It’s time for another intuitive eating post because it’s not talked about enough. If you aren’t sure what intuitive eating is, check out this post.
Over eating and binge eating can feel defeating, and sometimes it feels like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. You want to stop binging / over eating, but you feel out of control, and you’re desperate for change. You feel like you’ve tried it all and there’s no hope for you.
Disclaimer: It can be a lot harder to stop compulsive eating without seeking help, but there are tools and methods that you can do to help combat it.
If you’ve been reading my blog you know I believe in proactive self-love, forgiveness, and gracefulness are key to overeating and binge eating.
I’m mapping out steps that have helped me personally to gain control. I’m also going to talk about how intuitive eating can help you.
I get it. I know it’s hard to accept the fact that you overeat / binge. It’s hard to accept the fact that you’re addicted to food. Accept the situation you’re in, but most importantly don’t identify with it. You are not your binge eating or overeating. It’s not WHO you are. It’s something you do.
When you fully accept the situation you’re in, you become more aware of what you’re doing.
If you’re emotionally overeating / binging, you tell yourself it would be better to eat then feel the emotion you’re feeling. You go into a spiral during and after overeating / binging and beat yourself up. You look for ways to completely avoid the situation, but that’s actually hurting you. When you avoid the situation it builds up inside of you, and you’re more likely to end up the position you were in.
If you’re serious about controlling your overeating / binging, you have to put in the work.
I get it. I know it’s easier to avoid it then be in the moment when it’s happening, but your road to recovery must include accepting the situation and not avoiding it.
Mindfulness is the key to intuitive eating and overeating / binge eating. When you’re in the moment, ask yourself these questions:
It’ll take time to learn how to be mindful so give yourself the time you need. It’s not something that happens overnight.
Practicing being mindful is a small part of intuitive eating. When you put in the work, intuitive eating is an amazing tool that will finally end overeating / binge eating.
When you deny yourself of the food you want, your brain will constantly think about what you’re denying it. Have you ever denied yourself of food, and you thought about it for days until you finally had it? I’m going to guess that you overate / binged on it because you’ve been thinking about it for DAYS. It’s not going to stop until you give in.
You’re less likely to eat 20 cookies if you have 3 right now.
The trick: don’t deny yourself of the food you want so you don’t overeating / binge.
This is also another small part of intuitive eating.
Your comfort zone is obsessing over food. If you want to take full charge to change your eating habits, you have to get uncomfortable. You will have to change your thought patterns around food.
You’ll have to create a belief that you can be happy, enjoy life, and eat normally.
When you’re in your comfort zone, you won’t grow. It’s ok to feel uncomfortable. It’s part of the process that’s necessary to end overeating / binging.
Self-sabotage can make you fall back into old patterns because you’re emotional. When you’re emotional you’ll do anything to stop that feeling, and your “way out” is food. You probably feel like a failure or maybe that you will never have control and then you spiral into self-sabotage. It’s a vicious cycle, but you CAN get out of the cycle.
Here’s the kicker….As long as your old set of beliefs is active, you will a have the tendency to sabotage your progress. This can make you fall back into old patterns.
You are your worst critic.
When you’re overeating / binging, ACCEPT it and stop dwelling on it. It’s in the past, and it’s NOT your identity. It’s not WHO you are.
Vow to implement the tools you have learned to help you stop over eating / binging. You CAN conquer this.
Until next time,
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