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Disordered Eating

Eating disorders or disordered eating can show up in many forms, emotional eating, binge eating, bulimia or anorexia.  All are ways to cope with difficult feelings, so if you or somebody you know are struggling in any of these areas, please know that you are not alone, and more importantly that there is help available.

If you are at the stage where something has to change and it is you, contact me

You don’t have to stay stuck in the same old coping pattern. With support and integrative approaches, such as:

YOU can make positive change in your life and YOU can make you a priority in your own life – living a life where you have a Healthy Mind, Healthy Body and Healthy Weight.

Disordered eating can show up in many forms, such as:

Emotional eating

When feeling stressed or emotional, we can turn to food for comfort. Unfortunately, emotional eating generally makes you feel worse and it doesn’t fix emotional problems. Afterward, there can be feelings of guilt, so not only does the original stress and emotional issue remain, but you can also drop into deep shame for overeating.

Emotional eating can be a primary emotional coping mechanism, which could have formed when you were young. So bringing this back to the neurobiology of the brain, there was a neural pathway formed when you were young as a way of coping. If your first impulse is to open the refrigerator and look for food when you are feeling angry, stressed, upset, lonely, sad, overwhelmed – you are stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feelings or underlying issues are not being addressed.

Becoming aware and learning to recognize your emotional eating triggers is the first step to breaking free from compulsive overeating. With awareness and dealing with the underlying emotions, you can change your eating habits, form new neural pathways – change your brain and choose to be a healthier version of you.

Bulimia

Bulimia is usually associated with patterns of previous dieting, overeating or emotional eating which triggers the onset of Bulimia’s destructive cycle of bingeing and purging. If there has been a pattern of strict and rigid dieting, there can be a disproportionate focus on food. By starving or depriving the body of adequate nutrition, the body responds with powerful cravings as it needs nutrition. This is when a ‘binge’ eating episode may occur to satisfy these cravings. Purging is seen as a way to control weight gain.

Bingeing brings relief however it is short lived. Afterwards feelings of guilt and self-loathing set in – hence as a way of gaining control again, thoughts turn to purging to wipe the slate clean. I have also seen the pattern of over exercising as a way of wiping the slate clean. This pattern can become an addictive cycle.

With Bulimia there are powerful psychological, biological, social and cultural factors which contribute to the onset of this disordered eating pattern.

Becoming aware and learning to recognize your emotional eating triggers is the first step to breaking free from this cycle. With awareness and dealing with the underlying emotions, you can change your eating habits, form new neural pathways – change your brain and choose to be a healthier version of you.

Binge eating disorder

We can all overeat and feel full. You know that feeling of having to undo your top button on your jeans? With Binge Eating disorder, this pattern of overeating is much more severe with large amounts of food being consumed within a short space of time. There is no conscious awareness involved here, just a loss of control which invariably results in weight gain.

Associated with Binge Eating disorder are immense feelings of guilt, self-loathing and shame as there seems no escape – feeling trapped in this binge eating cycle.

Often feeling trapped in this binge eating cycle can lead to depression and anxiety.

Using mindfulness and awareness techniques you will be able to  recognize your emotional eating triggers, which is the first step to breaking free from binge eating. With awareness and dealing with the underlying emotions, you can change your eating habits, form new neural pathways – change your brain and choose to be a healthier version of you.

Anorexia

Anorexia Nervosa is a devastating psychological disorder which is characterised by low body weight and a distorted view of body image.

There can also be an immense fear of weight gain, leading to extremes of depriving the body of food and/or extreme exercise routines. Using techniques, Resource and Hypnosis, offers you the best possible strategies to overcome this pattern and allows you to take back your life. By separating out and exploring the part of you that wants to starve, there is opportunity to heal. You are not your eating disorder, you are you and you have been coping the best way you knew how to. You have the strength and capacity to change and I am happy to support you in your healing journey by looking at some of the deeper psychological issues.

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