Shhhhhhh… BINGE EATING and DISTORTED EATING.
As a coach and competitor, I see and live the struggles that so many face in finding a healthy relationship with food. Whether you are a competitive athlete, a stage competitor or simply ‘dieting.’
The following are 2 super simple steps on how to control binges.
BINGE EATING TRIGGERS
First and foremost…
KEEP TRIGGER FOODS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE.
You may think…
“I will buy this package of cookies and only eat 2” but who are we kidding? Before we know it, the sleeve is gone.
My suggestion: when you are allowing yourself a treat, buy a single serving. Make it count. Go to a good bakery and get one high quality cookie. It is healthier than a bag of Oreos that have a 5 year shelf life, and also extremely satisfying.
DEATH ROW MEAL
Binge eating is impulsive and unplanned. Have it be your last meal and out of the house so you don’t have leftovers. If you really want a burger and fries, have it. But don’t add a plate of nachos and wash it down with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and a box of cookies. It’s a weekly treat, not a death row meal.
My suggestion: when having a cheat meal, make a plan. Remind yourself how you feel post binge. Bloated. Acid reflux. Stomachache. It is not worth it.
THERE IS HELP FOR BINGE EATING
Don’t be afraid to get counseling and read self help books. You can even do online and in-person support groups. These can be life changing. Don’t overlook them. Food is a hard addiction. Unlike drugs and alcohol, you can’t give up eating. So it’s imperative to find peace with food. Food is always going to be there. You don’t have to eat it all in one sitting. They will always make more.
Tammy Patnode is an IFBB pro physique competitor and NPC judge. She is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. She offers contest prep, general training and weight loss programs for men and women that are customized for each client.
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