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An Embodied Action-Oriented Approach to Binge Eating and Emotional Eating: Interoception

Because my way of working with clients who want to lose weight and struggle with binge eating/emotion eating is unique, I want to explain how it works and why it is so powerfully beneficial. I draw heavily on embodied action-oriented interventions, improv, drama therapy, CBT/DBT/ACT/CBS/exposure, and evidence-based principles more generally. One of my favorite quotes …

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Interoception

Emotional eating and binge eating can feel very out of your control. But it is important to begin conceptualizing these behaviors as occurring within a system: your context/environment; thoughts; feelings; physical sensations; other behaviors. There are often elements/forces/dynamics that precede binge eating. You might find you tend to binge and experience overwhelming emotions when you …

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Rituals of Care

Many people soothe and comfort themselves with food. If you regularly find yourself turning to food to cope with your emotional life, I encourage you to instead create rituals of care for yourself. Live your life on a foundation of extraordinary self care. Here are some ideas to get you started: Eat a healthy diet. …

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The Reductionism of Keto

I’ve been listening to some podcasts with a well-known and well-respected author who is a proponent of a ketogenic diet for weight loss. While I found numerous statements and claims questionable, what I want to focus on in this blog post is whether or not a ketogenic diet is a “magic bullet” for weight loss, …

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Grounding Techniques

Grounding techniques can help you disengage from overwhelming emotions and cravings. Try one of these techniques next time you feel pulled towards unhealthy eating habits like bingeing or eating junk food, especially in response to distressing emotions like anger, frustration, and anxiety. Grounding is not about relaxation or meditation. It is about being totally focused …

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Tova Cake

I eat cake every night. My cake, though, is totally healthy. It doesn’t lead to cravings. It does not contain any added sugar. It is a very healthy cake. I add different things to it, leave out certain ingredients, etc. You can vary it to suit your preferences, making sure the ingredients contain no added …

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Values

Having a sense of your values can be helpful in a variety of situations. Values can be a compass, guiding you through the rhythms of your life experiences. They can inspire values-based actions, in which you act in accordance with what you value. You might value different things on different days. You may have certain …

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