It’s Impossible to Binge If…

by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt on November 27, 2015

Photo by Silke Berg

you’re not in a stress response.

Meaning if you’re super relaxed and blissed out, you can’t binge.

Let me elaborate.

There was a time when I couldn’t stop eating, when I literally ate from dusk til dawn. And I ate everything, EVERY THING, I saw. It was like there was a huge hole in my belly and I just couldn’t fill it.

It was a time that I don’t often talk about since it was short and so different than most of my youth.

But it was definitely a formative time.

During this time, I was always, always stressed. Not because I had so much going on in my life, but because I had so much going on in my internal life. I didn’t know who I was, I didn’t know what I wanted, I didn’t know anything.

I was lost.

This internal turmoil reflected my behavior big time.

I was stressed and thus, I binged.

You see, when we’re stressed the sympathetic nervous system – our survival instinct – is active. When we’re in sympathetic nervous system dominance, all of our blood, all of our energy goes into our extremities in order for us to run away from the big lion chasing us.

Thus, our brain doesn’t notice we’re eating, it doesn’t digest and the gut doesn’t let our brain know that we’re actually full and satisfied.

If it did, we’d stop or we’d have to eat by mere willpower to go against ourselves.

That being said, the more we can relax, be and breathe, the more we can begin to step into the relaxation response.

That’s how my binging stopped. I began to move towards joy and peace and I got my life back one day at a time. The more I was in a state of flow, the less I needed food to make me happy and to take off the edge.

It’s a process for sure, but with every step, you gain more life and you lose a lot of painful evenings hunched over a bucket of ice-cream or two super sized pizzas.

If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself. Here are a few tricks you can implement to move into a state of relaxation and ease.

  1. Laugh

    Laughter lowers levels of stress hormones, reduces inflammation in the arteries, and increases “good” HDL cholesterol. And it obviously activates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you to feel good and release stress.

  2. Get rid of stuff

    If we have too much stuff in our lives, our minds get cluttered with unnecessary stress. I’ve found that the less stuff I own, the less distracted and overwhelmed I get.

    So, take a look around: what can you easily get rid of? What do you never touch? What do you obviously don’t need?

    Toss it!

  3. Take power naps

    I’m not a napper, but I’ve learned that a power nap here and there helps to reduce extreme stress and fatigue, which is one of the main causes for nightly binges.

    Schedule in that power nap a few times a week and see how it changes your mood and uplifts your mind.

  4. Clear your schedule

    Yup, we live in a busy world and we measure our self-worth by how many items we have on our to-do list, how much achieve and get done every day, but if you want to have a balanced relationship with food, clear your schedule and do nothing for a while.

  5. Seek joy

    If your life sucks, your eating behaviors will suck. If you’re not happy, you won’t stop binging and expressing your feelings with destructive habits.

    You’ve got to change your life (often in massive ways) in order to break free and cut the cords to your binges.

  6. Unplug

    No phone, no TV, no Facebook, no Instagram, no Pinterest, no Internet, period.

    If you’re constantly plugged in, it’s impossible to escape stress. Escape the world by consciously choosing to stay offline for a couple of hours a week or more.


Best Of Body Image

by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt on November 23, 2015


I think it’s time for a big loving Best Of Body Image Post, don’t you think?

I’ve been writing on body image for 4 years now and though I’ve changed my opinion here and there, refined my thoughts and skills and learned a ton, I still love the old-school body image posts I’ve written many years ago.

So, grab yourself a cup of coffee, tea or whatever else it is you love to drink while reading a few really great articles, make yourself comfy and enjoy the the feelings and Ahas you’ll experience while going through my words.




Weight Gain and the Fear of Being Judged

November 19, 2015

Whenever you gain weight, there’s this fear that others will judge you. It’s almost worse than the weight gain itself. One of the first thoughts after realizing that your pants don’t really fit anymore is: Oh man, what will X,Y,Z think? They’ll notice and talk about me behind my back. They’ll think I’m lazy, uncontrolled and […]

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Invited for dinner? How to NOT freak out!

October 26, 2015

You’re in your routine. You’re eating regular meals. Maybe you’re still restricting, maybe not. But all is going well, until you receive a message asking you to join friends for dinner in a couple of days. In an instant, you freak out. Your mind immediately starts to go crazy with thoughts about calories, not finding the […]

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The Morality of Food

October 19, 2015

One thing I hear over and over and over again is “I’ve been good this week” or “I’ve binged on bad foods and feel disgusted with myself.” This drives me nuts as there are neither good nor bad foods. A piece of pie doesn’t suddenly grow devil horns and tell you what a rotten person you are and […]

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Simple Strategies for Embodiment

October 8, 2015

If we are checked out of life, we are almost always checked out of the body. If you desire to heal your negative body image (which I do hope is true for you), you have to know that you cannot “fix” your body image, but you can get more embodied, which will heal your rocky […]

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Why Chronic Dieting Will NEVER Work

October 2, 2015

Have you been committed to struggling for a long, long time? Have you hopped from one diet to the next, trying every new slimming drink and weight loss pill on the market? Have you been denying your body and yourself everything you desire but you still don’t lose the weight you want to get rid of? […]

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Why Can’t I Have the Perfect Body AND Be Sane Around Food?

September 19, 2015

Have you ever wished, begged, bargained with God to just give you the absolute perfect body and at the same time allow you to be sane around food? Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be super thin and still be able to eat all the food in the world without thinking twice about the […]

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Up and Down, Up and Down – How to learn to Go with the Flow

September 10, 2015

One day you feel great about your body, the next day you feel homeless. One day you like your legs, the next day you wish you could cut them off. One day you look in the mirror and are confident, the next day you hate everything you see. It’s a constant up and down and […]

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Is this you?

August 28, 2015

There’s a girl living down the street. She seems to lead a normal life; goes to work every morning, drinks her coffee, smiles at strangers and waves hello every time we pass. She paints her nails, listens to music, watches TV and goes about her daily life with quiet diligence. There’s a girl living down […]

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