Stop counting calories - Why what you eat matters more.
When it comes to binge eating one of the main feelings that come into play is the feeling of guilt. Usually, the sense of guilt stems from a belief that we shouldn't have eaten so much. But is the problem really that we ate too much or does it have more to do with what we ate, rather than how much.
Look, it’s no surprise that eating feels good, and as it should. That feeling you get when you are comfortably stuffed and relaxed, as your body slows down and begins to digest is a wonderful and perfectly normal feeling. In fact, I would say that that is the goal to feel happy and content and fully satisfied after a meal.
So where does it all go wrong?
Well have you ever thought about animals in nature; I mean have you ever seen an overweight animal in its natural habitat. I haven't’. Why is that? Animals in nature are not obese, even when they are in a season of abundance, they remain the right size and weight for their species.
But if you take some of these animals out of their natural, and away from their natural food sources, then they slowly begin to change, this can be seen with our pets. There are more and more pets nowadays becoming overweight; so much so, that there is diet food for pets.
Again why? Well, as I said earlier, it has to do with what we are eating not how much.
Think about a time you have gone on a binge, have you ever binged on kale. Have you ever said omg I am so craving a huge bowl of kale right now. I’m going to go out on a limb right now and say, I don’t think so.
We as humans are meant to eat, it is meant to feel good, and we are meant to eat until we feel happy and satisfied. This is deeply programmed in our brain for our survival. The thing is that we now live in a world that is filled with imitation foods that override our brain and cause us to overeat.
Like some animals, we are no longer in our natural habitat; and unfortunately for us, our brain never got the memo.
So what's the solution.
Well, I’ll tell you what is not the solution. It’s not another diet, definitely not one based on restriction or one that encourages you to count calories, points, macros or forces you to eat between certain hours of the day.
The number one reason these diets don’t work for most people is that like I mentioned, we are designed to eat and whenever you try to stop something natural and part of our system that has been operating the same way for hundreds of thousands of years it will only backfire.
Any form of restriction in any way will only force your body to make up the difference eventually. You can see this clearly in the contestants from the biggest loser in which most of them put all the weight back on.
I know myself I kept losing the same 50lbs, I would go on a diet lose the weight and then over the next year put it all back on, and then some.
I don’t do well with not eating, cause we are not designed not to eat; again it’s what we are eating that has become the problem.
So what should we be eating and what should we be avoiding.
We should be eating all whole foods until comfortably satisfied.
Any unprocessed vegetable, fruit, grain, legume, nuts, and seeds. If it is how it was in nature, eat it, eat it till you are full and satisfied.
When it comes to what not to eat the list is a little harder, and this is where the addiction comes into play.
Any food created and manufactured has been altered in a way to make you crave it.
Processed sugar, refined white flours, excess salt, and added fats all trigger the reward center in the brain the same as drugs do. In this way, your brain is tricked to into thinking that these foods are good for you and drives you to seek more and eat more; because these foods are so rewarding and so addicting, healthy foods begin to lose their taste and appeal.
I often hear how much people dislike vegetables and whole foods and it's no surprise, their brains and taste buds have been hijacked to only like these fake super drug-like foods.
You need to start viewing these fake foods for what they are, products to get you hooked, so you keep coming back for more. When I began to see these foods like cigarettes, I was able to see how they were terrible for me, and I was ready to start to see how I needed to give them up.
I’m not saying it is an overnight change, but it can be done and it starts by making small changes.
Aim to fill your plate daily with lots of whole foods, tons of raw and cooked veggies, fruits, whole grains like quinoa and brown rice, and legumes, beans and lentils.
Whole foods are naturally low in calories and very filling; they are packed with vitamins and minerals that affect your mood and keep you feeling happy.
The more you fill yourself with healthy foods, the less room you will have for unhealthy foods.
This will not eliminate binge eating all together as there are many other factors at play, but it will help to move you in the right direction.
The road to recovery is a journey and never easy, but by changing the foods we eat, our daily habits and with proper support and coaching, success is achieved.
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And remember... Little steps in a new direction lead to bigger and better destinations.
I love hearing from you guys. Let me know below in the comments if you too have struggled with being able to give up some of these fake foods.
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