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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!

KYLIE PAX

 

I’ve been thinking about why, after all these years, I STILL get tempted to put on my Nike’s and run to the nearest block of chocolate whenever life throws a little drama my way?

 

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Honestly, if I could wave my magic wand (where do you get one of those? Costco?) and make this whole emotional eating gig disappear, I would. But after 30 years of fighting with it I have finally learned a thing or two about the easiest way to get from:

 

Point A (nightly eating frenzies featuring cookies covered with chocolate frosting) to
Point B (chocolate cake? Oh no… none for me thanks. I’m not hungry)

 

I’m certainly not going to sit here and tell you I have it all together, but I’m much further along than I was before. So here are my favourite ways to bust emotional eating in the chops in 3 simple steps…

 

1. don’t eat your feelings

Has trying to stuff your emotions down with chocolate cake ever made the problem go away? Well, has it?!

Don’t be afraid of your feelings. They will pass. Both the good ones and the bad ones. The pain of the nutso boss who picks on you, the dirty dishes that look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the sink , the partner who just doesn’t seem to “get” that throwing dirty socks at the laundry basket is not the same as putting them “in” the laundry basket… these circumstances are not fun, but they WILL pass.

Feelings are just a response to a thought in your head. Change your thoughts, change your feelings (and consider upgrading the partner to a newer model who CAN manage to place their laundry a basket!)

 

2. ditch the inner critic

Eating a family size block of chocolate in the middle of the night is never a wise move. Of course The Voice in your head will tell you it’s a marvellous idea! In fact, why stop at just the chocolate? Why not cover it with whipped cream too? FABULOUS!

But we all know that approximately 4.5 seconds after the last bite of creamy goodness passes your lips, the inner critic steps in…

“how COULD you?”

“you’re such a loser”

“see how weak you are? You’ll NEVER lose weight!”

It’s time to beat that inner critic at its own game. Tune in to your own goodness. Your own wisdom. Your own kindness. Ditch the inner critic that tells you you’re too far gone to ever beat the binge. You can and you will. As Glinda the Good Witch says “You’ve always had the power, my dear” (and as far as I’m concerned, if Glinda says it, then it’s gospel)

 

3. Bust the “busy eating”

Forget about eating while you do the ironing, pick the kids up from soccer practice, gymnastics or cookie making class. Sit down to eat and give all your attention to the food on your plate.

Why? Because the minute you eat past satisfaction, it’s soooo much harder to stop nibbling. Suddenly all the little snaky, crunchy, crispy treats become irresistible and you find yourself roaming from the fridge to the pantry, sampling everything from raw cookie dough to some questionable left over chinese food in the back of the fridge and before you know it, you’ve eaten an entire second meal!

Slooooow down and enjoy the food that’s on your plate. Focusing on your food means bringing yourself fully into the present moment and extracting every morsel of pleasure from that, before we run to the pantry for another round of double fudge chocolate brownies.

 

 

And if you’re looking for a little helping hand to steer you back on track, check out my brand spanking new baby…

Drink Yourself Slim!

It’s jam packed with delicious recipes, helpful hints and my top tips to have you waving a smug “bye bye” to emotional eating and skipping off into the sunset with Mr No Diet Drama!

 

 

Now, I’d loooove to hear from you! what is your greatest challenge when it comes to emotional eating? What’s the ONE THING that absolutely drives you nuts?

Let me know in the comments below!

Oh, and remember you’ll only bring good karma if you share this post with someone you love. Go on, share the love… you know you want to! 😉

 

Here’s to Ditching the Diet!

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