When you have an eating disorder, it can be difficult for you to return to normalcy.
So much can go wrong. You can end up reverting to your old ways, and it can lead down a slippery slope of your eating disorder reverting. Let’s look at some ways you could tackle this. This post will look at binge eating disorders.
Binge eating is when you eat a large amount of food in one fell swoop. This can lead to you gaining weight and feeling guilty about what you have done.
Binge eating may be accompanied by purging, which is when you vomit, use laxatives, or do something similar to purge the food from your body.
The causes of binge eating can differ, but there are cases due to restricting so much. You may try not to eat at certain times, prolong your meals, and avoid foods. Then, you may end up breaking your rule and going down a slippery path.
Say if you have a strict diet and mess up by eating a slice of pizza when you are at a friend’s house. This may cause you to eat more food, as you feel like you’ve broken the rules already.
Sometimes, you may binge eat as a result of a trauma or as a result of someone else in your family doing it. Knowing the cause can help, which is why therapy is essential. With that said, you also need to correct how you eat, too. One way to do that is to have a schedule.
Having an Eating Schedule Can Fix it
One way you can fix this is to have a consistent eating schedule.
Some people who diet may go hours without food, and this can lead to hunger that they overcorrect.
Everyone’s eating schedule is different, but you want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner in general. You may also have snacks in-between meals, but don’t go overboard.
Trying to go fewer than four hours without eating is highly recommended. If you go for longer, you may get the urge to binge eat. To have the best eating schedule, make sure that you have reminders on your phone. You don’t need to eat precisely on the dot, but avoid missing out too much.
Since everyone is different, you can adjust the schedule to meet your needs. Just don’t stray too far away from an organized diet.
If you believe regular eating will lead to weight gain, don’t be. As long as you do not binge eat and eat a balanced diet, you should be fine.
Another way to avoid worrying is to stop weighing yourself so much! Your weight fluctuates, and if you see you have gained weight, you may turn to eat more because you believe there is no point. Weigh weekly, not daily.
The hyper fixation on one’s weight is what leads to many eating disorders. The scale can be helpful, but it’s not everything. Do not also forget to measure your body fat, especially if you are training with weights.
Using Skills You Learned in Therapy
If you want to succeed in managing your binge eating symptoms, therapy is critical.
It would be best if you practiced meditation, mindfulness and avoided any triggers that could make your binge eating worse.
Also, you may need to practice patience as well. It can take weeks for you to get back to where you were before the eating disorder. You should not expect results overnight.
Finally, learning to accept that you will slip up is also essential. There are times when you may end up failing, and this failure should not be an invitation for you to keep binge eating.
Mistakes happen. You need to figure out how you can improve in the future and then get better afterward. Do not invite yourself to keep eating just because you messed up once.
Diagnosis is Key
Do you have a binge eating disorder? Sometimes, it can be hard to tell the difference between eating a lot and binge eating.
Usually, binge eating is when you have an episode of eating uncontrollably until you are stuffed uncomfortably. Feelings of guilt usually accompany this binge episode.