overcoming binge

Fit, Fat and All That - Guest Interview

From her enlightening messages about body image to her captivating personality and sassy attitude, I am thrilled to put the spotlight on my girl, Julia.

Julia, also known as FitFatAndAllThat on Instagram, is a body positive influencer who openly talks about the struggles she's faced with body image and disordered eating. I felt immediately connected with her the minute I found her, not just because I can relate to her story, but because of her transparency and willingness to show up vulnerably. 

I am excited for you to dive into this interview I had with Julia so you can get a snip of her story and the process she's used to heal her relationship with food and her body. So without further ado... 


What do you think triggered you to have disordered eating and body image dismorphia? 

I believe the media had a huge role in my eating disorder and I was also bullied about my weight in high school which led to a lot of insecurities. I never really saw my body type in my magazines or talked about as being “beautiful” in movies or shows. The diet industry shoves a certain body type in our faces and that was never my body, so I felt that I needed to change the way I looked to be accepted by society. 

How did you start to heal your relationship with food and your body?

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I spent years hating my body and never treating it with respect. I knew that I didn’t want to live my life uncomfortable in my skin and decided that I needed professional help. I decided to seek out a therapist and nutritionist that specialized in eating disorder recovery and spent a couple years really breaking down my body-image issues. 

What is one common mistake you think people make when they are trying to overcome their eating disorder? 

I think a lot of people mask their eating disorder or eating issues with a “diet” lifestyle. I held onto my eating disorder for years without realizing it because I was still very restrictive with my eating. I counted calories and took part in fad diets. I thought that because I was eating and not throwing up that I wasn’t in my ED, but I was. I realized to really overcome my eating disorder, I would need to let everything I thought about food and how I ate go. And then start fresh. I had to teach myself all over again how to intuitively eat and listen to my body. 

What advice would you give someone who is trying to feel confident in their body? 

The biggest thing I had to stop doing is comparing myself to other women. I used to envy naturally thin women and I would get angry that I wasn’t blessed with that. I unfollowed accounts that didn’t make me feel good about myself and started to saturate my life with body-positive talk. I kept telling myself that every single human is different. For us to expect that we will look like someone else is ridiculous. We all have flaws and imperfections. And I knew that no matter my size, if I didn’t work on changing my thoughts I would never love myself, even if I was thin.

It's important to know that you’re going to have bad body days, it’s normal. But to be able to get out of them and rationalize your thoughts is the important thing. And know that it’s one bad day, and tomorrow is a new one! 

What is one thing you do regularly to practice self care? 

I love baths and candles. Anytime I feel very stressed and out of whack, I try to take a relaxing bath with yummy candles and some good, calm music. I know that my thoughts can race and get out of control, so to be able to calm down usually helps when I’m feeling overwhelmed. 

Do you still struggle with your body image? Or have "bad" body image days? What are things you do to help shake it off? 

Of course! We all have those days and it’s completely normal. I know that certain times of the month are harder for me and I try to prepare for that. I also know that working out helps with my mood a ton. Whether it’s an intense cycling class or just a causal walk, I know that moving my body and getting outside always helps my mood.

What is your absolute favorite thing to do lately? 

Oh man, I love doing so much - haha. But since it’s starting to warm up in Denver, I love to get outside. Whether it’s brunch on a patio or hiking in the mountains - being in nature brings me so much happiness.


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GET CONNECTED WITH JULIA:

If you want to catch Julia dancing to her favorite songs in the car, or enlightening you with her spiel on body positivity - I highly recommend checking out her Instagram. 

Instagram: @fitfatandallthat

Email:  FitFatAndAllThat@gmail.com

I Ate Reese's Cups Every Single Day This Week

There are only a few foods I could eat every single day and not get sick of it—Reese's Cups are one of those foods.

In fact, my girlfriend, Kat, bought me an entire container of them and I've had one (sometimes three) every single day for the past week.

This is called moderation.

A concept that I was completely incapable of applying to my dietary habits in the past. I couldn't quite wrap my head around how anyone could just have one serving, because for me it was an all or nothing thing that frequently spiraled into a full out binge. Five cookies would transition into "Fuck it. What else can I eat?"

The main cause for this (and for many people) is that I never practiced moderation—I only practiced deprivation. I was always following diets that mapped out what foods I could and couldn't eat. And sure, while I could eat those foods on a cheat day, it was only allowed once a week—nothing outside of that. So when the opportunity of indulgence presented itself, my response become to consume all the food since I wouldn't be aloud to eat it the next day and since I already "messed up." There was absolutely no room for moderation and that is why it was foreign to me.

It wasn't until I started actively implemting moderation into my lifestyle that I started to finally grasp the concept. I now successfully have one serving or even just a bite at times which is honestly powerful since I spent years before this struggling.

All is to say: this was not an overnight process—moderation came with practice. It came with trail and error. It came with giving myself compassion when I slipped up. It came with eliminating the notion that having a cookie equates to messing up, because it doesn't. It came with letting go of the idea that food is either "good" or "bad" because it's not—food is just food. And last but not least, realizing that it's a smarter choice to eat a serving of Reese's Cups every single day that fit into my allotted calories instead of balling all out and exceeding my calorie intake—science says.

And for those who claim that moderation is just an excuse to eat whatever you want, you are absolutely right and I am in not ashamed of it. 

XX

Devi

How to stop the weekend binge

Are you struggling to stay on track during the weekends?

Let me guess ... You eat really "healthy" during the week days, come Friday you "fall off" track and start all over again on Monday. Sound familiar? Yup. I thought so.

GURL, I know what you're going through because I struggled with the exact same thing. So today, I want to share 3 ways to help prevent this from happening. 

How I stopped binge eating

Some of you may or may not know that I used to struggle with binge eating. This was something I battled for years and it took a lot of time to heal from. 

While I do plan on sharing my entire story with you eventually, I wanted to share 8 tips that have personally helped me overcome binge eating.

I also want you to keep these things in mind if you currently are struggling with an eating disorder:

  1. Do not be afraid to ask for help
  2. There is nothing wrong with you
  3. You are not alone
  4. Overcoming an eating disorder is not easy
  5. It takes time and patience to heal from, this is not an overnight process (it took me over a year to overcome) 
  6. You might do really well for a while and all the sudden find yourself slipping back up into old habits again... This is okay, this happens, just be forgiving and easy on yourself. 

Watch the video to learn 8 tips that helped me overcome binge eating: 

Be easy on yourself darling. With love,

Devon Day


DISCLAIMER: I am sharing my personal tips that helped me overcome and stop binge eating but this is not guaranteed to help you. I am a Certified Fitness and Nutrition Specialist but I am NOT a registered dietitian or nutritionist. I can not and do not diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, illness and/ or eating disorders.