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If I owned a cosmic eraser I think I’d use it to rub last Saturday out of existence. For some reason I decided I needed to clean out my refrigerator using my mouth. I ate. A lot. For no real reason. Which is odd, because I was certainly under more stress earlier in the week and didn’t eat a whole bowl of pudding then. But along came the weekend and the part of my brain that regulates my eating decided to check out for a day at the beach. I was so full after “lunch” that I took a two and half hour nap. I haven’t done that since college when my roommate and I had competitive napping sessions to see who could be the most unproductive for the longest amount of time.

But, that was Saturday, and life goes on. I did not instantly regain 190 pounds. My clothes still fit. As the alcoholics say, I can only make the next best choice. On the positive side, at least when I binge these days it’s on sugar-free pudding and fat-free yogurt and not on a gallon of ice cream. I used to eat some really weird food stuffs back in my youth. I think people are fascinated by the strange eating habits of the morbidly obese or binge eaters. It’s voyeurism, like that taxi cab confessions TV series on one of the pay channels where drivers get passengers to spill all their crazy sexual experiences on tape. You just sit back in stunned silence thinking, “She put a what in her mouth?”

I think people just want to know what it’s like to let go of the restrictions we put on our lives, the “don’t do that” and “don’t eat this” rules. There was something strangely liberating in just letting go and eating whatever. I imagine it’s the feeling people would get if it were reported that an asteroid was heading for earth and we were all going to die next week. Your neighbors would start looting and doing all kinds of things they would never do otherwise because there were suddenly no consequences for their bad behaviors.

But I do still live in a world with consequences, and I have no desire to get fat again. So, it’s back to moderating my eating habits. However, for the voyeurs out there I thought I would compile a list of the craziest, weirdest, foods that I ever ate growing up. Consider it my own taxi cab confession.

  • Frozen orange juice concentrate straight out of the can.
  • Frosting, both homemade and store-bought. I think I even bought my own hand-held mixer just to make icing and cakes.
  • Jelly and jam packets in the center of the table at breakfast-style restaurants, eaten off of my finger.
  • Butter bread. A slice of white bread covered in butter. I later read about someone who did this and then sprinkled sugar on it too. Never tried that, but if I’d thought of it I probably would have.
  • Tang crystals. I’d eat the drink mix right off of the spoon.
  • Sugar. Sometimes brown sugar or powdered sugar too. Again, just eaten right out of the bag.
  • Bagel sandwich. A bagel with luncheon meat and cheese. Not as bad as some of the other items on this list, but not really great either, especially when I ate two or three in a row.
  • Beef jerky and egg rolls bought in bulk from Sam’s Club.
  • Store-brand microwave pizzas which were about the size of a Frisbee. I ate these a lot. They were quick and easy to cook and had lots of cheese and perfectly cube-shaped pepperonis. I probably don’t want to know what ground-up bits were in those perfect cubes.
  • Fudge. I got the recipe off the side of a cocoa powder box and made a lot of fudge in high school.
  • Snickerdoodle batter. I liked to eat several spoonfuls before the flour was added in because it was sweeter. Same with brownie batter.
  • Everlasting gobstoppers for lunch. Junior year of high school I skipped lunch and sat in the library instead. I’d buy candy from the librarians after the bell rang.
  • Chocolate chip cookie dough, with no intention of ever baking the cookies. At least I saved energy powering the oven.
  • Four slices of whole-wheat bread for breakfast. I did this for a year in high school and the kids on the bus understandably thought I was a weirdo. One speculated I kept the rest of the loaf in my backpack to eat the rest of the day.
  • Ice. I used to chew ice. Not really bad for me health-wise since water has zero calories, but I easily could have chipped a tooth.

That bowl of sugar-free pudding is looking pretty tame now. What’s some of the weirdest stuff you’ve eaten?

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Minn • June 18, 2007 at 9:56 am

Im so ashamed to admit that i have tryed the buttered bread with sugar out of desperation on just having something to put in my mouth. It tastes like fairy bread but hurts the teeth more.

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Casey • June 18, 2007 at 10:01 am

Oddly enough – we have a whole store down here that sells bagel sandwiches – I’m actually quite fond of them

(perhaps not 3 in a row though! ah well we won’t even go into what I can take out when the mood strikes)

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nienuh • June 18, 2007 at 10:06 am

Uhm, i must admit i’ve eaten more than half of the things on your list, probably all except the ones that are uncommon in Europe (snickerdoodles? what are those?) but never thought eating them was strange? Maybe because i was never overweight so nobody commented on me eating them?

uhm, i ate a banana and cheese sandwich yesterday, which my roommate at work thinks is very strange. As a kid i used to eat toast with jam and cheese. Microwaved marshmellows, is that considered strange?

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Charity • June 18, 2007 at 10:10 am

Holy crap, I totally could have written more than half your list. I have struggled with binge eating over the past few months as well. I was down in the 150′s end of last summer, and now I’m back in the 190′s and I just can’t get my mojo back. Wow.

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PastaQueen • June 18, 2007 at 10:11 am

nienuh – Snickerdoodles are a delicious cinnamon sugar cookie. Here’s Betty Crocker’s Snickerdoodle Recipe which my mom used to make. They make the house smell good enough to eat the drywall. They’re best when they’re warm and soft.

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Sara • June 18, 2007 at 10:15 am

Wow, I thought I was the only person who ate brown sugar right out of the bag! I think that’s about the strangest thing. No, wait, there was the day at work I ate a packet of instant oatmeal, uncooked even. It was amazingly good too.

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anji • June 18, 2007 at 10:17 am

I love raw cookie dough and used to make it myself and eat it… then Pillsbury started to make some, so now I eat that now and again… usually in a stressful period…. also, good ol’ chips and dip, but, must be dill pickle!

Um, those are my two main pig-outs… I had a big explosive moment yesterday with an outburst of stress and… hubby asked if I wanted to stop for chips and dip… I actually said no AND turned down ice cream… so, maybe I’m getting this emotional eating thing under control…

But, mmmmmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,cookie dough!

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Kate • June 18, 2007 at 10:21 am

Yeah, definitely agree with several things on your list, including frosting and buttered bread. Except my buttered bread had parmesan cheese heaped on it (thanks Dad, for showing me that one!). Also definitely the whole frozen pizzas.

I also used to make whole batches of rice krispie treats for myself. And consume whole bags of M&Ms or Raisinettes in one or two sittings. I guess that’s weird only in the quantity. Briefly I had a thing for hot dogs out of the package. And then there was the uncooked biscuit dough (like pillsbury crescent rolls). Man, my stomach and I do NOT miss those days one bit.

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gina • June 18, 2007 at 10:48 am

When I was in grad school, I’d eat entire medium thin crust pepperoni-and-mushroom pizzas from pizza hut. I’d order one, and 2 hours later, all 8 slices would be gone.

I think the wierdest thing I ate, though, was vanilla wafers with cool whip (when i was about 12-13 or so). I’ve graduated to tortilla chips microwaved with pepperjack cheese slices and hot sauce.

Goodness — just typing it makes me feel bad.

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LadyT • June 18, 2007 at 11:00 am

man oh man…this is embarrassing to admit…

i’m a PK (preacher’s kid) so there was always a small communion kit on top of the refrigerator. there was a brief period in time when i would slip out a wafer or two and let it dissolve on my tongue….kinda like edible Styrofoam…but for some reason i liked it……i think it was a texture thing.

ugh…confessing that reminded me that whenever we got packages with the biodegradable “peanuts” in it…i would slip a few and eat those…that i think trumps all the other stuff people have listed…this was not even real food.

man….

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Miss Music • June 18, 2007 at 11:01 am

A bakery near my house used to make deep-fried croissants with vanilla icing. They were 75 cents each, or 3 for $2, so back in my binge eating days, of course I thought it was a bargain to get 3 at once, and immediately eat them all. Boy would my stomach ache after that. I would swear I would never do it again, but the next week I would forget, and start all over.

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Debbi • June 18, 2007 at 11:09 am

As much as I hate to say “me, too,” well … me, too, with your list. I ate sugar bread all the time (that’s what my family called it).

My biggest binge food was a cookie-dough type mixture of shortening, flour, sugar, vanilla and a little milk. I could down a bowl of that in less time than it took to mix it up!

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Nan • June 18, 2007 at 11:16 am

As a child I gagged at all the usual breakfast foods, but I would eat Cheerios with some strawberry jam mixed in. I still kind of like Cheerios that way.

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Debbi • June 18, 2007 at 11:23 am

I also meant to add that eating ice is a symptom of anemia (along with eating other weird items like sand).

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BrightAngel • June 18, 2007 at 11:25 am

Pretty tame list I’d say. I’ve eaten all that stuff and more. Some of the things in just one day (individual days–not all in the SAME day—although I ate other things on those days too):

Entire cakes; entire pies; pan of brownies; entire recipe of cookies–chocolate chip with nuts or oatmeal with nuts; 2 lb box of See’s chocolates; Giant family size M&M peanuts; large can of peanuts; Dozen glazed donuts; large bag of potato chips with 1/2 lb of chedder cheese; big pan of home fried potatoes; loaf of toasted french bread with butter and jelly; box of HoHos; box of snickers ice cream bars; 1/2 gallon of nut-studded high-fat ice-cream; boxes of cheese-its; large box of honey-oat granola; box of chocolate-almond Zone-bars…

I could go on and on…but those are the delicious things I ate.

I also ate lots of things I didn’t like as much.

If I was in the mood to Binge, and I had no transportation or money, I could always find SOMETHING to eat. There are lots of easy recipes that put flour,(or other kinds of carbs), sugar and fat together….a combination of which are contained in most of my binge foods.

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Her Grace • June 18, 2007 at 11:33 am

I recognize the “relief” you mention when I let go of my restrictions and return to my poor eating habits. It feels awful, like giving up, but is yet also liberating. There’s so much power in food and to quit having to fight it actually feels good (in the short term.) I’m glad you acknowledged that.

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Sarah • June 18, 2007 at 11:34 am

oh, I used to love to eat sugar bread. buttered rice was a big binge food for me.

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BrightAngel • June 18, 2007 at 11:36 am

Pretty tame list I’d say. I’ve eaten all that and more.

I made a partial long listing of many of my former binge foods, but for some reason it didn’t post here……..Perhaps it’s a good thing….

Anyway…lots and lots of anything made with grains or starches…including flour, oats, corn, potatoes, etc. ; Sugar…white, brown, fruit, etc; and fat…butter, oil, shortening, cheese, etc.

Entire cakes, pies, recipes of cookies, cans of nuts, bags of chips, boxes of crackers, bags of cookies, family size bags of candy, boxes of pastries, boxes of chocolates, fried potatoes, loaves of bread with butter and jelly; pans of enchaladas; pizzas; all types of melted cheese covered & infused into hot-casserole dishes; cream covered fruit salads etc. etc.

Since I didn’t purge…these foods made me bigger and bigger and bigger.

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erin • June 18, 2007 at 11:36 am

Some of the weirder things from my youth are:

  • French onion chip dip on white toast.

  • Country time lemonade mix on a spoon.
  • Miracle whip sandwiches.

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BrightAngel • June 18, 2007 at 11:38 am

I see now that my prior message posted after all. Please Forgive the duplication.

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susan • June 18, 2007 at 12:03 pm

“Ditto” to your list. But I wanted to add one sick thing I used to do. After polishing off an entire batch of homemade cookies, I would make another to replace it so no one knew that I had eaten them all!

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NicoleW • June 18, 2007 at 12:12 pm

I’ve eaten seven of the things off your list. The absolute grossest binge thing I’ve ever eaten was salad dressing straight out of the bottle. I was a broke college student and didn’t have money to buy any proper food to binge on and the salad dressing was the only thing available. It made me every bit as sick as you’d think it would. I deserved it.

