Hi, I’m Jenny ...I’ve been a health and fitness coach for almost 4 years and I still struggle with binge eating!! #truth .
I talked about this in my current challenge group today and turns out, I’m not alone!! .
But good news, there are things we can do to make nutrition a little easier! Here are some simple tips to get you started:
*Prep/pre-portion some snacks in plastic containers or baggies - fruits, nuts, sliced veggies, etc. Have some ready to grab so you can reach for those instead of less healthy options! * Plan ahead! Write down what you plan to eat for the day, and then stick to that!! When you have a plan, you are much less likely to end up at a fast food restaurant or making other choices that don't support your goals. *Plan for some treats and then ENJOY them!! If you eat with your health in mind 80% of the time, you should be able to easily add in some treats and truly enjoy them because you KNOW that you are eating for your goals the majority of the time! Creating that balance & not completely restricting yourself will lead to a much happier you, trust me! When you feel restricted, you'll be more prone to binge! You can enjoy treats and still hit your goals, you just have to do a little planing to make it all work! *Find a tracking method that works for you! Whether you use an app, pen and paper, or some other method, paying attention to what you are eating and actually tracking it can be super eye-opening. You may not need to do this forever, but at least until you get into a grove of mindfulness when you eat so that "hidden" portions aren't sneaking in and sabotaging your results! ***AND finally....give yourself some grace!!! If this were easy, everyone would do it and we wouldn't have an obesity issue in our world! It is hard!! Take it easy on yourself and pay attention to when you tend to eat and what is driving you to do it (are you hungry? Or stressed? Or bored? Or anxious?) Identifying your triggers can also help you with interrupting your reaction to those triggers and replacing it (food) with something else! It takes time and practice, , but it's worth it. ***
"Live less out of habit and more out of intention!”