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Why do I binge eat?

Binge eating disorder is characterized by compulsive overeating in which people consume huge amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop. After binging most people try to restrain themselves by going on an extreme diet or not eating anything at all. This can lead to a vicious closed circle and overwhelming stress. To solve a problem you first need to understand it and track down what’s causing it.

1. Stress This could happen to anyone. You might have been a healthy eater with no weight problems for a long time, but then there was a change in your life such as a new job, problems in a relationship, health problems in your family or anything else that might have made you feel worried, stressed out and anxious for long periods of time. Some people tend to deal with problems in their life by eating because food works well as a sedative. Once you get so full that it hurts, it makes you feel calm, sleepy and temporarily relaxed.

2. Lack of sleep Tiredness can often be mistaken for hunger. You get mixed signals from your brain, which is telling you that it’s tired and needs to reboot. Those signals are very similar to the ones we encounter when we have no energy because of hunger, that’s why you should never eat before going to bed. If you feel like you haven’t had enough sleep at night and start feeling tired in the afternoon, then there’s not much you can do, except for trying to take something that would give you an energy boost, like a sugar free energy drink. Sour fruit juices such as grapefruit, lemon or orange help as well, but they have to be squeezed straight from the fruit. Juices from a carton are nothing but sugar bombs.

3. Striving for perfection After binging once, it feels like you’ve already spoiled everything, so what’s your motivation to stop? You’ve already ruined all your hard work so why not just keep eating, right? There’s no half way to dieting. It’s the all or nothing mentality that doesn’t allow you to stop on time. I have to tell you, but I myself don’t eat that healthy from time to time. There are days when I just feel like eating whatever I can find and days when I overeat so much that it hurts and I still feel hungry. This is completely normal for any person because we are not robots and can’t eat like some fitness freaks all month long. My point is that there is no reason to feel like you’re a failure, everything is ruined and you’re just disgusting. Thinking in such a way will only lead to stress, which will make you eat a lot more in the end than if you would have just let it go and accepted it as a normal part of life. Also, the worst thing you can do is try to starve yourself the next day or go on some fancy name diet. When you quit eating in attempt to lose weight, you become a ticking time bomb, which will soon suck everything around into its black hole.

4. Boredom It’s raining outside, you’re alone at home with nobody to talk to and just yesterday your mom filled the fridge with all kinds of snacks and tasty treats. This is just one of the possible scenarios that may lead to eating out of boredom. If that sounds like something you would do, then you need to think of a plan B to go to instead. Do anything to get your mind off of food, like playing video games, read a book, go play with your kids, pull up videos on YouTube and do some exercises at home. In such situations the best option is always to go outside. Try bike riding, meeting up with somebody or just going on a long walk. Once you get out the door you will instantly feel relieved because snacking will no longer be on your mind.

How to make workouts fun

Last week I’ve received an e-mail from my building’s management saying that they’re closing down the building gym for an unknown period of time. I suspect it has something to do with broken water pipes. So then I thought oh well, at least I have the pool where I can work out instead and then two days later I get another e-mail saying that the pool has been closed as well for yearly full disinfecting. Even though the obvious ways of getting my daily workouts are closed down, there is always a way to still make it happen. Since I live in a building, which is 30 floors high, now I run/climb up and down the stairs for about half an hour, which makes up for a great cardio and leg workout.

If you feel like running outside or going to the gym often turns into a real drag, then you might consider adding some motivation to your daily regime. Making your workouts more fun will get you going out the door a lot more often.

– Listen to your favorite music. Get an mp3 player and fill it up with songs you love. Become energized by playing fast-paced songs during your main workout and switch to more mellow music at the end when you’re doing your stretching, relaxing and slowly getting out of the workout mode.

– Buy cool workout clothes. Get them in bright colors, tight, loose, whatever makes you feel and look good. Don’t be afraid to go overboard. Get the funkiest outfit you can think of, as long as it puts a smile on your face and makes you look forward to wear it. Graphic shirts with motivational quotes work great as well.

– Think of your own way to move. A workout doesn’t have to necessarily involve a gym. Anything that keeps you moving works just as great. Try going on long walks (maybe with your dog), running in a park or stadium, bike riding, swimming or playing tennis.