And when I was a little kid, I ate some of my cat’s Little Friskies dry food. That was more curiosity than anything else. (The verdict? Not very good, but better than the pork rinds I got out of a vending machine once.)

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jane • June 18, 2007 at 12:14 pm

Plates of cheese melted in the microwave until it was slightly burnt in the middle.

Similarly, plates of marshmallows melted in the microwave until they where slightly burnt in the middle. You could stretch these really far with a fork and they’d crisp up as they cooled.

I remember having to do a food journal for health class in junior high and being completely honest about the melty cheese and marshmallows. The teacher did not hide her disgust.

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Tetue • June 18, 2007 at 12:40 pm

I’ve eaten more than half the stuff on your list! (Including the buttered bread with sugar. Now it makes me cringe to think about eating that.)

Hey, if you’re going to binge at least it was on “diet” food. I bought some of those Hostess 100 calorie packs and realized, “Even if I freak out and eat all six packages, I’ve only eating 600 calories!” Whoever at Hostess thought that up needs to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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psychsarah • June 18, 2007 at 12:45 pm

I too have eaten many of the things on your list… apparently you’re not that wierd after all (despite what kids in high school thought-side note-who wasn’t wierd in high school?) I appreciate your “one day at a time” attitude too-I have been eating like crazy (both in quantity and type of food) for about a week, for no apparent reason, but I decided today to stop it, and so far its working. I think the analogy to alcoholics is perfect!!

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Lynette • June 18, 2007 at 12:51 pm

They say confession is good for the soul so here goes:

peanut butter and maple syrup

peanut butter and chocolate chips

peanut butter and raisins

yellow mustard and Miracle Whip sandwiches on Wonder bread (sometimes with a slice of American cheese thrown in for good measure)

canned chocolate frosting and marshmallow cream whipped together

dill pickle spears slathered with cream cheese

sweetened cocoa straight from the can by spoonful

WOW…glad those days are long behind me!!!!

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Chewie • June 18, 2007 at 1:13 pm

The dry cake mix…by the spoon full….straight out of the bag…vanilla or chocolate. Also used to eat the dry Quik stuff…teh chocolate stuff you mix into milk. I’d eat it plain from the can.

I am a new commenter. I have been reading you for a few months. I’ve dropped almost 80 pounds since August by eating right and walking. I could lose another 100, and I hope to.

chewie

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coraspartan • June 18, 2007 at 1:31 pm

My sister and I ate something similar to sugar bread. We would toast a slice of white bread, slather it with peanut butter and then sprinkle sugar on top. Yum! I hate to admit that I have been eating this again lately, although using whole grain bread instead of white. It is just sooo delicious. My husband thinks I’m a freak.

Other weird foods I have eaten in the past include buttered noodles with a ton of salt on them and no-bake cookies straight from the pan–a whole batch at a time.

Thanks for the Snickerdoodle recipe–I have heard of them but never tried them. I might make some soon, but promise to exercise self-restraint if I do–I will only eat one or two of the cookies and freeze the rest of the dough. That’s what I do now any time I make cookies.

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GroovyBabe • June 18, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Your honesty is refreshing!

I don’t know if I have eaten anything that weird or wonderful, it is more about portion sizes with me. I’ve done the 3 bagels, tub of ice cream etc… I wouldn’t even want to now!

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sh0pah0lic56 • June 18, 2007 at 2:44 pm

I’ve had rice with butter and soy sauce- a comfort food for me that i’ve had since i was a toddler living in Korea. i don’t think that i’ve ever had a n experience with whole cakes, pans of brownies, etc- i’m more a bit of everything binge-eater. a cookie,a brownie, a handful of chips, and a cup of ice cream. i used to be 4’10″ and 140 pounds- now i’m 5′ and 122 pounds. i’m hoping to lose another 20 pounds- and i’m going to.

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blest • June 18, 2007 at 2:57 pm

In Jr High I went through a phase of snitching coffee beans from my parents and eating them at school

Now I’m grown and know how silly and wrong that was. The only proper way to eat coffee beans is when they are wrapped in dark chocolate. Mmmm Endangered Species Tiger Bar

I would drink vinegar or pickle juice.

Every day after Jr High I would come home and eat a sleeve of saltines either with butter and salt or with mustard.

Lunch at school was also saltines – with dill pickle slices on them.

Sometimes I would eat spoonfuls of white flour straight from the bag.

(any questions on how I got fat? Nah – ask questions about how I’m not fat anymore – that’s more fun!!)

I don’t think you can beat me for weird eating, young Jedi!

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Patty • June 18, 2007 at 3:00 pm

I had a mean sweet tooth. Like the ho ho’s on occasion or the cheaper little debbie similar cakes. I love choc. ice cream straight out of the carton. But then also like bbq chips or choc chip cookies, mac and cheese, fettucini alfredo.

Argghghh!

I also was a drive thru queen and loved burgers, egg mcmuffin’s, tacos. And the weight came on fast, that’s for sure.

Thank god those days are over. I mean I don’t binge hardly any more but on some days I give myself a small treat so I don’t feel deprived! My new drug to replace the food is exercise! Lot’s healthier, thank goodness.

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Laura • June 18, 2007 at 3:15 pm

Chewie beat me to it– dry cake mix, out of the box, with a glass of 2% milk near by to wash it down. And I’d eat Nestle Quik out of the can, too.

Pie crust. No pie filling, just rolled-out pie dough, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and baked to a nice golden crispy brown.

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jackie • June 18, 2007 at 3:17 pm

okay, I’m pretty sure that I win for the strangest binge food. When I was in elementary school, I used to eat heaping spoonfuls of Bisquick right out of the box. It drove my parents nuts. I also used to sit on my parents bed, watch television and eat Q-tips. I would break off the cotton ends and chew on the paper sticks. We moved after high school and behind their bed was a literal mountain of Q-tip cotton ends.

Oh yeah.. I still do that. I also eat paper from my printer. Anyone have any guesses as to why? I could never figure it out.

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sh0pah0lic56 • June 18, 2007 at 3:39 pm

Oh, i forgot to add- when we were in Korea, I was slightly overweight, but pretty healthy. After we moved to US- hello fast food! We had burger king every sunday for lunch, and chinese takeout twice a week, and we used to go to Chinese buffets 1-2 a month, and donuts every weekend. I also drank 2-3 juice boxes every day and ate bags of chips…and we wondered why i was obese…

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Chris H • June 18, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Worst? Probably crunchy peanut butter with a thick slab of tasty cheese on top, on white bread toast…. at least 2 or 3 slices for breakfast, lunch or dinner… sometimes all! And I used to eat ice too… wish I had only eaten ice for a month or two.

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Kate • June 18, 2007 at 4:10 pm

Jackie – you should bring up the paper-eating with your doctor. I have read low iron may cause some people to crave paper. Another potential cause for the craving is high lead levels in your blood.

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hoosiermeeshee • June 18, 2007 at 4:27 pm

Eggos, toasted with butter and lots of sugar (I had friends who ate frozen Eggos and Eggos with peanut butter and I thought that was strange). I don’t do this anymore.

Whole Totinos party pizzas for dinner, occasionally two of them. I haven’t had two of them in a long time, but one still happens occasionally.

The standard: chocolate chip cookie dough. Ever since they made it in tubes I would buy it just to eat without baking. I still do occasionally. However, I control it better now that they make the packages where you can break off one or two to bake, but I don’t bake them.

I was also a Country Time Lemonade eater, luckily I got over that.

Peanut butter sandwiches, loaded with peanut butter, and microwaved just enough long to be runny.

Baguettes or loaves of french bread with the Allouette cheese spread, or butter when I ran out of the cheese spread, or Nutella since I discovered it. I’d each as much as I could in one sitting, stop for a few hours and finish it off later or the next day. This is a very rare occurrence now, mainly because I noticed the emotional component (and Allouette is expensive). If I get the urge for this now, I call someone.

The worst, as a small child I used to eat butter or margerine, by itself, luckily I grew out of that.

There are probably other things, but they are not coming to mind right now.

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~T • June 18, 2007 at 4:29 pm

Peanut butter, butter and brown sugar sandwiches.

Liverwurst and oreos…don’t ask

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hoosiermeeshee • June 18, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Oh, just one old one I forgot.

Spaghetti sandwiches. Leftover spaghetti mixed with a little sauce, warmed up, between two slices of buttered bread.

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banapants • June 18, 2007 at 4:49 pm

I’ve eaten sugar bread, and had a friend who took this treat to new heights. He would take two slices of white bread butter them liberally, spoon white sugar over that, and then fill it with “light” karo syrup.

I used to make half a cookie sheet of tortilla chips & cheese.

Freshly cooked rice, butter and soy sauce with a few chili flakes thrown in. This was a real comfort food while first adjusting to living in Japan.

Random stuff:

Toasted seaweed sheets. Rice crispies with orange juice instead of milk. Mashed banana with honey & milk, lightly heated in the microwave. Macaroni & cheese with curry powder. French fries with vinegar and extra salt.

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Linda Sherwood • June 18, 2007 at 4:58 pm

When I was in high school, I had a pop and candy bar for lunch every day.

Also in high school, for breakfast one year (an entire year), I would make cinnamon bread for breakfast. It involved toasting two pieces of bread. While the toast was in, I would place some butter in a bowl and put it in the microwave until it was liquid. I’d pour the butter on the toast covering it completely. Then I would mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the butter-drenched toast.

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Hilly • June 18, 2007 at 5:50 pm

How crazy that we both had the same sort of idea at the same time!

I used to hide under my bed and eat frosting out of the jar when I was a kid!

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Marshmallow • June 18, 2007 at 6:25 pm

I used to eat Nutella out of the bottle (still do, SO GEWD), Cheese spread out of the bottle; and I went through a face where I used to make a triple cheese thing in the afternoon. I’d spread a slice of white bread with Kraft Cheese and Onion spread, top that with a slice of processed Cheddar Cheese, and top that with a couple of pieces of Colby Cheese that I sliced off the block. Then, I’d zap the thing in the microwave, and get all pissed off when the cheeses dribbled over the sides of the bread and onto the plate. King Kah-ray-zy.

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K • June 18, 2007 at 6:28 pm

I am sorry to say that I don’t see what’s odd about eating bread with just butter on it (although for me it would’ve been Flora Light margarine).

I’d admit to occasionally sneaking the odd spoonful of sugar. Or drinking chocolate powder. I might still do that now if I bought it readymade, but it’s not so tempting if you make it up from cocoa powder and sweetener.

I still chew ice cubes and my teeth are fine. I also can’t resist eating the lemon slice after I’ve finished a drink if I’m out.

Other than that… nothing too odd. Except that I do eat uncooked oatmeal for breakfast. But hey, I’m Scottish.

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Peter • June 18, 2007 at 7:05 pm

In childhood, I definitely binged on graham crackers (especially cinnamon graham crackers), fairly often a whole individually waxed-paper-wrapped half-box at a time. I liked to dip them in milk until they became soggy in this special way that only graham crackers can get–and, presumably, easier to chew and physically eat in bulk quantities.

Same thing with vanilla wafers and, of course, breakfast cereal eaten at times other than breakfast, bowl after bowl (usually Cheerios with plenty of sugar, Life, or Golden Grahams). There is something about that combination of milk-induced soddenness and sweet, refined carbohydrates that was very conducive to mindless overeating.

Large, repeated swigs of “healthy” orange juice straight out of the carton.

