Binge eating disorder can be a difficult condition to deal with–and one that often is misunderstood by loved ones and family. This article discusses three great ways to deal with a diagnosis of binge eating disorder.
Keeping a Journal
A great activity that can help you deal with binge eating disorder is to keep a journal. In your journal, be sure to keep track of what you ate, how you felt before, during and after the binge, and an estimate of what you ate. This will be useful in that writing down exactly what you ate and how you felt at the time may open your eyes to how this condition is affecting your life and your health. Be sure to share the results of the journal with your doctor, nurse, or health care professional–it may be useful for them to have a detailed copy of this information in order to make future recommendations.
This one goes along with the first activity. Walking is a great pastime that can not only improve the quality of your life, but can also help you lose weight and feel great. After keeping a journal and examining it, you may begin to notice a trend–perhaps you feel worse after a binge eating episode than before the episode happened. Identifying this and being aware of it is great–and now that you know what will happen, you can try to prevent it. The next time you feel the need to eat, go out for a walk, instead! This will not only get your mind off of food, but will help your burn a few calories along the way.
Joining a Support Group
Finally, one of the best activities to help you deal with binge eating disorder involves joining a support group. This is important for a variety of reasons–one, it will show you that there are othe people who are suffering with the same condition that you have been dianosed with. Second, it will give you an outlet to discuss your problems, concerns, and fears without the feeling of being lectured to that some people experience when talking to a doctor or psychologist. Finally, the other participants in the support group more than likely have been dealing with the condition for a longer period of time than you–and because of this, will be able to provide you with the skills and motivation necessarily to make it through this difficult point in your life. For best results, find a support group that specializes in binge eating disorder–while there may be others directed at eating disorders in general, fnding one that most closely resembles your condition will provide you with the most valuable information. Your doctor, nurse, or health care provider may be able to give you the name of a good support group for people with binge eating disorder.