An alternative approach to binge eating recovery
What works to end binge eating

What Makes Recovery “Work”?

I know a life free of binge eating is completely possible for you, but if you are like many binge eaters who I’ve spoken to over the years, you may have a hard time believing that right now.  You may have searched for years for a cure, for something to “work,” for it all to just […]

Never destined to binge

You are Never Destined to Binge

Do you ever have thoughts that say, “you know you’re going to binge eventually, so you might as well just do it now”? If you do, you are not alone.  I had a client refer to these type of thoughts collectively as the binge inevitability mindset, and I think it’s an accurate way to describe […]

motivation for dieting

What is Your Motivation for Dieting?

The first urges to binge commonly appear after a period of restrictive dieting.  The binge urges are a primal survival response—when you restrict food, the primitive part of your brain starts to encourage you to eat as much as possible. (You can learn more about this in Episode 2: The Cause of Binge Eating: Urges […]

Challenge cultural body messages

Challenge Cultural Body Messages (with Ayurveda)

I often speak out against restrictive dieting, because not only does it promote binge eating, it is a harmful practice that is not effective in helping you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Giving up restrictive dieting does not mean giving up health or fitness, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. When you stop restrictive dieting (and binge eating), you can focus on […]

Binge to cope

If You Decide You Binge to Cope

If you are familiar with my blog or books, you know I hold the opinion that binge eating is not a coping mechanism for underlying emotions or life’s problems.  Instead, I believe binge eating is about coping with the urges to binge. In the Brain over Binge approach, the urges to binge are the one […]

Motivation to Stop Binge Eating

Freedom: Reframing Your Motivation to Stop Binge Eating

To stop binge eating, you have to want to…not in every moment, but on the whole, you have to have reasons why you no longer want the destructive habit in your life. If you feel very little or no desire for recovery, then your higher brain is likely to continue following the binge urges from the lower […]

Thoughts of purging encourage binge eating

Don’t Let Thoughts of Purging Encourage You to Binge

It is my belief that the urges to binge are the only direct cause of binge eating.  An urge to binge is: any thought, feeling, or physical sensation that encourages a binge. For those with bulimia, the thought of, “I can just purge afterward” often strongly encourages binge eating.  To avoid a binge, it is necessary […]

PMS Binge Eating Recovery

Dealing with PMS as a Recovering Binge Eater

Has this happened to you?… You feel like your eating is going pretty well, and you are feeling relatively good in your life, and then suddenly, you start to feel down, and everything seems a little darker and more difficult? At the same time, do you experience an increase in appetite and food cravings? Whether you have recently stopped binge […]

Weight gain from binge eating recovery

Weight Gain from Binge Eating Recovery?

If you have bulimia or binge eating disorder, you’ve most likely experienced weight gain from binge eating. You may wonder what will happen as you recover…will you lose the weight you’ve gained?  Will you gain more weight as you begin eating normally?  What will your weight be as a binge-free and diet-free person? It’s important […]

Orthorexia and binge eating Elisa Oras

Orthorexia and Binge Eating: Guest Post from Elisa Oras

If you struggle with binge eating, you may also have obsessive thoughts about eating healthy.  Extreme or excessive preoccupation with healthy eating that results in unhealthy consequences is called orthorexia. Like other forms of restrictive dieting, orthorexia can lead to binge eating, and orthorexic tendencies can fuel the binge and purge cycle. Trying to eat […]

Wanting to binge in recovery

Is “Wanting to Binge” Holding You Back in Recovery?

(I originally wrote this as a guest post for bulimiahelp.org) Today, I’m going to address an issue that may be causing you some confusion and stagnation in your recovery. The issue is a common inner conflict, which can be described like this: Wanting to binge,while also knowing that you want to recover. Any eating disorder recovery program […]

Lydia Wente Binge Eating Recovery

How to Get Unstuck with Recovery: The Meta Chatter (Guest Post from Lydia Wente)

Hi! My name is Lydia Wente. I was a Lifestyle coach that had coached hundreds of people to better health, but also had a terrible secret: I would regularly feel like I had lost total control, my body hijacked, leading me to eat massive amounts of food, and only stopping once the pain became too […]

Richard Kerr Kathryn Hansen webinar

Learning How to Eat in Recovery

A central theme of my new book is that only 2 goals are necessary for recovery: 1.) Learning to dismiss urges to binge  and  2.) Learning to eat adequately I share principles, recommendations, written exercises, and resources to help you accomplish those two goals in a way that works for you. One of the resources I recommend–primarily in the area of learning […]

primal brain binge eating

The Primal Brain’s Role in Normal Eating (and Binge Eating)

I received a good question today from someone struggling with binge eating regarding which part of the brain—the higher brain (rational) or the lower brain (primal, habitual, and instinctual) is involved in normal eating. This is topic I address thoroughly in my new book, the Brain over Binge Recovery Guide, but I want to answer […]

Improve Self-Control and Stop Binge Eating Under Stress

Improve Self-Control and Stop Binge Eating Under Stress

I received a request for a blog post about how to improve self-control and dismiss binge urges when you are under stress. Stress can deplete the self-control functions in your higher brain, especially if you have stressful responsibilities that seem to require heroic self-control—like caring for an aging parent, nursing a sick spouse, being with […]

Eating on Plate – A Simple Awareness Tool

I wrote this on my Instagram account (@brain_over_binge) a few days ago, and I thought I’d share it here as well, and add a little to the discussion. I wrote about the benefits of taking a moment to put the food you are going to eat on a plate, especially highly palatable processed foods, sweets, […]

How to overcome binge urges Richard Kerr

Simple Technique to Resist Urges and Overcome Binge Eating

In my last post, Am I Ready for Recovery From Binge Eating?, I talked about staying focused on the two recovery goals of the brain over binge approach: dismissing binge urges and learning to eat adequately. You can use what best helps you reach those goals. There are many ideas out there about how to […]

Am I ready for recovery from binge eating?

Am I Ready for Recovery from Binge Eating?

During my years of binge eating, and what seemed like thousands of attempts to recover (before I finally found help in Jack Trimpey’s book, Rational Recovery), I looked for the reasons why I wasn’t successful. Through therapy and reading self-help information online, one of the theories I came up with was that I simply wasn’t […]

Binge eating at night and late night cravings

Binge Eating at Night and Late-Night Cravings

It’s common for binge eaters to primarily binge at night; and even after binge eating stops, you may still find yourself having late-night food cravings. Some people are bothered by these cravings, and wonder if giving in to them means that they are overindulging; or conversely, if ignoring those cravings means that they are being […]

Problems prevent recovery from binge eating

“My Case is Different”: When You Feel Your Unique Problems Prevent Recovery from Binge Eating

Do you find yourself thinking that quitting the binge eating habit may work for others, but not for you? Do you think your life is more complicated than others who have recovered? Do you think your binge eating may have developed for deeper reasons, or that you have too many struggles in your life to […]