Binge eating, also commonly known as Binge Eating Disorder (BED), is an eating disorder which often begins in a person’s late teens or in early adulthood. Although not nearly as widely spoken about or understood, BED is said to affect three times the number of people diagnosed with bulimia and anorexia combined.
If you are amongst the millions of binge eating sufferers worldwide, here is what you need to know about recovery.
You need to plan it
Considering the countless reasons why a person may suffer from Binge Eating Disorder in the first place, it is unrealistic to think that one can simply will it away. Recovering from this eating disorder takes planning and strategy, which is especially true when it comes to:
- Finding new and more positive ways in which to cope with stress and other problems without the help of food
- Dealing with anxiety and negative thoughts as and when they arise, once again, without the help of food
- How to properly care for yourself throughout the recovery
- Finding a trustworthy support system that can assist you in your efforts in leading a healthier lifestyle
- Overcoming challenges which have the potential to stand in the way of your recovery
According to the professionals at Eden Treatment centre in LA, “Having a strong recovery plan can maximise your chances of succeeding and achieving your goals. However, it is important to realise that it is not something that you need to do alone. Speak to friends and relatives in whom you trust, join eating disorder support groups, or visit a treatment centre for advice and guidance in terms of getting started.”
Go to therapy
The vast majority of eating disorders, BED included, develop as a result of other mental or emotional problems. In other words, it is crucial that you deal with these issues first before you can move on to tackling your eating disorder. This is why many sufferers turn to therapy for help. During therapy, you will learn many helpful things, including:
- How to identify your triggers
- New, more positive coping behaviours and strategies
- How to cope with negative thoughts
- What to do in the event of a relapse
- Where to find the right support
- How to ask for help when you need it
Steer clear of diets
No diet of any kind is going to benefit you on your road to recovery from Binge Eating Disorder. Rather than following a new diet, focus on transforming your lifestyle. Make healthy meal choices, eat more raw foods (as in fruit, vegetables, grains, etc.), and avoid purchasing too many processed items. Also, be very careful to avoid restricting yourself too much. This also has the potential to trigger a relapse. Remember – everything in moderation.
Stop letting your weight define you! Every day, make an effort to praise yourself for your many wonderful attributes that do not relate to your appearance. Give yourself a warm, sincere compliment, such as “You are such a bright, friendly person. That is why I love you.” It sounds silly, but it definitely goes a long way towards encouraging self-love and acceptance.
Last, but not least, always remember that you are in control of your recovery and it is up to you to seek out the help that you need throughout your recovery. You have the power to make the change.