Binge eating is when you devour a large amount of food, in a very short period of time. You usually feel like you have no sense of control with what you’re choosing to eat. It is considered an unwanted eating behavior (obviously), and you will feel immediate guilt and regret the minute you regain self-control. So, how can we help you avoid committing such a big mistake? Well, we can start off by giving you a little bit more information on the topic, then we take it from there!
Almost everyone overeats on occasion (or no occasion at all), but for some people, excessive overeating that feels out of control and becomes a regular thing, crosses the line to binge-eating disorder.
Why do you binge? Food is often used to manage different factors affecting our everyday lives, such as stress, loneliness, insecurities, and sadness. It can be used to comfort, self soothe, and regulate moods, as a means of coping with unmanageable feelings. This becomes problematic when it becomes a habit.
How can you break the habit of binge-eating? Recovery from binge eating always requires attention, focus, and most importantly, determination. As soon as you admit you’re a binge-r, you are on the right track to a healthier lifestyle. Your binge eating will NOT go away on its own, and it’s completely normal if you may need some form of help and support. Reaching out for help, whether from a trusted family member, friend, helpline service or health professional, is the first courageous step towards giving up bingeing. If your motivation to overcome your bingeing is not strong enough, you may find yourself stuck between getting help, or bingeing for the rest of your life.
Some steps you can take to overcome the need to binge. Now for the best part, in order to rid yourself of the binge-eating disorder, you need to follow a few steps to create a healthier YOU! Some of these steps include, keeping a food diary (organizing and modifying your diet), choosing food you are in love with to satisfy your cravings (no, junk is not an option), having breakfast (after-all, it is the most important meal of the day), avoiding temptation (food temptation, that is), building a support system (very important to gain a cheering crowd), exercising, avoiding emotional triggers that get you to binge (stop stressing and overthinking), sitting with emotion (learn why you’re binge-eating), surfing the urge (get out of the kitchen!!!!), picking up the phone (call someone who puts a smile on that face), and last but not least, thinking it through (why am I doing this to myself?)