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Are You Hoping to Lose Weight After Binge Eating Recovery?in Binge Eating, Blog, Body Image, Calories, Dieting, dieting weight gain, Health, Nutrition, Overeating, Paleo, Purging, Weight, weight gain, weight loss, weight loss without dieting/by Kathryn Hansen
Are you wondering how to lose weight after binge eating disorder? Are you hoping you can stop bulimia without gaining weight, or even shed some weight after recovery? You are not alone if you have these questions and more—weight is a common concern for recovering binge eaters. In this post, I want to help you […]
Facing Fear in Binge Eating Recovery (and Life!)in Anorexia, Anxiety, Binge Eating, Blog, Detachment, Dieting, Emotions, Fear, Self-Control, Weight/by Kathryn Hansen
There’s an often confusing contradiction that appears in people who struggle with binge eating and want to recover, and that is—binge eaters sometimes fear recovery. I definitely experienced this and didn’t understand why. Even though I knew I didn’t want to remain a binge eater, there was something scary about not knowing what might be […]
Before Therapy for Binge Eating: A Telling Journal Entryin Anorexia, Anxiety, Binge Eating, Blog, Body Image, bulimia, Calories, Cravings, Dieting, Journaling, Pleasure, Self-Control, Starvation, Therapy, weight gain/by Kathryn Hansen
I often kept a journal as a kid and teen, and continued journaling as I began to struggle with binge eating. Writing was an outlet for me and seemed to help me process things I was going through. When I started to feel so out of control with food, my journal often felt like the […]
My Recovery Diet & Thoughts on Paleo as a Binge Eating Curein Binge Eating, Blog, Calories, Cravings, Dieting, Food Addiction, Grains, Health, hunger, Meals, Paleo, Processed foods, Self-Control, stop dieting, Weight/by Kathryn Hansen
I understand what it’s like to be confused about what to eat, and to feel like maybe if you just have the right meal plan, or if you eat all of the right foods, you can finally stop binge eating. Many people have asked what I ate at the time that I recovered, and today […]
What is Healthy Eating?in Binge Eating, Blog, Grains, Health, Nutrition, Stress/by Kathryn Hansen
In this post, I’m going to address the topic of what “healthy” eating means. This a big topic that one post could not possibly cover, but I’m going to give you some ideas that I hope will help you as you overcome binge eating. Before I begin, you need to know that I am not […]
Non-Hungry Cravingsin Blog, Cravings, Health, Nutrition, Pleasure, Self-Control, Sugar/by Kathryn Hansen
A huge topic that is beyond the scope of this blog and my book is what I’ll call “non-hungry cravings.” Most people experience at least some cravings for pleasurable foods even when they are not hungry. Those of you who have read my book or followed my blog know that I believe choosing to give […]
Painin Blog, Therapy, Trauma/by Kathryn Hansen
I was thinking some today about emotional pain, and it’s connection with binge eating and other addictions. The common belief is that addicted people use their substance of choice to numb themselves to pain. In the past, this belief was reserved primarily for users of alcohol and drugs; but now binge eating, overeating, shopping, gambling, […]
Subjectivity in Binge Eatingin Binge Eating, Blog, Dieting, Overeating, Resisting Urges/by Kathryn Hansen
If you never binged again, what would that mean to you? I’m not talking about all the ways in which your life would be better or the relief you would feel to put your eating disorder behind you; I’m talking about something much more simple. I’m talking about defining the behavior you want to get […]
A Spiritual Connection in Recovery and Neuroscience?in Blog, Self-Control, Spirituality/by Kathryn Hansen
A few months after my book was published, a family member told me that some of the concepts I talk about in my book tie into his personal spiritual path (he is Hindu). I don’t consider myself a spiritual person, although I am highly interested in religion and spirituality; and I hope to find my […]
Drug Addict Statusin Blog, Food Addiction, Pleasure/by Kathryn Hansen
If you are a binge eater, even if you have never seen the research, you know that there are similarities between food addiction and drug addiction. A recent study showing that you can get hooked on food the same way you can get hooked on drugs. This study found what binge eaters sense – that in […]
Listen to Your Body?in Blog, Hunger and Satiety, Pleasure/by Kathryn Hansen
When my son Max (who is now 4) was about 2 years old, he began asking me during mealtime:”can I be done?” At first, I’d just asked him if he’d had enough, and if he said “yes,” I’d let him leave the table. However, he soon began asking “can I be done?” after the first […]
The Anorexic and Bulimic “Voice”in Anorexia, Blog, Journaling, Resisting Urges/by Kathryn Hansen
It is my belief that in bulimia/BED, the urges to binge are the one and only cause of binge eating. Most of the time, these urges have a “voice” – one that sounds like your own – which strongly encourages the destructive eating behavior. In bulimia/BED, the woman usually views the voice as her enemy; […]
My Book’s Journey: A Mission to Help Binge Eaters (Brain over Binge)in Binge Eating, Blog, books, Brain over Binge Book, Habits/by Kathryn Hansen
I want to introduce myself: I’m Kathryn Hansen and I stopped binge eating in 2005. Now, I am awaiting two exciting deliveries—the delivery of the Brain over Binge books to my doorstep, and the delivery of my new baby girl. The baby should arrive in about a week (and we have yet to decide on […]