122: Feeling out of control around food and ‘lacking willpower’
Do you ever feel out of control around food?
Do you find yourself thinking about food a lot of the time? Or you feel like you need to restrict food or cut out entire food groups, and then you end up bingeing and feel like you’ve ‘fallen off the wagon’
For the longest time I felt so out of control around food. There were times that I’d feel like I just couldn’t stop eating. Or the drive to eat sugary food was just so strong I couldn’t overcome it.
The awful thing was, I thought that this was my fault. I thought it was my lack of self control. If I could just show greater restraint, I’d be able to stick to the diet and everything would work out.
But every week would have the same pattern. I’d start off ‘good’. My ‘self control’ would be firing, but then come Thursday I couldn’t help it any longer and I’d want to eat everything in sight. Then I’d criticise myself for ‘falling off the wagon’ and vow to do better next week.
This same pattern has been told to me by countless people with PCOS. One of our PCOS Protocol clients this week told me about this exact pattern. She said:
“I’d restrict and restrict and restrict, and then I couldn’t help it any longer. I was on the road to binge town”
I felt this so personally, it made me want to cry.
I’ve even had clients describe this as ‘self sabotaging’ their own progress.
So many of us have, or are currently struggling with this. If this is how you feel, I want to let you know this isn’t your fault. You aren’t ‘self sabotaging’ or lacking self control.
Your hormones aren’t working properly and this is what’s driving you to binge and feel out of control around food.
There is hope, and a really easy solution to this. Both this client and I do not feel out of control around food any longer. We feel complete freedom with food. We don’t have the insatiable drive to binge, or feel like we can’t stop eating.
We also don’t feel restricted. We can eat whatever we like, but we know what makes our hormones work the best and we eat this 80% of the time. But about 4 meals a week, we eat whatever we like.
We don’t cut out gluten and dairy entirely and we eat over 2000 calories and maintain our weight easily even around holidays and .
It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes about 2 weeks to start feeling more in control and less insatiable , and then about 6 months to feel more and more freedom.
Have a listen to the podcast this week to understand what is making you feel out of control around food.
You don’t have to suffer in silence, you’re worthy of help and it is not your fault that you’re struggling.
This episode is for you if:
- You feel like you can’t control yourself around food
- All you can think about is food
- It seems like everyone around you has more self control than you yet you’re trying the hardest
- You feel like you need to restrict food or cut out entire food groups, and then you end up bingeing and feel like you’ve ‘fallen off the wagon’
Some things we cover in this episode:
- Clare’s personal experience of feeling out of control around food
- Why restricting food can then lead to bingeing
- How your hormones, especially the one that controls your blood sugar are actually causing you to binge or eat sugary foods.