Stop Binge Eating

Stop Binge Eating with Dr. Glenn Livingston

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Glenn Livingston talks about how to stop binge eating and overeating.

Dr. Livingston is a psychologist disillusioned by what traditional psychology had to offer the overweight and/or food obsessed patient. He’s spent several decades researching the nature of bingeing and overeating via work with his own patients and a self-funded research program with more than 40,000 participants.  Most important, however, was his own personal journey out of obesity and food prison to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food.

Main Questions Asked:

  • What was your own personal journey with obesity like?
  • Why do people in our culture have such trouble with binge eating?
  • Is it possible to never binge again?
  • Is there anything else the listeners should know?

Key Points Made by Dr. Glenn:

  • Glenn was exercise bulimic when he was younger, as he got older and couldn’t exercise as often his eating habits began to catch up to him.
  • Food can be tied directly to emotional issues like loneliness and stress.
  • Addictions are linked to the survival drive we all share, you have to identify and separate the impulse in order to prevent it from dominating your behaviour.
  • Name your impulses – Glenn named his “my inner pig”.
  • The food industry is incentivised to put as many calories in as small a space and as enticing a product as they possibly can.
  • Our culture treats addiction with uncertainty which really undermines our abilities to deal with the addiction.
  • Make the decision and set a hard rule around your food; winners don’t give up, they analyze what went wrong and then get back up again.
  • Create a food plan that you can own. Take responsibility for it.
  • Use four categories to create your plan: Things you will never do again; things you will always do; things you will do under certain conditions; and things you can do in an unrestricted way. Start with one rule and then add more as you go along.
  • Evaluate your plan and make sure it provides a nutritious but tasty diet.
  • Step back and consider one food that really triggers you, make a rule based off that one food and identify the source of your impulse as your inner enemy. This will give you a chance to make a better choice.
  • Stopping addictive behaviour doesn’t require you to understand everything about it. Just clarify your plan and you can begin to ignore your impulses.

Resources Mentioned:

Book – Never Binge Again: Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person. Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice!

Dr. Glenn’s website

Book – Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again

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