4 Things to Know if you Binge or Purge – Video with Emily Rosen

If you binge and purge, you may feel like you’re trapped in a cycle that you can’t get out of, no matter how hard you try. You may have exhausted yourself fighting against old patterns, only to find them taking over when your resistance is down. But no matter where you are at in your journey with binging and purging, there are some simple yet profound things that you can do to give yourself some breathing room and enhance your chances of making changes that last. In this powerful new video from #IPEtv, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, shares 4 ideas that may give you a new perspective this eating challenge. If you or someone you care about struggles with binging and purging, you won’t want to miss this.

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Here is a transcript of this week’s video:

Hi, I’m Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Today we’re going to talk about 4 Things to Know if You Binge and Purge

If you binge and purge, you’re not alone. According to a 2003 study by the Renfrew Clinic, 25% of college-aged women have engaged in binging and purging. That’s 1 in 4 women who try it. Many people start the behavior as a weight management strategy. A significant segment of people learn binge and purge behavior from sports, especially sports that require weigh-ins such as wrestling, boxing, and gymnastics. A majority of people will discontinue the behavior when they realize it’s dangerous or unhealthy for them. But for some, it can turn into a serious challenge called bulimia. Here are a 4 ways to help transform this eating concern:

#1 Stay Nourished

The best biological way to shore yourself up against a binge/purge cycle is to stay well nourished throughout the day. Starving yourself just sets you up to feel ravenous and out of control with urges to eat way more than a normal amount of food later on. Don’t skip meals. Get enough healthy protein and fat. Avoiding food only makes us crave it, and intensely so.

#2 Slow Down

Carve out some time to eat in a relaxed and pleasurable way. Stop and sit down. Breathe. Taste and chew your food. Enjoy. Tap into your senses. Be present with the food in front of you. Believe it or not, it’s hard to binge when you’re completely present, when you eat slow, and when you stay present to all the sensations of the eating experience.

#3 Put Space Between Urge and Action

Use the restroom before you eat so that you have no excuse to use it after to purge. Decide to refrain from using the restroom for at least 2 hours after a meal. Keep any other purging receptacles out of reach. Have a plan for what you will do instead—create art, work, take a walk, journal, talk to a friend, listen to relaxing music, and do whatever you can to stay in a positive frame of mind.

#4 Find A Way to Help Others

In general, serving others and helping uplift them is a great way to get out of our own internal craziness. Find a purpose, a way that you can regularly be of service to people you can truly help. It’s one of the most powerful antidotes for self attack and harmful behaviors. When we nourish others, we magically find a place of inner peace and our problems find a natural and more effortless way of healing.

I hope this helps you understand more deeply how to work with this important-to-understand eating concern.

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  • chloe

    The biggest thing that I learned when I tried to binge slowly was that I get sick of chewing and the taste of food way before all the food I planned on eating is gone. The food became of no interest to me after a couple of minutes and I found my mind wandering to different things like the laundry I needed to do or the shower I wanted to take. Point blank, the food became of no interest as soon as my body had enough nutrients and living my life took over.

    • Hi Chloe, Thank you so much for sharing your observations about this practice. It is truly amazing how simply slowing down can change the entire experience! Wishing you all the best! Warmly, Emily

About The Author
Emily Rosen

Emily Rosen is the Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations in addition to her role as Senior Teacher. With an extensive and varied background in nutritional science, counseling, natural foods, the culinary arts, conscious sex education, mind body practices, business management and marketing, Emily brings a unique skill-set to her role at the Institute. She has also been a long-term director and administrator for Weight Loss Camps and Programs serving teens and adults and has held the position of Executive Chef at various retreat centers. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to teach, counsel, manage, and be at the forefront of the new wave of professionals who are changing the way we understand the science and psychology of eating and sexuality. Emily is also co -founder of the Institute for Conscious Sexuality and Relationship.