Coaching Q&A: ‘Why do I binge at night?

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“Difficult roads can lead to beautiful destinations.”
— Kia Wynn,

 

You may be doing great during the day,
then come home to unwind in the evening and then it happens,
maybe out of nowhere, or perhaps you saw it coming.

Before you know it,
you are repeating the same old habit
you are trying so hard to stop: binge eating.

If you’re struggling with night binges,
realize that you are not alone.

 

 

Dear Readers,

 

Please find below a very helpful post from Ali Kerr, ‘Why do I binge at night?’. We hope you’ll find the post below useful in your journey to recovery and healing.

 

Coaching Q&A: ‘Why do I binge at

night?

 

 

Do you binge at night?

Most of my clients have dealt with evening binges,
and it was something I also had to overcome in my own recovery.

It is SO FRUSTRATING!

You may be doing great during the day,
then come home to unwind in the evening and then it happens,
maybe out of nowhere, or perhaps you saw it coming.

Before you know it,
you are repeating the same old habit
you are trying so hard to stop: binge eating.

If you’re struggling with night binges,
realize that you are not alone.

Nights are hardest for many reasons,
especially if you feel that you put
on a happy facade during the day,
and can finally relax and
unwind at night with a binge. 

But deep down we both know
that a binge isn’t what you really need.

You may be soothing yourself with food
but it’s a temporary high that
brings you even lower when it’s all over.

It is important to understand your own
trigger patterns in order to face them
and empower yourself to make changes.

There are so many reasons people binge at night,
but the most common is daytime restriction.

Before you look at your stress levels,
your relationships,
your home environment
or any other external factor,
make sure you’re eating enough during the day.

If you aren’t eating enough food and balancing
your meals and snacks,
you’re setting yourself up to binge again.

No amount of emotional work or stress relief will help
if your body is in a state of starvation.

So now you’ve looked at your daily meal plan
and it seems to contain all the nutrients
you need, and enough calories, as well as having
meals and snacks spaced appropriately.

What now?

Once you rule out restriction, you can look at these other factors:

  • Emotional Stress
  • Black and White thinking (I ate something “bad” so might as well binge)
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Boredom
  • Loneliness 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • The presence of binge food
  • Triggering comments from family members or roomates
  • Any other contributing difficulties

After identifying your real causes for binging,
you can then take action for overcoming them.

Remember that your body’s need to
survive will be stronger than any
strategies you might try, so the best thing
you can do today is make sure
you’re eating enough, with balance, often enough. 

 

Hopefully this information about
night binging will help provide some
insight as to why this keeps happening.

If you need extra help overcoming night time
binge eating you can work with
one of our qualified HealED Coaches here.

You are unique, you are strong,
and you are worthy of recovery.

 

Love and light,

Ali

 

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