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The Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross Show: Binge Eating Disorder, Stress Eating, Emotional Eating, Food Addiction

Mar 9, 2020

I’ve discussed in recent emails and podcasts the importance of recognizing how shame and guilt can affect your eating behaviors and can exacerbate binge eating, compulsive overeating, food addiction, and emotional eating.  This is a very difficult subject and one most of us don’t want to think about.  But it is an important topic to understand. 

When we shame ourselves and when we set unrealistically high expectations and then feel guilty or shame ourselves for not meeting them, we can find ourselves stuck in a vicious cycle that often includes using food in unhealthy ways.  Brene’ Brown says: "Shame is far more likely to cause destructive behaviors than it is to cure them." Self-compassion is the antidote to shame.


Challenge yourself to do at least one self-compassionate action each day for 7 days. Examples might include, giving yourself reassurance, doing some deep breathing, practicing positive self-talk, giving yourself a hug. Keep a record each day of the self-compassionate actions you’ve taken and also how being self-compassionate feels.

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