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How to Stop Binge Eating on the Weekends

Let's face it, dieting to lose weight is freakin HARD. Sometimes just the mental agony and struggle with yourself can seem like a prison when you're restricting what you're eating. 

The fact is food is a huge source of comfort and pleasure and living in a crazy stressful life that most of us have, it can be easy to just take all of your anxieties, frustrations, disappointments, celebrations, and every other emotion out there, to your stomach for solutions. Unfortunately though, as we often realize, binging is never a good solution, in fact it can become a huge problem as it is followed with shame, guilt and self-loathing.

So how do you approach this problem? How do you combat yourself and still lose weight without falling into the pit of doom? 

1. Recognize the cycle. Binging is a bad cycle and it hardly has anything to do with the food itself. It has more to do with your emotions, your self-perception, and your coping skills. Binging starts with self-loathing  that leads to restrictive dieting, which then leads to binge eating, and in worst cases will lead to purging

2. Stop self-loathing. Constantly loathing yourself is an act of selfishness and envy. Skinny or fat, you must realize that you're a beautiful woman and a miraculous human being who has a lot to do in this world and a great influence to give this world for good. You deserve to be confident and self-respecting. Start to count your blessings and see the world outside of yourself. Stop inflicting suffering on yourself that is uneccesary and stressful. Let go of the grip you have on yourself and the media, and start to see beauty in yourself and in the world around you. Surround yourself with people that love you and stop comparing yourself to other people. Have the courage to face what's really bothering you head on, and step up & deal with it the way you know it should be dealt with.

3. Recognize that you have control. We each have an immense amount, and absolute control over what and how we eat. If you're going to go on a diet, don't punish yourself for any slip ups and relax when it happens. There's no need to "start over," simply move on and keep going. Don't skip meals to make up for it, or give up and eat truckloads of food in defeat. And don't get into exercise-punishment-mode. 

Try to eat 6 small meals a day, and don't let a lot of time pass before your next meal or snack. It's very important to drink lots of water and eat foods with protein & complex carbs to keep you full and satisfied between meals. Plan your meals and snacks beforehand, and write down what you're going to eat before you eat it. Stay focused on your goals but remember to stay away from the perfectionist mindset, which is to demand perfection out of yourself. Do everthing you can to stay consistent. If you really fall off your diet and go on a binge, forgive yourself and reapproach the situation with peace in your heart that everything is going to be OKAY. Remember, melt-downs, freakouts, spazzes, and fits take you backwards not forwards. This is a part of a committment for a lifetime, so take it easy!

4. Eat with peace & calm. As you approach dieting and eating, start to do it with a calm attitude. Don't put crazy pressures or weight-loss deadlines on yourself (yes, even with that special vacation coming up). Recognize that every meal is truly a gift and a blessing to your body and soul. Eat food with delight and gratitude in your heart. Plan your meals with love for yourself and always include an occasional treat for yourself as often as you may need it - once a day, once a week, or three times a week. If you feel yourself starting to eat out of haste, anxiety, mindlessness or social pressure, walk away for a minute to mediate, or speak with a friend about it, or write a few words down, or take a walk to regain your perspective. Then come back and make a healthy & wise choice for your body and your soul. If nothing else, take three bites of what is tempting you and stop there. Because it's always the first and the last bites that taste the best anyways!

5. Exercise and enjoy life. Exercise regularly. It's important to stay consistent in this area of your life too, and as I said earlier, don't use exercise for self-punishment.

Live life to the fullest, guilt free and self-loving in all situations (good diet day or bad diet day, fat day or skinny day). Keep a gratitude journal, and hug people more, give out more sincere compliments to others, and find ways to do something good for someone else in your day. Stay positive and spread loving energy in every way you can. Being the cheer in someone else's life can bring out more beauty in you than any amount of muscle or abs ever will.

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