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Why You Keep Overeating At Night

This week we're talking about the sneaky little lies that are keeping you overweight and how you can recognise and reverse them

Let's talk about reason #103 why you keep overeating at night... "banking calories".

"I haven't eaten all day so I DESERVE this"⁠
"I haven't eaten all day so I can AFFORD to eat this"⁠
"I haven't eaten all day so I can SPLURGE now"⁠

*insert whiney voice here*

Straight up, banking calories is not a thing. You can't "save now, spend later" when it comes to calories and what you eat. Your body needs sufficient calories all throughout the day so it can function efficiently. And if you don't give it those calories when it needs them, it will force you to eat tsunami-sized portions of food to compensate.

Straight up, banking calories is not a thing. You can't "save now, spend later" when it comes to calories and what you eat.

Here's what you should do instead:⁠

1. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. ⁠
You might be busy with kids, meetings etc, but it only takes a moment to check-in and see how you're feeling.⁠

2. IF YOU'RE HUNGRY, E.A.T!!⁠
This is not rocket science. What do you feel like eating at that moment? Honour your body's needs. It's here to support you for the long haul. Respect that.⁠

3. YOU DESERVE TO EAT WHAT YOU ENJOY.⁠
You don't have to bank calories or wait for a special occasion to eat the doughnut. If you want it, eat it and enjoy it. The doughnut does not mean you have "ruined" your eating or "failed". It's just a doughnut. Enjoy it for what it is and move the fu*k on.⁠

There is never going to be a "right time" to deal with your emotional eating. There is just time and you choose what to do with it.⁠⁠
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It won't be easier tomorrow.⁠⁠
It won't be easier next week.⁠⁠
And it definitely won't be easier next month.⁠⁠
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I want to be clear, you can't (and won't) do it before you're ready. That's okay, too. But you will need to push yourself *a little*.
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Want a life and body that feels easy and not stressy?⁠ You gotta step up, girl.

It's not going to feel good, but that's what growing and becoming an even more amazing wife/mother/partner/woman looks like!
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STEP 1 - What are you willing to DO to make your relationship with food (or anything) the way you want it?⁠⁠
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STEP 2 - What are you willing to STOP doing to have things the way you want it?⁠⁠
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STEP 3 - How can you do what's necessary to get the job done AND enjoy the process? (and p.s. there are a million options here)⁠⁠
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Remember, the feelings you get from eating when you're not hungry are only a temporary escape. Changing your relationship with yourself lasts a lifetime.

And if you're looking for more ways to take control of your weight, take my FREE Weight Loss Course. Your butt will thank you for it!

 

I’ve been dieting since I was 13 years old

 

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On my fifteenth birthday I remember attempting to pull my over sized, shoulder pad embellished, eighties fashion jumper down low enough to cover my butt.

At seventeen I had tried (and failed) over twenty different diets and by the age of thirty I had lost and gained over 300 kilos.

My entire life history has been one long diet.

 

It took me a while to figure it out, but after thirty years of torturing myself with diet after diet, the proverbial light bulb in my head FINALLY went off…

 

DIETS. DON’T. WORK.

 

But if I didn’t diet, if I didn’t restrict, if I didn’t deprive… how on earth would I EVER lose the weight I so desperately wanted to lose? How would I get rid of my jiggly belly and thunder thighs?

 

It was off the back of these questions that, out of pure necessity, I learned a new set of actions around ending the war with food.

Because I hated my body so much and because I simply couldn’t stand the struggle with food any longer, I created a set of suggested actions to help me tune out of the drama of emotional eating and tune back in to the TRUE desires of my body.

Want in on my hottest tips for permanent weight loss?

Here we go…

 

1. Another diet is NOT the answer

Diets are based on fear, deprivation and guilt. Diets don’t teach you how to listen to your body, how to trust your hunger or how to even know if you truly ARE hungry?

Diets are perfect for messing with your head so that you find yourself scarfing down an entire tub of ice cream purely because your latest diet says you can’t.

Remember, every diet is followed by and equal and opposite binge. You cannot restrict yourself in one area without falling out of balance in another. For me, every diet attempt was followed by a binge of MAMMOTH proportions. Of course I ended up fatter and more miserable than before I even started the diet.

My advice to you… Ditch the Diet and move on to step number 2

 

2. Add things IN, rather than take them OUT

As a Holistic Health and Weight Loss Coach, I often use a concept called “crowding out”.

Crowding out means that when you add in something new, something old will naturally fall away.

So rather than use “will power” to cut out the chocolate or fried steak or chocolate covered fried steak (eeek!), instead add “in” more good, nutritious whole foods. As your body starts to crave and enjoy more nutritious foods and you begin to recognize that, the not so great stuff naturally falls away…

Try adding in some delicious snacks like my Carrot & Walnut Paleo Muffins or Raw Energy Bars. Fill yourself up with a Coconut Chia Chai Latte or Strawberry Weight Loss Milkshake. Don’t tell yourself you can’t have the choc chip cookies, it will only end in a full blown binge-fest.

Any creature that feels restricted or deprived or “caged in” will naturally want to rebel and that’s exactly what the diet/binge cycle is. Of course it’s topped with a steaming serve of guilt which, in turn, leads to more restriction, more binging and thus the crazy cycle continues.

Try something new every week. It doesn’t have to be FOOD either. Pick a new activity you will ENJOY and add that into your day. Sometimes just a five minute nap or a moment sitting in the sun or a coffee with a girlfriend is enough to fill the gnawing hole in your stomach.

And if you’re thinking that “healthy” foods won’t taste good, think again, baby!

Add some Quinoa Pumpkin Salad with Roast Chickpeas to your meal or try some Raw Cherry Ripe Brownies next time you get a hankering for something sweet. It’s all about allowing yourself the freedom to experiment with new and natural foods. In time the old cravings will fall along the wayside and a whole new and effortless way of eating will emerge.

 

3. You don’t have to be PERFECT

We all want to fix and change the parts of ourselves that we deem imperfect. But seriously, who are WE to heap judgement on our bodies and decide that they are not worthy of our love and acceptance?

This is especially difficult if, like me, you have a (strong) tendency towards perfectionism. The catch 22 is that what is perfect today will be imperfect tomorrow, so you might as well let it go.

Life is not black and white. Your body is not RIGHT or WRONG simply because you decide that it is. It’s the body you have right now, so embrace it.

 

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Are You STILL Struggling With Your Weight?

What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to ditching the diet and overcoming emotional eating?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

Here’s to ditching the diet!

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  1. Great read, thanks for sharing.
    So many people don’t realise that once they end a diet and go back to what they were doing before that the weight creeps back on.

    1. Thanks lovely! And you’re spot on.
      It’s the temptation of the “quick fix” that lures us in every time.
      I’m all for getting maximum results in minimal time, but I also believe there are certain things in life that just have to take their course… and, more often than not, overcoming emotional eating is one of them 🙂 xxx

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