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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!

Does stress make you binge?

I’m stressed.

And when I’m stressed, I binge.

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Not necessarily an epic binge, but a binge none the less.

I was so sure this year would be different.

This year I was committed to making time to enjoy my own life.

Walks on the beach. Naps in the sun. Reading. Resting. Enjoying.

And how’re those grandiose plans going so far? Not sure. I’ll let you know if I ever emerge from under this mountain of “stuff” that had to be done yesterday and is now waaaay too urgent to leave until tomorrow.

I guess it’d be fine if I was one of “those” women who lose their appetite when they get stressed… you know the ones? They drop 5 kilos with the click of their perfectly manicured finger (seriously? A manicure?  Who has time for that?) while they complain about how stressed they are.

But not me. Noooo… I don’t complain.

I EAT!

Does stress make you binge?

Here’s 5 ways to beat stress at it’s own game….

 

If you’re like me and the thought of opening your inbox in the morning makes you want to dive naked into a bag of Doritos, then keep reading. 

 

1  Understand that your thoughts are the cause of your anguish.

It’s always your thoughts. It’s not the stress itself that is the problem… it’s your thoughts about the stress (horror!) and subsequent reaction to the stress (eat chocolate to drown out said horror) that cause you pain. It’s your interpretation of the stress and the labels that you give it that make something good or bad. Nothing is GOOD or BAD in and of itself. Only YOU get to decide what something means.

 

2  Separate yourself from your thoughts

You are not your thoughts. You are the one who notices them (yes, I’m channelling my inner Yoda). One of the main road blocks we face is that, unlike animals,  we can think about what we’re thinking about. And the problem is that, when we don’t REALISE that YOU and YOUR THOUGHTS ARE SEPARATE, then we end up thinking that our thoughts ARE US and that we have to do what they tell us to do… such as, eat extraordinarily large amounts of chocolate. When you define yourself and your capabilities through your thoughts, you LIMIT YOURSELF

 

3  Make the connection

Let’s be real. As women, we need to vent. Or at least get together for a cuppa and a natter about the partner, the children or your neighbour who looks ten years younger than her age and you’re sure she’s had “work done”. Just getting the things that irk you “off your chest” can help. I have a trusted network of people I can rely on to listen to me and give me sensible advice (because, err… I can be quite un-sensible)

 

4  Soothe it 

If you’re stressed, you’re in need of some “me time”.  Watch some TV.  Try your hand at meditation. Understand that using chocolate to stop or “block” the feelings has not worked in the past and it’s unlikely to change anytime soon. Remember your feelings are a reaction to your thoughts so use this time to REFRAME

 

5  From another point of view

Ask yourself, what can you do, think or say to yourself to change the way you handle this situation without a chocolate bar in each hand? Will the challenge bring you closer to the woman you want to be? Can you learn the lessons and use them in the future (preferably to avoid these crazy-pants levels of stress from ambushing you again). How can you reframe and turn this into your moment of power?

 

So, how how are your stress levels? About in line with your chocolate consumption?

 

If you’re feelin’ me, shout it out in the comments below and join me on Facebook and Instagram for group accountability, love and support.

 

Are you in?🙈

 

Big love

Kylie

 

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