Prevent Yourself from Binge Eating
Binge eating is a form of eating disorders and it can really make suffers feel worse about themselves. As Fat Bastard put it in Austin Powers: They Spy Who Shagged Me, “I eat because I’m unhappy, and I’m unhappy because I eat.”
It’s a vicious cycles that sends most sufferers in a downward spiral. Just like any disorder, there is a way to overcome binge eating, but it will take hard work and dedication. You must know, you are not alone, and you can overcome your disorder. Here are a few tips you can to heal from binge eating.
1. Stop Dieting – This is a trigger that causes people to overeat. If you restrict certain foods, it makes you want to eat those certain foods later on. Instead of focusing on how much you eat, focus on what you eat. If you tend to eat more junk than healthy food, try changing that up and eating more of a well balanced meal.
2. Do not Restrict Yourself – Allow yourself to eat what you like, but remember to eat high fat and sugary foods in moderation. When people crash and binge eat, they feel guilty for eating food that they swore they would not eat. This guilt causes another round of binge eating, which is a vicious cycle. If you allow yourself to eat food, you will feel less guilty when you do overeat.
3. Understand Your Emotions – Most people tend to overeat because that is their way of dealing with their emotions. If you feel the need to eat coming up, give yourself some time to reflect before you start eating. Figure out how you are feeling and what is making you feel that way. Understanding why you feel the way you do is a step to controlling your eating habits.
4. Have a Good Support System – Anyone struggling with anything cannot get through it if they don’t have a reliable support system. So start talking to whoever is closest to you. Being able to talk to someone about your problems will make it easier for you to overcome your problems. We all need someone to talk to, and having someone else listen to the struggles you are going through can help tremendously especially if they ask questions that you aren’t ready to ask yourself. Friends can give you insight to the problems you are struggling with, helping you in your progress to overcome your disorder.
If you are determined, you can definitely overcome binge eating. These tips are the first few steps you can take to better understand your disorder and yourself better.
Do not judge the progress you are making and celebrate the progress you have made. If you tend to binge 4 times a day, and manage to lessen it to 3, be proud that you are getting better and don’t be upset that you haven’t stopped the habit yet. This will take time, and taking baby steps is the surest way to overcome the disorder for life.