Why is it that we can’t seem to “control” our mind and our actions around this one behaviour when in most of the rest of our lives we are normal functioning adults?
We’ve talked about flour and sugar hijacking your brain and understanding that is a huge part of our recovery. Our site is full of articles about that.
But what about our mind?
Is it betraying us in this one thing?
Mindfulness is a huge buzzword these days. It gets bantered about for everything from mindful business to mindful relationships and everything in between.
The truth is its popularity is soaring because, if practiced regularly and earnestly, mindfulness and meditation work to literally rewire our brains in such a way that we seem to have more control over our actions, have more peace of mind and generally have a sense of serenity that we didn’t have before we started.
The science behind it is accumulating very rapidly too. From Harvard to Carnegie Mellon, studies are proving the effectiveness of mindfulness and meditation on just about all facets of our lives.
Did you know that entire 30 day, high dollar, food recovery treatment centers are now running their entire programs around the concepts of mindfulness and mindfulness training? It’s true. A lot of treatment centers are moving to “evidenced based” programs and mindfulness and meditation have figured prominently in their studies.
Mindfulness is about being able to ask: “what is this really about?” when we start or contemplate a binge – or our car, on it’s own, ends up at the 7-11. It’s never about the food or the sweets.
To be able to calmly, kindly and without self judgement ask “what is this really about?” and “how can I act in a way to self nurture instead of self destruct?” – that is the essence of a mindfulness practice as it relates to binge eating.
Mindfulness takes some effort. But I can say from personal experience that it works and it’s worth it. The benefits both, seen and unseen, are far more than recovering from emotional, addictive or binge eating.
My personal mindfulness meditation coach has been invaluable in guiding me to a consistent daily practice that has changed so much in my life. She has recorded a guided meditation called “Nurture Positive Emotion”. We’d like to give you this as our gift as an introduction to mindfulness meditation. It’s completely free as our gift.
PS: I’m not sure how long we’ll be able to give away this guided meditation video so jump over
and listen right now – you deserve it!
Be kind to yourself
Be able to stop a binge at will
Understand WHY you binge (it’s different for all of us)
Get the Meditation at “Nurture Positive Emotions”