Do you ever feel like the longer you wait to binge, the stronger your urges to do it become?
You’re sitting there wanting to binge, but not wanting to binge, and going back and forth in your head, and you give in because the urging just becomes unbearable.
That used to happen to me, but I’d also experience it happening over days. It seemed inevitable. I’d eat well for a couple days, then I’d feel an urge to binge, but not do it. Then the next day it would feel stronger. Then by the third day I HAD to binge. There was no getting around it, the urge was just too strong.
It seemed like this was just how my brain was designed. If I ate well for a few days, the urge would come and grow stronger until I finally gave into it.
This then made me question whether I should be eating in the healthy way that I was. I was confused, and it made me want to give up eating well.
But what I didn’t know, is that I was doing two things that were causing these urges to come and grow.
I wasn’t eating as well at I thought I was.
I was eating the wrong foods and in the wrong amounts.
While I thought I was eating healthily, I was actually eating crap food in small amounts. This is not what my body wanted me to eat and it was not nourishing me properly.
It’s crazy the difference between then and now. I probably now eat less than I did then on a regular basis, but I don’t at all feel deprived or over hungry because of the types of foods I’m eating.
You can’t just eat 1200 calories of crap and call it day. What you eat matters, not just the amount.
This is one thing that will cause you body to urge you to eat. It wants more fuel food because you’re not feeding it properly. But what ends up happening is we mistake this request from our body as a reason to eat high calorie food to get a big burst of energy.
So what you should do here is eat more real, natural, whole foods. Eat less concentrated and processed foods. Feed your body things that were living, not things that were created in factories.
I was resisting and fighting my urges.
This is what most of us do because we don’t know any better.
It seems like the right thing to do.
Tell your urge to go away. Push it away. Will it away.
Imagine a person coming into your space and urging you to do something. Would it help you to push them away and fight against them? Probably not. They’d just keep at it and get more annoying as they do.
What does work, is allowing them to say what they want until they’re done, and they’ll go away on their own.
When you feel an urge and you fight against it and resist it, it intensifies.
Every day that I resisted my urge to binge, it would then come back and be more intense.
Had I just allowed it without getting all worked up about it, it would have subsided, no biggie. Then if it did come back, it wouldn’t have had the strength that it would have had I resisted.
It’s also important to note that it won’t last as long as you think it will and it will go away quicker if you don’t fight it.
If you want your urges to be weaker and more manageable, watch what you’re eating and watch what you’re doing.
Not nourishing your body isn’t going to help. Fighting against your brain isn’t going to help.
Eat well and allow your urges.
Do you have a hard time not fighting against your urges? Or figuring out whether you are indeed allowing or still resisting? Let me help you.