Okay. Last night wasnít a good night. It was the night after a bad day. You let your guard down, and into your face marched every empty calorie in the house. Every cracker, chip. Every cookie, every slice. Everything that looked good. And, well, some more you had delivered.
It was a binge, plain and simple. You didnít think it would get out of control, but it did. Itís the morning after, or itís mid-binge, and youíre upset. What do you do?
You get help.
You find your sponsor, buddy, friend, counselor, go-to person, support system for your binge thing, of course. Straight to a meeting. Straight to the phone. Directly online. You report in, right? Tell them what happened, talk about it, decide what youíre going to do next.
And if you donít have those things?
Itís time you got help, friend.
Look, if youíre a binge eater, and you know who you are, then you need support. Why are you trying to do this alone? Itís too hard to fight this thing all by yourself. It just is. You didnít develop a binge eating problem in a vacuum, or overnight. You werenít born with it. You donít completely understand it. Youíre not in control of it. It is, in fact, an addiction. Itís not hard to become addicted to food. Itís everywhere. We learn to use food in many ways that have nothing to do with nourishment. Most of us, in fact, have a food addiction or two. For some of us itís a problem that has cut into our health, our life.
And when youíre fighting an addiction, why also fight the convention for treating an addiction? The convention for treating an addiction is reaching out for support, advice, counsel. To admit this thing is stonger than you are, and to get help. To learn to rely on the help of people who get it, have been through it, and know how to help you.
Addiction to food is particularly hard to treat. Because, well, you canít really give up food, now can you? Weíre around it all the time, are exposed to it constantly. Because of this, I believe, binge eaters need more help than other addicted folks. More support, more assistance.
Luckily, itís not all that hard to find help. You can find it online at sites like somethingfishy.org, find a personal counselor, find it in diet program support groups, in church basements, at Eating Disorders Anonymous or Overeaters Anonymous meetings, in online diet boards. The numbers and opportunities for finding the kind and style of support you need are legion, actually. It can be as communal or private as you need, as public or as anonymous as you like. Itís out there, friend. I recommend you find your support before the next binge. Kay?
I will if you will.