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Introduction to Brittany Roche, Author of ‘Binge Eating Recovery’

Introduction to Brittany Roche, Author of ‘Binge Eating Recovery’

Brittany Roche struggles with binge eating disorder. She hopes to share her struggles and triumphs with binge eating on "Binge Eating Recovery" blog.My name is Brittany Roche, and I am thrilled to join the HealthyPlace blogging community as an author for Binge Eating Recovery. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 14, and have struggled with anxiety and disordered eating (mostly binge eating disorder) for as long as I can remember. I know all too well binge eating is often a difficult subject to talk about which makes communities such as this so vital and powerful for those of us on the path to binge eating recovery.

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Food Isn’t Good or Bad and What You Eat Doesn’t Define You

Food Isn’t Good or Bad and What You Eat Doesn’t Define You

We give food a good or bad label. It's important to see food not as good or bad, but as neutral when in eating disorder recovery. Here's how to check yourself.

Food is often out into two categories, good and bad, but food is not “good” or “bad.” Having these judgmental thoughts around food leads us to believe we are either “good” or “bad” for eating certain foods. This disordered eating pattern of thought leads us deeper into our disorders. I have been working a lot lately on seeing food as a neutral party which does not have a “good” or “bad” label attached. Here I share the importance of not judging food as good or bad for successful eating disorder recovery.

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The Eating Disorder Treatment Experience

The Eating Disorder Treatment Experience

My eating disorder treatment experience is an extensive, positive one. Here are things to remember when choosing your experience in eating disorder treatment. My eating disorder treatment experience was a crucial part on my road to abstaining from eating disorder behaviors. Over the years, I have been through many types of treatment programs and have had many different experiences with them all. I hope through reading this you are able to gain insight into what the treatment experience for eating disorders is like.

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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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Think Binge Eating Recovery Isn’t For You? Remember This.

Think Binge Eating Recovery Isn’t For You? Remember This.

Do you feel binge eating recovery isn't for you? That you don't deserve it? If so, read this. Binge eating recovery is for you, and you do deserve it.While active in my binge eating disorder, I thought “Recovery isn’t meant for me” because I could not imagine what a life free of my binge eating disorder could look like. Sometimes I think I didn’t even want to. I thought my behaviors were keeping me sane, so why would I want to envision living in any other way? I was certain binge eating disorder recovery wasn’t for me.

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Finding Your Passion Helps Your Eating Disorder Recovery

Finding Your Passion Helps Your Eating Disorder Recovery

Finding your passion during eating disorder recovery makes life much better. Finding your passion helps you avoid your active disorder behaviors. Here's why.

I’ve learned that finding your passion is critical in eating disorder recovery. Passion is what keeps us pushing through life, through the worst and the best of days it remains a driving force. While a prisoner of my eating disorder, I lost passion for any and all things this life had to offer. I realized during my eating disorder recovery journey that passion is something we need to reconnect with to find the strength to keep persevering in wellness.

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Binge Eating Disorder Recovery and Dating

Binge Eating Disorder Recovery and Dating

During eating disorder recovery, dating can be difficult to navigate. Here I share what I've found necessary for a healthy relationship during recovery.
Since being in eating disorder recovery and feeling well enough to start dating again, I have found that the dating scene can be difficult to navigate. Finding someone who understands what you are going/have gone through may seem like an impossible task. Here are some tips on getting back out there once you feel ready to date again in eating disorder recovery.

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Binge Eating Disorder and Depression Made Food My One Friend

Binge Eating Disorder and Depression Made Food My One Friend

Some people don’t understand this, but binge eating disorder combined with depression can make food your only friend.When binge eating ran my life, I also experienced major depression. I don’t know which came first, the binge eating disorder or depression, but co-occurrence of depression is common among those with eating disorders (Depression and Eating Disorders: When Sadness Never Fades).

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The Secrecy of Binge Eating Disorder

The Secrecy of Binge Eating Disorder

Secrecy in binge eating disorder is huge. I was once told that eating disorders were all about secrets and lies. As I ponder that thought, I cannot think of anything more accurate. When consumed by binge eating disorder, I did everything in secret, never letting anyone into the reality of my life. I snuck food, lied about what I was eating, and denied any comments about my behavior. I wish I would have known then that the secrecy of my binge eating disorder was only digging me deeper into my dark hole.

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Loneliness and BED: Am I the Only One Who Binge Eats?

Loneliness and BED: Am I the Only One Who Binge Eats?

Many times binge eating and binge eating disorder (BED) is coupled with intense loneliness and people wonder if they are the only one who binge eats. It is time we who suffer realize we are not alone. There are millions of others who are right here, going through the same thing. If we can create a community and engage in conversation around our binge eating behaviors, we can start to free ourselves from the burden of shame along with our feeling of loneliness associated with BED.

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