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Should I Avoid Binge Food?

by nina on May 23, 2012

should i avoid binge eating foodWhen beginning recovery this is a BIG issue.

To have binge food or not to have it at all…

If this is something you have been struggling with, then this week’s Q & A with Nina is just for you!

Find out the 3 things to focus on, which helped me a lot when I was in that place of having fear about “binge” food, bit also wanting FREEDOM.

Watch this video for some awesome tips on dealing with binge food & make sure you leave your comments, questions and tips!

I would love to hear about your challenges and victories over binge eating. Share YOUR story – you will inspire others and help your own recovery by shedding light on the eating disorder.

Now check out this week’s Q&A Tips From NinaV-TV

“Whatever is exposed to the light becomes light itself”

– Ekhart Tolle (The Power of Now)

Now, I want to hear from you!

1. How do you deal with binge food?

2. Do you have any tips about incorporating binge food into your recovery?

3. Have you overcome your binge food fear and are living with freedom?

4. are you still struggling and need help?

Let us all know – we are here to help each other!

This is a really important topic if you’re committed to making a change in your recovery and so I’m excited to see your contribution in the conversation below.

As always make your comments as specific as possible so that other people can benefit from your genius!

 

Passionately dedicated to YOUR freedom,

Nina

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Cindy May 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Wow, Michele–what you said is spot on “If I want it later, then I don’t want it”. I’ve done this so many times, buy a food for “later” even though I don’t necessarily want it “now”. I’ve just never really thought about it before. Thank you for clarifying that for me!

1) Well, I don’t have particular binge foods. I’ll binge on whatever random foods I have, stuff I don’t necessarily like. But, there are certain foods that I have restricted in the past and I am slowly starting to make peace with them (Ex: there has been ice cream in my fridge for over a week and I’ve only had a bit of it. I like it, but I don’t feel compelled to eat the whole carton.)

2) As for advice, I am still in the recovery process, but something that helps me is to take a step back, breathe and decide what it is I WANT to eat before I eat. Then, to make it and sit down to eat it. With this has to come absolute permission to eat whatever you want, what will taste good and feel good. I don’t do this all the time yet, but I am getting closer!

3) Not yet….I had a pretty bad binge on Monday. But, the rest of the week has been good. Feeling like that reminded me that I do NOT want to be in that place anymore.

4) Obviously, I am still struggling. Mostly with giving myself permission to eat. I still have the mindset that I should eat “less” and I should ignore my hunger/fullness cues. So, I’m working on being mindful and loving.

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nina May 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

Hi Cindy,

great tip on creating space and calm before you eat. When we are anxious we act compulsively.

#2 – yes we can even binge on “healthy” things – I did this a lot. I would stock up on things that were really “healthy” & the next day they were all gone. Its such a conniving and sneaky disease!

#3 – It takes what it takes to get you there. Sometimes it has to become disgustingly painful before we say “ENOUGH”.

#4 – the more you practice the more evidence you will get that the important thing to focus on is what YOU want and as a result there will be no binges, weight gain or obsession. yes this takes time, but you have identified it very honestly and that is a crucial first step!
Well done!!

Nina x

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Michele May 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Great topic, Nina. This is a tricky one for most people I would imagine. I knew I didn’t want to create a deprivation mentality by forbidding certain foods, but I didn’t want to set myself up for failure either, especially at the beginning of recovery. I think your idea of reintroducing the food slowly is really good.

One thing I noticed early on in my own recovery was whenever I bought binge food I was buying it to enjoy “later.” If I asked myself, “Do I want to eat this right now?” the answer was almost always “no.” Just asking this question snapped me back to the present moment, and I usually ended up putting the food back on the shelf without feeling deprived. This worked equally well for me whether the food was on the store shelf or the home shelf.

However, sometimes the answer was “Yes, I really want this.” For those times, I found that almost all food comes in single serving sizes now, so I just bought the single size and ate it at the exact moment I wanted it. It might sound obvious, but it is very difficult to binge on the single serving size of anything. Not getting full from any particular food kept me from slipping into the “all or nothing” mentality that so often kicks in a binge. My mind doesn’t register the distinction in sizes, it just notices we ate what we really wanted, and we are happy.

Another strategy I used was to freeze certain foods. That way, I didn’t feel like they were forbidden. If I was willing to take a food out and wait for it to defrost, then I knew I really wanted it. For me, it’s all about staying in the present moment with food. If I want it now, then I want it. If I want it later, then I don’t want it.

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nina May 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

Hi Michele,

That is exactly what I did. When I felt hungry I went out and bought what I wanted (really wanted) and then got on with my life.
it creates mental space so you are not obsessing about whether you are hungry again to eat what is in your fridge/cupboard.
Just keep it as simple as possible.
Eat what you want, stop when you are full, don’t think about it again.

Great tips Michele!

Nina x

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Maria May 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

1. When I eat it I almost always feel guilty and unhealthy afterwards.

2. I think what you said is perfect, incorporate them slowly so as to not get overwhelmed. I’m still in the early stages of my recovery so not ready yet to be giving any advice.

3. Not yet but I’m more hopeful now than ever before that this is possible for me. I’ve seen glimpses of light!

4. I find I’m beginning to eat more intuitively, some days I feel so free and amazed and in love with my body, it’s really nice! But when I stay at someone’s house for a few days I don’t really get to ask myself “what do I feel like eating right now” and I completely lose my focus. My friend eats different to me, (usually less as he doesn’t have anxiety about food) and I stop trusting myself. I don’t know when I’m full any more, and even when sometimes I realise it I can’t stop eating or don’t feel like it. I lose the power to control my thoughts and start torturing myself again with negative thoughts about myself. When I’m back home it takes me a few days to get back on track again. I don’t want to have to do this every time I go on a trip.. Can you please help?
If my question isn’t clear please tell me and I’ll try and express it better.

Thank you so much.

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nina May 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

Hi Maria,

Glimpses are all you need in the beginning & that is what you have to hang onto – if you can get a glimpse then it means it IS slowly manifesting.
You are starting to believe and once you believe & have faith that it is possible, you are more than half way there.

As for the guilt – trying eating out with people, especially “normal” eaters. We tend to isolate and lose perspective on what is normal, hence the guilt!

#4 – Focus on the times when you were free and in love with your body. you are adding to the anxiety with the “compare and despair” thinking – thats when the disease takes over. Fill your mind with the times that you felt completely free, visualize that and even FORCE those thoughts in to combat the eating disorder – our brains can only have one thought at a time. The more you visualize the freedom and glimpses, as well as doing the affirmations, the more the anxiety will ease.

Another tip – reach out and talk to someone. tell them what your “mind” is telling you and through the power of you talking about it you will see how false and insane it is!

Nina x

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Maria May 31, 2012 at 12:50 am

Thanks so much for your reply.

I’m being kinder to myself already. The more constant I am with my visualisations, affirmations and positive thoughts, the better I feel.

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