I am now almost 30 days post my Whole30. And what have I been doing – binge eating. Why? I am trying to figure that out.
I googled “Binge Eating” and what I found gave me pause for thought. Most of the articles out there on the internet are about “emotional” eating. They indicate that bingeing is a way of dealing with negative emotions. So I thought about this – am I currently in a negative space? I just finished the Whole30 and actually feel quite good about my accomplishment and how I look and feel – I am truly not in a negative or depressed state of mind.
I know that there are people out there who have real eating disorders with emotional overlays and causes. I eat because I truly enjoy food. The few times I have actually been really and truly depressed (spousal betrayal or health issues of a loved one) I have not felt like eating.
I did find an article about bingeing by Nia Shanks. For those of us that are not really emotional eaters I believe this better defines bingeing. It does for me. Full disclosure – I am not an expert on this subject nor do I believe that the reasons for binging as Nia Shanks puts them forth is everyone’s – but they did resonate with me.
It’s the whole yo-yo dieting problem. We restrict what we can eat – for me it was the Whole30 and restricting myself for 30 days – and then Hallelujah – the 30 days is over and we can indulge. But that’s the problem in my nutshell. I feel restricted. Sure I can avoid sugar, dairy, grains, beans and soy for 30 days, but in my mind when those 30 days ended I was free to eat all the foods that were restricted and I did binge. I looked over my past diet history and saw that this is a trend on all the diets I have ever been on. And the result is that success is fleeting.
How do we conquer bingeing? I believe we need to stop the “dieting”. Fast weight loss solutions do not work. As I noted in an earlier post – over 95% of those people who successfully lose weight gain all if not more of the weight back. I believe that for me I need to set some long-term goals around health; find ways to eat my favorite foods in moderation; find new favorite foods which are good for not only my health, but taste really good too; start physically moving more; and stay off the scale.
I would really love to hear your thoughts on this and how you conquer bingeing. Sharing new ideas and our successes, as well as our slip ups, can only make us better.