Disordered Eating

 

I had a great radio show a few months ago where I had Mindy Gorman-Plutzer, who recently wrote a book called Freedom Promise.  Her book was motivated by her personal struggle to deal with “disordered eating.”  She said she had a choice, “to stay buried in the dark hole of addictive behaviors, or embrace the light.”  She chose the light.

Mindy explained that disordered eating is when a dieter becomes obsessed with dieting and the need for perfection takes over.  It differs from eating disorders of anorexia, bulimia or non specific eating disorder.  Mindy explains that we are constantly getting conflicting viewpoints from different groups in the dieting industry, a $60 billion industry, based on science as to what the best diet is and that we really need to be told what to eat by them to be successful.

Mindy, as an eating psychology coach, looks to see what, how, when and why we are eating. Things that happen in life effect our relationship with food. She further discussed how people are creatures of habit and that the habits need to be broken and new healthy eating habits need to be formed.  The best way is to learn about triggers you suffer from in your distorted eating and have strategies to deal with these triggers. Recovery, according to Mindy is possible when we change the mind and the fear of food. For recovery you need forgiveness, acceptance and compassion.

One issue that we discussed that is important to me is what message are we giving our kids. I have teenagers and a daughter, and we need to give the right message to our kids. We discussed on the show the need to teach our kids, and ourselves, to eat for fuel and not out of emotion. We also need to talk to our children about inner beauty, paying it forward and focus on how we live and how we have relationships with others.  When my kids eat junk food (my daughter loves her Doritos) I try to be careful in my message to them and have them think of ways to counterbalance the junk food, because after all, the old cliche is still true, we are indeed what we eat.

I often have patients that either tell me that they are never hungry or that they are hungry all the time.  Pat