getting to the bottom of why you binge when you're alone
Binge Eating

Why You Binge When You’re Alone

May 8, 2023

Ryann Nicole

Hi, I’m Ryann.

Your Not-So-Average Food Freedom Therapist & Virtual Coach. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Nutritionist with a BA in Psychology, and a MA in Professional Counseling, yes I do a little of the "so how does that make you feel".

But my ultimate goal is to provide you with the resources you need, in an easy-to-understand way, on healing your disordered relationship with food and your body. 

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Binge Eating

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I remember sitting on my bed, feeling tense and itchy, just waiting for that door to close so I could be alone.

[if you know, you KNOW 😞]

Alone in my house, with nobody to judge or watch, I ran to my kitchen, shoving everything in my mouth as fast as possible.

*but just enough of each food so nobody would notice.

And as I came back into consciousness, feeling so sick and drowning in shame, I would tell myself, “I'll never do this again.”

Until I did it again.
And again.
Repeating the same restrict → binge cycle 🔄 over and over.

The problem was that I spent so much time focusing on how not to binge rather than looking at what was actually causing me to binge that nothing changed for years.

But then, I got honest about the root of my bingeing tendencies and worked HARD to heal that. And the biggie was:

Restriction During The Day

The primary reason you binge when you're alone (oftentimes at night) is if you are restricting your food intake during the day—and we can often do it in sneaky ways that don’t appear obvious at first. Here are some questions to ask to figure out if you've been restricting during your day:

Are you eating 3 nourishing meals?

If you find yourself binging, one important question is whether you ate three quality meals on the day in question or the day before. If you didn’t, your body is likely hungry—and restriction can send it into panic mode.

Are you counting calories?

Maybe you did eat three meals, but they were extremely low in calories. If this is the case, you guessed it—your body could still be hungry, triggering binge eating behavior.

Do you feel satisfied by your meals?

If you ate three meals and weren’t necessarily calorie counting, that still doesn’t mean you weren’t restricting. If you stopped eating before you were full or felt a general dissatisfaction after your meals, your body could still be yearning for more food.

Do you feel ashamed about your food choices?

Lastly, feelings of shame can trigger binge eating—and if you feel ashamed and/or punish yourself for your food choices during the day, it could lead to binge eating at night.

Resolving Restriction

To end binge eating, you must work to stop the restriction during your day.  This can involve many practices, like eating three well-balanced meals, ending strict calorie restrictions, eating until you truly feel full, and letting yourself enjoy all foods without punishing yourself mentally later. Once the root of your binge eating is addressed, resolving it is SO much easier!

I get it, though—sometimes, you can’t do it alone.

If you’re currently suffering from binge eating disorder, I encourage you to seek the help of a medical professional and/or licensed therapist.

In addition to the help of a doctor, you may also be interested in group coaching. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, offering group coaching and more–if you’re interested in my services to aid you in your journey to recovery, feel free to check them out here!

Keywords: binge eating, binge eating disorder, why do I binge when I’m alone

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