The Binge Free Blog

Welcome to The Binge Free Blog. Here you will find encouragement, insights and stories about overcoming binge eating disorder, bulimia, anxiety and depression. I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I am a traveler on this this road I write about. But if I can overcome, you can too! Also check out the menu for articles on how you can start the binge-free journey.

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I often thought that I had to come to terms with my emotions to stop bingeing. And to some extent that may be true. But when I discovered what really fueled my binges, the emotional piece sort of just took care of itself.

… self control isn’t about forcing myself to eat the right foods and exercise more. It’s not about making myself feel guilty for eating too much or the wrong foods. It’s about allowing myself to function naturally, trusting that I have what it takes to love and nourish myself regardless of what anyone else says.

…when I find myself thinking how great I am because I ate well today, or having thoughts that I must be better off than someone who is still struggling with food, I stop and check myself. My value is the same whether I have an eating disorder or eat the perfect diet, whether I am thin, fat or in between. And this is the same for everyone…

…I stopped judging myself and started seeing my behavior for what it really was – a habit born out wanting to ‘fit in’ and the stress surrounding that. This was a giant first step in changing my life. If I can do this, you can too.

…emotions and feelings are very complex subjects, and trying to explain that fat is not a feeling just complicates things even more. Only by embracing my experience of feeling fat could I learn to recognize other emotions and get some meaning back into my life.

Someone once wrote me that she was sorry I shared her “sorted history” of dieting and body image issues. It reminded me of someone saying ‘I’m sorry for your loss’ at a funeral. But this got me thinking, am I sorry for my past? Was my past a loss? How much of my past still […]