As many of you will now know, I really struggled in my late teens and early twenties with an eating disorder. One of the characteristics of this was binge eating, where I would have episodes of excessive eating, consuming massive quantities of food in a very short space of time, even when I wasn't hungry. I would then feel very ashamed, and guilty, and then punish myself with extreme dieting and over exercising.
So in this post, I basically want to talk to you about some of the causes of binge eating, in particular the things I had a hard time with, and provide you with some useful tools to help. I want to add here, that if you are going through a challenging time with any of the things mentioned, please know you are not alone in your battles, and you can message me anytime to talk….
1. Labeling Foods. This was a big one for me. I used to label foods as good and bad. To me, chicken rice and broccoli was good, and chocolate was bad. Whenever I would consume ‘bad foods’ it lead to a landslide effect, with the feeling that the diet had been ruined. I’d then binge.
It’s the idea that because I’ve eaten a muffin, I’ve gone off track and now, as a result, I may as well eat the other 3 in the packet, and a takeaway and a bottle of wine as punishment. I would then find myself in a vicious cycle of being ‘on a diet’ which was really really strict and ‘off a diet’ or ‘binging’. #
Instead, for long term sustainability, It is important to incorporate your favourite foods all the time, IN MODERATION and feel good about doing it. This stops anxiety and worry over eating foods we feel we ‘cant’ or ‘shouldn’t’ have. It eliminates the need for extremes like ‘cheat days’ and ‘cheat meals’ and instead, turns what you're doing into a lifestyle approach, not a ‘diet’. #
2. Perfectionism. I am definitely a recovering perfectionist! I still have to really catch myself out at times…With regards to binging, the perfectionist loses sight of the big picture (read the rest on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/rorybrownfitness) #eatingdisorder #awareness #picoftheday