By Pallavi Sharma
“Binging”, a word which I am sure most of my readers are quite familiar with. Hmmm, do thoughts of all those yummy, cheesy and greasy snacks come to mind? They come to me too 🙂 Let’s be honest to ourselves. We all love food and especially the deep fried one’s just taste so much better! But the sad side to that tasty fact is, it’s doing no good to us. Sigh!
I remember my insane ability of consuming one of those Lay’s wafer “family pack” in one sitting and be ready for another one just minutes later. If there was an award especially designed for “bingers”, I atleast would’ve showed up on it’s nomination list! I remember it being a cycle. Depression or anxiety or any kind of an extreme emotion would hit me. There would always be a bag of those munchers sitting in that corner cabinet of the kitchen. I would reach out to it, eat to my heart’s content (which usually would end up being the entire bag) and then send myself on a guilt trip. Tell myself that this was the last time I ever did it in my “life” (knowing very well it wasn’t). Few days later would be back square one! I was in this loop and was unable to get out of it.
Yoga was like an angel in disguise at the time. It’s strong and calming effect on my mind, drew away all the negative emotions of depression, sadness and anxiety and filled me up with love, admiration and self-confidence for myself and my body. Weeks later I saw myself buying all the healthy food compared to the times when I would stack up my grocery cart at the store with loads n loads of munching items.
Here’s a great article which suggests how regular yoga practice instills mindful eating in us.
Check it out: http://blogs.yogajournal.com/yogabuzz/2009/08/
Most of us feel that eating healthy means eating boring and bland food. Not necessarily, only if you know the way to make your food interesting and fun to eat. Here’s an article which suggests five ways in which you could make your daily meals and choice of food taste bud friendly!
Check it out:
Let me know your experience with binging and how you were successful in overcoming it.