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You can put an end to food obsessions, body dissatisfaction and cravings. You can make peace with food and your body and have the energy and vitality you want! And you can be healthy without dieting. I'm Carolyn Coker Ross, MD and I'm a specialist in treating binge eating, food addiction and emotional eating and I'd love to teach you how to regain your self-confidence, end your struggle with food and weight and be free to live your life again.
 
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Tattoos have become more acceptable over the years but are often only seen as having decorative value. My guest #DonnaTorrisi has written a book about the connection between tattoos and trauma. While a tattoo sits only on the skin, the meaning of tattoos may be much deeper for some individuals, telling a story of a difficult time in their lives, a …
 
If you struggle with binge eating, emotional eating and food addiction, you may also have body image issues. Your body image issues may keep you from doing what you want to do in life and keep you from being the best you can do. Think of your body identity as a role or archetype you have chosen to play in your life for the time being until you are …
 
Many people who struggle with food addiction, binge eating, or emotional eating also have money problems – overspending, impulse buying or you may have had a bad divorce that left you with financial problems. My special guest, Tasha Chen is with me on this podcast to discuss why money can be a problem for so many people and how you can attract more…
 
Self-sabotage is common and happens to people from all walks of life. Many people with food addiction, emotional eating or binge eating self-sabotage with food as a way to numb unpleasant emotions or cope with stressful situations. This can lead to feelings of failure and can worsen the behaviors or body dissatisfaction. Then you can get stuck in t…
 
Traumatic life experiences, including childhood trauma and the relationships you have with your caregivers growing up, directly affect the nervous system – often throwing it out of balance. An out-of-balance nervous system can make it difficult for you to tolerate your emotions. This then leads to using food (and other substances and behaviors) to …
 
“Health and weight are not synonymous.” Behaviors such as binge eating, compulsive overeating, emotional eating, and food obsessions are part of systems of power that rank human bodies by size and race and create an illusion that health and virtue are obtained by being thin. Being controlled by size and food is still an accepted way of controlling …
 
“Weight stigma is associated with several physical and psychological health consequences.” You've realized that diets don't work for binge eating, compulsive overeating, food addiction, or emotional eating. You've been on a lot of diets and even though you lose weight, it doesn't last. After many diets, you've come to the conclusion that there's mo…
 
"Pregnancy can be an intense time for women with eating disorders." Most eating disorders, including binge eating disorder, food addiction, and emotional eating occur in women during their reproductive years. It’s not unusual for someone with an eating disorder to also be pregnant or for relapse of an eating disorder to occur during or after a preg…
 
"How would you eat if you weren’t trying to lose weight?" - Rachael Hartley My guest, Rachael Hartley, and I will discuss how to change your relationship with food from one of eating only to lose weight to do what she calls “gentle eating.” She discusses her approach to gentle nutrition and intuitive eating. Rachael also talks about how trauma can …
 
"Research has shown that HALF of all the foods Americans eat are ultra-processed “industrial formulations.” There's been a lot of talk about whether foods can be addictive or not. In truth, there are a group of foods, called “ultra-processed industrial formulations” that have been engineered in the nutrition lab and that contain high amounts of fat…
 
Whether you've been stressed about your health, suffered losses, tired of the quarantine, had financial stressors, working long hours, or had a relationship breakup, stress has become a constant irritant for many of us. If you're struggling with binge eating, emotional eating, or food addiction, your eating behaviors may be the first sign that you …
 
"Body image is the picture you hold in your mind of your body." When you hold a negative picture or are dissatisfied with your body, it can be a significant predictor of compulsive overeating, binge eating, emotional distress, depression, and problems in your relationships. Having positive feelings about your body if you are in a bigger body may be…
 
"There is no one diet that works for everyBODY." Despite the research, many people continue to look for a "perfect diet" (diet to go on) and cycle from one fad diet to the next, hoping that they will find a quick fix or a solution to their food and body image issues. They are often excited when starting a new fad diet, then disappointed when they a…
 
There are over 200 million searches on Google for the term “food addiction.” Food addiction affects a large number of individuals, even though it's not accepted as a true diagnosis (yet) by the medical profession. Using the Yale Food Addiction Scale, 5-10% of the general population test positive for food addiction. Over half of individuals diagnose…
 
"Everyone's experience of grief is unique - there is no "right" way to grieve." Grief is a normal reaction to any major loss. If you've lost a loved one during the pandemic, you may have experienced complicated grief. The normal feelings of yearning and sadness may have been complicated by not being able to be with your loved one or not even being …
 
