By Melissa Kathryn
So it goes a little something like this…
You’re good all week, you’ve worked out everyday, you went to bed early, you’re feeling fabulous and like you’re on your way to your weight loss goals…and then the weekend hits. All of a sudden something drives you and you find yourself to be home, sitting on your couch eating whatever carbs and sugar you can get your hands on.
The next day…self-loathing hits you like a tons of bricks. You feel sick, still full from the night before. You are ridden with guilt and shame. Disgusted with yourself. “What’s wrong with me?”, you ask. “Why do I do this?” “All of my hardwork…now I need to go to the gym just to work it off “.
This can occur from a fight with a spouse, boredom, loneliness, family, going home, stress from work or from life.
Binges are an onset of emotions. What’s interesting is we turn to food because our bodies actually want to make us feel better. At an early age, we were taught to view food as something to make us feel good. When we fell down or did something well, we were rewarded with food, (usually candy or very fattening and highly processed foods). Think about it – if you fell down, you got ice cream. If your team won a game, you went out for pizza and ice cream. Food was instant gratification to bring you happiness, ease pain, or make you feel fulfilled.
There is a stigma around emotional eating. Saying you’re an emotional eater can not only feel wrong, but feel shameful. What’s interesting is that most people’s eating is driven by their emotions over their physical hunger. You don’t have to be obese to be an emotional eater and you don’t have to classify yourself with an “eating disorder”.
This process is about recognizing the “Why Factor” so you can do a course correct. Learn from your binges. They are lessons.
Binges are a way to escape or suppress bad feelings, to gain control and to feel good feelings instead – know this to be true. So the next time, ask yourself, “Why am I reaching for food?” Identifying your triggers is the most direct and effective way to get to the root cause.
Identify your triggers by asking yourself these 3 questions:
- What happened in that situation that set me off?
- What are trigger situations for me? Meaning, where do you not feel in control or find yourself always overeating or binging?
- What am I really hungry for? What happened then that made me upset and why?
How to Recover:
- Identify your triggers.
- Forgive yourself and learn from your experience – know there is unhealed pain or lack of fulfillment or patterned behavior driving your actions.
- Today is a new day – the past is the past, you are in control of your actions, thoughts and emotions moving forward.
- Drink tons of water with lemon to help your body digest.
Take positive actions and make today a fabulous day!