I BINGE EAT JUST LIKE YOU!

I have a sweet tooth. Probably the biggest sweet tooth I’ve ever met.

Like most of you, I’ve been housebound for the past month. Some days are better than others, some days are easier than others, but all in all, I am doing pretty well. I have a sweet tooth. Probably the biggest sweet tooth I’ve ever met. I also will eat anything even remotely considered junk food if it is in the house. My triggers are best controlled by simply not bringing tempting goods into my house.

I currently work with a lady that would allow herself two squares of dark chocolate every single day. She can keep the bag in her house, ration out two squares and be done with it. It irks me to no end how she could be in her house KNOWING those squares were in there – and only eat two squares.

So now I find myself stuck in a house stressed, anxious, working from home which is filled with constant access to the fridge and the few treats I allowed myself to purchase at the grocery store. BIG MISTAKE.

My triggers are best controlled by simply not bringing tempting goods into my house.


For the first few weeks of closing the gym, I would get up every 20 minutes to “stretch my legs” and wound up eating graham crackers, heavenly hash, or jelly beans EVERY SINGLE TIME. I also ate a snack at night- EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. It would either be popcorn, or a Yasso bar, or that week of Cookie Two Step Ice Cream. The bad part is that I felt great- I had no regrets and my body wasn’t rejecting it with adverse effects like it normally would. So I couldn’t stop- and the regret set in.

I also ate a snack at night- EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.


Let me clarify the source of regret. Did I regret the food specifically? No. I do not believe in attaching negative feelings or emotions to food. It could have easily been something else.

I regretted the behavior. The behavior that ultimately led me down a different path those 3 weeks. I came face to face with a fork in the road and I chose the path that was less productive and less satisfying to my mental health and wellness. I didn’t achieve what I wanted to achieve. Something that gave me instant ‘satisfaction’ took away from my planned routine – my workout, hydration and eating schedule for three weeks. 

I came face to face with a fork in the road and I chose the path that was less productive and less satisfying to my mental health and wellness.

These healthier behaviors are what give me longstanding satisfaction – and go a long way towards improving my mental and physical health. These more ideal habits are what help me manage my anxiety and prevent me from being on medication. I had to stop because even though I was enjoying myself- I started losing sleep, my worries heightened and I felt out of control and in fear. My daily functions were affected in a bad way and I knew I needed to stop even though the instant gratification was VERY rewarding!

These healthier behaviors are what give me longstanding satisfaction – and go a long way towards improving my mental and physical health. These more ideal habits are what help me manage my anxiety and prevent me from being on medication. I had to stop because even though I was enjoying myself- I started losing sleep, my worries heightened and I felt out of control and in fear. My daily functions were affected in a bad way and I knew I needed to stop even though the instant gratification was VERY rewarding!

These healthier behaviors are what give me longstanding satisfaction – and go a long way towards improving my mental and physical health. These more ideal habits are what help me manage my anxiety and prevent me from being on medication. I had to stop because even though I was enjoying myself- I started losing sleep, my worries heightened and I felt out of control and in fear. My daily functions were affected in a bad way and I knew I needed to stop even though the instant gratification was VERY rewarding!

I knew I needed to stop even though the instant gratification was VERY rewarding!


What triggered the behavior? I was tired, I was cranky, I was looking for an immediate pick me up, junk food is delicious, etc. I caved. I’m human.

More, now than ever, our focus should NOT be on losing weight, dieting and watching every little thing we eat. Instead, we should be focusing on the behaviors behind the food – opting for the habits that emphasize positive results and satisfaction and limiting those that don’t. Ask yourself two important questions when faced with a potential trigger:

“Why am I deciding this?”
“What will be the outcome of this decision?” or rather “How will this decision impact the rest of my day, week, or month?”

More, now than ever, our focus should NOT be on losing weight, dieting and watching every little thing we eat.

Here’s a great example! 

Pre COVID-19: You used to get up at 6 am every day for work. Waking at 6 am meant you walked the dog and drank a smoothie on your way to work. Life is busy so you always get your workout in at 12 pm with the noon crew. 

Post COVID-19: You don’t need to set your alarm, so you sleep in until 9:30 am. Instead of your go-to smoothie jam-packed with protein and veggies, you opt for something more decadent like a bagel and peanut butter or cereal. You mean to take the dog for a walk, but something else always comes up. You haven’t gone outside yet and so you’re still groggy and the thought of a noon workout leaves you exhausted – so you skip it. 

Has this day been satisfying?

What are you deciding to do? Sleep instead of getting on a schedule.
What will the outcome be? Throws the entire day off and has you procrastinating on the very things that are imperative for your physical health and mental well being.

These questions should help boost habits that contribute to improved health and wellness. If you need help identifying the answers or working through them, feel free to reach out to me, that’s why I’m here.

If you need help identifying the answers or working through them, feel free to reach out to me, that’s why I’m here.

The moral of the story is: It’s never about putting the fork down. It’s about picking the path of habits that will ultimately lead you to a more productive and satisfying day.  If that includes a cookie or a glass of wine, do it! If that means abstaining, do that instead. Everyone is different but improving our overall health should be a common goal for us all. Especially now. 

If you want to read Sara’s story about her struggles check it out here: https://portsidefitness.com/it-took-4-months/

If you want some recipes that will help satisfy your cravings without adding a ton of unnecessary sugar check them out here:

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