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Support For Binge Eating: 3 Simple Steps

As a weight loss practitioner I frequently work with women who struggle with binge eating and emotional eating. While this may be a big problem that affects multiple areas of your life, there are a number of solutions that can support you in gaining resolution from this problem. Throughout this article I will discuss the…


Support For Binge Eating: 3 Simple Steps

As a weight loss practitioner I frequently work with women who struggle with binge eating and emotional eating.

While this may be a big problem that affects multiple areas of your life, there are a number of solutions that can support you in gaining resolution from this problem.

Throughout this article I will discuss the three most important steps to take if you are ready to gain freedom from binge eating.

1. Diet Support for Binge Eating

Most women who struggle with binge eating often feel horribly guilty, ashamed and sometimes even physically unwell after bingeing. In this moment, a decision is made that enough is enough and they will not do this behaviour again.

Tomorrow comes along and many women find themselves restricting their food intake to make up for the previous days binge. This is where the vicious cycle begins.

While on the surface, restricting to make up for excess calories may seem like the right thing to do but unfortunately it often leads to more binge eating behaviour.

Instead of restricting food intake it is important to ensure your nutritional needs are being met. Focus on eating the right amount of protein, carbs and healthy fats with every meal and snack. By doing so, you can create a stable foundation where drops in blood sugar levels and triggers to binge eat are less likely to occur.

In my 12+ years of working as a weight loss practitioner I have never met a person who struggles with binge eating that also meets their protein and nutrient requirements each day.

While calories may be high due to bingeing on hyper palatable food, protein and nutrient intake is usually low. Correcting this underlying issue alone is enough to create significant behavioural improvement. 

2. Nervous System Support for Binge Eating

A dysregulated nervous system, chronic stress, lowered resilience to stress and feelings of anxiety and overwhelm are huge triggers for binge eating.

Binge eating is a self soothing behaviour that can help to momentarily alleviate the negative feelings associated with nervous system dysregulation. 

Working on regulating your nervous system and improving your resilience to stress will prevent the need for binge eating. As a result, this behaviour will slowly start to disappear. 

While it can take time to regulate your nervous system, you will notice improvements in your behaviours while your nervous system health is improving.

Strategies to improve nervous system health include eating a balanced diet, improving quality of sleep, engaging in nervous system regulating activities like meditation, hypnotherapy, breath work or gentle exercise and addressing any nutrient deficiencies needed for optimal nervous system function.

3. Gut Health & Hormone Support for Binge Eating

Common gut health issues like low stomach acid and bacterial imbalance can cause an insatiable appetite and extreme cravings for carbs, sweets and hyper palatable food. 

Hormone imbalance like insulin resistance, estrogen dominance, thyroid dysfunction, leptin resistance and PCOS can cause behaviours like binge eating, over eating and extreme cravings.

In my experience, some type of gut health and/or hormone imbalance is always present when binge eating is a challenge. It is important to work with a practitioner (like me) who understands these imbalances and can support you to resolve the underlying issues.

Other Support for Binge Eating

Other popular support options for binge eating inclide:

Psychology for Binge Eating

While psychology for binge eating can help people to understand why they binge eat it rarely provides resolution. Understanding why you engage in a behaviour is helpful and combining this knowledge with solution focussed care will support you in gaining freedom from this behaviour

Hypnosis for Binge Eating

Hypnosis for binge eating can help to improve the behaviour but like psychology it is best combined with nutrition and holistic health support to ensure we are working to resolve binge eating on a mind and body level.

Herbal Medicine for Binge Eating

Certain herbs can help to address the underlying cause of binge eating.

Herbs can help to reduce stress, balance blood sugar levels, reduce cravings for sweets and regulate hormone imbalances that may be contributing to binge eating.

Bio Resonance for Binge Eating

Bio resonance helps to neutralise energetic imbalances within the body. It is gentle, safe, non invasive and effective.

Medication for Binge Eating

In some extreme circumstances, medication may be prescribed by your doctor or psychiatrist. Seeking support for nutrition guidance and holistic care to balance underlying factors will help you to get the best results from your medication. 

Support for Binge Eating Summary

With the right guidance and support, it is possible to gain freedom from binge eating and emotional eating.

Uncovering and addressing the underlying cause is key for long term success. If you are ready to gain resolution from this problem, here are 3 ways I can offer support for binge eating:

1. Work with me! Book a consultation in person (Evandale, SA) or AUS + NZ wide online via Zoom

2. Listen to the Holistic Weight Loss Podcast

3. Connect with me on Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube | LinkedIn | Facebook