When trapped in binge eating cycles, we can focus so much on food or ways to avoid food that we miss out on relationships, experiences, and life's joy.
How can you break the cycle and get to being you?
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- Thank you for your letters to Food. They blow me away!
- Food is one of the basic human needs to stay alive (with oxygen, water, sleep, and warmth) yet designed to be thought about only when not getting enough.
- Even when you feel like the only person experiencing food like this, those in binge eating cycles are NOT alone!
- Research has some solutions warranting experimentation.
- In order for these to be possible solutions, you must practice personal kindness, compassion, and patience. Without these, no one can recover from binge eating experiences. Practice using a calm and compassionate adult voice as navigating recovery.
- Mistakes will pave your way to recovery rather than keep you from it. Look for them and welcome them. They will help you understand HOW to move forward.
- We have circadian rhythms with eating just like with sleep. It will take time for your body to get used to not bingeing because of these.
- When a person experiences diet-restrict to binge cycles, the brain feels the threat of deprivation and acts accordingly. It sends more obsessions. They way out? Stop pursuing weight loss.
- You CAN rewire our brain to not obsess about food except for when we need it. Julie describes using check in times to begin this process.
- The proof is in the pudding: keep track of your rewiring process to show the ED that you are making important baby steps away from ED's grip.
- Make an investment in you: do one year in personal psychotherapy. It's a gift that keeps on giving!
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