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Breaking Free From Emotional Eating

These tips will help you learn how to stop overeating, mindless eating, and emotional eating. Dr Talia Witkowski, who once struggled with a food addiction, shares her thoughts on breaking free from emotional eating.

Breaking Free From Emotional EatingFor more info on eating disorders, read Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth. She outlines her proven program for resolving the conflicts at the root of overeating, and can help you stop binge eating.

In this post, Talia describes how she overcame her binge eating disorder with the help of her mentor and friend, who specializes in food addictions.

“I was a hopeless binge eater,” she says. “I was looking for answers, but the solutions I needed weren’t in the treatment centers or the therapist’s or nutritionist’s offices.” She has a doctorate in psychology; she specialized in eating disorders and addictions in school – while addicted to food.

And, here are three ways to stop binge eating and emotional eating…

Breaking Free From Emotional Eating

Guest Post ~ Dr Talia Witkowski

I overcame binge eating with a lot of help from my mentor and friend, Roy Nelson. He taught me why I was hurting myself with food and other addictions, and how to lose the excess weight without dieting or exercising. I’ve kept the weight off for two years with his program!

1. Meditate and pray to overcome binge eating

I meditate two times a day, before breakfast and dinner, to be able to have as much peace as possible when making food choices.

I also try to write or sit and be still for a few minutes before lunch for the same purpose. I pray before I meditate in the morning, before I go to sleep at night and throughout the day as I feel guided. Regarding food, I pray that God shows me exactly what to eat, exactly how much and that He give me the power (and humility) to carry it out.

2. Eat three meals a day – no snacks

Breaking Free From Emotional Eating

Breaking Free From Emotional Eating

I also eat three meals a day with nothing in between, to allow for feelings to come up in between meals. I was a perpetual grazer my whole life and the food kept me sedated and numb. This treatment for my binge eating disorder was effective; Roy taught me to stop using food to self-medicate. Food was a drug and life as an addict is awful!

If you’re an overeater or emotional eater, read 9 Easy Ways to Stop Mindless Eating.

3. Deal with your feelings to stop overeating

Without a way to be able to deal with the feelings that came up, I would have had to go back to the food with every uncomfortable feeling. I am so thankful to have found a way out of the insanity and pain of binge eating and hope that you get to receive the same gift that I have! There is no greater joy than enjoying food and losing weight at the same time – not to mention the emotional peace that comes with having the food addiction disappear.

For more help with emotional eating, overeating, or binge eating, read How to Stop Compulsive Eating.

If you have any questions or comments about binge eating treatment – or you’d like to share your story – you’re welcome below. We can’t offer advice, but you might like to share your thoughts.

Tricia Greaves – Roy’s student of twenty years and partner – started Heal Your Hunger to help others overcome eating disorders such as binging, bulimia, and anorexia. Tricia focuses on addiction to and obsession with food, and offers custom CDs to help food addicts and people cope with other addictions, depression and anxiety.

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5 thoughts on “Breaking Free From Emotional Eating”

  1. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Dear YI,

    I’m sorry to hear about your struggles with binge eating, diet pills, and exercising! I think your stomach may be bloated because you may not be eating the most nutritious foods. Diet pills aren’t good for you.

    Binge eating, emotional eating, and overeating aren’t about weight loss as much as fear, powerlessness, lack of control, anxiety, and insecurity. The best binge eating treatment – which I failed to mention in the article – is getting professional counseling from an eating disorders or food addcition specialist.

    Will you call a help line or counselor? I think getting counseling is the best way to cope with your struggles.

    Let me know how it goes.


  2. I have this prob for months and ibeen forcing myself exercise 2 hrs a day. Now i juz start to tak diet pills even thought i am under weight . But my weight juz go up annd down . If i eat diet pill and stop vomiting . Can i lost weight? But i will br cutting down exercise and why is my top stomach alway bloated wen i eat

  3. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for taking the time to comment — and yes, I agree that binge eating and bulimia definitely feel like addictions!

  4. Bulimia and binge eating are types of addiction.

    Addiction of any kind should be avoided, especially drug addiction which can be very dangerous.

  5. When you’re obsessed with an eating disorder, such as bulimia or anorexia, family, friends, and your goals take a back seat.

    Eating disorders can be about taking control of your life (in an unhealthy way).

    Today, Dr Phil featured boys and men with eating disorders. The general advice for people struggling with bulimia or anorexia is to take every opportunity to get this problem under control! It’s a tough road — a difficult disease — but the sooner you tackle it, the sooner you can become your best, healthiest self.