Monday, January 21, 2013
During a case regarding hard-core pornography Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said that he couldnít specifically define it, but he knew it when he saw it.
How to define a binge:
By quantity of food eaten?
Iíve had some pretty big meals that didnít qualify
The length of time we keep at it?
On the cruise we had some 7 (yes seven) course meals that took a very long time.
Definitely not binge material.
How quickly we shove food in our mouths?
Iíve rushed plenty of times eating ďon the runĒ
Is it the type of food weíre eating?
Determined by total calories or maybe fat or sugar content?
Iíve eaten a lot of cheesecake and strudel that I never put in the binge category
Does it matter WHY weíre doing it?
Does there have to be an emotional trigger?
Is it the same as mindless eating?
Last night while watching football with the grandchildren, I ate a bunch of snacks, some healthy, most not. It was more than I should have eaten - excited eating - but not binge-worthy.
Do we have to be alone? Doing it in secret?
I know when my daughter says, ďdo you really want to be eating that?Ē that Iím more likely to stop. (Note: DH never says that!)
Maybe itís the lack of control we feel as weíre doing it?
The voice that says, ďyou shouldnít be doing this, itís bad for you; youíll feel terrible laterĒ and we answer the voice by doing it anyway.
Maybe like Justice Stewart said, we know it when see it, or rather, when weíre doing it. How we define it may be different for each of us. What we tend to agree on is that itís bad for us and something that we should strive to avoid. If you are susceptible to binges, itís a rare person who can cut them out completely for all time.
Maybe overcoming the temptation is just one more step in knowing ourselves and we are all worth knowing. If we slip up, just forgive ourselves and move on.