– Do house chores. If it’s raining or you just don’t feel like going outside, then clean your house, apartment. It takes up a lot of energy to clean even a one-bedroom apartment, especially if you have big dirty windows. Not only will you burn a lot of calories, but it will also make you feel good looking at your shiny clean home.

– Play games. If you like video games or would like to bring your family or friends together, get a motion controlled video game console like Wii or Xbox 360 Kinect. There is a variety of games you can purchase that are family orientated and would bring pleasure no matter if you’re 15 or 50 years old.

– Don’t keep track too much. Don’t try to count how many calories you’ve burned, how many sit-ups you did or how many days are left until you lose another pound. These thoughts would only make you frustrated and anxious. All you need to think of is what can you do today that’s fun or useful in more than one way and physically active at the same time.

How to soothe the savage hunger

Being on a diet or trying to change eating habits is never an easy task. Sometimes hunger likes to strike when you least expect it. This article will tell you how to overcome those moments of weakness by replacing food with other alternatives, when all you need is a little boost to hold you until the next meal.

Drink water. When you feel really hungry, drink two tall glasses of cold water before eating. People often confuse the feeling of being hungry with thirst. Sometimes after drinking water you might not even feel hungry anymore. Even if you still feel hungry, you would more likely eat a lot less after drinking water. You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity, reduces the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins. If your body lacks water, your heart and the rest of the organs need to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells. Your organs feel exhausted and so do you.

Drink tea. Not only is tea calorie free, but also it is full of antioxidants, which help to prevent all kinds of diseases. It also boost your metabolism, although don’t expect to see results just from drinking it. Green tea has a lot less caffeine than coffee, that’s why it’s safe to drink for people with high blood pressure. It is also very relaxing after a stressful day. You should make drinking tea one of your new healthy habits. Experiment a little and find the flavor and type you enjoy the most. My favorites are jasmine and peppermint. Try to get it at a teashop where it’s sold by weight, because it’s more natural, than buying it at a supermarket in tea bags.

Drink coffee. Just like tea, coffee has a lot of antioxidants, which help prevent or fight diseases. It also has caffeine, which activates happiness hormones and will give you that uplifting feeling. I wouldn’t recommend drinking more than one cup a day, because overdose of caffeine can lead to increased blood pressure, insomnia and anxiety.

Activate your taste buds

It is a fact, that every human being has to eat and that for most people it is a pleasure. Eating is one of the most easily obtained pleasures, that’s why it is often abused. The more food you consume daily, the less you appreciate it. Same as with drugs. The more you use them, the less you feel pleasure from a low dose, and that’s how people go from smoking weed to injecting heroine.

Overweight people only feel pleasure in bold tastes, such as thick sauces, meat covered in grease or cheese, salty potato chips with dippings or chocolate cake with whipped cream. Bold tastes are usually low in nutrition and very fattening. If you tell an obese person that plain grilled salmon with steamed veggies could taste just as good or even better, that person would probably stick out their tongue and frown in disgust.

When you only eat foods that have strong taste and low nutrition, it eventually becomes a habit and you limit yourself to certain types of meals. When you go through a menu at a restaurant, you usually look for certain ingredients, which you know would satisfy you. A person with developed taste buds could eat most of the things on the menu and feel satisfied (unless it’s a greasy burger and pizza joint). Such a person would want to try out different foods every time instead of going for the fatty ingredients.

To activate your taste buds you need to start eating plain food. Try to eat any meat, fish or poultry you like, without using anything but seasonings. Do some research on the internet to find out what seasonings are suitable for a particular meat. Add any kind of fresh or steamed veggies you like to your dish. At first it will taste too plain, like chewing on a piece of paper. That’s because the taste buds on your tongue are so numb that they don’t recognize certain flavors and just ignore them. A while ago, I used to eat all my meals with no seasonings at all. I still remember the taste in my mouth. I did it for months and really got used to it. Now I am so advanced, that I could just boil a couple of chicken drum sticks in water and really enjoy eating them. I even got used to drinking tea and coffee without any sugar and now I couldn’t drink it with sugar even if I wanted to, because all I would be able to taste is the sweetness, and for me it would feel the same as if I would be putting spoons of sugar straight into my mouth.

Once your learn the true flavors of foods you haven’t noticed before, you will start enjoying your meals even more and will feel satisfied and full a lot faster.