FAQs:

The following is a list of common questions you may have.

I have grouped the questions into 3 categories:

  • Dismissing Binge Urges
  • Eating/Weight
  • 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.

Both of these blog posts address this concern:  Getting Past the Fear of Quitting, and Facing Fears.

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 feel like my case is different (I have a coexisting problem(s) that prevents me from quitting).

To address these concerns, I’ve written this blog post:  My Case is Different.

Eating / Weight

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:  So, How Do I Lose Weight?

I want to or need to give up certain foods for health reasons

In this blog series, I address eliminating unhealthy and/or problematic foods: Eliminating Foods Part 1,  Part 2, and Part 3 .

I have stopped binge eating, but I’m still overeating / eating more than I think I should.

I’ve addressed overeating in this blog series: Overeating Part 1Part 2Part 3.

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?

More Help

Do you offer one-on-one coaching?

I am not currently offering private coaching. I offer my course, which provides an affordable alternative to one-on-one coaching. The course includes over 100 audios, in which I address every issue and question that I’ve been asked over the years in private and group coaching.  However, if you are someone who feels like you need one-on-one support, I would like to suggest Ali Kerr and her team at Binge Code Coaching. Although the Binge Code approach is not exactly the same as Brain over Binge, the two approaches are highly compatible and I feel confident that Binge Code Coaching can give you the one-on-one support you need.

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.

I’ve stopped binge eating…how do I improve other eating habits, or work on weight issues in a healthy way? 

Going back to dieting is never a solution, but there are many ways to become healthier without being restrictive. A resource I highly recommend is Cookie Rosenblum’s Freedom Group, which focuses on ending overeating and emotional eating and learning to be more in tune with what your body needs.

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) can help you overcome habits and harmful thoughts.

The Binge Code, by Ali Kerr, founders of Binge Code Coaching (formerly HealED Coaching). This book is compatible with the Brain over Binge approach, and helps your relearn how to eat normally.

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