How to beat binge eating and lose weight

  • Hardly anyone binges on the best, healthiest foods. We pig out on the junk foods—sugar-filled, high salt, or high fat types of food. So as I urge in other parts of this book, just don’t have them around. Sure, if you feel like bingeing, you can drive to the nearest source of your favorite binge food—fast food joint, convenience store, supermarket, wherever. But that’s harder than just reaching into the reefer, freezer or cupboard. Don’t have junk foods around and you’ll be less likely to binge.
  • It really helps to eat whole, natural complex carbohydrate foods. Like potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, beans, whole grains, vegetables.   Eat a big, multi-vegetable salad, with chunks of avocado if you have (the fat is satisfying and filling). A big whack of watermelon is a favorite of mine—it’s sweet, relatively low calorie and very filling.  These are really filling and fully  satisfying foods. Even I have a hard time bingeing if I’m full.
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise. In most cases, exercising decreases the appetite, not increases it. If you’re exercising, you’re not eating .
  • Binge on the good stuff. This works for me. I really love (like I used to love my favorite junk foods) some of my favorite healthy dishes. One of my many favorites is lightly steamed broccoli topped with sesame seeds and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. I mean I love this dish. I can eat a lot of it, so sometimes I do. Guiltlessly.
  • Use neuroassociative power. Do not underestimate the power of this tactic. Simply, you can mentally link up very powerful negative, painful associations to binge eating. Your power of imagination is huge. Imagine getting sick from eating too much, if that works for you, that is, if it stops you from drastically overeating. You can also link up very positive feelings of being in control when you overcome the temptation to overeat or binge.  Try this, you’ll like its power.
  • Chill out. Bingeing is almost always about our state of mind. Whatever mindset you’re in, it’s telling you that the only way out of this pain and into pleasure is to eat. Or simply to get into pleasure. Well, you know by now that is not your only pathway to pleasure or out of pain, and you do not have to listen to such thoughts. It can really help to simply take five minutes out and relax. Get in your favorite relaxation position—recliner chair, lying down on a bed, whatever—take some deep breaths, and relax for a solid five minutes; more, if you’re a mind to. Listen to a relaxation audio (a script for this to record in your own voice is in The Maui Diet). If after that you still feel like bingeing, remove yourself from that space and get some exercise. Drop and give yourself 20 push-ups or crunches!
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