BED (Binge Eating Disorder) is a very real problem that affects over 4 million Americans. You may feel out of control around food, obsessed and ravenous. A binge can go on for hours….leaving you depressed and drained. The cycle of binge eating can be stopped-but not by dieting.
A new treatment for BED has emerged…Intuitive Eating. In its most simple terms, intuitive eating is trusting your body’s natural hunger for food: learning to tune in and listen-eat what you want, eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. It seems simple, but this process can be daunting. Intuitive Eating is an approach we can use for all disordered eating types, whether you tend to overeat or restrict.
Counseling can help you recognize the reasons WHY you eat, and help you address them in a real way. Together, we can focus on whole health rather than weight loss….a goal that will mean more for you and your loved ones, as you embrace life differently.
I usually take a team approach to treating disordered eating, which might include seeing a registered dietician, talking with your primary care physician, and adding some other holistic therapies, like Accupuncture or Yoga. Together with your team, we can work towards 'health at every size". Learn more about 'Health At Every Size".
Some signs of Binge Eating Disorder include:
Along with utilizing mindful & intuitive eating, I practice size acceptance. Remember when we were kids and there were all kinds of muppets? Like, green muppets, pink muppets, hairy muppets, chef muppets, rat muppets, tiny muppets, and giant muppets. All the muppets were great!
Somehow as a grown up, we've come to the conclusion that some muppets are better than other muppets. I mean, I LOVE the muppets, how can you choose Kermit over Grover? WHY would you want to?
This is also how I feel about human bodies. Even when we are successful at recovery from Binge Eating Disorder, it may mean living in a larger body than muppet-judgers think is ok. But you know what? SCREW those muppet judgers. Your body is a gift, and the world is the part that's messed up.
This amazing video from ASDAH gives us more perspective: