binge eating, eating disorder, obesity
We’ve all done it, we’ve all regretted it, felt shame, guilt, disgust… yes, we’ve all overeaten, or can I say ‘binge eaten?’ It sounds more serious when we use the word ‘binge’ doesn’t it, continuing to binge eat is a form of eating disorder and who wants to admit to that?
It sounds like we’re being greedy but in fact that couldn’t be further from the truth. People that binge eat tend to put their own needs last and are very giving people.
So why do we binge eat?
There could be a number of reasons, I have come across women that eat to [unconsciously] remain obese as a way of protecting themselves from relationships with men. Some do it for comfort or a distraction from feeling emotions, that’s why I did it and I’ll be honest I can still do it today. Then there are the people who starve themselves on a FAD Diet then once they’ve drastically lost the weight (and muscle) they are so ravenous they revert back to their old behaviour of over indulging again.
If you binge eat it’s important that you don’t beat yourself up, you are not a failure and I know that you feel like you are on a Merry-go-Round that you can’t get off of. Here is a list of things that you can do to immediately make yourself feel better:
- Get active, go for a walk, hit the gym, dance to some motivating music.
- Drink plenty of water – visualise the water cleansing your body from the sugar/chemicals that you have eaten, visualisation technique is extremely powerful.
- Don’t skip your next meal, carry on as normal eating colourful salads and vegetables.
- Listen to a Guided Meditation from YouTube, there are hundreds with body love affirmations, my favourites are by Jason Stevenson.
- Observe your inner voice, your head will be on you, make sure that you do not become your thoughts.
- Write down how you feel after the binge, start keeping an honest log in your diary, make sure it is kept safe away from prying eyes as you need to be gut honest here in order to get to the bottom of why you do this.
As I said, I can still go into my old behaviour of binge eating, the difference for me today is I am able to stop after one day whereas before it would go on weeks and I am nowhere near as harsh on myself. It’s taking me years to learn the valuable lessons that my eating disorder show me, my Fat-Loss journey is certainly showing me patience and how to love myself from within.
These progress pictures are approx. 4 years apart, I guess I could probably reach my goals much quicker if I would really knuckle down to a strict diet of healthy foods and zero sugar but my truth is I do love Pizza, the odd Dessert and quality chocolate. I still want to live and especially a life that is happy and where I don’t give food or Eating Disorders any Power.
Remember after every binge, This Too Shall Pass.