Did you know that Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common Eating Disorder?
BED surpasses both Anorexia and Bulimia nervosa is numbers in North America. And yet, it is under-diagnosed and under-treated.
Most people with Binge Eating Disorder suffer alone, believing they have a character flaw or willpower issue.
In fact, shame is one of the hallmarks of Binge Eating Disorder.
It does not need to be so.
There are effective science-backed interventions for Binge Eating Disorder that have been proven in studies to bring freedom and remission.
Recover Strong is a 10-week 1:1 virtual coaching program based on principles from cognitive behavioural therapy for eating disorders (CBT-T). This evidence-based coaching program has been proven to reduce binge eating and improve relationship to body, food and self. Through recover strong, you will reduce binges and achieve healthy eating habits. You'll clear up the mind chatter around food and feel in control again.
Recover Strong may also address negative emotions associated with BED, concerns such as body dissatisfaction, body checking or avoidance, and comparison with others. Our Coaches will help you work towards body acceptance and an improved relationship with self.
The program will conclude with a focus on relapse prevention, as well as 2 follow up sessions to ensure the reduction or elimination of binges.
You'll leave this program confident and in control in the face of all foods and empowered in your relationship with yourself.
Stop the binge-shame-restrict cycle once and for all.
*Recover Strong is available virtually to clients across Canada*
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge Eating Disorder is not just overeating or even compulsive overeating. BED is a medical diagnosis that involves eating very large amounts of food over a short period of time, in a way that feels out of control, at least once weekly for 3 months or more. BED is distinct from Bulimia in that there are no compensatory behaviours (no vomiting, no laxative use, no excessive exercise).
BED does not discriminate based on size. BED can occur in individuals with all different body sizes.
¹ Hudson JI, et al. Biol Psychiatry 2007;61(3):348-58.
What causes Binge Eating Disorder?
The exact cause remains unknown. However several risk factors for BED have been identified including family history, chemicals in the brain, certain life experiences, and other mental health disorders (depression, anxiety, ADHD).
How is Binge Eating Disorder diagnosed?
Binge Eating Disorder is diagnosed by a physician, psychiatrist or qualified psychotherapist.
The DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Binge Eating Disorder include
- Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:
- Eating, in a discrete period of time (for example, within any two-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances
- A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (for example, a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating)
- The binge-eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following:
- Eating much more rapidly than normal
- Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
- Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
- Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating
- Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterwards
- Marked distress regarding binge eating is present.
- The binge eating occurs, on average, at least once a week for three months.
- The binge eating is not associated with the recurrent use of inappropriate compensatory behavior (for example, purging) and does not occur exclusively during the course of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder.
Weight and appearance are not part of the diagnostic criteria for binge eating disorder.
How is Binge Eating Disorder treated?
BED can be effectively treated with different forms of psychotherapy including cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. There are also medications that can be effective. In Canada, the only approved medication for BED is Lisdexamfetamine, a stimulant medication that should be prescribed under medical supervision only.
Our coaching program is based on CBT-T principles for Binge Eating Disorder. It is an intensive coaching program that requires the full participation of the individual. Success requires a commitment to do the work to finally be well and overcome the eating disorder. This requires doing, not just learning.
How Recover Strong Can Help You
Recover Strong is based on the research of CBT-T. Our BED coaches will guide you through the 10-week program to ensure that you learn to eat in a way that supports your body and your brain, handle emotional triggers, and face your fear foods.
We'll address challenges such as body dissatisfaction, body checking or avoidance, comparison with others and emotional triggers. You'll work toward body acceptance and an improved relationship with self and food.
The program will conclude with a focus on relapse prevention, as well as two follow up sessions (at 1 month and 3 months) to ensure the reduction or elimination of binges.
- 10 weekly, individual 60-minute virtual coaching sessions with a BED-trained Life Coach
- Progress Assessment at Week 4 (if successful dietary change hasn't been made then the Program stops here and the remaining Program Fee is refunded)
- 2 follow up sessions at 1-month and 3-months
- Weekly Food Logs and homework are mandatory for a successful outcome
- This Program requires a willingness to do the work. It's not just about knowledge, it requires a commitment to application with support and guidance from your Coach.
Requirements of this program:
Julie Mai, Binge Eating Coach
“I was anxious everyday, I was living life like I was floating through it. I wasn’t present with myself. I used food to either punish or reward myself. Previously, I was eating only once or twice during the day and then bingeing daily. I am now learning to accept and love where I am now. I am feeling more strength in my body.
- C.A., Recover Strong Client 2022
"I am forever grateful to the wonderful Julie Mai [Recover Strong Coach] for her unwavering support, deep knowledge of CBT-T and binge eating disorder, and genuine kindness. She was not only a fantastic CBT-T facilitator, but she also doubled as an emotional coach who shared my successes and challenges. I wish I had the opportunity to work with Julie years ago!! Thank you for a phenomenal program!"
- D.T., Recover Strong Client 2022
"My biggest win is that I do not spend every moment of the day with thoughts of hating my body and food. I can go to restaurants without worrying about food or losing control, I used to avoid restaurants. Learning about structured eating and the journal exercise immediately made a difference. It's usually the things we don’t want to do that are the things that help the most.”
- S.A. Recover Strong Client 2022
Julie has changed my life, I am no longer leaning on the crutches of bingeing and emotional eating. She has completely changed the way I view my relationship with food and my mentality on what nourishes me. How nourishment goes beyond the plate and can be indicative of what other needs in my life need as much care as when I plan a meal. She is so easy to talk to, no worry about being judged, very professional without making me feel like just another patient. Anyone can see how much she loves what she does from how passionate she gets about points that many would overlook. I know that when I talk to Julie I can be open and honest, because she has proven time and again how much her work means to her. My health journey has been quite a long road and having the aid of someone as genuine as Julie has made all the difference in truly helping me to progress and feel confident in where I am headed. I could not have asked for a better life line than Julie Mai."
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