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I Call It Chain Eating
Pearls of wisdom from the Calorie Count forums...
"Chain Eating" says, "I go through this thing I call ‘chain eating’. It’s when I eat one small bad thing, and I get so worked up and depressed because I ate it, and so what do I do? I eat even more.”
Calorie Counters respond:
What you call ‘chain eating’, most of us call bingeing. It is important to intentionally interrupt the pattern of returning to the kitchen over and over. To force myself to listen to the voice of reason, I buy myself time. I go for a walk and breathe deeply and come to my senses.
I allot calories for cheats 2 or 3 times a week. A glass of red wine or a little sweet decreases temptation, but I keep to my calorie count.
I choose to adopt a superior attitude. I see that cookie or cake of the lowest order.
I envision what someone I admire would eat. I know the beautiful women in my office are not eating cake.
I’m giving up the mentality of “I have to finish what I’ve started.” My goal is to make binges smaller and wait longer in-between. Someday, I will have one piece of pie and not spiral out-of-control.
Find someone in your life who is trying to lose weight and tell them you’re having a tough time.
Don’t beat yourself up. Just get on the treadmill for half an hour.
To stop chain eating:
• Interrupt the action to break the chain; separate signal from response
• Legalize all foods to make them less tempting
• Reframe the way you think about food
• Depend upon a supportive “sponsor”
• Treat yourself kindly to support yourself
One more thing….
When you start to chain eat, ask yourself, “Am I physically hungry?” If the answer is, "No", then ask, “What am I feeling?” Write about your feelings in a journal or talk about them until you figure them out. Once you reach a point where you are no longer using food to cover up deeper issues, use the takeaway points to practice (and practice) new reactions to old behaviors until you break the chains forever.
Your thoughts ....
How do you handle chain eating?