Mindfulness in the Recovery from Binge Eating
When you’re getting a handle on the first steps of breaking free from bingeing . . . where all physical and mental food restrictions are being changed once and for all. The reptilian brain will have taken on the bingeing habit as a necessity of survival. So part of the steps out of bingeing is to create new habits that the reptilian brain takes on instead. And when a bingeing urge comes up, in order to break the habit so it dissolves, you can simply say ‘thank you’ to the urge. As the brain is only doing it’s job. And then go on with your day. The reptitlian brain can’t take action, it can only send an urge. It’s up to you if you take action or not. And the urges eventually disappear altogether when they’re no longer responded to and the brain rewires itself.
Sometimes though, the urge is so strong, that it’s so becoming, feels such a normal part of you to automatically respond to that you need other tools to dismiss it and move on. If you’re battling with the urge, you’re only strengthening it.
In these instances, asking yourself “how do I know I feel an urge to binge or to overeat”. And then feel the sensations in your body of what lets you know that it’s an urge. Describe the sensations without putting a story to them. For instance, where in the body are the sensations happening, what is its shape – pointy, flat, round; what texture is the shape – sharp, solid, watery; does it have a temperatur; does it have a weight – heavy, light; does it move around; what other sensations in the body tell you you have an urge . . . without putting any story of the urge to it.
And describing these sensations as if you are detached to them, but looking at a drawing on a wall.
Sometimes doing mindful exercises stops you in your tracks, connects you back to yourself, detaches from the story, detaches from the feelings, and you can see you’re not them, you’re not the urges.