Biweekly check-ins are a great resource when it comes to dissecting a client’s nutritional behaviour and patterns. One of the most consistent commonalities between clients is what they choose to binge on as comfort food in times of stress and anxiety.
Not surprising, foods containing massive amounts of sugar is what people turn to the most frequently. This is usually followed by full blown confessions of guilt, weakness in willpower, and/or sometimes shame.
As children, most of us ran to the local convenience store to purchase candy when we had our little hands on some money. We have programmed sugary foods into our psyche as comforting.
There is nothing wrong with turning to foods that have sugar (or any food for that matter). There should be no guilt. And there should be no judgement. But over time, our binging can severely compromise our health and when it does, we need to come up with different tools because this doesn’t work anymore.
Our bodies will always tell us what it needs. If we treat it incorrectly, it sends us obvious signs such as unwanted weight gain, digestive issues, lack of energy, lack of motivation, and sometimes illness. We need to listen to what nature is really asking of us and make responsible health choices and not succumb to binging.
Binging is NOT balance.