Anti-Binge Strategies, part 2

If you choose to keep binge food around, be sure to store it where it is out of sight. Sometimes, just the sight of a binge food can trigger a binge.

Sit down and ask yourself why you are tempted to binge. Are you hungry? Bored? Sad? Lonely?

Go for a walk, call a friend, turn on the TV, or find some other distracting activity

Paint your fingernails, learn to knit, or find some other way to keep your hands busy.

Soak the binge food in water.

Calculate how much money you would be spending on binge food right now. Every time you succeed in avoiding a binge, put that money in a jar. Save up for something special.

Find another way to indulge your senses. Light a fragrant candle, take a bubble bath, go outside and sniff the fresh air, touch something warm and fuzzy, etc.

The Joy Project (http://www.joyproject.org) has additional strategies to help you stop a binge-eating episode.

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