Are you a compulsive overeater? How do you know, and if you are, what can you do about it? Is there help out there if you need it?
Sometimes people don’t realize they have a problem. Some people have said to me things like, “I just need to lose a few pounds” or “I can control myself if I want to” or “Yeah, I eat too much, but I don’t think it is bad enough to label myself a compulsive overeater”, and best yet, “Everyone blows their diet. I am no different. This doesn’t make me a compulsive overeater.”
I am certainly not a trained psychologist, psychiatrist, nutritionist, or therapist. I just know this area so well that I am a self-proclaimed expert because I live in the world of food addiction.
There is help for us compulsive overeaters. Aaron, along with his expert panel on his website offer real help in dealing with binge eating. Many times when I am struggling, I simply will go into NewDiabetesRx.com, reread Aaron’s blogs, go through the exercises in the program where I am made aware of strategies to combat my urges to compulsively overeat. Use these tools to help you regain control of binge eating.
The way I see it, if you are losing weight, even slowly, you are winning the battle. If you are maintaining your weight and not gaining any more weight, you are fighting the battle and near to winning.
Compulsive overeaters get lost in their need to eat erratically. It takes honest effort us to stop and not give in. It may even feel painful to not give in. But I know for a fact, when I take control of my food addiction, when I make the effort to get through the day without giving in to my demons, I feel so incredible. I feel such control over my life. It is such a high that I pray I will become addicted to the high I feel when I am feeling in control of my impulses more than the high and then very low I feel when I binge eat.
Feeling thin or thinner is a super feeling. And when weight is coming off, the high you get off of yourself is so much greater than the quick little high you get from binge eating and then plummeting to a very low place in your life afterwards.
The in-control-of-my-eating feeling is the feeling I want to live with every single day. We can overcome this together. I count on you and am grateful to you that I can share and express my feelings to you via blogging. Let your success become our success by supporting one another and encouraging each other, and aiding one another when needed.
Compulsive binge eating is difficult to stop but it is not unstoppable. We are the masters of our destinies. Choose feeling good about yourself constantly by taking control of your addition over feeling good for a few brief minutes from binge eating.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.