Binge eating is a disorder that can lead to poor health and emotional issues. Some of the symptoms include gorging on large amounts of food in a short period of time, continuing to eat when full, and the inability to control eating habits. Psychological issues can arise from guilt related to weight gain, hiding food, and embarrassment over gorging. www.helpguide.org lists some specific behavioral and emotional symptoms of compulsive overeating that include:
Binge eating can lead to social isolation, anxiety related to meals, and many health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Prevention Magazine reports,
“Binge eating is a psychological disorder that usually has much deeper roots than a simple food craving,” says Mary Ellen Sweeney, MD, obesity researcher at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
“Binge eating is literally stuffing feelings down,” says Mary Froning, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC. As long as we’re eating, we don’t have to deal with feelings such as anger, anxiety, or depression, say doctors.”
Try these 10 steps to help you overcome binge eating:
Do you want to lose a couple of pounds, improve your health, or maybe change careers? Get rid of the all or nothing attitude. How many times have you started a new diet, a new exercise program, or attempted to learn a new skill just to give it up a week later? This type of behavior makes it difficult to be successful attempting new endeavors or attaining goals.
It can be overwhelming to change behaviors that move us out of the comfort zone, Psychology Today reports, in the article:
Each of us has our own “comfort zone” which, more than an actual place, is a psychological/emotional/ behavioral construct that defines the routine of our daily life. Being in one’s comfort zone implies familiarity, safety, and security. It describes the patterned world of our existence, keeps us relatively comfortable and calm, and helps us stay emotionally even, free from anxiety and worry to a great degree. Creating a comfort zone is a healthy adaptation for much of our lives. But so is stepping out of our comfort zone when it’s time to transition, grow, and transform.
But experiencing a little stress and anxiety now and then is a good thing, too. If all you ever do is strive to stay wrapped up in your little cocoon, keeping warm and cozy, you may be missing out on quite a lot–maybe no new experiences, no challenges, and no risks. And looking at the bigger picture of life, if you can’t step out of your comfort zone you may experience difficulty making change or transitioning, growing, and ultimately, transforming; in other words, all those things that define who you are and give your life personal meaning.
Therefore, it can be uncomfortable and a little frightening to step out of your comfort zone which makes changing an unwanted behavior quite a challenge. We all tend to be drawn towards the familiar: friends, family, home, favorite places, habits, etc.
So what can we do to finally lose those last five pounds, change career paths, finally follow through on resolutions for the new year? Follow these five steps to change:
“Professor Robert S. Rubin (Saint Louis University) wrote about SMART in an article for The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He stated that SMART has come to mean different things to different people, as shown below.
To make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:
Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
Achievable (agreed, attainable).
Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive)”
5.Visualize success by utilizing a mantra, meditating, or simply imagining how your life will be different once you reach your goal. How will you feel when you try on new clothes after losing 10 lbs? What benefits will you acquire from a consistent exercise program? Imagine walking a flight of stairs without gasping for air or running a race after giving up cigarettes. Success can be yours by working consistently towards your goals. Each day you are successful, you will become stronger, and closer to permanent change.
You can achieve anything with hard work, determination, and a plan. Create specific goals and set a time frame for attaining your desired results. Get rid of the all or nothing attitude and replace it with the mindset of taking one day at a time. Visualize your success and create the life you’ve always dreamed of living. You can do this! For more ideas on how to reach your goals check out my article Visualize it …Then Just Do It!
”I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ~ Gandhi
Love the challenges of arm balances. In yoga it’s imperative to bring awareness to your body and engage the core in these poses. It’s the most challenging ab/core work you’ll ever do.
A decision to improve your health begins with awareness and a strong desire for change. A change in mindset is required to make the necessary lifestyle changes that will improve your quality of life, self image, and self confidence. We all struggle with making peace with our food choices, finding time for exercise and balancing family life. So learn to enjoy each day with a goal to instill change by making healthy food choices and increasing your activity during the day. Lose the guilt when you can’t find time for your workout or if you give in to that piece of pizza or doughnut. Life is a roller coaster ride- learn to find balance and peace by losing the “all or nothing” attitude and always picking yourself back up and getting back on track. Fuel your body with what it needs to stay healthy and active most of the time but learn to enjoy, splurge and celebrate life’s special moments without the guilt.