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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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Trauma has been show to increase the risk for eating disorders and addictions. There has been much research showing that early childhood trauma can really change a person’s life trajectory – causing problems with learning, attention, memory and the ability to regulate emotions. Despite these traumatic experiences, individuals with trauma are able t…
 
You may never have heard about RDS but it may be critical to understanding why your food and body image issues are so difficult to heal from. If you have binge eating, food addiction or emotional eating, you may have a genetic risk for RDS or early childhood trauma may have increased your risk for RDS. In this podcast, you will learn: What is rewar…
 
In this episode, I will share with you some of my personal struggles with the tyranny of the scale. I will also talk about body shaming and weight stigma especially when it comes from physicians and will give you my responses to and anger about the medical profession which continues to make everything about size. If you’re struggling with binge eat…
 
Being out of touch with or disconnected from your spirit can lead to spiritual depletion. Spiritual depletion can exacerbate binge eating, food addiction and emotional eating. Spiritual emptiness is a sick- ness that has signs and symptoms just like any physical illness. It’s important that you recognize the signs so you can address the causes of s…
 
If you are struggle with food addiction, emotional eating or binge eating, stress can trigger emotions that you may have been regulating with food. Managing stress without food requires that you learn a new set of skills to use when you’re feeling overwhelmed, worn out, or stressed to the max. Managing stress also requires learning to tap into your…
 
In this podcast, I will interview Betsy Thurston, a dietician who also specializes in the use of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy as a unique tool in treating her eating disorder clients. The founder of IFS, Dr. Richard Schwartz describes IFS as “a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy.” We will discuss how she has s…
 
If you are dissatisfied with your body, you are not alone. While having self-doubts is a normal part of being human, if your self-evaluation is primarily dependent on your superficial appearance, your size or shape, that can lead to shame, negative self-talk, suffering and the use of extreme and harmful behaviors to reach the ever-elusive thin idea…
 
Physical activity has been co-opted by the diet industry just as food has – in other words, only good to get you to lose weight. No wonder thinking about body movement may send you into a fit of resistance or rebellion or make you feel guilty – feeling you’re not doing enough or not doing the right kind of activity that the experts say you should. …
 
The first goal of therapy if you have binge eating, compulsive overeating, food addiction or emotional eating should be interrupting any current unwanted behaviors, such as bingeing, overeating, obsessing about food or your body. But these behaviors are so automatic and so linked to emotions that often are not acknowledged or even recognized, that …
 
If you have binge eating, food addiction or emotional eating, you may know that diet culture has rebranded itself as “healthy” vs. the prior focus on the thin ideal, losing weight or getting skinny. There has also been a trend by social media influencers to market detox products to make money, but in doing so, they may be contributing to the develo…
 
If you’re struggling with food addiction, binge eating or emotional eating, at some point you may have come to realize that there’s something deeper to your food and body image issues. If you ask yourself what the cause is of most of your suffering about your food obsessions and body hatred, you may realize that it is because of these problems you …
 
Unconscious core beliefs can stand between you and your goal to put an end to your food, body image, and weight issues. When first formed, usually when you were younger and during times of transition, trauma, or emotional upheaval, core beliefs are solutions to problems you couldn’t solve—perhaps because you didn’t have the resources at the time. R…
 
If you’ve been struggling with binge eating, emotional eating and food addiction for most of your life, you may view your body as an adversary. When you experience negative feelings about your body, it may be the result of past hurtful experiences from childhood, which can lead to a disconnection between you and your body. This can lead to your sel…
 
Did you know that there is a hidden force that drives your behaviors associated with food addiction, emotional eating and binge eating? This hidden force is your emotions and when you struggle to regulate your emotions, it can have a big impact on your binge eating, emotional eating and food addiction behaviors. If you have food and body image issu…
 
If you’ve tried different diets to help with food obsessions, binge eating or emotional eating, you may have concluded that your food and weight issues are not about food. These issues are about how you use food to deal with your emotions, experiences from your past, and beliefs that have resulted from past hurts or traumas. By working on your food…
 
Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening illness that is challenging to treat and can be overwhelming for families seeking help. The Minnesota starvation study dating to the 1950’s showed without any doubt that starvation causes psychological as well as physical symptoms – symptoms that mirror symptoms of individuals with anorexia. The current state …
 
It can be confusing to determine whether you have binge eating, food addiction or emotional eating. While criteria for binge eating disorder have been established for some time, research is beginning to show some of the ways in which binge eating and food addiction are similar and different. All of these disorders can affect men as well as women an…
 
If you've struggled with binge eating, food addiction or emotional eating for some time, you may find that the stresses and isolation of the quarantine have worsened your symptoms. Or you may have had other life challenges that have caused stress and overwhelm in your life. All of this can lead to depression and feelings of hopelessness or despair.…
 
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…
 
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