My Body Confidence Journey: Day 13 - How to stop binging!
STRATEGY 1: Communicate. By talking to someone, you can make sense of your thoughts and feelings, like binging, logically. Talking to someone, or writing things down, often allows you to remove the emotion from a situation too.
For me, binging is a form of emotional eating, so communicating has been really helpful. As I can also imagine though, some of you may not be ready to talk about your binging or emotional eating habits – which I can fully appreciate.
This leads me to STRATEGY 2: Keeping a ‘Mood & Feelings Diary’. Now, this may be familiar to some of you, but I thought I would share my experiences with this strategy for those of you who haven’t tried this yet.
Before I was ready to open up about a lot of my traumatic experiences and eating habits, I decided to write them down. At first, the prospect was really frightening; but when I finally found the courage to go to the shop, buy a diary and a fancy pen, and found a place to hide it at home, I sat down one day and started scribbling. I wrote the date, time, my mood level (scale of 0-10) and my strongest feelings at that time or during that day. I then wrote, sometimes for pages and pages, about everything I had on my mind. This works the same by keeping notes on your phone, laptop or tablet. Even after the first time, I found this very consolatory – as it alleviated the pressure. The more I did it, the more I felt I was controlling my moods better. I hope that all makes sense?
In dealing with this urge again last night, I also came up with a new binging strategy, for those of you who might not be ready to put pen to paper or to open up about your feelings to someone else yet (which is perfectly ok!).
STRATEGY 3: Pick the food item you want and vow to yourself that you will not eat it for a certain length of time. I’ve come across this before as a dieting technique but decided to try it last night as I was really struggling. I have never really been into “dieting” as I could never work out how to lose weight and keep it off, especially after coming off of the diet… I also found it difficult to deprive myself of foods I really wanted at the time (self-control relates heavily to self-confidence).
So, back to yesterday - I told myself a series of positive affirmations from my helpful thoughts playlist (refer back to the HappiMe app – link below), and then decided I could have the chocolate in half an hour. After the time passed, I ate only half of it, mostly because I was proud of myself for lasting that long and didn’t want to let myself down further. I call this “Binge Bargaining”.
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Finally, please see the links below for another meditation I have found. It is about anchoring, which is something I plan to talk to you about further over the next few weeks.
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HappiMe Books – http://www.happi-me.org/happime-books.html
“Anchoring Meditation” by Drdoesalot – http://insig.ht/gm_29006
Body Language Tricks to Appear More Confident – http://uk.businessinsider.com/body-language-tricks-appear-more-confident-2016-3
‘Whoops, There It Goes Again: How to Stay Positive When the Bottom Keeps Dropping Out of Your World!’ by Jo Richings – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whoops-there-goes-again-positive/dp/199991970X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Aly Sharp EFT – https:// http://www.alysharp.com/
Mitch Sharp Coaching – http://www.mitchsharp.com/
HappiTapping (EFT) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOVTPtQEVKA
HappiMe App (Apple) - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/happime-for-adults/id1245097456?mt=8
HappiMe App (Android) - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.happime.adults
Our Website – https://www.happi-me.org
Insight Timer - https://insighttimer.com
“Love Your Body Better” Meditation by Louisa Tanner Munson - https://insig.ht/gm_25391
‘Feeling Enough, Confident and Loved’ by Gulmira Mamedova - http://insig.ht/gm_29043
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