JSHealth 5-Step Anti Binge Guide

Often binges happen when people get home from work/school/uni. You’re feeling totally exhausted, depleted and stressed and food is the best way to comfort that. I see this in my clients who are prone to dieting – often they think they’re doing themselves a favour by skipping meals or snacks. Instead, they’re simply starving when they arrive home to their fridge/pantry. This usually happens in the later afternoon/evening.

 

The trick is – never allow yourself to get too hungry to the point of not being able to control yourself with food. I personally never ever let myself get to that stage because I prioritise in between meals snacks that are protein rich which also help keep my blood sugar levels nice and stable, decreasing cravings and sudden hunger pangs.

 

Binges also happen as a result of ‘self-punishment’ when you feel you aren’t good enough for various reasons. It can also be due to just not ‘eating perfectly enough’ – you may have set your standards of eating too high? So when you ‘break your rules’ and eat imperfectly you actually binge out of self-punishment. I get you.

 

The first step is to change your mindset…

 

It helps so much to know that your next meal/snack is coming soon – this is why I suggest you always carry healthy snacks with you and commit to a 4-5pm snack EVERY afternoon that is protein rich. Some of my faves are: raw nuts, carrot sticks with hummus/tahini, boiled egg, protein balls, Greek yoghurt with cinnamon and seeds.

 

Don’t skip meals – it never ends up working. Most of the time you overeat at your next meal. Noticed that?

 

You can break this vicious cycle by making a commitment to give up dieting for life. Give up restriction and deprivation and commit to a wholefood diet with balance. This is the only eating plan that works long term. Throw away those diet books.

 

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My final tip is to treat yourself… Actually allow yourself indulgences. Indulgences keep you on track. You think you doing yourself a favour by telling yourself you can NEVER have anything ‘naughty’ and sadly it backfires – because when you get your hands on something indulgent – you absolutely can’t help but overeat or binge on it because you have deprived yourself of it for so long. This is why I recommend enjoying 1-2 treats a week – with portion control and eating with pure joy. Your body loves it! Guilt only adds stress to your body. Then commit to eating well 80% of the time. Your body thrives on balance.

 

Let me know how you go xo

Click here to download a PDF version of my 5-Step Anti-Binge Guide

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