Stop Binge Eating..Forever. (How I did it)

 

If only I could count the number of times I researched this question..the endless amount of videos I watched, people I followed, books I read, techniques I tried..

But still to no avail.

I’m sure some of you are in the same boat. (I’m assuming that’s why you’re here).

Hopefully, this will not be “just another article” that you pass by.

This is probably a take on binge eating that you haven’t yet come across (at least, not quite as commonly).

Binge eating is something you do, not a disease you have. You don’t need a magical cure, you just need to change what you’re doing.

Binge eating is something I have struggled with since my post-competition days.

This was after competing in a figure (bodybuilding) competition and following my diet plan to a T (LITERALLY, I wouldn’t even take a bite of a food that was not on my plan, I measured everything to the gram and suffered watching others devour pizza while I ate my sad, dry piece of chicken breast and spinach with 5 calorie dressing).

I never binged on foods before my competition or during the prep. I got lean and felt great!

But post-show when I tried a second contest preparation (cutting calories, eating “clean” again), I just couldn’t do it. My cravings were INSANE. I wanted anything and everything. All I could think about was food, when my next meal was, how many calories I could eat, “if I eat 2 of my meals now maybe I could just fast for the rest of the day..”, maybe if I chew enough gum I can delay the hunger a bit…etc.

Eventually I couldn’t take it anymore and the binging began.

Cookies, pizza, dry cereal, raisins, almonds, left over spaghetti, cold kraft dinner, stale chips, YOU NAME IT. I ate it.

And all at once, until I felt like I was on the verge of exploding..and then I’d eat some more.

All while wondering what had happened to my perfect disciplined self who used to be able to diet so well.

How did I get to this point? Where is my self-control??

This went on for months and then years. I slowly gained back about 20 pounds (most of it healthy weight but probably a little more than necessary).

I would go through phases of different diets such as vegan, paleo, keto, intermittent fasting..etc.

With each new-found diet and a short-lived burst of motivation, I would think “YES, I FINALLY FOUND THE CURE”

But alas, each time I would find myself slowly falling back into old habits and binging once again.

 

One day, as I was scouring the internet for my next diet-cure, I came across the book “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole.

(Intuitive eating is basically where you mindfully, eat whatever you want when your body craves it and stop when full).

I found the concept interesting and set-out on on my own intuitive eating journey after purchasing additional books on “mindful eating”.

But again, after 2 weeks, I was still binging.

Now I was really concerned.

“I am allowing myself to eat whatever I want! Why, still, can I not stop binge eating???”

I was utterly confused and ready to throw in the towel for the last time, officially classifying myself as a “binge eater” for life.

That is, until I came across the website “The Fuckitdiet“, created by Caroline Dooner. (Definitely check this site out if you haven’t already!)

After reading several of her posts and listening to her podcasts, I suddenly had the most insane epiphany, moment of clarity, break through, fantastic realization EVER.

The reason “Intuitive eating” was not working for me is that I WAS MAKING IT ANOTHER DIET.

While the intuitive eating book was very insightful (and I still recommend reading it for a great intro to intuitive eating!), there are some flaws or at least red flags if you are someone who comes from a very rigid dieting past.

For one, they use a hunger scale to measure your hunger.

For me this meant “I REALLY want this donut my coworker is offering me but I know I just ate not long ago..and I’m only like a 6 on the hunger scale right now, it says you should eat around 3 or 4..so maybe I should skip the donut and eat something later on.”

Second, you are told to eat mindfully. Eat slow, small bites, chew each bite thoroughly, eat with no distractions like the T.V or

 

computer, stop half-way, wait 5 minutes then ask yourself if you really want more, leave food on your plate, etc.

 

All of these suggestions had me and my “diet brain” going crazy.

I would eat without watching my favourite show, try to leave food on my plate and only eat until “satisfied” then I’d be hungry again an hour later, I’d try to chew my food a ton and gross myself out with the texture rather than actually enjoying it. I would not eat unless I felt it acceptable on the hunger scale, I’d feel disappointed if I finished all the food on my plate..ETC. It wasn’t fun and I spent just as much time thinking about food as I did on any other diet.

