Dr. Ann Kulze describes binge eating, which is a type of eating disorder. Many people simply eat too much of the food they love.
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We’re all guilty of Binge Eating at one time or another. But I do want viewers to know that—you know what? There is a spectrum of binge eating and that—I think its extreme and it really is a pathologic medical psychiatric condition. In fact, it’s one of the most common eating sources we have and people that binge at the extreme end are at risk. Not only of in a significant mental anguish but at risk of Obesity, Heart Disease, Type II Diabetes, and these folks really do need to seek the care and guidance of a practitioner who is specifically trained. Usually therapist, psychologist, and psychiatrist to treat binge eating disorder which is a category of eating disorder. Now for the average American like me, that you know, sometimes we just eat too much of a food we love. And there are some really simply strategies that you can employ to safeguard against binge eating. And the first one I’ll share with you is, “Don’t let yourself get hungry.” This is a really, really important point. 200 signifies low blood glucose levels and the hunger you are, the lower your blood glucose levels are. And guess what happens? Low blood glucose levels actually in sight a primal fear and anxiety response. No question about it. Now, what is that mean? Certainly if you're in a situation were feeling anxious and yes, if you had this sort of, you know, your heart is beating rapidly because you just triggered this fear and anxiety response. You loose yourself control. You're much more apt to engage in dietary discretions and binge eating. So what is the name of the game? The name of the game is, don’t let yourself get ravenously hungry. How do you do that? Three important strategies: Number one, make sure you eat three meals a day and snacks between as necessary to keep ravenously hungry a day. Number two, when you eat your meals be sure to include some protein. Protein is nature’s diet pill. Protein will actually keep your appetite a day longer than any of the food the reason is simple. When you take in protein, it gives rises prolongs steady blood glucose response. Remember, is when glucose drops that we get hungry and sometimes even get anxious and loose our self control. The third thing is be sure to restrict mineralized better yet completely avoid. We find Carbs and sugars. I called those foods the great white hazards. I can remember this as very easy. They're all white and all pretty much novel foods, so foods from white flower, white rice, white potatoes, and sugar. Why do you want to avoid these foods? Because they ultimately drive and perpetuate your hunger and the way they do it is this. You eat them, your blood sugar levels goes swing upward very quickly. What goes up is going to come down and at the same rate. So shortly thereafter may be an hour and half, two hours later. Your blood sugar levels are going to plumb it. And some people are particularly sensitive to these phenomena. They usually know who they are. The other thing miniature member here is this whole concept of hunger actually triggering all those mild kind of panic attack. So don’t let yourself get hungry. The second thing to do is to move, to exercise. I can consider exercise; these are perfect physiologic antidote to binge eating, why? It’s really cool to think about this. So when you're having an urge like, “oh, I want the donut.” Instead of bring your hands to donuts. Put your sneakers on and go out for a brisk walk. Now why do you want to do this? Many people are binging because at that moment they are feeling sad. They are feeling stressed. They are feeling anxious and they're trying to sue themselves. They're trying to seek self-pleasure by engaging in a consuming a highly palatable food. So if you put those sneakers on and go for a walk or do, you know, that something that may be get into a Yoga post. Do some deep breathing. What can you get from that? You get immediate stress reduction. Immediate reduction your anxiety and an immediate boost in your mood, not only that
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