpal or write to a relative.
Go through your old stuff and donate whatever you no longer need!
Write out all of your goals and reasons why you should not binge!
Send nice messages to your followers!
Watch tv.
Play cards.
Do chores.
Go on an adventure.
Drink tea.
Chew gum.
Do yoga.
Watch youtube videos.
Vent to someone.
Make yourself a glitter jar. Shake, stare, relax.
Make a journal or collage.
Play a game (an app , board game, computer game, or other video game, ANYTHING!)
After a Binge:
Drink lots of water: It helps to eliminate toxins and get rid of water weight.
Eat asparagus: It will help to reduce bloating.
Eat fruits and veggies: They are a perfect, low-calorie snack. And they help to replenish nutrients!
Workout: This will help to boost your metabolism.
Drink green tea: This is a great way to counteract a binge! Green tea is high in antioxidants and will help boost your metabolism!
MOVE ON: You cannot change the fact that you binged so you must forgive yourself! If you remain mad at yourself it will only make matters worse! Focus on making tomorrow better!! Everyone has bad days! You just gotta pick yourself back up and move on!
Please reblog this if you struggle with binge eating! Even if you don’t please reblog this for your followers who do! 
Binge eating is an awful eating disorder and it is so hard to recover from and I want everyone to know that I am here to help! I have recovered from it and would love to help anybody else struggling! Just send me a message here!
Also check out my Battling Binge Blog here!

Postcard from Buenos Aires

Mission impossible - getting your legs up in the air.CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Running and jogging - health benefits
Jogging or running is a popular form of physical activity. Regular running builds strong bones, improves cardiovascular fitness and helps to maintain a healthy weight. The difference between running and jogging is intensity, but both are forms of aerobic exercise.
Health benefits
Regular running or jogging offers many health benefits. Running can:
Help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise
Strengthen muscles
Improve cardiovascular fitness
Burn plenty of kilojoules
Help maintain a healthy weight.
Running versus jogging
The difference between running and jogging is intensity. Running is faster, uses more kilojoules and demands more effort from the heart, lungs and muscles than jogging. Running requires a higher level of overall fitness than jogging.   Both running and jogging are forms of aerobic exercise. Aerobic means ‘with oxygen’ – the term ‘aerobic exercise’ means any physical activity that produces energy by combining oxygen with blood glucose or body fat.
Goal setting
Think about what you want to achieve from running or jogging. Issues to consider may include:
Getting fit – if you’re a beginner you should start with brisk walking, progress to jogging and workup to running. This should take a few months.
General fitness – mix your running with other forms of exercise (such as swimming or teamsports) to maximise your overall fitness.
Weight loss – adjust your diet to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats,wholegrain cereals and low fat dairy products. Cut back on dietary fats, takeaway foods, softdrinks and sugar.
Companionship – you could run with a friend or join a local running club.
Competition – running clubs may offer competitive events. Most clubs have sessions designed for beginners through to advanced runners. You can pit your running skills against others in fun runs or marathons. Many community-based running events cater for people of all ages and abilities. Join a local orienteering club to combine running with the challenge of navigating through various environments.
Getting started
Some general tips for beginners:
See your doctor for a check-up before you start a running program. This is especially important if you are over 40 years, are overweight, have a chronic illness or haven’t exercised in a long time.
Pre-exercise screening is used to identify people with medical conditions that may put them at a higher risk of a experiencing a health problem during physical activity. It is a filter or ‘safety net’ to help decide if the potential benefits of exercise outweigh the risks for you. Print a copy of the pre-exercise screening tool and discuss it with your doctor or exercise professional.
Start with brisk walking. Aim for 30 minutes per session. Allow a minimum of six weeks to build up to regular running. Aim to increase your jogging time each session, and alternate between walking and jogging.
Ensure you warm up and stretch thoroughly before you head out. Cool your body down with light stretches when you return.
Ensure you have plenty of fluids and take a water bottle with you on your run. Try to drink plenty of water before, during and after any activity.
Allow at least two complete rest days per week to avoid overtraining, which may cause injury. Consider other low impact activities, such as swimming, at least once each week.
Plan your route. If possible, choose flat, grassy areas rather than hard or loose (such as sandy) surfaces to reduce the risk of injury.
Avoid running near roads. This is especially important if you have a pre-existing condition such as asthma. Vehicle exhaust fumes can increase your risk of various cardiovascular and respiratory complaints or illnesses.
Avoid the ‘peak hour’ periods to reduce your risk of inhaling air pollution from motor vehicles. If possible, schedule your runs for either the early morning or the evening.
Wear loose cotton clothing. Dress your upper body in layers of clothing so that you can take off layers as required.
Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen to exposed skin areas.
Buy an appropriate pair of shoes.
Choose your shoes wisely
Issues to consider when choosing running shoes include:
Don’t wear your old sneakers. Poorly fitted shoes are a common cause of injuries.
The running shoe should bend easily, feel comfortable and have a wedge of shock-absorbing material in the heel.
The fit should not be too snug. Your foot will splay as it impacts with the ground.
When buying the shoes, wear the socks you intend to wear while running.
Have your shoes professionally fitted.
Health and safety suggestions
Suggestions include:
Make sure you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Avoid eating directly before going for a run.
Avoid running during the hottest part of the day in summer.
Drink plenty of water before, during and after your run.
Take your mobile phone with you.
If using an iPod or headset, do not have the music too loud – stay alert and aware.
Wear reflective materials if you’re running in the early morning or at night.
Tell someone where you plan to run and when you think you’ll be back.
Choose well-lit, populated routes and avoid dangerous and isolated areas.
If you injure yourself while running, stop immediately. Seek medical advice.
Things to remember
Both running and jogging are forms of aerobic exercise.
A beginner to exercise should start with brisk walking, progress to jogging and work up to running.
See your doctor for a check-up before starting a running program.
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