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Binge eating recovery: caring guidance better than scare tactics

Hope for Binge Eaters

If you are a periodic or chronic binge eater, you want, need and hope for guidance to recovery and freedom. You need to be able to feel at least a few moments of safety so you can hear what realistic opportunities exist for you to ease your way into a more healthy and happy way of living.

Your binge eating is understandable. Recovery involves your developing new and better ways of coping with and satisfying your needs. Your  new ways of coping will improve your health and actually enhance your life.

Intuitive Eating Realities for Eating Disorder Recovery

Intuitive Eating Is an Aspect of Eating Disorder Recovery, But It's Not a Cure.

Long term intuitive eating is a sign of recovery.  Between that first intuitive eating moment and being able to eat intuitively as a life style rests the deep and often long term psychological work that leads to solid eating disorder recovery.

Dina Zeckhausen, in her article, "Curbing An Eating Disorder: The Belly Whisperer" writes well about the mechanics of eating intuitively.

We don’t think it wise to listen to our guts. The misconception is, “If I listen to my gut I will weigh 400 pounds!” Well, listening to your gut means stopping when your gut is satisfied and not eating for emotional reasons.

Brain is More Aware Than Taste Buds

Over at the "Little About" blog the author has some interesting things say about sugar substitutes.

A handful of studies, starting in the 1980s, suggested that regular use of artificial sweeteners might even make people eat more, rather than less, by stimulating their appetites without satisfying them.

You can see a vivid example of this if you go early to a large OA meeting. In the parking lot you will see people emerging from their cars, diet soda in hand.


How to Stop Binge Eating. Like a Forest Fire, Prevention Is Best.

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*pix In dream imagery the deer is often a symbol for your soul. A raging binge assaults the most precious aspect of your identity. You can protect and cherish what is sacred within you by learning to stop your binge fires.

Once you are deep in a binge it’s like being in the middle of the forest fire.

Your binge has a momentum of its own. You can't stop it. It has to run its course until you are in too much pain or too exhausted to continue. If you purge as well as binge you can keep bingeing longer but pain or exhaustion will eventually stop you. With guidance and strategic planning you can find your way to decrease and even stop your binges.

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