Once in a while, or ever quite so often, we find ourselves guilty of binging to our favourite foods or snacks, and we later have to deal with the consequences of our bad dietary decisions. However, there are some foods that come to the rescue in situations like these, and we’re glad to share them with you. Check them out;
Garbanzo, lentil, navy… when it comes to beans, the options are almost endless. Pick your favorite for a fiber boost. Beans also take time to digest, which will help you feel full for longer.
Binge eating disorder is related to depression, so it’s good to mix in foods that can help combat the blues. Magnesium works as a mood booster, and broccoli is rich in it. Just a half-cup of cooked broccoli gives you nearly 13% of your daily magnesium.
They pack a hearty nutritional punch. Eggs are full of protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin, and folate — all of which can help lower the risk of heart disease that can be brought on by bingeing. Whip up an omelet with veggies to sneak in extra fiber. You can skip the yolk if you’re worried about cholesterol.
It’s is an easy addition to foods you already eat, like oatmeal or smoothies. It doesn’t change food’s flavor, but can add fiber and ALA, a fatty acid that may improve your heart health. Opt for ground flax over flaxseed oil for full fiber benefits.
Gas got you feeling bloated? Ginger helps relax the muscles in your digestive tract to get the gas out. Brew some ginger tea, spice up a salad with pickled ginger, or blend some into a smoothie to get your fix.
Binge eating can raise your risk of heart disease, so nosh on small handfuls of nuts for your ticker. Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and other nuts offer you omega-3 fatty acids, unsaturated fats, and vitamin E — all of which help lower cholesterol and protect your arteries.
They’re tart, tasty, and packed with vitamin C, which boosts your metabolism and helps digest fats. What’s more, there’s a chance that boosting your vitamin C can give you more energy and lift your spirits. Go for the whole fruit instead of juice to avoid extra sugar and to up your fiber.
Fish like salmon delivers brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids, but it also gives you a protein pick-me-up. Protein helps keep your blood sugar steady and may even help prevent sugar spikes after a carb-heavy meal.
Your body has a lot to work through after a binge. Spinach is full of vitamin B2, which helps metabolize fat. B vitamins also help fight disease and infection to help keep you healthy longer. It’s best to eat your leafy greens raw or lightly steamed — boiling them can take out essential vitamins and nutrients. A mug of it (hold the sugar) is chock-full of flavonoids, they lower your levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and can help get high blood pressure back to normal, too.
A drizzle of this on your salad can help level blood sugar after the highs and lows of bingeing — especially if your binge was bread-heavy. Vinegar can lower your glycemic index after a carb fest. But don’t overdo it — too much vinegar may bother your stomach.
A good way to get your body past a binge is to flush your system with water. It not only helps you digest food, it softens your stool so you can move things along. And if indigestion has your stomach in knots, try bringing in a few bubbles. Seltzer water may help ease your quease.
P.S: Try not to go on another binge with the above listed foods. It might not end well, except for water of course.