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Never Binge Again(tm): Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person. Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice! Paperback – August 25, 2015
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About the Author
Glenn Livingston, Ph.D. is a veteran psychologist and 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 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, and more. You may also have heard him on ABC, WGN, and/or CBS radio, or UPN TV.
Disillusioned by what traditional psychology had to offer the overweight and/or food obsessed male, Dr. Livingston spent several decades researching the nature of binging and overeating via work with his own patients AND a self-funded research program with more than 40,000 participants.
Most importantly, however, is Dr. Livingston's own personal journey out of obesity and "food prison" to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food.
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After my binge last week, I recognized that things had gotten exponentially out of control over the past 6 months. My health was deteriorating, but I still couldn’t stick with any plan no matter what I tried. No matter what leverage I attempted to apply to my efforts to give me more will power and strength just served to offer up more ammunition to thoroughly pummel myself once I failed. That night though, uncharacteristically, I treated myself with pity, even a bit of love. I said “I need to keep working. I need to keep searching for answers. Now.”
That moment I went on Amazon, still in my post-binge haze, and ordered two books. The first I read in a day and left me with no lasting impressions - More hugging my inner child with little to no applicable wisdom to help. I then began reading “Never Binge Again”. Within 3 pages I knew something was different.
This book "is" different. It "is" unorthodox…And it is exactly, and I mean exactly what I needed. For the last 35 years I have been torturing the wrong person. I have been slaughtering myself when what I needed to do was slaughter the pig that lives within me. The author divides the binge eater’s mind into two parts, the thin, healthy self and also the fat, unhealthy self: The Pig. The differentiation is magic… the clear line of demarcation…pure magic. My entire perception has changed with regards to food. You need to read this book, cover to cover, and absorb what is there and do what the author says.
Make your food plan - and make it airtight. Anyone who is a professional dieter like me should be able to do this almost instantaneously. I put it on a big piece of paper and sectioned it off. As I made it, I realized something… I was hopeful. Excited. Now that’s a change.
I know what you’re saying. Sure it’s early, it’s only been about ten days for me, but I’m used to dieting and being obsessed with what I am going to eat from meal to meal…absolutely obsessed! The energy that takes is staggering…then I would just implode. That is different now. I don’t feel that at all. Sure I think about it, but not the same way. That is why I am writing this and will follow up with some updates for this review in a few weeks.
Tip #1 - The first few days I felt “uncomfortable” as the author speaks about. It was good to be prepared for that. It passed but there is a plan to fight any cravings you might have as you go along.
Tip #2 - The author pays homage to Jack Trimpey who created the original concept that “Never Binge Again” is semi based on. It is named “Rational Recovery” and is an alternative to AA. In those first couple of days, when I was feeling uncomfortable, I visited the RR website to learn more. Great idea. I went through the “Crash Course” on what they term AVRT and it seemed to really clarify some concepts for me.
They are two very different animals in complexity but share the same core principle.
Tip #3 - If, after reading this book, you feel that this strategy will possibly work for you I suggest re-reading a lot of sections over the first week or so just to keep it fresh in your mind. That combined with going to the RR website and to the author’s website have been very helpful. I listened to a few of the author’s mp3’s to clarify my understanding of the concepts.
If you have tried everything then I highly recommend this book. It is everything that the rest are not.
I could not disagree more with the 1 star reviews I’ve read. I say this seriously, if they are binge eaters or food addicts, it is their loss. I don’t know if this will work for everyone or not, but it is working for me.
A sincere thank you to Dr. Livingston for putting this book out there. I am so happy to write this review.
P.S. Have any questions about my review or my progress? Feel free to post a comment and I will get back to you.
Get this book if you relate to me - you can follow an eating plan for a few days and then in a moment of compulsion you eat something you're not supposed to. Oh my gosh, that felt so good, let's have a bit more, then let's have the whole bag as I can exercise tonight and start again tomorrow. Woo whole bag has just gone and now I feel guilty; I've broken my plan for today, what a waste of effort, I'm going to stall and worse regain. Oh well I've stuffed it up might as well go whole hog before I start again tomorrow.
This is followed by what is almost a frantic crazy search for food around the house. I then race to the supermarket and load my basket with everything I had seen or yearned for. Careful anyone in my way or I will steamroll you. Biscuits, cheese, chocolate,nuts, candies (2 packets of each - one pack to eat in car and the other to eat at peace in quiet at home). I'm oblivious to anyone around me and I'm in a rush to buy and get the heck out to eat. I don't even make it back to my car before I've opened a bag and started eating. I eat all the way home, shoving in my pie-hole, stopping at every red light, shoving shoving. I arrive back home and eat blissfully the rest of the food - but I feel sick - and throw the rest in trash so I won't eat anymore. I then usually then nap or crash in a food coma only to wake up and start regretting I threw that food out and commencing retrieving it from the trash like an animal.
Then it's on again....this time I want starches so I go to chip shop and order chips and potato cakes. Whilst they cook I race back to supermarket and buy more junk, maybe some of the same that I ate before. Back home, eating greasy chips and potato cakes whilst driving, burning my hand in process. Eat, feel disgusting, rest, get up and keeping doing this. My gut is literally bloated and in pain. I fear I may die from my gut exploding, and yet that itch in my head is still wondering what else I can fit it. I know what I have done and the consequences but at this time I just don't care - nothing can stop this trainwreck. The guilt and hate I feel afterwards is just awful and at times I just wanted to end it all to stop this pain. As stupid as this scenario sounds; it gets repeated over and over and I feel powerless.
Thank you Dr L - I hope you read this and realise how much I appreciate you showing me the method of obtaining hope and peace and freedom from the Pig.