5 Binge Eating Self Help Books to Aid Recovery
Binge Eating Self Help Books can be a great alternative way to recover from this disorder. Not everyone is able to access the right help they need to treat binge eating so seeking out other alternatives is important. Binge eating self-help books are easily available and cheap allowing just about everyone to afford them.
In my selection, I have included some of the most popular and useful books that are out there on the market. You will note that not one of them tells you to go on a diet because binge eating is actually made worse by food restriction. Each of the binge eating books will have different strategies and tactics to create positive change. Remember once size doesn’t fit all as the saying goes. Here are my recommendations:
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Never Binge Again
The remainder of the book title says it all. Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person. Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice! Never Binge Again is one of the most read books on the subject in Amazon and has thousands of reviews.
Glenn Livingston helps you to change your binge eating habits by getting you to think of your overeating part as a pig that wants feeding. He thinks of it as an evolutionary part that wants to give us comfort by eating but that it has grown out of control and he has the methods to put it back in its place so that you eat normally again.
This book isn’t for everyone but a significant amount of buyers felt it made a big difference to their binge eating so it is worth a mention.
Brain Over Binge
My Second Binge Eating Self Help book is Brain over Binge by Kathryn Hansen. Interestingly even though she is writing about Binge Eating she is a former bulimic who struggled with therapy as a solution to her particular problem. Rather than take the emotional and psychological route to resolve her problem she looked at the disorder as being a function of her brain.
The book discusses topics including low self-esteem, body image, dieting (which is the worst thing a binge eater can do), habits, triggers and much more. To the author, binge eating is “neurological” junk that can be overcome with her advice. Why not pick up a copy and see whether her methods might work for you.
Body Positive Power
Body Positive Power
Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe takes yet another different approach to binge eating recovery. In this book, Megan works on boosting self-esteem and confidence to create positive change to eating patterns.
It is well known that many eating disorders are caused by problems such as low self-esteem, feelings of not being good enough or generally comparing ourselves negatively to others. By being body positive it is possible to change negative emotions into something healthier according to Megan.
As a therapist, we know that reducing negative thoughts makes a huge difference to my clients eating disorders. Any book that helps them to change their mindset can be hugely important to their recovery.
Overcoming Binge Eating
Overcoming Binge Eating by Dr Christopher G Fairburn is a book that can be used for self-help or alternatively it is designed to use in conjunction with therapy. This means that it would be an ideal companion to our Stop Binge Eating Programs.
Unlike some of the other books, this actually gives you a step by step approach to deal with problems associated with binge eating. It helps you to take back control and in particular, free yourself from dieting and unhealthy eating patterns. This second edition also expands on the first edition and now discusses more on body image and its importance in resolving the disorder.
Binge eating self-help books as you can see don’t just contain exactly the same information as each other but have varying strategies to deal with disordered eating. This means that sometimes it may be necessary to read more than one book to suit your particular needs.
The Intuitive Eating Workbook
The Intuitive Eating Workbook helps you with mindful eating which can make a big difference to how and what you eat. In fact, we teach every client who comes in to see us these principles to increase their awareness of what they are putting in their mouth and why they are doing it.
Designed for emotional eaters it will take you through 10 steps to help you to tune into what your body is really telling you vs what your mind wants to do. Believe it or not some of the answers to resolving binge eating are simple if you just take the time out to follow your natural intuition.
We also have a set of Worksheets to help you stop Binge eating. You can purchase these from our online shop to help you change the way you think about food. These are designed to help you eat more mindfully and be aware of how any emotions you are feeling may be impacting how you eat.
Binge Eating Therapy Sessions
For some people, Binge Eating self-help books will make a world of difference to eating patterns but for others, a helping hand may be needed. This is especially the case if anxiety, childhood trauma or depression is involved. In these circumstances, it makes sense to try and get help from a professional therapist or to see your doctor. We run a five-session Stop Binge Eating program that can be taken online or in-person depending on your location. For more details simply contact us using the form below.
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