For help with
these issues, please contact:
Jane Rachel Kaplan, Ph.D., MPH
902 Curtis St.
Albany CA, 94707
Binge Eating For Personal Freedom
At times when we want to binge, it seems that personal freedom is at
stake. We want to be able to eat as much as we want of whatever we want
including and even primarily, sweets. We feel free, autonomous,
unconstrained in the moments of the binge. It's as if the binge tells us we
are free beings. Yet, we know that true personal freedom is really not
about eating sweets.
When we feel very little personal freedom in some aspects of our lives and
when self-esteem is low and we feel trapped by ourselves, we may have no
better option than to express our needs for autonomy and freedom by eating
lots of sweets, by bingeing. Though we may not like it, we need to respect
the part of us which uses food to express our important need for personal
As we get healthier, we can grow beyond expressing our needs for freedom
in this way. We learn new ways of feeling free and independent; ways which
involve not thinking in extremes and forming honest and loving
relationships with ourselves and others. These new ways are not easy to
learn and it is the work of recovery to learn them through trial and
error. We then develop ways to make good choices, assert and express
ourselves which begin to feel more lively and expanding than does bingeing
It takes working on ourselves to find these new and sweeter freedoms, but
it is worth it. It is worth to be able to say, I used to binge on sweets
to feel free inside. I don't blame myself, I needed to then. I now have
healthier ways to feel free and I feel very good about my progress.
Copyright © 2011 by Jane Rachel Kaplan.
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Dr. Jane Kaplan Ph.D., Psychologist Provides Eating Disorders Therapy in the SF East Bay area, near Berkeley, Albany. Weight Management Coaching, Psychology of Nutrition and Healthy Eating Counseling, Individual, Group and Family Therapy for Anxiety and Depression.