Was this a binge or was I just hungry?

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Was this a binge or was I just hungry?

 

 

So was that a binge or was it normal eating?

This is normal eating, believe it or not!
A person who exerts themselves needs the extra fuel to replenish their glucose supplies and aid in muscle recovery.
It’s very important to listen to your body’s signals that it needs extra food in order to avoid accidental restriction or creating a nutritional deficiency.

 

 

 

Dear Readers,

 

Please find below an email that was sent to us by Ali Kerr. We feel this will help lots of people who are struggling post Ramadan with their eating. We hope the tips in this supportive message will help many of you in your journey to recovery and healing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Maha,
Ali here,

As a coach and author, I get asked a lot about the difference between binging and overeating.

In fact, some people think they overate or binged, but it was actually an appropriate amount of food.
In my recovery, I thought any amount of overeating counted as a binge, so I was constantly beating myself up for not being perfect.

 

 

You don’t have to make the same mistake.

 

Let me explain why.
I’ll give a series of scenarios and describe the reasons behind why each one may be normal eating, overeating, or a binge.

Example 1: You go for a long-distance run, a strenuous workout, hot yoga, or some other intense type of exercise. You come home and hydrate, but within an hour you feel ravenous and eat twice as much lunch as normal. You don’t feel uncomfortably full, but it took a lot of food to feel satisfied.

So was that a binge or was it normal eating?

This is normal eating, believe it or not!
A person who exerts themselves needs the extra fuel to replenish their glucose supplies and aid in muscle recovery.
It’s very important to listen to your body’s signals that it needs extra food in order to avoid accidental restriction or creating a nutritional deficiency.

Example 2: You have been in recovery for several weeks and are feeling bloated. You decide to cut back on your carbs at breakfast and lunch to see if it helps.
You’re experiencing binge urges by the end of the day, stopping for binge food at the grocery and rushing home to eat it all very quickly in secret.

So was that a binge or was it normal eating?

This qualifies as a binge, unfortunately. Binging is described as a lack of control, eating much more food than normal during a very short amount of time. Binging is also accompanied with secrecy, and feelings of guilt and shame.

Example 3: You go to dinner with friends after a day of normal structured eating. You try your best to eat mindfully, but the portion size is large and you’re distracted with other things.
You end up clearing your plate and sharing dessert with a friend. You feel uncomfortably full, but the feeling passes within an hour.
So was that a binge or was it normal eating?
This is simply overeating and is very normal for people to do at times.
As you’re learning to listen to your body’s hunger and fullness signals, it’s perfectly ok to eat a bit more than your body needs at times.
It’s no cause for alarm and nothing to punish yourself over.

Most people who ask if they’ve binged or not in recovery are concerned about whether or not they should do something to compensate, or if they can still count their day as a success.

Sometimes the difference between binging and overeating is subtle, so there’s no need to worry or beat yourself up if you think it may have been a binge.
In the end, the best way to handle it is to analyze what happened, make a plan for next time, and then keep moving forward!

 

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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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