It’s a choice.
Sure, there can be triggers that lead to urges that seem to drown out everything but the desire and perceived need to eat it all away.
Drown it all out.
But at the end of the day, it’s still a choice.
I’ve spent so many years trying to diagnose and figure out why I can’t stop binging. Until, that is, I was challenged by a totally unconventional way of thinking. I read a little book called Brain over Binge and my world was rocked.
What if recovery wasn’t about figuring the cause?
What if recovery simply meant that I quit binging?
The truth is, I had a pretty damn good childhood. My parents loved me. I had friends and did pretty well in school. Nothing truly traumatic happened to me unless you count the time that I tipped an entire picnic table just by sitting down at my birthday. But I’ve tried so hard to find my magical excuse. I even asked my mom one time if something happened to me that I am blocking out. The look on her face was priceless.
Maybe you have a different story.
Maybe you did experience trauma that cannot be forgotten.
But still, you have a choice.
It is you, and only you, that can give life to your binge.
Yes, I feel “triggered” all the time. When I feel lonely, when I feel overwhelmed, when I feel frustrated, when I feel depressed, when I feel celebratory… you get my drift. I have a lot of triggers because over the years I’ve allowed myself to use them as excuses to give in to the voice inside that begged me to eat all the food I could get my hands on.
But all along, I’ve still had a choice.
That voice, that URGE, can’t move my legs to walk me to the cupboard. It can’t move my arms to get the food into my mouth. That’s my choice.
Is your mind blown?
Are you feeling convicted?
Or maybe a little annoyed?
I sure as hell was for awhile. Until I let it simmer and realized how right it was:
Nobody put the spoon in my mouth when I ate an entire bowl of cereal.
Nobody put the bags and boxes of candy in front of me and forced me to eat.
Nobody went behind my back and filled my cupboards with foods that were only going to get consumed during a future Binge.
Do you understand the Power you have yet?
Make the choice to do better today. Own your Power.
Give life to your Power instead of to the Binge.
Ready to stop the battle?
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