We’ve all done it. Had a moment of ‘Oh, okay. I’ll have a little bit’ and realised sometime (hours/days even!) that we were on a jet-fueled binge and have devoured/inhaled/imbibed ALL of the food in the world. And you feel sick. Not just because your poor belly is stuffed full of food and is trying to explode out of your Levis (which is why binge-pro’s like myself will get changed mid binge!) but mainly because you know how far you’ve set yourself back on the path to your goals. Or have you?
I did some googling on how to fix or recover from a food binge and there was LOTS of touchy-feely advice like
Um, okay. Good advice. More googling saw more advice like
Okay. Yup. Alright. Also good. But let me break it down. After a binge, the only things I give a damn about really is
GIVE ME MY EFFING BODY BACK
So, if you’d like to deal with the emotional side of why you ate too much (which I recommend!), hit up our friend Dr Google.
My advice for getting rid of a puffy tummy, upset digestive system and madly swinging blood sugar levels is below.
Step One: PUT DOWN THE FOOD
True Story. There is a moment in every binge where you realise THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. It might be when you are opening the hidden packet of chips, going back for your third plate at the buffet OR it can be at the supermarket stocking up on the foods you know you shouldn’t be eating. STOP when you feel that internal voice. Do something to remove yourself. If you can, go out. Or away from the food. If you can’t go out or away, get in the shower. If you are a parent, that might mean you have the kids sitting outside the shower waiting for you. So be it. Naked with an audience is still the better choice. So that is always step one – Get out, get away or get clean.
Step Two: HYDRATE UP!
It will feel insane when you are crazily full of food to make yourself MORE full of something. But your body will need to flush and metabolise all of the stuff you ate and it does that best when you are fully hydrated. By hydrated, I’m talking water. Plain water. No need for fancy electrolytes or sports drinks. Water. Now. A couple of litres of it.
Step Three: MOVE
Now, I’m NOT talking about busting out a massive workout. You’ll probably vomit, and I’m never a fan of doing that. What I do suggest is a good walk in the fresh air. Failing that, some steady but relaxed time on a treadmill or bike. Mostly this just gets you moving and breathing and again encourages your body to start processing the overload. And… it reminds you that you are a fit happy human being, not a couch-blob who inhales chips.
Step Four: SIP THE MAGIC TEA
I’m a bloater. A big puffy-tummy, ‘just add 5 inches to my waistline’ kind of bloater. Lots of stuff makes me bloat. Milk products, processed grains, PMS and lady-stuff. Not fun. A good binge will bloat me until I feel like I’m going to explode. My favourite product for when I am feeling like this is a random tea that I found on my favourite online store iHerb. You can see it here. Tastes good and helps save me from the dreaded puff. Please note, this is not really a magical product. Just a herbal tea that helps with fluid retention :)
Step Five: SLEEP IT OFF
Yep. Nap time. Maybe after you’ve done all of the wonderful reflecting that Dr Google has suggested. Your body needs time to process and you will feel better when you wake up.
Step Six: STARVING YOURSELF IS DUMB
Yes, you ate a lot of food. Theoretically I’m sure you really DID eat enough to feed yourself for a few days, but DO NOT try to go without eating or being heavily restrictive with what you eat next. It is stupid. AND will see you more likely to snap and binge again. I do suggest eating lighter meals and making the healthiest choices you can while your system is already pretty taxed, but a fast is not the answer. You are not Gandhi.
Step Seven: DON’T BE A NUT-BALL, THERE IS ALWAYS
TOMORROWRIGHT FREAKIN’ NOW.
Easier said than done. But something that comes to mind fairly regularly is that I didn’t get fat off one binge. It was many, many binges over a significant amount of time. And the opportunity to make better decisions starts right now. NOT tomorrow, or Monday. Right now. The very next thing you eat or drink will put you closer to or further away from your goals. Don’t be a nut-ball. Or at least be a fit and healthy one.
Love and Anti-Puffiness