Eating Binge

Hey all! Monday has come and it has been fabulous so far. How about for you?? Did you have a lovely weekend?

We sure did…..it rained tons…

downpour

so no boating. :(

But we did eat some delicious food!

chicken lettuce wraps!

And it was yummy…

 

salad, yam, chicken, bread

…..But I knew when enough was enough. No eating binge for me!

Eating Binge

The reason why I mention that is because too many people suffer from eating binges, emotional eating, and other compulsive eating disorders. Most suffer silently. Some suffer in public settings. And others full on hide it.

Most of it stems from weight issues, some of it comes from learned behavior, and a lot of it comes because that is what we are taught to do. <—eat the ‘bad’ stuff when no one is looking. Hide the ‘shame’. :(

After struggling with anorexia and bulimia for too many years (and getting way too skinny), I eventually allowed myself to eat a few things here and there. Except I would eat it quickly and in hiding. And I wouldn’t really listen to what my body needed/wanted…it what was I had been missing all those years. Yikes. Who eats in hiding? And who hides food from others? Who doesn’t listen to their body? TONS of people.

I was in a sad state, my friends. So disconnected from my body…..As are SO many others out there! :(

Finally, after discovering that exercise should be enjoyed, food should be fuel, and going through some personal distress and recovery, I came to peace with it all.

at a happy place :)

And then I gave back to others. I have been lucky enough in my work to counsel many women and men through eating binges, emotional eating problems, and other compulsive eating problems. After hundreds of hours of counseling, patience, and tears, I have discovered a few tricks that may help someone suffering from an eating binge disorder, someone who considers her or himself an emotional eater, or someone who does not feel control over his or her eating habits.

Tricks to fight being an ’emotional eater’ or having an oft ‘eating binge’

  • Exercise. This may seem like a funny trick, but exercise decreases the stress hormones that may be influencing the emotional eating or binge eating episodes. The best thing to do? FIND something you LOVE and go and enjoy it!!
  • Out of sight out of mind. This trick has helped me and countless others forget about the crap that is hiding behind the good stuff. Better yet? Don’t buy the foods that fuel the binges! For me I could not buy ice cream, pretzels, or cereals for awhile (those foods were my trigger foods). It worked! And now (after not buying them for a year or so), having them in the house causes no anxiety for me at all.
  • Use your hands. Find a hobby or activity that allows you to use your hands so you can’t stuff your face at the same time. I love playing the piano, reading (it is hard to read and eat at the same time for me. heh), being active, or writing.
  • Enlist a friend. A buddy who can help you work through the emotions is crucial. My husband (a then boyfriend) helped me just by listening, and I felt comfortable enough with him to confide in him. Find someone you trust who will not judge you! I have certain friends and/or family members I did not talk to about this, and that was okay.

the night I told him all about 'me'!

  • Write it down. It is powerful to write the problems, emotions, and food wanted down on paper. It is so important to recognize what is going on before the binge or emotional eating episode occurs. I promise that writing down, recording, and being accountable for your actions will fuel you to find something else constructive to do instead of eating your emotions.
  • Pray/Meditate/Yoga. Being silent, focusing on your breath, praying to Deity, or being calm can put you back into the moment and out of the stressful moments. I promise that these activities can go a long way to healing and overcoming the overeating or eating binge.
  • Talk to ME! I can help, promise. :) As a certified wellness coach, fitness professional, nutritionist, and personal recovery story, I can help! The official coaching sessions will start soon <—- A Coach For Life program will begin in the month of July. Woot! So if you would like some professional advice, help, guidance, and education, I can help you get and stay on track. In the meantime email me at enjoyyourhealthylife@gmail.com. I love hearing from you!

…Annnnddd that’s all folks. Have a LOVELY day!

She's on the right....holding a piece of Alaska's glacier with me!

p.s. SPECIAL shoutout to my beautiful sista who is taking the NCLEX exam to become an official R.N. !!! Woot. She is taking it this.very.minute. And she is going to rock it! She is rocking it as we speak, actually….. :)

Any other tips YOU might suggest as well?? What did YOU do this weekend?

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Comments

  1. I overate yesterday, but it was pretty much a conscious decision 😉

  2. I binge on food but it’s ALWAYS controlled binging. Haha. I should know better, but sometimes heavy whipping cream with lots of vanilla just outweighs the consequences.

    Loved your list, really great tips.

    • Glad you enjoyed! Controlled bingeing is def a different story than compulsive overeating or too-oft eating binges, that is for sure!

  3. Great tips, Annette! I emotionally eat sometimes, but nowadays I try to figure out what’s *really* bothering me before I turn to food – sometimes I’m just tired and need sleep!

  4. sarah says:

    my post- anorexia binges have gotten out. of. control. i feel like i’m constantly eating! sometimes i think its my bodys way of making up for months of deprivation. while this is a good thing, i feel terrible afterwards! it feels impossible to get back on to a healthy track. i never have enough energy to work out anymore, i think due to my sugar rushes/ crashes because of the binges! i need out of this rut.

    • Oh Sarah, I feel for ya< ---this totally happened to me too! I do believe that our bodies know when we are starving them, and so they fight back to get the nutrients and food they missed out on. Follow that, but try to incorporate whole foods into the mix so you don't overdo it. Something I had to learn, post anorexia: TRUST your body! Also, sugary foods can be great and tasty, but too much of a tasty thing can turn into a very nasty overdose. And if you feel like some of it stems from emotional eating, check with yourself before eating to determine 'why' it is you want to eat. Once again going back to the 'trust your body' thang. You can DO IT! I promise :)

  5. Thanks for the tips, Annette.
    I am in recovery from anorexia, and the eating binges have become all too familiar to me.
    Luckily I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m heading towards healthier eating, but it’s still a struggle.
    Anyway, I just started reading your blog, but I love it.
    Thanks for being an inspiration :)
    <3 Haley

    • I know all too much what you are talking about. It IS a struggle, but you can make it! If I could, you can!

      Thanks for stopping by! And remember, you are worth WAY more than a piece of food or a number on a scale :)

  6. What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable know-how regarding
    unpredicted feelings.

  7. These are great tips! Binge eating is now becoming widespread because of the daily stress we all face. For me, yoga and meditation are great for beating stress. With the right diet and a regular exercise routine, I was able to meet my target weight. Thanks for this wonderful post!

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