This weekend I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend away with my kids. We went to Centre Parcs in Sherwood and we just chilled (and swam) the weekend away. I also managed to grab a few hours in the spa which was just magical but it threw up a real eye opener for me.
I’m sure that many of you will relate to this, when I am at home I get very little time to read. I read my emails, a few blogs here and there, work related details and reports but no novels. I was, as a kid, the one with the torch under the duvet, I loved reading and I still do, but I just don’t have the time right now. As a result, I don’t have books by the bed, I avoid the temptation and plough on with the other important things I have to do.
So this weekend, in the Spa, I took a book. It was a book I’d had for ages but never had the time to sit and read it. Having 3 hours to my self in the spa was fantastic and I sat and read and really got into it. Whilst I was away I couldn’t put it down and had loads of time to read but at the end of the weekend I was only half way through. I am now back home, working, doing the usual rounds of homework, cooking, housework etc and absolutely desperate to read my book; at the most inappropriate of times and at the expense of everything else.
Its like I’m bingeing on reading – can’t think of anything else, the book is calling to me. This is similar to the way many women feel about chocolate or crisps or ice cream. If it’s there they have to have it. Not only do they have to have it but they overdose or ‘binge’ on it. Eating it until they feel sick or guilty. In my case I read when I should be cooking, doing the kids homework or dare I say working! But then once I have finished my book I won’t get another until I know I’m going to have time to read – say, Christmas.
That’s how many of my clients are with food too. They avoid crisps and chocolate, knowing that they can’t control themselves not to binge on them if they eat them. I work with my clients to help them understand that the deprivation fuels the binge cycle. Learning to eat all foods in moderation is the key and that removing the fear of certain foods will also remove the temptation to binge. By using this approach, along with hypnotherapy to reset the habits and the response to the bingeing trigger, foods no longer have the hold over you they once had.
In turn this allows you to have a healthier relationship with yourself, your food and your weight. Now, if only I could find a way to do that with a book…