Food addictions: Binge vs. Purge


Have you ever wondered if you have a problem with binge eating?

I received this message from one of my friends, sober sisters, and clients that I have been working with for a few years.

She said:
“I was thinking about food today. We had a party last night and for a brief moment, I felt like I needed a shot. You know when you feel like nothing is going right… well, during set up, that’s how I felt, and that’s the time I thought and actually said out loud that I needed a drink. But it passed so quickly and things turned around, and I was sober and didn’t drink at all. And still had a blast.
But on the other hand, my food choices (and today especially) were shitty. Lots of yummy food last night, and of course all of the left overs are still here. I’m able to make great choices for sobriety, but not for food. Which I have learned has a huge impact on my physical and mental well-being. I feel like I replaced one addiction with another.
I went grocery shopping this afternoon and restocked our fridge with veggies and some fruit. And I’m sending all of the unhealthy shit to my husbands work. I think that’s one reason why I’m eating so much today… kinda like eat it now because it will be off the list soon.”
I shared with her that I have noticed the same thing about myself ever since I got sober. I realized that my binging and loss of self-control wasn’t just drug/alcohol related, it’s food related.
I do the same thing. I will grab a handful of chocolate chips.. then eat another then be like “EFF IT.. I might as well eat it all and get rid of it!” Then I finally realize the answer to my problem was to STOP buying the Chocolate Chips.
The biggest key to health is… balance. The biggest ah-ha moment I had was to quit working out to “work off” last night’s binge-session. My advice to everyone is to quit dieting and over exercising, quit restricting food groups and going on restrictive diets. Ditch the diet – Embrace the LIFESTYLE. When we finally start listening to our bodies and giving it what it needs: plenty of quality food, good rest, and the right amount of exercise, you find balance.
Side note: There is a big difference between BINGE VS. SPLURGE. Eating a bowl of ice cream (even a big one) is not a binge. Neither is eating a couple pieces of pizza. These are splurges, not binges. Splurges are totally normal and can be part of eating healthy. Eating an entire carton of ice cream or a large pizza in one sitting IS a splurge.


You may be BINGE EATING if you are:

• Eating large amounts of food frequently throughout the day
• Eating when not physically hungry
• Unable to stop eating after you are full
• Eating alone, hiding food or the amount of food eaten from others
• Feeling, ashamed, guilty or depressed after eating


For more help on how to control your binge-eating, check out these resources:

Hungry For Happiness – One Women’s Journey From Fighting Food To Finding Freedom: How To End Binge Eating, Forever [Click on link to order]

Never Binge Again(tm): Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person. Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice! [Click on link to order]

The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook: An Integrated Approach to Overcoming Disordered Eating (The New Harbinger Whole-Body Healing Series)

If you would like help identifying the trigger foods and feelings that spur you to binge or overeat, determining how stress, depression, and anxiety may be affecting your eating and learn how to calm yourself in stressful times with nourishing self-care practices, while learning to appreciate and accept your body I will be offering a 10-day FREE online class beginning September 11, 2017.
If you are looking to gain FOOD FREEDOM and would like help from someone who understands your struggle and has the tools to help you reach your goals and will be with you every step of the way, please reach out to me via email, Facebook, or the contact form on this site. 

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