Sometimes, a binge can be a way to hold tightly onto very uncomfortable emotions; like fear, like depression, like pain, like sadness, like anxiety… Sometimes, when a feeling begins to show through, the instinct would be to push it down tightly by eating and making the feeling go away.  Unfortunately, this is temporary. Very temporary. It ends up making you feel even worse about yourself. Feeling horribly uncomfortable in your body, feeling angry at yourself for the binge and feeling all the uncomfortable effects of overeating especially sugar, flour, alcohol and other foods that can make you feel tired, foggy and depressed.

So, when you feel a binge coming on,  experiment with letting go.

Write about it. What are you feeling? What hurts? What are you afraid of?

Tell someone. Talk about your fear and your anxiety. Confront it. Don’t let it be bigger than you. Don’t try to push it down. It will come back at you with a vengeance.

How? Carry a journal around with you, start an anonymous blog, talk to supportive people, sit alone and meditate, take a slow meditative walk, try to relax before you take that first step toward a binge…

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  • bodhi1963

    It is not easy to talk about one’s fears and or anxieties. For that fact, I cannot even begin to talk about my fears. I do write in a journal but I seem to questions the sincerity of my writings or entries.
    I know for a fact, I am genuinely scared and tired of this entire situation. I have done the letting go practice. I am just genuinely afraid and I can hear my ice cream yogurt calling me.

  • I know how difficult it is to figure out what exactly it is that you are feeling. People (women) with food issues and eating issues tend to put on the face, a facade that makes everyone around them comfortable. After a while of being a chameleon, the facade begins to stiffen, like a shell, and we can’t even access our own emotions.

    I encourage you to check in simply by asking yourself, “what am i feeling” if you don’t know, decipher from this group of feeling words: happiness, sadness, excitement, anticipation, anxiety, joy, fear, anger, shame, surprise, grief, rage…

    If none of these words fit, check in with your body. Is there any tightness, tenseness, are you holding anything in your body? Sit with that pain and breathe into it. What comes up for you? Are you sad? Are you happy? Do you feel like laughing? Crying? raging? Allow the energy to move through you, try to accept the emotion, whatever it is without judgement. You deserve it, you deserve to have your feelings.