Imagine not feeling helpless. Emotional binge eating is painful, but it does not have to be forever.
There is a way out!
Finding someone who understands the cycle of binge eating and the debilitating fear of judgement and unwarranted persecution can seem difficult. However, you don’t have to take on the problem alone, and you don’t have to push yourself to physical limits with food to feel better.
You can put an end to the cycle.
We wish we could tell you that all the hiding is good for you. We wish we could tell you that stopping is as easy as flipping a switch. Although a binge may make you feel helpless and frustrated, you don’t have to be trapped.
Dieting may be a bad word.
A binge eater may try different avenues to lose weight. We often find that the dieting mindset, fasting, shakes and other gimmicks provide false hope and eventual dissatisfaction. If you’ve tried to gain control over your emotional eating and found it difficult or near impossible, you are not alone.
Bingeing can be stopped!
Research shows that there are ways to fight back. Learning how to identify what leads you to binge is key. Binge eating treatment uses a mix of interventions.
As eating disorder specialists, we are trained to help you restructure your thinking and challenge your urges. Imagine being able to curb your impulsive appetite and feeling more comfortable in your own skin. By working with a specialist, you can find the strength to overcome.
The process includes behavior change, diffusion of self-defeating beliefs, a change in your relationship with food, and challenging your core beliefs. That’s psychological talk for identifying bad thoughts and finding a way to stop believing them. These thoughts are often unconscious and require a therapist to guide you. Some clues include judgmental thinking, feelings of isolation, and “I should” regrets.
You will see a difference.
Different results are experienced at different speeds. Some come quickly, and some take a bit more time. When you begin to see what is holding you back, problem solving takes hold and change begins to happen. This is one the main ingredients in the evolution of your experience because it helps you understand that negative thinking does not run your life.
It’s time for a different approach.
The cycle of emotional eating can make you feel trapped, but there is a way out. As one of the few practices in the state of New Jersey with certified binge eating disorder therapists, we can tell you that we have witnessed incredible change as patients find peace.
Key characteristics of binge eating include:
- Secretive food behaviors, including hiding, stealing, or hoarding food and eating alone
- Disruption in eating patterns, including eating throughout the day with no planned meal times
- Skipping meals or taking small portions at meal times
- Extreme reaction and rigidity with food
- Periodic dieting
- Uncontrolled or continuous eating
- Eating until you experience pain
- Creating schedules around rituals of binge eating