Binge eating disorders are very real, uncontrollably destroying your health. How to cope and deal with this madness is important to learn in order to achieve Your Path to a Better You! Making peace with Food and not hating what you should be loving and enjoying is your first step in understanding binge eating.
Definition of Binge Eating
Binge eating affects over 5 Million women and over 3 million men in the United States today. Binge eating disorder is not kind to our existence. This means it affects more people than Anorexia Nervosa and bulimia.
I can eat a whole bag of chips on occasion and even sneaked in hoarding candy at Halloween and even been known to eat beyond my fill on Thanksgiving. What sets apart intermittent gorging vs. binge eating is that these events happen with alarming regularity and as much as over eight times a week! To be diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder you must have binged at least once a week for the last three months.
Making Friends with Food
Gorging frequently on delicious delights is not the only thing that characterizes binge eating. How you feel while in the process, what caused the episode to occur and how you feel in the midst of it is key to understanding where the triggers come from in your particular lifestyle. Everyone from the well to do to the poor and unfortunate are all affected by binge eating. However the most common is the inability to stop.
During a binge eating episode, it’s almost like being in a trance or on auto pilot flying in the zone. No matter how much you eat, you never feel satisfied. While those with bulimia try to undo the binge with purging, people with binge eating disorders make no attempt to stop. Nor do they try to burn off the extra added results with exercise or fasting.
Privacy Binge Eating
Binge eaters tend to binge when no one is watching. At night after everyone went to bed or eating in the car alone. Feelings of shame, depressing thoughts and guilt are a strong force driving the binge cycle. Binge eating has its cycles, beginning with feeling a bit depressed than eating to feel better and failing, feeling worse off and eating again.
Binge eating takes a toll on your mind and body. Ripping into your happiness like a hot knife thru butter, it changes your perspective of actually enjoying the food you eat. Left untreated binge eating can develop complications to your internal workings such as quickly adding pounds of fat increasing obesity induced complications. Heart conditions, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, diabetes, cancer and even sleep apnea.
Controlling the inner workings of your mind, physiological deformation and slowly entering the darkness of helplessness binge eating decays your quality of life and the lives of those around you trying to help you while withdrawing into seclusion to continue the wretched path alone.
Help with Binge Eating
Therapy is essential to truly understanding your personal inner workings. Trying it alone will only lead to failure with strict diets and removing anything you deem unhealthy giving you that “I am binging with kale from now on.” idea. Getting back in touch with your bodies natural hunger rhythms while allowing yourself reasonable portions of the things you enjoy is finding the balance.
If you are still reading this article on binge eating, chances are you are beginning to find hope in making friends with Food keeping you from overeating, maybe even sparking your curiosity to know more about binge eating. If you believe you have an eating disorder, please reach out for help to your medical practitioner and get advise on how to best deal with it for your particular situations.
Binge Eating Checklist
To help diagnose binge eating with your healthcare provider, list off the “Familiar” attributes below and don’t let embarrassment keep you from finding Your Path to a Better You!
- I am depressed about my bingeing and feel like I am caught in a cycle I cannot get out of.
- I don’t try to undo the changes that binging is causing to my body by vomiting, fasting or taking laxatives.
- During the binge I get zoned out of everything happening around me.
- After binging, I feel horrible, depressed and disgusted with feelings of shame and guilt.
- When I feel a binge coming on, no matter the time I run out to go buy food even at odd hours.
- I binge on any kind of food.
- Even when I am not hungry I binge.
- I keep eating after I am full.
- When binging I eat very fast.
- I binge alone because I feel embarrassed or guilty.
- I feel powerless when binging and can’t stop
- I have been binging at least once a week for the last three months.
If all the statements above sound too familiar, keep in mind you can break the cycle of shame and secrecy and begin eating the foods you love without the guilt.