This concludes the series on binge eating from my best friend and rockstar fitness trainer, Dana Wikoff. I am actually sad to see this series end. We received quite a bit of positive feedback, heart tugging emails from some of you struggling, and many of you who have found the struggle to beat this lonely- but now you know- you aren’t alone. I am discussing with Dana the possibility of us teaming up together for her to offer ongoing information on her battle with eating disorders. If you are in agreement with me and want more? Please let me know!!! Her story has touched many lives and I believe there are many more who need to hear her story. xoxo, Crystal
“When you are dealing with an eating disorder, it seems like you will never see the light at the end of the tunnel. You wonder if you will ever beat it, if you will ever feel “normal” and if you will be able to have a good relationship with food.. I’m here to tell you that yes, you can!!!
Yes Its hard!! But you can do it!!! My first case of binge eating started when I was 12, but at the age of 29, I’ve been binge free for a few years. For me, I found that I don’t do well with restrictions. If I cut out sugar all together, that makes me crave it like crazy and then I binge eat. I found for myself, its much better to have a cookie or two each day then to eat a whole batch in one sitting and feel horrible.
Each person is different though and you do need to find what works for you. Some people have to watch the amount of sugar they have as the more they have, the more they crave. But I don’t recommend eliminating anything 100% from your diet unless you know you can be happy with never eating it again. In my case, I found I was miserable if I couldn’t have a dessert and thus I would binge and make it worse. I knew I couldn’t live like that forever so I started to make changes.
I started by having a dessert each night. Sometimes it was a healthy banana chocolate chip muffin, other times it was whipped cream and a banana. And sometimes it was a chocolate chip cookie. Sure some people say sugar is bad, but for me, a little sugar is MUCH better than how it feels after I would binge eat.
An eating disorder is not something that goes away. Its always in the back of your mind and you have to be aware of it. It can spring up again, but if you recognize the signs, you can stay healthy! I don’t buy foods I might binge on and I always measure out my portions and never ever ever eat out of the bags/cartons/tubs etc. Cause then you are setting yourself up to eat the whole thing haha. I don’t put myself on crazy diets or cut my calories down to low.
I learned not to be so hard on myself. I found out its ok to say I love desserts and carbs. Its ok to be healthy rather than skinny. I learned life is stressful, but food isn’t the key to fixing that stress. I learned its ok to say you have an eating disorder!!!
65 percent of women have problems with food and how they eat. Don’t be ashamed as you are not alone, and never be afraid to ask for help. A strong person knows when they need help. I know now, if I had asked for help, it might not have taken me so long to get where I am now. But the journey taught me a lot, especially how strong I am and the best part is it has helped me to help others!!! “ ~ Dana Wikoff
“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” Ziad K. Abdelnour