I’ve talked before about how I used to really struggle with binge eating, often devouring entire bags of popcorn, candy, cookies, and more in one sitting until I felt sick and terrible about myself.
Thankfully, due to a much healthier outlook on food and treating food as fuel rather than as the enemy, I’ve pretty much stopped any form of binging. Instead I focus on fueling my body with nutritious whole foods, in filling, yet reasonable amounts.
In fact, during the day, I eat fairly intuitively, giving my body what it craves (usually vegetables, some protein, and healthy carbs) in the right amounts based on my activity level for that day. I rarely even have cravings for sweets during the daytime, and feel the most energized and focused when I eat smaller, nutrient-packed meals every three hours or so.
But at night, it’s a whole different story.
I usually eat dinner at 6 or 7pm, what most people think should be the last meal of the day. But what inevitably happens is that even after I’m finished with dinner, I’m not quite satisfied.
Sometimes it starts immediately after dinner, where I need something sweet right away. And sometimes it’s more like a couple of hours later, where all of a sudden it’s 8 or 9pm and I’m absolutely famished.
So what happens when I don’t act smart when these moments hit? I snack. And snack. And snack. Until I inevitably feel overfull, bloated, and slightly sick from too much (usually not-so-healthy) food.
Sound familiar at all?