- Eating (or inability to stop eating) even though you feel totally full. It’s a feeling of not being emotionally satisfied, and mechanically trying to fulfill that notion physically.
- Feeling a lack of sensation or mental numbness when binge eating or dissociating while eating and not realizing how much you’ve put away.
- Feeling shame, depression, or wanting to punish yourself after eating.
- Eating normal meals in public, and stockpiling to binge-eat at home alone.
- Trouble feeling satisfied with meals.
- Restricting the diet most of the time, and then becoming ravenous and making poor, extreme food choices.
If that sounds familiar to anyone reading, it’s quite like an addiction, and can be almost as intense as drug addiction. While there are varying degrees for everyone, it can become a habit that snowballs into a larger problem. In some cases, finding a professional who can help you through it may be the best step. For occasional binge eaters aware of the issue and wanting to stop before it gets out of hand, try these modes to shift your mindset.
Sip herbal teas
Phone a friend
Keep healthy snacks around
Pick up a hobby
Dance it out