It’s a terrifying thing to feel out of control. It leads to feelings of desperation, isolation, and even guilt or self-loathing. This is especially the case when it comes to feeling out of control with food.

The reason this feels especially uncomfortable is because food is not something that can be abstained from the way some might choose to forgo a martini. Food is a necessary aspect to being alive, and we all carry within us a unique and complex story about our bodies and our history of eating.

Each action and each thought we entertain related to food and the body, whether we learned it from our parents or peers, carries with it a deeper component. So what do you do when you binge eat? Where does it come from? Why is it here? And how can we send it on its way and say goodbye forever?

Here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, we love to ask meaningful and powerful questions as a way to find equally powerful answers.

If we choose to do the hard and hungry work of learning who we are as unique, complex, and fascinating human beings, we discover that ultimately, our binge eating is an invitation for growth and healing.

And so very often, it’s not about the food at all.

What is Binge Eating?

Binge eating is a powerful from of overeating, an intense experience that seems to overpower us and control us. Binge eating is usually not an eating issue per se. Rather, it is often connected to other aspects in our lives: our personal relationships, work, money, family, stress, sexuality, and more. We need to realize that everything touches everything else. There are no spare compartments inside of us to shove “separate” spheres of our lives. If we’ve been in resistance to or ignoring what life is trying to convey to us, we find the body and mind will do its best to cope with the stress and the messages we’re not willing to pay attention to. Binge eating is letting us know that some part of our life needs deeper attention.

Binge eating can be characterized by any of the following:

  • An episode of “out-of-control eating”
  • Feeling like “that wasn’t me!”
  • A sense that there’s a hungry wolf inside you
  • An inability to stop yourself
  • Eating until you’re uncomfortably full without any pleasure or satisfaction
  • Feeling ashamed, guilty, depressed or disgusted after such an eating experience
  • Feeling like you “totally checked out” when you ate

If you experience any of these – then you have likely been experiencing the behavior known as binge eating.

Binge Eating and Dynamic Eating Psychology

The Institute for the Psychology of Eating teaches its students the skills to help anyone learn how to work with and heal their binge eating, and how to take control of their eating by listening to the wisdom in these unwanted but very symbolic eating behaviors. We help people open the door to a deeper part of themselves, where they can identify the nutritional and emotional reasons behind binge eating and how to stop binge eating.

Our philosophy is based on Dynamic Eating Psychology, which perceives food as a Doorway to a deeper part of our hearts and mind.

Some of the elements we teach include:

  • The practical psycho-biology of appetite
  • The cephalic phase digestive response and binge eating
  • The psycho-dynamics of control and willpower
  • Nutrition-dense food strategies
  • The hidden connection between body image and binge eating.
  • The stress response and binge eating
  • The connection between chronic dieting and binge eating

Are You Ready To Open The Door to a New Life?

If you’re ready to open the door to your inner self and find the insights you need to work with in order to stop binge eating, the Institute for the Psychology of Eating can help. Or perhaps you have already healed yourself and wish to help others! If you feel you are meant to share your knowledge with others in the world and help them heal and grow, then please learn more about our Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training.

With this certification you’ll be ready to take your knowledge into the world and help those who face challenges with their relationship with food. The opportunities for you to help others thrive are endless.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training, or any of our other offerings please sign up for our free information packed video series called “The Dynamic Eating Psychology Breakthrough” HERE or email us at to learn more.

Warm Regards,

The Institute for the Psychology of Eating

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P.S. If you haven’t had a chance to check out our FREE information packed video series – The Dynamic Eating Psychology Breakthrough – you can sign up for it HERE. It’s a great way to get a better sense of the work we do here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. If you’re inspired by this work and want to learn about how you can become certified as an Eating Psychology Coach, please go HERE to learn more. And if you’re interested in working on your own personal relationship with food, check out our breakthrough 8-week program designed for the public – Transform Your Relationship with Food™ HERE.

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.