I know I’m a bit late, but last week was the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and I wanted to talk a bit about it. I’m not diagnosed in any case, but I might be close to the Binge Eating Disorder. Let me explain… It’s not about eating astronomical amount of food all the time. The webpage NEDA explains it in a pretty good way: An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:
- Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than what most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances.
- A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g., a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).
The binge eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following:
- Eating much more rapidly than normal.
- Eating until feeling uncomfortably full.
- Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry.
- Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating.
- Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterward.
There are several other Eating Disorders out there, here you can check some of them. If you feel that you have some discomfort regarding food, please express yourself. Check official websites, go see someone, talk to someone you feel really close to. Don’t stay alone. If you need, I’ve gathered some tips that work for me, but again, it may not work for everyone.
Try to focus on something else, something you like and that will make your mind focus like playing an instrument, creating something… If you eat too much or if you’re hungry and it’s not meal time, drink water! Anytime you feel hungry, drink several glasses of water! Also cook what you eat, it’ll take time and you’ll enjoy what you eat way more! Try to use fresh ingredients so it’ll taste even better. Don’t focus on the numbers but rather on your feelings. If you feel comfortable with yourself but you still look “too big” or “too thin” for society, go check a doctor and if your health is okay, fuck people ok? (Not literally though…) It is your life, your body and you will have only one.
Don’t be afraid to talk, you’re not the only one in this situation. And remember, you will not succeed every day, there will be some days where you will feel low or where you will fail. Don’t focus on those days and see the progress you made.
Believe in yourself.