Let’s start by defining binge eating: it is consuming lots of food in a short amount of time until you are past the point of feeling satisfied. I have definitely struggled with binge eating in my life. This is going to sound clique but the first step to really ending my bad relationship with food was to accept the fact that I was out of control and needed to change. Here are some tips and tricks that have turned my life around!
- FOCUS on what you are eating rather than how much
I used to be obsessed with counting calories on MyFitnessPal. I was never satisfied with always restricting myself which would result in me just pigging out at the end of the day. I eventually went vegan and primarily eat plant-based. Now I don’t worry about calories, I just make sure I am eating whole, mostly plant-based foods. Since being vegan, my body has started to crave foods like bananas, peanut butter, burritos, salads, smoothies, oatmeal, pasta, sweet potatoes, etc. I listen to my body and eat whatever I want. I eat until I am full and never feel guilty. Not only have I lost weight being vegan, but I feel and look healthy.
2. Brush your teeth
To prevent snacking at night, brush your teeth immediately after dinner or (if you’re like me) dessert. Food + toothpaste is never a good combo and you won’t want to brush your teeth again!
3. Treat yo self
I am a huge sweets person. I never deprive myself of having a vegan ice cream or dessert once in a while!! Pretty much every night after dinner, I will have a banana and peanut butter as a healthier alternative. If you tell yourself you are not allowed to have certain foods, you will just want them that much more. If you are exercising and eating healthy 90% of the time, you deserve to treat yourself!
4. Be your own cheerleader!!
Do not stock your pantry and fridge with guilt foods! Get rid of all of the candy, chips, and junk that you tend to binge on. If you know you have no self-control, don’t make life harder for yourself. Maybe try meal prepping so you can plan out how much food you want to eat each day. This way your rational self can decide how much you are actually comfortable eating. Added bonus, you will also save a ton of money because you won’t be overspending on food!