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Welcome to Part 1 of my Skipping Meals series. Today I want to talk about why skipping meals leads to binging and overeating. These are areas that I have personally dealt with in my own health journey and I see the same thing come up time and time again with clients and women in my community. I used to be a regular breakfast skipper, relying on just coffee to tide me over until lunch. Food never sounded good in the morning and sometimes I’d feel nauseous at the smell of food.
The most common meal that women tend to skip is breakfast, followed closely by lunch. There are many reasons why women may choose to skip these meals, but the three most common that women skip meals are:
- Lack of time or preparation
- The thought of food in the morning leaves them feeling queasy
- Belief that it will help them “manage” their weight
Interestingly enough, there is another common theme that I see in the same women that tell me they skip one or two meals a day. They find themselves overeating at dinner. Sometimes they eat a large dinner but still find themselves binging late at night after the rest of the family has gone to bed (because there is so much shame and embarrassment stirring up for them around this behavior).
Ladies, I am here to tell you that you have NOTHING to be ashamed about. There is nothing wrong with you at all. Your body is doing exactly what it was designed to do (as you will see as you read more below). And my heart goes out to you if you find yourself in this rollercoaster of unwanted food behaviors. There is a lot we can do to support you and help make those behaviors a thing of the past.