"Depriving yourself of foods you crave just sets you up for more cravings" Are you struggling with food cravings? Well, you're not alone. At least 50% of people experience food cravings on a regular basis. If you have binge eating, emotional eating, or food addiction, these cravings can threaten to overwhelm you and lead to unwanted behaviors. You …
 
"Gratitude is the glue that lets us maintain our optimism!" The New Year is usually a time when we make resolutions, express our hope for the future, and shake off our past troubles to make a new start at whatever we want to change. But 2020 was a much different and more challenging year!! So, how should you approach THIS New Year? Should we still …
 
“Pain can be an invitation to heal.” When we began talking about the quarantine it was 8 months ago and I'm sure you, like me, had no idea that it would last this long. Because it has lasted so long, I am hearing from people all over the world and also reading the research showing that there are record increases in mental health issues. Social isol…
 
“Food and money are both used to self-soothe.” You may not be aware that if you have binge eating, food addiction, or emotional eating, your relationship with food may be a mirror for your relationship with money. If you binge with food, you may also be a binge shopper or spender. My guest, Francine Rogers, says she can easily look at a client’s cr…
 
“Dysfunction in a family can trigger eating and body image issues.” Azure Moyna has written a memoir about her journey to healing from an eating disorder and how her childhood trauma and family dysfunction contributed to the development of her food and body image issues. In this podcast you will learn: ⦁ How and why family dysfunction can lead to a…
 
Midlife eating disorders are increasingly common in women. Some midlife women experience binge eating, compulsive overeating, food addiction, or emotional eating. Others may develop anorexia or bulimia. Midlife eating disorders may lead to unhealthy dieting as a way to solve uncomfortable transitions in life, grief and loss issues, or other stresso…
 
In some studies, the association is between 84% and 100% of those with these eating disorders also having depression and anxiety. Binging, food obsessions, and body image issues can trigger or exacerbate depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety can also lead to binging and emotional eating. There are many types of depression including – pande…
 
The current pandemic has resulted in an increase in fears about financial security. People have been experiencing feelings of stress, failure, and anxiety around money matters. Dr. Galen Buckwalter coined the term “financial PTSD” which may affect over 20% of the US population to describe this overwhelming fear and lack of financial security. My gu…
 
"A woman's fury holds lifetimes of wisdom." (Actress Traci Ellis) Being a “good girl” often means at its most basic level, not being authentic; not being able to express yourself authentically. If you want to overcome binge eating or a negative body image, you need to realize that good girls can NEVER express anger. Over many past newsletters, I ha…
 
The Anchor Program is an online program that offers a non-diet approach to treating binge eating, compulsive overeating, food addiction, and emotional eating. The video below is an interview with a graduate from the Anchor Program (1 year after she completed both the 12-week intensive and the 6-month Subscription program). I wanted to do these inte…
 
The Anchor Program is an online program that offers a non-diet approach to treating binge eating, compulsive overeating, food addiction, and emotional eating. The video below is an interview with a graduate from the Anchor Program (1 year after she completed both the 12-week intensive and the 6-month Subscription program). I wanted to do these inte…
 
If you've been using binge eating, emotional eating or food addiction behaviors or body dissatisfaction as a way to deal with your stress, emotions or to deal with underlying childhood beliefs of unworthiness or unlovability, it is hard to change. Want to know how to deal with stress and food cravings? Want stress relief, food addiction help, and a…
 
The Anchor Program is an online program that offers a non-diet approach to treating binge eating, compulsive overeating, food addiction, and emotional eating. The video below is an interview with a graduate from the Anchor Program (1 year after she completed both the 12-week intensive and the 6-month Subscription program). I wanted to do these inte…
 
Many of the people I work with - whether it be with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, food addiction, or emotional eating - see their bodies as separate from their lives (and never the twain shall meet). Like the separation of church and state. They don't realize that negative body image is often directly related to what's happening in thei…
 
Many people with food and body image issues hold on to the belief that the only thing keeping them from being fat or fatter is having to whip themselves in shape periodically, or getting mad at themselves when they “make a mistake.” The negative self-talk and body hatred that goes along with the diet mentality does not address in any way the underl…
 
Research from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study demonstrates that the true causes of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other chronic diseases may be related to your childhood. Getting thin(ner) won't fix your childhood experiences. But healing from these experiences can give you help with food addiction, freedom from emotional eating and l…
 
I have so many patients who come to me absolutely certain that they have to be thin in order to be healthy. Usually, these are women who have been dieting, hating their bodies, being obsessed with food, binge eating, compulsive overeating, or who identify as emotional eaters or individuals with food addiction. They may be as young as 25 or as old a…
 
