𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚 𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫?
If you are sitting there asking yourself that question, then you probably 𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯’𝘵.
𝐁𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐲 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫:
Feeling out of control
Eating until painfully full
Going to great extents to obtain food
It’s not a fun place to be, and there are many underlying 𝘱𝘴𝘺𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘴 why people binge eat. Thankfully, you don’t have to address them to address the binging behavior.
One of the fundamental realizations that you need to have to change this behavior is that 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬. Having control doesn’t mean that fighting the urge is any easier, but it does mean that you can 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐞 the change your behaviors and set yourself up for success.
1.) 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭, control your environment. You know what foods set you off, so don’t keep them in the house or anywhere close to where you spend your time. While some people do go to great lengths to obtain their binge foods, like driving to the store, those actions are enough to stop others from engaging in the behavior. You don’t need to waste your mental energy trying to resist your binge foods.
2.) 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝, set some rules for yourself. If a certain environment sets you off, then make a rule to not go into those environments. If a certain food sets you off, then make a rule to not order it when you go to eat out with friends and family. If you feel like breaking a rule in the moment, pause and take 10 minutes to journal about why you want to break the rule. The reasons are probably pretty illogical and centered around hedonism.
3.) 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐝, take care of yourself. Poor sleep quality and being overly restrictive about your life in general are sure-fire ways to make those voices of temptation in your head even louder.
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