SO. With the guidance of Caroline’s site (fuckitdiet.com), I decided to do just that.

 

F*ck it.

I started eating while watching T.V again.

I ate the donut if I REALLY wanted the donut EVEN if I wasn’t extremely hungry.

I ate fast, slow, medium-paced, whatever.

I chewed as much as felt normal.

I ate ALL of my food if I wanted it and didn’t feel guilty.

And guess what?

I started eating less and slower because I’d get distracted by my really good T.V show.

I wouldn’t be craving loads of sweets late at night because I already ate the donut I wanted earlier that day.

I enjoyed my meals SO much more.

I started leaving food on my plate because it felt natural.

and finally, after all these years of thinking I was diseased and destined to forever eat my entire pantry each night,

I STOPPED BINGE EATING.

The cure to binge eating,

is

to

just eat.

This means, erasing physical restrictions and rules just as much as the mental ones.

If you allow yourself to eat the donut but still feel guilty doing it, then you are still restricting.

If you say you can eat whatever you want but still try to eat low-fat or low-carb then you are still restricting.

Your body knows.

You need to give yourself permission to eat as much as you need AND want without guilt.

Weight-gain or loss should be on the back-burner during this time (trust me, I KNOW how hard this is to do but you will thank yourself later). You need to give your mind and body time to heal.

IT IS SO WORTH IT,

This will take time, it will feel weird and uncomfortable at first but slowly it will become natural, food will no-longer be the center of your whole universe.

If you do happen to binge or eat more than you think you should during this process, keep going.

If you binge for 5 days straight on all the foods you used to restrict, keep going.

If you only want to eat egg salad for a week straight and wonder what’s wrong with you, KEEP GOING (true story, still can’t explain it but I don’t question what my body wants! Haha).

Binge eating is a habit you’ve formed and it will take a bit to break it but the more you allow yourself total freedom with food, and stop putting it up on a pedestal, the faster you will find yourself free from its grasp.

So go ahead, start today.

Go eat something you REALLY WANT.

and thoroughly, completely, whole-heartedly enjoy it.

Then do it again,

and again,

each day until eating is just another part of your day.

You eat, enjoy it, feel satisfied.

Then you move on to the more important things in your day.

That is how life is supposed to be lived.

That is how you STOP binge eating.

~Sam~

White Chocolate Caramel Cups

White Chocolate Caramel Cups

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Hey guys! Here’s the recipe I promised…This description will be short and sweet, just like this decadent mini treat. I have to warn you guys, these little things are addicting, thankfully you can eat more than one without feeling guilty.

Creamy white chocolate with a sweet caramel centre…what more could you ask for?

Ingredients:

Caramel filling:
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup splenda (could try another sweetener but I can’t personally vouch for the results!)
1 tsp molasses
2 tbsp coconut oil (or butter)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk beaten

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil for about 1-1:30min or longer as needed, stirring constantly as it bubbles. Once everything is smooth and creamy and begins to thicken, take off the heat and set aside.

**NOTE*** The filling makes extra, in these macros I only used a little over half of the caramel I made. You can use the left overs on microwave cakes, pancakes etc.

Outer Shell:
1/2 cup cottage cheese (110g)
90g 0% Plain GY
1 tbsp white chocolate wonderful Peanut Butter
1/4 package (8g) white chocolate pudding mix
1/4 scoop cor-fetti protein powder (9g)  (LOVE this stuff, you can purchase it here, it’s an exclusive though! http://ca.bodybuilding.com/store/cellucor/cor-performance-whey.html?_requestid=1329152)
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2tsp-1 tbsp Truvia sweetener to taste

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Spray a mini muffin tin with pam (or don’t, this is just habit for me, I’m sure they will still come out without it!). Fill each mold about half way and spread the mixture up the sides. Freeze until hardened (about an hour). (Store extra white chocolate mixture in the fridge during this time, caramel sauce can stay out). Next top each base with 1 tsp caramel sauce and then drop on top the leftover white chocolate mixture and smooth out the top slightly. Place in the freezer for another hour or longer until hardened. To eat, just pop each one out with a knife and store in the freezer in a ziplock bag for a quick easy snack! Enjoy!