Almost anything that had gotten cold and sort of thickened in the refrigerator for most of an evening, or overnight. Special favorites: pizza (cold leftover pizza for breakfast was nirvana) and birthday cake, with the icing sort of soaked into the cake, and tasting cold, slightly dense, and resistant.

Slice after slice of Midwestern, 1980s cheddar cheese, in a round soupcan-shaped form with thick wax all around it. The wax was part of the experience, somehow–it had that appealing, soft, unchallenging feel to it that the cheese itself had.

Many of these foods have in common a texture that isn’t really anything–not crisp, not wet, not crackly, not liquid, just sort of thickly mushy–and a preference for being eaten cold. Hotness somehow slows you down, perhaps because it has more of the association of a proper meal.

Leftover lasagna, the next day! The idea of it still makes me weak. It has just the right chilled, mushy-thick texture–the taste of those noodles the next day, if they hadn’t dried out from poorly applied Saran wrap, pushed all my overeating buttons at once.

Leftover Thanksgiving stuffing has the same mushy-thick qualities, and also would vanish down my throat in huge quantities.

All the pickles in a jar. Again, they resist the teeth slightly, but not enough to be at all time-consuming to eat. I can still remember that taste of having too much sour brine in your system.

A package of ramen boiled in a pan with lots of butter, then drained, and combined in the same pan with a scrambling egg. Then the same thing again. And perhaps again. This had an unbeatable taste and texture, to my unsophisticated palate.

Macaroni and cheese–Kraft macaroni and cheese, back in the days before Annie’s–with a can of tuna fish mushed into it. One whole saucepanful, eaten all by myself. The texture was perfect for triggering my overeating subroutine, I can see now. Mushy and easy to scarf, but not *too* mushy.

Cold hot dogs (“fully cooked”), cooked one, then two, then three at a time in sizzling butter, then, increasingly, straight from the package, sometimes cut up longitudinally to make them last longer. It is amazing how many hot dogs you can eat when they are not cooked, and there is a whole package in front of you.

Little Midwestern, 1980s bagels (Lender’s frozen bagels), toasted impatiently and absolutely soaked and saturated with butter, in an endless chain, sometimes nearly all of a package.

Lacking bagels, slice after slice of buttered toast.

Small terrible Midwestern frozen pizzas with cheese, or cheese and sausage, eaten one or two at a time. They were about 8 or 9 inches in diameter.

Too much white rice–a *lot* too much–at dinner, soaked in soy sauce.

Stuffing myself on Chinese buffets when I felt “poor,” as a student, so I would only eat once a day, but in massive, unbelievable quantities, until my stomach felt distended and slightly dangerous.

In stressed-out adulthood, chicken pad Thai, delivered from a Thai restaurant, always arriving slightly cold, in a massive, sodden, greasy, but for me agreeably-textured lump. Felt like a rock in my stomach once I was done eating it.

Jam out of the jar at night in the kitchen, desperate for something to scarf, spoonful after spoonful. Chocolate chips, handful after handful till the whole bag is gone. That bread-crumb stuff that you get to put on fish. Tastes like sharp, vaguely buttery little crumbs.

Andes mints, or Lindt chocolate balls—both of which have that yielding, thick-mushy texture in the middle that I evidently love to binge on.

Whipped cream, cookies, whatever is in the fridge at night.

A whole thing of Breyer’s cookies and cream ice cream, sometimes with a whole package of slightly soft supermarket chocolate-chip cookies (I could never binge on Chips Ahoy or anything with that texture–too hard), and sometimes topped with lots and lots of whipped cream, too.

I worked my way up to getting whole big things of ice cream, by first normalizing the eating of whole pints of Ben & Jerry’s mint chocolate cookie flavor.

Whole Papa John’s and Domino’s pizzas, delivered. I remember that in graduate school going to a pizza restaurant and eating half a pizza, with a friend eating the other half, felt like a real indulgence. So I moved on from there to eating entire large pizzas alone, at home.

Again, there is something about having no resistance between you and the food, no effort’s being required to get it or to chew it–just being able to achieve a food-trance, without having to work very hard in any way to make the eating happen.

A lot of other posters’ binge foods short-circuit the work of cooking and waiting for food–even a few minutes–in a similar way: eating powders meant to be combined with other ingredients (Bisquick, dry cake mix, Quik) without combining them, or cookie dough without waiting for the cookies to cook. You really cannot wait even 30 minutes, typically–you just need to stuff something down your gullet right *now*.

There is something even more drug-food-like about eating lemonade crystals or sugar straight.

It’s the opposite of chopping all sorts of things up for a salad, and eating it while really hungry, so that you really taste everything in it.

I’m not sure, but I think I, too, have eaten cereal with orange juice instead of milk. Seeking the texture of cereal, and the straight, sudden sugar high of fruit juice!

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Kate H • June 18, 2007 at 7:14 pm

Yeah, I had weird things too.

I would open a can of sweetened condensed milk, and eat it with a spoon. Only a few spoonfuls at a time, or else I would get sick, then I would cover the can with aluminum foil, and stick it in the fridge for a day or two, til I was craving something super sugary again.

My little brother would eat butter. Just butter, plain, off his finger. He always was weird.

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Peter • June 18, 2007 at 7:18 pm

The fact that, like a baby bird, I seem to have most liked to overeat things with a mushy-thick texture that approximated someone’s having already chewed the food in question for me makes me wonder: could I successfully lose weight by making it a rule to only eat things that involve hard, jaw-tiring work to eat?

America being as it is, there is probably already an actual best-selling diet book based on this principle. The Work-to-Eat Diet.

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Zanitta • June 18, 2007 at 8:41 pm

a pringle with a cube of cadbury’s chocolate on top, x a gajillion.

My sister used to eat peanut butter, cheese, and lettuce sandwiches, with a little bit of crumbled up chocolate flake in the middle.

Mud. (back when I was little)

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Vimilla • June 18, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Nacho flavored Doritos with cottage cheese. I’m sure cottage cheese is good for you in moderation, but I could kill off an entire container using it as a chip dip, and a half-bag of large size Doritos would be gone at the same time with ‘em!

… And I had to stop buying Lipton Noodles and Sauce about 5 years ago completely. I would eat an entire cooked package in one sitting. Fettuccine was my favorite. I believe these noodles were bought out by Knorr and are now called Knorr Lipton Pasta Sides. And that’s the key word: SIDES, not ENTREEs.

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Lauren • June 18, 2007 at 9:33 pm

Slimfast out of the can, Bologna and peanut butter sandwiches, frozen pizza, oatmeal right out of the packet, same with cocoa. Am I powerless over food? Damn right

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anji • June 18, 2007 at 10:06 pm

OMG, I didn’t realise you were looking for the WORST…. i gave you my best! (cookie dough!)

My worst? Ewwwwww, I’m ashamed to say (this was in about grade 5 or 6, and did not last long!)

um…..

raw hamburger :S Not TONS … just a bit… and I LOVED the flavour… I’m surprised I didn’t get worms :S

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Lisa • June 18, 2007 at 10:17 pm

ditto on the cookie dough

i turned the sugar bread into sugar toast

I didnt know there was any other way to eat white rice without butter and sugar huh??

When I am really upset i will take a piece of white bread and 2 slices of american cheese put the cheese on the bread and ball and eat it that way

also I can polish off a box of scooby doo fruit snacks like nobodys business

i must now do 45 min on the treadmill for this

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PastaQueen • June 18, 2007 at 10:33 pm

anji – OMG, I used to eat raw hamburger too! I’d forgotten about that. I guess we should both be glad we’re not dead from E. Coli.

I must say, I am really enjoying reading about all the crazy stuff you people have put in your mouths. I would also like to apologize if someday a recovering binge eater stumbles across this thread and relapses because they suddenly have a list of 30 new treats to stuff in their mouth.

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hm • June 18, 2007 at 10:50 pm

Hmm, sounds like you were chasing a “sugar high”?

Like, the tang crystals, the icing, the jelly packets: all kind of .. somewhat burny/painful to eat/taste when you think about it, but all probably were kind of like crack … getting a rush of blood glucose to your brain’s pleasure sensors.

Interesting. I think it’s probably useful in your journey to so openly post on this kind of stuff. I mean, there had to be a “reason” you were headed for 400 lbs in your early 20s — i don’t think it could have been just plain “cluelessness about diet and exercise,” cause almost everyone doesn’t know much about calories and diet but rarely do they go that high weight-wise at that age.

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Kriss • June 18, 2007 at 11:13 pm

Ghetto sandwiches – Wonder bread, 2 slices of bologna, & yellow mustard. Sometimes 3 in one sitting. Often times with nacho cheese Doritos in the sandwich.

Graham cracker crumb pie crusts.

Liverwurst on toast or with a whole sleeve of Saltines crackers.

Hot buttered noodles – still one of my binge trigger foods.

Chocolate covered oreos dunked & smothered in Cool Whip. Redi-Whip straight out of the can.

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Emily • June 19, 2007 at 12:38 am

I’ve been losing weight, and generally have my diet under control. I have days where I just keep eating for no good reason, too. Why is that?

But I have to say – I’m jealous of the 2 and a half hour nap. Sounds fabulous. I love naps.

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Kimberly • June 19, 2007 at 1:07 am

Hrmmm…my weird foods list from when I was a kid:

I did the sugar bread thing too, though I put cinnamon on there as well…

Miricle whip sandwiches…two slices of bread and Miricle Whip and viola…

I would eat cake mix out of the box too, but I would put a little bit of water in it to make it more batter like, I think this is why I love Cake Batter ice cream from Coldstone now…

Franco American spaghetti right out of the can…I went back to eating this when I was preggers with my son 10 years ago as well…

Salad dressing and bacon bits…no salad in sight…

I used to do the melted cheese on a plate in the micro as well…then I switched to a mountain of saltines with cheese on them…

I used to mix dry Kool-Aid with a bit of sugar…made it kinda like a Pixie Stick…

I used to put a huge spoonful of sugar in milk and drink it…I did that until my dad decided to make some eggs with a glass I had put back in the fridge…Blech…

I used to eat Welches grape juice concentrate right out of the can…

I even ate an entire package of mint chocolate cups and paid for it the next day with a horrendous stomach ache…

But by far, the weirdest thing I ever ate as a kid was Vaseline. Never have figured out why that was though…

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Kimberly • June 19, 2007 at 1:10 am

Oh, and I forgot to mention syrup sandwiches too…maple syrup on two pieces of bread…very ghetto I found out when I was a little older. :D

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Erin • June 19, 2007 at 8:17 am

Macaroni and cheese, except I threw away the noodles and just ate the powder with my fingers.

Croutons from the sack like candy.

Those little single-serving microwave brownies that always seemed to detour, in batter form, to my mouth before they ever made it to the microwave.

Fries dipped in milkshake.

When a bag of tortilla chips was down to crumbs, I would dump them in a bowl along with Velveeta cheese and Ro-Tel tomatoes, microwave it all into a gelatinous mush, and eat it like soup.

I’m going to go eat, like, an English muffin and tea in public now to wipe away these old transgressions.

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Kate • June 19, 2007 at 10:11 am

Wow! I thought I was the only person who ever at Frozen Juice Concentrate out of the can! It was the only way I ever liked Orange Juice, haha.

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Greta • June 19, 2007 at 11:17 am

-hot chocolate powder right from the packet- yummo.

-saltines covered in butter

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Laura • June 19, 2007 at 11:57 am

Fun thread- this is the kind of thing WW boards don’t allow- lists of binges. I used to eat much of what everyone has already mentioned- stacks of buttered bread or saltines, peanut butter straight from the jar was a favorite, neither of those were particularly strange, except in the amounts. I also ate dry spaghetti straight from the box, and large bags of carrots sprinkled with salt. We made our own fried pork rinds with fresh pork rinds from the market.

