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Techniques to Stop a Binge Before it Starts

When the “train is gearing up”, here are some techniques to stop a binge before it starts…

At any point you’re feeling the desire to eat compulsively, try the following steps. The sooner you can try these steps, the better:

I. As soon as you notice the urge to binge (it might be recurrent thoughts about a certain food, planning time alone to eat, or thinking about a trip to the store for food), stop whatever you’re doing. It is important to focus your full attention on the craving. Without that focus, the craving has much more power to build.

II. Get someplace where you can have privacy to process this feeling as soon as you can.

III. Say out loud to yourself

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Comments

  1. MARIE FAULKNER says:

    USUALLY I AM TIRED AT NIGHT SO I GET A LOT OF FOOD THOUGHTS.
    SOMETIMES I JUST LET THEM FLOAT BY. AND USUALLY A SIGNAL FOR TIME OUT.
    OTHER TIMES I GET INTO A DEBATE. . I AM FEELING ANXIETY. I AM ASKING THE
    FOOD TO CALM ME DOWN–IT USUALLY DOES FOR THE MOMENT. OTHER
    TIMES IT IS A COVER FOR BEING TIRED AND NOT GIVING MYSELF PERMISSION TO SLEEP. THANK GOD–BECAUSE OF BEING MINDFUL I DON’T HAVE TO BINGE.
    IT IS JUST EATING BEFORE GOING TO BED.

  2. may not be the right thing, that is a very good insight. Many pleope just plow right ahead with their thoughts and opinions, without realizing that despite wanting to help they may be saying the wrong things. At least she realizes that! And it’s great that she expressed her feelings of frustration and hurt, and that she takes responsibility, whether or not that is true. That is definitely a mom thing because I feel that same way about MY son. The two negative things, are, well, her way of trying to help I suppose. People don’t get it, you and I know both know that. They try, though.But I totally admire you for talking to them. I have never been able to do that, and I am now 50 years old.

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