- Using food is your way of trying to comfort yourself – a binge is your attempt to take care of yourself in the way that seems best to you in the moment
- It’s the past now – the future is fully open for you to make whatever choices you want
- You’re human and no human makes decisions that are 100% healthy, 100% of the time
- Your body is an intelligent system that knows how to process the extra food and make the most of the energy
- Binges are great teachers – they show you that you’re not addressing something in your life (stress, anxiety, sadness, disappointment, boredom, relationship strain, poor self-esteem, etc…)
- You can do things differently next time
- Every time you binge you learn something about what triggers you or what you need to do to take better care of yourself, so, if you choose to learn from each binge, you’re actually getting stronger
- You wouldn’t hate your friend if she confided in you about a binge, so why hate yourself?
- A binge is just one action in one short moment in time – it doesn’t define who you are
- Once you figure out what triggered the binge, you’ll be better equipped to handle similar situations/feelings in the future
- Feeling negative about any situation never makes it better, so why wallow? Get back up and dust yourself off
- Now is the best and most important time to practice self-love and forgiveness
- The effects of a binge are temporary – over time you’ll feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally
- Hating yourself is choosing to listen to the voice of ED instead of your wise self who loves you unconditionally
- Guilt is a choice – you can just as easily choose forgiveness
- Compassion is freedom from suffering
- Although your body feels like a balloon, it’s physically impossible to permanently change the shape of your body from one binge
- Binges help you get in touch with your emotional world, if you allow yourself to evaluate whatever it is you wanted to numb
- You’re worth loving and treating with respect
- You are on a path to recovery and that means falling sometimes – just like a child learning to walk, you are learning how to navigate life’s ups and downs without abusing food – freedom from this cycle comes with time, not overnight – you are heading in the right direction with each decision to practice self-love, forgiveness, and compassion
I think this is really helpful/true/inspiring/life changing. Ha.
“Affirmations are positive statements that replace your negative thought processes. You can change your life one thought at a time!”
I can change myself if I keep at it and don’t get down on myself. This is not impossible. This is actually way more possible than my negative thoughts and doubt thinks! My body is capable of transforming with the right thoughts and a good plan. I can live off of fruits and veggies and water without dying lol. I can overcome crankiness from hunger.
“When you are feeling low and thinking negatively about yourself or your future, try saying, “I give myself permission to be successful,” or “I see myself in the winner’s circle.”
I am not a loser. I deserve a good body that I’m proud of. I’ve accomplished goals before this goal is just as important as any other goal I’ve set for myself.
repeat your affirmations anytime that you start to think negatively.”
I can replace these thoughts with: “I knew this would be hard so I should expect to feel like this. I don’t like being hungry but I’m going to deal with it because I have bigger plans for myself. I’m strong. I’m focused. I’m not a loser. This isn’t over. I can do this. I am capable. I am a winner. If I can give up foods I like I can have the body I’ve always wanted and strived for. I am given an equal chance just like everyone else to lose weight. I’ve made a decision to better my body for myself and I’m going to stay with it.”
“With positive self-talk you can truly change the course of your life. You can go from being a negative person with no hope for the future, to being an optimist who can achieve anything you put your mind to.”