It's THAT season again...
FROM HALLOWEEN THRU EASTER:
'TIS THE SEASON TO BINGE + OVEREAT.
All our danger foods are out. The excess of food + treats are constant and everywhere. It's almost impossible to avoid the reasons to (over)eat -- there's the parties, the traditions, the end-of-year push, the family stress, the cold, the exhaustion, the bowls and plates and boxes and bags that give way to the same crazy spiral of cravings, overeating + binge fests that takes over every October to Easter.
LET'S GET REAL. JANUARY'S DIET
NEVER WORKS, LASTS OR MAKES UP FOR IT.
We tell ourselves we'll make up for it... that we'll "be good," we'll diet + exercise "right" come January. Most of us have tried every diet, (over)exercise, pill, magic superfood + compensation method you can name to make up for our eating. But, many of us flop back into another eating marathon around Valentine's Day and it slides past Easter, until we realize we panic at the thought of summer clothes and events closing in on us.
But here's the thing...
IF WE KNOW HOW TO STOP A BINGE,
WE CAN end tHE crazy FOOD CYcle.
Whether our binge eating has been sporadic, seasonal, or constant, whether it's revolved around junk food or "healthy" superfoods, most of us don't like the compulsion to eat that dominates our thoughts, damages our bodies + destroys our peace.
Nutrition is absolutely the starting point - our macros must be properly sourced + balanced. But nutrition is only the beginning of the full solution. We need to learn how to redirect our thoughts and actions in that pivotal, crisis moment of craving so we don't give into the food.
I personally struggled with binge eating for years before becoming a whole-foods nutritionist and nutritional therapy practitioner. Because I can only help a limited number of people in my small, private practice, I try to help others by publishing articles on my Fit + Full blog, and by giving away this guide I put together to help those who struggle overcome the urge to (over)eat in that moment of craving.
Hope it helps!
- Laura, NTP