Archives for Binge Eating - Page 2

Binge Eating

Coping With Distress By Using Your Senses

If we have a tough time dealing with distress, we might turn toward (or away) from food or crank up our body-bashing. Of course, this not only prevents us from solving the problem, but it leads us to feel worse.

That's why it's so important to take a compassionate approach and find ways to soothe ourselves.

In his book, The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Ending Overeating, author and clinical psychologist, Ken Goss, DClinPsy,...
Continue Reading

Binge Eating

Connecting To Your Self-Compassion


When you're eating away your emotions and you start feeling the heaviness of shame, the last thing you probably want to do is connect to your self-compassion. The last thing you probably want to do is be kinder to yourself or comfort yourself.

When I'd stuff my feelings with food, I felt confused, out of control, embarrassed and alone. And it's funny that it's in those very moments that I needed to crank up the...
Continue Reading

Binge Eating

End Emotional Eating: Identifying Your Feelings

As clinical psychologist Jennifer L. Taitz, , writes in her book, End Emotional Eating, enjoying food during a difficult time is perfectly OK.

However, when we start to regularly depend on food to manage our feelings it becomes a problem. Distracting yourself with food basically tells you that "You can't cope," she writes. And this can kick-start and maintain your cycle of emotional eating.

Food doesn't help you honor your feelings or figure...
Continue Reading

Slowing Down, Not Rushing To Food When Strong Emotions Strike

Last week we talked about using certain healthy coping strategies when strong emotions strike. One reader posted a very important comment. She wrote:

These tips are interesting, but how do I slow down enough to do any of these or even breathe? The strong feeling comes… bam, I go to food. I don’t know how to slow down.

I bet many of us have had similar struggles. That's why I wanted to turn her valuable comment into its own blog post. So I consulted two...
Continue Reading

Binge Eating

Binge Eating In Men: Q&A With Richard Bedrosian

{via}

Eating disorders don't discriminate. They affect people of all ages, appearances, races and religions. Still, when the conversation turns to eating disorders (or disordered eating), we often forget that men struggle, too.

That's why I was especially interested in speaking with Richard Bedrosian, , co-author of this recent study on binge eating in men, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Bedrosian is the Director of Behavioral...
Continue Reading

Binge Eating

What To Do When Emotions Become Overwhelming

While it's important to release your emotions, sometimes, you just need to take a break. Sometimes, your emotions become so overwhelming that it's best to have a few soothing strategies up your sleeve.

In her excellent book, Writing for Emotional Balance: A Guided Journal to Help You Manage Overwhelming Emotions, clinical psychologist Beth Jacobs, PhD, shares a few ways that we can "refocus."

According to Jacobs, refocusing means returning to...
Continue Reading

Binge Eating

Experts On Body Image, Binge Eating & Building A Healthy Relationship With Food

{via etsy}
One of the best parts about writing Weightless is getting to talk to so many different people that are doing amazing work. I love sharing interviews with you, because I love sharing valuable insight and recovery tools.

There's plenty of inaccurate and damaging information out there, particularly about body image and disordered eating. So I especially like to include interviews that shatter common myths and genuinely offer...
Continue Reading