Updated: Apr 3
What do you think the most shame-inducing eating habit is?
Overeating? Mindless grazing? Eating out too much?
Sure. Annoying. Maybe unwanted.
But no. Not those.
It's binge eating.
Generally those that binge eat, report feeling out-of-control (which tends to feel very disempowering!) Feeling out-of-control can take a significant physical/psychological/emotional toll on a person.
What exactly constitutes a "binge?"
People that experience binge eating often report they feel like they get "tunnel vision," and are gripped by a powerful impulse to eat, only to be left with a wash of shame or regret and some (or several) empty containers of food. The amount of food and the content of that food is the distressing part. This is often all followed by a hope or a vow to never do it again.
More accurately, it is the intensity behind the impulse to eat, the sense of urgency and powerlessness, regardless of the exact amount of food, that prompts a person to say with exasperation, "I binged."
In a culture that values living your "best life" there's not much place for painful eating habits. But neglecting our most unwanted eating habits is severing off an integral part of who we are and what's on the move inside of us.
As odd as it might sound, binge eating is always correct. Meaning it always happens for a brilliant and well-meaning reason. Our work is to shed light on those reasons so we can meet our real, legitimate needs (whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or a combination of these) and bring some dignity back to the soulful process of healing and empowering our eating.
Binge eating can be an incredible teacher this way.
Ready to learn? Join me in May and June for my new series on healing binge eating. If you've been dealing with this eating habit, I promise you'll be glad you joined.
Monday, May 1st & 15th
Monday, June 5th & 19th
Location: ZOOM gathering
In our time together, I'll be teaching you the multiple paths to healing I've guided clients through over the years.
MAY 1st & 15th:
Learn specifically how to set up your diet to reduce binge eating
Honor your health and body goals
Learn from case studies of other women that have healed
Address common fears around calories, carbohydrates, sugar, macronutrients, meal timing, body weight, and metabolism
JUNE 5th & 19th:
Healing the inner pressure and perfectionism around diet
Emotions dimensions that impact eating
How the injured Feminine speaks to us by way of painful eating habits & how to heed Her invitations for healing
Boundaries, individuality, speaking the truth & the positive impact on eating & body weight
Examine the deeper life calling for those dealing with binge eating
I'll be drawing from my background in nutritional science, depth psychology, psycho-shamanism, and IFS therapy and 14 years of individual work with clients.
Prefer Venmo? Send $250 to @lauraburkettgutierrez with the subject line: Binge Eating Series
(Class requires a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 10)
Not sure you want to dive in yet? Watch the Replay of my recent class, Healing Binge Eating (1 hr, 45 min). $50. We cover everything list above in a concise manner along with one client case study. If you choose to join the series after watching, we'll take $50 off your tuition. Sign up for the class re-play here. If you prefer Venmo, send $50 to @lauraburkettgutierrez with the subject line: Binge Eating Class
See you in May!
With love and respect,
Laura Burkett Gutierrez, MA, has been in private practice in the field of nutrition and eating psychology for the past 14 years.
She holds a masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology, is a certified practitioner of Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, and holds multiple certifications in holistic nutrition, the psychology of eating, and depth psychology.