How I accomplished my goal: I became Certified in Nutrition, finished my Holistic Health Practitioner degree, and became a Specialist in Eating Disorders. I healed my compulsive overeating disorder from the treatment program I wrote and published.
What You Can Do: The first and foremost thing I advise my clients to do is to stop criticizing themselves. Criticizing oneself does nothing more than add insult to injury and it only manifests into greater feelings of negativity. When you stop criticizing yourself your body and brain will begin to realize that you are on their side and they do not need to be at such war with each other.
The second step we cover in the program is understanding the inner war that is going on between your compulsive eating side and your healthy side. You are so stressed out that your binging half says, “Sure go ahead and eat all that food. It will make you feel better”. The other half of you that thinks you need to stop binging says, “You need to control yourself. Normal people don’t do this”. By writing down what is happening when you feel this war, it could help you gain insight into your own feelings.
The third process we go through is finding the main cause of compulsive overeating. You are overeating to cover a problem or to reduce the day to day stress that is hard to handle. Binging can then become habit forming and can continue even after you have dissolved some of your stress. But there is still some deep seated reason you are not facing that makes you feel not good enough. Getting to the bottom of the issue can help you move on.
Fourth, as we talk about compulsive overeating, we need to learn about the different types of binges there are. Sometimes an overeater may start out binging because they are sad or lonely and the binges become habit forming. Soon that person may find others reasons to binge such as boredom or that there was an opportunity to binge.
In the fifth step, we talk about reducing your stress levels. You have good stress and bad stress. The good stress helps you achieve your desired goals but the bad stress leaves you with that sinking feeling like the world is caving in. You turn for comfort when you have too much bad stress. You can reduce your stress by relaxing your body through simple yet very effective breathing techniques, visualization and by learning coping skills.
Sixth is to begin setting small goals that you can accomplish in small chunks. These will be so small that you may laugh at how easy they are to complete but once you finish the first tiny goal in that chunk you can add another tiny goal to it and give yourself another chunk to complete it. For example, lets say you want to drink 8 glasses of water a day. You don’t want to start out drinking 8 glasses of water the next day when all along you’ve been drinking 1/2 glass a day. You will meet with resistance from your own body and brain. Instead start small and break it down. “I will drink 1 glass of water a day”. Do this for 4 days as your first chunk. After you complete that goal, make your next goal to be I will drink 2 glasses of water a day”. And do that for another 4 days. Reward yourself at the end of each 4 day chunk so that you can show your brain and body how proud you are.
Seventh recommendation is to continually focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. Let me explain that a bit more. Every thought you have creates more thoughts in your mind and they tend to attract like thoughts. You want to make sure the language you are using is always positive in focus. If I were to say I don’t want to be a compulsive overeater anymore your brain is hearing the word compulsive overeater. I am stating what I don’t want to happen. Instead if I said I want to eat healthy meals and feel happy then I am focusing on what I really do want. I know this may seem so basic but it may be the most powerful thing you can do.
I want to end by saying that compulsive overeating is curable. By learning how to use the tools you need to make changes in the way you think and feel you can absolutism move past this disorder. You have the power within you to do anything; you just need to want it.
You can do it!