Many people experience binge eating patterns that they feel are out of their control.
Hypnotherapy can help you find a better way of eating where you can have control over your eating and feel comfortable with you eating patterns.
- Do you starve yourself all day, then blow out at night?
- Are you a secret eater who hoards food and eats as much as you can away from other people?
- Once you start eating, do you find you cannot stop?
- Are you putting on a huge amount of weight because you cannot stop eating?
Many people may go through periods in their lives when they become binge eaters and find their eating has got out of control.
You may become embarrassed to disclose this to other people in case you are accused of being greedy and gluttonous, but binge eating it is a genuine kind of eating disorder.
There are many reasons for binge eating, including physical changes in the body. Our bodies change throughout the whole of our lives. We experience changes in hormone levels, brain activity and the way the adrenal gland is modulating and balancing our desires to eat and regulating our energy levels.
As a naturopath I also consider the function of your body during the first consultation to see if there are any signs of physical causes for the binge eating.
This is important because for some people binge eating is caused by a physical disorder that raises ghrelin, the hunger hormone, and down-regulates leptin, the hormone that tells your brain you have eaten enough.
Perhaps you are under psychological stress at home, work or due to unforeseen circumstances.
This can lead to all sorts of unusual behaviours emerging, including the desire to suddenly eat massive amounts of food all in one sitting.
Maybe you have become an emotional eater and are trying to push down emotions that you feel you are unable able to deal with at this particular time of your life by continually eating, even when you are full and in discomfort.
Perhaps that pattern has been going on for a while now and become a habit that you have been unable to break.
As well as being a hypnotherapist who has dealt with many people suffering eating disorders, I am also a medical nutritionist, so during treatment we will also be looking at what you eat as well how much.
This is very importing because if you are eating poor-quality food, your adipose cells fail to produce enough leptin, so your brain does not get the message you are full and you keep on eating.
The good news is that hypnosis, along with a good diet plan, dealing with any undue stress or outstanding emotional issues can help you gain control and return to a normal eating pattern.
Also, hypnotherapy can help program your mind so you want to eat smaller amounts more often, which is what healthy people do each day.
In therapy, we are changing the way your body, mind and emotions work so you lead a more balanced life. Eating, after all, is one of the great pleasures of life which you can enjoy when you are eating the right food at the right time in the right way.
If you’re ready to overcome your binge eating issues with hypnotherapy, call my clinic on 02 8021 6429 to book your appointment.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath In Sydney. You can get help by booking an appointment with her at Australian Health & Education Centre.