Evenings can be one of the most dangerous times for parents trying to lose weight. Once the kids are in bed and you finally have a moment to relax, it feels good to enjoy a snack in front of the TV. The problem is most parents go for a sweet or salty snack that will not help them reach their goals. Take a minute to ask yourself if that snack is really what you want right now.
When you eat while distracted, you’re missing out on huge pieces of the experience of eating. You’re not paying attention to where you are. You’re not paying attention to who you’re with and, most importantly for those of us who battle over eating, you’re not paying attention to the food that’s going into your mouth or your inner hunger and satisfaction cues.
When I finally gave up eating and went to sleep I was feeling completely numb. This morning I woke up feeling bloated, ashamed, unmotivated, and depressed. Despite the 844,698,623.974 times I have told myself not to binge eat- I woke up from another night of over eating feeling disappointed, but not surprised.
Binge eating is not the same as eating an extra piece of cake at a party or going back for seconds at dinner time. It is a life threatening disorder that involves eating large quantities of food, quickly, to the point of discomfort. Like me, most people with binge eating disorder feel a lot of shame and guilt for this.