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How to Stop Taking Irrational Eating Thoughts Seriously

A therapist talks about her experience with patients and her own irrational eating behaviors. This therapist found that patients are looking for some type of validation that they can begin to heal from. Also, she found that patients are looking for a conversation about how to communicate their feelings to themselves and others. When a person with a certain eating behavior is looking for help, they generally need someone to talk to in order to heal. There are many things that they feel and need to be discussed in order to arrive at a rational solution that will be effective throughout their lifetime.

Key Takeaways:

  • Looking back on my own binge-eating days, I wish I’d had a therapist who could have helped me pick and choose which random thoughts that ran through my head and which feelings that drove my actions were worth paying attention to
  • Serious thoughts are ones such as “I think I’ll go for a walk rather than sit in the house and mope,” “I’ll take my kids to the park rather than for ice cream just so I can have some,” and “I really want to make a difference in this world, so I’ll see if I can volunteer somewhere that could use my help.”
  • Next time you have a nonsensical eating thought, refuse to take it seriously. Stop and shake your head that such balderdash is trying to pass itself off as something worthwhile listening to. You know better. You really do.

“These are just a few of the gems I told myself for longer than I care to remember. I’m not putting myself down for listening to my irrational self-talk.”


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