Yesterday I had a wonderful eating day. No sugar. No snacking between meals. No junky foods at all.
Breakfast this morning was good too. A big bowl of unsweetened oatmeal with cinnamon, walnuts and chopped apricots.
Then by 11:00 this morning I felt it. The urge to binge. I have the day off work and I’m doing a deep cleaning of the house. I guess I was tired and that’s when it hit me. Go grab a couple of power bars and sit around and watch TV a little voice in my head suggested.
Instantly I recognized it as a desire to binge. Today I was quick enough to catch it, and I thought to myself, what can I do to not let today turn into another binge day?
I came up with three crucial things that work for me.
- Stop thinking about it. As soon as you feel the urge to binge, recognize it, realize it, tell yourself no and stop thinking about it.
- Make note of when you’ll be eating again. In my case this morning it was only 50 minutes until lunch time. I told myself I could eat a nice lunch in less than an hour and that waiting until then was quite possible. And when it is time to eat, eat enough so you won’t be hungry later.
- Keep busy. For me, many of my desires to binge are first formed in my mind and grow when I’m bored or stressed. Keeping busy keeps our minds on other things and helps the binge urge to go away. I poured myself back into my house work and before I knew it, it was lunchtime.
If you’re like me and binging has become a normal part of your days, I really think these three things will help you. And if they don’t work every time, as they don’t always for me, keep trying. Each day that we take even a little control of our emotional eating, we’re doing our bodies so much good.
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