Okay the other day was the first time I have made anything with gluten free sliced bread. (Recipe on my profile) Bread has always been a favorite of mine and I was scared to try gluten free bread in worry some that it would send me into a binge eating cycle or make me fall back from my diet causing me to eat regular white gluten filled bread. And let’s be real, it’s pretty hard to go from red lobster biscuits, to gluten free. I am happy to say I only ate 1 piece of toast though! Lets talk about that because this is definitely huge for me and hasn’t been that easy if I’m honest.
Before we get into it, we need to know what binge eating is, which is when someone frequently consumes unusually large amounts of food in one sitting and you have a feeling that your eating behavior is out of control. You may not think so or didn’t know, but Binge eating is a severe disorder and can be life-threatening. BUT it’s a treatable eating disorder that’s for sure. I mean I’m living proof. But I won’t tell you how to treat it because you need to see a Dr. for medical advice, but I will share that I have been in your shoes if you’re one of those people. In my opinion part of the cure is mind over matter. Trusting yourself and finding the root of the problem so you’re able to help yourself. To me this disorder is similar to a drug addiction. Nobody will be able to do it for you, you will have to do it for yourself, by yourself. Question, Have you ever ate foods that you’ve avoided for so long? Does any foods trigger a binge?What foods trigger a binge?
I don’t think I would have been able to stop the binge cycle with my bad bread eating habit, but here I am! I would say what helped me was actually committing, educating myself on the benefits and then applying it to my life like I had no other option. Do or die. With binge eating you have to take those tiny scary steps, even if it means “failing” at first. You have to learn “probably the hard way” that restricting yourself is never the way to stop binge eating for good. Every time I have binged, I learned something from it. Whether I saw it at the time or not, I had to pay attention to my binges to learn how to stop them. So I started asking myself some questions.
What just happened?
My answer: I don’t know.
This is the biggest issue, not acknowledging their is a problem or that you have one. As soon as you can change your answer from “I don’t know” to “I just binged”, you most likely will keep going to a cycle. It’s important to take accountability for our actions. You can’t move on an honestly answer the next self awareness questions without answering this one honestly.
Why did I binge?
My answer: I got stressed
Through the clear mind I got taking off gluten, I began to counter act those thoughts and say,
“It could be worse and thank you God.”
“I like myself, so it’s okay to be lonely”
These were my results getting past the first mental hurdle when dealing with this disorder.
Was it the food that caused it or was I stressed? Or both?
My answer: Both
Both caused it for me because I love food and if I allowed my stress to overwhelm me, it was comforting whenever I would eat.
What can I do differently that would stop this from happening again?
My answer & conclusion: step 1 would be to go back to question 1 and make sure you’re being honest with yourself. If you can do that, you’re already on the road to change.
What you learn from each binge will tell you how to prevent the next one. Honestly and the answer might not be the one you’re ready for. But be honest with yourself most importantly because that is what’s going to nip whatever the cause is in the bud. It might mean that the routine you live your life by has to change. And your body might change with it. You have to know it’s okay if it does. When you are ready to embrace change, you will start learning from your binges, and that will be the key to how you stop binge eating. I think the most rewarding and satisfying feeling is when you overcome and accomplish something that once held you captive. That is the very thing that has kept me on track, Seeing self discipline in myself that I have never had before. Believe in yourself and anything you set your mind to will change.