Recovering from Eating Mistakes…
So, the ONE stumbling block people seem to get tripped up on more than any other when they’re trying to implement the Never Binge Again method is recovering from an eating mistake and/or binge….”How Can You Never Binge Again If You Just DID?” their Inner Pigs scream!
There’s a VERY good answer which can help you radically transform your relationship with food forever.
Most people–indeed most professionals–will tell you that since perfection with food is impossible, striving for it is a mistake. “Aim for progress, not perfection” they say, as they proceed to tell you to adopt guidelines instead of rules to govern your food. “Just try to follow your guidelines 90% of the time and you’ll be fine.”
Well, it may be true most people don’t ever approach PERFECTION with their food…
It’s also true that, for binge eaters (and serious over-eaters), setting out to eat well “90% of the time” according to some loosely defined guideline is NO better than saying “I’ll try for a little while until I don’t feel like trying anymore”… and we ALL know where that leads 🙁
And this philosophy neglects that it’s entirely possible to STRIVE for perfection and purge all doubt and uncertainty from our minds…while simultaneously being willing to learn from mistakes with the fortitude to get up and strive once again if we make them…
In the words of one forum member: “The Pig may have won a battle but it will NEVER win the war!”
And you know what? The moment she says that she is right. Because we are physiologically wired to WIN this game. Neuroplasticity research strongly suggests we can re-wire our brains so this horrid-survival-drive-gone-wrong no longer rules our lives… and it can happen a LOT faster than our Pigs would have us believe. And the survival drives originate primarily from the lower, more primitive, earlier evolved brain… with our mamallian and human brains sitting ON TOP of them fully wired to delay and control their impulses.
The game is rigged in our favor!
You CAN strive for perfection even if you never get there…
In fact, you MUST.
Because the alternative “just do your best 90% of the time” doesn’t work for binge eaters and overeaters…in my not-so-humble big hairy opinion.
Am I right or am I right?