Macros for 1/12 of recipe: 2g fat, 2g carbs, 3g protein

 

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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries & My Current Workout Split/Eating Habits

sweet fries tuna salad Sweet potato fries & a huge avocado tuna salad for dinner!

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts lately! I have been slacking off a bit with my blog due to the fact that I am trying to get my own eating habits and workouts in check. I think I’ve finally got it figured out! So..I have been trying to gain weight for a while but I have a hard time putting it on(high metabolism!). So lately I have started to count calories again for a bit just to make sure I am getting enough each day because it’s very important to me to not under eat! I have also stopped almost any form of cardio. The only cardio I am doing is 20 minutes of steady running on the treadmill (5.0-5.5mph) one day a week. It’s working really well! I love weight training so this works well for me. My current 5 day split + cardio is:

  • Monday – Chest + Back + Abs + TVA(Planks for 1:30, 1 min, 50sec, 30sec with a small rest in-between each)
  • Tuesday – Biceps + Triceps + Shoulders + Calfs
  • Wednesday – Quadriceps + Hamstrings + TVA(Planks for 1:30, 1 min, 50sec, 30sec with a small rest in-between each)
  • Thursday – Chest + Back + Abs + Calfs
  • Friday – OFF
  • Saturday – Biceps + Triceps + Shoulders + TVA(Planks for 1:30, 1 min, 50sec, 30sec with a small rest in-between each)
  • Sunday – 20 min run(Treadmill)
My schedule seems a little weird because I have friday off then I workout saturday but that’s just because Friday always seems to be my busiest night haha. Anyways so my diet has changed, I take in about 1700-1750 calories a day at the moment but I am planning on increasing it as I increase the weight I am lifting. But so far it’s working since in a week I have measured myself multiple times on an empty stomach and I’ve gained about 0.7 pounds. That’s pretty good for a week. I am getting stronger too I have noticed. My new workouts are a lot more demanding and last anywhere from 30min-1 hour. Although I still recommend my past workouts (10-20min) for anyone! They really are great! But I am more focussed on putting on muscle mass at the moment so I am trying to steer away from my old more cardio based workouts for now. So overall I am just trying to eat more, lift more and worry less about every little detail. I feel much happier with where I am at!
P.S: ALL MY WORKOUTS ARE STILL DONE AT HOME. No gym for me 😉
Ready for my next post? I will be discussing “IIFYM” and my personal views on it as well as my current macros and a more in-depth view of my diet. Stay posted!
~Sam~

Intense Short Home Workouts: #3, No Equipment, Time Challenge

If you haven’t already seen these posts before, I am going to be posting a new workout(hopefully) everyday. This is going to be the exact workout I am doing on that day! These workouts whipped me into shape and they are only 10-20min long each. If you don’t have time for one of these a day, you must be extremely busy! Or just very good at finding excuses ;). So try at least one of my workouts and let me know what you think. If you follow my workouts daily and try out some of my recipes(or just use them as inspiration for your own recipes/meals) then I guarantee you will see dramatic results! Goodluck and happy exercising :).

Today’s workout is short and sweet but definitely not easy. But the moves today are very simple and no equipment is required! This is all on you. This is a time challenge so complete as many rounds of these three exercises in 10 minutes and report back here in the comments to let me know how you did! Enjoy!

10 Buprees (push-up included)

10 Squats

10 Sit-ups

Repeat.

                         10 minutes. Go!

