I’ve heard from many people who aren’t sure if they binge or not. They know they are doing something with food that doesn’t feel good, and they know they are eating too much at times, but…
Is it binge eating?
Is it compulsive overeating?
Is it emotional eating?
There is some subjectivity in labeling problematic eating behaviors, and there is often overlap between behaviors. However, it’s valuable to determine what you are specifically struggling with, because when you know what your problem is, you can better apply targeted solutions.
I’ve recently talked to my friend and colleague Cookie Rosenblum about this, and we have decided to host a free online class to help you determine if you are binge eating, compulsively overeating, or engaging in habitual pattern of emotional eating. We want to help you understand how to overcome each of these issues!
The class will be on Wednesday, November 18th at 12pmET, and you can register now.
Cookie is an expert at helping people overcome problematic overeating and emotional eating, and of course, I help people stop binge eating.
Because the term binge has become mainstream (think of “binge-watching” shows), it is sometimes applied to any behavior that seems excessive, including eating behaviors. However, binge eating is not the same as overeating, and overeating isn’t always a problem. Everyone overeats from time to time, but when it feels compulsive and too frequent, it’s definitely something to work on.
If you aren’t sure what type of eating issue you are dealing with, but you want to be free of your struggle with food, I hope you will find the upcoming online class with Cookie very helpful.
This is a one-time class and space is limited, so I encourage you to register today.
The first stream of Live with Kathryn will be on November 17th at 1pm EST, only on Instagram. Future streams will be on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. I’m looking forward to answering your questions and talking about topics that you want to know more about! Anyone is welcome to join and ask questions.
How to join my Instagram Live stream
First, you need to follow me on Instagram so that you can see when I’m starting a Live with Kathryn stream. When I start the stream, my profile picture will appear at the top of your feed with a colorful ring around it and the word Live. Tap or click on my profile picture to go to my live video.
How to ask questions
While you are viewing the video in the Instagram app, simply tap Comment at the bottom of the screen and then ask your question. If you are on Instagram.com, click Add a comment at the bottom right of the screen and then ask your question. I will try to answer the questions in order, or I might group similar questions together, and I’ll cover as much as I can in a 1 hour stream. For questions that require longer responses, I might also refer you to a blog post or podcast episode that covers the topic in detail. I hope the information and ideas that I share will help you toward freedom from binge eating!
Before participating, it’s important that you know the Live with Kathryn streams are not a substitute for medical advice. I advise you to talk to your doctor about any medical questions that you have, because eating disorders can have serious health consequences. Also, I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist, so any eating suggestions I share are based on my opinion and do not constitute professional advice. I want to help as much as I can, but I want you to understand the limitations of the Live with Kathryn streams, and I encourage you to read the full Brain over Binge disclaimer before joining.
Only course members get access to archived streams
Live streams are available to everyone, but once streams are over, they will only be available through the Brain over Binge course website or mobile app. Learn more about the course.
A note about privacy in live streams
It’s important to know that when you start viewing a live video on Instagram, the person sharing and anyone else who’s viewing may be able to see that you’ve joined, and see your comments. If you want to join and ask questions anonymously, you’ll need to create a profile that doesn’t include your name.
I’ve had many requests to answer questions on a regular basis, so I hope you find the Live with Kathryn streams to be a valuable resources in your recovery!
Remember to follow me on Instagram before November 17th, so that you can participate!
“The view of bulimia as a coping mechanism is so pervasive in our society that it is generally accepted as fact … I changed once I decided to view my eating disorder differently: by dismissing the belief that I ate for deeper, more profound reasons and, in turn, completely changing how I approached my problem.” –Brain over Binge, Preface
If the mainstream theory that binge eating is a coping mechanism is helping you recover, there is no need to change course. But if what you are believing now isn’t bringing you closer to a binge-free life, I want to encourage you to be open to a new way of looking at your behavior.
When I published Brain over Binge nearly 10 years ago, my goal was to provide an alternative perspective and empower people to use the amazing ability of their brain to end the binge eating habit. I did this by simply sharing my story—what I experienced and what I learned along the way. The book is raw and I didn’t hold back when talking about what I went through, how bingeing affected my life so deeply, and how the help that was available to me at the time wasn’t actually helpful.
I spent years viewing my binge eating as a coping mechanism, but it simply didn’t help me stop the behavior, and I’ve learned that I was not the exception. I don’t believe that my approach is the only way, but if you are interested in an alternative perspective and looking to simplify how you approach recovery, then keep reading to learn how you can receive a free copy of my book.
You can get Brain over Binge for free in a book giveaway on Instagram, starting on Monday (9/21/2020) and repeating each Monday for 10 weeks. I have 100 books that I want to give to people who could benefit, so I’ll be giving away 10 copies every week for the 10 weeks.
Here is how the giveaway will work:
- First, you need to find me on Instagram @brain_over_binge and follow me so that you don’t miss the giveaway posts.
- Next, you need to look for the giveaway post every Monday at 9pmET on Instagram.
- Finally, you need to be one of the first 10 people to comment on the giveaway post, and I’ll ship you a copy of Brain over Binge.
*I need to limit book shipments to United States addresses only, due to postage. Even if you are not living in the US, I encourage you to share this information with someone you know who struggles with binge eating and who could benefit from the book.
If you are one of the first 10 people to comment on a giveaway post, you will need to send me the shipping address through Instagram direct messaging or by emailing it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your shipping address will be deleted after shipment, and never used to send any promotional materials.
I hope that having a copy of Brain over Binge will be helpful to you at this time. If it supports you in finding freedom from binge eating, all I ask is that you share your story to inspire others.
When I wrote my book, I didn’t know the impact that sharing my story would make (and I wrote about this in my first blog post), but I’ve been overwhelmed by the response over these last 10 years, and I’ve loved hearing and reading the recovery stories of others who have used this approach. No one’s recovery is exactly the same, and even if Brain over Binge resonates with you and helps you, you will have your own insights and overcome your own unique challenges along the way. You will have a valuable voice to spread the message that complete freedom from binge eating is absolutely possible, and each one of us can achieve it.
I want to leave you with an inspiring message from a woman who emailed me recently, and I hope it helps you believe in your ability to change as well:
“I just wanted to write you an email to thank you for your book Brain over Binge. I struggled with binge eating for more than three years and when I bought your book I really thought that BE was something that would be a part of me for the rest of my life. Every time I binged, I promised it would be the last one but after a few days or weeks, I would do it again. Honestly, I lost hope and when I googled how to get over it, many articles/YouTube videos/testimonies focused on how to control it and reduce it, but not many talked about how to get over it once and for all. Someone in the comments of a Youtube video recommended your book and after reading a few reviews online, I bought it on Amazon.
I cried so much with your book because your story resonated so much with me, and at the time I thought binge eating was something very uncommon that almost no one did, and I felt a bit alone in that sense. To be honest, at the beginning of the book I didn’t believe what you said about being sure of not relapsing again. It seemed to good to be true, especially after trying so many other things before (food diary, tracking my emotions…). But almost two years later, I am so proud to say that I’ve never binged again and that now I too think that I will never do it again.
I left your book to a friend that was also struggling with binge eating recently, and she gave it back to me the other day. I reread the parts that I had highlighted and I felt so happy to realize again how far I’ve come. It’s crazy to think that something that used to cause me so much pain and stress is now something that feels so far away. I just wanted to let you know that your book changed my life and that I will be forever grateful for you.”
If you want to participate in the book giveaway, remember to follow me on Instagram (@brain_over_binge).