“Healthy” Binge

September 16, 2008 at 4:23 am Leave a comment

Is there such a thing as a “healthy” binge?  Probably not, but there are definitely ways to improve a binge if you’re gonna do it.

I have been fighting the urge to binge for a few weeks now.  I have resisted my favorite binge foods – tortilla chips and salsa con queso – for over a year.  I’m proud of that accomplishment.  After all, a bag of Tostitos chips and SCQ can be 2500 calories all by themselves!  Imagine the calorie count when you binge on top of a normal day of eating.  Obviously, I’ve eaten like that on occasion and survived.  I’ve even gone on to lose more weight over time.  (I’m now down 121 pounds in total.)  But I don’t like doing it.  And, I’m always scared that it might be trigger for a permanent tumble off the wagon.

Tonight, as I struggled with a yearning for tortilla chips and SCQ, I decided to try a different approach.  I allowed myself a “healthy” mini binge.  I didn’t buy the white-flour-and-processed-cheese snacks I was craving.  I also threw away the white chocolate squares I had in the pantry (to make white chocolate macadamia nut cupcakes for my BF).

Instead, I finished a half box of Kashi GO LEAN Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereal.  It still put me over my calorie count for the day, but it was significantly fewer calories than I would have consumed otherwise.  Plus, it was high quality food: high fiber and protein, a mix of multiple grains, natural sweeteners and good fats from flax and nuts.  It took me a while to chew it, which helped me feel satisfied on less food. 

I don’t recommend bingeing.  But, sometimes the effort not to binge is worse than the bingeing itself.  It can be extremely stressful trying to resist, and trying to resist for days on end wears you down.  This gave me the feeling of bingeing – and some of the relaxation that comes after a binge – while helping me maintain my clean eating… all for a manageable number of calories.  Not a bad way to go in the scheme of things.

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Entry filed under: clean eating, coping strategies, tips & techniques.

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