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Tips to help overcome compulsive eating

How Therapy Can Help You Recover from Compulsive Over...

Are you struggling with food? Do you often eat more than you really want? Many people wrestle with compulsive overeating. You are not alone. Not too long ago, we offered guidance for those who may be struggling with compulsive overeating. The post included some fundamental background information. In addition, you can find 5 important self-help…

strategies to help stop stress eating

How Do I Stop Stress Eating While Sheltering in Place...

The transition to sheltering in place has caused many to turn to stress eating to cope. I reached out to one of our eating disorder specialists, Ametis Bassir, to gain her insight into why many people have turned to stress eating and what other ways we can do to cope during this time. Watch the…

Learn what compulsive eating is

What is Compulsive Eating and What Can I Do About It?

Upon first glance, eating should be one of life’s simple pleasures. Once you’ve scratched the surface, it seems you’ll uncover an endless list of pitfalls. From calories to ingredients, from quantity to quality, there’s plenty to ponder. But what does it mean when eating becomes compulsive eating…and what can we do about it? What is…

Learn ways to give eating disorder support

Ways to Support a Loved One With an Eating Disorder

If someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, it’s important for them to get help as soon as possible. Encouraging medical treatment and therapy is one of the best things you can do when supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. Also, there are additional ways you can assist their journey to…

Learn more about the connection between overeating and procrastination

Overeating: Why Procrastination May Be a Significant ...

Don’t put off reading this post. Please. We all delay the actions and choices we face. But for some of us, procrastination is our default setting. Far more than feeling overwhelmed and choosing to put something off, procrastination is a maladaptive lifestyle choice. It is our way of avoiding something and has the potential to…

Use these tips to help stop emotional eating

Stop Emotional Eating: Eight Ways to Pause Between th...

Emotional eating usually involves a powerful urge. This urge can remain quite compelling unless and until we are able to put a space between it and the action of eating. Getting help to stop emotional eating will often begin with learning how to take such a pause. While this can be a challenging task, it…

Learn more on how black and white thinking could contribute to an eating disorder.

How Black and White Thinking Contributes to Binge Eat...

Embrace the grey area. There are so, so many reasons to reject black and white thinking — many of which will help expand your perceptions and potential. However, black and white thinking can also negatively impact us in unexpected ways. One example is connected to binge eating and overeating. What is Black and White Thinking…

Use these tips to help you overcome emotional eating

Overcome Emotional Eating: 10 Tips to Help You Take C...

You are what you eat. We all know this cliché and, needless to say, the food we choose to ingest is important. What we eat is essential but what about how we eat? How much? How often? And yes, how quickly? Which brings us to why we eat. Exploring this aspect of our life is…

Understanding signs of bulimia

Signs of Bulimia: Understanding and Treating the Diso...

What is Bulimia? Trying to understand what are and are not signs of bulimia can be daunting. Often you may lack the understanding that certain types of behavior are signs of an eating disorder. Bulimia is characterized by episodes of eating much more than intending to, binging, followed by an attempt to avoid weight gain, such…

Disordered Eating Habits vs Eating Disorder – Do Yo...

It’s not uncommon to hear someone say that they’ve been “bad” for having had a breakfast doughnut or a bowl of ice cream for a snack. Others may pat their bellies after a big meal and note that they’ll have to hit the gym for an extra hour the following day. Although those kinds of remarks are often…

Why Food Doesn't Satisfy Your Hunger

Emotional Eating Therapy: Why Food Doesn’t Satisfy ...

You know the drill. Whenever you feel sad, lonely, or even just empty inside, you start emotional eating and reach for food. Food provides a comfort, allows a brief sense of fullness, and for a moment you no longer are focusing on whatever emotion you are feeling at the time. Yet, you never are satisfied.…

After Binge Eating

After Binge Eating: Empowering Steps to Take After It...

Bouncing back after binge eating begins with an acceptance of our imperfection. It also requires a belief in our ability to recover. Living fully, striving for improvement, means we must risk imperfection. So, for example, one of your goals might involve recovering from an emotional condition or self-harming pattern. A self-loving perspective allows for the…


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