Binge Eating – Neuroscience or simple psychology?
by Zac Palmer – Fitness Gear + Training (FGT), Bellingham, WA
As science continually dives deeper into the complexities of the human body one universal truth holds constant, the more that we learn – the less that we know. The body is compromised of numerous labyrinths of independent yet intertwined systems that function constantly, symbiotically and harmoniously. Or at least they should…
The greatest and possibly most misunderstood variable within the human machine is the “mind.” Through our thoughts we have an uncanny, unique and powerful ability to influence our physiological state. Through meditation stress melts away into states of relaxation, presence and bliss. With vigorous exercise our bodies respond with a power complex of hormonal triggers to deliver the best “feel good” chemicals, far more powerful than any pharmaceutical drug – and without the unnecessary side effects.
During my tenure in the wellness industry I’ve had the opportunity to work with countless individuals in pursuit of the evasive yet attainable, health & happiness. Ask 1,000 individuals to describe what those two terms, health & happiness, mean to that person and you will receive 1,000 different answers (or that dumbfounded look we’re all familiar with). We each have our own definitions for what health provides or means to us, and certainly happiness. I’ve witnessed the trials and tribulations, the successes and failures, the tears of disgust and the beaming smiles of accomplishment and attainment.
But, a very wise man once said,
“Success without fulfillment is failure.” – Tony Robbins.
Most people lack a clear vision for the specific result(s) they are after. They lack emotion. They lack feeling. And equally as important, they lack a purpose, “why” they want that vision for themselves, why it is important to them, and how it will benefit them. This is one many reasons that so many try and fail, succeed and relapse. Regardless of your religious beliefs the Bible left us with many valuable insights into a life of fulfillment, “where there is no vision, the people will perish.” To obtain the life you desire our creator has provided us with most powerful tool of all, the power of choice.
What does all of this have to do with binge eating, neuroscience and psychology? Well, while science continually seeks to understand, we continue to live our lives. Yes, we can stimulate various regions of the brain and manufacture the desire to eat, and maybe one day we’ll be able to stimulate another region to mitigate that desire. But, what are you going to do right now? Continue to feed the body with empty and commonly addictive, nutrient deficient manufactured foods, or make better choices? It’s not rocket science, it’s the power of choice.
We all have an identity for ourselves, and where our focus remains, we go. If you continually tell yourself “I’m fat” or “I’ll never get rid of these love handles,” your brain doesn’t want to make you a liar so it will consistently steer you in the direction of poor or misguided choices in effort to maintain its sense of self. Maybe it’s time for a new sense of self, a new identity.
Determine the direction that you want to go – write down and articulate a specific vision for the body (and life) that you desire utilizing as many of the 5 senses as possible. Evoke your emotional “hot buttons” through a clear sense of purpose, then utilize the plethora of resources at your disposal to create a happier, healthier, sustainable quality of life that you and your body deserve. Create the best version of you! No one can make the choice for you, but there are certainly those of us that thrive on the fuel of helping others to manifest the body of their dreams.
Do you want to change your life? Start with changing the way you think. Focus on what you want, not what you fear. Find your purpose. – then make the choice to work towards it.
Zac Palmer – Director of Business Operations
Fitness Gear + Training
1605 N State St
Bellingham, WA 98225