THE DESTRUCTIVE FOOD BINGE
I’m not going to lie to you. Binge eating is self-sabotaging, destructive, lonely, and frankly… depressing. It’s like one minute you’re doing amazingly well, and then the next you’re losing yourself in the middle of a food binge.
But the thing is, mistakes happen… to all of us.
So don’t ever feel like you’re alone in using food as a way to cope with your stress, emotions, or just LIFE.
Even when you’re trying to stop the binge eating cycle… it still happens and sneaks up on you sometimes. It sucks, it does, but you can’t let that spiral you out of control!
Even when you’re doing everything right, like managing your stress, getting good sleep, and eating healthy, it can still result in a “slip up” where you accidentally binge again.
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Trust me, accepting that old habits are difficult to break was one of the hardest things to learn.
I’ve been a lifelong binge eater, so you don’t have to tell me that the road to binge eating recovery can be one that’s full of wins and mistakes. So don’t be disappointed that you can’t stop binge eating cold turkey.
Ever since I was old enough to stress about my problems, I’ve used eating to cope with them in some way. I can remember eating dozens of cookies around the holidays, cartons of ice cream, and bowls and bowls and bowls of cereal just to occupy my mouth instead of my mind.
What’s binging for me, may not be binging for you… and that’s normal.
Right now I’m talking specifically about food, but we all binge in different ways….
- Netflix TV shows (darn you autoplay 😉 )
- Alcohol (binge drinking)
- Social media binges (they don’t call it a “feed” for nothing)
- Compulsive eating or binge eating disorder
- Exercise addiction
The point is that the feeling of doing something that ultimately sabotages your progress SUCKS.
Pushing down your emotions and running from your problems instead of dealing with them may be a temporary fix, but eventually, you get so tired of running that you have to deal with them.
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I HAD MY FIRST BINGE IN MONTHS
The reason I chose to talk about this today was that I had my first binge in months…
And I was really, really upset about it… at first.
The thing is it was different this time. Usually, I binge on sugar and eat the super sweet, dessert-y stuff. But today, it was different. I didn’t eat sugar, and I really didn’t “binge” like I normally would have in the past.
But it was still a “binge” because I could feel myself compulsively eating to escape my stress.
If you’ve gone through a food binge before, you know what it’s like to feel out of control around food. It’s a compulsion, like an urgent undeniable need for air when you can’t breathe. It used to happen all the time, but slowly I’ve worked to beat it.
Today though, my stress was overwhelming… and I gave into a food binge.
- But I’m here now, and I’m writing about it because it IS possible to end the binge eating cycle.
- You CAN recover from a binge without falling into a downward spiral.
- The simple fact that this is the first binge I’ve had in months means I am doing something RIGHT.
It took a lot of practice to get here… to get to this place where I can truly recover from food binging with compassion, acceptance, and love for myself.
But that’s exactly why I’m going to teach you what I learned to get here.
If you’ve gone through what I put myself through over and over again, you deserve to get here too. You deserve better than the destructive weapon food can be on a binge. Because if you change your diet, when you’re on a food binge, even healthy food can turn unhealthy in the blink of an eye.
Let’s get to the bottom of your food binge, so you can recover with empowering self-love too.
EXACTLY HOW TO RECOVER FROM A FOOD BINGE
Let’s go step by step through the protocol I followed to recover from my binges.
Thanks to implementing this new process, I’ve gone from being a lifelong binge eater to someone that had one tiny binge in the last few months. Now that’s amazing and by every right, I’m so proud of myself for this accomplishment!
1. Pause and Breathe
The first step after any destructive food binge is to ALWAYS give yourself a pause, then take a few deep breaths. Nothing is going to happen in these next few moments besides taking a breath in and a breath out. Just b r e a t h e.
I don’t want you to think – DEFINITELY DON’T FREAK OUT – and just breathe. I know it’s easier said than done – but it’s over. You ate the stuff, but now you’ve stopped eating all the stuff and it’s all going to be okay.
Full disclosure: I never participated in bulimia or purging after a binge. If you need help with bulimia, I recommend reading this article and seeking help from an experienced medical professional to avoid serious side effects.
The second step to recovering from any food binge is to analyze what happened. What caused it? What foods did you eat? What feelings were going through your mind during the binge? All of the answers to these questions are important information that can help you prevent making the same mistake again in the future.
I remember this one time that I couldn’t stop eating leftover, frozen Christmas cookies.
This was in the summer, so they were so old – but I didn’t even care! I kept going into the freezer for another and another and another. I got so lost in eating them and must have indulged in like 12 of them. My belly was hurting and I was so upset with myself. I knew I was self-sabotaging but I didn’t stop it from happening.
I decided, instead of freaking out and getting all uptight over my binge, that I would just learn from my mistakes.
I thought deeply about what was actually going on. Turns out, I was getting super anxious about my future for a whole host of reasons. I also wasn’t having enough fun, making time to cook the foods I love, and feeling super lonely from a really uneventful social life. I was ALL work and NO play!
From a few simple questions, I had a whole plan of what I needed to change to prevent this from happening in the future!
Ready to give it a shot? You can get all of my empowering questions in the free binge recovery workbook below.
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Take what you learned from analyzing the situation and LEARN from it. Like I said above, this information is a tool! It’s not enough to just ask yourself questions…. you also have to think of solutions based on your answers.
Coming up with ways of responding to stress DIFFERENTLY is how you’ll stop binges from happening in the first place.
- What can you do to get ahead of stress from everyday things?
- What self-care practices can you use to release stress when you’re overwhelmed?
- What can you do to find more time to relax each week?
Maybe these questions don’t seem like they’ll help you heal from a food binge, but they do! Instead of dealing with the symptom (the binge), we’ll deal with the root cause (the stress).
If you want to learn more about binge eating disorder symptoms and causes, you can do so here.
TAKEAWAY: YOU CAN RECOVER FROM A FOOD BINGE
Slipping up and binging again happens to all of us… I’d seriously be shocked if someone had an easy time stopping their binge eating habit.
That’s exactly why….
The most important thing to remember is that falling into a food binge doesn’t mean you’re not moving in the right direction towards healing your relationship with food.
I’m proof that it’s not true! You can recover, you can learn from your mistakes, and it all starts with 3 steps.
- Pause and breathe
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