As a person who suffers from binge eating, I am on a never ending quest to resolve complications associated with being overweight. While I’ve successfully lost weight on programs such as Weight Watchers, I continue to experience moments where cravings and binge eating consume my life.
Cravings are a large part of binge eating. As most women will tell you, cravings are something we all experience at some point in our lives; many of us during pregnancy or in periods of high stress.
If you suffer from significant cravings that attribute to your binge eating, there are ways in which you can control this “cause and effect” relationship. For example, if you have a particular food that you regularly crave, it is important to supplement your diet with other foods. For five or six days, try to eat a healthy diet that does not include foods that are unhealthy or foods that are part of your cravings. Research has shown that, after five days, you may actually get rid of your cravings for good and, instead, your body will only desire the healthy foods; a new kind of craving!
If your cravings are persistent, there is another way in which to avoid indulging and binge eating. Drinking two glasses of water and eating about one ounce of nuts, of any type, most people will realize a change in diet and cravings in about 20 minutes. This can be a great way to boost your health as well.
Some binge eaters have found that if they brush their teeth, especially when using mint toothpaste, binge eating can be averted and cravings can be extinguished. So, when you are highly stressed out, feel that urge to binge eat or you are craving something very unhealthy, choose, instead, to brush your teeth for several minutes. Not only will you save yourself from consuming unhealthy foods but you will also have nice, fresh breath and clean teeth.
I have found that if I allow myself a 10 to 15 minute nap, my cravings will dissipate. This may be attributed to the fact that my cravings and binge eating tend to come at times when my stress levels are at their peak. Allowing yourself to meditate or nap for a few moments may help to reduce your cycle of craving and, ultimately, improve your health with rest and relaxation.
As women continue to struggle with weight loss and body image issues, many will admit that the greatest challenge we face is in the overwhelming cravings that come at times when we are most vulnerable. Using these simple techniques, you can diminish the cravings and avert binge eating, leading to a more healthy weight.