Did you miss our episode on overcoming binge eating? Read the 5 main takeaways from our discussion with Dr. Michael Vallis below…
- Overeating is more common when we’re tired, often after dinner-time or late at night. Become aware of your high-risk times of the day – times where we commonly, or are more likely to, eat in a way that doesn’t align with our health goals. This can help prevent overeating or uncontrolled eating.
- A “binge” is when [around] 3-4,000 calories are consumed in a short period of time, leading to shame and regret. Binges differ from uncontrolled eating – feeling out of control with food – which is more common and often mistakenly referred to as binge eating.
- Eating mindfully can prevent overeating. Eating without distractions, such as not looking at your phone or watching TV, is a great way to do this!
- As a strategy to combat uncontrolled eating, find another non-food related activity that provides you with a similar sense of comfort that food would provide, ie: a relaxing warm bath, talking on the phone with a friend, or even doing yoga, so we avoid turning only to food in stressful times!
- Depriving or restricting yourself from any type of food (especially our favorite treats!) can easily lead to overeating. Remember to include all foods in moderation.