I apologize if this week has been cluttered with more “ED” posts than usual. I just figured its the official start of eating/dieting season so food, stress, and cellulite is on many people’s minds lately.
The truth is, after years of eating meagerly, the latter decade of my eating disorder was a vicious “starve-all-day-binge-all-night” cycle. Oh and lots of exercise thrown in there. So I was still very underweight despite binge eating at night. Anyhow, lets get one thing straight: the definition of a “binge” is can be different depending on who you’re talking to. I met a girl in my treatment program that thought a bowl of cereal was a binge. Some people seem to think Thanksgiving is a form of a binge (and to those people: um, no…its usually just lunch or dinner with pumpkin and tryptophan but whatever..).
I’m not gonna tell you if you eat “x” amount its a binge. Thats a whole issue for another post.
But what I will tell you is some things that helped me after a binge:
Resume “Normal” Eating and DO NOT restrict food to compensate
Its the law of ED physics. To every restriction there is an equal or opposite binge. The more you restrict your food intake the more likely that you will end up binging. By not restricting you are getting rid of one of the main binge trigger culprits: ‘physical hunger’.
Leave The House (And See Some Pandas)
Even today, I often struggle with just ceasing to eat after a meal. Sometimes, I feel like my “off switch” isn’t working properly and I blame my several years of restriction for this. Anyhow, when I’m at home and I’m done with a meal and I just can’t seem to stop snacking after, I just leave the house and remove myself from the food. Go for a short walk (NOT a full on exercise routine to try to compensate!), a drive, a movie, a bookstore…Fuck, go to the zoo and see some pandas because pandas are cute, silly and probably fatter than you.
See, feel better, no?
Talk to Someone
This could be a therapist, but I for example can’t afford a therapist right now. So have a few close friends/hairdressers you feel comfortable shooting the shit to and give them a call or meet up. Its amazing how just connecting with someone can make you feel better and help get your mind off how bloated you feel.
Lots of “articles” will suggest to go for a run or do some yoga. But to be perfectly honest, just sleep it off. When I’m bloated and so full I’m about to burst (and yes, I get like that) the last thing I want to do is do downward dog. Resting makes my body feel best.
Wear Comfy Clothes
Don’t deny the fact that you feel bloated, gassy, and just plain irritable. Why suffer through with skinny jeans on?! This is why sweat pants are so fashionable. And here’s an added bonus: NO CAMELTOE!
Ok, you ate a lot. But its really not the end of the world. I personally don’t think you need to reflect on it too much. I had a therapist make me analyze and journal after I’d binge to “learn from it” but this just made things worse. Doing this might work for some people, but I like just trying to start with a clean slate and trying not to stew in what happened in the past. To quote Gone With The Wind, “Tomorrow is another day.”
Because at the end of the day, there really are worse things than overeating.
How do you get over eating a little more than usual? I hate saying “eating too much” because that’s hard to define and some people dont eat enough. Speaking of which, what do you think constitutes a binge?