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Hi, I’m Jared and I help people who are willing to embrace a simple, effective approach based on Awareness Journaling to stop binge, bulimia and emotional overeating. This is unlike any calorie log you've ever tried before.

I believe that teaching Awareness Journaling is the best, most simple, and most effective method for beginners who struggle with binges, cravings and urges. 

Below is a picture of the journal you might use when starting out. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Common Concerns

Is my eating problem bad enough to merit treatment?

You have an eating problem that is interfering with your life and it has been going on for some time now. You know this. If you’re reading these words right now then eating is such a topic on your mind that you have a problem with your food thoughts. You know this.

If you have seen a doctor who has seen many other people with eating disorders and this doctor thinks that you would benefit from treatment, then yes. You have a problem that needs treatment. 

If you have family members and / or friends who have been telling you that you need treatment, then you need treatment. Just being honest here. 

Denial is worse. Don’t let this problem go on for years when there proven, simple measures that are risk free. In 3 months you can be free.

What happens if I am not better by the end of treatment?

I’ve never seen somebody who doesn’t get significantly better. I offer a significant automatic 100% money back guarantee if your binge eating frequency is great than 1x per week after 3 months of treatment. 

Plus, it’s extremely common for people to continue improving well after treatment! 

Overall though, if you worry too much about when you’ll stop bingeing, you’ll just be getting in the way of treatment itself. What’s best is just focusing on what needs to be done to overcome the problem itself!

Who will I be if I don’t have the eating problem? It’s so much a part of me. I won’t have an excuse for anything anymore.

Such concerns are not uncommon among those with longstanding eating problems.

The main point is that the eating problem interferes with all aspects of functioning and that without the eating problem, you are much more capable and effective than you may assume!

It is usual for there to be major improvements in mood, interpersonal functioning and self-esteem. You may not need an “excuse” for things anymore. As for patients not knowing “who they will be” if they no longer have an eating problem, there is some basis for this concern as your  true personality may have been masked by the eating problem. 

My stance when faced with this worry is to ask you about how exciting and interesting it will be to find out what your true personality is like and that they should look forward to discovering!

What kind of benefits can I expect?

Eating Enlightenment prides itself on objective success, primarily measurable reductions in binge eating frequency. 

This one measure is sufficient in and of itself in assessing the effectiveness of Eating Enlightenment.  But then think about all the wonderful consequences! 

Let’s remember the proven scientific benefits listed above:

Improved cholesterol levels

Lower rates of emotional and disordered 

Better body image

Higher self-esteem

Reduced stress

Improved metabolism

Higher levels of contentment and satisfaction

In addition to less binges and these proven benefits, there are so many harder to measure benefits:

What would your life look like if you no longer binged?

 What would your life look like if all the mental energy you spend thinking about food was redirected towards creative projects?

How would you live if you felt confident in social situations around food?

Eating Enlightenment clients report many other benefits, in addition to the concrete measurable reductions in binge eating, such as:

Becoming better parents

Better co-workers

Saving money to pay off debt because they no longer go on crazy binges

Not being shackled by obsessive thoughts

Simply enjoying food with family and friends

Developing a compassionate voice instead of inner criticism

Finding a greater sense of spirituality

Much less depression

Much greater self-esteem and appreciation for life

Overall, the benefit I think that’s most heart warming to me is getting to know someone and see their true personality emerge over time.

Usually when someone is trapped by bingeing, they are a shell of their true selves.

How long will it take to see results?

Jared loves the tools of Eating Enlightenment because of how quickly you can begin to see results.

Often within 1 week of food journaling, a client will experience an ‘Eating Enlightenment’. After another week or two of work, binge eating frequency can go down dramatically.

However, as with any real and deep process, these powerful effects deepen and spread over time.  Clients usually repeatedly access deep parts of themselves they didn’t even realize existed!

Over time, the effects become even more profound, including easier and even more consistent access to something Greater (whatever that is for you). 

Progressively deepening over time, Eating Enlightenment often shows up in life as a lightness of being and an opening of the heart and mind that enlightens you, your spirit, body, mind and soul.

 

What about weight loss?

Eating Enlightenment focuses on changing your deepest relationship with food. 

If you are anxious, trapped and restricting food, then you will binge.  And many people who diet and binge gain weight.  

