One of the questions I’m most often asked is, “What diet are you on?” In short, my answer is, “I’m not on any diet.”

Shocking, right? Suffering from Binge Eating Disorder, I’ve tried nearly everything to lose weight. Dieting can be almost as compulsive as binge eating and fad diets are kernels of bread left along a trail, much like Hansel and Gretel. They promise a way home, but inevitably lead me to a worse path than I’d originally been on. Specifically I’ve tried Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins Diet, Nutri-System and many more. Each has their own take on weight loss from portion control to managing the types of foods you eat and don’t eat. However, none of them have worked and there’s a simple reason why – I have Binge Eating Disorder.

Not everyone suffering from Binge Eating Disorder is overweight. In fact, about 55-percent of sufferers are normal weight to a little over weight. Surprising when you think about the high-calorie intake a binge or several binges will give you, but it’s the truth.

Diets don’t work the same for people suffering with Binge Eating Disorder compared to people who don’t suffer from an eating disorder. Have you ever known someone who has been on a diet for a long time – months or years – without losing weight? Well, yeah that’s me. And, it’s not because I didn’t try my hardest. But, Binge Eating Disorder isn’t about your appetite, it’s about your obsessive thoughts and your compulsive actions. True to point,before receiving treatment, I would say 80 percent of my day was consumed by the thought of food.What am I going to eat next? When will my next binge be? Should I eat alone, or invite a friend to a buffet? How far out of town should I drive to not bump into anyone I know while I’m eating?

As of now I live a healthy lifestyle. It’s difficult for someone like me to eat in moderation. So many people can eat whatever they want but they don’t eat large portions which is one of the reasons they are average weight. When I went to Weight Watchers they would say, “Okay, you can have as many pieces of pizza that your points will allow.” This doesn’t work for someone like me. I can’t just eat two pieces of pizza because for the rest of the night I would be thinking about the other 6 pieces I didn’t eat – and wouldn’t stop thinking about those pieces until I ate them. That is one way in which Binge Eating Disorder peaks it’s ugly head in everyday life.

Eating healthier foods and only making enough food for one meal helps me control my portion size. I’ve tried meal prep but honestly that became too tempting having so much food readily available to me. Having so much food in my apartment is stressful. So what do you do? What can you do? Sadly, there is no can of magic beans to come to my aid. What has helped me is limiting what’s within easy reach. I cook enough for only the meal I’m eating. Sure, it takes extra work, but it helps. Another thing I do for my sweet tooth is separating bags of candy into 5 per sandwich bag. This type of portion control allows me to grab a bag on the run rather than grab an entire bag of candy that will be gone within 30 minutes.. This helps because I feel like I am eating a bag of candy even though I am only eating 5 pieces.

One more thing I have tried is getting food and/or ingredients delivered to my house. And this does help. My mind isn’t consumed by the thought of what I am going to cook and have for dinner. I recently partnered with Freshly.com – they send prepared food to your house weekly and all you have to do is microwave it. The best part is, the food is delicious! If you are interested in trying out Freshly.com sign up for the 6 meal plan and use the code insta636 for 40% off!

At the end of the day, making the conscious effort to just eat healthier all around has become my lifestyle, sure I mess up every now and again but I’m human!

As always please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!