123 – Half Size Me: Unconventional Solutions for a Binge Free Life with Brain Over Binge Author Kathryn Hansen

123In this episode of Half Size Me, Heather talks to Kathryn about

  • how she found an unconventional solution to begin her binge free life
  • how your primal brain may be the cause of your binge eating
  • how extreme dieting leads to binge eating and how to begin your recovery
  • and much more!

About Kathryn: 

“I’m Kathryn Hansen, and I was bulimic for 6 years – from 1999 until I recovered in 2005. At the end of 2010, I completed my book, Brain over Binge: Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn’t Work, and How I Recovered for Good.   

The book has been a goal of mine since my worst days of bulimia when I couldn’t seem to find a way to stop binge eating and purging. I vowed that if I ever found a way to recover, I’d write about it in the hope of helping others struggling with the same horrible problem.

After my recovery, I was convinced I had a powerful story to tell that could shed new light on eating disorders and provide a different path to recovery. Traditional therapy did not help me, and I know there are so many binge eaters who share my experience. From the moment I started writing, my mission has been to give hope, an alternative perspective, and a commonsense cure to those who are not able to recover using mainstream ideas.

My recovery didn’t involve a major transformation, and it doesn’t involve constant maintence. I am completely free of binge eating, purging, and any type of disordered eating. I don’t have to watch out for triggers, and I don’t have to follow meal plans or attend therapy. I no longer have any urges to binge, and I also believe I have zero possibilty of relapse.

There isn’t anything special about me. I don’t cope better with life than others; I have my share of problems – big and small, physical and emotional; and I don’t even eat perfectly! But, my bulimia is a distant memory. When I was in my darkest days of binge eating, I thought I could never completely recover. I thought I would have to deal wtih my eating disorder one-day-at-a-time for the rest of my life. But, I don’t. I believe that if recovery was possible for me, it’s possible for anyone.

A little more about me, personally: I am 31 years old, and I am a full time stay-at-home mom. I have 4 kids age 6 and under (who often leave me rather overwhelmed and exhausted, but also overjoyed).”

To read more about Kathryn click here.



Brain Over Binge

About Half Size Me

The Half Size Me Show is a weekly podcast meant to inspire you and motivate you no matter where you are in your weight loss journey. If you’re just getting started losing weight, or if you’ve started and stopped so many times you’ve lost count, this is the show for you!

Hosted by Heather Robertson, who lost over 170 pounds by learning new eating habits, getting regular exercise, and, most importantly, changing her mindset. She shares her own lessons and struggles as well as how to handle to real challenge of any weight loss journey… weight maintenance.

So, join Heather every week as she shares information, inspiration, and interviews with women who’ve learned weight loss isn’t just about losing pounds, it’s about finding yourself.

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Disclaimer: Heather is not a doctor, nurse, or certified health professional and what works for her or her guests may, or may not, work for you. So, please be sure to talk with your doctor, dietician, or other certified health professional when seeking advice about your own weight loss or weight maintenance plan. All information included in The Half Size Me Podcast and on HalfSizeMe.com is for informational and inspirational purposes only.

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After losing 170 pounds by changing her mindset, developing healthier eating habits, and making exercise part of her lifestyle, Heather decided she wanted to help others who struggled along their weight loss journey. Along with her hubby, Joel, they founded HalfSizeMe.com and the extremely popular Half Size Me Show podcast.