On Binge Eating

Great ideas on controlling binge eating.

Like the author here, I’ve lost more than 100 pounds, kept it off five years (she’s at 6+), and I still binge eat on occasion. Author Sarah Novello provides good advice for getting it under control. 

I used to binge eat on every business trip, but I’m getting that under control. I traveled Sunday through Tuesday and did not binge eat even once. 

Which is not to say that I ate healthy on the trip. I don’t know if that’s even possible. I gained 0.8 pounds. I started and ended the trip a few pounds under my goal weight. I’m calling that a victory. 

I think my triggers for binge eating are sleep deprivation, stress, isolation, and proximity to tempting,rich foods – which perfectly describes the conditions that exist on a business trip.

I mitigate the problem by bringing healthy snacks with me. After much trial and error, I’ve settled on mixed nuts, dates, and figs. They’re tasty, satisfying, and don’t take up a lot of room in the bag.

Business travel involves buying a lot of food in convenience stores and coffee shops, and in those situations I have go-to foods that I buy when I can’t think of anything else I really want, in lieu of buying junk foods and pastries. Turns out I really like yogurt-granola-fruit cups, which you can buy anywhere. I can eat yogurt-granola-fruit cups al day. Bags of dried fruit are also readily available, tasty, and satisfying. 

Another place it’s a good idea to have a go-to food is the breakfast buffet. Again, after much trial and error, I’m eating a lot of scrambled eggs and salsa, along with fruit salad, about a half-plate of each. 

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