What to Do About Eating?
I used to struggle with binge eating. I know a lot of people with the same problem. It starts with a harmless craving for something sweet. The next thing you know, you find yourself in front of the fridge looking for food to satisfy your craving.
For a long time, overeating past dinner was a habit I tried to get rid of. The fact that I was aware of what it was doing to my body made it worse. I knew what I was getting myself into but it seemed like I could not control myself. In my mind, there was an invisible force that lured me to the fridge even after I already had my meal.
To resolve this, I decided to consciously remind myself not to eat past 8 o’clock in the evening. It worked for the first couple of days, but I went through backslide and thought I would never recover. I realized that maybe there is more to this issue than addressing it with sheer determination. I looked it up and learned there are different causes to this problem. Each of these causes requires a particular approach for the best recovery.
Discovering the Root of the Problem
I learned that I overate not just because I was bored. I realized that hunger can either be emotional or physical. The nights when I had the strongest urge to eat were during those nights when I was going through stress at work or with my personal life.
On the other hand, I know some people who overeat because they starved themselves during the day. For obvious reasons, not eating anything when you need it the most will result to hunger that you can’t control. The worst part about not eating during the day is you overeat at night just when you are about to sleep. This means you can no longer burn the calories that you have gathered. As a result, you gain more weight instead of the other way around.
How to Resolve Binge Eating
The solution to binge eating depends on the root cause of the problem. If you are feeling physical hunger, the solution is to not skip meals. Eat a healthy balanced meal when you are supposed to. Be aware of the fact that starving yourself will not help you achieve the weight that you desire. In fact, it will do the opposite to your body.
On the other hand, if the root cause of the problem is emotional, you must confront these issues first. I joined yoga classes so I can minimize my stress levels. I tried my best to keep my work at the office and not bring it with me when I go home. All these things worked perfectly although it took time.
Resolving eating problems take time. It is a process that requires dedication and patience. Do not be too hard on yourself when you relapse. Get to know yourself better and find out why you overate again. Address the root cause of the problem and you are on your way to healthy eating.