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First Med Urgent Care: Binge eating and you

First Med Urgent Care: What is a binge eating disorder?

We’ve all had those moments, typically at a party or on the holidays, where we see a large spread of food and eat way too much! Or maybe you get so caught up in a show you don’t realize you ate way too many chips or popcorn. Everyone binge eats sometimes, but when does it become a problem? First Med Urgent Care has some answers for you.

First off, binge eating is officially described as eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time while feeling like you have no control over what you eat. Binge eating every once in awhile doesn’t mean you’ve got a crippling eating disorder, just that you were really hungry and there was a lot of food! However, if you find yourself binge eating regularly though (around once a week for 3 months) you might have what’s called Binge Eating Disorder. If you think you might have this eating disorder, it’s important to meet with a mental health professional and confirm that’s whats really going on. Currently, no one knows exactly what causes this disorder but most agree it’s a mix of factors including genes, social pressures, and feelings.

If it’s confirmed that you have binge eating disorder there are a wide range of treatment options depending on what factor seems to be affecting you the most. Medicine can be used sometimes, but your mental health professional might try other kinds of therapy such as talk and behavioral weight loss treatment therapy. Binge eating disorder isn’t something you can ignore for long, it can lead to significant weight gain which can lead to a host of health problems!

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Lose Weight: A New Year’s Resolution for 2015

First Med Urgent Care: Health!

At First Med Urgent Care we care about your health! Perhaps your New Year’s resolution in the past has been to lose weight, but it didn’t work out so you’re worried about making this your resolution for 2015? Of course, before you start any new routines for diet or exercise, you will want to speak with your doctor and if you are physically able, perhaps, you should approach your new plan differently than you have in the past. The problem with most weight loss goals is that people get super motivated for the first few weeks or even months, but somewhere between work and home life, the motivation fizzles out. Maybe taking it slowly, step by step, could lead to an ultimately healthier you. There are a few ways to have a better weight loss plan this time around. It’s time to change your approach.

Set milestone goals: You might be thinking that your goal is simply to lose weight. It’s great that your overall goal is to lose weight, but what are you going to do to make that happen? Make milestone goals to make building up to the larger goal easier. For example, you can start out small with a 10-15 minute walk around the block 3-4 times a week. A great time to do this would be after work, school or in between activities. Just take out a few minutes of your day to accomplish your milestone. Make your meal plans just for one week at a time. As you progress through your first milestones you can start increasing your exercise activity. Your walk can become a jog, your jog can become a run, and your length of time can be increased. Slow, simple changes are a great idea so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. Once you accomplish those goals, set new milestones and keep at it.

Think positively: Thinking about a diet in a negative light will probably not get you very far before you reach your burn-out point. If your goal is to be healthier, then fill your thoughts with how great you feel about the benefits you’re creating for your body. Making a healthy change should be a joyful occasion. Have you ever heard the saying “fake it until you make it?” If you believe you can do it, then you can and will, so think positively!

Indulge once in a while: We’re human and wanting to eat tasty treats that aren’t necessarily healthy for us is going to happen. As the old saying goes “we want what we can’t have,” so if you take yummy stuff away from yourself “forever,” the likelihood of that lasting is slim to none and before you know it you’ll be stuffing your face full of it! If chocolate is your weakness, it is best to avoid buying chocolate so that you won’t be tempted to munch on it all day, but if you happen to come across it at a social event, don’t fret about having a small portion. It’s okay to indulge once in a while.

Don’t give up on your weight loss plan for 2015, just keep moving forward!