Overeating: Stop Your Binge Eating (cont.)
I suggested she try buying a box of Sees chocolates and putting it in her refrigerator or freezer. Then, every time she truly wanted a chocolate, she could sit quietly and really savor one piece. Two weeks later, she happily told me she still had a partially full box of chocolates in her refrigerator. She had enjoyed a handful of pieces and was looking forward to having a few more in the weeks to come. Just knowing she could have one when she truly wanted one gave her comfort and helped prevent her from overeating.
This technique may not work well for everyone, but it seems to be the ticket for others, myself included. I am not a compulsive eater and I credit this to my "no-deprivation" philosophy. If there's something I really want, and the craving doesn't go away easily, I let myself have it. I do, however, make light and healthful choices within those cravings when possible (often because of my irritable bowel syndrome). For example, maybe once a year I strongly desire a donut. So I go to a local donut store that sells delicious whole-wheat donuts and, bite by bite, I enjoy eating one.
The Ice Cream Shop Technique
Ice cream: If you have it, they will come -- and eat it until it's gone! Does this describe your house?
Some experts suggest that if there is a certain food you can't stop eating -- even when you start by carefully portioning out a reasonable serving -- don't keep it in the house. Every now and then, when you really want some ice cream, order a scoop at an ice cream shop. This way you won't be tempted to go back for more.
There is always a half-gallon of great-tasting light ice cream in my freezer, by the way. Whoever chooses to enjoy ice cream that day serves themselves some in our very small ice cream dishes. This seems to work for my family.
3 Tactics to Prevent Overeating
So what do the experts say? As I see it, most subscribe to one of three camps:
Here are comments from some of those who believe in the "out of sight, out of mind" philosophy: