Am I a Compulsive Eater?

Do you find yourself:

  • Using food to deal with emotional issues?
  • Overeating after a difficult day?
  • Eating on “autopilot”?
  • Consumed with guilt or shame after overeating?

If so, you’re not alone! compulsive overeating and emotional eating are more common than you might think. Our weight-obsessed culture has had a staggering effect on women across the country and around the world.

Green Mountain at Fox Run is a non-judgmental community of like-minded women and nutrition, eating behavior, and exercise specialists. We work together to discover the roots of your problems with food and how to move past them in a productive, positive way.

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Get the Support You Need to Overcome Compulsive Eating

You can overcome compulsive eating habits and gain long-term health. Learning to eat in a healthy, fulfilling way—without dieting—is about developing a supportive mindset and routine regarding food.

Green Mountain at Fox Run is our residential program exclusively for women who struggle with eating and weight. Join a supportive community of other women just like you, guided by experienced eating behavior specialists, who can help you gain the confidence you need to be free from food and weight worries. Many of our professionals have been through the same journey themselves.

3 Ways to Overcome Compulsive Eating

The Green Mountain at Fox Run staff is comprised of Binge Eating Disorder specialists and other professionals dedicated to compassionate self-care, including mindful eating and movement.

In our over four-decade-long experience working with women who struggle with eating and weight, and their eating habits, we encourage three ways to start taking charge of compulsive eating behaviors:

1. Practice Mindful Eating

Many women fall into the cycle of, “there is a diet plan out there that will finally work for me,” and, “once I lose the weight, I can start fully living.” This roller coaster can be hard to control, and it causes people to lose faith in their ability to manage their eating.

Instead, look inward and develop a relationship of trust with your body and with food. Developing this new relationship takes time and patience, but you can start small. Here are a few ways to work on mindful eating:

  • Establish some structure for the timing and balance of meals. Following a solid meal structure helps put your body back into balance so it can give you the cues you need about when, what and how much to eat. Start by eating within the first few hours of waking, then every 3 to 5 hours after that. Ensure most meals or snacks contain grain or starchy vegetables, protein, and fruits or vegetables. After a while, this way of eating becomes second nature so you don’t have to think about it all the time.
  • Try not to eat on auto-pilot. If you’ve ever used food to cope with emotions or stress, you know how easy it can become a habit. In order to change this habit, we have to “dig” new neural pathways in the brain. Put simply, we have to realize we’re doing it, and then begin doing it differently. Changing these ingrained behaviors takes time, so be patient with yourself.

2. Change Your Mind

It can help to train your thoughts to sound like someone who sees the best in you. Make sure your “inner voice” is validating your existence—not tearing you down. Talking to yourself with compassion is a crucial part of improving your relationship with food.

Take small steps to show self-compassion. Pay yourself a compliment. Think about your best qualities. Surround yourself with supportive people who give you the confidence you need.

Build your confidence by questioning negative thoughts and pausing to reflect. For example, if you find yourself thinking:

“Wow, I did terrible today. I might as well eat whatever I want because it’s not going to matter”

Take a moment to notice that thought and reflect on it. Ask yourself questions like:

“Why am I feeling this way? Why am I being so hard on myself? I know I am doing my best, so what little step can I take to keep improving? What stress reliever can I try right now to feel more fulfilled?”

Having this conversation with yourself can help you build confidence and keep tackling negative emotions.

3. Practice Regular Self-Care

We tend to be more vulnerable to compulsive eating when we are too tired, too anxious, too hungry, or too something. One way to overcome this is to take intentional breaks of mindfulness throughout the day to keep yourself centered.

This can be as simple as taking five deep breaths and figuring out what you need to do to feel better right now. Focus on your senses, and remember that small things can be very refreshing. If you can, try to “front load” self-care so you avoid being suddenly overwhelmed by stress. Even simple activities, like washing your face, putting on an extravagant lotion, taking a walk outside, or stopping to notice a beautiful view, can be a great way to calm yourself.

Take Charge of Compulsive Eating

Breaking a habit is difficult, especially when you feel like you’ve tried and tried and tried. But the truth is, you have the power to take your life back.

When you’re ready to find lasting freedom from compulsive eating, contact Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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“When I first arrived at GMFR, I was broken and scared, but Green Mountain helped me find my way back to who I am as a person. I have relearned how to love myself from the inside. My relationship with food, exercise, and others has become a healthy one. Green Mountain will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Taylor F.

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