Yesterday a few emails came in from people saying that they just feel so doomed after binge eating. Like why should they pick themselves back up after bingeing to try to eat healthy the rest of the day – they had already blown it for that day.
I totally thought this same way back in the day too, especially if a binge happened in the morning or afternoon. When it came to thinking about dinner, why even bother with getting back on board?
I had already blown it for the day, so why not just continue to eat poorly and start fresh the next day. Or chances were that I would beat myself up about the binge only to eat away how I was feeling.
The next time you are tempted to throw the whole day out the window because you feel like you gave into a binge, try these ideas:
1. Write in your journal and really think about why you are about to binge. Ask yourself questions and get to the root of the real emotion that you are up against. Ask yourself if you are really hungry or if you are just binge eating because you feel like the day has been blown.
2. Call a trusted friend or family member and talk to them about what is going on with you.
3. Keep yourself busy doing something. Anything. Whether it’s whitening your teeth, painting your nails, taking a bubble bath – It’s impossible to binge if you have strips on your teeth, if your nails are wet, or if you are in the bathtub.
Just remember that we all have our own setbacks and we are all in charge of the choices we make. Your day is only blown if you decide that it is. I’ve been where you are now and I know what it is like to want to give up.
I’ve had some obstacles where I gave in to binge eating. I have also beaten many obstacles that I was up against simply by choosing to be in control. Don’t let food make your choices and be in control of you. Remind yourself that you are a strong person that is fully capable of controlling your urge to binge. Tell yourself that you are strong enough to beat binge eating disorder, because you are.
Most importantly, when you beat a binge, make sure to praise yourself for being in control. My binge eating days were hard to overcome, but not impossible, and the same can be true for you. Every time that you crush that desire to binge, you are moving yourself one step closer to a better YOU. You are gaining a more productive, happier, and healthier life. There is a better life right around the corner for you – Just make sure that you realize that and reach for it.
PS - All of those who contacted me about the National TV Show about binge eating, I will be in contact with everyone within the next day or two. I communicated with them again today. Yes, things are moving forward.