Many people who binge eat feel like once they have started eating foods that they love, they feel as if they have to keep going once they have started. The truth is that you do not need to feel like you have to keep going once you have started binging. By addressing your fight or flight responses while binge eating, you have a better chance of stopping yourself before it gets worse.
People who are binge eaters think that an emergency is occurring in their bodies. When they are hungry, they feel the need to eat as if their life depended on it. You do not need to feel like if you have started eating that you need to finish the entire confection. It is all about changing your thought patterns. One way you can do that is by reminding yourself that what you are feeling may not be accurate. Just because your body feels like you are going to explode if you do not keep eating does not mean that it will. Keep telling yourself that the accurate facts of how your body works will always win over what you are feeling.
Another thing you can do is deep breathing where you take a deep breath, tense up your muscles, and let it all go as your breathe out. Keep repeating this three times. This will help slow you down and take you out of fight or flight response. Your heart rate will go back to normal and your anxiety will decrease once you realize that there is no danger to be seen. The last thing that you can do is to change your thought patterns. Once you are out of your fight or flight zone, you can think more clearly than before. For example, if you feel like you already bought that cake so you have to eat it to avoid wasting your money, tell yourself that you are better off throwing it away or giving it to someone else than having it in your body. Or if you tell yourself that you will just eat a lot today and do better tomorrow, remind yourself that it will be just as hard for you to do that tomorrow. If you are still having problems with your binge eating, it is best to speak to a professional about how to tell whether these cravings are real or just emotional.
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