Today I want to share a binge eating self help exercise with you. [I am now calling it my Yoga Nazi Exercise - you will see why shortly.]
This process also works for interrupting other types of destructive behavior patterns, including getting rid of compulsive thoughts.
As many of you know, thanks to mind power techniques, it has been a long time since I struggled with weight and eating issues. (thank goodness!)
But I have to admit, the other day, something happened that triggered me, and next thing I knew I was using this Yoga Nazi, binge eating self help technique. It is weird how sometimes, things that don’t seem important, or relevant, can be a trigger for emotional eating. I am sure you can relate.
Stopping to identify what triggers these behaviors is a good first step for binge eating self help. That is because you can’t solve a problem until you identify it. Right?
This is what happened to me: I went to a yoga class and my usual teacher was on vacation. The substitute teacher is someone I now call, The Yoga Nazi.
I am sure you already get the picture.
For those of you who know yoga, she was an Ashtanga teacher. I like Ashtanga yoga and it can be quite intense. The teachers are typically strict. But this teacher took it to a whole new level. And though I have been doing yoga for years, it was a really hard class and the instructor was very serious about her yoga. After the class, instead of feeling rejuvenated as I usually do, I felt down and depressed. I wanted to eat everything in my fridge --- until I did the exercise that I am about to share with you.
After I completed this technique, the whole situation seemed quite amusing and I named the teacher, Yoga Nazi . Now I smile whenever I think about her.
It wasn’t that Yoga Nazi said, or did, anything to
upset me directly. It was not about her at all. Her teaching style triggered my
childhood insecurities. Suddenly, my confident adult self, disappeared,
and in her place, was the five-year-old me, struggling for approval from
my older sisters, who I thought hated me.
I am sure you’ve
experienced similar kinds of feelings. You know that they are not
rational, but you feel them anyway. Sometimes it is those
obsessive-compulsive thoughts that drive us crazy. Sometimes we feel
extraordinarily anxious, fearful, lonely. And at times we don’t even
Sometimes it is the chocolate cake in the fridge that
triggers the need for binge eating self help, or a family encounter
that triggers emotional eating. And before we know it, the whole cake
Whatever the cause, things happen to ALL of us, that trigger destructive behavior patterns. For some people it is binge eating, for others it may be alcohol consumption, or some other compulsive habit. So don’t feel like you are alone in this.
It as if a switch flips off your rational mind. Actually, it does. It is all part of our flight/ fight response that happens when people experience stress:
Blood-flow to the executive decision making center of your brain (just behind your forehead) gets constricted. Consequently,the rational part of your brain stops working properly. It is natures’ way of stimulating your more instinctual tendencies to fight whatever is attacking you, or get the heck out of dodge.
Sometimes these anxiety-producing, compulsive thinking or behavior
patterns are a result of emotional upset or a shock. Sometimes we don’t
even know who, or what, triggers them.
The good news about this binge eating self help exercise is that it doesn’t matter. All you need to focus on, is the feeling you are experiencing, that is driving you to want to binge eat.
This binge eating self help exercise comes from the field of kinesthesiology, and works like psychological CPR.
Binge eating, almost
always, is a response to a feeling we are experiencing. This exercise
will help you to work through the feelings that are driving the behavior – without
In less than ten minutes, my clients have used this technique to stave off panic attacks, eliminate compulsive negative thinking, anger and emotional upset. And of course, stop binge eating.
Like with all the methods, exercises and techniques on this site, this is not intended to replace medical care or psychotherapy.
By the end of the exercise the binge eating impulse should dissolve
completely and the associations you worked through should no longer
trigger you. You may have more triggers to work through to stop binge
eating altogether. If that is the case, when that happens use this
Please review the whole process before practicing the technique.
Notice how much more peaceful you feel. Congratulate yourself and enjoy the difference
Isn’t this a great binge eating self help exercise?
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