: I used to suffer from a serious Binge Eating disorder that only my family knew about at the time. When I transitioned into a plant-based lifestyle (For health reasons) I ended up losing 60lbs rapidly, and immediately assumed my disorder had magically disappeared because the weight did. Well BOY WAS I WRONG!.. Finally being at the weight I had always desired actually uncovered so much dirty laundry for me.
I realized even though I was slimmer and even though my diet had changed, I still had all of the mental, and negative disbeliefs residing in my mind and subconscious. I changed what I was eating, but the limiting thoughts AROUND food and my body had not changed at all!
Though I was eating plant-based, I'd still mentally crave a large pizza, deep fried breaded chicken wings, Twizzlers and chocolate to top it all off like I used to. Before going plant-based that's exactly what I would have consumed in the driver's seat of my vehicle, parked behind some dumpster in a secluded parking lot, so I could easily hide the evidence, guilt and shame I felt right after.
This would always happen after a stressful day...and the only thing stopping me from doing this (after going plant-based) was the fact that I knew it would cause me to have a flare up with my H.S. Disorder...but deep down, I was still that binge eater and I would still find some other way to over indulge in plant-based sweets, and overly processed gluten-free snacks.
The fact is, is that I was still BINGING. It doesn't matter what you are binging on. If the mindset attached to what you are eating is in the negative, or lack of, or in a state of expecting to numb your feelings, then you have some things that need to be addressed within yourself. If these underlying beliefs and issues are not addressed then, you WILL NEVER find solace in ANY new healthy lifestyle you decide to try, whether that's veganism, vegetarian, pescatarian, weight watchers, Dr.Bernstein, jenny craig...etc... fix the internal first. Commit to a relationship with yourself first before committing to anything else. Fall in love with you, and everything else will fall into place. I promise! [www.shaunasincerely.com]