What starts out as a well-intentioned favorite food (I’m going to eat one cookie because these look delicious!) turns into a full-blown eating fest (holy shit I just ate 4 of those cookies and a piece of pizza and had chips & salsa and 2 glasses of wine and now I feel STUFFED!)
I’m talking about a food BINGE.
Check out the top 3 reasons that women struggle with binge eating:
1. You’re feeling TIRED or STRESSED. When we’re tired, stressed, or emotional, it’s easy to seek comfort in food. Here’s the truth though — eating NEVER helps the root cause of our tiredness or stress! Find a way to deal with stress/tiredness that doesn’t involve food. Honor your body by only eating when you feel true hunger.
2. It’s EVENING or WEEKEND time. I love the evenings and weekends, but that time often comes without plans or routines. We are more likely to binge when we’re out of our normal routine. Try to keep yourself busy during evenings or weekends, or be intentional about finding ways to relax that don’t involve food!
3. You’re being TOO RESTRICTIVE. If you’re feeling hungry all the time, or following a diet that’s SO strict that you’re never able to enjoy chocolate, wine, or any of your other favorite foods, chances are you’ll binge. NO ONE has the willpower or “motivation” to live this way forever. Focus on building sustainable nutrition habits that teach you to eat nutritiously most times, but that still allow you to ENJOY your favorite foods!