Compulsive Eating Coping Methods

Categories: Food Addiction

compulsive eatingCompulsive eating is an eating disorder that is characterized by irrepressible eating habits and unusual consumption of large servings of food.  Usually, people with this problem feel humiliation and guilt after his or her eating frenzy.  As a result, it is not uncommon to hear about people coming forward and looking for ways to recover from this problem.  This article might just be of help to with your difficult dilemma.

Compulsive Eating Causes

There are many contributing factors that lead to compulsive eating.  For this reason it is difficult to speak in terms of one exact and only cause for this disorder. However, it is tricky to pin down the exact and only cause of this disorder.  There is however, one persistent theme or root cause that is common among virutally all sufferers and this is  food as a crutch.

Yes, many of us turn to food in times of despair or stress, and to eventually forget our problems.  The problem with this is that there will come a time when we totally surrender ourselves to food as a means to escape loneliness and depression thus, become addicted to food.

This problem may start at any age.  It can begin in early childhood when parents give their young kids candies just to appease or calm their fits of temper.  As this common practice goes on, children will learn to associate food with peace and comfort.  This habit can intensify as the children grow and turn to teenagers then adults.  As a consequence, it can be very difficult to control eating habits learned in childhood.

 

Ways To Cope

It is very tiring to have this disorder.  Not only that, it causes shame and disorder on your part.  For your convenience, I’ve laid out a few coping methods you can use to help you ease out of this food addiction.

  1. Cleanse your home.  When I say cleanse, I mean get rid of unhealthy foods that are stored at home.  This includes cake, ice cream, chips, candies, and other foods that are rich in sugar and salt.  They may be oh-so-yummy and happiness-inducing but you need to let go of them FOR NOW.  Remember these foods make you eat compulsively because of their content so stay away from them temporarily as you learn to control your eating habits.
  2. Restock healthy food.  Shop for fruits, vegetables, and healthy kind of cereals.  So whenever you have a strong craving for food, munch on your new snacks.  Make sure that you have lots of them so that you won’t have to go out and be tempted to buy junk food.
  3. Gorge in healthy salads.  You can make this salad for starters:  Throw in your leafy greens like lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and your choice of veggies.  Add olive oil, salt and pepper, balsamic vinegar, and mix.  Try this out.  Or you might want to create your own vegetable salad that suits your taste.  The process of making this salad already keeps you from getting bored thus taking your mind off eating.  Effective, right?  An alternative to salad is vegetable soup.  It’s nutritious and hearty as well.
  4. Eat on a plate.  Sometimes, we eat out of boxes such as Chinese take-outs, cartons, or bags.  This is a common mistake that we make.  Why?  Since we can’t see what we’re eating, we won’t be able to measure or take a mental note of how much we are devouring.  For this reason, many people overeat when they don’t eat on a plate.
  5. Do something.  Get busy, participate in activities, and discover things that you might like to do.  You can make a scrapbook, go running, fly a kite, chat online with friends, or exercise just to get rid of stress.  Just do anything that will help distract you from devouring food impulsively.

 

 

Conclusion

There are many things you can do to manage compulsive eating and learn new and healthy eating habits.  You just have to find a method that you can adapt to your own needs.  Additionally, there are many people out there who are more than willing to help you get through this problem. Those who have developed informational websites to increase awareness as well as many others with innovative and creative ideas, such as supplements to help you manage your food addiction.  The key here is to take the first step of admitting your problem and getting help.

If you need more information regarding compulsive eating, please feel free to browse this site.  Thank you and good day.

 

Doriet von Fircks

About the author

Doriet von Fircks is a health practitioner and a nutrition expert.
She specializes in food related problems, such as food addiction.
After reading many articles about food addiction, especially lots of scientific journals, she realized that there was hardly any discussion about food addiction from a scientific perspective.
She updates the site frequently, ensuring that the latest scientific findings are always featured on FoodAddictionScience.com. If you have questions about this site or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to contact her.