How to Stop an Eating Binge in Its Tracks


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Can you stop a Binge in mid-stream once it’s begun?

Most binge eaters (and many overeaters) say once they’ve broken their Food Plan rules and allowed even a few bites of a forbidden food, all bets are off…

“Trying to stop a binge midstream is like trying to stop a speeding train in its tracks when the conductor can’t see you.  You’re better off hopping on board and riding that train than trying to stand in front of it if you want to survive” they say…

Or “Even if I’m not hungry, even if I’m not getting any taste enjoyment or emotional comfort from eating the food, even if I’m already bloated and exhausted from everything I’ve eaten already…it can feel like someone’s got a gun to my head and they’re going to shoot if I don’t keep eating!”  🙁

Of course, if you take a moment to reflect on these statements, I know you’ll agree they’re nothing but our Inner Pigs Squealing for more.  Because nobody has, in reality, kidnapped us, given us anesthesia, and performed a brain operation to disable our ability to control our hands, arms, legs, mouth, and tongue.  Aliens have NOT figured out how to beam surreptitious messages into our heads which force us to eat Pig Slop.   A witch has not laid a curse on us which prevents us from making solid food choices and taking good care of ourselves…

More importantly, it is WE who were conducting the train the whole time!

Still, this doesn’t FEEL true at all in the middle of a binge…

It FEELS like someone or something else was  in control…

That we were powerless to do anything about it…

I promise you, this is an ILLUSION…

But it REALLY feels like this…and we all FEEL we know this as a fact, as much as we know we need to take our next breath if we wish to survive.

So what’s the solution?

It’s something I call “The Heroic Moment“…and it involves a kind of leap of faith.

The next time you FEEL like someone else is conducting the train and FORCING you to binge eat (or just overeat beyond your best judgment) try this:

EXTEND BOTH OF YOUR MIDDLE FINGERS STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR IN AN AGGRESSIVE, SYMBOLIC GESTURE TO YOUR INNER PIG AND SAY “SCREW YOU, PIG – I’VE HAD ENOUGH!!! I WILL ALWAYS USE THE PRESENT MOMENT TO BE HEALTHY!!  NO MATTER WHAT I’VE DONE TO THIS MOMENT I WILL NEVER EAT PIG SLOP AGAIN FOR THE REST OF MY NATURAL LIFE!!”

It’s necessary to boldly jump through your fear at these times and AGGRESSIVELY stop your Pig because during a binge the more primitive portions of the brain have seized control, and you won’t have the neurological energy to reason your way out of it.  For the moment, it will SEEM like everything which is YOU has disappeared.  Logic is out of reach.  Your highest goals and aspirations–which only a few minutes beforehand may have been foremost in your mind–will have disappeared…

So we need to play a very primitive game at these times…

Because you WILL have access to your primitive aggression, and you can use it to dominate the Pig…

You CAN force it back in it’s cage at any time if you’re willing to stand up and make the Pig VERY AFRAID of you…

And although you can’t actually physically harm it since it’s wrapped itself around vital functions in your midbrain…

When the Pig feels your INTENT to kill it will retreat, like any inferior animal does from an animal of higher rank, strength, and dominance in the pack hierarchy.

Take the leap, be a hero, and terrify your Pig so it leaves you alone.

And that, my friends, is how you CAN stop a binge in mid stream.

It may sound crazy… but what if I’m right?

Sincerely – your not-so-crazy fearless leader…

Glenn Livingston, Ph.D.

PS – During a binge your Inner Pig(tm) will almost certainly say  “You’ve already blown it and are going to have to start again tomorrow, so we might as well just Binge our little faces off the rest of the today.”   But the truth is, EVERY BITE COUNTS.  At all times.  No matter what.  Even if you ate a whole pizza, your recovery tomorrow is going to be much harder if you let your Pig convince you to eat another.  (Or the cardboard box it came in)

PPS – When you engage in your own heroic moment, please be sure you’re not facing anyone who might think you’re extending your middle fingers at and/or talking to THEM! 🙂

Why Continue to Struggle Alone When I Can Help You to Defeat Your Worst Cravings, Lose Weight, and Stick to the Food Plan of YOUR Choice?