Kindness to myself

Since I decided to stop drinking alcohol, I have found my eating has gotten pretty disordered (for me). I’ve never been someone who eats a whole packet of biscuits or a tub of ice cream, but I have started eating chips, which I never do. Every night. It’s crazy. I do understand that the trigger for this was the cancellation of wine o’clock. Also I have increased how much exercise I am doing. So, I’ve been looking for advice on how to approach this situation, because, to be honest, I really don’t understand why it is happening or how to stop it.

I found this post on stopping binge eating very inspirational. Some of the advice though is tricky because, of course, I don’t want to start drinking again. So I can’t totally drop the restriction mentality. But I still think there are some ideas here worth trying.

The tips that I am going to try practising are:

2) Think ADDITION instead of RESTRICTION

I am going to start adding more interesting healthy food to my diet – such as avocado on toast, humous, popcorn.

Also I am going to start deliberately eating more in the afternoon.

6) Celebrate ALL victories and don’t dwell over minor set-backs

I am going to focus on my (small) achievements and plan (small) enjoyable activities during the day.

I am going to think about set-backs in terms of trying to learn from my mistakes, but then let it go.

15) Be kind to yourself

I learnt from Pema Chodron about the buddhist concept of maitri – loving kindness to oneself. Her teachings have lots of advice on how to practice maitri so I am returning to them.