Ever find yourself piling your dish so high, you’re left doubled over after dinner? We certainly have, and the food coma, upset stomach, and self-wallowing that goes along with it is anything but fun. This time of year it’s especially hard to avoid overeating—there’s just so much food!
We’ll be the first to admit that our eyes are a lot bigger than our stomachs (especially when dessert is on the table). But instead of curling up on the couch or beating yourself up over it—we’ve tried both, and they don’t work—the fastest way to bounce back from a food binge is to forgive yourself and move on.
Take a deep breath and don’t get caught up in a guilt trip (our inner critic usually speaks first and loudest). There is absolutely no need to run until you’ve burned off Thanksgiving dinner or shun all foods for the rest of the week. Punishing or shaming yourself after overeating is straight up self-sabotage.
So you had one (two or three) too many servings now, what?
How To Bounce Back After A Food Binge:
1. Forgive yourself. Because what’s way worse than the occasional indulgence? Stressing out over it.
2. Get some air and go for a slow walk to get things moving. We know the last thing you want to do after overeating is move from your couch, but light physical activity like a slow walk is incredible for digestion.
3. Drink tea 30-45 minutes after you eat. Herbal teas like ginger, chamomile and peppermint help soothe an upset stomach and relieve digestive discomfort.
4. Do some light yoga with a twisting sequence. Twists literally wring out your system—and just a heads up, twists are gas releasing, so you might want to consider a home practice.
5. Do something for yourself. Take a hot bath, paint your nails, do something for you. Self-love is far better than self-loathing.
6. Eat well when you’re hungry. Skipping meals can lead to overeating so listen to your body, eat mindfully, slow it down and chew your food.
7. Check yourself. Sometimes a food binge is triggered by feelings of stress or loneliness (emotional hunger—which actually has nothing to do with food). Don’t ignore this. Uncover the underlying issue so you can heal from it. Ask yourself, what are you really craving? If you ever need someone to talk to about emotional eating please, please, please shoot us an email cause we’re always here to help!
So if you fall off the bandwagon, get right back on. Don’t give up or throw in the towel. There is no need to beat yourself up over a moment of indulgence.
Have you ever experienced the unwanted aftermath of a food binge? What did you do to bounce back and get back on track?
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