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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