In contrast, by ending the yo yo dieting cycle and by reducing binge eating frequency, you quite naturally lose a few pounds without even trying. 

In these situations, weight loss just happens as a natural byproduct of changing your relationship to food.

However, sometimes people are thin and yet are terrible binge eaters, or have bulimia! In these situations, Eating Enlightenment treatment probably won’t result in weight loss; weight gain may be more probable.

Again, the primary objective measure of Eating Enlightenment treatment is measurable reductions in binge eating frequency.

There are many, many other benefits like confidence, self-esteem, body image and so forth too - but weight loss is not being advertised here although it frequently does happen as a natural by product.

One last note: In order to change your deepest relationship with food, you’ll need to be willing to truly examine your fear about gaining weight. Oftentimes this fear of gaining weight actually causes weight gain! 

What is the toughest part?

There are a few incredibly challenging aspects in working through the Eating Enlightenment approach to food transformation:

Food awareness journaling:

Before you can move onto learning Intuitive Eating, you must be able to routinely pass this milestone which is being able to journal in real time right before bingeing what you are thinking, feeling and appraising. On paper this sounds difficult but possible, but in practice, this usually takes clients a month or two to actually be able to do themselves on a frequent basis. It can be incredibly frustrating, but it’s worth it!


Confronting the truth: 

The food awareness journal will bring to light your darkest distorted beliefs, but this is what will heal you too deep down in your soul.


About Jared & EE

What's Jared's story?

My Journey

My journey began in the sophomore year when I became a wrestler athlete and began the dieting and bingeing cycle. I didn’t know this at the time, but I was dieting. I would constantly think about my precise caloric measurements so that I could make cut weight in a scientific manner for the wrestling tournaments. Of course I would eat large amounts of food after the tournament ended because I had been starving myself. This cycle just kept getting worse. 

In college I developed anemia, a blood condition because of my poor diet and binge eating. At this point in my life I was also becoming acutely and painfully aware of my humiliating social awkwardness and anxiety. I didn’t have any friends, and binge eating became for me a sort of friend. Marijuana also became a close companion, and to be honest, I still have a respectful, creative relationship with Marijuana. However, I now am 100% free of binge eating and have been for years.

Eventually, feeling that my life was falling apart, I had a sudden idea to become a Zen Monk. I’d always been an introspective guy and since my life was falling apart, I felt like this was the only solution. I decided to literally pursue Enlightenment. 

My heart was settled. I decided to forgo college graduation and became a lay-ordained Zen Monk in the Soto Zen Tradition. I spent 13 months up in the mountain monastery of Tassajara, located in the Big Sur mountain range of California. During my time in the monastery, I was accidentally introduced to the principles I would later need to stop binge eating 100%. But at the time I didn’t know exactly what I was learning. 

For example, I was eating 3 meals a day and a couple of snacks. I was eating mindfully. I was getting plenty of sleep. And most importantly, I was becoming much more mindful about my thoughts, moods, and emotions. Miraculously, I stopped binge eating up in the monastery (although this wasn’t the end of my bingeing). 

Having quit bingeing for a few months, I felt like I no longer needed the support of the monastery. After I had left the monastery after 13 months, I became a Personal Trainer as I waited for graduate school to start. Being in the gym working with other Personal Trainers quickly triggered my binge eating habits once again! 

Even though I’d learned a lot of mindfulness training, I still felt lost. 

Fortunately, graduate school started and I started seeing a therapist. As I started working with a therapist in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach and kept a Food Awareness Journal. Through this simple, but strangely difficult process, I quickly discovered my shameful ‘orphan’ beliefs which were at the heart of my embarrassing social awkwardness and loneliness. Deep down, I could see that I believed I was worthless. Deep down I hated myself. And even though it was painful to see these beliefs written on paper, upon seeing these false, but subconscious beliefs, I began to work on these subconscious beliefs and began connecting better to people and myself.

Later on in graduate school, I discovered Intuitive Eating and was able to piece together the restrict / binge cycle that I’d been stuck in for years. This was the turning point for me. Along with my work on my subconscious beliefs, my binge eating practically evaporated in a few weeks. 

Since then I’ve been fortunate to get experience working at Cielo House for Eating Disorders as a Recovery Counselor. I found my passion for writing the Eating Enlightenment blog. It seemed like my passion for blogging mirrored my experience working through the Food Awareness Journal I had used back in therapy. 

