Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    FEB_SHOWERS16   19,047
15,000-19,999 SparkPoints

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:

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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROCKMAN6797 11/18/2012 9:56AM

    I definitely am going to give this one a try!
Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GONE-BIKING 11/16/2012 3:54PM

    I am definitely incorporating headstands into my routine. Besides my binge eating, it sounds like it may help my depression and migraines - can't go wrong. Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RELIBELI 11/15/2012 11:32PM

    Neat! I like it. Why not, as long as you do it safely. I'll try it...maybe.

Great suggestions.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEEKERBOYY 11/15/2012 2:15PM

    Still have trouble standing, (back ache), but I will sure try numbers 2 and 3! Thank you, as always, for your inspiration!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JADOMB 11/15/2012 11:36AM

    Whatever works is great. Many things don't even have science to back their success, but they still work. So when a person finds something that works for them, GREAT, go for it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLAMENM 11/15/2012 12:33AM

    My yoga teacher started teaching us inversions a year ago for teh weitght loss and other internal organ stimulation. I don't even do a supported handstand, but I do an inverted art stand and shoulder stands. Even legs up the wall counts as a small inversion to get the body in a new perspective.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOANOFARCTIC 11/14/2012 11:24PM

    Man I wish I could do a headstand :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
HIPPIECHIC68 11/14/2012 9:33PM

    Cool...I think I'll try doing some headstands!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WILLOWBROOK5 11/14/2012 8:11PM

    Can't do 1 but 2 and 3 sound great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SADWHITEWOLF 11/14/2012 7:23PM

    I can't do the headstand but the others sound good. Distraction in general often work especially exercise. Nothing is fool proof but it feels good when you can motivate AWAY from a bad episode.


Report Inappropriate Comment
BOOKWORM27S 11/14/2012 5:35PM

    I totally agree.... especially the "trying on small clothes" part. That helps me out sometimes.... but not last night or today.
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARTY728 11/14/2012 5:12PM

    Great ideas! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TENGELS82 11/14/2012 5:00PM

    I've never done headstands, but two and three are great ideas!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SDLEE514 11/14/2012 4:40PM

    Interesting ideas! I especially like the idea of putting on your cute clothes :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
BANDITOBOY 11/14/2012 4:30PM

    I'm trying to figure out if I have been bingeing more after I have read blogs about others' binges. It's either that, or I'm counting binges with way fewer calories than they used to have. I'm currently up 5 pounds from my lowest weight, but am still below my maintenance weight for Weight Watchers. I'm having arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Tuesday, which will hinder my ability to exercise, and there are too many holiday meals in the next month or two. I really need to limit the sugary "bad" carbs. Maybe using my inversion table more often and trying on my "skinny" clothes will help. Good luck to you!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.