We all at some point can say, “been there, done that, worn our “fat” jeans the next day to hide it!” But that was then, and this is now…
How to stop binging and overeating late at night (or really any time) in 2 Steps:
Step 1. Ask yourself why are you overeating? In my experience, it is one of three reasons:
- You are hungry.
- You are bored.
- You are emotionally stressed.
Figure which one is your answer and choose one of the following solutions.
Step 2. Map out a realistic solution.
- IF it is because you are truly hungry, this means you did not eat enough at dinner. If this is the case, first, think of adding more “good fats” to your dinner menu because this will help you stay full longer. Click and read here to find out why saturated and mono-saturated fats are GOOD for you. Second, add low to medium starch foods to your dinner menu because these types of foods provide longer lasting energy,but at the same time are low in the GI index so your blood sugar level doesn’t spike which may cause sleeping imbalances. Generally, these foods are high in fiber which too will help in keeping you feel full longer.
- IF it is because you are bored– and be honest with yourself, it’s OK to admit your life is getting boring because guess what? The solution will hopefully fix that! Thus, if this is the case, get busy! Moreover, get your mind busy. Your mind is playing tricks on your body, telling it that its hungry to mask its boredom. So why not stimulate your brain? Here are some solutions to keep your mind off food and perhaps get a little smarter:
- Read a book. I personally like to read fiction, fantasy, romance, and yes young adult books before bed. Keep it light and fun! If you might be ashamed of the genre of your book, get a Kindle- problem solved!
- Learn a new language. Pick up where you left off from high-school and impress your friends when you ask the waiter in French, “Puis-je s’il vous plaît avoir un doggy bag parce que je ne veux plus manger.”
- Pick up a hobby- mine is blogging 😉 but you can try knitting, puzzles, anything that will keep you occupied. Don’t you find, the more busy you are, the less you eat?
- IF it is because you are emotionally stressed, and it doesn’t matter the cause, whether it is from work or your personal life, you must first admit to yourself that, “I am stressed and that is why I am eating this pint of ice-cream.” Because once you have brought awareness and acceptance to your behavior, it makes it easier to apply a solution. The following solutions are qualified by the “time” in which you become aware of what’s transpiring… because, binging, sometimes does sneak up on you.
- You’ve become aware, before you have put any food in your mouth that there is a potential danger of binging– PHONE A FRIEND. Preferably, call a designated friend who understands why you are calling at 1:00am. Talk out your stress, get the love and support from your friend rather than Ben & Jerry– no matter how sweet they seem, they are not your BFF’s!
- You have become aware half way through the pint… DROP IT IN THE TRASH! Don’t stop and collect $200– freaking slam-dunk that sh*t in the trash. And if you think there is more where that came from- dump it all. The safety is off, your hands are loaded, and you need quick decisive action. THROW THAT SH*T! Your body will thank you in the morning.
- You become aware when you are sitting on your sofa unable to breathe, sick to your stomach. TAKE A VOW to not do this to yourself again then forgive yourself because spilled milk, is spilled milk, just clean it up and go to sleep. The next day, go to the gym and take out your frustrations on the gym floor- a few times.
- This last solution is not really a solution, this is where we have actually been– SO try not to get to this point. Practice more awareness. Yes that means, being in the ever popular NOW because that is really all there is, and that is where you will find your truth and strength. When you practice more awareness you will rarely find yourself in the throes of bad habits or compromising behavior. Why? Because when you are aware, you are conscious of what is good for you and what is bad for you; you know inherently what is right and wrong, and unless you are a masochistic psychopath, which of course, negates the whole “awareness” thing, you would choose to do the right and good thing for yourself. Click and read this to learn more about awareness and intuitive eating.
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