Self Control; the ability to regulate one's emotions, thoughts and actions in the face of temptations and impulses. Binge eating is all about self-control... and about loosing it tremendously when your temptations and impulses go overboard. It's about being on a diet, eating healthy or preventing yourself from eating specific kinds of food (for instance sugar, carbs and/or fat) for a while, having a huge control over yourself, but then loosing it all and wanting to eat everything in your way. I got a mail from a girl lately, who asked for help with her binge eating disorder...
This girl asked for help; how to be able to eat healthy (which she thought wasn't eating fast carbs and sugar) without loosing the control and eat all of the things she has prevented herself from eating. What I told her? I told her to "Don't exclude. Include everything.". Yes, I told her to increase her intake of carbs (which was her bigest fear) and to eat a little bit of sugar everyday. It's NOT unhealthy. Being able to treat yourself a little bit of sugar (for instance a piece of chocolate, a cinnamon bun to the "fika" or a soda) is what keeps your mind sane and what your body will appreciate you for in the long term. This girl was also working out a lot so she wouldn't have any problems of increasing the carb intake.
My "weakness" has always been bread and butter. I absolutely love it, and whenever I got a binge eating it was those I started with. I was told to start to add a sandwich into my diet every single day. It was frightening at first eating A SANDWICH ... since that was what previously triggered me to binge eating (crazy huh?). However, when I added that sandwich into my diet and started eating more carbs - which my body was yearning for - I got a better self-control and didn't binge eat. It took a while and I still work with it, but I have definitely seen the difference in including everything rather than excluding.
It's good to have self-control, but too much of it often leads to loosing it completely. Be kind towards yourself instead!❤️
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