If you have ever struggled with your eating and your behaviour around food then let me tell you how “Never Binge Again” has changed my life.
I am a former secret binge eater.
I had this problem for as many years as I can remember. I lost between 45lbs and 70lbs three times in my life. I would reach my goal weight and then proceeded to put all the weight back on again. I always had a sweet tooth and when I was a teenager I used to raid my mum’s cupboards for things like cooking chocolate and dried fruit. I would then try and cover up the fact that it was me. I had a compulsion to eat even back then. Over the years it got worse but I kept it a secret. The last time I reached my goal weight was about 10 years ago, I had joined Weight Watchers with Marco my husband, I got to my happy weight and then went on to be a WW Coach. I loved my job but I felt like a fraud a lot of the time because I was that slim role model who binged in secret. From the outside I was the ultimate healthy eater but in reality I was a binger and nobody knew. I was eating packets and packets of chocolates, sweets , biscuits and sometimes anything I could get my hands on. I was also an expert at balancing my weight. I would compensate by restricting my food for a couple of days and then binge again. It was a vicious cycle.
I tried everything to stop bingeing; willpower, diets, hypnosis, although I wasn’t even honest with the hypnotist. I tried everything under the sun and I had periods of control but I’d eventually default back to my old behaviour. As I got older I started thinking about my health and what I was doing to my body, I had no energy I was lethargic and would often sit in my car for 10 minutes after I got to where I was going, just because I couldn’t be bothered to move.
I had a terrible sense of shame and guilt that really weighed me down.
I trained to become a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and this started the thought process within me that my thoughts and actions could actually be changed. I started to realise that my thoughts were mine to control and nobody else’s. There was light at the end of the tunnel.
I was always researching diets, nutrition and eating problems.
One day I googled binge eating and found the book “Never Binge Again” which was written by psychologist Dr Glenn Livingston. I downloaded it and my life started to change from that moment. I loved the concept in the book and I started putting it into practice. I contacted Glenn after seeing an ad for Never Binge Again coaches, he had become so busy that he needed coaches to help him with his clients. I got the best training from the man himself and working with the other Never Binge Again coaches really cemented in the system with me and I soon found that I was now a person who would NEVER Binge Again!
I now know that it wasn’t my fault, the food manufacturers want us to eat ourselves to death and the diet industry is a huge money making global industry. In general more money is spent on packaging than on the food itself, it’s all designed to make you eat, eat, eat.
Our brains store all our eating behaviours and habits in our neural pathways and if you are like I was, then that is why you continually ask yourself “why?” you eat the way that you do. You are literally on repeat. The great news is that this CAN be changed, neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change, and literally any way of thinking CAN be changed.
Traditional methods never worked for me, I ate very healthily but I also binged on top of that and nothing that I tried ever helped me to get my eating under control.
I hate it when people talk about the “weight loss wagon” – it does not have to be like that.
In finding “Never Binge Again” I found something that really worked, I understood the “why” of why I behaved the way I did around food, and I have never used the word “why” to beat myself up ever again.
I can now sit in a coffee shop without even wanting a cake, I can walk round supermarkets with being temped to buy a whole lot of junk food and I can sit in a restaurant enjoy a nice meal and watch my friends eating dessert without having any desire to order one myself.
Now that I’ve solved my own life-long problem I am absolutely loving helping others to do the same. I want to help as many people as I possibly can to find the same mental freedom from food that I have now. I get such a sense of accomplishment when I have been coaching someone who suddenly says “I get it!” I have clients like myself who for years have tried everything, and have decided that nothing will ever change for them. At the end of their first NBA session, they have started to see what life could be like without their inner voice being in control of all of their food choices.
It is very empowering to have a freedom from food that you’ve never been able to find before.