TOTAL HEALTH TRANSFORMATION SYSTEM

Plan and Prep Your Meals
Plan and Prep Your Meals
Do a Mind-Body Scan
Do a Mind-Body Scan
Practice De-Stressing
Practice De-Stressing
Create and Use a Sleep Ritual
Create and Use a Sleep Ritual
Use a Targeted Recovery Strategy
Use a Targeted Recovery Strategy
Think on a Continuum
Think on a Continuum
Eat Mostly Whole Foods
Eat Mostly Whole Foods
Eat Protein and Colorful Plants
Eat Protein and Colorful Plants
Practice 80% Full
Practice 80% Full
Practice Your Fitness Mission
Practice Your Fitness Mission
Maintain Progress
Maintain Progress
Deep Health
Deep Health

Overeating Slowly

Go slow, no shame, to check-in. What’s really going on while you’re overeating?

This is “permission” to overeat… for now… with a catch.

Simple change can lead to big results. Especially the foundational simple things like slowing down, relaxing, and paying attention.

Whether it’s …

  • garden-variety overeating (as in “Ma! No more pasta! OK, maybe a little”);
  • distracted eating (“Oops! Did I finish that entire bag of chips while watching Breaking Bad?”);
  • binge eating (“I totally lost control”),

It’s common to struggle with their food choices sometimes. It’s normal.

Today, if you overeat, try a new practice: Instead of stressing on it, do it, and do it slowly.

More speed, less control

Ever notice what overeating episodes and/or poor food choices tend to have in common?

Speed.

If you’ve ever been through a classic binge, you know the feeling. It’s like going on autopilot.

Hand, mouth, hand, mouth, hand, mouth. Picking up speed as you go, faster and faster and faster. Once you get serious momentum, it feels almost impossible to stop.

Right now, if you’re struggling with binge eating, don’t try to stop it.

Instead, notice how the binge eating does something important and valuable for you. Right now, overeating solves a problem for you (even if it creates other problems).

If you’re in the throes of a compulsive eating episode, eat as much as you need to—and whatever types of foods you want—in order to cope with the feelings you’re experiencing.

Eat until you’re done.

The only catch is that you eat slowly. Instead of “don’t overeat”, overeat slowly, and notice.

Is that irresponsible?

If you’re like many people who have grappled with overeating, you’ve tried to “just stop”.

You’ve tried to talk yourself out of it. You’ve felt guilty, regretful, and ashamed.

Did it work?

Maybe … it could be more “responsible” and productive to learn to be present with what you’re eating and feeling, rather than checking out.

You can practice that by accepting your body’s coping behavior, slowing down for it, and listening.