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hoosiermeeshee • June 19, 2007 at 12:00 pm

I had a similar bologna sandwich thing to Kriss’ ghetto sandwiches. Two slices of bread (usually Roman Meal because my mom wouldn’t buy white bread), 2 slices of bologna, and lots of Pringles in the sandwich. Then smash it flat so the Pringles were all crumbly, and it was crunchy to eat. Sometimes, if there weren’t enough Pringle crumbs on the sandwich, I’d eat Pringles from the can too. I could polish off 2 or 3 of these, a whole can of Pringles, and 2 or 3 glasses of Pepsi (if not a whole 2 liter) in one sitting.

I also used to refuse to eat popcorn unless I had pop to wash it down with, but I would put the popcorn in my mouth, take a swig of pop, and let the popcorn get all mushy in my mouth before chewing it. I would occasionally substitute potato chips or saltines to the same effect. I’ve tried this with iced tea, milk, and water. Nothing except pop made the popcorn (etc) the right texture, though sweet iced tea would work in a pinch.

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Christy • June 19, 2007 at 2:06 pm

Growing up on a farm I had access to all sorts of weird things to munch on, I’ll start with the tame household items and move on to the disturbing…

Raw Spaghetti or other noodles

Dry Tapioca Pudding right out of the box

Cake Batter with a little bit of milk in it to make it batter-like

Hot Chocolate Mix- again with a teeny bit of water to make it fudgey

Iced Tea Mix- dry

Frozen Pizzas (Still Frozen)

Marshmallows- put them in the oven at a low temperature for about 15 minutes (a lot like the microwaved marshmallows but with the added deliciousness of carmelization)

Baking Powder- the tingly feel of it, when it went into my mouth

Raw Hamburger was actually a dish at family functions growing up– we called them Cannibal Sandwiches

Since not everyone will know what these things are I’ve tried to provide a description (and rationalization) of what I was consuming. Don’t run for the key to the padded room, I don’t remember doing this all the time, just occasionally, you know, when the mood was right…

Barn Lime -it’s calcium carbonate so I was getting minerals right?

Calf Feed- I really only ate the oats maybe the corn because it all sweet with molasses

Calf Milk Replacer-basically powered milk, my brothers and I would get our hands damp, stick it into the bag of milk replacer and then roll the milk goo into a ball and eat it

Minerals and Vitamins- I would try to see what the minerals we were feeding the animals tasted like every time we got a new kind (it was never good)

Yeah… I have issues.

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Zuleika • June 19, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Mmm…Cinnamon Toast. My mom used to make that for us when we were kids. Yummy.

My mom used to keep unsweetened baking chocolate in the house and my sister and I would chop it up and mix it with sugar and eat it with spoons.

Pints of ice cream

Half a dozen donuts (or more)

An entire Entemann’s box of danish

Cookie dough right out of the package — the whole thing.

Really, anything with sugar in it.

Nothing weird there except in the quantities.

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YP • June 19, 2007 at 2:46 pm

I always used to eat sugar cubes. A lot of other stuff too, but in terms of just getting straight to the sugar hit without actually eating food, the sugar cubes win.

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Kimberly • June 19, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Umm…I’ve eaten most of the things on your list. Also, peanut butter and bacon sandwiches. Sounds gross, but is soooo good.

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Melissa • June 19, 2007 at 2:58 pm

I eat oatmeal with egg whites mixed in alongside broccoli and edamame dipped in ketchup six out of seven nights a week.

Fiber One cereal with sugar free pudding and sugar free syrup (again, daily).

Cottage cheese with almond extract, Splenda, and peanut butter.

Celery and cucumbers dipped in a mixture of salsa, ketchup, and balsamic vinegar (this mixture works for me on any salad, as well).

I put ketchup and/or balsamic vinegar on almost all savory foods, Splenda in almost all Asian inspired Lean Cuisines, and salt (and Splenda) in oatmeal.

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Amanda • June 19, 2007 at 3:08 pm

I like cottage cheese with peanut butter and white rice with sour cream…mmmm. I’ve lost 34 lbs. since January, so I am trying to stay away, yet just typing it is making my mouth water…

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Peter • June 19, 2007 at 4:35 pm

I never thought of crumbling potato chips up into something else. Pringles are clearly sort of a force of darkness!

There’s definitely something going on with combining dissimilar things–the principle behind the invention of the sandwich, only taken in new directions–that’s closely related to overeating when alone.

Maybe it’s part of the same urge to speed it all up, to have as many different tastes at once as you can, that lies behind eating the things one uses to prepare other foods, without actually spending the time to prepare them (concentrate, powders, still-frozen foods).

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kentuckienne • June 19, 2007 at 4:38 pm

I used to eat peanut butter and butter sandwiches when I was a kid. The trick was to spread the peanut butter evenly across the bread, then dot it with little thin pats of butter. As an adult, I’m grossed out by the idea of biting into a pat of butter, but as a child it was like finding a little bit of buried treasure. In my sandwich.

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Heather • June 19, 2007 at 5:32 pm

Ha… I’m not even going into what I ate when I was struggling with bulimia (or the occassional binge that happened afterwards)… Yech.

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Lindsey • June 19, 2007 at 7:13 pm

I’ve got three to add to the list, the first two not being that exciting, but the third is fairly creative:

1) Cheese Toast—usually heaps of parmesean cheese (shredded/flaked real parmesan, not grated like in those green bottles) on top of bread in the toaster over. Toasted on the bottom and the cheese melted and became crisp on the top. I admit that I still indulge in these from time to time (but only 1 instead of 3+)

2) Graham crackers or Nilla wafers dipped in frosting (vanilla or chocolate, depending on my mood).

3) Peanutbutter and Frosted Flakes. My friend Sarah taught me how to do this in the 5th grade. Take a couple tablespoons of peanut butter (creamy or crunchy, your preference) and a cup or two of Frosted Flakes in a bowl and mash together. You get this sweet, crunchy peanut buttery combination—like it’s own candy, but quite filling. I haven’t done this since high school, though I admit to be occasionally looking for something to snack on and thinking that I wish I had some Frosted Flakes in the house.

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x • June 19, 2007 at 7:19 pm

Ok the person who ate Calf Feed and Barn Lime just pwned us all. Pastry and cracker binges don’t hold a candle to that!

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virg • June 19, 2007 at 7:49 pm

OMG I love butter bread with sugar and cinnamon. I ate those at all times until I graduated high school. My other binge foods were the tubes of raw pillsbury cookie dough, peanutbutter/butter toast sandwiches, peanutbutter/potato chip (or doritoes) sandwiches, ro-tel/velveeta dip with tortilla chips, and whole packages of cold hot dogs. Occasionally I would buy a bag of hershey’s miniatures and eat the whole bag while watching tv. when I was a little kid I ate several flintstones vitamins in a sitting, more than once, uncooked pasta, and toothpaste.

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Cathy • June 19, 2007 at 8:25 pm

I have to admit, most of the things on your list dont seem all that strange to me. But, I can see how they would seem strange to you or others. I guess it’s all in perspective. I used to eat boxes of croutons…like, the entire box in one sitting. The thing that I really loved, which I dont know of anyone else that likes it, is cream cheese and strawberry jelly sandwiches. I could eat an entire loaf of bread smearing it with cream cheese and drowning that with jelly. Then I’d put in whatever kind of chips we had: doritos, pringles, anything. I cant even keep cream cheese in the house anymore because I like it so much. That’s sad…

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anji • June 19, 2007 at 8:54 pm

PQ, there’s at least 3 of us out there as raw-hamburger eaters! :P

I used to also like it after it was prepped for hamburger (egg white, crackers crumpled…)

But, now that I’m older and realise that it’s just raw, dead, cow meat… well – hardly seems as appetizing :S

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Phoenix • June 19, 2007 at 9:16 pm

most of those foods are incredibly normal!

as for me, i used to eat sugar sandwiches all the time when i was little.

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d • June 19, 2007 at 10:33 pm

Question: are these binge foods things that people came up with when there was nothing else easy to eat in house, or were they particular cravings?

Like, if there was, say, leftover birthday cake in the fridge, or pizza or mac and cheese left over, would people prefer their weird foods over that? Or are the weird food more of a placeholder cause there was nothing else yummy to eat quickly on hand?

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ifonly • June 19, 2007 at 11:16 pm

Mint Milano Cookies, dipped in milk until the crispy part is soggy and scrapable with my teeth. Then, separate the mint and chocolate with teeth. Go through a bag before coming up for air.

Mayfield Chocolate Chip ice cream, with milk on top. As you eat it, lots of chips settle to bottom and at the end you get the pure chocolaty goodness.

Lots of raw cookie dough in highschool.

French Fries with Ranch Dressing.

And the strangest thing… dry cat food. I didn’t want to go inside for the day, so I sat on the basement steps and snacked on Cat Food. I was about 5yo. It wasn’t yummy or anything, just available and I was hungry enough.

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Andrea • June 20, 2007 at 2:00 am

I think the strangest one was eating whipped cream (cool whip or the canister style) with a spoon. I’d just stand in front of the fridge and eat to my hearts content. Weird.

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Beth • June 20, 2007 at 3:33 am

How ’bout vanilla ice cream with Tang crystals on it; tastes like orange sherbet.

Snow ice cream? Fresh clean snow mixed with milk, sugar and food coloring (optional). My parents used to make this for me when I was a kid.

Peanut butter and honey or peanut butter and sugar (sometimes on bread, sometimes not).

Dry hot cocoa mix, with or without the little dry marshmallows.

Other strange foods in my family:

Buttered popcorn with salt, in milk.

Rice with butter, in milk.

Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches.

Cottage cheese with grape jelly.

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Patricia • June 20, 2007 at 7:56 am

Okay, I’ve eaten most of your list! Definitely the buttered bread thing, but I also like a couple of slices of cheese off the block with it. Colby cheese and miracle whip sandwiches, chili cheese fries with mustard and onions, sonic cheddar bites, frosting and cookie dough are the best! I also really like cake batter. Ugh, I have a tummy ache just thinking of it!

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Kara • June 20, 2007 at 8:47 am

I think all little kids eat some sort of odd foods. I remember thinking that a deli roll sprinkled with a ton of salt was a great after school snack (or layered with sweet pickles) In middle school, my idea of a perfect meal/snack was to cook up a box of pasta, but not cook it all the way. I liked it when it was still crunchy in the middle (to be honest, I still enjoy slightly undercooked pasta) I also used to eat leftover cheese ravioli, cold from the fridge.

I wouldn’t eat any of these foods now, and think everyone has a history of wacky food. Probably in ten years I’ll look back at now and think that something I eat on a regular basis (the huge amounts of miso soup? gardenburgers?) was absolutely disgusting!

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Tanya • June 20, 2007 at 12:52 pm

I used to love bread, butter and piles of Marmite. delish! I also used to love coffeemate straight out of the jar. I loved the way it would clump in my mouth.

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Monique • June 20, 2007 at 2:27 pm

Ok, I really had a hard time deciding whether or not to share my weirdest food with you… but I hear confession is good for the soul, so here goes. In high school, the weirdest (and grossest) thing I used to eat was mayonnaise sandwiches (it gets worse). Not just a little mayo. I slathered it on thick on both pices of bread, squeezed lime juice all over it, topped it with salt, smooshes both pieces together, ate it then made a 2nd (and sometimes 3rd). We weren’t poor. I had plenty other options. I actually choose this as an afternoon snack on most days. Ugh, makes me gag just thinking about it now.

