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.
The following blog post addresses this concern: Facing Fear in Binge Eating Recovery.
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?
Do you offer one-on-one coaching?
I do not personally do one-on-one coaching at this time, but I excited to now have a one-on-one coach on my team!
Her name is Julie and she overcame bingeing and other harmful eating behaviors after a nearly 40-year battle. She has a deep understanding of the Brain over Binge approach, as well as a thorough and practical knowledge of mindfulness. Julie can give you customized support as you stop binge eating and develop a healthy relationship with food. If you are a member of the course, she can also help guide you through the lessons and assist you in any area where you are struggling.
If one-on-one coaching is not doable for you right now, know that the course provides an affordable alternative (only $10.99 per month). It includes over 120 tracks to listen to, in which I address every issue and question that I’ve been asked over the years in private and group coaching. However, I realize that some people really need and want more personalized support and accountability, so I hope you will work with Julie if you need that form of help.
Before bringing Julie on board, I was recommending Ali Kerr and her team at Binge Code Coaching. Although the Binge Code approach is not the same as Brain over Binge, the two approaches are highly compatible and I still want to suggest this as a great option to explore. Different resources work for different people, and I hope you will choose what feels right for you!
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, and the Bulimia Help Method, by Ali and Richard Kerr, founders of Binge Code Coaching (formerly HealED Coaching). These books are compatible with the Brain over Binge approach, and help your relearn how to eat normally.
How is the course different from the Brain over Binge books and podcast?
*Update: You can now get the course on a month-to-month basis with no commitment for $10.99/month*
The course is based around the same concepts as the books and podcast, but it’s designed to guide you in a more incremental way, so that you can better apply the concepts in your own life. The audio lessons take the most important information from the books and podcast and break it down for you in a way that is accessible and practical. Most people learn better with a structured and guided approach, but you know yourself best, so use what works for you!
The course also contains 84 Q&A tracks, and many of the topics discussed are not covered at all in the books or podcast, and if they are, the discussions in the Q&A tracks are more detailed and relatable to your own situation. In these course Q&As, I believe I’ve answered every question I’ve been asked over my years of helping binge eaters. The Q&A tracks are very practical because you can find a question you have at any time of day or night (on the Q&A page), and click on the audio to get an answer when you need it. Most people find this to be much more convenient than trying to find an answer in a 300+ page book or somewhere in a podcast episode.
In the course, you also get 15 coaching tracks to keep you focused and motivated, including a coaching audio to help you when you are feeling the urge to binge. There are 115 total tracks plus 2 new ones every month, so if you are someone who learns well with audio, or if you like to listen while doing other things you need to do, then the course could be a great fit for you.
Although the approach in the course is fundamentally the same as it is in the books and podcast, the value is in the structure, guidance, accessibility, detail, Q&A tracks, and coaching tracks. I’ve had so many people tell me that even though they read the books or listened to the podcast, the course gave them the extra help they needed to end binge eating for good. Here is one quote from a course member:
“This course is exactly what I needed to hear! I’ve read countless books on the BED-topic (including Brain over Binge) before, without any success. The course is full of deep insights and packed with valuable and practical information. I really appreciate the rational and organized form everything is presented. I’m exceedingly thankful for the course – it has really changed my life!“ – Justin
Will you ever offer the 8-Week Group Course again, with the Facebook Group and live group calls?
Although nothing is completely certain in life, I do not plan to offer that version of the course in the future. The original course that I created with Cookie Rosenblum was very successful; however, based on life and work changes for both Cookie and me, we are unable to continue that version of the course. I hope this new version will allow the course to be more accessible and affordable to more people who need it, and eliminate some of the challenges of a group format. Everyone is highly individual, which is why I want to give you all of the resources you need to be successful, as well as give you an extensive library of Q&A audios that you can use to stay on your own path to recovery.
How long will I have access to the Brain over Binge Course after I enroll?
If you’re paying by the month ($10.99), then you will have access until you unsubscribe. You can unsubscribe from the course at any time on your Account page. You will still be able to use the course through the month you already paid for, but you will not be charged for the next month.
If you paid for the no-expiration option ($179), you will have access to the course for as long as it is available, which I hope will be for many, many years. I do not promise “lifetime” access, because nothing is completely certain in life, and technology is constantly changing. If I need to end this course in the future, you will still get at least 1 year of access from the date you purchased. I will also give you 2 weeks notice if I ever decide to change or replace an audio or worksheet, so that you can download and save it first.
Do I need the Brain over Binge books to complete the course?
If you sign up for the course, you do not need to purchase the books. The course contains all of the information you need, and guides you in a structured way.
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