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The Panic Reaction

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

One of my SP friends wrote a blog recently about not panicking after missteps. It's a change in thought process that I've become aware of in my own life. I used to think that I had to panic/restrict/beat myself up after a binge as punishment and to deter myself from bingeing again. I believed that if I let a binge pass without negatively reacting to it, I would (1) gain weight because I wasn't restricting to make up for it; and (2) would lose control and go on a binge bender because I hadn't punished myself. But, punishing myself did nothing to stop the binges. It made my binges worse. It is disconcerting to let a binge go without punishment, but not restricting afterward and not engaging in negative self talk makes it easier to get back to normal eating. It doesn't lead to loss of control. And, since the binge doesn't last for days and days, it balances out without restricting.
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    emoticon I know that for many people who binge, being too hard on themselves and trying too hard to be strict and to lose weight, is part of the problem. If we binge to distract ourselves from negative emotions, it is the judgment and punishment that brings about MORE negative feelings and MORE desire to binge to make those go away...
    So indeed to not respond in an intense way to a binge but rather accept it and continue to focus on a healthy eating pattern may be key.
    1757 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/21/2016 6:24:02 AM
    emoticon emoticon emoticon And thank you thousands of more times too!
    1757 days ago
    you are a good person before the binge and a good person after.....what you eat does not define who you are....make it a learning experience...what was the trigger and what did you really need....change your negative reaction to the binge into a positive and productive one....Win!
    1757 days ago
    Be gentle and 💘 ing to yourself
    1757 days ago
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