Let’s be honest – have you ever heard of anybody binging on asparagus or broccoli? I haven’t either. We binge on carbs, sweets and booze – all of which add up to excess body fat. Binging on any of those puts a lot more strain on our bodies that we care to realize.
Bad #1: Rapid Weight (fat) Gain.
Variety is not only the spice of life, it is a key factor in good nutrition. To minimize fat storage and maximize nutrient absorption our body needs a blend of proteins and complex (unrefined) carbs. When we binge our body can’t keep up so it has no choice but to store the excess as fat! I think we all know how much easier it is to accumulate fat than to burn it off.
Bad #2: Stretch Marks.
All moms are allowed a few of these because of pregnancy and if you are careful you can avoid most of them. No man woman or child however can escape the stretch marks associated with rapid weight gain. Our skin is our largest organ and also the slowest when it comes to regeneration. Anyone who has gained or lost weight very quickly will have seen that for themselves. Key factors in skin health in addition to good nutrition are sleep, hydration and “good” fatty acids which help maintain elasticity.
Bad #3: Acne & Cellulite.
If you binge on packaged snack foods and consume a lot of soft drinks (even if they are “diet”) then along with the empty calories you are also loading your body with coloring and flavoring agents, stabilizers and preservatives which in large quantities and combinations can be toxic. (This is especially true for smokers) Our body basically only has one way to get rid of those toxins: sweat. If you have sensitive skin the toxins are irritants and can cause acne or rashes that may look like allergic reactions. Until you sweat enough to release and expel the toxins the body protects itself from them by isolating them in pockets of fat, the not so charming dimples that appear on our backsides and thighs, tummies and upper arms. When fat deposits are metabolized and those toxins are re-released into our system they can also make us feel generally unwell we may experience sudden dizziness or even nausea.
Bad #4: Isolation.
Most of us don’t want to binge with an audience. We do it because we don’t feel good about our self, then we feel even worse because we did it! This ladies and gentlemen is what is known as a vicious cycle. You CAN break the cycle if you are fair with yourself. Set attainable goals, not ultra-rigid impossible resolutions. An attainable goal is something like: “I am going to drink a glass of water before every meal or snack.” It is simple and you can actually do it without expense or inconvenience. An impossible resolution is “I am never going to eat carbs again!” It is simple psychology – the moment you forbid yourself something, you crave it all the more. Another good habit to get into when you go out is to ask your server for a glass of water before you order another drink, or before you order desert.
Another good habit is to set a specific time each evening after which you won’t eat or drink anything but water or unsweetened herbal tea (about two hours before you generally go to bed). In order to dissuade myself from midnight snack attacks I added a stipulation – if I woke up at 4am and wasn’t able to resist the lure of the fridge, then I had to STAY up. Though it is amazing how much ironing you can get done in the pre-dawn hours my body values its limited sleep too much to make a habit out of that!
Remember this VERY IMPORTANT FACT: our self-esteem is a result of how we feel about ourselves – NOT how others see us. It is up to YOU to find little reasons to be proud of and love yourself every single day.
Take a minute to really observe the people around you. Instead of trying to guess what they think about you, just smile at them and say “Good morning.” Say “Please,” and “Thank you.” It doesn’t cost anything and it makes everyone feel better. Being polite is not a sign of weakness, it is a very simple way to improve the quality of your day.
Victoria Andre King is a freelance writer and audiovisual professional her novel The Führer Must Die is available for pre-orders and will be released on November 8th 2016 with Yucca Publications, an imprint of Sky Horse Publishing NYC.