Studies prove that people are more likely to stay on track when "eyes are watching them." A mirror on the refrigerator, and one in the pantry, may subconsiously reduce snacking, sneaking or binging. PLUS, looking at yourself will remind you of your goals and help make that decision on whether you are going to snack or choose another option when you are not truly hungry.
I always experience a food craving after lunch. To keep myself busy and tasty,I make myself a cup of tea or coffee. When I have coffee I add a stevia sweetener and semi-skimmed milk. It saves me calories and I feel satisfied.
If you've begun to give into a serious binge episode, don't hide; go find someone and tell them! As soon as you start talking, you will hear how foolish your actions were, and your escalating emotions will abate, giving your mind a chance to sort things out and get you off your path of destruction. Not only that, but you'll have someone to hold you accountable. This saved my day today, after a three-cookie trigger.
Instead of bingeing or otherwise emotionally overeating, spend some time on the Spark People message boards and reading other members' blogs. It's much harder to stuff your face when you're reading about others' successes and challenges. It helps to put eating in to perspective and of course there are always articles/blogs/posts to remind us of reasons not to and alternatives to binge eating.
I asked my boyfriend to chop up onions one night right? He chopped them, didn't wash his hands and then ate a bunch of my mini rice cakes out of the bag. I tell you what, the next day when i went to binge of them, they all tasted like onions. So if you find yourself binge eating like i do sometimes, touch a food you do not like (such as onions for me) and try to binge while you have a unappetizing flavor on your hands. Sounds silly, but it definitely worked for me!
If you have a "trigger food" or binge item, one thing that helps me is to decide only to eat one type. I'll have a small serving of strawberry ice cream but say no to every other flavor or brand, just to keep from eating it except as a special "treat." Make a decision it is not worth it unless you have your choice - choose to say no otherwise.
cravings getting the best of you,? Before you reach for that comfort food grab a carrot or apple, if possible wait until you've eaten your 5 servings of fruits/veggies , They provide bulk and will reduce your desire.
If you keep your peanut butter in the freezer it makes it really hard to stand at the kitchen counter and eat it with a spoon when you go into a peanut butter frenzy. You have to fight with it to get a serving... so you usually give up before over indulging.
Research shows that some food manufacturers combine fat, sugar and salt to stimulate ‘reward centres’ in the brain, causing addiction just as tobacco does. We then crave these foods and can't stop eating them even when we're full. Sound familiar?
As you grocery shop for the next month, slowly add healthy snacks to your shopping list, and don't buy the unhealthy binge foods you used to eat. It's easier to adapt to a gradual change, and you'll end up with a fridge/pantry full of yummy snacks that won't get you into too much trouble!
Through the 12-Step program of OA, I learned that I had a disease, and that will-power and self-esteem did not help me stop eating compulsively. Through working this program and defining my own meal plan, I have lost weight, but more important regained my emotional and spiritual balance.
Someone brought a plate of your favorite cookies to work and you just have to have one. How do you handle that? Do you tell yourself that you can have just one and TRY not to eat anymore? That never worked for me, so I started doing the following.
You know after a BIG workout at the gym you get home and fell like you can eat a horse (to restore your body's energy.) Anway I always make myself a big salad for lunch, w/carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatos, protein and maybe cheese. I also have fruit after.