Various certifications followed, the podcast began, people began asking if they could work with hundreds and me of blog posts years later … here I am today. 

What makes Jared qualified? ?

I'm proud to say that my integrity, honesty and straightforwardness is what makes me qualified.

I can help you use a Awareness Journal to hold the mirror up to your own consciousness. It's my lifes work.

Through this Awareness Journaling process with my help I guarantee you can stop urges to overeat and heal fully.

Please note: I've found over the years that I must insist we start out with the expectation that you will keep a daily Awareness Journal. 

This is really the key to success, and because I can get you to experience success if you journal, so that's why I'm qualified :)

Here’s my educational qualifications, experience and certificates too:

Awarded Thumbtack’s Bay Area Top Professional for Mindful Eating Coaching in 2018 and 2020.

Master’s In Counseling From Santa Clara University

8+ Years of Yoga Teaching, Certified Yoga Alliance 200 Hour

Certified Wellness Coach with Wellcoaches

Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

Recovery Counselor at Cielo House Eating Disorder Residential Treatment Program (view on LinkedIn)

Some other interesting facts about me include:

I lived as a Zen Monk for 13 months and am a Lay-Ordained Zen Buddhist Monk.

I’ve taken numerous, supervised, guided psychedelic journeys led by shamans, which have led me to profound life-changing insights.

I reached level 1420 in chess, which is within the top 28th percentile. 

To read more about Jared, visit my About Page.

How can I talk to Jared?

If you are burning to move forward in your life, if you “know” what to do but find that you really aren’t doing it, if you are ready willing and able to engage in a deep process now, please click here and fill out a quick application form for a Free Treatment Consultation. 

Together you and Jared will go over what you want, and how Eating Enlightenment, and working with Jared, might help you get there in a real and powerful way. 

As Jared works in close communication with a small number of private clients, he limits his work to people of heart and integrity who are burning to look, feel and be different inside and out, and want to see results. NOW.

Where does Jared work? 

Jared works with clients all over the world; his practice is not location-specific. Most of his work is by phone or Zoom.

Can you give me some idea about cost?

Jared works with his private clients in personalized programs and packages carefully designed to fit their unique needs.  

When you meet with him for a Free Treatment Consultation, you and he will go over what you need and want and which Private Program works best for your concerns.

Jared believes in deep, lasting, meaningful work and does not offer single stand-alone sessions.

Is this work covered by insurance?

While Jared’s work isn’t covered by insurance, many of his clients are able to take advantage of their company’s discretionary health payments. Of course, you’ll need to discuss this with your own tax advisor.

Where can I find more content on Jared and this process?

To learn more about Jared, head on over to the About Jared page

And there also is a lot of small, easy-to-digest, thought-provoking content about Eating Enlightenment and the integration of Eating Enlightenment into your daily life on his blog. 

Plus, you can also check out the podcast ‘Eating Enlightenment’ on iTunes, where Jared interviewed 43 experts in 2020 alone!

What is Eating Enlightenment?

Eating Enlightenment is a unique approach to addressing binge eating, emotional eating, bulimia, compulsive eating and other food-related problems. 

Eating Enlightenment has four different, nuanced meanings:

A gradual or sudden realization where you suddenly perceive food differently. For example, you may hear about how dieting is terrible and eventually you suddenly realize one day how dieting when you were young lead up to your bingeing habits today. Another common realization is that trying Intuitive Eating without addressing your negative subconscious food beliefs will just lead to more bingeing.

A yogic way of relating to food, through which you unite with the divine qualities within you and find freedom to be your authentic self.

A hybrid coaching treatment model that first teaches Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and then Intuitive Eating (IE) to treat Binge Eating Disorder, Emotional Eating, and Bulimia. More info on CBT and IE down below, and why CBT comes first.

A lightness of being and ease around food, body and mind.

 

How is Eating Enlightenment different from other forms of treatment such as counseling / therapy?

In-The-Moment Support®:

Basically more frequent communication, including optional real time support before a binge.

Simple, Effective Approach:

Many therapeutic techniques fail to address the underlying mechanisms at the core of binge eating. Other approaches such as Intuitive Eating are often too complicated, at least in the beginning. 

Measurable Progress (or Money Back):

Many therapy approaches are difficult to measure objectively and do not offer money back guarantees.

