Binge Eating Disorder – My Recovery Story [What I Did Step-By-Step]

Binge Eating Recovery

Do you need binge eating help or a roadmap to binge eating recovery?

I used to binge eat almost every day, eating 3,000 calories or more. Food had an incredible amount of power over me. I won’t go over how it got to that place in this blog, but you can hear my story in my TEDx talk. But I’ll tell you how I got out and now have the healthiest relationship with food that I’ve ever had.

In this blog, I am sharing the exact steps I followed to stop binge eating, overeating, and ultimately recover from my binge eating disorder.  This is my step-by-step binge eating disorder recovery story. 

 

1. Introduced Fear Foods

This sounds counter-intuitive (but it’s not).  Basically, for six months I introduced foods I was afraid of eating.  For me, this involved keeping peanut butter in the house and having a small spoon every day.  Moreover,  I started having bread in the morning (every day).  Also, I kept chocolate and cakes in the house – in order to eat them when I wanted. I focussed on eating regularly, eating snacks, and listening to hunger cues…  I basically followed the balanced diet framework I teach and talk about which has helped so many of my clients. (Check out more on the Balanced Diet Framework here)

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Seeing Food As Food

Ultimately, the aim was to see this food as normal food, rather than ‘bad food’ that only made me want it more. This process works WITH psychology. Because when we are ‘allowed’ to have something – suddenly we don’t want it! We are reclaiming our power back.    So with time, my mind began to relax and feel calm around these foods. 

 

Scary!

As you can imagine, this whole process was scary and confusing.  I did freak out a little bit.  However, I kept breathing through the fear. I focussed on the end goal and trusted it would get easier with time (and it did).  Essentially, I became at ease and peaceful eating a variety of food. 

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2. Avoid Body Checking

This meant throwing out the scales!  I stopped measuring myself.  I stopped checking my body size and shape constantly (yes, I used to do this).  Of course,  I still looked in the mirror to check if my clothes were fitting ok.  But, I didn’t stand naked in front of the mirror and criticize and hate on myself.  

 

3. Stop Waiting For Weight Loss

I stopped waiting for the ‘perfect size’ or ‘perfect body’ to live my life.  I started wearing clothes that I loved and felt good in.  Because when I felt good, I noticed I treated myself differently.  I saw the world differently.  Ultimately, instead of ‘waiting’ for the ideal perfection (does that even exist?) I did everything I loved. 

 

So What Did I Do?

I ate food I loved, I did activities I loved (yoga and dance).  Also, I reconnected with friends and family and opened up and shared my experiences.  Because in my darkest moments struggling with eating I disconnected from them (but this made my disorder worse as shame intensified).

I didn’t focus on my weight. But I slowly lost all my weight (that I gained from binge eating) within a year.  I did not diet. I was eating food that I needed to eat, and lost weight because I stopped binge eating and overeating.  I learned to reconnect with my hunger again.  My body had the chance to get back to its optimal weight naturally.  

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5. Exercise when recovering from an eating disorder

During this period I was not exercising with the aim to change my body.  But I naturally enjoy movement so was doing yoga, dancing, cycling, and long hikes.  I did the exercise that felt nourishing to me and made me feel good.   I suggest avoiding excessive exercise if you are focusing on weight or body size.  But choose a movement style that feels joyful!  

 

Only after 5 years I joined a formal gym again.   And even then I was nervous it would trigger old thought patterns.  But, I asked for a week-trial and actually ended up joining.  

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6. Understanding Binge Eating Triggers

My road to recovery involved becoming conscious of what actually triggered my binge eating and emotional eating. For me, my triggers were constant body checking, wanting to change my shape, and food restrictions.  I realized that my disordered eating behaviours were actually exacerbating my negative relationship with food.  Once I identified those (I reached out for support), I learned to avoid or eliminate my triggers and used strategies when I felt triggered.  

 

STOP Online Program (Solve The Over Eating Puzzle)

These 6 steps are covered in my online self-study program (STOP).  I designed it based on my own experience and the results of my clients.  It walks you step-by-step, to address your individual binge eating disorder symptoms.  In the program you will:

 

  • First, identify triggers (what is causing your difficult relationship with food?)
  • Second, learn how to manage binge eating urges (how to cope in hard times of stress and anxiety)
  • Third: know exactly how to eat to reduce food cravings and overeating urges (so food can become ‘just food’ whilst weight can optimize naturally)
  • Finally, set a plan for permanent change (rewire your brain to remove overeating and binge eating from your thinking)
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Binge Eating Disorder Support

If you are after binge eating disorder treatment or strategies for long-term change, I suggest reaching out for support. You will recover much faster that way as they can support you to identify your own individual triggers and put strategies in place for long-term change.  You can feel in control of food and live a joy-filled life.  Ultimately, when I started doing things that brought me joy, I didn’t need food anymore (because my life was already full!)  I wish this for you. (For more about my eating disorder and life after recovery, check out this blog.)

 

Helping People With Eating Disorder New Zealand

I am an Eating Psychology Coach based in New Zealand but provide support nationally and internationally. Please reach out if you need support (I also do free strategy calls to see how I can help you). Book your call HERE. Love, Eugenia x

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6 KEY STEPS TO
END BINGE EATING CYCLE &
RELEASE EMOTIONAL WEIGHT

Regain power over food!

 

Binge eating and emotional eating is not a food problem, it is an emotional problem.

 

We can’t rely on will-power to stop binge eating. In this e-book I am addressing the underlying reasons why we use food as a drug and what our body is trying to tell us.

 

Eugenia
eugenia@mindfoodness.nz


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