Have you ever found yourself standing at the pantry, wrist-deep in a jar of extra-crunchy peanut butter with a pile of king-size candy bar wrappers at your feet?
If so, you’re not alone.
Binge eating is an increasingly common behavior characterized by the intense and immediate urge to devour food, often in large quantities.
Sufferers frequently report feeling powerless and ashamed during and after an episode. As a body image counselor and eating psychology coach, I work frequently with clients who binge.
Although it's complex and challenging to reform (due in large part to the compounding emotional, cultural, nutritional, behavioral, and biological triggers that influence the “out-of-control” drive to eat) one tool that I’ve found invaluable for reducing binge eating and regaining sanity around food is inquiry.
Curiosity during compulsive-eating experiences offers gentle, real-time opportunities to investigate beliefs, identify needs, and modify behavior. So, the next time you find yourself sprinting to the kitchen with dreams of devouring BBQ chips by the fistful, stop and take this quick survey instead: