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How to Shut Down Your Binges

By Sandy Schroeder 

Just when you feel you have bingeing under control, somebody walks by with a big burger, taking all of your good intentions with them. The next thing you know, you may be munching on your own big burger.

Bingeing for most of us follows our emotions -- up, down, and full speed ahead. But knowing that and reeling in those emotions can be tough. came up with some ways that might help. They suggest making sure you are full instead of starving and easily tempted; drink more water, eat spicy foods such as peppers and onions, and consider seeing a counselor or use a support group to help gain control.

Prevention Suggests HALT

Overeaters Anonymous has a saying known as HALT. It reminds you to ask yourself if you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired before you eat. If it's simply hunger, eat something! If not, find out what is really bugging you.

Know What Triggers Your Binges

A lot of those automatic binges can be eliminated if you avoid routes past your favorite drive-thru, skip the office kitchens with their donuts and pizza, and simply do not go down the chips, cookies or pastry aisles at the store. You can also slow down emotional triggers by scanning your email for known problems and having a soothing cup of tea before you make your way through them.

Shopping Can Trump Binges

Keep your shelves and fridge stocked with your favorite healthy nuts, yogurt, fruits, veggies, juices, teas and waters. If you forget to shop, it is all too easy to swing by a takeout place and binge out instead.

Celebrate Occasions In New Ways

Bingeing is practically the main focus in many of our seasonal celebrations, and we all automatically join in. Plan ahead and celebrate in new ways. Instead of gathering around a huge cake, or plunging into a calorie-loaded dinner, celebrate with other outings that do not make food the main event. Ask everyone to bring their favorite healthy snack instead.

If these ideas are successful, keep looking for ways to make bingeing history. Your local chiropractor can be another good support resource.

Visiting Your Chiropractor

Chiropractors believe wellness and routine chiropractic care should be as basic to our lives as healthy diets and daily exercise.

They offer the purest form of chiropractic care, providing full spinal adjustments using the diversified technique to check for subluxations, which are restricted joints along the spine.

Subluxations are "misalignments" of one or more vertebrae in the spine and/or joints. When the restriction is corrected, it may have far reaching effects on back, neck and sciatica pain.

It may also help with allergies, TMJ, arthritis, headaches and migraines.

As a wellness clinic, the chiropractic focus is on daily stresses, and aches and pain without use of medications or surgery.

I have known many friends and relatives who have found this simple, direct chiropractic treatment to be the best way to maintain wellness. If this direct focus on chiropractic wellness sounds good to you too, make an appointment and find out more.

 To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in League City, Tex.

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