In this episode, Dr. Glenn Livingston, author of Never Binge Again, tells us how you can help yourself, or others, stop binge eating, and other addictions. You can make money while helping others! There’s nothing wrong with that.
Glenn Livingston, Ph.D. is a veteran psychologist and was the long time CEO of a multi-million dollar consulting firm which has serviced several Fortune 500 clients in the food industry. You may have seen his (or his company’s) previous work, theories, and research in major periodicals like The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun Times, The Indiana Star Ledger, The NY Daily News, American Demographics, or any of the other major media outlets you see on this page. You may also have heard him on ABC, WGN, and/or CBS radio, or UPN TV.
In This Episode You’ll Learn
- The Myths Surrounding Addiction
- How to quit binge eating (and break other addictions)
- How to be a coach to help people break addictions
Links and Resources for This Episode
- Book – Never Binge Again
1. “It’s not what you’re eating, it’s what’s eating you.” Fill the empty hole in your heart and you’ll stop overeating. Nurture your inner wounded child back to health.
- The problem is, the part of the brain which responds to food addiction – the reptilian brain – doesn’t know love. It’s much more primitive than that.
- “Love” lives in a different part of the brain, the same part you more accurately think of as “YOU”. So does spirituality, music, art, friendship, work, long term goals, etc.
- And the food industry has spent SO much money engineering food-like-substances that hit our bliss point without giving us the nutrition to feel satisfied
2. “Aim for Progress Not Perfection.”
- This is NOT how winners play the game
- Winners aim for perfection – take mistakes seriously and analyze them – but then forgive yourself for these mistakes and move on.
- Commit with perfection, forgive with dignity
3. “Use Guidelines, Not Rules. Eat well 90% of the time.”
- This wears down your willpower.
- Rules preserve willpower and build character.
4. “Avoid exposure to addictive stimuli and stay away from fast food restaurants, avoid birthday parties, etc.”
- Cultivate confidence, not fear.
5. “You should never feel guilt or shame for mistakes. “
- You need to feel just a little bit to get your attention – but then let it go after you’ve learned from the mistake and made corrections.
6. “Addiction is a disease and people are powerless to resist on their own”
- No evidence of this. Below is summary of why addiction is NOT a disease:
- The study on the neurobiology of addiction3 referred to in the CMAJ editorial1 looked at the brains of people with addiction after they had damaged them by their behavior — brains were not examined in their premorbid state. This is analogous to saying that the sequel of a traumatic brain injury were themselves the cause of said brain injury.
- Addiction is self-acquired and is not transmissible, contagious, autoimmune, hereditary, degenerative or traumatic.
- Treatment consists of little more than stopping a given behavior.
- True diseases worsen if left untreated. A patient with cancer is not cured if locked in a cell, whereas an alcoholic is automatically cured. No access to alcohol means no alcoholism, whereas a person with schizophrenia will not remit if secluded.
- Sepsis will spread and Parkinson disease will worsen if left untreated.
- Criminal courts do not hand down verdicts of “not guilty by virtue of mental illness” to drunk drivers who kill pedestrians.
You Might Also Like
- Ep 103 Never Binge Again w/ Glenn Livingston
- Ep 109 Willpower vs. Character
- Ep 133 What is a Health Coach
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