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3 Things to Do After Binge Eating
To start off, I have included a quick video that gives an overview of what Binge Eating Disorder is from Katie Morton who is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
What Is Binge Eating Disorder?
So now that we all know what Binge Eating Disorder is, what can you do to help your body recover from a binge eating disorder?
1. Drink Water
After a Binge Eating episode, your body is very dehydrated and you must replenish you're body's hydration levels. After a binge, however, you may feel extremely full and not want to drink anything at all, you must though! By drinking water, it will help your digestive tract deal with all the food that you have just consumed and will help you feel better sooner.
I have also found that after I go through a binging episode, drinking water helps me feel better mentally as well. Once my body is re-hydrated, I find that my guilt and anxiety levels have decreased significantly!
So, how much water should you drink after a binge?
Sipping the water slowly is the best way to re-hydrate, and aiming to drink 8 ounces of water every hour until you begin to feel re-hydrated is the best way to get your body back on track. Keep in mind that drinking lots of water all at once is not the way to re-hydrate in a healthy manner.
Lightly exercising after a binge eating episode is another way to help your body recover. Keep in mind that vigorous exercise can make you feel worse after a binge and only light exercise should be performed. Here are some examples of exorcises that are healthy for your body after a binge:
- Bike Riding
I have added an easy yoga flow designed to help the digestion process.
3. Continue Eating
Now, this might sound counterproductive to recovering after a binge eating episode, but it is vitally important NOT to starve yourself after a binge. Once you have re-hydrated your body and done some light exercising, eat some healthy fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fats. Some healthy options might include:
- Banana and Peanut Butter
- Apple and Cheese
- Cucumber and Turkey Sandwiches
- Celery with Peanut Butter and Raisins
Some Concluding Thoughts
Overcoming a binge eating episode is just has difficult mentally as it is physically. Seeking counseling if you have a binge eating disorder is vitally important to your success. Also, remember that you are not alone in your struggles and there is hope for you in overcoming this illness and remember, don't be ashamed! Don't hide away from those around you, take control of your body and your health, you CAN overcome this!