Mar 25, 2020

Self Isolation: Binge Eating and Weight Gain.

Mar 25, 2020

Self Isolation: Binge Eating and Weight Gain.

Have you been on the lash in your own home since CV isolation? Are you worried that Quarantine has created the perfect storm for you to become a Fat Alcoholic?



Who’d have thought it, we get ‘Big Boss’ Permission to stay at home all day.   Getting to binge Watch Netflix, eat & drink in your Jammies all day.  It’s like that week between Xmas and New Year.  As a Nutritionist and PT, I could get on my high horse and say Oooh, ‘watch what you eat’, Oooh ‘be careful how much you drink’   But hey, you already know all this stuff, its common sense right?

We all know what the major priorities are right now.

Keeping Safe & Keeping Sane.

I’ve observed 2 types of responses and behaviors.  Firstly, Clients previously ambivalent towards health-seeking behaviors now prone to a touch of Reverse Psychology. Tell them No gym access & they want to train flat out, can’t get enough home workouts and prepping super healthy meals. Craving Normality.

On the other hand, Mums and Dads who’ Pre CV’ were stressed out & super busy, now taking a breath, enjoying the downtime with their kids. Precious family time watching Disney movies on a Tuesday afternoon with a glass of Malbec. Indulging in their favourite treats every day. Getting the opportunity to re-evaluate their life, and practice Gratitude.

On a more serious coaching note though,  self-isolation will exacerbate issues around binge eating, emotional eating, mindless eating, boredom eating, snacking and grazing.  Gaining weight during this period is inevitable if you engage in this behavior.

Being in the comfort of your own home and its easier to eat in secret.

Problems hiding your overeating and urges from your partner or family.

Fear, anxiety, and stress around money, work, family under one roof.

Justifying behaviors by saying ” its only a small issue compared to what going on in the world right now”. ” Everyone else is overeating at the moment”

Online funny memes validating and supporting your overeating with 1000’s of comments and engagement from other people doing the same which give your permission to continue.

The reality is that Binge eating actually exacerbates stress and overwhelm. The reality is that this is predicted to continue for another few months.  It’s important to consider what state do you want to be in on the other side.  Mentally, Physically and in our relationships with our partner and family.  During this adversity, it’s actually a perfect time to overcome and grow.

Be proactive and take massive action.  If you feel that you can’t do this alone and need support, then reach out to me.  I can coach you online to come out of this better, stronger and more resilient.

You can contact me via my Facebook or Instagram or email or click this link to send me a direct message.





Who is
Tara Grimes

Tara is one of Ireland’s top Fitness & Weight Loss Experts.

Tara is a Certified Nutritionist and Accredited Personal Trainer who has helped transform thousands of clients in Ireland and the UK and her online business is now helping many more clients across the world. She runs several online businesses from her base in N.Ireland and distributes 100,000s of her popular weight loss meals to customers across the country.

A mum of 4, who is passionate about Women’s Health and Fitness, she knows exactly how to help women of every age get Leaner, Fitter and Stronger. Tara’s companies employ top-level performance coaches and she has a team of registered nutritionists providing support for online clients across the globe. Tara has been recruited by Bluechip companies to provide in-house employee Health & Wellness packages, consulted with Government Departments on Nutrition & Weight Management and worked with professional sports teams & elite athletes improve their Performance Nutrition.

Tara has extensive qualifications including, BA(Hons) Degree from University Of Ulster and MSc from Queens University, Belfast.  She is also a Certified MNU Nutritionist helping Clinical Populations improve their overall health. She features in top publications and is a guest writer for many health publications.

Transforming Women’s bodies and health is Tara’s specialist area. She has created an amazing community of followers and clients across the world and her Fat Loss and Fitness Programs specialise in Female Fat Loss & Health, Over 40’s Fat loss and how to manage & Optimise changing hormones. Fitness programs for all levels and all incomes. She has programs to suit everyone, no matter what their starting level is at.

Her business is based entirely on the success of her clients.

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