Binge eating disorder

By kristwn Latest Reply 2015-09-12 00:20:56 -0500
Started 2012-08-05 19:19:36 -0500

So I thought I would throw this out this and see what happened. So I have done a lot of research on eating disorders and diabetes and I know there is diabulimia and then the issue of obesity and t2… I don't fit into either of his. I have been bulimic in he past sought tons of help and actually got better for a little while until wouldn't you know it I was diagnosed wih t1 diabetes at 26 years old. Now the treatment of not obsessing over what foods go into m. Body and not weighing myself as a constant treatment and something I thrived off f now becomes the opposite treatment for something that could land me in the hospital. I stopped my bulimia habits a long time ago and was treated for more of a binge eating disorder now beig recently diagnosed and having to count and watch every single thing that I eat is really nothing short of a nightmare and has really thrown me for a loop.

I noticed the research is slim to none on this topic and was wondering if anyone was dealing with the same issue??? I currently am on a pump and cgm and literally watch my sugars go up and correct its what's my life has become. Any one going through anything similar or know of any resources out there???

4 replies

Flutterkick 2015-07-01 08:25:13 -0500 Report

Hi Kristwn,

I'm new to DC, and am wondering if you are still on here. I'm looking to connect with others with EDs on here for support and shared understanding of the ED treatment perspective, and found your post.

It can be difficult to read materials here from a traditional diet/dietary and weight control/weight loss perspective, rather than an ED recovery perspective, which of course, most people would never have had reason to be exposed to.

I did a search of DC for "eating disorders" which led to your post, and to some recent articles by an ED dietitian, Laura(?) Cipullo, which were very helpful, regarding diabetes: an easy-going, accepting approach that emphasized and explained listening to internal cues for food and diabetes needs, that wonderful gentle approach I like so much from the ED community.

Also, you may have seen, the materials on binge-eating disorder are improving, and gentler approaches are coming on board. You may wish to google an article on diabetes and intuitive eating by Linda Bacon, Ph.D., and Judith Matz. Ms. Matz also has books called "Recovering from Dieting," or similar title, that she says address binge eating not from a restricting approach, but from an understanding that restricting/dieting is the set-up for bingeing. I need to read that book, myself.

I hope you are still on here and that we can connect. I'm glad you created this post.

BellaT2 2015-09-11 23:41:18 -0500 Report

Hi there,

I did a search for bulimia and found this thread and wanted to reach out. I was diagnosed type 2 in March 2015, A1C 10.7. I was about 18 months into solid recovery from over a decade of hardcore bulimia/b.e.d. And before that, about 15 years of heavily restricting during the day (due to severe pickiness as a child and overeating at night in secret.)

Finally, finally, finally I let go of the body shame, decided to trust my meal plan, experienced a life more than food, body, scale, clothes, depression. I couldn't believe it. And then — I got very, very, ill and suspected something was seriously wrong.

I am having a HARD time maintaining the peace of mind and freedom I worked so hard for since the diagnosis. My food preoccupation has gone up exponentially. I'm obsessed with reversing it by 2016. I've eliminated meat and now I'm seriously considering going vegan, giving up all carbs except fruits, vegetables and beans — and part of me even feels conflicted about eating beans.

Not to be all DBTish — but it goes against my wise mind, my beliefs about food, and has the highest chance ever of causing a full blown relapse. My dietician, knowing my numbers are all out of whack, reduced my 7-8 grain a day meal plan to 3 a day and I spent about five weeks recovering from less than one week actually on the plan. It messed with my head, I felt like I was being pulled back into the disorder but I feel like if I can't do this, reverse the diabetes, cut out animal protein and fat, processed foods, and grains — that I'm still letting the eating disorder control me. Because I think this disease is a consequence of the diabetes…so I have to get it out.

I would love to talk to someone who gets how hard it is to adopt a lifestyle that is perfectly normal for most type 2ers, but counting carbs, eliminating food groups, labeling foods as good or bad — that all flies in the face of ed recovery, body acceptance and HAES.

jayabee52 2015-09-12 00:20:56 -0500 Report

Howdy Bella
It is my experience that you may wish to think again about "cut[ting] animal protein and fat". I have been able to control my T 2 diabetes without the use of diabetes meds strictly by the use of a high protein low carb meal plan. I have cut out all grain products and starchy veggies and have done very well on it.

Why would you like to talk to someone who tells you how hard it is to adopt a T 2 lifestyle? I would think that would be a downer. Yes there are difficulties in following a T 2 lifestyle. However try melding a T 2 lifestyle and a dialysis lifestyle. Now that is fun as many of the things in a dialysis lifestyle are contradictory to the T 2 meal plan, but melding is possible.

God's best to you and yours

roshy 2012-09-01 16:29:09 -0500 Report

i was dx when i was 16 and remember going through stages which were similar to eating disorders. I used to hide food and eat secretly. I then starved myself from insulin for a long period of time in order to loose weight!! wasnt the smartest thing to do but after all these mistakes i learned that no matter what way you try and cheat or ignore the condition you are only cheating yourself. After a bad DKA during my first year in college i became chronicly obseesed with my sugar levels and suffered panic attacks all in relation to my diabetes. it took over every thought and i could see nothing passed it. When i eventually got my levels under control i switched to a pump and am handling things a lot better. The best thing you can do when you are having problems in relation to emotional and behavourial issues i would just talk to someone, anyone to help you move passed it !! Its not an easy thing to deal with and its even harder to try and deal with it on your own.

best of luck with your search for answers,. If you want to get in touch for any information of what exactly i went through you can drop me a message!

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