Brittany Burgunder


When it comes to humans and food one could see them as a science. But when it comes to our beliefs, rituals and fears this is not the case. Our minds have a wild and indefinable side. We are all unique and complex individuals. We aren’t supposed to live in a scientific manner as if we are some sort of laboratory experiment. So why do we get so caught up in methodical ways of going about our lives? Sure, it’s easier, it’s predictable, and it’s familiar and therefore “safe.” But this is not living. Stop counting your calories. Stop measuring your food. Stop weighing yourself. Stop timing your workouts. Stop eating the same things everyday. Stop being a robot!

If you binge, relax. Take a deep breath. You are human. Forgive yourself and get right back on track the next morning. Don’t restrict or try to “undo” the binge. If you restrict, relax. You have the power in each given moment to make a new and better choice. I promise that eating additional calories will not make you gain 10 pounds overnight. If you are caught in a binge/restrict cycle, you are not alone! And here is the hard truth as to how to stop it: you must quit the restriction before the binging will subside, end of story. If you are addicted to and/or abusing laxatives and diet pills. Stop immediately with the help of a professional. You are harming your body and are only gaining trouble.

If you are struggling with depression, anxiety or a mental illness, it’s okay. You are not alone and there is no shame whatsoever in trying, taking and needing medication. Many people do and that is an empowering choice you are making to take care of yourself. If you are purging after your meals, take a deep breath and come up with a game plan. Try chewing gum after meals or choosing a positive coping skill. Eat with friends or someone to keep you accountable. If you are over-exercising and can’t seem to stop; you aren’t the only one. Try reducing the amount you exercise for by a few minutes each day. If that seems impossible then try increasing your calories to make up for your exercise by a little each day.

The following in my mind is one of the most overused questions by therapists, but I believe it is incredibly relevant and true… So ask yourself, “How’s that been working for you?” ~Britt

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