This morning a read Six Ways to Block a Binge (an excellent post), by the ladies over at Does This Blog Make Us Look Fat. Its great information, but a little on the touchy-feely side for me.
I recently when through a week and a half of self destructive behavior that included a lot of binge eating (I gained 8 pounds!) So after reading this mornings post, I thought, “what should we men do to stop a binge?”
Here are a few of my ideas in no particular order:
1. Find a DIFFERENT self-deprecating habit
Take that however you want – but my point is REPLACE the urge to binge with something else. Have you ever heard that when you want to not think about something, you can’t just stop thinking about it, instead you have to think about anything else? Its the same principle.
For example, If you like to smoke cigars, next time you want to binge eat, grab a cigar and head into the back yard instead. I imagine this DOESN’T work for drinking since you would still be getting the calories and even require a bit of binge eating just to soak up the alcohol.
The main goal is to get past the moment – like the ladies stated in their post, binges really are about the moment, not the food.
2. Get out of the house
Binges don’t usually happen while you are at work or even out to eat with friends. They usually happen at home near the fridge. Go for a run, drive to the gun shop, go play golf, whatever it takes to remove yourself from the proximity of accessible calories and privacy of the house.
3. Call up a friend
There are support groups out there like Weight Watchers but lets be honest – those options are usually all women that want to talk about their feelings. Find a good buddy that understands you are trying to lose weight and ask him if he can be your life line.
When you are in the middle of binge thinking, call him up. You don’t have to talk about “why you feel like eating…” just a simple “hey man, I want to eat, lets argue politics instead…” or whatever helps get you through the moment.
4. Get angry and break something
We are MEN – our primal desires are to kill something, eat it, then have sex, and get some sleep. Feed the desire to kill something instead of feeding your face. Get that old box from the garage that you keep bumping into everytime you get out of your car – and beat the crap out of it. Throw it into the driveway, take a baseball bat and beat it to a pulp, then angrily pick up the pieces and shove them into the trash. If nothing else, you will entertain your neighbors, who will think you are having a total melt down, and you will never bump into the box again.
If you have a punching bag in your garage, that might work too… I don’t.
5. Remind yourself of your goals
The ladies mentioned this in their post – using your mind to get through. To quote them, “Binges are not rational”. I’m with them on this one. I don’t want to slip back into the old me – I have lost over 30lbs and I still have over a 100 to go. I want to lose the weight, I want to be healthier, I want to live longer. I do not want to slip back into the 300lbs version of me that just “accepts” the fact the he will always be fat.
Anyway, those are a few of my ideas – I would love to hear others in case these don’t get me though that next binge moment, so please leave me a comment with your ideas…