To Stop Binge-Eating, Honor Your Hunger
If you want to stop binge-eating, honor your hunger. Let’s get into it.
What is hunger? Easy enough: hunger is the feelings and sensations our bodies use to communicate when it needs food. Cool.
And how does one honor hunger? Another easy answer: to honor your hunger, listen to your body’s hunger signals and eat in response. Alright.
Easier said than done, especially for women who binge-eat. Because women who binge-eat are frequently completely out of touch with their hunger.
If you binge-eat, you’re probably quite out of touch with gentle hunger. But recognizing and honoring gentle hunger is really important for women who want to stop binge-eating because honoring your hunger stops binge-eating on physical, mental, and emotional levels, and even has spiritual benefits:
A starving body binge-eats. A gently hungry body doesn’t. An extremely food-deprived body binge-eats. Thank you, evolutionary starvation response! But a gently hungry body eats normally. Eat when your body’s need for fuel is less intense, and you’ll just eat normally, not like a lady who hasn’t allowed herself to eat Nutella for three months and is now halfway through the jar.
Guilt and shame cause binge-eating. Honoring your hunger doesn’t. When you honor your hunger, you’re meeting your body’s needs. This feels good. It makes eating pleasurable. You gain a sense of well-being and responsibility toward your body. Since all this is pleasurable and enjoyable, not shame-ridden and anxiety-provoking, honoring your hunger helps you bypasses the sense of guilt and shame associated with not eating according to your diet/meal plan/cleanse/food rules. Honor your hunger and say goodbye to the food shame and eating regret which, in addition to your body’s starvation response, also cause binge-eating!
Self-criticism causes binge-eating. Self-respect doesn’t. Honoring your hunger is honoring your body. Your attitude shifts from self-loathing to self-respect, self-care, self-trust, and self-love. In honoring your hunger, you’re saying to your body: I hear you, I love you, and you deserve care. This mental dialogue replaces the pervasive body-shaming, body-hating self-talk that currently fill your head, which, in addition to physical restriction and deprivation and emotional guilt and shame, also cause binge-eating.
A respectful relationship with your body will serve you well beyond the realm of the physical, mental, and emotional. Honor your hunger, and you’ll start to honor your fullness, too; you’ll find it easier to understand and meet all of your other physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs; and you’ll trust your intuition so that your can become your best self without having to worry about binge-eating.
Sounds pretty great, right? Who knew honoring your hunger could do so much?