‘TIS NOT THE SEASON TO OVERDO IT
At this ‘me of the year it’s especially hard to avoid overeating. But let’s be honest, stuffing yourself rotten isn’t limited to just Christmas. Sometimes that family box of Quality Streets becomes a single serving with gut-busting consequences. It’s happened to the best of us. But the real problem is usually what happens afterwards – in our body and in our mind. Are you filled with regret, miserably mulling over starting a juice fast? Or do you feel the urge to go for broke and top it all off with a big bowl of Ben & Jerry’s? And, physically, do you fall into a food coma and feel like your food has turned to concrete in your tummy and suffer from hours of discomfort?
Firstly, don’t panic. Sometimes reframing the situation and having an action plan is all you need to rebound as soon as possible . It can be easy, post-binge, to beat yourself up. Things like “no self-control,“ “lazy,” and “fat” can get thrown around. Maybe you end up overdoing it at the gym or swear off eating for the rest of the day. It’s super easy to treat your body badly after a pig out, but here’s where taking a step outside yourself is critical.
As the caretaker for your body, you are responsible for its care, just like you’d be responsible for a child that you’re babysitting. Imagine finding this kid knee-deep in
Dairy Milk wrappers, halfway into an all-out chocolate binge. Caught red-handed, this kid looks up at you, terrified, ashamed, awaiting punishment. What do you do? Do you insult the child? March him or her over to the treadmill to run off every last calorie? Of course not. With that in mind, let any name calling and punishment stop. Treat yourself with the same compassion you would treat this child. Situations like this can lead to further self-destructive or self-punishing behaviour if you don’t try to counter the negative feelings. Trying to view yourself from a distance or as another person, like a child, helps engage a sensible reaction where you can regroup and bounce back.