By: Kristin Gerstley
When you feel at your lowest point, food becomes your best friend. Food makes you feel better from the hurtful comment that you heard a stranger say about your weight. Food comforts you when no one else can. Food numbs any pain that you don't want to feel.
But, food is actually the enemy in your life. In this case, food is the enemy because it is what you binge on. Food is what creates sadness within you. Food is what makes you unhealthy. Ultimately, food is what keeps lowering your self-esteem.
You want to have a high self-esteem. You want to be one of those people that smiles throughout the day from a true happiness found within. But you aren't right now. You are under the bounds of food and it isn't until you start improving your self-esteem that you will get out of this cycle.
This endless cycle that has become your life needs to come to a screeching halt right away. How do you expect for your self-esteem to rise when you aren't doing anything to help it? All you are doing is feeding your mouth and that isn't going to make you feel better about yourself. It is just going to continue refueling the cycle that you live in every day.
You want to stop binging, but your self-esteem is shot so you eat more. Many people are stuck in this trap. Here are some things that you can put into practice daily to help improve your self-esteem so that you can start living.
Read a personal development book. There are many good ones out there. Go to your favorite bookstore and immerse yourself in the self-help section. Spend hours there reading whatever books catch your eye. If the books continue to appeal to you and your situation, buy the book and start reading a little every day.
Another thing that you can do is to not think any bad thoughts about yourself. This, of course, is not as easy said than done, but you have to start from somewhere. If you find yourself thinking about how fat you are, or how miserable your life is, find something that you like, or better love, about yourself and think about that. Turn your negative thoughts into positive ones. When you start seeing the good in you, the bad will start to fade away.
If you are a person that likes reading celebrity gossip magazines, but find that you don't feel good about yourself after you finish, stop reading for a short time. If you begin to wish that you were skinnier or looked like so-and-so, you are damaging your self-esteem. Take out whatever pictures make you feel inferior and rip them to shreds!
You do not have to look like you walked out of Hollywood. In fact, why would you want to? You are unique in your own way. When you learn to be happy in your own skin, you will learn how to accept yourself, even though you are not at the ideal weight that you wish to be. Accept your flaws and focus on the good things about yourself.
Finally, make a list of all of your accomplishments, big or small. When you remember the times where you accomplished what you thought was impossible, you will develop a new outlook on yourself. You will see yourself in a new way and start to think of yourself as a braver person. When you think of all that you have accomplished, your self-esteem will strengthen because you aren't dwelling on the negative that brings it down.
It is only when your self-esteem improves that you will start to see yourself in a new light. This light will shed you from the dark world of binge eating.
By: Kristin Gerstley
About the Author
Kristin Gerstley is the owner of http://www.endbingeeating.com which is a site that helps people overcome their Binge Eating Disorder. She also publishes a free newsletter offering tips on how to stop binge eating and regain control of your life.