Binge eating is one of the worst things a person can experience. It is rough, it ruins one’s self-esteem and it can cause irreversible damage. Shows like ‘Fat Doctor’ and ‘My 900-pound life’ thrive on this kind of people and you can truly see the damage they have done to their bodies because of binge and emotional eating. There are ways however through which you can stop doing this without resorting to pills and other similar treatments that can truly mess up your body. Here are some of them:
- Rediscover yourself
Emotional eating usually appears when you are feeling down. When a traumatic event takes place in a person’s life, people often resort to food for comfort. Food does not judge, food does not call you names, food does not care how big or small you are. This is how emotional eating begins: little by little, you start with an apple and then realize your stomach is full, that it’s 1 a.m. in the morning and you are feeling bloated and disgusted with yourself.
The key to ending emotional eating is to rediscover yourself, to allow all these suppressed emotions to come back up. By pushing them down, avoiding a direct confrontation with them, the eating turns into binge eating which is much more difficult to stop. Take a diary or write a blog or if you have friends, tell them what happened to you. Be honest and open about it. You would be surprised how much better you will feel if you do this.
- Avoid temptation
One of the most important rules to follow here is to avoid temptation. Temptation can come in many forms. It usually comes in the form of chips, chocolate, and fizzy drinks. Avoiding these as much as possible is very important because this is the only way for you to stop binge eating. If you are constantly around Coke, chocolate, and chips, it will be difficult to give up on them. So go in your fridge and other cabinets where you store this kind of foods and throw them all out. If you know that you have them in the house, you will constantly think about them. And eventually, you will give up and go back to binge eating. All it takes is one bite before you give up everything.
- Savor everything
By definition, binge eating refers to eating a lot of food within a short amount of time. Emotional eating is defined as eating a lot and then experiencing all kinds of feelings, from guilt to disgust and can even lead to suicidal thoughts. The two are intertwined usually. Savoring every bite you take can be one step in the right direction if you want to stop binge eating. If you eat steak or any kind of dish really, instead of jamming everything in your mouth and eating it as fast and as much as possible, try to savor everything. Take one bite or one spoon and enjoy it. Try to describe the taste, the ingredients, try to think about the techniques used to make this dish. In no time, you will feel full and you will not eat as much as you did before.
- Develop a schedule for eating
Binge eating usually happens because you don’t have a fixed eating schedule. You eat whenever you find the time, usually in the evening and as much as possible. By developing a strict eating schedule, you won’t feel the need to start binge eating at night. Your body will get used to food within certain time frames of the day. Most researchers recommend having three meals a day and several snacks between them. The snacks refer to fruits or other such foods that do not have so many calories but which keep your stomach busy. If you develop such a schedule and stick to it, your binge eating will stop and you will start a much healthier diet for which your body will thank you.
Binge eating and emotional eating often times come together and they stem from trauma or from low self-esteem. If you follow the advices presented here, we are certain you will stop binge eating in no time.