One binge eating session won’t do you much harm, but when it becomes a DAILY habit, then we have a problem. This was me for about four straight months. I was never hungry throughout the day because I was constantly eating…especially at night, when I would eat like there was no tomorrow.
To paint a picture, this is how my day would look:
- Breakfast – oatmeal & eggs
- Snack – Mary’s crackers & hummus
- Snack – Larabar
- Lunch – chicken, yams, veg
- Snack – Mini Crisps
- Post-workout – protein shake
- Snack while cooking – baked potato chips
- Dinner – protein, veg & noodles of some sort
- Dessert – an entire dark chocolate bar
- Snack – perogies
- Midnight snack – Coconut Bliss ice cream
Some days I’d eat healthier foods, some days I’d eat unhealthier foods…but I am not even exaggerating about the number of times I’d eat a day. Literally all day long I would be obsessing over food and giving into my cravings. Soon, the poor diet caught up with me and it affected my mood, my energy, my focus, my skin, my weight, my fitness progress, my wardrobe…not exactly the best feeling in the world.
Finally, I found the strength to break the cycle and started trying different things…
I tried a cleanse – it didn’t really work.
I tried the keto diet – it wasn’t for me.
I tried acupuncture – I’m not sure if it did anything.
I tried chewing gum – but chewing gum makes me hungry, so then I’d find myself searching for food again.
I tried intermittent fasting – I didn’t notice weight-loss, but I did like how it saved me time in the mornings where I’d usually prepare/eat breakfast, AND this is what made me comfortable with feeling that hunger pang again.
By experimenting and taking action, I broke my habit of eating until hating myself and finally gained control over my diet and mind again. Hallelujah!
Here are tips to stop binge eating once and for all:
- Find a diet plan that’s maintainable and suitable for you. For me, it’s flexible dieting…for others, it may be keto, intermittent fasting, paleo, low carb, etc.
- Don’t buy or store any junk food in your home, even if you think you’ll just have one piece…’cause you won’t, you’ll have the whole freakin’ bar.
- Plan, plan, plan. When you plan out and prep your meals, it’s easier to stick to a healthy diet. From my list of meals above, I only planned my breakfasts, lunches and a couple snacks, and then the rest of my meals were whatever I was craving, leaving too much room to slide.
- Find an Accountability Buddy and have them check in with you periodically. You can even put something on the line (something that gives you a little anxiety over losing) to help prevent falling off track.
- Remember your WHY and your GOALS, as those are what will keep you laser focussed and help outweigh any internal debate about having another plate of noodles.
- Practice self-love. Don’t eat until you hate yourself, feel bloated, weighed down, and moody…eat certain foods because you love yourself and so you feel good inside and out!
Whether you’re a binge eater or not, I hope this has shed some light on how you can have a healthy relationship with food. Nourish and take care of your body, and your body will thank you.