I would classify myself as an emotional eater. When I am upset I want to eat, when I am happy I want to eat, every time I turn around I want to eat. I have certainly had my share of food binges.
I remember my husband making me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, and it was so delicious that I usually ate it on the way to the bus stop. Of course, I had to have lunch and that would require buying a second lunch, which was more calories than I needed.
Have you ever noticed the types of food that people are most likely to binge on? I’ve never heard anyone say, “I’m upset and I’m going to eat 6 stalks of celery.” No, bingers go for the good stuff like chocolate, pastries, fried chicken, etc.
That is where the guilt sets in, when you hit the scales and watch the needle move up. Guilt makes you stressed, which can lead to more binging.
Here are four sure-fire tips to control binge eating:
Have Realistic Expectations
One big no-no in this category is to follow the diets of some of your favorite stars in Hollywood. Yes, they usually look great in their skinny jeans, and I have found myself wishing I could pull off that look.
You have to remember that if these favorite stars don’t look like a million bucks, they are out of a job.
Ask your doctor to give you a referral to a dietitian, or join a weight loss support group such as Weight Watchers. ™
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
If you’re skipping breakfast, you’ll want to hit the vending machine mid-morning and the choices are usually too sweet or salty.
Pack in some protein by scrambling eggs, or if you’re really pinched for time, eat some Greek yogurt and string cheese.
The yogurt gives you that sweet taste, and you’re getting twelve grams of protein. Buy light string cheese, and you can have a double portion for just a hundred calories.
Have a Throw-Away Party
You may think that you have enough willpower to not overdo it on the junk food, but you won’t have to try and resist it if it is not in the house. Toss out the donuts and pastries, and don’t forget about hidden sugars in products such as barbecue sauce, canned fruit, frozen meals, and driedfruits.
Binge eating is difficult to overcome and you need all the help you can get. The trick is to get your unconscious mind on your side.
That is where hypnosis comes in. You can purchase downloads for a reasonable price and after 21 days you should be seeing some changes.
As you repeatedly listen to your download, you’ll stop beating yourself up for not being in control, and begin to discover other ways you can meet your needs.
Think of binge eating as a habit that you’ve learned, and that means it can also be unlearned. You’ll begin to feel better about yourself and that is what personal growth is all about.