HAPPY NEW YEAR! How do you look to 2016 with excitement, wonder and anticipation… well for starters do not make New Year’s resolutions.
My hope is that you had a wonderful person to kiss at the stroke of midnight on the 31st, and you experienced a moment of bliss. Because…. we can all relate to waking up on New Year’s Day, tired and hung over from food, hung over from alcohol, from shopping, from family, from TOO MUCH EXCESS!!!! You are completely saturated, not one more thing to do, to buy, not one more person to visit. You might think, now is your time to make a New Year’s resolution? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
If you haven’t already picked up on it, I am dead set against New Year’s Resolutions! A resolution is an attempt to create change in your life from the outside. A promise, a statement, a commitment without doing the work from within is doomed to fail.
This is where Rational Recovery, which we will explore in the attached interview, can help you. If you struggle with compulsive overeating, Jack Trimpey may have some answers for you. Jack believes we have an animal brain (or mid-brain) that is responsible for all our basic survival needs, which of course includes eating. For people who struggle with food addiction, the animal brain has gone into overdrive. Have you ever experienced a craving or urge to binge that was simply irresistible? And before you know it, you are driving to the closest fast food take-out, or heading to the fridge for ice cream? Eating beyond the point of comfort or pleasure until you hit a point where you come to your senses again? And that is when remorse and self-hatred comes flooding in.
Well then, you have experienced your animal brain taking over and demanding a binge. Once you have satisfied that urge to binge, your higher brain (your real self) gets back into the driver seat, and you honestly don’t understand why you have just eaten so much and feel like a complete failure. I can relate to this roller coaster ride, I have ridden it for years.
In the interview below, Jack will explain how to recognize when your animal brain has taken over, and starts speaking to you, which he calls the Addiction Voice. He defines the Addiction Voice as any idea, feeling or behavior that supports using. Whether you are using alcohol, drugs or food. By recognizing this addictive voice, it will fall silent. Putting distance between yourself (your higher brain) and that animal brain, not reacting emotionally to its demands, it will over time weaken and ultimately kill off the urges to binge.
As a disclaimer, I don’t agree with everything Jack has to said, and at the same time some of his principles have been tremendously helpful in my recovery. So have a listen here and decide for yourself: January 6, 2016: Rational Recovery.