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Binge Eating Help - Be True To Yourself, Eat Naturally All the Time

March 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 152

I've just had a wonderful week on camp with my youngest boy and 57 other year 6 children plus 12 parents/teachers. We had a wonderful time and I took the opportunity to observe how everyone was eating. With this many people it is pretty indicative of how most of us will eat when we get in a group situation where the choice of when and what we eat is not available to us.

The food was delicious. There was a great choice between healthy nutritious food and treat type items. Food was available 6 times a day and everyone agreed that it was all fabulous. However it was definitely designed more towards children, with options such as nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizzas etc. As far as the adults were concerned there was only one meal of corned beef, vegetables and mustard sauce that could really be classed as "adult type" food. However it didn't matter as there was always lots of salad and vegetables available and all the food was home made and tasty.

What was interesting however was just how much food most people ate. Seconds were always available and main meals were followed immediately with pudding. More than half the children/adults went back regularly for seconds. I would say most people always had pudding. I could see by the looks on their faces that they were uncomfortable after eating so much food at one time. However they did it every night, probably for these reasons:

  1. The food was delicious and they wanted more whether they were full or not.
  2. They didn't want to miss out on pudding, as this was the only time it was available.
  3. Most people were getting seconds/pudding and they didn't want to be different.
  4. They were offered more food and felt obliged to eat it.

These are all very common scenarios, however if we are no longer hungry the extra food is not going to satisfy us. All it serves to do is make us feel uncomfortable and ultimately guilty later on because we've eaten too much.

This is how I dealt with the same situation. Even though we could choose the food we wanted at each meal the portion sizes were large.

  1. I only ate until I was satisfied, which was somewhere between half and three quarters what was dished up. What was left went in the scraps for the pigs.
  2. I never went up for seconds, as I was already satisfied.
  3. I never had pudding straight after dinner. I went up and got it and kept it aside for later. One time I had it for morning tea the next day, another time I had it at supper time.
  4. I did not feel over full or uncomfortable, nor did I feel deprived.

Even though I was in a different situation where I wasn't in control of when and what I ate, I was still able to control how I ate it. This meant I was still able to eat naturally, be true to myself and only eat the amount of food my body needed. This is where eating naturally is so wonderful, you can do it anywhere, you simply listen to your own body just like you would at home.

I am a Natural Eating Consultant, wife and mother who has recovered from 6 years of depression, a side effect of which was bulimia. I used to binge on food uncontrollably and then exercise excessively to get rid of it. In my mid thirties I was introduced to Natural Eating which together with personal development, allowed me to learn to love and trust myself enough to make a full recovery. My weight settled at a healthy weight for me in 1998 and has remained at this level ever since. Previously, I'd had weight and food related issues for over 20 years. I have now written an e-book entitled "Empower yourself by eating what you want - how to lose weight naturally without dieting." For a FREE copy please click the following link

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