You are up early.
You work a long day.
You put out fires.
You pick up your kids.
You make dinner.
You coach basketball.
You get home and you just want 30 minutes to yourself to chill out.
So you grab a bag of chips, plop on the couch, and turn on a good show.
(Personally, I’m in the middle of Jack Ryan right now.)
You roll the rubberband off and instantly your dog appears. (Somehow they can hear the crinkle of any bag from a mile away.)
As you melt into the couch and start to chomp on the salty, savory goodness of your favorite Sour Cream and Onion potato chips, you start to feel….. relaxed.
“Oh my god. It feels so good to just let go and shut off.”
Chip after chip you feel more and more relaxed.
Since there were only a few chips left in the bag, you get up and grab a few cookies.
“Oh man. The sweetness of the cookies and the saltiness of the chips are just fantastic together.”
Then you get up and get some of the kid’s candy.
Then a few more cookies.
Before you know it - you’ve just packed down A LOT of food.
The sad thing, this isn’t a rare occurrence. It’s not even the first time this week.
It happens a lot in fact.
And it always goes down the same exact way - it starts off with an innocent snack and it turns into a free-for-all.
Why does this keep happening?
There are two distinct reasons why this happens:
- You are undernourished.
- You label, judge, and fight food.
Let’s dive in.
Being undernourished is simple. If you are “watching what you eat” or “limiting your carbs” or skipping meals during the day, you are almost with 100% certainty undernourished.
And when you are undernourished, your body goes into survival mode and you try to eat as much as possible.
So you binge to compensate for all the overeating.
Second - You label, judge, and fight food.
The food culture in America is very extreme.
It’s a constant seesaw from “holy shit don’t eat that because it’s bad for you” to “treat yo’ self.”
In the same Instagram feed, you can jump from a picture of an enormous cheeseburger, topped with thick cut bacon and stuffed between two glazed doughnuts, and three posts later……….
You have a health model discussing all the harmful effects of eating doughnuts, cheese, bacon, and red meat.
So what does that mean for you? All day, you resist, avoid, judge, and label how bad all the food is. You fight the good fight.
But by the end of the day, all you can think is, “Treat yo’ self.”
Whether you realize it or not, all those posts you see on facebook and Instagram truly affect the way you interact with food. They are NOT innocent.
And every time you are not having a perfect meal and scroll through Instagram, you feel worse and worse and worse and worse for not being perfect.
So then you restrict, restrict, restrict, restrict the next day.
And binge, binge, binge the next night.
This is a crappy, crappy way to live. The constant ups and downs. The constant guilt and disappointment. Weighing yourself after every binge to see what the scale says and skipping meals because of your night time destruction.
How can this possibly be a recipe for health?
But for those who have a normal relationship with food, night eating doesn’t have to be your enemy.
It doesn’t have to be “all out night eating” or “no night eating” - there is such a thing as eating mindfully at night - if you are truly hungry.
And for those with a great relationship with food, there are absolutely no restrictions on what time and what you can eat at night.
It’s not an all or nothing deal.
If you are constantly eating at night. If you are constantly feeling like crap about it. If you are constantly weighing yourself. If you are constantly avoiding bringing junk food into your house because you don’t trust yourself around it - then start with my free workshop below. We'll discuss how to get back in control whether it’s at 2am, 2pm, on your couch, or out with colleagues.