I do not know if I qualified as having a true eating disorder, but certainly some of my eating behaviors would have fallen under disordered eating.
I never made myself throw up after I ate too much or suffered from anorexia, but I did eat huge quantities of food at one time day after day after day. I was often on an all day binge.
Here’s what a day of eating could look like for me. Honestly.
I know that is bad, but this wasn’t the worst day because on really bad days John and I would have gone out to lunch and dinner at a restaurant instead of just lunch. I literally ate all day long.
If you look at the foods I ate, they were mainly junky foods with a random “healthy” choice thrown in here and there. Candy, ice cream, cookies, snack crackers, Pop Tarts, chips, and cheese. Not good.
However, one thing that really helped me stay away from those types of junk foods was to purge my pantry, refrigerator, and freezer of junk when I finally got serious about losing weight.
Purge to avoid a binge.
I quickly learned that I could NOT have ice cream in the house. At least not at first. I also could not have goldfish crackers, Pop Tarts, cookies, chips, or any of the foods that I had a problem controlling myself around the house. Remember at this point it wasn’t about the GMOs in foods or the unhealthy nature of those foods. At this point in my weight loss experience, it was about getting my eating under control – period.
So I purged my house. Notice I did not say I purged just my kitchen. In addition to the junky, unhealthy food in the kitchen, I had little stashes of junk food in my purse, in my car parked in the garage, and even in my nightstand drawer. I literally had to purge the house just like Mrs. Large the elephant tried to purge her house of foods she thought were keeping her fat in the fabulous children’s book “A Piece of Cake,” by Jill Murphy.
I purged the house of junk to avoid bingeing on unhealthy foods. You might ask, “Did it work?” It absolutely worked because I found that if it was not in the house, I was very unlikely to get in the car and drive to get it. Although I had strong cravings for chocolate or chips those first few weeks of my weight loss efforts, I would talk myself out of driving to the convenience store to buy those foods by reminding myself of all the reasons I wanted and needed to lose weight.
The trick for me was to avoid buying junk at the grocery store and bringing it home or baking cookies because I was a pretty darn good baker and found it easy to whip up a batch of cookies. I stopped those behaviors by making one small, relatively healthy dessert a week instead of every day and reviewing my cart before I headed up to the cashier to check out.
When I purged my house, car, and purse of junk food I did more than throw things away or donate unopened boxes to the food pantry at our church. I began the process of purging my mind of the desire for junk, releasing my body from the unhealthy hold junk food had on me, and freeing myself to learn to enjoy and discover new foods.
Purging your house and mind of unhealthy foods and behaviors almost always benefits you when you are losing weight. The next step is keeping that junk food out of your house. I’m going to talk about that in another post.
Have you ever purged your home of unhealthy foods to help you control your tendency to overeat? Were you able to keep the junk food out permanently? Diane