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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rituals

Is a binge connected to a ritual? Norma stated something to this effect in her comment earlier and I have been thinking about it.

The ritual that leads up to a binge.

Rituals are often evident in binge eating; such as a specific pattern of purchasing/gathering large quantities of food, which is usually consumed in secrecy during binge episodes. 

Good information here.

and here 

I know it helped when I was still teaching to just sit down, go through the mail, and have something to drink when I got home because I was so anxious about eating and would often binge at that time.

There is also the brownie situation in an earlier post. Why did we bake them in the first place? What makes us think we can stop at one this time? Evidently we NEEDED the binge for some reason.

The ritual that keeps us in the binge.

While in the binge we must make sure to eat all the things we will have to give up once the binge is over. Until we accomplish that the binge needs to continue. This includes sweet food, salty food, and fast food.

The ritual that leads us back to sanity.

We are spent. The binge has accomplished its purpose whether we know what that purpose was or not. We have punished ourselves sufficiently and now are ready to start another ritual - - -

This ritual is more constructive however.




13 comments:

  1. I was not done with this post and can't even start a new post because I get an "error on the page" message each time I try. I was going to continue with rituals in a sense that our rituals while on the right track can be just as troublesome in the event that our ritual is interrupted. An interruption would be some lapse in our perfection - if we can't be perfect we might as well throw it all out the window. I have always wondered why a binge has to "bottom out" before we pull ourselves out of it. That ritual cannot be interrupted. It is akin to me to the autistic person who is very upset if the schedule is interrupted. We are not autistic but I see a connection there. Remember that movie with that OCD man who had all these rituals to get through his day? Jack something - he was in "A Few Good Men" - great movie by the way. We are a milder form of that aren't we? I guess it is a form of feeling like we are in control and any deviation seems to be able to cause us real distress. I am interested in your thoughts. This is the only was I could figure to finish my thoughts. If you don't hear from me for a while, it's because of this issue with my blog.

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  2. Hmmmmmm. Hope you can figure out the blog thing.... And this topic is too deep for me at the present. (I think it's the pain meds that prohibit too complicated thoughts!) Right now, my main "ritual" is arranging myself and the pillows just so on my bed for a (hopeful) night of good sleep :)

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    1. First things first. Get well and off the pain meds and then you can think straight again. Take care.

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    2. Hang in there. This will end and you will be able to enjoy some nice weather.

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  3. Well, again, I've not ever been a binge person, but I do know that grains and sugars cause brain chemistry changes almost immediately that force us into cravings situations. Perhaps that plays into it, somehow?

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    1. Wouldn't surprise me. Sugar makes me crazy. When we used to have donuts at school for an early teacher's meeting and that was the first thing I ate that day I was starving the rest of the day and nothing satisfied me. I couldn't get enough so I'm with ya'. Take care.

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  4. How are you doing, Myra? Thinking about you today and hoping your meds have kicked in/evened out, etc.

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    1. I went to the doctor yesterday and he told me to cut my metropolol in half because my blood pressure and pulse were both too low. I asked him about my tiredness and getting winded so easily and he said that a heart with a-fib loses about 20% of its efficiency. I feel pretty good today. My pulse is still just 54 but it is somewhat higher than yesterday. My bp was good - 128/74. My coumadin level was where they want it for a-fib so things are much better. I still need a nap in the afternoon but now just one instead of two naps a day. I cancelled my gym membership until my heart gets back in rhythm. I pray it rights itself but if not in November when Medicare kicks in a cardiologist will have to shock it back into rhythm. How are you coming along? I pray you are stronger each day and will be able to enjoy spring and summer!

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    2. Wondering some more about you. Did you know that Gary had a-fib - 2 cardioversions. When he had his bypass surgery (a little over a week ago) the Dr. did a "partial MAZE procedure" - which I think is a kind of ablation while they had him opened up. I'm still on metropolol (2 a day). I sure wish I wasn't. I'm sure the tiredness is messing with your mind AND body.

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    3. My bp has been good most of the time lately. My pulse is still too fast (over 100). I am taking 1/2 a metropolol twice a day but anticipate that being increased with my pulse like it is. The tiredness is keeping me from exercising at all. I get so winded. Maybe if we can get my heart back in rhythm things will be better. I hope Gary recovers quickly and completely and that you do the same. Take care.

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  5. Are you there? Is your heart back in rhythm? You are frequently on my mind :)

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    1. I'm still around but have completely lost interest in blogging. I really haven't had the time as we are getting the yard ready for Centerville's BiCentennial Garden and Home Tour on July 12 and 13. I am out in the yard until dark each night. My bp has been really good but my pulse has been consistently around 100 lately - still working on it. I do feel better. Are you pretty much healed? I hope so and are able to enjoy the spring/summer weather. If you want to come to the garden/home tour, tickets are $10 and are purchased at The Mansion House at 214 E Main Street in Centerville on the day you plan to go on the tour. It starts at 9 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday. It ends at 5 both days. It's good to hear from you.

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