Binge eating is an disorder. Many people suffer from it, including myself. Here are 5 Steps to get back on track after a binge.
‘Tis the time of year for binge eating. I guarantee that 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 lbs you want to lose was not gained overnight. So after you have a binge eating episode, what can you do?
- Don’t get down on yourself. Most people feel terrible after they binge. When you feel bad, you want to eat more. I do this all the time, I go out and waaaay overeat at dinner and then I come home and eat more when I am not hungry. So give yourself some grace. Show yourself some love. Do things that make you feel good.
- Have a plan. I talk to people all the time who say they want to lose weight or get fit. The first question I ask is “What plan are you following?” Most people tell me they don’t have one. It’s really hard to get back to on track if you have nothing to get back on track with. I do not believe in diets but I do believe in good nutrition. Understanding what good nutrition is for you is key. So have a plan you can come back to.
- Workout and move. Moving your body will make you feel so much better, not only physically but also mentally. I am not saying to punish yourself by going to the gym for 4 hours. Go for a walk, go to a workout class or press play.
- Think about how to prevent the next binge. Binge eating happens. But how can you prevent it from happening over and over again? Don’t keep foods that trigger a binge in the house. Think about what triggers it for you etc.
- Be nice to yourself. Know that it happens. In the words of Frozen ‘let it go.’ It’s normal. You aren’t alone. If you feel like you need to get help, then do it. It’s OK.
I was a binge eater. I used to never eat in public and always ‘hide and eat.’ Sort of like hide and seek but not as fun 😉 I still have my moments of binge but I am aware of it now.
You can change. You got this!