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Few people that don’t deal with binge eating or compulsive overeating understand what’s its like to feel loss if control around food. ...

Few people that don’t deal with binge eating or compulsive overeating understand what’s its like to feel loss if control around food.
I’ve been a binge eater, and I’ve talked to hundreds of others that are currently dealing with it or have overcome binge eating. The reasons we have for turning to food are usually much different than someone who doesn’t have a problem with regularly overeating or binge eating.
Eating food feels good. That’s why we do it, to feel good or to feel pleasure (even if its temporary). However, we may tell ourselves or others different reasons for why we eat.
Here are some of the most common reasons for eating, followed by the thought that runs through our heads (coming from our “animal” brain looking to rationalize anything in order to get pleasure, because it believes food is the way to get it).
For a FREE binge eating breakthrough course and additional resources, visit http://www.bingeeatingbreakthrough.com.

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  • 14 Common Reasons For Binge Eating www.bingeeatingbreakthrough.com
  • 1. TO RELAX AFTER A HARD DAY. Instead of looking for other ways to naturally relax, one chooses the pleasure of food.
  • 2. TO FIT IN WITH THE CROWD. Instead of saying “no” when offered food one feels uncontrolled around, one chooses to eat with everyone else in order to avoid hurting feelings or standing out from the crowd
  • 3. BECAUSE LIFE HAS SO FEW SIMPLE PLEASURES, SO LITTLE MEANING, SO FEW PPORTUNITIES. Instead of seeking ways to indulge in life’s rewards, one chooses the pleasure of food and then reports one cannot find life’s abundance in any other way but with food
  • 4. BECAUSE I DO NOT HAVE ADVANTAGES SUCH AS AFFLUENCE, HIGH METABOLISM, A NATURALLY THIN FIGURE, THE RIGHT ETHNICITY, EDUCATION OR SOCIAL CLASS SO MY OPPORTUNITIES FOR FOOD ARE RESTRICTED TO THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH FOOD. Instead of pursuing goals or overcoming disadvantages, one chooses the pleasure of eating and justifies that one is coping with life’s problems by getting what pleasure one can from food.
  • 5. TO ENJOY CERTAIN ACTIVITIES. Instead of seeking or participating in other activities that could bring pleasure, one chooses the pleasure of eating and then decides they can’t find pleasure in any other way.
  • 6. BECAUSE THERE’S NOTHING ELSE TO DO. BOREDOM. Instead of feeling discomfort or boredom to the point of doing something about it, one chooses the pleasure of eating and then decides one is unable to cope with boredom without food.
  • 7. TO HELP ME CONCENTRATE. Instead if applying oneself to another task, one decides to eat instead and decides one can’t do the other task without eating and getting full first.
  • 8. TO COPE WITH LONELINESS. Instead of writing a letter, visiting or calling someone, one chooses the pleasure of food and then decides one needs to eat in order to avoid the feelings of loneliness. (Another one of my own reasons.)
  • 9. TO RELIEVE DEPRESSION. Instead of pushing against depression with friends, activity, or getting professional support, one chooses the pleasure of eating and then decides eating helps relieve depression so there’s no need to find other solutions.
  • 10. TO MELLOW OUT WHEN I’M UPSET, ANGRY OR ANXIOUS. Instead of pushing against depression with friends, activity, or getting professional support, one chooses the pleasure of eating and then decides eating helps relieve depression so there’s no need to find other solutions.
  • 11. TO COPE WITH TRAGEDY. Instead of experiencing intense, realistic grief over the loss, one chooses the pleasure of eating and then decides one needs the food to cope.
  • 12. BECAUSE I CRAVE IT. Instead of experiencing the physical desire to eat or the physical discomfort of not eating, one chooses the pleasure of eating and decides one is unable to tolerate feeling desire, longing or discomfort
  • 13. TO PROVE I CAN HANDLE IT. Instead of seeking other ways to find physical pleasure on a regular basis, one chooses food for pleasure and decides its a simple, easy solution to getting regular pleasure.
  • 14. BECAUSE I LOVE THE TASTE. Instead of exploring other ways to enjoy pleasure and feel love, reward or compassion, one chooses the pleasure of food and then decides one deserves to have reward or compassion from food and everything else is secondary.
  • For a FREE binge eating breakthrough course and additional resources, visit www.bingeeatingbreakthrough.com