Stop Binge Eating and Bulimia

The Secret You Need To Know To Stop Binge Eating and Bulimiawebmd_photo_composite_of_eating_disorders

You probably wont believe this statement but its true: the way to stop binge eating or bulimia is to change the way you think.

There are lots of unconscious emotional reasons why we organize our lives around food in excess amounts.  There are also lots of conscious thoughts we think that make the emotional reasons so big.

Learning to think with a certain cognitive style can eliminate the unconscious thoughts and emotional processes that actually keep eating disorders in place under the surface.  It’s something they could teach us in 7th grade next to English or Math. If they did, I think a lot less people would develop mental health problems. The good news as that learning to change the way you think just takes a little eduction and with practice, you really be a master at it.

Signs and Symptoms of  Binge Eating and Bulimia:

  • Shameful feelings
  • Embarrassment
  • Eating large amounts of food
  • Eating even when you’re full
  • Eating fast
  • Feeling helpless about your eating patterns
  • Thinking you can’t get your eating under control
  • Eating a lot even though you’re not hungry
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Frequent dieting, possibly without weight loss
  • Feeling more comfortable when eating alone
  • Hording food
  • Purging food

The Role of Restricting in Binging and Bulimia

If you are binging, you are prone to intermittently starving themselves.  After binging, going long bouts of time without eating to try and compensate for the binge is common. Its called “restricting”.

The pattern of a binge eater or bulimic is to try and compensate by exerting will-power over hunger thus restricting the amounts of food eaten for unrealistic amounts of time. Restricting also involves  choices of food – or lack thereof. Regular and healthy eating patterns can replace restricting, binging and purging behaviors.

Research shows that this compensatory restricting behavior leads to more binging and creates an exceedingly difficult cycle to break without professional help.

Binge eating may leave no outwardly noticeable physical signs or symptoms.  A person with a binge eating problem is often at an unhealthy weight or obese.

Binge eating is not a symptom of a lack of willpower.

Neither is it so much the result of childhood wounding. Binge eating is more the consequence of a person’s  current state of mind; the way they process information and organize their reality via thought constructs, beliefs and ideas. That is a good thing because that means binge eating is highly treatable! You CAN regain control and create a healthy relationship to food.  It’s important for me to emphasize the responsiveness of binge eating to psychotherapy because those who compulsively binge eat tend to feel hopeless.  Please don’t feel hopeless. I’d like to help.

The way to overcome binge eating is to overcome some very key perceptions and interpretations of reality. These vary from person to person but for most of us, there are a dozen or dysfunctional styles that are the main contributors to disordered eating. Black and white thinking is typically is number one.

Too often, we’re not very aware of our thoughts or our feelings and end up engaging in behaviors we regret after the fact. The essence of Turning Point Psychotherapy  is to help you control the cognitive processes that create unmanageable feelings which lead to behaviors that make you feel out of control – like binging.

Turning Point Psychotherapy’s binge eating and bulimia treatment programs work with  the interplay of both conscious and unconscious thoughts, feeling and behaviors. When you learn to control your thinking, you can better control your feelings, cravings and eating.

With the Turning Point Psychotherapy approach to overcoming eating disorders, you will learn the formula for the mechanisms that keep your  disordered eating in place.

Sessions are highly structured and regular homework is assigned.

By using well researched treatment protocols for binge eating that are documented some of  the most effective forms of evidence based care, Turning Point Psychotherapy helps:

  • Overcome the urge to binge
  • Establish stable, healthy eating habits
  • Transform difficult emotions associated with food
  • Get control of eating behavior
  • Reduce the risk of relapse

Clearly, overcoming binge eating or bulimia can difficult. But, if you give treatment a priority, you can change your life.

Binge eating and bulimia are like little mechanical watches with their own working gears. parts. Turning Point Psychotherapy teaches you how the machine works and how to take the gears apart so that watch stops ticking. Imagine being free from compulsive binge eating.  It CAN be done. I’d like to help.

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