What to do after a binge
Breathe. I know you probably hate yourself right now. You’re frantically searching the internet for remedies to make you feel less bloated, less full, less shameful.
I completely understand this feeling, because this was ME. For almost 10 years of my life, I had the most fucked up relationship with food imaginable. I would binge on a whole jar of peanut butter, and then not eat for the next 24 hours. So I’m here to tell you that 1. there is hope and 2. you’re not alone.
So back to the reason you came – what can you do to make yourself feel better? Some tips:
1. Resist the urge to restrict tomorrow. I know it’s tough, and eating is probably the last thing you want to think about right now. But this is important. Restricting food the next day only perpetuates the restrict-binge cycle. Instead, fuel your body with lots of greens and plenty of water.
2. Talk to someone you trust. As Brene Brown (the kween) so eloquently put it: “If we share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” Call your mom, your best friend or your significant other. Tell them you binge ate, and you’re feeling shitty about it. Things might get emotional. It’s okay. You’ll start to feel yourself relax, and a weight lift off your shoulders.
3. Find a professional. Seriously. When I was deep in my binge eating, I was very against talking to a therapist. I had never been to therapy before! I didn’t have mental health issues, and my binge eating wasn’t that bad. I thought I could handle it on my own. I was wrong – talking to a nutritional therapist was hands-down the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. And if you’re still unsure, think about this: have you been successful so far, trying to handle it on your own? What’s the worst that can happen?