 

How is Eating Enlightenment different from working with a nutritionist or dietician?

There are three main differences between Eating Enlightenment and working with a nutritionist or counselor. 

While there are other differences such as the style of treatment, friendship, and In-The-Moment Support®, these have already been discussed above!

Subconscious Food Beliefs Not Addressed:

Oftentimes, sadly, dietitians and nutritionists do not provide the deep emotional and mental transformation work that underpins successful recovery from binge eating and bulimia.

For example, oftentimes clients work with many nutritionists who have prescribed various meal plans. 

A client will try to follow these meal plans, but usually will be unsuccessful because their deepest subconscious beliefs remain untouched and unexamined. Then the client blames themselves and their binge eating gets worse!

With Eating Enlightenment, you will naturally discover the meaning of regular, nutritious eating yourself, without a counselor commanding or telling you what to eat. 

Very Simple Meal Structure:

3 meals per day, 1-2 snacks, don’t let more than 5 hours go by without eating, and when you do eat your meals be sure to eat a balanced proportion of carbs, proteins and fats.

Oftentimes nutritionists and dietitians get bogged down on the nutritional details, and clients are left feeling overwhelmed. 

You can think of the above meal structure as training wheels to keep you somewhat in balance as you do the real, deep work of CBT in the beginning.

No Weight Loss Emphasis:

Oftentimes nutritionists and dietitians have an implicit or explicit goal to lose weight. Eating Enlightenment the primary objective is eradicating binges. This point is discussed further down below as it’s a very common FAQ.

 

How is Eating Enlightenment different than going to a treatment center?

Location:

At residential centers you have to go there! Having worked at a residential treatment center it's a bigger commitment than 3 months of journaling.

Working with Jared instead of a treatment team,

Obviously a treatment team is great, but sometimes prohibitive costs and difficulty in coordination make treatment teams near impossible.

Very Little Paperwork:

You don't have to deal with insurance!!!!!!

Lower Cost:

Residential treatment can cost $1000 per day, which is nearly the entire cost of working with Jared for 3 months.

 

Awareness Journal & CBT 

Do I need to keep a Awareness Journal?

Yes. In the beginning CBT part, a daily food journal is mandatory. 

As the Food Awareness Journal is such an important step in the beginning, please do familiarize yourself with the introductory concepts.

I have done journaling this before. It didn’t help then, why would it help now?

While you likely have recorded calories or weight, that’s not what we are doing here. The exact opposite. 

Our emphasis is on how your mind works. Awareness.

The food awareness journal makes no mention of amounts or calories, and instead places emphasis on time, place and most importantly, feelings, thoughts and physical sensations like hunger or the sensation of anxiety in your body.

Won’t the Awareness Journal make me even more preoccupied with eating than I am already?

It is true that starting to monitor in this way increases preoccupation with thoughts about eating, but this is a constructive and illuminating preoccupation.

It increases your awareness of your behavior and the thoughts and feelings that accompany it. It is the beginning of your becoming an expert on your eating problem and starting to understand it. And the preoccupation fades after a few weeks.

 

Do I have to carry the Awareness Journal around with me all the time?

Ideally. This may be difficult under some circumstances but it should be possible. The day’s record can be stuffed into a pocket or wallet, for example. We have yet to encounter a situation in which recording was truly impossible.

For example, you can use the bathroom in a social situation to jot down notes.

The overall emphasis in this program is that putting pen on paper is a spiritual process that yields near magic results.

However, it’s the 21st century and we realize that. You may journal electronically, but remember the overarching principle is to write with awareness before you eat.

What science is the Awareness Journal based on?

The Awareness Journal is based upon the science of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most popular and researched therapy treatment approach for all disorders in the United States. 

CBT also has been extensively researched for eating disorders as well.

A hallmark of CBT is self-monitoring your thoughts with a written record, such as the Awareness Journal.

Overall, CBT is very simple and highly effective. 

CBT is based on the idea that your subconscious thoughts underneath conscious awareness control your behavior without you even realizing it.

So while it’s possible to eat mindfully or avoid bingeing for a short period of time, eventually you revert back to your subconscious beliefs and self-sabotage.

In The Eating Enlightenment philosophy, we start with CBT because when people try Intuitive Eating first, they usually totally fall off the wagon because deep down they haven’t uprooted their negative subconscious beliefs about food.

