It’s only a binge if you call it one

After a couple of weeks of hard work in our respective businesses, my husband and I wanted to let off some steam this weekend. Since neither of us drink and since Melbourne is still in lockdown, we decided to enjoy an epic food feast.

We scoured Uber Eats and discovered…

Imagine my surprise when the thing I hated most about myself turned out to be my biggest blessing

Trigger warning: this article mentions suicidal ideation.

A few years ago, I came pretty close to burnout. I had just received a major promotion at work, but since my team was under-resourced I was expected to immediately take on new responsibilities while still doing my old job full-time.

No matter…

Even though it may feel that way sometimes

I still remember the day it clicked for me that the people who love us do so for who we are, not for what we do. …

Last week, after 11 weeks of pregnancy, I had a miscarriage. Nothing prepared me for what would happen next.

Trigger warning: this article contains a graphic description of miscarriage and its physical symptoms.

The internet and pregnancy books are full of information about what to expect when you’re expecting. What foods to avoid, which supplements to take, and how to prepare for labour. …

Even when it’s well-intentioned

As I walked into the kitchen this morning to make myself a cup of tea, my cleaner put down his spray bottle, pointed his finger straight at my face and exclaimed in broken English: “Double chin! You have double chin!”

Confused, I looked back at him and responded: “OK… so…

What if our food cravings were actually a symptom of something else?

There’s nothing worse than the feeling of not being able to stop eating.

You want to, but you can’t. Despite your best intentions, it’s like a part of you takes over and just eats, and eats, and eats, leaving you feeling completely powerless over food.

People who’ve never struggled with…

Until a single sentence in a book turned my life upside down

I remember this day as if it was yesterday.

It was a cold winter morning, and I was sitting at the kitchen table reading a book on addiction by Dr. Gabor Maté. …

Being able to name the struggle might be the exact thing you need to heal

These days, as a Binge Eating Therapist, I talk a lot about both binge eating and emotional eating. But even just a short few years ago, despite the fact that I was doing both on an almost weekly basis, I had no idea they even existed.

I‘d never heard of…

Isn’t it about time we release the weight of other people’s opinions of us?

When I finally put an end to my lifelong struggle with food and weight, I experienced a sense of inner peace I didn’t even know existed.

For the first time in my life I felt… weightless.

Feeling Weightless isn’t just about feeling comfortable in your skin and making peace with…

It’s a concept that took me ages to truly grasp, until I’d done it enough times to understand that temporarily falling back into old habits is normal — and an integral part of the healing process.

Women lying on a bed, crying into a blanket

Since deep emotional healing (and subsequent lasting change) only happens when we are truly ready for it, it’s typically preceded by a period of major resistance.

Here’s how this tends to go down.

1 — Desire for change

We start to sense (consciously or unconsciously) that the current situation we’re in is no longer serving…

Joni Seeto

Former binge-eater turned therapist. FREE quiz: Why you keep turning to food (even when you’re determined not to!)

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