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Elizabeth • June 20, 2007 at 3:26 pm

Yeah, I think I’ve eaten pretty much everything on that list, too, except the ice. And the Tang. Because, ew.

I’m another raw hamburger eater. I still think it’s good, even though I don’t eat it anymore. Usually.

Number one binge item in high school: Toasted cheese sandwiches. Not grilled cheese, toasted. In the toaster oven. And it had to be the american cheese from the specific deli or it didn’t count. I would seriously eat, like, FIVE of those suckers before my dad got home from work.

Weirdest binge item: Sour cream and white bread sandwiches. I was living on my own, my fridge was empty, all I had was sour cream and bread. A whole loaf. It was then gone. SOOO good.

Number one binge item after high school: Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets. No lie, you could open my freezer and it would be PACKED with EMPTY Hot Pocket boxes.

I also used to buy two foot long cheeseburger subs with mayo and tomato and stick them in my fridge, and then as soon as they got cold, I’d eat them.

Now I feel sick. Except for the raw hamburger. Because, mmmmmmm.

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nonegiven • June 20, 2007 at 3:44 pm

sandwich cookies made from graham crackers filled with peanut butter mixed with powdered sugar icing

peanut butter mixed with mrs buttersworth syrup on whole wheat toast, at least 4 slices

3 double handfuls of macaroni cooked and drained with about 12 oz of velveeta melted and stirred into it

potato chips dipped in ketchup

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whyme63 • June 20, 2007 at 7:22 pm

Another short-cut to gratification–instead of making S’mores, I’d just make sandwiches with the Hershey bars and the graham crackers and eat them.

Most of my binge foods were/are not that unusual–I just eat ridiculous quantities.

coraspartan–I had a bowl of buttered noodles with too much salt just last night.

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Sheri • June 20, 2007 at 10:36 pm

1. Sandwiches made from bbq chips, american cheese, and mustard. ONLY eaten as snacks, never as meals.

2. Mashed potatoes with mix-ins. Mostly when I was doing this, I was mixing in french fried onions and shredded cheese. Maybe butter melted on top with salt.

3. One time I bought a 4 pound bag of broken Famous Amos cookies from the cookie factory. I got so depressed over how many of them I ate in 3 days that on day 4 I grabbed a giant glass of milk, the bag, and ate them and cried — just to get rid of them. It never occurred to me to toss them or send them to work with my boyfriend.

4. Chocolate gravy on biscuits. Really, it’s like hot pudding.

5. Hellman’s Mayo on a spoon. (My mouth just filled with saliva over that one.)

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Laura • June 21, 2007 at 4:34 am

Toast smothered in butter and ketchup. The fact that my mother let me do that blows my mind! Now it’s me trying to get her to eat healthy.

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Melody • June 21, 2007 at 11:49 am

Wow… I’d forgotten about all the weird stuff I used to eat. Y’all have really jogged my memory!

Cheese toast with hot dogs. A slice of white bread topped with a slice of American cheese and a quartered hotdog (fits perfectly in the square) and then toasted. I could eat several of these at a time.

Vienna sausages with saltine crackers and a glass of milk.

“trail mix” made out of baking supplies raided from the freezer. Usually this was pecans, coconut, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.

Piles of shredded coconut a little pinch at a time until the bag was empty.

Frozen hot dogs.

Popcorn made on the stove with lots of oil topped with tons of butter and tossed together with corn chips and m&ms.

Anyone ever have one of those sandwich makers? I could make pockety sandwiches with just about anything you can think of… plus cheese.

Definitely ate the bread with butter.

Fresh lettuce drizzled with hot bacon grease.

Cold fried chicken, cold chicken and dressing, cold chicken and dumplings, cold white beans and ham, cold mac and cheese made with lots of velveeta… cold pork sausage patties in a biscuit… these were all at my memaw’s house. Yes, I am from the south.

Whoever mentioned the chocolate gravy is a friend of mine. I used to love the stuff.

Bologna gravy and biscuits. Kind of gross but when you are poor in Arkansas…

Slabs of government cheese dipped in Hormel chili

Vanilla ice cream and potato chips

Graham crackers slathered in leftover cake frosting. (My mom was a cake decorator so there was always a tub of frosting in the fridge)

I ate the snow ice cream too although never with food coloring. So good!

Spoonfuls of cool whip straight from the freezer.

Spoonfuls of peanut butter.

Raisins and cheese (perhaps a precursor for my love of wine and cheese)

Salt pork. Disgustingly salty. My papaw loved it.

Hot dog and egg scrambled together with cheese.

Anyone ever hear of a Mister Fritter. I remember eating these as an after school snack.

Treet with pork and beans spiced up with mustard, ketchup and brown sugar.

Hot Dr. Pepper with lemon.

Rice with butter milk and sugar. I also put evaporated milk and sugar on my grits. This is a matter of contention with some friends of mine who think grits should always involve cheese.

Never tried the raw hamburger, but I like beef carpaccio so who knows!

Yes, that’s why I weighed 336 pounds at age 27. I’m 33 now, 212 pounds, and on my way to recovery! I do still eat frozen cool whip free out of the freezer from time to time, and I may have to figure out the weight watcher points for a batch of chocolate gravy when I get home. I think I could come up with a reasonable version. ( :

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leora • June 21, 2007 at 6:52 pm

I was really into spaghetti sandwiches as my binge food. I would buy a huge french bread, split it in half, toast it and put tons of spaghetti with sauce in it. yum.

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Susan • June 22, 2007 at 10:25 pm

Butter on crackers washed down with orange juice. A whole vertical package of crackers and like a half a pat of butter on each one.

My dad taught me this one: “quick dough”. It was equal parts butter and sugar creamed together, some vanilla extract, then 2 parts flour mixed up in a bowl.

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allison • June 25, 2007 at 10:48 pm

Ketchup!!! I’ll eat it on almost anything, but some favorites are on veggies, on a salad in place of dressing, bread of any kind (or any carb really- rice, pasta, potatoes), chicken, steak, even fish. I get ketchup cravings.

Other weirdo binge items?

-a whole bottle of I Cant Believe its not Butter Spray on a bag of popcorn.

-cereal sandwiches. The best is a sugary cereal like cinnamon toast crunch on soft white bread.

-1/2 a box of fiber one cereal

-a whole pack of pudding cups each mixed with lots of whipped cream to make a mousse-like concoction.

-fiber one cereal, or any cereal, mixed with whipped cream.

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Peachy • June 27, 2007 at 6:10 pm

I’ve always been fond of cottage cheese with peanut butter and white rice with sour cream. I’ll eat pretty much anything though, so nothing is out of the question! Growing up my mom had a magnet on the fridge that said “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels”, so when I have a craving to munch the entire contents of the kitchen I try to remember that magnet…perhaps I should see if she still has it so I can slap it onto my own refrigerator!

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Catherine • June 27, 2007 at 10:35 pm

Like someone said, this really brings back memories — weird stuff eaten as a kid.

My mother used to make a cheesecake dessert with a graham cracker crust, and she showed me how she made the crust. So, in secret, a number of times after that as a kid, I would copy that process and mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and margarine in just a bowl and eat that. It tasted like the crust, just not baked. I thought it was really, really great, as a kid.

I also remember eating sugar cubes whenever I could get a hold of them. And a can of frosting here and there. And I remember eating peanut butter in a bowl with either syrup or honey on top of it. Living in one of those households where health food was stressed, I used to fantasize about Pop-Tarts as a kid.

To answer someone’s question, I used the weird foods as snacks when I was growing up because nothing else was available. When I grew up and left home, I was able to get what I really wanted to snack on — then it became more normal snacking foods like chips and cookies.

This was an enjoyable thread to read — thanks for starting the conversation. It’s been enlightening.

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andrea • August 15, 2007 at 10:27 am

Oh gosh, when I was in college and ate at the dining hall, after dinner my friends and I would put Golden Grahams cereal in the bottom of a bowl, then pour hot caramel all over the cereal. And then top that with vanilla soft serve ice cream. It was sooooo good.

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Maria • August 21, 2007 at 8:16 pm

Growing up, I did not like loaf bread so my favorite “sandwich” was 2 slices of balogna with peanut butter in the middle. Also, favorite breakfast my mom made was white bread cheese toast (I’d only eat bread if it was toasted once I was older) with sugar sprinkled on top. My favorite snack my grandma made me every week was fried oscar meyer balogna and jello (before it set) to drink. In highschool, once I was old enough to help my mom cook, we would make mac n cheese for dinner and eat the hot buttered noodles with salt and pepper before it ever even made it to the table. I also ate a cream horn or a bag of Funions every day after school at my grandpa’s store and loved to sneak sugar cubes. And I wonder why i grew up fat!

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JanB • August 22, 2007 at 8:44 am

About two months after I started in losing weight and journalling my food, I went back and did a dry run listing foods that I would eat in a typical day. This isn’t binging, this was everyday stuff:

breakfast: 2 sausage egg and cheese muffins with a large coke, two hashbrowns

Lunch: a bag of Viola Frozen chicken alfredo (6 servings) coke

iced tea, a gallon with 2 cups of sugar, I drank it all day long.

score bars (2-6) of them

dinner, another bag of the chicken alfredo

entire snack bag of peanut butter cups

coke (2 cans with dinner)

bedtime snack, whatever leftovers were in the fridge, two health or score bars, two cans of coke

When I REALLY wanted to binge I would make four BLT sandwiches with a pound of bacon or an entire frying pan of a pound of kielbasa, two onions and five potatoes with two cups of oil. Entire bags of candy were gone, all the batter in a cake mix, oh, it was so excessive that it makes me sick.

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Meg • September 4, 2007 at 10:59 pm

I know I’m a bit late in posting…but I had to tell you I can def. agree that I have done most of this and not thought it the least bit strange – which worked when I played sports in highschool and not so much nowadays (according to my ginormous thunder thighs at least). The strangest things I ever ate…. 1) I love love love orange juice and it used to not be uncommon for me to drink a half gallon a day. 2) Swiss miss cocoa powder straight out of the package every day in the 11th grade 3) refried bean and bananas in a taco shell, and finally… 4) my all time favorite breakfast, eggo waffles with loads of peanut butter and syrup.

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Emily • October 4, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Wow! So I’m not the only “wierd” eater- although I’m mostly a carb fiene. These are things I still have to catch myself from doing because if I get home and I’m hungry before dinner (and alone) I’m likely to go into zombie mode and shovel wierd s**t into my mouth. Let’s see:

- Pepperoni- a whole bag’s worth (but it’s turkey so that makes it ok, right?!?)

- Dry oatmeal, bread crumbs, and pasta- by the handfull

- Haven’t done this in a while- but plain bread with gravy on it (thanks Papa for teaching me that one!)

- Popcorn kernals (not good for the teeth)

Guess that about covers it; of course I’ve eaten some of the stuff off other’s list but there is no need to be redundant.

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Artemnesia • October 10, 2007 at 10:07 pm

Mayonnaise, straight out of the jar with a spoon.

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CurvyJones • October 14, 2007 at 1:11 am

To this day I cannot have bread, peanut butter, and sugar in the house at the same time. I would take a slice of bread, spread some pb, and then sprinkle sugar on it and sort of ‘whip’ the sugar into the pb so that it made a very sweet mix. Then more pb and more sugar and mix and more and more until I had a ridiculous amount of sugar and pb on a single slice of bread.

I also would go to McD’s and get the double quarter pounder with cheese meal, supersize (with Diet coke of course, all that sugar is bad for you!) and then add a McFlurry and two apple pies and eat it ALL.

Is it terrible that sometimes I miss that?

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Erica • October 17, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Frosting, a whole bag of chips, hot cocoa packets (without water) and lots of other bad stuff!

