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Do You Make These Mistakes in Your Binge Eating Recovery?

by nina on February 26, 2011

binge eating mistakesAlways remember that binge eating recovery is a PROCESS. I do not even believe that there are such things as “mistakes” when it comes to recovery, but here are some of the common pitfalls that we can get into that impede on our success in recovery. Once recognized, you are half way to the solution!

“There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.”

~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Talking too much about food

Spending too much time talking about food, weight loss and eating plans are a big trigger for eating disorder recovery. They keep the obsession going n yur mind and remember that whatever we focus on we attract into our lives. It is important to watch your thoughts and eliminate the time spent on thoughts of food, weight loss and meal planning.

Obsessing about meals

Thinking too much again about what you will or will not eat perpetuates the obsession and impedes recovery. If you currently follow a food plan, make it simple and let it go. If you do not have a structured plan, trust that your eating needs will be taken care of. There is no need to go into unnecessary future planning. I have not had a plan in years and I have never starved! The less you focus on it, the lesser the obsession gets and the closer you get to real binge eating recovery.

Planning meals far in advance

Another huge binge eating trigger is planning meals in advance and even going to extremes (like I did) of having spreadsheets with calories, fat, carbohydrates and protein content neatly calculated and set out onto a spreadsheet. This is insanity and will only lead to more mental preoccupation, unrealistic goals and an eventual binge when you find you cannot stick to your elaborate spreadsheet. Plus, does this look like freedom to you??


Those who suffer with binge eating disorder seem to be major isolators. Whether it is the secrecy of binge eating or an inability to interact and express emotions, it seems to be a common trait. The only solution to this is the one that we seem to find most difficult – get out of isolation!

This can be very difficult; especially if you are trapped in the hopeless despair of a binge eating mindset. But take small steps. Start with writing, then pick up the phone and call someone. Talk about how you are feeling and make arrangements to get out of the house. This is a crucial strategy for binge eating recovery and one that is often most difficult. Find an accountability partner – someone from your support network or a trusted friend.

Not connecting with others

Again as above, the lack of connection with people is one of the biggest mistakes that we make when trying to recover. We want to do it all on our own and we have difficulty in expressing ourselves. Connection with people and rewarding relationships are the keys to success in binge eating recovery. Recognize it, notice your behavior and then see if you could possibly make some changes.

Reading weight loss sites and magazines

Again, a big no-no to binge eating recovery and something that I myself found really difficult to let go of for so many years. I wanted to know how Jennifer Aniston stays in shape, how Posh Spice got so skinny as well as the new diets that were coming out, the best detoxes to drop 10 pounds and how to drop a dress size by the weekend.

The net result after reading all of this information? Frustration and a binge.

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

“A winner is one who accepts his failures and mistakes, picks up the pieces, and continues striving to reach his goals. ”
~ Dexter Yager


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Lily March 28, 2011 at 4:18 am

This is really nice, thanks for the read! Inspiring.


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