The Urge To Binge Is Making Me Crazy
Today’s Q&A Friday is from Jessica in Memphis!!!
I’m so overwhelmed by my urges to binge. How can I stop them?
*The urge to binge eat doesn’t have to dictate your behaviors.
That’s a really good question. In recovery, we don’t really “stop” urges, learn how to react differently to them. In addiction, when you have an urge or a craving, you believe that you have to act on that urge or craving. However, when you learn to recover, you learn that the urge is just an urge and that you don’t have to follow it down the rabbit hole. Urges are nothing to be afraid of or to be worried about, everyone has them. The difference between someone who is compulsive and someone who is not though, is whether or not they choose to act on all of their urges. When an urge comes up, it feels like there is no choice, but there actually is.
The very first thing to do is to look at your urge to binge and ask yourself, “am I actually hungry?” If you are, then ask your body “and what is it that we need to give you to nurture you?” If you’re not hungry, you can remember, “okay this is an urge, I don’t have to let the urge lead me, I can choose to use the wisdom of my intact adult brain.” This meditation can help you with that too.
As you begin to react to your urges in a way that feels appropriate, you don’t have to be afraid of them. As you become less afraid of them, they will have less of a charge. Once the urges are less charged, you will begin to notice them less and then they will begin to fade.
*You get to choose your own reactions to your feelings.
Do you have a question about binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, or anything associated with eating? Send an email to leora at bingeeatingtherapy dot com. All questions will be kept confidential. Include your first name or the name you want to be referred to as and your location. Are you interested in individual therapy or online coaching sessions to deal with your binge eating? Please contact me to discuss getting started.
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