At our Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Retreat, it was clear how common binge eating and bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery, WLS) are.
Taking an inside out approach to binge eating, and healing your relationship with food and your body, ultimately means nurturing your Self-Care voice.
When you're "not allowed" to eat foods you love, you may develop feelings of restriction and deprivation which lead to powerful cravings and overeating.
In this video, Dr. Michelle May addresses the question, “What if you binge because you live alone and lack a feeling of love and belonging?” As difficult as it may be to fathom, the first step to breaking this cycle is self-compassion.
Nonjudgment awareness of eating is essential because it provides an objective understanding of what happened and why, leaving the door open for learning.
Do you use food to stuff, express, or deal with difficult or uncomfortable emotions? Assertive communication is one key to resolving this overeating trigger.
Experiment with eating speed bumps that slow you down and interrupt mindless, automatic eating so you can think and respond mindfully.
People who struggle with food may ask "Is sugar is addictive?" Here are some of the problems with the view that sugar is addictive.
"Am I addicted to food?" This is a common fear among people stuck in the eat-repent-repeat cycle. Food addiction is controversial and counter-productive.
The challenge is that the people I can help the most often don't believe it is possible for them. Here are just a few of the reasons they have doubts that hold them back from freedom from food struggles.