Today I wanted to write about something that I also struggle with in hopes that it’ll help others. Ever since losing 60 lbs a few years ago & keeping it off, I have struggled with binge eating. I will decide to go on these crazy restrictive diets & then when I am done & can have “real food” again, I tend to get out of control.
Most recently I was doing probably the most restrictive diet I have ever done in my life & it caused me to end up binging pretty bad at Christmas. I literally just wrote ya’ll a post Monday about how to stay healthy, but I didn’t follow it myself. Sweets are totally my weakness so I overindulged on several cookies & lots of Sangria. But for once, I am not going to beat myself up & am going to take this as a learning lesson. I have decided no more crazy restrictive diets, I will just eat healthy & allow myself small treats in moderation so that I don’t feel the need to overindulge.
So because of all this I was doing some research on how to overcome binge eating so I wanted to share it with ya’ll, too.
- Mange your stress. Find alternate ways to handle stress such as exercising, meditating, or other relaxation practices.
- Eat 3 meals a day plus healthy snacks. Be sure that you’re eating every 2-3 hours & consuming healthy foods. Think lots of whole grains, lean proteins, veggies, & fruits.
- Avoid temptation. Remove all the junk food from your house so it’s not there to tempt you.
- Stop dieting. Avoid banning certain foods & focus on just having things in moderation when you are craving something “unhealthy.”
- Exercise. It will help boost your mood & the positive emotions can put a stop to binge eating.
- Fight boredom. Distract yourself from eating by taking a walk, calling a friend, or reading a book.
- Get enough sleep. Make sure you’re getting 7-8 hours a night.
- Listen to your body. Learn to distinguish physical hunger & emotional hunger. Drink a glass of water & if you’re still hungry 15 minutes later, than you’re truly hungry.
- Keep a food diary. Track what you’re eating. You’ll be less likely to eat too much if you know you have to write it down.
- Get support. Use your family & friends to lean on. Join a support group.
I know the one that stood out to me most was “stop dieting” because that’s basically the only one that I’m struggling with now. I also know that having a huge support system around me helps so much! I never had this before I became a coach. I would love to help you get the amazing accountability & support that I get on a daily basis. Head over here to come join us!
I hope this post helps you if you are struggling with binge eating as well. It can be difficult when you are trying to figure out how to overcome binge eating, but we can do this together!
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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!