The following is a list of common questions I received from women/men who read my first book, Brain over Binge. All of these questions and more are now thoroughly covered in my second book, The Brain over Binge Recovery Guide.
I have grouped the questions into 3 categories: 1.) Dismissing Binge Urges 2.) Eating/Weight, and 3.) More Help
DISMISSING BINGE URGES
- I want to quit binge eating, but I’m finding it difficult to dismiss binge urges.
You can see my blog posts Tips for Beginners, and Tips for Beginners…Continued (Inspirational Testimony), which both give additional advice to people who are finding it difficult to stop acting on their urges to binge.
- I didn’t binge for a few days/week/month after reading the book, but then I started again.
You can listen to this podcast episode about getting back on track after binge: Episode 17: What if You Binge During Recovery?
- I fear giving up binge eating:
- I feel like “I” want to binge. I do not feel separate from my lower brain.
See my blog post Do You Truly Want to Quit? for advice on this issue.
- I’m having trouble determining what is a binge and what is not.
- I feel like my case is different (I have a coexisting problem(s) that prevents me from quitting)
- How much should I eat?
Here is a blog post that addresses food quantity: How Much Should I Eat?
- What if I need to lose weight?
You can find help for weight-related questions here: Weight After Recovery
- I want to give up dieting; can I still focus on eating healthy?
- I want to or need to give up certain foods for health reasons
- I’m not sure when I’m hungry or full.
- I have stopped binge eating, but I’m still overeating / eating more than I think I should.
- I stopped binge eating, but I still have cravings.
Please see my blog post titled Non-Hungry Cravings.
- Should I avoid alcohol while I try to quit binge eating?
I hope this blog post will help you decide: Should I Drink Alcohol While Trying to Quit Binge Eating?
- Do you offer one-on-one services?
I am not currently offering private coaching. I offer an 8-Week Group Course where I do coaching on group calls. I also coach on group calls in After Course Support, which you can join after taking the Independent Study Course or the 8-Week Group Course.
- Should I seek medical attention for my bulimia or BED?
My books, blog, podcast, courses, and any of the material on the website is not intended to replace the services of trained health professionals or be a substitute for medical advice. You are advised to consult with your healthcare professional with regard to matters relating to your health, and in particular, regarding matters that may require diagnosis or medical attention.
Binge eating and purging can have serious health consequences, especially in those who frequently self-induce vomiting. Please do not take a risk with your health. If you are experiencing concerning symptoms, please seek medical help right away. Although I disagree with many aspects of mainstream therapeutic approaches (which treat the eating disorder as an emotional or psychological problem), I believe that medical monitoring and nutritional support are vital for some people.
- Are there any other books you recommend?
Rational Recovery by Jack Trimpey (A 1996 book on substance addiction, which helped me take responsibility for my own recovery from bulimia)
The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal (A practical book on using self-control to end habits that don’t serve you well. It explains the science behind willpower, and helps you put your brain to work for you).
Ditching Diets by Gillian Riley (This is a helpful, easy-to-read book for anyone who wants to learn how to eat well – without dieting, obsessing over food, or overeating.) Gillian also has a website, eatingless.com.
The Mind and the Brain by Jeffrey Schwartz (This book explains the science behind neuroplasticity. It helped explain why my binge eating habit faded after I stopped acting on the urges.)
You are Not Your Brain by Jeffrey Schwartz (A self-help guide to using neuroplasticity to overcome bad habits and challenges)
The Little Book of Big Change by Amy Johnson (Although not specifically about eating disorders, this book–as well as Amy’s previous book, Being Human–can help you overcome habits and harmful thoughts.)
The Bulimia Help Method, by Richard and Ali Kerr, founders of bulmiahelp.org. The method is a five-step process that teaches those seeking recovery how to stop bingeing, relearn normal eating, and achieve lifelong recovery.