If You Do This, You're Making It Harder to Stop Binge-Eating
Before I finally figured out how to stop binge-eating and stop feeling out of control around food, I tried a lot of different ways to stop binge-eating and get skinny:
Counting calories. No desserts. Vegan. Clean eating. Program dieting.
Those were the big ones. But there were smaller, subtler ways, too...
The only-eat-if-you’re-hungry-and-stop-when-you’re-full diet.
I have so many thoughts about this. Another time ;)
The don’t-eat-forbidden-foods diet.
I used to keep a list of foods I couldn’t control myself around: those soft cookies that come two to a package; the burritos at the food court; popcorn.
The only-eat-desserts-at-church-functions diet.
So weird, right? (Made me attend church very excitedly.)
The eat-vegetables-at-every-meal diet.
The husband-please-police-my-food diet.
Eye roll. Please don’t ask your partner to do this.
- Weekly, then daily binge-eating.
- Obsessed with food (and obsessed with telling everyone about my food).
- Daily weight-checking.
- Fasting (read: starving) myself when I gained weight.
- Hours spent scrolling dessert recipes on Pinterest (#dessertporn).
- Gained every pound I lost back (and then some).
- Hating myself.
I didn’t realize that I was doing it the hard way. (And that I was actually making my binge-eating worse.)
Honestly, from where I stand, all this is absurd. Unnecessary. Ridiculous.
Because now I know that
the path to happiness does not have to include detours into uncontrollable binge-eating.