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Live with Kathryn (on Instagram)

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!

How to stop purging (podcast)

Episode 54: Stop Purging in Binge Eating Recovery: Interview with Ali Kerr

kathryn hansen books

My Book’s Journey: A Mission to Help Binge Eaters (Brain over Binge)

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 a name!), and the shipment of newly printed books should arrive in a little more than two weeks.

Writing this book has been a long journey for me. I began taking notes and writing rudimentary chapters in early 2006, slowly documenting my experiences and ideas. Considering this was less than a year after my recovery, it may have seemed bold.  How did I know my recovery would last?

I just knew. My bulimia was over for good, and I was fully convinced that I had a powerful story to share.  Writing that story was a great challenge, and a great joy. Some months brought much productivity; but other months brought lulls, indecision, frustration, and simply a lack of time. When my son was born, I took a six-month break from writing, and I did the same when my daughter arrived. This is why, when we found out we were expecting baby #3, I knew I absolutely had to finish before my due date.

I’ve worked hard these past nine months to make this a reality, spending many weekends writing at coffee shops while my husband watched the kids, and staying up way too late most nights. The months seemed to fly by, but I’m proud to say it is finished.

My perfectionism tells me the book could be better, that there is more I can say and better ways I can say it, but it’s time to let my words stand as they are. I had a mission in mind when I set out to write Brain over Binge, and I believe I’ve fulfilled it. More importantly, I think the book holds great promise for helping others.

As for how the book will be received…Who knows?  Who cares?  It could cause only the tiniest of ripples in the field of eating disorders, or it could create a big splash. Either way, that’s not what my mission was about. It was about telling my story – embarrassing parts and all – to other bulimics/binge eaters who may want to listen and learn from my hard-learned lessons.

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Update (2018):  It’s hard to believe that this post was so many years ago, and I’ve now written a second book, (The Brain over Binge Recovery Guide), created an online course, a podcast, and had a 4th child! It’s been an amazing journey and every time someone shares their story of recovery with me, it makes all of the long nights worth it, and fuels my continuing commitment to my original mission. You can read reviews on Amazon to see what others have thought about Brain over Binge since I wrote this post.

If you are looking for somewhere to begin, you can start with my free PDF, the Brain over Binge Basics. It will teach you the fundamentals of the approach that helped me and many others end the binge eating habit for good.