Excerpt: 'Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop'

Across the country, many effective forms of treatment exist to help sufferers overcome their disorder, including:
Counseling and Psychotherapy
Medication
Self-help programs
Nutrition counseling
Behavioral weight control programs

Specific treatment programs will be discussed later, but I wanted to introduce them early so that you know that effective options do exist – and many may be well within your reach. Whatever form of treatment you seek out for yourself – or for others – rest assured that right now, by following the guidelines in this book, you are taking the first critical step toward getting help.

I deal with people every day who are going through what you are going through and I know firsthand how much courage it takes first of all to admit there is a problem and, secondly, to address the problem with specific, safe, effective steps toward long-term recovery.

There is nothing fancy about my approach. In fact, it is down to earth, user friendly, and very practical. Strategies to "Curb the Crave" include surprisingly simple methods you will soon be able to implement in your daily routine:
Eat Breakfast, Hungry or Not
Don't Drink Your Meals
Beware of Stealth Sugars
Retrain Your Taste Buds
Computer-track Your Craves
Use Instant Messaging and Texting for Reinforcement
Lunch Laps, Mall Marches, and Other Exercises

My research and the latest studies done by colleagues in the field reveal how our genes can put some of us at greater risk for binge-eating and its almost universal byproduct, obesity. However, this research has also proven one reassuring fact: no one needs to be a prisoner of his or her genes any longer; everyone can learn to make better eating decisions and control his or her diet on a lifelong basis. But the solution has to be personalized. Some generic, "cookie cutter" approach won't work. You have to identify the "crave-ology" profile that jibes most with your experience and select the tools that work best for you. Some typical binge-eating profiles include the:
Moody Blues Binger
Mea Culpa Binger
Midnight Binger
Nail-Biting Binger
Running on Empty Binger
Bedroom Binger
Drive-Through Binger
Party Hearty Binger
Buffet Binger

Maybe some of these will sound familiar right off the bat, while others require further explanation. You may identify yourself as one type or a combination or you may feel like "all of the above." However you decide to classify yourself, I urge you to use this book as your toolbox; these are the tools you can use to help yourself recover — or help a friend, family member or loved one recover — from binge eating disorder. A special section of the book in Chapter 9 lists resources for you to turn to for information and referrals. They can help; I can help; most of all you can help yourself triumph over binge eating disorder!

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