There is a thin line between ‘foodie’ and ‘binge eating’ and we can often miss the signs when we have slipped into binge eating mode. If you listen to your body, it is constantly giving you signs about your health. Binge eating is your body indicating an unhealthy lifestyle.
‘I eat only whole wheat bread’, said one client as part of her health plan. ‘I eat healthy digestive biscuits as a snack’, said confidently another client. I am going to start this article with some facts that I share with my clients and in my workshops and corporate talks. A small packet of digestive biscuits of 250gms has 13 teaspoons of sugar. A slice of bread (whole-wheat or gluten free) has half teaspoon of sugar. A cup of flavoured yogurt of 100gms has 3 teaspoons of sugar. Mixed fruit juice of 200 ml has 4 teaspoons of sugar. One box of muesli of 400gms has 9 teaspoons of sugar. Isn’t this an eye opener? Some of this we eat regularly and do not even know that we are consuming so much added sugar right? It tricks the brain to want more food because of the blood sugar spiking and dropping and then we land up having many more cravings.
Depending upon your personality, social life and where you live, there is a chance that you might be gaining weight at a particular time of the year. Many of us crave sugary and indulgent things in winter. While many others, tend to overdo energy drinks and let go of diets during summer months. Monsoon seasons makes it difficult to step out. Extreme weather also discourages many from exercising regularly. While some seasonal food is extremely delicious and nutritious, overeating some seasonal produce can also lead to weight gain. Irrespective of your personality and season of concern, it is possible to avoid this periodic weight gain.