It occurs to me that I am totally ignorant about binge-eating and how it actually manifests in the real world for someone so afflicted. I tend to go in the other direction and have too strict a hold on the reins, which leads me to things like my 8-year vegan misadventure that I assume damaged my health more than an 8-year binge would have. At least with binging you're ingesting a lot of nutrients with the crap presumably.
Anyway, I understand the temptation to eat more of something delicious once you start. These days, I have a lot of trouble storing several days' worth of raspberries for example because I'll be tempted to eat them all at once. The upside is that there aren't really any negative consequences in doing so (for a while at least). Actually, at my brother's rehearsal dinner recently there were huge plates of ice cream with chocolate syrup on it at every table for dinner and all the people sitting around me (who I'm guessing eat this stuff regularly) had a taste and then lost interest. Meanwhile, I went nuts and ate a huge amount. These sorts of things are quite novel to an ascetic like me.
What I don't know is how prolonged binges work though. If you have essentially unlimited ice cream in front of you, that's one thing, but does binge-shopping accompany binge-eating?
Any insight is appreciated.
Edit: Do you think it would be better or worse for someone now eating paleo with a binge-eating history to allow themselves unrestricted binges of certain types of food like meat? I can already hear the groans, but hunter-gatherers like the Hadza absolutely binge on as much meat (and honey for that matter) as they can whenever it's available. The way that animals are split up among the camp/neighboring camps ensures that there is nothing left over at all. It seems to me that there would be selection pressure toward greater binging ability and that the behavior is not necessarily pathological per se.