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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!

The truth about yourself that you don’t want to face

The truth about yourself that you don’t want to face

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Ever heard that saying “you can run but you can’t hide?”

Well that’s what it’s like living inside the head of a person who is suffering with chronic anxiety, depression and hating their life, their body or their weight.

You try to do all the “right” things. But it doesn’t work.

You follow the formula. Eat this. Drink that. Weigh. Measure. Push through. And from the outside looking in, it really does appear as though you’ve got it all going on…

A successful life. Relationship. Career. Geez, woman… what could you POSSIBLY be unhappy about?

Nothing, I guess? And yet… You’re sad. You’re tired. You’re so DONE with the constant voices in your head telling you, you’ll NEVER win. Success is for other people. Not for you.

Maybe you should try just one more diet? Yes. This time it’s bound to work. Isn’t it?

The anxiety begins to build. Another diet. Tomorrow. Which means your last chance to eat anything even remotely delicious is… yup, you guessed it. Now.

You desperately search the kitchen for relief. Cupboard doors open and slam shut again as you look for something, anything, to take the emotional pain away.

And then… Cookies! Jackpot! 

 

You eat them standing up. First one. Then another. You can feel the guilt rising inside you.

“Stop now” the voice of reason whispers. “If you stop now, the damage won’t be too bad. You haven’t gone too far. You’ll be okay”.

 

And so you do. Stop, that is. Until the voice of anxiety takes over. “You silly, little girl. Look at what you did. All that hard work, RUINED by those cookies! You’re pathetic, you know that? PATHETIC! You might as well finish the cookies and, seeing as I’m looking out for you, remember that chocolate that you hid in your sock drawer? You should eat that as well, because… you know, that way it won’t be there to ruin your progress tomorrow.”

Ah, yes… tomorrow. The magical fantasy land where you have willpower of steel and junk food can never tempt you again. Yes. You should definitely eat the chocolate. And the packet of chips. And that bread. In fact, seeing as you’ll be getting it perfect TOMORROW, you should finish up that yoghurt as well.

I think you know how the story unfolds from here.  Let’s just say, it’s not pretty.

 

Living a double life is hard. Faithful to the salad bar by day. Secret liaisons with pizza at night.

 

It hurts. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. IT HURTS. And yet, despite your years of constant dieting, nothing has changed.

Why?

Because, beautiful one, your body knows that there are no quick fixes and it’s trying to get a message to you.

 

It’s not about the food. It was NEVER about the food.

It was, is and will always be about YOU. The voice in your head. Your deepest hurts. Fears. Dreams. ALL of it is driving your relationship with food.

 

So let me ask you… How much longer are you going to suffer?

 

How much longer are you going to torture yourself with iceberg lettuce and meal replacement shakes by day and eating until your stomach hurts at night?

It’s not another cleanse or 28 Day Challenge that will set you free.

As Glinda the Good Witch says, “You’ve always had the power, my dear”. You just falsely believed that stuffing your face with Doritos was a better option than exploring the possibility that maybe, just MAYBE, it was never about becoming someone NEW, as much as it was about returning to who you’ve always BEEN.

Sending you big love!

 

P.S. If there’s one thing I know from losing and gaining the same 20 kilos over 20 times in my life, it’s that when it comes to breaking up with emotional eating and losing weight, you have to keep your eye on the ball

(Unless that ball looks like a peanut M&M, in which case you should look away immediately)

Success in any area of life requires guidance and accountability.

You have to know WHY you’re sabotaging your results before you can CHANGE them. 

Eventually you have to stop blaming your lack of time, your stressful life or your lack of self control and realise that those ridiculous story you’re telling yourself about how you’re REALLY going to lose weight starting “next Monday” is not the same as actually DOING IT.

If you’re ready to take the next step, you will know it. Be brave. 

 

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