What To Do After A Binge?

If you’ve ever visited binge city, you know the guilt and loss of control that comes with it. These terrible feelings usually lead to hours on the treadmill, starvation, and more restrictions. Remember, restricting yourself after a binge will only result in more binge eating later.

Maybe you’ll feel better after I tell you that no one possesses an unlimited amount of willpower. So don’t punish yourself for being human. You have to understand that it’s all part of the process. I’m sure many will disagree with this post because binging is often associated with emotional eating and the best thing to do would be to prevent it all together. But I am a realist and I know binges will happen. So, here are my best tips on what to do after a binge.

Don’t Skip Meals!

It doesn’t matter what your body ate the day before or the meal you had earlier. Binging sometimes makes you feel like you need to skip a meal. But remember that your body needs protein, carbs, fat, vitamins, and nutrients to function optimally… so you still need to eat honey. And if you skip the most important meal of the day, that just sets you up for another binge later on and your cravings will be out of this world. Remember to always seize the day with a fresh start. Don’t let the past prevent you from reaching your goals. So if you have a binge, just make sure you are consuming healthy foods and portions in your next meals of the day.

Get The Body Moving

Don’t use exercise as a punishment. Just because you binged doesn’t mean you have to “make up for it” with high-intensity exercise. This will throw you in a nasty and unhealthy cycle. Take a walk or practice a few minutes of yoga to get things moving. Really, this tip is dependent upon your mindset. If you view exercising after a binge as a way to compensate for the extra calories you consumed, don’t do it. But if you look at exercise as a way to heal your body, get up and move around!

 

Stay Hydrated

Of course, you should always be drinking enough water, but you should turn the hose up a notch after a binge. You were most likely not pigging out on fruits and vegetables, but sugary and salty foods. It’s important to up your water intake in order to flush out the excess sodium and toxins in the body. This will help reduce bloating and make you feel 110% better. Drinking a warm glass of water with lemon juice in the mornings is also a great way to aid in your digestion for the rest of the day.

Write It Down

As I mentioned earlier, binge eating is often emotional. So, I think it’s a great idea to jot down your thoughts. Ask yourself, what caused the binge? If you look close enough, you can figure out what your triggers are. Then you can create a plan to prevent it from happening in the future. Keep track of the types of food you ate, cravings, and what even took place just before you downed a whole package or Oreos.

Get Back In The Swing Of Things

This might be easier read than done, but getting back to your healthy routine as soon as possible is best for your mental and physical health. It’s easy to stress yourself out about having all that junk food. Instead, recognize that you’ve binged and move forward. The worst thing is dwelling on the past and repeating those mistakes just because you think it’ll just happen again. And if you had a binge episode, guess what? You’re not going to gain weight by having one minor slip up. Just like you wouldn’t eat a piece a lettuce and have abs, you’re not going to eat like shit for a day and gain a bunch of weight. Get back on track on your very next meal and leave it in the past.

 

 

What do you do to prevent binging?

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Peace & Love,

Heather

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