As you know I'm working my way through the book "Intuitive Eating" by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. The first principle they are talking about is rejecting the diet mentality. And I think this principle is crucial for your progress to become an intuitive eater. But let me first explain what happens when you overeat or even binge eat.Your diet you are following make rules what is allowed and what is not. And usually when you overeat it is something that isn't allowed. (Well at least I never binge ate on carrots :D ) You might feel like a failure, asking yourself why you can't stay on track or that you are out of control. The truth is that first by categorizing that particular food as "not allowed or not approved" you make it rare. Your body feels like it might won't get that food again in a while, so it tries to get all at once! The second reason why you overeat is that your body knows best what is good for you and this is just an action of rebellion like when you rebelled against your parents when you were little. ;)
I truly believe that your body knows best what you need and if you let the diet mentality behind, you are able to have "forbidden" food around you without feeling the urge to eat all of it at once! At least that is my experience over the last days. I really like chips but I also overeat every time I bought them. So to make it worse I decided to restrict myself even more and said I won't buy these chips anymore. And of course it didn't work, when my willpower was low and I was tired of a long day studying I went to the next supermarket and bought: chips. And ate it all at once. It's a sign of your body that you should listen to it and not to any kind of "expert". You are the expert of your body!
Intuitive Eating won't work if you still feel like "oh, well I'll give it a try and if not I will try the next diet". You have to let go and give your body freedom to eat what it wants. And at one stage your body will feel secure and won't binge eat anymore.
I still have to go a long way, but I already see progress. I bought chips on Saturday and it lasted until yesterday. That's four days! It doesn't sound much, but for me that's a huge progress! And I'm happy about it.
Have a wonderful day guys!