Today I'm sharing one of my best tools to stop binge eating. This little trick worked wonders for me and I still use it in my life today!
My binge eating would come in cycles
When I was deep in my binge eating disorder I would go through some funny cycles. When the urge to binge came on it was all I could think about. Paralyzed. Or like a robot-soldier programmed to go on a mission. There was no stopping me. Even if I was able to pause for a second to contemplate anything else I could be doing with my time, I couldn't think. I had to eat and that's what I would do.
Then, later on when I was in a more calm state of mind, I could think of A BUNCH of other ways I could have been using my time. Urrgg. It was exciting to have lots of ideas, but frustrating to go completely blank when I needed to remember them. I knew I would stop binge eating if I chose to use my time doing other things. But that was so hard! Especially if in those crazy moments I couldn't think or get myself to do anything else besides binge eat.
Creating lists helped me stop binge eating
And so I started making LOTS OF LISTS! I would list out everything. Not like to-do lists (although I love a good to-do list) but like inspiration lists. Or like, how to live life lists. Or, how to use your time lists.
When inspired and feeling good, I would list out the things I wanted to be doing with my life. And then I would refer to them in times of need, right when the urge to binge would arise!
Lists are a way for me to send messages from my rational mind to my crazy-urge-to-binge-eat mind in times of need. GENIUS.
I would list out everything I wanted to be doing with my time
I started simple, with lists for what to do inside the home and lists for what I could be doing outside of the home. But then I started to get more specific. I'd list out productive things, self-care activities, ideas to contribute to the world. Books I wanted to read, topics I wanted to research, YouTube channels I wanted to watch. I would even map out ideas for relaxation and fun, because I had very little of this in my life besides binge eating. Crazy!
Making lists helped me stop binge eating in two ways
One is the more obvious way like I describe above. When bored or had the urge to binge, I would whip out my lists and choose something. I would fight to snap into action, anything from my lists instead of binge eat!
Also, creating these lists helped me realize who I am and what I wanted to be doing with my time. By writing down lists for every scenario, I had a roadmap for who I wanted to be and how I wanted to fill my time. Because I would refer to these lists so often and default to the activities on them, they were steering my life. Eventually I stopped binge eating and became everything on my lists instead. So cool!