SUNow, as you might know, eating when you have anxiety and depression sucks.
Eating disorders are listed as symptoms of anxiety and depression, whether you eat too much or too little you aren’t eating quite right.
It’s also a pretty common symptom too, be it a cause for anorexia or obesity, there might be more here than meets the eye.
One of those disorders that come along with depression is the Binge Eating Disorder (BED for short), and it’s a nasty one for sure.
But what is it really?
Well, most people tend to overeat at least once in a while, but then there are those who simply overeat again and again, and find themselves powerless to stop, hence making this “once in a while” problem into an actual disorder.
It should be noted that eating disorders, anxiety and depression go together, but what causes what can be different from one guy to another – some people may start eating, and then feel disgusting and develop anxiety, they might also start feeling insecure due to their habits and start feeling anxious all the time because of that.
There’s plenty of evidence to back it up as well.
According to research, these three disorders are indeed related:,
“BED+ subjects were at substantially elevated odds for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and past suicide attempts”
Alright, so the issue is real, and you having it is perfectly acceptable, it’s not your fault and the reason for you having this problem in the first place is purely psychological.
Alright, so with the facts being laid before us, what are we going to do?
If you are familiar with me and my work, you know that I avoid as much outside influence as possible. Most doctors
may relate your BED to your depression, instead of relating your depression to you BED.
It gets a bit complicated, but all that really means is that the give you antidepressants for your BED because you have depression as well.
That may work, but it sure as heck isn’t going to be healthy – all negative side-effects aside, taking medicine that isn’t specifically prescribed for your problem (BED) but rather to one of your symptoms (depression caused by said BED) is a dumb thing to do, and not only will it not help you, it might actually make your current condition even worse!
Adding the fact that you are to commit to a full treatment process and you end up taking a bunch of drugs that jumble you mind and offer no actual help.
As you can see, this really isn’t the right way to go on about this.
There are some good news, however.
Since BED is in your head, it is perfectly treatable by cognitive behavioral therapy.
For those of you who don’t know what cognitive behavioral therapy is – it’s basically a type of therapy that is meant to change your habits and thinking patterns, to re-focus your mind on things that truly matter and to make you enjoy life again.
Changing your habits and thoughts is the only natural way to cure your condition, as it is a purely psychological addiction. If you don’t do this you might never truly get your life back – otherwise, your addiction may simply consume you.
Worry not my friend, it is a simple process but it is not easy. Making new habits and sticking with them is a top priority for you.
Next, you need to learn how to change the way you think, once you master these two skills dealing with your BED will become that much easier.
You didn’t come here for some review, right? Right. So here are a few strategies you may want to adopt to help yourself get rid of that binge eating disorder for good!
Eat the right food
Look, throwing off your BED may be easier said than done, but you can control the way you actually eat if nothing else.
What do I mean by that? Well, think about it this way – your diet isn’t balanced at all, is it? When binge-eating you just shove whatever you can get your hands on down your throat, and that actually leads to you develop an unhealthy diet by default.
Talk with a professional make yourself a balanced schedule. I might be stating the obvious here, the impact will be huge – if you are going to eat a lot, might as well try to balance whatever you eat, am I right?
I actually have the perfect solution for you down below, feel free to check it out after you are done reading!
Again, this advice may seem to be obvious, but there is more to it than that.
Exercising won’t actually help you to stop eating less, but it will improve your image of your own body and remove it as a source of stress and anxiety for you over time.Here’s the deal: When you eat a lot,
Here’s the deal: When you eat a lot, you feel guilty, and that causes you to eat more, the distress does bad things to you.
Exercising solves this psychological barrier: you workout, stop feeling guilty over eating a lot (since you are working to change that) and because of that you eat less.
BAM, exercising breaks the cycle!
A solution to this issue is waiting for you at the bottom of this page, go and check it out!
Involve other people
You got your goals in mind, yes?
Go and tell other people about them!
Yes, I do mean it. Get off you chair, call your friends, parents and whomever you would like, and tell them the following line – “I’m stopping my eating disorder, right here, right now!”
There’s more to this than you might think.
You see, by involving other people in your own process, not only will you get their support, but you will feel as though you owe it to them to succeed. Most people hate to lie, and going back on your word in such an undeniable way will motivate you to try other.That also includes experts like your dietitian or therapist.
That also includes experts like your dietitian or therapist.
The fear may be paralyzing, but fear not, I got just what you need right on this page, so keep reading!
This one actually breaks down into two different tips:
- Out of sight, out of mind – make food less visible and accessible, control your environment in a way that blocks out any thoughts about food and distracts yourself with other things.
- Eat stuff that you don’t like – this one is a bit tricky. When people get into an addiction they tend to consume whatever stuff they are addicted to because it fulfills a certain craving that they have. By forcing on to yourself food that you don’t like, over time you make food seem less attractive to you.
Psychology is a powerful tool. When dealing with it you are much better off getting an expert to help you out with it. Your brain is a powerful yet fragile thing, so programming it the wrong way may actually make your condition worse!
Right, so assuming you read my 4 pieces of advice you probably have noticed that I mentioned a solution at the end of each paragraph.
Here are some more good news – there’s one solution to all of these problems!
Change your habits and thoughts!
I will not disregard any expert, and you will need to talk to at least some experts, be it your dietitian or therapist, but when it really comes down to it, any and all improvement in your condition falls 100% on you. It means that you, and you alone, are going to either make or break your success. Others may help, but it’s your job to help yourself, and no one else’s, since it all comes down to your habits and thoughts.
Let me tell you why:
- Having a balanced diet – You might get a diet plan from an expert, but it’s up to you to stick to it.
- Exercising – your coach might build you a rigorous training schedule, but it’s up to you to stick to it.
- Involving other people – reach out to people on the internet, there are plenty of forums to help you out even if you don’t feel comfortable coming out and telling your loved ones about your issue.However it is important that you will tell them eventually, it’s also up to you to take the initiative. I promise that they will support you and your cause. You need to step up, though, and no one can do that for you.
- Applying psychology – That’s a given, changing the way you think is a key to changing your habits and behavior, it’s also why cognitive behavioral therapy is such an effective tool when dealing with mental disorders: it really builds you from the ground up.
Alright my friends, and that’s a wrap!
Let me tell you this though, I myself went to BED in the past, and if it wasn’t for my parents it would have gotten out of control very quickly: they noticed my issues very early on and made sure to never let me eat too much, so I walk my talk in that regard.
Alright, so while you go around and change your life for the better, here’s a quick question for you – Have you ever found yourself eating uncontrollably? Did it have anything to do with anxiety and depression?
Make sure to answer in the comments below, I read every single one of them!
If you would like to ask me anything personally I am always available on my email, so feel free to hit me up whenever you need anything!