Getting motivated at the beginning of a journey is easy. The hard part is staying with it when the middle gets messy, and typically…shit hits the fan right before the big breakthrough.
That goes for all kinds of change, including your body-food relationship.
The truth is that at some level, we all technically know at least a few steps of what it might take to change our lives.
Back in the day, I thought that beating weight and binge eating struggles meant straight-up diet and nutrition. So I followed every diet guru and bought everything they were selling.
But sooner or later, every diet just flat-out stopped working.
Since I started working in the world of health coaching, I’ve helped thousands of women break free from food and body struggles. And I’ve seen a lot.
One thing that continually blows my mind, though, is how so many clients come to us believing that their diets are “working” or have worked in the past.
Here’s how it usually goes…
If you’re Keto diet devotee, brace yourself. You might not like what I’m going to say.
But after helping thousands of women free themselves from food struggles, I believe it’s time to get real about this trendy eating plan.
The Keto Diet is everywhere, and there’s a good reason for why it sells so well.
Most of us live for the end of the workday on a Friday night. But I remember a time when nothing freaked me out quite like my weekend plans.
Especially if those plans included social gatherings at which there’d be food. Food that would either ruin a “good” diet week or turn a “bad” diet week into an overeating train wreck.
I have to admit, I’m a little nervous to talk about this, but it’s been on my heart.
It’s about a widely used treatment for binge eating, and it comes in those little amber bottles from the pharmacy.
Today I’m sharing an important Public Service Announcement. It’s for healthcare professionals who prescribe appetite suppressants to patients who struggle with binge eating.
Every diet guru claims that they have the fix for weight gain and binge eating. If you’re anything like me, at some point, you’ve tried them ALL.
I mean listening to every trick that every expert and Instagram model is selling. Praying that the next thing you try will pull you out of the binge eating, food-body funk for good.
Let me let you in on a few truths about binge eating.
It doesn’t happen because you lack willpower. You aren’t lazy or undisciplined. You’re not addicted to food, and you don’t need the “right diet” to stop.
It’s a familiar diet story.
You save your calories all week, desperate to stick to the miracle diet of the moment. Then the weekend comes and all bets are off.
Everyone thinks it’s a willpower thing. All you need is the strength to say NO to that cupcake, pizza, or candy–and then follow that diet plan.
When the issue is binge eating, the answer is usually to find the right diet, and use that willpower to stick to it. Easy-peasy, right?
We all know that the body positivity movement has helped millions of people feel more empowered in their skin. That’s a great thing!
But let’s be real. Healing from a lifetime of body image issues isn’t necessarily as easy as just following a hashtag or saying a few positive affirmations.
Sometimes the harder you try to make something stop, the more it takes over your life. That’s unquestionably true when it comes to food. Or more specifically, anxiety about every bite of food that you eat.
Seems like the more you think about food, the more anxious and frenzied food makes you feel.
It’s one of the ultimate 21st-century problems.
You’re putting off a boring task (like folding the laundry). Against your better judgment, you plop down on the sofa, pick up the phone, and partake of that great American pastime…
Scrolling on Instagram.
For years I was in a constant battle with my body. That meant I was in an all-out war with food.
I tried every diet known to man. I stressed over everything I ate, everything I didn’t eat, and everything I thought about eating.
Everyone technically knows how to lose weight, right? Diet and exercise. At least that’s what the conventional wisdom says…
I bet you have things in your life that really matter to you. Things like pursuing your passions, learning new things, seeing the world, spending time with those you love. So do I. Everybody wants to live their best life now, right?
There was a time when I couldn’t keep a piece of candy or a box of cookies in my pantry without it burning a hole in my mind. And taking over my life.
I could’ve been rocking my career, enjoying happy relationships, or working on passion projects. I could’ve had everything going for me and plenty of positive things to think about.
I bet that at some point when you were a kid, some well-meaning adult insisted that you “clean your plate.” (More than likely with the threat of no dessert if you didn’t, right?)
Cleaning your plate might’ve felt like a punishment when you were eight (especially if there were vegetables involved!) But as an adult, it can take on a whole new meaning.
It can turn from a bargaining chip for after-dinner treats to a big-time guilt fest, especially if food and body struggles have ever haunted you.
So you have a job interview, a wedding, or another big-time event on the calendar, but you’re dreading it worse than the Monday morning alarm clock. Why?
Because it means one thing–you need a new outfit. And yes, that means–UGH!–clothes shopping.
There was a time in which the food on my plate and the scale in my bathroom pretty much ruled my life by the way of fear.
I went through my day not focusing on the things that I loved, but immersed in the fear that no matter what I did, I’d gain weight. Or not be able to lose weight.
I yo-yo’ed up and down 40 pounds, and the longer that went on, the more fear-based and painful my world became.
Welcome to BeatingBingeEating.com! I’m Brittany Brown.
My goal is to transform the health and happiness of the world, starting with you. You were not put on this earth to struggle. I’m here to show you how to finally feel at home in your body and end your struggle with food and your body for good. This mission was born out of my own passion-driven breakdown. Here’s my story...Read More
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