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How To Recover from a Really Bad Binge

January 18, 2013
by Coach Cora

by Guest Blogger Isabel Foxen Duke

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I know some of you have been there. That day when you’re running around trying to organize your sister’s bridal shower — or some similarly stressful event — and all of the sudden you’re on line at Starbuck’s getting ANOTHER not-even-that-good pastry for no apparent reason.

Then it spirals out of control. Another pastry turns into “I have to go home and lie in a bucket of take-out because I blew my diet and I’m definitely gonna have to start like, three juice cleanses tomorrow.”

Eventually you end up face-down. You’re drooling, you’re in the fetal position, and all you can think to yourself is “SOMETHING IS SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH ME.”

Been there!

And I have to tell you, the key to getting through it is doing whatever it takes to forgive yourself, and put it in the past.

Half of recovering from three bags of Chinese take-out is just letting it go, without berating yourself for “screwing up” or fantasizing about how you’re going to “make up for it” tomorrow.

And when you’re really in a lot of pain, both physically and mentally, try to take super-duper gentle care of yourself. Remember, you just made yourself a little sick, so it might be time to drink some hot water with lemon, lie in bed, and watch a movie while it courses through you. It’s just like nursing a bad cold, but one that usually passes in a day or so.

Your body is a living, breathing organism that needs to be taken care of, especially when it’s not feeling good.


Say it out loud. And if you want to learn more about how to take care of yourself with food, download “How To Not Eat Chocolate Cake” for my self-loving (and kinda funny) food strategies.


Isabel Foxen Duke helps women make peace with their bodies, so they can stop obsessing about food and start living again (or for the first time). Your weight dramas are scared of her. For more articles, and download How To Not Eat Chocolate Cake. You can also follow me on Twitter @IsabelFoxenDuke and

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2013 1:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing Cora!!

  2. Hannah permalink
    January 18, 2013 7:33 pm

    Wow! Thanks, sister! I feel so uplifted and self-forgiving just from having read this! :D My favourite line is “.. doing *WHATEVER IT TAKES* to forgive yourself..” The whatever it takes part is key for me because it’s one thing to know about forgiveness and to think about it in a half-hearted way, but it’s another to truly go there, and wrap yourself up in the kind of love you are talking about. Awesome, thank you!

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