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myskinnyfiles • October 21, 2007 at 2:28 am

Things I like to binge on:

- McDonald’s Chocolate and strawberry sunday with fries. Yes, I like to dip fries in the sunday. It’s like salty, crispy, hot meets cold, creamy, sweet and tart…ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!!

- 20 pieces of McD’s chicken nuggets in one sitting

- Eggos smothered in peanutbutter and sweet condensed milk

- fried french toast with sweet condensed milk

- half a cup of peanut butter, half a cup of condensed milk, and I could eat this like pudding.

- eating instant milk powder (I still like to do this)

- eating coffee whitner (I still do this)

- eating blocks of malt drink that got stuck together from moisture so it’s no longer in powder form.

- cutting hotdogs into tiny slices and microwaving them until they were burnt and crispy

- Bags of crispy cheesies

- Microwave meatballs and tomato sauce, and dump it on a thick slice of bread

- fried rice with ketchup, eggs and bacon….sooo good. I still love this one.

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mari • October 22, 2007 at 9:22 pm

I eat quite a bit of the stuff in your list.

I’m trying to stop binging like this, it makes me feel so horrible afterwards. So glad I found this post. THANKS

One of my favorite meals: cottage cheese with Tabasco and mayonnaise on toasted bagels, can’t stop at just one or two!!

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Burton Brown • October 23, 2007 at 5:43 pm

well….your list rings very familiar.

I have recently lost nearly 70 pounds since changing to a low carb lifestyle…..Jimmy Moore posted my story on his blog……however….back in the day…..let’s see….where to start…

not so much weird, but large quantity at one “sitting” or during one binge…you choose what fits….

Snickerdoodles…homemade….could down the entire batch.

Large pizza from wherever…Pizza da Hut or Domino’s …or other places.

Cinnamon/Sugar/Butter Toast…6 or more slices.

Saltine Crackers….1/4 of box

Milk and Bread with Sugar…..tear up pieces of white bread in a bowl…pour milk on it, then pour sugar on it…..my Dad taught us this one.

Entire bag of Halloween candy….Snickers or whatever…..sometimes I could down almost half of a 5 pound bag of Tootsie Rolls…my jaw would ache from eating them.

1/4 gallon of ice cream or more….all flavors

Entire box of Pop-Tarts….Frosted Cinnamon was my favorite.

Multiple slices of various pies…especially pumpkin with whipped cream

“Strange/Odd” things that I have digested.

Spoonfuls of sugar, brown sugar or powdered sugar

Spoonfuls of Quik….this also went nice as an ice cream topping.

Spoonfuls of Nutella

Bits of Styrofoam cups….when I was younger….

Sunflower seeds….without removing shells…just chewed and ate them…shells and all

…but….NOT ANY MORE!

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Ginger • October 25, 2007 at 3:59 pm

One of the craziest things I’ve ever done is my brother and I made a pan of Jiffy Mix brownies then mixed ANOTHER box of them to “ice” the baked brownies. SO, we essentially used brownie mix as icing for baked brownies. Boy were we sick afterwards. He’s a diabetic now, so we don’t do those things anymore.

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Jenn1701 • October 26, 2007 at 6:51 pm

My dad used to (and probably still would if my mom wouldn’t smack him in the back of the head with a pan) take slices of Oscar-Meyer bologna, you know the thick kind, spread crunchy peanut butter on them and roll them up, usually eating 3 or 4 for a snack. Oh. My. God. Yeah, DISGUSTING. I used to loooove those little rolls, of greasy, salty peanut-buttery goodness. UGH

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Cristine • November 1, 2007 at 5:35 pm

Strangest thing I continually ate: peanut butter and pickle and ham sanwiches smothered in chocolate syrup on rye bread. I would have sold my soul to the devil for them if I could have eaten them daily. After I finished off the entire box of 12 maple log donuts I ate one spring, my mom decided that bread and all baked goods were not allowed in the house.

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Cristine • November 1, 2007 at 5:41 pm

OH, how could I have forgotten the nuts my sister and I would shell and eat. We’d crack the nuts with the nut cracker, melt an ENTIRE block of butter, then put the nuts in the bowl with the butter and slurp the butter out of the bowl and then eat the nuts. It was always more butter than nuts. BLECH, just the thought of it makes me want to gag now!

My mom worked from 7 pm until 7 am, so Lynn Wilson Bean and Cheese Burritos were our dinner every night. We’d eat 3 or 4 each a night, after cooking them in the microwave. Sometimes, I’d even eat them frozen.

Liverwurst sandwiches with peanut butter.

Reading the other comments, I can’t believe that we did this to ourselves. WHAT were we thinking?

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becky • November 14, 2007 at 12:30 am

This thread was really good for me to read tonight as I am struggling with accepting the fact that I just ate 5 Reese’s peanut butter “trees” (christmas novelty candy) and a box of Dots, the movie theater candy. Reading about everyone else’s transgressions goes a long way in accepting mine tonight!

The stranger things i’ve binged on:

whole frozen pizzas, all by myself

fig newtons

doritos dipped in peanut butter

whole bags of snack sized reese’s cups (yuck!)

whole cans of sour cream and onion pringles

day-old donut holes from dunkin donuts (dry and pretty disgusting now that I look back on it)

whole loaves of freshly baked bread

other people’s leftovers from Italian restaurants, namely slices of half eaten pizza

a whole plastic container of Utz cheese balls

whole tins of Christmas popcorn

last and worst…..

a whole Jack Daniels soaked fruitcake (I cried after this one!)

Okay, so maybe not the most unusual foods…

Still, there’s a sort of letting go in confessing all of this. I don’t think i’ve ever actually told anybody about most of these things! The analogy to alcoholism is apt. Eating disorders are more possibly even more difficult to deal with than alcoholism is because at least alcoholics can choose to be in an environment without alcohol. It’s not as if we can remove ourselves from day-to-day sustenance. Two sayings from AA that seem to help me: One day at a time and keep it simple, stupid. A mindfulness based meditation practice also helps me put things in perspective. Good luck!

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JJ • November 19, 2007 at 6:57 pm

My favorite used to be a potato hamburger bun with mayonnaise on both sides and a huge handful of Nacho Cheese Doritos squished in between it all. Even I think its weird, but even today I say that Doritos are my kryptonite!

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nova • November 23, 2007 at 3:06 pm

Wow. I’ve been going through all your best posts and it’s been so inspiring – almost exciting – to know that someone is going through the same thing I am. (I’m 27, went from 233 to 184 and still trucking)

But this – this is the kicker. I thought I was completely alone in my shameful binges. Is it weird that it’s comforting to know that putting away whole pots of Kraft Dinner and entire loaves of baloney sandwiches is something that many people have turned to in the past? I too would eat entire batches of chocolate chip cookie dough. Whole bags of frozen french fries smothered in seasoning salt, ranch dressing and ketchup.

Oh! But my favourite thing to do would be to drive through multiple fastfood restaurants at one time and then take home various flavours to binge on. I live in Canada and we have lots of Wendy’s that are in the same building as Tim Horton’s, so I would basically just circle the building in my car, looping through both drivethrus.

- Two spicy chicken sandwiches with no lettuce or tomato but extra mayo please

- Two great biggie fries

- Two frosties

- An onion bagel with double cream cheese

- 6 donuts

- Extra large double-cream, double-sugar coffee

Haha, I look back and it’s surreal that I could actually put away that much food. Now a binge is putting a tablespoon of sour cream and brown sugar on my strawberries.

Seriously, this blog is amazing. What an experience you’ve had!

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steph • November 26, 2007 at 9:17 pm

I’ve got a good one for you. Bullion cubes. The hard and salty cheap ones that come in the plastic jar wrapped in foil. I would sneak them out of the kitchen and hide in my room and eat them with a can of coke to kill the saltyness. I would also binge on brown sugar right out of the jar. Uncooked brownie batter was also a favorite of mine.

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DIVA • November 27, 2007 at 3:06 pm

ok. i love and i mean that in the strongest sense of the word…a whole loaf of french bread and an entire package (big wedge..about $4 worth) or brie cheese for dinner. A 14 inch sub with extra cheese? Gone in 60 seconds. I love that you said how it feels liberating to eat whatever you want. it does. 100%. like for once i can let go and not fight any more. and losing weight feels like such a fight. i went from 260 to 198 since january 2007. and it was a huge struggle. i cant imagine losing 200 lbs. what an inspiration. i think of you pasta queen when im on my eliptical and want to get off early!

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susan • January 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm

wow…being a former fatty and having read through most of the posts from people above it really strikes me how obsessed we can be with food i really get the feeling from some of these posts that people quite relish the thought of these guilty pleasures.. think it explains alot

oh and mine was Nutella sandwiches (Chocolate hazelnut spread) i used to put like over half the jar in each sandwich, white bread of course and i’d always have at least two, those things were like two inches thick…no wonder i was 330lbs

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Jennifer • January 23, 2008 at 4:59 pm

OMG!!!!! I used to eat alot of these, sometimes I still do, but in moderation.

Weird stuff I used to eat:

Open pitt barbaque sandwhich ( white bread of course )

Raspberry and butter sandwhiches

Bologna and cheese ( microwaved ) It curls up

Mustard ( guilden’s ) and parmasian cheese sanwhiches.

Now that’s some weird stuff.

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ella • May 2, 2008 at 11:30 pm

I used to do the frosting thing. I’d buy a jar of it at the grocery store along with my other stuff. No cake mix in sight. No intention to bake a cake when I got home. I’d just eat the frosting. I did this with Nutella, too. And peanut butter. Especially with peanut butter. I’d go through an entire jar a day. I still can’t have it in my apartment, because when I do, I eat it. All.

I’d make cookie dough too – oatmeal was my favorite – leave the eggs out, and eat it all. Raw, straight from the bowl. All of it. The entire batch, and it was supposed to make a lot of cookies.

Entire pints of ice cream. Two pints in one sitting, maybe. I’d say it was a quart, but no, I ate two individual pints.

I once had THREE of those massive Nabisco chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches in one day.

An entire wedge of brie, rind and all. An entire wedge of parmesean cheese, rind and all. An entire wedge of bleu cheese. Slice after slice after slice of cheddar, swiss, jack. You name it. Oh, and cream cheese, straight.

Butter. Just butter.

Half a loaf of bread, in one sitting. I’d mash it up and flatten it and moosh it – great ‘fun’.

Butter bread, with sugar and cinnamon, and then heated in the microwave to resemble cinnamon rolls.

I’d bake, obsessively. I’d eat half of what I baked. I’d repeat.

Pancakes, entire batches.

I’d pick at my family’s leftovers because I’m vegetarian, but that didn’t stop me from picking out the vegetarian parts of their meat lasagna, etc.

I’d drive to Starbucks, buy a drink and a lemon loaf slice, drink and eat on the way to Jamba Juice, buy a smoothie, drink on the way to the market, buy a bag of cookies, and eat them on the way home.

Fries, tons of fries. I’d go to the drive-thrus and buy fries and diet coke, the large sizes.

Three bagels at once. With butter and cream cheese and peanut butter.

Day old Pillsbury biscuits – the really buttery and flaky kind from a can – were my favorite. I’d let them get cold, and just peel the layers apart.

Tons and tons of Reese’s after Reese’s after Reese’s after Reese’s. After Reese’s, etc etc etc.

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Elizabeth • May 8, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Basically, carb + “sauce.” My favorite is bread and butter. Any bread — white bread, biscuits, rolls, french bread, hamburger buns — with spreadable butter. Or crackers and butter, crackers and cheese spread, etc. A variation: white rice with sauce (I’m keen on peanut satay).

