Do you find yourself frequently overeating and maybe even binge eating? Well, as I promised you, The SociEATy Podcast will be bringing on real women like you to talk about their relationships with food and body image, and SociEATy member Catie Gregg joins us today to talk about just that – her own history with binge eating and how she has overcome it. What is the first step to overcoming binge eating? Ditch the diet! Think about it, what usually happens when you tell a child that they are not allowed to do something? The first thing that they are probably going to want to do is exactly what you told them that they weren’t allowed to do, and we, even as adults, are really no different!
As Catie explains, progress didn’t begin to happen for her until after she decided to ditch Weight Watchers and stopped giving in to restrictive diet culture. Normalizing food that we enjoy makes it less tempting and exciting, which means that we aren’t as likely to eat so much of it. In fact, we might even realize that we are getting sick of it!
Catie talks about her ups and downs during her journey toward intuitive eating and offers three steps to those of you who might be looking to curb your binge eating behavior, including identifying what you truly want and what makes you happy, which may or may not actually be food. (If it is, that’s okay! Own your food choices, but you may find that food is substituting something else.)
Catie also reminds us that success does not happen overnight because intuitive eating is not a before and after program like Weight Watchers is. It is a journey, and more importantly, it is your life! Be sure to hit us up on Instagram to share your own stories and/or ideas!
[0:00] – The host Colleen introduces herself, giving her credentials and explaining what the overall premise of the podcast is.
[1:08] – Colleen commends Catie for how inspirational to others that she is.
[1:24] – Colleen gives the floor over to Catie, prompting her to talk about her history with binge eating.
[1:38] – Catie introduces herself, giving some background information about herself, and tells us how happy that she is to be on the podcast.
[1:55] – We learn how Catie’s gestational diabetes and having to be on restrictive diets indirectly led to her binge eating disorder, and she discusses her experience with Weight Watchers and how restrictive that it was for her.
[4:35] – We hear advice from Catie about what to do to prevent the mental restriction that Catie experienced, and she refers to a metaphorical toolbox that she now uses to combat binge eating.
[6:55] – We learn what initial steps Catie took to break the cycle of her binge eating, starting with quitting Weight Watchers.
[13:01] – Colleen reflects on the difference between eating out of hunger and eating as a coping mechanism.
[13:55] – Catie offers advice about how to know when it’s time to eat and when it’s time to turn to something else as an activity.
[17:32] – Catie discusses her surprising revelation that if you allow yourself to indulge in something repeatedly, you may not have a strong pull to binge eat it.
[22:33] – Catie talks about how it’s important to recognize when you’re actually hungry and also how you feel.
[26:08] – Catie reaffirms the irony that she doesn’t eat as much as she used to because she no longer restricts herself.
[28:50] – Catie reminds us that eating past fullness is a normal human behavior.
[32:28] – Catie offers us three steps that should be taken to curb binge eating.
[36:26] – Catie offers us advice on what to do if we are not restricting anymore but are still binge eating.