You may be afraid to think about the possibility of relapsing from binge eating, food addiction, or emotional eating in the future. In fact, many people believe that even talking about lapses gives you an excuse to go back to your old behaviors. The truth is that your cravings may come back when you least expect them. Maybe you’ll be doing well, bu…
 
Many people who are in recovery from binge eating, food addiction, or emotional eating stay at the superficial level, as in not obsessing about food or not bingeing. While it is important to overcome binge eating, to get food addiction help and to find freedom from emotional eating, but your unwanted behaviors can also be seen as the gateway for a …
 
Do you want to overcome binge eating, get food addiction help or have freedom from emotional eating? Are you finding yourself binge eating more during the COVID-19 pandemic? You may feel like you’re putting yourself first by obsessing about food or about your body, but actually you’re using food to satisfy cravings or to keep staying in your comfor…
 
Food addiction, like addiction to drugs or alcohol, often begins as a way to manage stress, turn up the volume on pleasant emotions (like happiness or comfort), or dampen uncomfortable feelings (like anxiety, anger, or sadness). Since 2010, researchers at Yale University have been using the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) to identify people with f…
 
It's been a tough day, week, month! You've been struggling with your eating behaviors and you've been upset that you've starting binging more often. Things had been going well for a while and you thought you had the binging under control. You convinced yourself after every binge that you won't binge again. And then, it happens again and again. You …
 
Awareness Is Not Enough. Implicit bias makes it acceptable to discriminate against people for race but also for size, sexual orientation, age, and abilities. You may have a hard time identifying with bias based on skin color, but maybe you're in one of the other groups that have been discriminated against. Remember, if there isn't justice for all, …
 
Have you ever heard someone say: "The reason I overeat, is because I just love food"? I hear this a lot from my patients with food and body image issues. But when you think about it - food doesn't taste any better if you eat just enough versus if you binge or overeat. So the question is: can you love food without having to eat more than your body n…
 
The question above comes from the 1984 movie “Starman” and has stuck in my mind because the answer to that question is what exemplifies what makes Americans great. Protests about the death of George Floyd and the COVID-19 pandemic may be triggering your binge eating, food addiction, and emotional eating. In this video you will learn: Four technique…
 
Consistency trumps intensity and novelty. What does that mean? I hear over and over how my patients are able to stick with a new (novel) eating plan, exercise routine, or (fill in the blank) for only a short time then they are off to something new (novel). Many tend to gravitate towards dramatic or intense new ways of eating or being physically act…
 
Research has shown that toxic stress - for example, adverse childhood experiences (prolonged and extreme stress without compensatory support) changes the brain - increasing the risk for addictions, eating disorders, and other mental and physical health issues. However, on the other end of the spectrum, NO stress deprives a child in particular of th…
 
Health, particularly behavioral health, has become bound up in morality. The term for this is “healthism” based on a philosophy that everyone is responsible for their health but in a way that makes “healthy behaviors” seem to be more morally superior. This is particularly a problem when it comes to body size. There is a feeling that if health is un…
 
Food shame is common in individuals with binge eating, food addiction, emotional or stress eating. Certain foods are more prone to being a source of shame and can lead to overeating and binging. How do the keto diet, paleo diet or intermittent fasting lead to food shame? Stress can also contribute to or result in food shame. Learn how to overcome f…
 
The past few weeks have been difficult for many people, myself included. I'm reaching out to you now because I also know that if you have binge eating disorder, food addiction or you are an emotional or stress eater, this may be a particularly difficult time to manage your eating behaviors. FREE MEDITATIONS – bit.ly/crossmd Check out my TEDxPleasan…
 
If you are an emotional overeater, this problem probably began early in your life. As a child, if you were not taught to manage your emotions, you may be at higher risk for engaging in emotional eating as an adult. Or if you had difficulty postponing gratification as a child, threw tantrums, or expressed excessive anger about food, this also would …
 
Many people feel their emotions are overwhelming while other people may have completely shut down any access to their emotions and even have trouble identifying what they are feeling. Both reactions to emotional pain are two sides of the same coin—attempts to escape from your emotions. But what are you really hungry for? What if your emotions are t…
 
STUDY GUIDE: HOMEWORK Identify specific emotions and their body sensations. Then list a situation when you remember feeling each emotion strongly. Then list the body location and sensations associated with each emotion. Finally, see if you can identify nonverbal cues that are associated with each emotion. For example, think of your facial expressio…
 
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