Do you binge eat? And are you looking for a way to control your binge eating? Over here at Slim Secrets, we are all about moderation. However, we do know that there are many people out there who struggle with binge eating so we would love to help you.
Our friends at Weigh it Up have written a fantastic article that we thought could really help with this.
How to bounce back from an eating binge
All binge eaters know the dreaded feeling that follows the morning after a binge. The regret and realization that in one night you have sabotaged your hard work and dedication. The elation that you experienced during the binge which has now subsided, leaving you feeling mentally defeated and physically disgusted. You do not need to go on like this, take action today with this 6-step plan.
1. Write down how you feel
Binge eating is an emotional condition, not a physical one. It is important to acknowledge what has led you to binge eat. Is it a particular emotional state? Are you tired, bored, sad, stressed or happy? Write down how you felt before the binge and how you currently feel: are you feeling out of control, defeated, miserable? Identifying the triggers will help you prevent future binges.
2. Drink water
Start your day with a hot water and fresh lemon and continue to hydrate throughout the day. Processed foods are packed full of sodium which will lead to fluid retention and bloating. By drinking enough water your body will have the opportunity to flush out the toxins and leave you feeling fresher and lighter.
3. Eat protein
Try to incorporate a protein rich source at every meal and snack. This will help stabilize your blood sugar levels and keep you feeling satisfied for longer. If you look at the foods you indulge in, you will often find they are high in carbohydrates. This is due to the way they make you feel. Carbohydrates are required to convert tryptophan into the feel good neurotransmitter serotonin. Other foods, which can increase serotonin levels, include chicken, turkey, salmon, avocado, walnuts and lentils. Keep protein rich snacks in your bag so you are never caught out. Nuts, seeds and Slim Secrets products are a great high protein option.
4. Don’t over-restrict your diet
Today is not the day to restrict your diet to only vegetable juice. Your body is trying to digest and metabolize the foods you have just eaten. Don’t try to severely reduce your calorie intake or go nuts in the gym. Chances are obsessive behaviours like these are what led to the uncontrollable binge. Today is about recovering from the day before, go for a jog or a bike ride, listen to your body. Make a pact to respect your body and nourish it the way it deserves.
5. Find a new recipe to prepare
The day after a binge often leaves you feeling disheartened and unmotivated. Prepare a delicious, nutritious low calorie meal that is pre-prepared and ready to go. Look through the Weigh It Up recipes and find one that is simple and appealing. The soups are a great option as they are full of vegies and spices that will tantalize your taste buds while stabilizing your blood sugar levels.
6. Stop with the guilt
Overindulging in food is something most of us do. There is no point beating yourself up over it. It is in the past, you can’t change it, so stop trying. It is time to take positive, healthy steps to get back on track and the negative self talk will only hinder your mission.
Article written by Hayley Blieden from Weigh it Up