Is there any hard science behind Cognitive Therapy?

As for the science behind Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, check this meta-analysis of meta-analysis studies on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This synthesis about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy looked at 269 meta-analyses!

This alone is insane!! Most therapeutic approaches, even if they are highly effective, have only a few meta analysis studies, but Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is so simple, popular and effective that there are over 269 meta analysis studies!

Want to know the conclusion of over 269 meta analysis studies on CBT? 

“In general, the evidence-base of CBT is very strong.” Silly scientists, they always speak in such boring language!

Overall, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is well established treatment models that have shown a variety of measurable benefits.

Here is a final example, a “Meta-analysis of the effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy for binge-eating-type disorders” of over 27 studies found that:

You can see this for yourself immediately in the link above:

“The percentage of treatment completers who achieved abstinence at post-treatment was 42.1%.

This is crazy stuff, ladies and gentlemen. 

42% of people who completed treatment achieved abstinence.

There are many other reliably measurable benefits including:

  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Lower rates of emotional and disordered 
  • Better body image
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved metabolism
  • Higher levels of contentment and satisfaction

44 years of binge eating; 100% gone after 5 months.
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I’ve truly embraced the journal lifestyle

“For the first time in my life I am fitting into a small pair of pants – even after I had bought a larger, more comfortable slacks like Jared had suggested as part of making my body feel safe and comfortable. I’ve truly embraced the journal lifestyle I would say and It boggles my mind that 8 months after the program ended my waist is actually smaller and I no longer need the larger pants. Plus I have only an inkling of what my weight is when I had to check my weight when I went to the doctor’s office. I could have told the doctor I didn’t want my weight checked, that’s something Jared taught me, but I was curious and didn’t judge myself. It’s just crazy I’m still shocked these jeans fit. This is such good emotional work it really spills over into all of your life!”
– Angelica Wood 7th Grade Teacher

“For the first time in my life I am fitting into a small pair of pants – even after I had bought a larger, more comfortable slacks like Jared had suggested as part of making my body feel safe and comfortable. I’ve truly embraced the journal lifestyle I would say and It boggles my mind that 8 months after the program ended my waist is actually smaller and I no longer need the larger pants. Plus I have only an inkling of what my weight is when I had to check my weight when I went to the doctor’s office. I could have told the doctor I didn’t want my weight checked, that’s something Jared taught me, but I was curious and didn’t judge myself. It’s just crazy I’m still shocked these jeans fit. This is such good emotional work it really spills over into all of your life!”
– Angelica Wood 7th Grade Teacher

“For the first time in my life I am fitting into a small pair of pants – even after I had bought a larger, more comfortable slacks like Jared had suggested as part of making my body feel safe and comfortable. I’ve truly embraced the journal lifestyle I would say and It boggles my mind that 8 months after the program ended my waist is actually smaller and I no longer need the larger pants. Plus I have only an inkling of what my weight is when I had to check my weight when I went to the doctor’s office. I could have told the doctor I didn’t want my weight checked, that’s something Jared taught me, but I was curious and didn’t judge myself. It’s just crazy I’m still shocked these jeans fit. This is such good emotional work it really spills over into all of your life!”
– Angelica Wood 7th Grade Teacher

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I just had a major Eating Enlightenment moment

“I am flying in the heavens as I write this. I just had a major eating enlightenment moment. I’ve been meditating and journaling throughout this entire program and I’m now able to take the role of witness of my behaviors and watch from my place of curiosity without self-judgment. It really seems like my brain is actually rewiring because I’m seeing food differently and my body. This morning I looked into the mirror and didn’t even recognize myself! It was like seeing an old, familiar friend after many years apart. I wanted to hug this woman and tell her that I missed her. And that I recognized your beauty. She was beautiful and confident. And that I looked at her even closer and I realized that she was my sister, my soul sister – she was me! It was though I had lifted a veil and was seeing the world for the first time. I’m just so excited about where this journey is taking me and I’m also proud to say in this moment there is no end. Just here now.”
– Riya Cottrell Writer

