Compulsive Eating-101 & Some Principles That Resonate With Me

Compulsive Eating-101 & Some Principles That Resonate With Me

Hey babes!


Last week, my module in my holistic nutrition course at the Institute For Integrative Nutrition was all about disordered behaviours + food, one of which is compulsive eating.

A lot of the principles resonated with me after having personally dealt with this for a few months in recovery. I often felt compelled to eat even if I wasn’t hungry because I “had to” comply with my meal plan & often, that turned into binging.

Compulsive eating is defined as the mindless consumption of lots of food in a short period of time, even when not hungry. Often, the person is so out of tune with their body that they can’t stop once they had enough, leading extreme guilt & shame.

It’s often caused by depression/anxiety, lack of impulse control, low self-esteem, loneliness, trauma or bad body image. It’s different for all but one thing is true: there are always underlying life-affirming reasons why we use food for comfort/peace of mind, even if we’re not hungry.

Here are some of the principles I learned & felt wold be beneficial to share with you guys;

  • Compulsive eating is the symptom, not the problem. When you understand WHY you do it, you’re able to get to the root & solve the problem & the compulsion slowly fades.
  • Eat when you’re hungry & stop when you’re full. It takes time to master, but it’s attainable if you persist & don’t give up.
  • Eat sitting down & without distractions. It’s easy to get carried away with portions when you’re watching TV or reading.
  • Eat what your body wants & don’t settle for “low” sugar/fat/calorie options. They won’t satisfy you & you may end up binging later.

    • To read more about cravings, click here.
    • To read more about binging, click here.
  • Eat smaller meals, eat slowly & enjoy so that you never feel starving, digestion is enhanced + you appreciate the food.
  • Approach your diet with love & the idea that food gives you the nourishment you need to feel good.
  • What we pay attention to grows. Focus on building a positive relationship with food & it’ll happen.
  • If you spend your life rooting out pain, you’ll become a hunter of pain, not a finder of joy. Don’t use food to conceal pain. Instead, heal your pain & you won’t need to use anything to mask it.
  • The best way out is through. If the binge happens, don’t dwell on it. Move on & wake up the next day with a fresh perspective. You’re worth more than a binge.

What are some of your tips to cope with this common issue? I’d love to hear! xx


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