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Strange Binge-Avoidance Tactics

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

These are going to seem odd or possibly even non-applicable to you at all. But they seem to kinda work for me... sometimes.

1) Headstands:
I'm not advanced enough to do them without the support of a wall but here is a link with some instructions and benefits. For some reason this takes away my desire to binge. Possibly because it increases circulation to the head, in particular, and relieves depression to a degree. Here's some info I found about headstands...

~ Improves Digestion

When the body is upside down, the pituitary gland, which plays a role in healthy digestion, is stimulated. The pituitary gland is a pea-shaped endocrine gland in the brain responsible for metabolism, turning food into usable energy. It also regulates hormone production and the process of water reabsorption in the kidneys. Headstands are recommended for irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive ailments, as they reorient the colon and intestines, encouraging bowel movement.

~ Stimulates Brain Function

An upside-down orientation sends blood to the head, improving brain function. According to the editors at Yoga Journal, one of the benefits of a headstand is that it "calms the brain." It also stimulates the pineal gland, which is located deep in the brain and is responsible for regulating sleep-wake cycles and plays an important role in the body's maturation process.

~ Resolves Depression

According to a Yoga Journal article entitled "Supported Headstand," the posture "helps relieve stress and mild depression." Because headstands stimulate the pituitary gland -- which is responsible for releasing endorphins, the body's "happy" hormones -- they can be prescribed to alleviate the sadness and lethargy associated with depression. Headstands also reduce production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and increases blood flow to the brain, stimulating production of melatonin, dopamine and serotonin, all hormones that help regulate mood.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/arti

2) Thinspiration
I'm aware this word has a very negative connotation and is associated with eating disorders, however I'm not going to lie- reading about success stories and reading about people who have overcome obesity and binge-eating is incredibly inspiring to me and takes away my desire to eat.
Also, novels- I'll post the link to an article that explains how we naturally tend to adopt some of the characteristics of whomever we are reading about. For example, I read The Red Tent once and felt a kinship with Dinah. I didn't "become" her, but for a time I adopted some of the traits that I felt resonated with me.
Anyway, I try not to read too many weight or diet-related books because I become too obsessed. But I do try to choose books that make me not want to binge or eat too much. I know it sounds crazy but here's an article that kinda explains what I'm talking about...


3) Try on clothes- Even if they fit and I've already known for awhile that they fit. It just takes away my desire to binge when I get the high of slipping into a cute outfit!
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