How can you stop binge eating in one day?

Eating vs. binge eating….how can they feel so incredibly different? Both involve consuming food. Both are driven by hunger. But one is complicated by the messages of diet culture, our society’s glorification of under-eating, and a lost connection with the body’s natural hunger and fullness cues. Eating is defined by the action: “I am consuming…

Why do you want to stop binge eating?

Your answer may reveal crucial insight to your current relationship with diet culture and your readiness to embrace the intuitive eating lifestyle. So be honest — which of these two resonates most with you: 1.) I want to stop binge eating because it is preventing me from living a fully engaged life. 2.) I want to…

Imagine eating a stick of butter

Picture yourself unwrapping a whole stick of butter. Now take a biiiiig bite. Chew it around your mouth, focus on the flavor. How’s it taste? Want another bite? AHHH GROSS NO THANK YOU. Even if you are in a place in your life where you feel completely out of control around food, I bet you…

It’s a beautiful day to start a journey

It’s June. The sixth month. The halfway point. How’s the year going? Good? Okay? Off the rails? It’s the perfect time to check in with yourself about food and body issues — what’s working for you, what isn’t, what deserves more time, and what doesn’t deserve another second. Has a well-intentioned effort to “eat healthy”…

Binge eating is a symptom

Binge eating is not a choice, or a reflection of willpower. But it’s not the real problem, either; it’s merely a symptom. In order to stop binge eating, you must dig deeper and address the underlying root of the issue: hunger. I know it’s hard to believe that hunger could have anything to do with…

A big meal is not a binge

This holiday season, I keep hearing the word “binge” tossed around really casually, online and in conversation. Like: “How to recover after your Thanksgiving binge”-type stuff. This is a ludicrous misuse of the word. And pretty reckless, too: are we seriously teaching our kids that big family meals are binges? Imagine a typical holiday meal. You’re…

5 mantras to make it through the holidays

The holidays are a fraught time of year for anyone with food issues. Are you worrying about facing your fear foods? Wondering how to stay “on track”? Afraid that if you start eating you won’t be able to stop? It doesn’t have to be this way. There is a cure for binge eating, and it…

Just because it doesn’t happen to you doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen

Months ago, when the New York Times published a piece about the former Biggest Loser contestants, I noticed a reader comment that has stuck with me ever since. As a rule, I aggressively avoid comment sections of…pretty much anything. But there it was, highlighted in the sidebar, in all its judge-y, preach-y glory: “Sorry. But cravings are…

When you don’t know where to start, start with your words

Break free of the diet mentality with some simple ways to change your self-talk. At its heart, intuitive eating boils down to one thing: a change in perspective. So how do you make that happen? It all begins with your thoughts, which become your words, which become your actions, which become your habits. Here’s how you can get…

This. This. This.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines on preventing eating disorders in kids, and they don’t suck! These sorts of things usually involve a lot of food rules and calorie-counting recommendations that make me REAL mad, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of really great stuff in here! It’s also depressing as…