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Saturday, July 28, 2012

How to Stop Binge Eating and Eating Food by the Refrigerator Light

You know the feeling: a food craving comes over you, you make a beeline for the fridge, open the door and eat almost anything and everything in sight. Maybe without even stopping to close the refrigerator door in case that slows down your ability to gorge on the delicious food inside. Yup, that's binge eating. Easy to do, less easy to stop. But here are some tips to help you get back closer to the straight and narrow and stop you having to buy a whole new wardrobe of clothes every few months.

Depending on who else is in your household, you may be able to get away with stopping buying the items you binge eat. No more half gallons of ice cream, cream cakes, cans of full fat (sugar!) cola, candy bars, cookies, potato chips, etc. The whole smorgasbord of forbidden foods.

But if you've got children or spouses in the household then the chances are that tactic won't work as easily.

Which means you may think that you're down to willpower and self control. And we know how well that works. Not.

So what else can you do to reduce the quantity of binge eating attacks and, when they do sneak past your defence systems, cut down the collateral damage.

Start by eating consciously.

It's way too easy to go through a family size bag of corn chips and a jar or two of dip in one sitting whilst you're watching re-runs of your favorite show. Before you know it, the bag is empty, you're still feeling hungry and you need to loosen your belt another buckle or two.

So set aside an area to eat that has no distractions. No television, no books or newspapers, nothing except the food. Treat every food occasion as though you're going out to a fine dining restaurant. If you did that, you would pay attention to every mouthful and savor the tastes and textures. Do the same when you're at home - this can have astonishing results.

Next, decide to put your knife and fork down between each mouthful. This will slow your eating process down and will allow your body to begin to realize when you've had enough to eat. Maybe not every time you binge eat but even if it's only every other occasion to begin with that's a step in the right direction.

Another thing we tend to do is try something once and then give it up the first time we fail. That's not how you learned to do things as a child, otherwise the first time you fell over when you tried to walk would mean that you'd still be crawling around on all fours to this day.

The old saying of "if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again" holds true here. Just because your willpower weakens occasionally doesn't mean that you're doomed to a life of wolfing down more food than is good for you. You wouldn't be human if you were perfect, so give it another go next time. Aim for perfection but don't panic if you don't hit that target!

Get more help to stop binge eating and find out how hypnosis can help with binge eating.

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