Have you ever eaten so much of something and then kicked back and thought, why did I just do that? I feel disgusting.
It’s almost like you blacked out, so consumed by the food - turning off all hunger/fullness cues - only to be flooded with guilt and remorse after the fact.
If you can relate to feeling this way, you’re not alone.
Binge eating is characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food, often very quickly and to the point of discomfort, accompanied by a feeling of a loss of control during the binge; experiencing shame, distress and/or guilt afterwards.
When we struggle with binge eating our initial thoughts are often along the lines of, I need to do better/be more strict/have more self-discipline. But, in fact, this is the exact OPPOSITE of what you need to avoid, and recover from, binge eating.
Because binge eating is a reaction to being underfed and undernourished. AKA. You’re likely not eating enough. Pair that with an inability to effectively cope with the tough emotions that often come with life and binge eating sort of makes sense.
Biologically, your body is reacting by saying, “I NEED MORE NUTRIENTS!” and psychologically your brain is reacting by saying, “MAKE THIS PAIN/HARD FEELING GO AWAY!”
That pan of brownies/bag of tortilla chips does a good job of solving the problem…for a short while anyway.
In this weeks podcast episode we're diving deep into why binge eating occurs, why it's never an effective coping strategy, why the fear of judgment makes it so hard to ask for help, and how you can begin to re-write your relationship with food in order to recover from binge eating once and for all.
This is a DON'T MISS episode! And I’d love to know if this resonates with you. All you ever have to do is hit reply and let me know. But if you haven’t already, be sure to tune in to this weeks Health, Wellth & Wisdom Podcast episode!