What’s going on in your life lately? Stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed?
Usually, we turn to food/binges to cope with other life stress. Add to that a cycle of restriction (dieting) and it can be a recipe for binge eating phases. (the number one cause of late night binging is not eating enough during the day).
There’s no need to freak OR beat yourself up: both of those things fuel anxiety and stress. No good. Instead, stop, breathe, and do a little planning.
If you’ve been overly cautious/restrictive with your dieting for a long time, it may also be burn out. We get mentally and physically exhausted from deprivation. Try a more laid back approach, and focus more on putting things IN your diet: greens, veggies, proteins etc. Focusing on putting good foods IN instead of stressing about what you can’t eat is shown to have better outcomes and leaves you feeling less deprived.
1. Get moving. 15-30 minutes a day. And NOT for weightloss. Even if it’s just a walk, the endorphins can help ease anxiety, boost your mood and make you feel better. A clearer head is always a big help.
2. Eat more. Yeah, I know. I’m not talking about sugars, chips and fried foods though. Think about eating every 2-3 hours, before you get hungry, and load up on healthy options. Fruit, veggies, dips, salads, wraps, etc.
3. SLEEP. Are you sleeping enough? The less we sleep, the more we binge. Plus, it’s harder to steer clear of bad stuff when we’re tired.
4. Chill out. Relax. Have more fun. It’s summer! Get outside and enjoy it!
Hope this helps! We’ve all been there. Get back on track one meal at a time, and address what’s actually behind the binges to make things easier on yourself. Focus on things that make you happy and on reducing stress.