Hi there, I don't know much about marathon eating, because I have yet to run a marathon, but I think when it comes to eating (esp. out of control eating) there is more to it than just the food. I don't think I struggle with food on a daily basis, but there has been points in my life where I used food for comfort and I didn't even realize it. I think that you should really try one week (maybe just 5 days, since weekends tend to be a lot more loose for food) to monitor your eating habits. When you get a craving, ask yourself why you're so hungry and write down your feelings, time of day and your craving. I also think smaller more frequent meals throughout the day help keep cravings at bay. I know it's a lot of work for one week (i've done it before), but it really makes you look at some underlying issues. i agree with the other advice about surrounding yourself with healthy food. if that's all that's in your house, you probably won't end up going to the store to buy something (and if you do ask yourself if you really need/want the item). Still, I think moderation in everything is key. Don't deprive yourself, but learn that you can eat something you want and not have to suffer guilt afterward. Eat slowly, savor the food, the way it feels in your mouth, don't watch tv and eat and try not to eat after 8pm. Drink plenty of water and stay away from artifical sweetners--they only make you crave sugar MORE (trust me, I was devestated by thise since I loved diet coke w/lime). I know that lots of people say these things and that it's easier said than done, but when it comes to your health it is truly worth the effort. One last thing, maybe you could add some yoga once or twice a week to your exercise routine. It doesn't have to be intense or threatning, there are SO many different styles. Yoga is great to calm your mind and it helps keep you balanced, so the next time you get stressed, you're ready to handle it with breath and positive thinking instead of reaching for a nutritionally void item. Sorry to make this so long, but I know that you can have a good, healthy relationship with food. If you wanna talk more, just send me an e-mail. If you feel like you wanna just cave in, drop me a line or something!! Hope I helped!!
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