I am sure that most of us suffer from it either occasionally or regularly and in fact, binge eating is considered one of the most common eating disorders of the modern nation. I must admit that there is no magical pill against binge eating, and the purpose of this article is to show you that the cure lies in your mind!
There are a few causes for binge eating, and since I’ve experienced it myself, I am more than willing to share how I feel about it.
1. First cause for binge eating is due to your consuming desire to lose weight. If you’ve been on a very strict diet for a while, and you feel hungry for most part of the day, you are very likely to experience binge eating at times. You’re holding yourself to a strict dieting plan that causes more harm than comfort, and at some point you snap and eat enormous amounts of food.
2. Another cause for binge eating could be your emotional or mental attachment to food. This happens when you’re thinking of food about every minute of your day, and it becomes a major, if not the most important part of your life. Usually, binge eaters that have emotional attachment to their meals stuff themselves with food without even properly chewing it, or feeling the taste.
Now I have experienced binge eating due to restrictive dieting and I know exactly how it feels. It makes you happy at that point in time, and 10 minutes later you are bitterly regretting it. There is only one way to get rid of this – think before you eat, and eat wisely. Start a balanced diet, combined with exercise and a variety of healthy foods. Eating 3 proper meals a day will prevent you from experiencing wild food cravings that will cause binge eating.
The situation is slightly different for emotional binge eaters. They do feel a strong attachment to food, and it will take a lot of effort and self-control in order to break that attachment. The problem with emotional binge eaters lies in their minds rather than in their bodies and they do tend to fill up their emotional appetite rather than physical. Since this issue is complicated and requires some guts and a good dose of self-control, I would like to give all emotional binge eaters some genuine advice and encouragement.
First of all, it is important that you find the root cause for your binge eating. There must have been something in your life that has caused you to start filling out your emotional frustrations with food. Once you figure that out, it is important that you resolve your emotional issue with some counselling, support of your friends or talking to your beloved ones instead of addressing it to food. You must understand that emotional problems have to be solved through emotional actions and food doesn’t have anything to do with that.
Another important aspect that you must understand, is that through this eating disorder, you’re severely harming your body and your health. Most of us want to live a long, healthy and happy life, and you should sometimes sacrifice your food preferences to more healthy food options for the sake of your health.
Last but not least, you must understand that there is much more to life than food. Think of the things that you’re not able to enjoy or the things you’re missing out on because you’re stuck in a vicious circle of binge eating. You’re not happy about yourself and you’re not able to do a lot of things because of your addiction – is it really worth it? Think of whom you can become and how many things you can experience once you start learning to control yourself and compromise your food choices.
I sincerely hope this has given you some encouragement and should you require any further advice, don’t hesitate to ask for it.