How mediation can help with binge eating

29 Jan, 2020 | Binge and emotional eating recovery coach | 2 Comments

How mediation can help with binge eating

Meditation for binge eating
Meditation was a tool I used to become aware of what I was feeling
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Binge eating happens for no reason, or so it feels during a binge. I used to just go through my day and bam! an overpowering suffocating urge would set in and it would not shut up until I ate and in most cases it would tell me to keep going until I felt so sick and dizzy from what I have eaten. Then the ever present guilt would set in and that would trigger either a session of self abuse or another binge.

Stopping binge eating required me to alter my beliefs in my self worth and my body. The emotions that drove me to binge the most was anxiety, fear and loneliness this was my life for many years. I never told anyone because I didn’t think I had a binge eating problem, I thought I had a food problem. “I just have to find the right diet and this will stop” was a recurring thought in my mind. Eventually I found a solution in my own health coaching journey and it’s had pivotal shift in my life and my relationship with food. Food no longer controls my life, this is life changing for anyone battling with emotional or binge eating!!

My biggest lesson from my experience was learning to process my emotions instead of avoiding them (which would eventually end up with me crying on the kitchen floor hating myself for eating everything in sight). Meditation was a tool I used to become aware of what I was feeling in the first place, without it my mind would never have let me go there. The scary part was that I didn’t even realise I was feeling anxious, fear or loneliness, I have shoved my awareness of these feelings in such a dark corner that I didn’t even recognise them for what they were, all I had was the binge.

Meditation opened up my awareness to the fact that I was feeling emotions, F*ck, that was confrontational and uncomfortable but it opened up a new found understanding as to why I was using food as a coping mechanism. With the help of meditation, not only was I becoming aware of my emotions, but I was also able to process them without reaching for food and that is 100% empowering. This is why I have a daily meditation practice, it keeps me grounded and and it allows me to process what’s going on for me.

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