Binge eating disorder affects 3-5% of women (about 5 million) and 2 % of men (3 million). (souce)
Binge eating disorder can leave you feeling stressed, depressed, and out of control. Often times it feels as if no matter how hard you try to control your eating, you’re never fully able to. If this sounds like you, read below for some tips and tricks on how to manage binge eating.
- Manage stress. One of the most important aspects of controlling binge eating is to find alternate ways to handle stress and other overwhelming feelings without using food. These may include exercising, meditating, using sensory relaxation strategies, and practicing simple breathing exercises.
- Don’t Skip Meals. Eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism in the morning. Follow breakfast with a balanced lunch and dinner, and healthy snacks in between. Stick to scheduled mealtimes, as skipping meals often leads to binge eating later in the day.
- Avoid Your Binge Foods. You’re much more likely to overeat if you have junk food, desserts, and unhealthy snacks in the house. Remove the temptation by clearing your fridge and cupboards of your favorite binge foods.
- Stop dieting. The deprivation and hunger of strict dieting can trigger food cravings and the urge to overeat. Instead of dieting, focus on eating in moderation. Find nutritious foods that you enjoy and eat only until you feel content, not uncomfortably stuffed. Avoid banning certain foods as this can make you crave them even more.
- Exercise. Not only will exercise help you lose weight in a healthy way, but it also lifts depression, improves overall health, and reduces stress. The natural mood-boosting effects of exercise can help put a stop to emotional eating.
- Fight boredom. Instead of snacking when you’re bored, distract yourself. Take a walk, call a friend, read, or take up a hobby such as painting or gardening.
- Get enough sleep. If you’re tired, you may want to keep eating in order to boost your energy. Take a nap or go to bed earlier instead.
- Listen to your body. Learn to distinguish between physical and emotional hunger. If you ate recently and don’t have a rumbling stomach, you’re probably not really hungry. Give the craving time to pass.
- Keep a food diary. Write down what you eat, when, how much, and how you’re feeling when you eat. You may see patterns emerge that reveal the connection between your moods and binge eating.
- Get support. You’re more likely to succumb to binge eating triggers if you lack a solid support network. Talking helps, even if it’s not with a professional. Lean on family and friends, join a support group, and if possible consult a therapist.
All of the above tips are steps that I took to help overcome binge eating and they’re the same steps that I give to people everyday. Please, if you feel like there is no way out, know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You are not alone and you can beat this!
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~ Dani (little-miss-curvy)
Natalia Osipova in Giselle
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Opera Ballet School pupils stand in the foyer de la danse before rehersal for the “Générale” performance at Opera Garnier on April 12, 2013 in Paris, France.
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Hi everyone! I recently posted a Side-Split, and was asked how to enter the unusual pose. It’s normally done standing up, so the mat version is tricky to envision at first. So, here’s a photo tutorial :) Stay safe and enjoy this deep shoulder, hamstrings, and hip-opening stretch. I’ve seen a variation that includes binding your hands behind, just like Bird of Paradise — go as far as you feel confident and listen to your body xx
3 sets of 15 reps
Come into plank position, top of a push-up, holding and resting on a dumbbell in each hand anywhere from 5 to 15 lbs. Engage the core and lower the body down, keeping the body in a straight line and parallel to the floor. Push back up into plank and while balancing your weight on one hand, lift the other arm out to the side, pointing the dumbbell up towards the sky, palm facing out. Try to keep the hip points squared towards the floor as the arm lifts. There will be a slight twist through the core. Return to plank and repeat push-up, switching the arm lift. That was 1 rep. Continue this combination going for 15 reps. Rest and repeat.
Good for full body exercise, core strength, balance and coordination.
Standard Moves presented by PUMA.