Is this a good place to start a brain over binge thread? I haven’t read the book (although I think it’s on my kindle) but just started listening to the podcast from episode one. I love it! The main premise really resonates with me - that binging is caused by the urge to binge. I had thought I needed to fix everything that’s wrong with me in order to stop binging. And I should say I have pretty much stopped. But since I don’t feel “fixed” I figured it was a matter of time before binging became a problem again. Aside from the content, the author is a great podcaster - very easy to listen to and just really makes a good case.
When I started backing away from obsessive thoughts about diet and exercise, "Who am I without it?" was too big to ponder. I had nothing. If you've neglected other interests for years, it's not obvious. You can't tick off a list of other things you're excited about or invested in. A place to start is, "What am I curious about?" So, things you might like to learn more about or pursue. If that is still crickets, "What was I excited about as a child?" Reading a book about a new interest, taking a class, or volunteering can help to expand your horizons and give you something else to focus on and feel good about. Then you start to get a greater sense of who you are and what is important to you. Eating as little as possible was a lame hobby, it turns out. Plenty of other pursuits are more fun and make us feel excited and connected instead of isolated and anxious.