021. The Very First Thing You Need To Do To STOP Binge Eating

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Ryann Nicole

Episode Transcript

Hey there, it’s Ryann! Today, I’m diving into a topic that hits close to home — overcoming binge eating. I recently shared a reel on Instagram about my journey and recovery from binge eating, and the response was overwhelming. Many of you reached out, seeking guidance on how to start this journey. So, let’s sit down and discuss the first crucial step that often gets overlooked.

The Struggle with Binge Eating

Binge eating is a complex challenge, and I’ve been there. I’ve struggled with it for seven years, but what many don’t know is that I went through three therapists before finding the one that truly resonated with me. Today, I want to share not just what to do but a fundamental step that precedes any action — understanding your “why.”

Finding Your Why

Before delving into strategies, diets, or therapeutic approaches, the pivotal first step is grappling with your why. There must be a burning desire within you to confront the discomfort and uncertainty that comes with change. Binge eating thrives in the comfort of the familiar, and breaking free requires a genuine commitment.

Facing the Unknown

Overcoming binge eating involves stepping into the unknown. It’s uncomfortable, scary, and challenges your current beliefs. But here’s the critical question: How far has your current approach gotten you? If you’ve been stuck in a cycle of diets and restrictive behaviors, it’s time to reassess.

The Willingness to Change

Many express the desire to change, but true transformation begins when you’re willing to do whatever it takes. It’s about embracing the discomfort, acknowledging the fear, and committing to trying something different, even if it seems daunting.

Breaking the Cycle

Binge eating often involves a cycle of trying different diets, experiencing brief success, followed by a return to old habits. The pivotal shift happens when you genuinely let go of the need to control through diets and restrictions and instead embrace a willingness to explore the unknown.

My Turning Point

I vividly remember my turning point. Alone in my dorm room, surrounded by wrappers, feeling trapped in a cycle of binging while watching others enjoy life, I reached a breaking point. Looking in the mirror, I declared, “I’m going to change this. I’m going to do whatever it takes.” That was my moment of genuine willingness.

The Importance of Being Ready

In sharing my journey, I want to emphasize that no therapist or book had a magical solution. The difference was that I was finally ready to change. If you’re feeling stuck, it might not be about finding a new approach; it might be about reaching a point where you’re genuinely ready for change.

Embracing Uncomfortable Change

It’s okay to be scared and uncertain. The key is to be willing to find out what happens next. Shifting your mindset from “I know best” to “I’m willing to try something different” is where true change begins.

Before getting overwhelmed by the details of overcoming binge eating, start with the willingness to change. Acknowledge your fears, uncertainties, and discomfort. Embrace the idea that trying something different might be the key to breaking free from the cycle.

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Ryann Nicole

Licensed Therapist, Certified Nutritionist, and Virtual Wellness Coach

Ryann is a licensed therapist and virtual wellness coach who has assisted individuals worldwide in establishing a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

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