You know that feeling - the feeling of guilt and shame after you eat way too much?
(And let me be clear…by “too much” I mean more than your body wanted and therefore you’re uncomfortably full. “Too much” is often a construct handed to us by diet culture trying to tell us how much we are allowed to eat. I’m referring to the type of “too much” being communicated to you from your body.)
This feeling is miserable both physically AND emotionally.
And it’s often when the negative self-talk kicks in really loud:
THIS is why I can’t trust myself with that food. I knew I should have just gotten a salad. I need to have more willpower and be more disciplined. I’m going to gain SO much weight, and then I’m going to be miserable for the rest of my life. If I don’t get a handle on my eating I’m going to have a bunch of health issues. I’m such an idiot for letting myself eat that.
Any of this sound familiar to you?
I get it. And I also get that the knee-jerk response to binge eating is often to try and regain control over eating by eating really “healthy” or by avoiding those binge foods.
But the problem is this makes things worse. Because it increases the biological drive to binge in the long run. (Kind of confusing and counter-intuitive, I know.)
So what can you do instead? Hit play and listen to this episode!
“Emotions are like warning lights in your car.. We want to understand what the warning light is telling us so we can respond appropriately.” - Katy Harvey
“You need to just show yourself that you can have it(food) and that nothing catastrophic happens.” - Katy Harvey
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