Problematic Binge Eating – This refers to binges where you eat large amounts of food in either one sitting e.g. 3000 calories late at night, or too much food over a period of time, e.g. 10 000 calories over a weekend. It is usually accompanied by food obsession, negative emotions from doing the behaviours (guilt/shame) and often linked into purging reactive behaviours such as exercise or food restriction.
Healthy Eating Adherence – This is linked to how well you can stick to your healthy eating plan. It is about the level of adherence you show over weeks and months to your plan of action. Many factors influence this which include what you define as healthy eating, how adequate your plan is to matching what the body needs and other factors such as accounting for taste, freedom and the social influence of food etc. While debate exists of what defines healthy eating this area is often about how well you are sticking to your own rules (regardless of what those rules may be).
Acceptable Overeating – Many overeating periods are not deemed bad but rather normal social endeavours. Perhaps the most acceptable is over eating on Christmas day. Others include your birthday, going to buffet restaurants or getting drunk with your friends. This is fairly normal in society terms. The main factor to consider is when do these normal behaviours violate your own personal rules and boundaries? At that point, the behaviour has moved into problematic binge eating or a lack of adherence to your healthy eating rules. However, if it has not crossed that threshold you should be comfortable with acting this way.
Specific Food Addiction – This refers to being able to stop consuming one food item or group (e.g. alcohol, chocolate etc). This food may or may not be consumed in excess during one sitting like in binge eating. However, it may also be eaten as part of an effective fat loss plan or intuitive eating plan. The way to improve this is through identifying your healthy eating awareness plan.
Intuitive Eating – This refers to eating naturally without expending much mental energy to the subject. When done well you will be consuming only what you need (food quantity / calories) as well as getting the necessary vitamins & Minerals from your meals. It is perhaps more commonly referenced to losing your obsessions, fears and pressures around food. The important factor when eating intuitively is that you have trained your mind and body to attune to natural eating patterns so that you do easily drop into energy balance.
Sticking To A Fat Loss Plan – This refers to your ability to stick to a plan and lose body fat. Very often you would be more forgiving to nutrition errors made if done against a backdrop of fat loss. One problems of this process is that they engage your natural defences against famine and thus fast / challenging fat loss plans greatly increase both periods of bad eating (as detailed above) and the likelihood you will not be able to stick to it.
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