 

*I just finished this workout. I completed 5 rounds, +1 burpee. Can you beat me?*

SHORT, INTENSE HOME WORKOUTS:#2

Hey guys! Here is today’s workout. I will be doing it later tonight so I hope you are ready to join me! We are going to push as hard as we can and give it all we got! Work to your own limits. You will feel so much better once you finish if you know you worked as hard as you possibly could. Remember, the effort you put in= the results you’ll achieve! So give it 100% and that’s what you’ll receive. Let’s do this.
3 Rounds, as fast as possible. 4th Bonus round anyone?
Equipment Required: 1 set of middle weight dumbells (1 am using 15 pounds)
10 Dive bombers*
20 Squat Leg lifts**
5 Dumbell preacher curls***
5 Corkscrew curls****
10 Weighted lunge jumps*****(I used 8 pound weights for these)

*Search anywhere on the internet and you are sure to find an example of these! They are a form of push-up where your legs are kept wide, arms close in push-up position, bring your body forward as if you are going under a low fence, then return back under the fence. Repeat!
**Stand and do a regular squat, then after your squat, lift your right leg straight up to the right side of you. Place your leg back down, do another squat and then move on to your left leg. Keep alternating legs. Each leg will be 1 rep.
***Stand with your back straight and legs staggered, dumbells in each hand. Do a basic bicep curl then at the top of the curl, twist your wrists to face away from you and push your arms straight up. Lower your arms back down while twisting back to a bicep curl position, lower your arms to your sides. Repeat!

****Move into a low squat position while holding two dumbells. Place your elbows between your legs using them as support, do a bicep curl. If done properly, you should feel this in your legs and arms.

*****Do alternating lunges with weights in both hands by jumping upwards to switch legs.
Comment below and let me know how you did or what you thought about the workout! Ask questions if you need a better explanation of any of the moves.

Hope this is enough explanation! Also here is a picture of my delicious salad I had for lunch today. I topped it with a tsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar!
Salad cherry tomatoes

Short, Intense Home Workouts:#1, No Equipment Needed!

Hey everyone, so I decided today to start posting a series of home workouts that you guys can all do with very minimal equipment in your own houses. These workouts are not long at all and very to the point so no excuses! I encourage you to try and do one everyday with me and tell me how you did in the comments. So if you are doing the workout, just remember I am doing it too! These small workouts have kept me in shape for a long time. I don’t do any additional cardio or anything! I just eat clean(as seen in the “How I Eat”  page) and follow my workouts daily. If you ever feel like you are over working yourself anyday then that’s when you should have your rest day. I don’t plan a specific rest day, I don’t even take one if I don’t have to. Only if I truly feel I need it. Best advice I can give is listen to your body!

Now onto the first workout!!

So for this first workout it is one with a time limit. This means that you need to set a timer for 10 minutes to complete as many rounds as possible! So push as hard as you can with as few stops/breaks as possible. Once you’ve completed this workout, come back here and tell me how many rounds you completed in the comments and try to beat my time(note I am only human so my scores’s will be about as good as yours!

Hope you all enjoy!

My Score: 2.5 rounds completed. Can you beat me?

10 Lizard Burpees*

10 Twisted Push-ups**

100 High Knees

10 Forward and Backward Squat Jumps***

*These are like regular burpees with just  a little change. (jump down into plank position, do a push-up, pull one knee up in the direction of your shoulder on the same side, place your foot back, jump in and jump up. While jumping up, rotate in the air so you are facing the opposite direction and do the second rep with your other foot).

**Do a push-up then lean onto one arm into a side plank position. Twist over into the crab position. Without letting your butt touch the ground, swing your same arm over until you are back in a push-up position. Do another push up and repeat going in the opposite direction.Keep one foot on top of the other or in the air when you are doing a push-up.

***While hovering in a low squat postion, jump forward, then jump back. That’s one rep. Stay low in a squat position the entire time!

 

If you have any questions/need help with any of the listed exercises, feel free to ask! I know it’s hard to understand a workout in words!

 

 

My Personal Workout Regime & Fitness Myths/Excuses

Heyy everyone who is still awake! haha another late post, I always end up doing my workout really late at night then eating my post-workout snack while doing a post or two for the blog. Turns out today isn’t a recipe but instead I thought I would let you all know what I do to keep in shape. I wanted to also go over a huge myth and something that annoys me very much about people’s views on working out! Keep reading if you are interested. 🙂  continue reading..