Hello my darlings, I hope you’re having a fantastic day. I know I am, because here in Canada, it’s Thanksgiving. One of my favourite days of the year. This is the day when we invite our family over and enjoy each other’s company while also, of course, eating until we fall into a food coma. Sure, traditionally some of the food is healthy but let’s be honest here, this holiday is a binge eater’s fantasy. Starting off this week brought a reminder of my second binge eating excuse: special occasions.
Many holidays or events encourage people to eat copious amounts of food. This can be the devil in disguise for anyone trying to avoid a binge. Most of the time, it’s embarrassing for a binge eater to be seen overeating. We want to hide away and be alone with our eating disorder. BUT when we can binge and completely fit in, hiding is unnecessary. Everyone’s doing it! We can forget that we have an addiction for a short time and just feel normal.
A Good Day to Binge
For me personally, these special occasions, days or events can be almost anything. Honestly, if I tried hard enough, I could have an excuse to binge anytime. It doesn’t have to be a holiday, or even have other people involved. I could have just gotten a raise or reached a goal and decided I deserve to celebrate. Or I may know that I’ll have the house to myself, and want to take the time to binge when no one is there to know about it. It could even be that it’s the weekend or the end of the month. I’ll think that the new week/month would be a great time to start fresh so I’ll binge and then restart.
These are the kind of thoughts that can drive a binge eater deeper into their eating disorder. Eventually it just becomes “normal” to fall into this cycle. You will constantly make goals to slow or stop the binging but your mind sees every other day as a new reason to quit and start again. Breaking the cycle is your only way out, and knowing which thoughts to watch out for is key.
You’re in Control
Remember to recognize that your lower brain doesn’t want to break the binge eating habit and will tell you anything to change your mind. It will be persuasive, but remind yourself that you’re in control. Prepare for special occasions.
That’s all for today folks. If you want to see more about excuse thoughts, check out my other post about perfectionism. Also if you have a moment, please comment on, share and like this post, it really means a lot to me!
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