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Rita • May 9, 2008 at 4:41 pm

My husband’s family eats Ego Waffles with Jif peanut butter and then drowns them in a pool of Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup. I thought he was crazy till I tried it. This goes on regularly at my house now and our two little boys love it too.

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Kathy • May 13, 2008 at 1:11 pm

My favorite was white bread toast topped with peanut butter and chocolate chips. The chips would partially melt….yum. I’d eat three or four at a time. Miracle whip sandwiches was another one. Right now I am down 85 pounds from a high of 290. I haven’t been in the “100′s” for close to 20 years. I’m almost there, but so afraid of yo-yo’ing AGAIN. Not going to do it–I vow. I want to experience maintenance–never done it before!

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Hilari • May 13, 2008 at 9:41 pm

I grew up on ‘sugar bread’, though my mom put cinnamon on top, too. I would pluck the crusts off and eat four slices, easy.

Someone’s mention of graham crackers reminds me of how i get when i eat them, and cheese-its too. i’ll chew on one and add another, like a machine trying to fit as many as possible. i feel so gross at the thought.

On my binge days i have taken a fresh loaf of multi-grain bread (like that makes it healthy) and eaten at it slice by slice with butter and honey or butter and jam or just butter, till just before bed when the whole thing is gone.

I have always had issues binging on fruits. People believe that I’m healthy, but I know it’s just another aspect of my overeating. 12 oranges in a couple hours. 4 apples or 5 nectarines. 3 mangos or a pint of strawberries dipped in splenda. An entire honeydew. One of those string bags of clementines–gone in an hour and a half.

The fact that I am not obese–just 6 pounds over the limit of my ‘offically’ healthy BMI, makes it hard to stop. How I am not more overweight i do not know.

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plonit almonit • May 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm

It’s kind of funny scrolling down the comments that span almost a year, but at least it means I’m not the only OCD person who reads blog archives… I also eat/ate tang crystals! My favorites were iced tea mix and lemonade mix, but I had some limeade mix a couple of times… sooo good for a sugar craving, and so funny afterwards.

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Umberto • May 21, 2008 at 8:01 pm

I have definitely eaten a jar of nutella in a day, i think i ate an entire packet of pasta once (pasta is my kyptonite) but my weirdest thing that ive eaten is………..

wait for it….

Yoghert sandwiches. I’ll let you work out the logistics on that one yourself.

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Karen • May 29, 2008 at 12:32 pm

I don’t think raw cookie dough is wierd – my husband and I have been known to buy a sleeve of it just for that purpose – and we started that when we were high school sweethearts 30+ years ago!

They even put it in ice cream now – cookie dough has gone mainstream.

The strangest thing has to be a concoction my Daddy used to make us kids when he was pressed to serve up supper. White bread torn to pieces, sprinkled with sugar and drowned in milk (whole of course). We thought it was scrumptious! The thought of it makes me queasy now, though.

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penni • May 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm

i figured you needed an alcoholic to chime in – we are told to do the next right thing :)

i can identify with most of these food items listed, save for maybe drinking pickle juice or vinegar.

my oddest things were (not in order, not all at one time) raw hamburger, salted watermelon, crisco shortening, bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwiches with peanut butter and mayonaise. bittersweet choc squares (used for baking). oh, there is a long list inside. this is all i feel like confessing today.

thanks for letting me share :)

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Tricia • June 2, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Uncooked macaroni, raw cookie dough, oatmeal out of the box, peanut butter & cucumbers, lemonade mix

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Karen • June 9, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Watermelon with salt is not wierd! It’s delicious. But crisco? I hope it was at least the butter flavored kind.

Oh, I have eaten a raw oyster. Only one – many years ago. I like oysters, but a little “cook” on them is good.

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Iris • June 10, 2008 at 5:23 am

Wow, this is stellar reading!

Ok … I’ve binged on some of what I’ve seen here .. got a few I didn’t see (but could have missed them while laughing hysterically)

High school: mashed potatoes & gravy mixed with hot apple pie .. not separately .. but squished together

Raw potatoes with salt sprinkled liberally (I still like this one)

Large white flour tortillas smeared with butter or cream cheese and jam

Scrambled eggs made with mounds of butter. I overdosed on these once when I was about 10 and hurled. I couldn’t go near scrambled eggs for years after that.

Fried bologna on buttered toast (bleech, what was I thinking?)

Pasta with butter and whole milk – thank grandma for that one since I wouldn’t touch red pasta sauce

An entire box of Ex-Lax once .. only once .. because I thought it was candy .. but even when it tasted horribly chalky, I kept eating it.

Dirt … loved the way it crunched under my back teeth .. yeah I was a weird little kid

When I first got married my husband made me a meal .. we were so broke .. and he ate this in college.. top ramen noodles with cut up salami in it and covered in spray cheese .. eeeeehhhh that makes me queasy to think about … and he’s the thin one in our family .. go figure!

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ingrid • June 12, 2008 at 4:28 pm

6 milky ways in a row

nutella and bread

(multiple) mini bagels & hummus

a jar of chocolate pb

bread, untoasted

large blocks of cheddar cheese

multiple krispy kremes

bread + pb + honey (i do this occasionally, it works w/o a bunch of honey and with toast)

candy bars, snack size (i’d hide them in my closet — esp. almond joys and snickers)

cake frosting

frozen sara lee cheesecake

ben & jerry’s ice cream with entemann’s cookies

cookie dough (uncooked)

watermelon + toasted bread

potato chips (the fried kind)

an entire small pizza from papa john’s

parmesan-flavored couscous with cheddar cheese and hummus

ice cream cones (the kind you get from a vending machine)

chocolate chips, melted, with peanut butter on bread

frozen pizza slices (elio’s), sometimes a whole box in a few hours

reese’s cups, the little ones

ferrero rocher chocolates

gyros

an incredible amount of sugary soda, especially dr. pepper

tapioca pudding w/cinnamon added (i can’t this anymore, ugh)

ramen

pringles

graham crackers

takeout delivered at 2 am with way too much food in it, esp fried appetizers

white rice w/dinner (too much of it)

instant coffee, powdered, by the spoonful (this isn’t fattening obv — but pretty bad for you)

pizza rolls, microwaveable

baguettes

chocolate oreos

egg rolls, microwaveable

sweet pickles

snack cakes, most kinds (esp little debbie _anything_)

purchase a cookie at the bagel place, eat it on the way to the convenience store .. buy a soda and pepperidge farm cookies there , eat them … have a pizza or a huge takeout serving for dinner

rereading this list, it’s really no wonder i was overweight for so long.

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sl • July 9, 2008 at 2:46 am

is it weird that I don’t think most of the stuff listed is weird at all? I’ve tried most of these and think food experimentations is great. I want to eat everything.

Weirdest things I’ve eaten? squid guts, snake, shrimps that are still alive and moving. I have 3 jars of jam at home and no bread to go along with them. I love cream cheese on its own.

The odd thing is, I’m by definition underweight. I think it’s DUE to my weird eating habits because the strangeness of it all keeps me satisfied and usually I don’t particularly want to go back for seconds.

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still thinking • July 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm

What a wild thread…it still going after a year!! Amazing how we all LOVE our binge foods, and sad too, how we shove all this stuff into our bodies without thinking about it, and the shame afterwards. Eating all the cookies, chips, or whatever, and then replacing it all so no one would know I ate it…still do that..and I am still ashamed when I do it. Issues, folks, issues….

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Lindsey • July 21, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Common theme here? We all binge (or just prefer in everyday living) foods that require no preparation. I was planning on cooking tonight, but I got too distracted and waited until I was too hungry, and had to microwave something… and fight myself from snacking while I waited the whole 2:30 for the microwave. Absurd.

I’ll add a few:

- peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made with waffles for bread (a favorite for my brother and I during childhood)

- pepperoni dipped in chive cream cheese

- cheese bagels with as much cheese as possible… and at least 2 bagels to start

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PamW • July 23, 2008 at 1:14 pm

A Southern delicacy made more convenient, fried chocolate pies, made with a whole can of those huge biscuits, rolled flat and folded over a mixture of sugar, cocoa and butter, then seal it up and fry them up in a skillet with the white creamy shortening. Eat the whole batch and clean up the kitchen before the family comes home so no on will be the wiser, like they can’t see the evidence on my hips. I even chose this as my reward for losing the first 10 pounds, what’s the logic in that? Have now lost 25 pounds and am planning a non-food reward at the 30 mark. But I would still love to have a couple of these pies. Maybe after a few months practice at portion control I can risk it, but not yet.

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Kate • July 27, 2008 at 12:41 am

A year later, people are still adding to this!! And I want to too!! Do you still read them all?

Ok. My binges were always in the evening, always involved eating wildly until there was an almost audible click and I was satisfied and full (and in an agony of shame). I have eaten most things mentioned here, although the cookie dough was never appealing to me (I preferred toast. I could toast a whole loaf of bread and eat it with butter and jam). But the wierdest things I would binge on were:

Hot pepperoni pizza with cold chocolate icecream on top. Try it. It is amazing.

Peanut butter and pickle sandwiches. Add mayo, too, sometimes.

Frozen peas.

Ok. My wierd list isn’t that long. Oh well.

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Kristen • August 19, 2008 at 10:08 am

wow i just read this and loved reading everyone’s entries. I thought I’d add. I’ve never had a serious binge..but there are definitely things I used to eat a good bit of..some of them a little strange:

-yea i did the cold hotdog thing..only one at a time though

-definitely cookie dough..loved it

-my grandfather does the PB and bologna and toasts it

-the frosting out of the can…this is even better:one night my friend and i bought the canned frosting and the brownie batter stuff you can get already prepared and we mixed it in bowls together. yea only about two or three spoonfuls and we were done haha

-i used to take the chocolate syrup and do a squeeze straight into my mouth

-when i was is the early years of having my period i used to crave big glasses of OJ with ice and i would eat M&Ms..lots

-now my big thing is raisins..i don’t know i rediscovered them and love them

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Jess • September 12, 2008 at 7:17 pm

The first time that my first (and now ex) boyfriend ever fought – REALLY fought – I was so upset that I went to McDonalds… and they had a double cheeseburger combo (ie. TWO cheeseburgers, not two patties)….

and…

I got TWO COMBOS and supersized one, so four cheeseburgers, one medium fries, one large fries, one coke and one large chocolate milkshake!

Food is like a calming drug to me, so I went to bed happy :D (and miraculously wasn’t sick either)

p.s. I was never that big but am currently totally healthy at 130lbs and 5’5″ – I still binge once in a blue moon, but now I plan for it, and enjoy every minute!

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Suzanne • September 19, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Does anybody notice that peanut butter seems to be a common problem/trigger food? I guess misery loves company, because I have to admit I was relieved to see that I’m not alone in my addiction to this dangerous stuff:

put the jar of peanut butter and tub of ice cream on the kitchen counter and alternate scoops, or

do the same with the jar of pb and a jar of jelly, or a jar of pb and a tub of marshmallow (no bread – get it? It’s low carb!)

I remember being obsessed with grilled cheese sandwiches when I was in high school – I would be the first one home and rush to slather the white Pepperidge Farm bread with butter and stuff it with white american cheese from the deli and then fry it up quick before anyone gets home.

I’m a little more in control now, but I’m still weak in the face of snack sized halloween candy (and can sometimes be found eating handfuls of cereal out of the box…)

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Greedy • October 3, 2008 at 3:43 am

I guess we overeat because we love to feel free sometimes, being able to eat anything we want with no restrictions. Here are some of my binge foods:

Peanut butter straight from the jar, or with banana, jam or honey in sandwiches

Sweet milk biscuits dipped in Mayonnaise

Skim milk powder by the spoonful, sometimes mixed with chocolate drink mix and with a little water or soy milk

Crackers with margarine, avocado (healthy fat!) or hummus

100 cashew nuts in a row (I actually counted!)

