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Focus on Learning After a Bingeing Relapse, Not Guilt

Focus on Learning After a Bingeing Relapse, Not Guilt

Bingeing relapses made me feel like a failure, as if I would never recover. But I'm not a failure, and neither are you. Learn how to reframe a bingeing relapse.

For 20 years, every bingeing relapse caused me so much guilt, I returned to binge eating. Until recently, I considered every bingeing relapse a disaster and myself as a failure that would never get better. Binge eating is one of the most difficult aspects of my life to discuss because I feel guilty that there are hungry people and I overeat. I also feel ashamed that I allow myself to lose control like this, so when I have a bingeing relapse, all of these emotions intensify. It was not until I stopped thinking in terms of success and failure that I began making progress, and I’d like to share ways I have retrained my brain to navigate my recovery and learn from a bingeing relapse.

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Essential Steps to Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Essential Steps to Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

There are essential steps I took to recover from binge eating disorder. Without these recovery steps, I'd still be in a dark spot. See what I did to be healthy.

I often missed the essential steps to binge eating disorder recovery because, when I binged, I felt overwhelmed with shame, guilt, and sadness. It did not occur to me there may be more below the surface. I attributed overeating to lack of self-control and used it as a way to berate myself for days on end. But when I started journaling, I began to see in black and white how I spoke to myself, my mood instability, and how much pain I was in without even acknowledging it. Because of journaling, I uncovered three essential steps to binge eating disorder recovery.

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Introduction to Daina Frame, Author of ‘Binge Eating Recovery’

Introduction to Daina Frame, Author of ‘Binge Eating Recovery’

Daina Frame, new author of "Binge Eating Recovery" blog, talks about her struggles with eating disorders and how she's recovering from binge eating disorder.I’m Daina Frame, and I’m excited to join HealthyPlace and Binge Eating Recovery to write about my recovery with eating disorders. I am 34 years old, and I have struggled with eating disorders for almost 20 years. I only began talking about my disorders a year ago. Until then, I hid everything from everyone I know. I had always feared being honest about binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia. I was ashamed and scared to talk about the truth. While I have been able to stop purging and restricting, I still am working through binge eating disorder. In addition to eating disorders, I am in the process of recovery for bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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