“I am flying in the heavens as I write this. I just had a major eating enlightenment moment. I’ve been meditating and journaling throughout this entire program and I’m now able to take the role of witness of my behaviors and watch from my place of curiosity without self-judgment. It really seems like my brain is actually rewiring because I’m seeing food differently and my body. This morning I looked into the mirror and didn’t even recognize myself! It was like seeing an old, familiar friend after many years apart. I wanted to hug this woman and tell her that I missed her. And that I recognized your beauty. She was beautiful and confident. And that I looked at her even closer and I realized that she was my sister, my soul sister – she was me! It was though I had lifted a veil and was seeing the world for the first time. I’m just so excited about where this journey is taking me and I’m also proud to say in this moment there is no end. Just here now.”
– Riya Cottrell Writer

“I am flying in the heavens as I write this. I just had a major eating enlightenment moment. I’ve been meditating and journaling throughout this entire program and I’m now able to take the role of witness of my behaviors and watch from my place of curiosity without self-judgment. It really seems like my brain is actually rewiring because I’m seeing food differently and my body. This morning I looked into the mirror and didn’t even recognize myself! It was like seeing an old, familiar friend after many years apart. I wanted to hug this woman and tell her that I missed her. And that I recognized your beauty. She was beautiful and confident. And that I looked at her even closer and I realized that she was my sister, my soul sister – she was me! It was though I had lifted a veil and was seeing the world for the first time. I’m just so excited about where this journey is taking me and I’m also proud to say in this moment there is no end. Just here now.”
– Riya Cottrell Writer

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Writing your thoughts onto paper truly does get them out of your head

I suppose if you are reading this then you too have struggled with diets, weight and the finicky scale. I’ve finally released the hold the scale has over me. The process of writing your thoughts onto paper truly does get them out of your head. I have finally released my chronic need to diet. Dieting for me was always about getting control when my life was falling apart. I was anxious and stressed all the time no wonder! I feel like Jared’s emphasis on emotional intelligence and self-care has really just glued all these pieces of intuitive eating together. And now that I’m taking care of myself I can a) recognize dieting thoughts and b) say politely no thanks to my dieting thoughts. Oh, and the scale, it’s more of an afterthought now. I check it about once a week but if I forget a day then I don’t care. Previously I would have checked multiple times per day. What a shift!”
– Claire Mcmanus Graphic Designer

I suppose if you are reading this then you too have struggled with diets, weight and the finicky scale. I’ve finally released the hold the scale has over me. The process of writing your thoughts onto paper truly does get them out of your head. I have finally released my chronic need to diet. Dieting for me was always about getting control when my life was falling apart. I was anxious and stressed all the time no wonder! I feel like Jared’s emphasis on emotional intelligence and self-care has really just glued all these pieces of intuitive eating together. And now that I’m taking care of myself I can a) recognize dieting thoughts and b) say politely no thanks to my dieting thoughts. Oh, and the scale, it’s more of an afterthought now. I check it about once a week but if I forget a day then I don’t care. Previously I would have checked multiple times per day. What a shift!”
– Claire Mcmanus Graphic Designer

I suppose if you are reading this then you too have struggled with diets, weight and the finicky scale. I’ve finally released the hold the scale has over me. The process of writing your thoughts onto paper truly does get them out of your head. I have finally released my chronic need to diet. Dieting for me was always about getting control when my life was falling apart. I was anxious and stressed all the time no wonder! I feel like Jared’s emphasis on emotional intelligence and self-care has really just glued all these pieces of intuitive eating together. And now that I’m taking care of myself I can a) recognize dieting thoughts and b) say politely no thanks to my dieting thoughts. Oh, and the scale, it’s more of an afterthought now. I check it about once a week but if I forget a day then I don’t care. Previously I would have checked multiple times per day. What a shift!”
– Claire Mcmanus Graphic Designer

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Eating Enlightenment?

Eating Enlightenment is a unique approach to addressing binge eating, emotional eating, bulimia, compulsive eating and other food-related problems. 

Eating Enlightenment has four different, nuanced meanings: 

  1. A gradual or sudden realization where you suddenly perceive food differently. For example, you may hear about how dieting is terrible and eventually you suddenly realize one day how dieting when you were young lead up to your bingeing habits today. Another common realization is that trying Intuitive Eating without addressing your negative subconscious food beliefs will just lead to more bingeing.
  2. A yogic way of relating to food, through which you unite with the divine qualities within you and find freedom to be your authentic self.
  3. A hybrid coaching treatment model that first teaches Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and then Intuitive Eating (IE) to treat Binge Eating Disorder, Emotional Eating, and Bulimia. More info on CBT and IE down below, and why CBT comes first.
  4. A lightness of being and ease around food, body and mind.