Half a box of Cheerios

Fruit and Nut bars (esp if they have choc on them) – I just ate four today :-(

Toasted seaweed sheets, 10 in a row

15 buttery choc chip cookies in a row

ONE WHOLE MOONCAKE (Lotus with One Yolk) in one sitting!!!

Processed (cellophane wrapped) cheese slices, melted in the microwave

Low fat sweet fruit yoghurt with Wasabi peas

A mushroom with margarine in the middle

7 pieces of sweet breads in a row

A box of 17 McVitie’s digestive biscuits, in a row

I hate my binges…I hate wasting food without enjoying, and feeling so guilty afterwards

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Naan • October 5, 2008 at 12:37 pm

What I used to do as a kid when we were out of chocolate paste was eat slices of bread with butter and instant cocoa powder. I also secretly added chocolate confetti to chocolate paste sandwiches and to chocolate milk.

So yep, I’m a sucker for chocolate, but hey, I’m from Belgium, it’s only natural!

Gentse Stoverij -a kind of stew- with potatoes and applesauce, mashed together. Not realy abnormal (more of a traditional combo, except the mashing) or particularly unhealthy, but so yummie I ALWAYS end up eating way too much…

I came to hate whipped cream after a friend of mine and I EACH ate about 6 cups. At last it was like really warm, and I got so sick afterwards I didn’t eat whip cream for at least ten years. Now, if there’s some on a cake at a wedding etc, I won’t scrape it off anymore, but politely eat it, but I’m still no fan.

Oh, what my mum used to do with leftover spaghetti was make vanilla pudding and add the spaghetti. Leave to cool, add brown sugar, and it’s delicious. But it’s also insane!

I’d make vanilla pudding quite often, and eat it while it’s still hot. Yummie, but bad for your stomach. As is raw cookie dough, but I’ll pick the dough before the cookies most of the time!

Peanut butter? I could spoon an entire jar out if not for fear of being busted. Also, we hardly ever buy it, once a year maximum, because of the risk…

Lots of the other things I also did, and it’s really very hard to deal with temptation: I’ve only really started to lose weight, 6pounnds now, and i aim to lose 35. I’m at 170 now, which is quite a lot for 5′ 5″.

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Julia • October 18, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I don’t think buttered bread is weird. I grew up eating buttered bread for breakfast and dinner every single day (it’s kind of common in Germany). Usually, we would put cheese, deli meats or Nutella on it, though. The strangest thing I used to eat was gouda cheese cubes and Nutella. Sounds gross, but it’s actually really good. We also had something similar to kool aid, a powdery substance that you were supposed to stir into water, but I never did that. It was way better straight from the bag.

When I went to NY recently, I discovered fried mac and cheese with ranch dressing – good thing I don’t live in the US…

My parents eat really weird stuff. My mom grew up eating sugar eggs – raw eggs with a lot of sugar mixed in (that was before they discovered salmonella, apparently). And in his college days, my dad had rice with tomato sauce and sardines on a daily basis. He would put a slice of processed cheese on top and then put in under the grill until the cheese melted.

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Calidaho • October 31, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Frozen corn dog–still frozen. Seriously, how disgusting is that? I did that one when I was about 7 or 8.

More recently, I have eaten almost an entire bag of Hershey’s Kisses–and not the individual sized one. On more than one occasion.

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Jen • November 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm

@jackie – You may have Pica…an eating disorder that causes you to crave/eat no foodstuffs.

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Laci • December 14, 2008 at 8:04 pm

I like eating peanut butter on my hotdogs. I never use ketchup or mustard, I hate those. Always just hotdog, and a bun with peanut butter all over it. My sister and I, when we were little, used to stir white sugar into half empty butter tubs and eat it…..straight out of the tub. I still can’t image I used to do that. When my mom would cook with spam she used to let me eat the bottom corner pieces so I could suck the meat gel stuff off the bottom. I sometimes buy the little “break-and-bake” sugar cookies, put a few on a plate, and microwave them until they get all gooey and a little puffy, then eat them with my fingers. I also used to eat those little vienna sausages. O, and my sister and I used to get the really cheap “budding” lunch meat, the really thinly sliced stuff, put the slices lying flat, seperately, on a plate, and microwaving them until they got all crispy. Then we would eat them like lunch meat chips. So gross. But we used to make this all the time.

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Ser-ah • October 14, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Oh wow. Ok.

My personal favorite to this day is slightly burnt microwave popcorn, especially the half popped kernels at the bottom of the bag.

I too enjoyed the al-dente pasta with lots of butter and parmesean cheese.

Saltine crackers with butter and peanut butter.

My husband (who is actually quite thin) likes a large flour tortilla spread with margerine and peanut butter.

Garlic bread, pasta with cream sauce, french bread buttered with margerine and microwaved, white rice drenched in soy sauce and butter, crutons slathered in ranch dressing…these are just a few, I’m sure. There is something deeply satisfying about the mixture of simple carbs, saturated fats and high salt content.

I was never a huge fan of sweets. I really lose it over cheeses, white flour, butter and cream based stuff. These are definitley trigger foods for me, and reading about the white rice, butter and peanut butter combonations and pasta with butter combos makes me feel a littler better. Binge eating can really make a person feel alone, and to this day I’ve never uttered a word out loud about my binges. In fact, I pushed them out of my mind so that I really have to dig deep to remember them. The binges are associated with such intense feelings of lonliness, shame and self-loathing it is hard to relive them. It’s tough saying ‘no’ to these trigger foods but I know if I do eat them then I’ll end up stuffed and tired but still keep eating them, making me feel guilty and angry with myself.

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rebecca • October 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm

i ate “ghetto frech fries” where you crush up classic style potato chips in a HUGE bowl and smash it and add ketsup…very tasty, just like french fried, as well as making bagels and putting cream cheese on them and putting fat slices of cheddar cheese on them and microwaving it, avacado and onion sandwich!! PLEASE TRY THIS PEOPLE! this is a healthy one….you can put it in a whole wheat wrap! DELICIOUS!! cookies with fudge and whipcream all mixed together in a bowl……5 eggs and 4 pc bread for breakfast with cheese piled on the eggs and 10 glasses of OJ LITERALLY PEOPLE!!lol….thats all i can think of now!!

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Ardenmare • November 18, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Holy crap, I just now found this post. And I thought my binges were weird…

My sisters and I used to make what we called peanut butter “shit.” Cocoa powder, confectioners sugar and crunchy peanut butter. Nom Nom Nom…my favorite after school snack. Looked like, well…shit, but damn it was good.

If we didn’t have that we’d make brown sugar and butter sandwiches on wonder bread.

And being a farm girl, I too tasted the horse’s sweet feed. Smelled better than it tasted…

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MenopauseMuncher • November 29, 2009 at 7:18 am

Oh my gosh…nice to know everyone has those refrigerator grazing episodes. What I don’t understand about myself if how I can eat so much that my stomach hurts and still keep going. I hate going through menopause but I have no other alternatives. I feel like a blob, lost my sex appeal, cry a lot, sleep a lot and generally feel like **it. Even the drugs don’t seem to help a lot. I just can’t seem to get out of my ‘funk’

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Krista • December 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix with marshmallows. Not the packets, the giant commercial sized tub of this powdery stuff. Eaten with a soup spoon… yikes…

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kc • February 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I have always wanted to leave my list here, ever since i read it two years ago.

I snuck food my entire life, but it was never a problem because I was really active. Then I got an injury that left me nearly immobile for a year and I continued to eat and sneak food, but this time it stayed on my body. I also got a car meaning that I could buy whatever I wanted unimpeded.

A lot of this has been said, which actually makes me feel much better (in solidarity)!

1. Cereal with orange juice.
2. Orange juice with milk, stirred with a hand mixer.
3. Rice Krispies with a one to one ratio of white sugar.
4. Betty Crocker frosting: Chocolate and Cream Cheese flavors.
5. Entire pan of Rice Krispie treats (isn’t that one full box + one full package of marshmallows?)
6. Entire prepared boxes of Betty Crocker yellow and chocolate cake and brownies.
7. Store bought frozen baguettes, baked and then eaten with tubs of margarine (almost everyday).
8. Entire boxes of cereal, opened in the morning, done before bedtime: Honey Combs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Honey Smacks.
9. Vienna Sausages. (ew)
10. Raw ramen with those packets of MSG
11. Super Sized everything, my favorite was Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich combo meal and also Wendy’s old taco salad bar. Anyone remember that?
12. Old birthday sheet cake was my absolute favorite. I would whittle it down moving at 90 degree angles to “hide” what I ate.
13. Taco Bell cinnatwists, several bags at a time.
14. Mashed Potato flakes with just a tiny bit of hot water, so that they were extra thick.
15. I hid candy all over the house, mostly under rugs in low traffic rooms (I had to stop when the dog started eating them), but I was always proud of my hiding places: Caramellos, Almond Joys, Sugar Daddies and Heath Bars.
16. Sno-Balls, Cherry and Apple Pies, Honey Buns, Ho-Hos, Ding-Dongs, Moon Pies every time I walked into a convenience store.
17. Funyuns, Fritos, Combos, and Cheetos. I could eat these non-stop. Later I fell in love with Munchies, even though I never loved Doritos.
18. “Suicide” fountain drinks, but at least half had to be Cherry Coke several times a week, sometimes once a day.
19. Cracker Jacks, three boxes at a time.
20. Arby’s Beef and Cheddar, four at a time. That stuff was like crack.

I ate like that until I graduated from high school. It was harder to eat so uncontrollably in college because you had roommates and were always around people in the cafeteria, but as soon as I started living by myself again the binging started up.

There’s something blinding and pleasurably numbing about eating like this.

I’m still overweight, but not nearly as fat as I used to be. I wonder though, can I possibly really erase all those years of terrible things going into my body?

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isidri • March 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

*Chocolate chips with peanut butter. I’d get some pb on a spoon, sprinkle the chips on it, and eat it just like that.
*Nutella. A whole jar in 2-3 days, eaten off the spoon.
*Whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
*Casseroles. I’d make a big pan of enchiladas, lasagna, etc. and eat the whole thing over 2-4 days.
*Whole bag of tortilla chips, with melted cheese and salsa.
*Whole bag of Hershey’s kisses.
*Chinese take-out: I’d get a few appetizers (usually fried– crab rangoon, spring roll, dumplings), and an order of General Tsao’s chicken with white rice, and eat it all between noon and midnight.

Gah. The weird thing is, when I’m eating healthy (like now– 25 pounds down so far), I don’t even crave sugar. But when I’m “freestylin’” (as my BFF calls it), I eat tons of it just because I CAN.

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Pam • April 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I HAVE to QUIT reading these comments, it’s making me very very hungry and for all the wrong STUFF!

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Noortje • May 25, 2010 at 10:27 am

Mayonnaise, not with frensh fries or anything just pure mayonnaise. Bread with mayonnaise too.

I used to be boulimic back then so I had some pretty unhealthy habits but binge-food-wise this was probabably the worst.

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Chris • March 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

Oh, I use to eat 4-5 slices of white bread “straight”, nothing on them, right out of the package. Cookie dough for chocolate chip cookies, but without the chocolate chips (for some reason, I always thought it was a waste to use the chips if I wasn’t going to actually make the cookies). Lemonade mix, cocoa mix. I’m with isidri on the Nutella: that stuff is the best spread in the world! I would nominally have it with a piece of bread, but really that was just to get as much Nutella as possible. I have no problems eating that stuff straight.

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