Over the last several years, I’ve been able to identify a few big, flashing, neon signs that, if I pay attention, will warn me that I’m headed toward a binge.
1. I start feeling “fat.”
I used to feel fat constantly—for, oh, I dunno, about 20 years?!—but it’s very rare these days. Now, when it does happen (like today actually–uh oh), I know I need to take a few quiet minutes to journal or meditate and see if I can identify what’s really going on.
2. I want to add extra stuff to my food.
Instead of being satisfied with my usual yummy yogurt-blueberries-and-walnuts snack, sometimes I find myself wanting to add all kinds of other stuff to it. Nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, lots of agave nectar. I call that “messing with my food.” And it means I’m searching for some extra satisfaction or comfort…in the wrong place.
3. I want to be alone.
I don’t just mean regular needing alone time. I mean not wanting to answer the phone when it rings. Not wanting to meet up with friends. Feeling like I want to avoid socializing at work. Big alarm bells! That desire to sort of fold in on myself is a sign I feel unsafe and want to isolate for protection—usually it’s because I have some unresolved anxiety or worry I haven’t spent enough time processing. If I don’t take the time to do just that, I’m at major risk of overeating.
Does any of this resonate with you guys? Have you identified signs that you’re about to overeat or binge? What are they?
[pic: Tomi Tapio]