Overeating is a coping mechanism that some of us have developed to help us deal with our lives and feelings. Why? Because life can be hard, and feelings are scary! Using food for this actually did help me for a while-before I had the strength to deal with all the drama in my house during high school, but it quickly outlived its usefulness, and the bingeing started harming me sooo much more than it helped.
There are many reasons I wanted to get better, of course, but these are the ones that have really hit home for me-and they keep me working on it and wanting to get even healthier about food! Let me know if they ring true for you:
3 Amazing Things That Happen When You Stop Emotionally Overeating
1. Your mind gets clearer! Seriously. Itâ€™s weird, but thereâ€™s something about all of that extra food, sugar, fat, whatever, that clouds your thinking and makes it hard to stay on track. Before I really tackled my bingeing problem I would miss classes, forget work deadlines, mess up times of meetings, show up late to nearly everything. (Just ask my friends…and boss.) Iâ€™m so much more successful than I thought I could be now that my brain has the right amount of fuel, not too much.
2. The self-loathing goes away. Itâ€™s easy to hate yourself when you feel so out of control. What kind of person canâ€™t control what they put in their mouth?! You feel hopeless, and worthlessâ€”and wow, does that hurt. But, guess what? One of the first things to go when you start getting better is that horrible hate. I see myself in a much more understanding light these days and havenâ€™t felt that meanness in years.
3. Your weight stabilizes. Dude, I never knew I could feel so comfortable in my body! I never knew Iâ€™d be wearing from season to season. Shorts I wore one summer rarely fit the next-usually theyâ€™d gotten too small, but sometimes they were too big if Iâ€™d gone on some Atkins diet or something. But now? Iâ€™ve worn basically the same size for more than two years. Itâ€™s really comforting to know that your body is in a good place. It seems mineâ€™s pretty happy with the way Iâ€™ve been feeding it.
There are so many more reasons to start getting better. Feel free to share some of your own.