THE BINGE IS OVERRATED
In this post, I’m going to show you 3 simple ways to beat binge eating for good.
LET’S BE HONEST
Most of us have done it before, or have thought about it – I know that I have. But after bingeing on lots of food (unhealthy or healthy), I know that I never feel good… and that is when I struggle with my confidence most!
Sometimes it’s so easy to keep snacking on food when you’re bored at work, or bored at home – and before you know it the snacks are getting bigger and more frequent… and then snacking can turn into bingeing.
Sometimes food is also an any easy “go to” option for stressful times and times when your heart is hurting (we’ve all been there – you may have lost a loved one, been dumped by a boyfriend, stabbed in the back by a close friend or there may be problems at home… and it hurts).
In the moment (and I know this better than anyone) food ALWAYS seems like the best idea ever – because it’s comforting and it’s delicious. The actual motion of eating food makes us feel like we are in control of the situation – because when we are eating, the motion of it makes us feel like we are doing something… this can make us feel in control in an out of control world.
The difference between a treat + a binge
A treat is something like going out occasionally for a lovely dinner with friends, going to your favorite ice cream parlour sometimes OR baking something delicious once a week and sharing it with your loved ones (and eating a slice or two yourself).
A binge is way of trying comfort or cover up a hurting heart, stress, anxiety, pain and boredom with food. No matter how delicious that chocolate cake is in the moment, it will never cure boredom, stress, anxiety or pain. In fact, as soon as the first slice is finished we feel back at square 1 – which often results in eating another slice… or another two slices. And – that big spoonful of peanut butter from the jar will most probably turn into a few large spoonfuls (I know how it goes).
DID YOU KNOW?
Bingeing on food won’t fix the problem – it won’t make us feel better long-term, it won’t bring back the boyfriend, it won’t make the “friend” say sorry and it won’t cure heartache of any kind.
AND – bingeing on food is certainly not good for our health, emotional states, mental states and all of our previous efforts that we have put in to getting into better shape! Bingeing on food is just not worth it in the end!
3 simple ways to beat binge eating
1. Treat yourself
Treat yourself regularly (like once a week) and when you, really enjoy it! Don’t think of a treat as “bad” – rather enjoy them occasionally and think of them as a treat (something good). However, it’s important to keep in mind that a treat is a treat – something special. If we have something every day then it is no longer a treat – it’s no longer special!
2. Don’t make food your “go to”
Try to avoid making eating your “go to” way to deal with heart break, pain, stress and boredom. Getting some exercise, spending time with friends, reading a book, taking a long bath or getting a brand new hobby are much better, healthier outlets than eating.
3. Get organised
Disorganisation is one of the biggest causes of bingeing. It can be so easy to put off grocery shopping and instead opt for any easy dinner of potato crips from the junk food cupboard. OR even worse, it can be so tempting to quickly swing by a fast food joint instead of taking a few minutes to prepare a decent meal. But it probably takes the same amount of time to make a quick meal at home!
Let’s finally make bingeing a thing of the past – let’s get more organised, let’s focus on doing things that we love (spending time with friends, painting, drawing, dancing, taking long baths) instead of always eating.
AND – let’s remember to treat ourselves often… so that we can be our most confident, healthiest and happiest selves. Because we deserve it!
Liezl Jayne xo
Photo’s by Liezl Jayne Strydom – for liezljayne.com