Ever since this lockdown this situation started, I was kind of happy about staying at home all the time and I started working out a lot and doing everything healthy. I exercised to a point that my sister came told me to stop and that I was overdoing it.
But after a point I realised this staying at home vacation is not for a short time and we have no idea that when is all of this going to end and I slowly steadily stopped working out and started overeating like really lot.
After waking up in the morning I didn’t work out and because of that I didn’t feel hungry to eat breakfast and because I didn’t eat breakfast, I started eating some junk food right in the morning. Which is not like myself at all because I at least make sure that I start my day with eating something wholesome which is not processed. I hated myself so much for it. I knew in my mind that I was full and I didn’t need to eat that much because I was barely even moving and sitting around all day. So, I clearly didn’t need to eat that much.
the reality is that we are not accustomed to being at home for 24hrs a day not going out at all, not meeting any of our friends for such a long period of time, and I was clearly boredom eating and I needed to stop but I wasn’t able to
at this point I started thinking that can food be so addictive. Not in a funny sense addictive but in clinical symptoms sense addictive ?
well… it turns out that this food industry is very secretive about all this food being addictive and they spend thousands of dollars on making food more ( quote unquote)“appealing” to us. Addictive in brackets in scene
They spend a lot of time in making sure that the ratio of three golden foods which are fats, sugar and salt is perfect.
Remember how it felt so comforting and nice after hitting your favourite brand and flavour of that ice cream or chips to your tongue ? it was manufactured to feel that way. Comment below what is your favourite binge eating snack and let’s see how many of us like junk food for binge eating.
They added flavour enhancers to make you taste the flavours which don’t even exist in their products.
They spent hours to perfect the crispiness of those chips to give you that exact feeling in your mouth and between your teeth when you chew it.
They make such perfect combinations of salt sugar and fat that you will keep craving their products and you just can’t help but eat more
These kinds of fat sugar and salt combinations don’t exist in nature because it is not healthy for your body. And makes replacing these processed foods with natural foods alternatives that much more difficult.
On top of everything they are easy to find anywhere, they have a lot of shelf life and they are made so convenient to eat and buy and carry everywhere. All these things are like add ones on these foods being addictive.
Our ancestors only ate foods which were available in nature and hence, reward sensors in our brain are designed that way. Hence whenever food we eat which is high in sugar salt and fat, we feel good cause activity in our brain’s reward sensor is increased and a feel-good chemical named dopamine is released.
After a while our brain needs more amount of food to release the same amount of dopamine. And we start eating more and more of that food and this starts turning into a vicious cycle of food addiction. Many people are diagnosed by this disorder medically, I said that just to clear out to people who are going to say that food addiction is not real.
So, to deal with binge eating habit for myself I just simply started working out like I used to. This acts like a habit cue to me whenever I work out, I end up doing healthier things all day.
I also reduced munching and snacking in between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even if I do snack, I take just a small portion of it in a plate rather than eating the whole thing out of the bag. Now I know these tips sound very basic and have nothing over there is nothing fancy in here but sometimes little things make big changes.
I am not saying that I have full control over it but I am taking baby steps to stop my habit of binge eating. And these three simple steps have helped me a lot towards overcoming that habit.