Intense Urges

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I had one of “those” moments last night. You know, the one where you’re just going about your day, then suddenly you want to eat the entire pantry, even though you know you shouldn’t. Sometimes it’s brought on by anxiety, sometimes it’s stress, and sometimes it’s just sheer boredom. Regardless, I have those moments more than I’d like to, and pushing through them hasn’t gotten easier for me. A lot of the time, I end up giving in.

I had one of those moments yesterday. We had guac in the fridge and chips in the pantry, and I wanted to go to town. I was able to talk to myself rationally; “Bailey, you will regret this later. You are not hungry. You will feel so much more confident for your engagement pictures and for wedding dress shopping and your upcoming beach vacation if you just push through this.” I knew I would regret it, but I didn’t care. It’s almost like there’s a magnet on the cabinet or fridge, and it just pulls my body towards it, and sometimes, I can’t stop. But yesterday, I knew I needed to. So I posted about my struggle on my Instagram story.

First of all, I cannot tell you how much it helped me to write how I was feeling down – even if it was just on my Instagram story. Putting my thoughts onto “paper” (or phone) helped me SO much – it made me think I should start journeling more to write about my experiences with food, and to hopefully help some of the binge episodes I’ve been known to have. What else helped me the most? YOU guys did, and I cannot thank you enough for that and helping me push through an extremely vulnerable and low moment.

I received probably 100 messages of people telling me that they have the same experiences, and giving me helpful tips and suggestions for what helps them in those moments. It’s clear that I’m not alone, and neither are you. It helped me SO much to receive all of these suggestions, so I wanted to share the love, and compile all of the tips & tricks I got in one place, so that they can hopefully help some of you who are struggling with the same issues.

So here you go! Without further ado, here are the top suggestions I received:

  1. Drink water so that you feel full. Specifically, it’s extremely helpful to add some flavor in – a crystal lite packet, mio drops, lemon, cucumber, mint, watermelon, etc.
  2. Leave the house and go for a walk, take the dog out, etc. – distract yourself from whatever it is you think you want in the moment, and physically separate yourself from the kitchen.
  3. Go to bed and force yourself not to leave bed for an hour.
  4. Ride the wave and delay your urge – the urges usually last for 90 minutes max, so sometimes it’s just a matter of delaying.
  5. Brush your teeth.
  6. Paint your nails.
  7. Remember – you can eat these things whenever you want. There is no urgency.
  8. Chew gum.
  9. Eat a low-point snack.
  10. Stretch, do yoga, or do some form of exercise.
  11. There’s a lot of power in writing things down. Write down how you’re feeling as well as your goals!
  12. On days you know that you’re craving a lot of food, save 1/3 of the food on your dinner plate so that you can eat it later. That way, you’re not indulging in extra points or calories.
  13. Find something that occupies your hands.

If you take anything from this blog post, I hope the number one thing is that you are not alone. Thank you all so much for all of your support and suggestions in helping me through everything, always!

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