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Binge Eating Disorders get Healed with Meditation and Mindfulness.

August 23, 2012 – 3:56 am

Binge eating disorder is called a “disorder” for a reason. All too often, the outside world is quick to judge and come to a premature and uneducated conclusion that people who suffer from this type of disorder are “lazy” or “can choose to eat less if only they wanted to.” This could not be further from the truth.

Binge eating disorder (or, BED) is a diagnosable disorder which is characterized by an inability to control certain impulses that comes from the brain. It is not the fault of the individual; rather it is caused by faulty-wiring deep within the brain. People who have a binge-eating disorder have a hard time with impulse control. Once the urge strikes to eat, they are often powerless against it. It lies within the spectrum of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) whereby, once you get a certain thought in your mind, you are effectively unable to stop yourself from performing the particular action that you’ve found will make you “feel better”. It is only once this action has been completed (in this case, the physical act of binge-eating) that the person finally feels a sense of calm. Unfortunately, this feeling of calm typically does not last for very long and the cycle continues.

After the person eats and the initial calm sets in, making the person feel full and satisfied, the feeling is very quickly replaced by shame, guilt and the familiar question: “How could I have lost control that way!?” The binge-eating is only a very short-term solution to the anxiety. Afterward, depression is quick to set in, the person feels a tremendous sense of angst and shame, and the coping mechanism that they have adapted to get rid of these uncomfortable feelings – to binge-eat – comes back into their mind. Thus, the vicious cycle continues. And it quickly spirals out of control.

But: it is possible to break this cycle! Through mediation and mindfulness, it is possible to calm the rapid-firing signals that your brain sends out which tell you to over-eat. Your brain tells you that it is the only way for you to achieve a sense of inner peace. But with a quieter mind, you can start looking at aspects of your life in a calmer and clearer manner and can “train” your brain to behave in the ways you would like it to. You can attain true inner peace – a peace that is not dictated by the power that food holds over your life. It takes a lot of hard-work and dedication, but you CAN do it. No one can promise that it will be easy… but the end results – better physical and emotional health, happiness, and peace of mind – will be more than worth it. In the long run, the benefits of this hard work greatly outweigh the effort put forth.

Meditation and mindfulness are simply ways of calming the mind and becoming aware of our inner selves. The most important thing to remember about being “mindful” is to focus on the present. It is essential to let go of the past during these times of reflection and to ignore your fears of what the future might hold. These things cease to be important in the here-and-now. What is most important is to quiet your mind and listen to your inner-self in real-time, but in a non-judgemental manner. Don’t let yourself feel shame about things that happened in the past or let yourself worry about things that may or may not happen in the future. They’re not important right now. The exciting thing is, with practice, you can actually succeed in completely changing the dynamic of how your brain works. The rapid-fire message signals in your brain that cause stress (and therefore lead to over-eating) will begin to slow down over time and you will begin to re-discover the person who was trapped within – the one that was being over-shadowed by the obsession with food.

The true measure of “success” through mindfulness and meditation, is to let the wonderful person you are on the inside be the one that gets shown on the outside. Being mindful of your thoughts and feelings, and how they manifest themselves into harmful behaviours, can really be the first step into changing your life and unleashing the real potential of the amazing individual that you KNOW lies within you.

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How mindfulness can help to overcome an eating disorder.

August 21, 2012 – 7:41 am

When it comes to dealing with an eating disorder, being self-aware – or mindful – can be one of your most important tools to recovery. Being mindful of your thoughts and feelings (and realizing how these thoughts are subsequently affecting your behavior) is essential to getting healthy. Everywhere you look these days, there are “quick and easy” fixes being offered for every conceivable problem in life. But when it comes to truly conquering an eating disorder, quick and easy just does not cut it. But don’t let that discourage you… There are real solutions.

Eating disorders are deeply rooted within a person’s brain. It’s not something that is the fault of that individual. As much as we would love to snap our fingers and make that part of us disappear, it just doesn’t work that way. It would be wonderful to offer a quick fix to overcome such a serious issue, but it is not practical (nor safe) to do so. But: this does not mean that they are impossible to overcome – quite the contrary! It requires much conscious effort and hard-work, but it is do-able. And being mindful is the way to do it.

Mindfulness is the practice of calming the mind and becoming aware of our inner selves. It’s essential to focus on the now. Let the past go and don’t think about the future. What’s most important is what’s taking place in the present moment. Being mindful about your eating habits can help you discover new paths of healing that will lead you forward in positive ways. Even though many people fall “victim” to eating disorders, it doesn’t mean that you will forever be a victim… You DO have choices and you CAN make steps to heal. But it’s up to you to make that first step.

Being aware of your thoughts seems like a simple concept… But all too often, we refuse to listen to the parts of our minds that tell us to make healthy choices. When we start feeling overwhelmed by stress, the disordered thinking automatically takes over and it becomes “too difficult” to be mindful about the food choices we’re making. It’s “easier”, we believe, to stick with what we know and what feels comfortable to us. And that’s exactly where we go wrong. Because, often, what feels comfortable to us is our disordered thinking. We get trapped into unhealthy cycles that way. In the long run, mindfulness can be what saves us.

Incorporating mindfulness into your daily life can actually be fun and easy. There are many ways to become more self-aware (such as yoga, mantra meditation, or music meditation). You can incorporate other techniques later. But first, start by simply closing your eyes. For just a little while, don’t think – just be. Be attentive to your surroundings – their sounds and smells, the important little things in our immediate environments that we so very often overlook. There is so much beauty to be found in simple things. Find some of those beautiful things. When shame and worry start to creep into your mind, take a deep breath and simply let them go. They have no place in the here-and-now. Right now it is just you and your surroundings. There is no room for shame, worry or fear. Now ask yourself: Without the worries from the past and the fears about the future weighing on my mind, how am I feeling right now?

Practicing mindfulness on a regular basis can help you learn about what makes you tick as an individual. Branch out during these quiet times and start thinking about the things that you personally like about your life. Write these things down in list-form and post it in a prominent place so you can see it every day. Visual reminders such as these can help keep you focused on the positives.

Life is not easy. Especially with such extreme pressures of modern life. Incorporating mindfulness into our lives and into our eating habits gives us the ability to make real and meaningful changes to our lives by making us aware of what we’re doing and by showing us what changes we need to put into place. Because, face it: You can’t change something if you’re not aware of what needs to be done. So, try it! You have nothing to lose and only positive things to gain!
To read more about meditation for eating disorders go to
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