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.