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Life After Emotional & Binge Eating

Rebelling against the rules

“War requires at least two sides. When you decide that you will listen to yourself and not to your calorie counter or your fears, there is nothing to rebel against. There is nothing you can’t have tomorrow so there is no reason to eat it all today.” ~ Geneen Roth, Breaking Free

“Women seldom, or rather never, for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

Many believe life is easier if we just follow the food rules—eat what we are told, when we are told, in the portions we are told. In fact, diets and the food police affirm that we cannot be trusted to handle our own food; that we are not capable of making up our own minds or having control over our eating. And so we need their rules.

We follow these rules initially because we have been told that in order to be healthy and attractive, we must follow them. We are told that these rules are the “solution” for our unhappiness with our bodies.

But these very rules end up making us feel out of control. Before our first diets, we rarely suffered from “deprivation-driven” eating. But after we began dieting, we developed intense food cravings and food preoccupation—

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