When a health coach binges

Confession time – I am not perfect when it comes to my diet. And I don’t even aspire to. I pay attention to what I eat; I constantly learn how different foods effect me, and course adjust accordingly.

My biggest downfall used to be crisps (chips for the non-UK readers), especially the kind that comes in a tube, and “once you pop, you can’t stop”. They also often do 2-4-1 deals that made it really difficult to be sensible and limit the consumption levels, because everyone likes a good deal, don’t we?

Don’t get me wrong; I didn’t eat them everyday, mostly about once a month, when I was really down, or really stressed, and sometimes even just bored.

Since I started paying more attention to what I eat and learning about nutrition my cravings started to change. To my surprise these days I actually crave kale (I understand if you judge me, I would judge me too a couple of years ago) and manage to keep my diet relatively clean. Until last night.

I finished work late and set out to cook some soup. I was hungry as well so started snacking on hummus. I’ve been known to eat hummus with a spoon out of the tub, but yesterday it just wasn’t cutting it, I needed something crunchy to go with it and I reached for a forgotten bag of crisps at the back of the cupboard. Yes, I lied to myself thinking I am just going to have a handful and then wait for the soup. I actually made an effort of putting the bag back a couple of times but in the end failed miserably, and ate the entire thing. With hummus, so I guess I had some protein for dinner. Needless to say, by the time the soup was ready I wasn’t even hungry anymore, and didn’t have any of it.

I binged last night

Following my little binge I felt crap (and still do), bloated, heavy, all around blah. Today I am taking it easy with my food, giving my stomach a break and time to digest the crazy moment from last night.

I share this, because I want you to know that it’s totally normal to “fall of the wagon”. You can have an off day and it doesn’t mean that “all is lost”, and you’ll never lose weight, and the healthy eating quest is over for you.

If you happen to binge embrace it, let it go, don’t punish yourself. At your next meal, you’ll have an opportunity to make another choice, make a better choice.

Maybe consider having a smoothie or a glass of green juice at your next meal to give your digestion a break.

Next week I will share a simple technique for busting your cravings so stay tuned. I am also teaching about cravings in my training tomorrow, so if you like to learn more – be sure to register.

So what do you crave?

Are you aware of when do you crave certain foods?

Have you ever stop to think what your cravings might be telling you?

I would love for you to share in the comments so that we can all explore together.