You want to know what the biggest a-ha moment was during my recovery from binge eating nearly a decade ago?
My out-of-control eating wasn't actually the problem. It was actually only the symptom. Want to know what the problem was?
Restricting my food was leading me to binge. (There is a lot of research to back this up. Here is one particular study.)
So, what is restriction? It can be a lot of different things.
Diets are the most obvious form of restriction. But there are many other sneaky forms of restriction:
Judging foods as good or bad, and beating myself up when I ate "bad" foods. That was restriction.
Tracking macros in MyFitnessPal. That was restriction.
Doing a "cleanse" for "health." That was restriction.
Embracing the next shiny "healthy lifestyle change."
All of these restrictions lead to out-of-control eating.
Take a moment and check yourself. How are you restricting your eating? Hit reply and tell me the different ways that you currently restrict your eating.
Now, I can hear you saying, "But if I don't restrict myself, I will just go crazy and eat everything in the world. I hear you. But here is the truth.
Restricting and out-of-control eating are just different sides of the same coin. So many people before you have learned how to stop restricting and have seen their urge to binge just drop away.
Just imagine what it would feel like if you were able to stop the out-of-control eating and not have to restrict yourself.
Where you are able to enjoy food, but not obsess about it. Where you eat food that feels good in your body, and then you just move on with your day. Where you focus all that mental energy that used to be on food onto whatever bad*ss creations that were once only in your wildest dreams.
I want to see what you are going to create when you have healed your struggles with food.
You've got this. Keep learning. Stay in touch. And put on your crown.