Compulsive Eating

Why Compulsive Eating Is BS?

Are you a binge eater? Do you overeat? Do you like to numb out on food? Well you are not alone.

Eating disorders are on the rise and somehow we can’t seem to understand the root cause of the issue, which is body shame, low body-esteem issue and weight struggles.

If we didn’t care so much about our body to try to use it to solve our problem, which is to fit into society, food would loose its power over us.

Instead of focusing on why you binge, let’s use our language to help us to feel better about ourselves while we are re-building our relationship with food.

 Labeling behaviors where you identify yourself with the label - I’m a binge eater or I have an eating disorder - is not going to help you to re-build your relationship with food.

Next time you eat compulsively in the form of binge eating, overeating, etc. think about your eating behavior this way:

I just ate past of point of fullness. I just ate a bunch of food. That’s it. Isn’t doesn’t that feel so much better?

Stop using our language to make yourself feel worse than you should.

Mental conditioning such as guilt and shame around food only […]

How To Get Rid Of Feeling Ashamed After Binging Or Overeating?

I have been in a place many times in my life when my low body esteem would make me jump on diet plans.

And then, once I ate something I shouldn’t have eaten based on my diet plan -  in order to manage my weight - it could trigger me into feeling ashamed of my own behavior, which led me to binging or overeating even more.

Shame is a silent epidemic and is universal. For women and girls the #1 shame is body image.

Unwanted identities such as “how you suppose to look like” can come from:

Families
Cultural messages
Stereotypes

By being aware of how you talk to yourself – the little voice inside your head when it kicks in saying you ate too much, you blew it or you are disgusting – can make a huge difference how to overcome feeling of shame after a binge.

You can choose to have another voice, a conscious voice in your mind, which is a much softer and kinder voice while you are practicing shame resilience.

Just think about it: the compulsiveness around food whether that is binging or overeating wouldn’t even bother you if you didn’t have body shame.

Most likely you couldn’t care less about emotional eating to begin with if you had zero bad […]

Everything You Need To Know About Compulsive Eating

Compulsive eating is an umbrella term for “reacting eating”, which is based on thoughts, beliefs or emotions.

In order to move through your feelings, you lean on binge eating, numbing, overeating, emotional eating, or mood eating as a means to distract yourself.

It can take the form of eating alone or among people, but the bottom line is taking the edge off of a feeling you can’t handle.

I am going to identify sixteen types of “reactive eating” patterns. 

When you eat at these times, you are not physically hungry and therefore your eating is beyond your physical needs.

Some types might be applicable to you, and some won’t be. Battling even one can be difficult.

 I Deserve to Eat
You have too much to do in your life, and you feel you deserve to wind down with food and get inspired with bouts of emotional eating.
Can’t Be Perfect

Many times, women put one aspect of their lives ahead of every other. It’s like saying that to be successful in one thing, other aspects need to suffer. It can lead to feeling a lack in one aspect of your life so great that you try to overcompensate it with food.
Stress-Related Eating
At times of emotional stress, food can be used as a tool to manage stress, push down emotions. Emotional state can […]