The definition of binge eating is the consumption of large quantities of food in a short period of time, accompanied by feelings of being out of control, followed by guilt and shame.
Emotional eating is, eating in response to feelings instead of hunger, such as stress, boredom, loneliness to name a few.Emotional eating can be a once off thing, but often the relief we experience from numbing of feelings with food can lead to a binge or a series of binges.
For many years I thought my problem with emotional eating and binge eating was my diet. Thoughts like “maybe if I eat paleo, then I’ll be able control my binges”, ” maybe I lack will power”, ” maybe if I ignore it, it will go away”. These thoughts were not helpful and did not provide me with a solution to my problem.
What I didn’t know was that I needed to find the causes of my binges and not another diet or “lifestyle change”.
So, what causes a binge?
A binge is caused buy an urge, an uncontrollable desire to eat, as much as possible and right away. Without the urge, there won’t be a binge.
So let’s delve one step further and explore what creates the urge to binge?
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