What makes Eating Enlightenment unique?

There are five primary ways Eating Enlightenment is unique:

  1. Simple, Unique Approach: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is taught first, and then Intuitive Eating second. While becoming an Intuitive Eater where you are free around food is the ultimate goal, it’s simply much better if you start with the more tangible, easy-to-apply, and concrete techniques of CBT.
  2. In-The-Moment Support®: This concept is discussed below in more depth, but basically there are two main points. One, you have more frequent communication with a counselor, so there is a higher degree of accountability. Instead of just meeting weekly or bi-weekly and not making much progress, you’ll be in more frequent communication. Second, you are expected to occasionally reach out in the moments before a binge to ask for help because this is one of the most powerful ways you can train your subconscious mind to transform it’s perception of what a binge means.
  3. Care & Friendship: Eating Enlightenment is a food coaching service. The pros and cons of coaching, as opposed to therapy and counseling, are discussed more below. You can think of your coach as a good friend who uses a tough love approach. A good friend will be there for you, but they’ll also insist upon you telling the truth, holding you accountable to your stated vision, and calling you out on your bullshit in a polite way.
  4. Measurable Progress: This concept is discussed below, but basically you will see measurable, significant decreases in binge eating.
  5. Personalized Learning: Education is a vital component of healing from food related problems. However, oftentimes a cookie-cutter approach is used meaning that you get general information about the dangers of dieting and other related topics such as self-care, but these educational materials are not customized to your particular topics. Eating Enlightenment strives to create personalized educational materials on a weekly basis.

How is Eating Enlightenment different from other forms of treatment such as counseling / therapy?

There are a few primary differences between Eating Enlightenment and therapy / counseling, most of which are listed above:

  1. Measurable benefits: Most forms of counseling / therapy do not lend themselves to showing easily measurable results. 

For example, reductions in social anxiety, which is a “feel good” goal of many therapeutic treatment approaches, are hard to measure.

Unlike ‘feel good’ forms of therapy and counseling, Eating Enlightenment guarantees measurable reductions in binge eating frequency. For example, you typically will see binge eating go down from 7 times per week on average to 2 times per week on average within 2 months for most people.

After binge eating frequency has been stabilized, a person is in a much better position to learn more about Intuitive Eating!

2. In-The-Moment Support®: See below for more info, but basically more frequent communication.3. Friendship: Your Eating Enlightenment counselor will text or email you during the week to check in.

4. Simple, Effective Approach: Some therapeutic techniques fail to address the underlying mechanisms at the core of binge eating. For example, learning to manage your emotions better, while important, will not lead to the end of bingeing. Other approaches such as Intuitive Eating are often too complicated, at least in the beginning. 

How is Eating Enlightenment different from working with a nutritionist or dietician?

There are three main differences between Eating Enlightenment and working with a nutritionist or counselor. 

While there are other differences such as the style of treatment, friendship, and In-The-Moment Support®, these have already been discussed above!

  1. Subconscious Food Beliefs Not Addressed: Oftentimes, sadly, dietitians and nutritionists do not provide the deep emotional and mental transformation work that underpins successful recovery from binge eating and bulimia.

For example, oftentimes clients work with many nutritionists who have prescribed various meal plans. 

A client will try to follow these meal plans, but usually will be unsuccessful because their deepest subconscious beliefs remain untouched and unexamined. Then the client blames themselves and their binge eating gets worse!

With Eating Enlightenment, you will naturally discover the meaning of regular, nutritious eating yourself, without a counselor commanding or telling you what to eat. 

2. Very Simple Meal Structure: 3 meals per day, 1-2 snacks, don’t let more than 5 hours go by without eating, and when you do eat your meals be sure to eat a balanced proportion of carbs, proteins and fats.

Oftentimes nutritionists and dietitians get bogged down on the nutritional details, and clients are left feeling overwhelmed. 

You can think of the above meal structure as training wheels to keep you somewhat in balance as you do the real, deep work of CBT in the beginning.

3. No Weight Loss Emphasis: Oftentimes nutritionists and dietitians have an explicit goal to lose weight. Eating Enlightenment the primary objective is eradicating binges. This point is discussed further down below as it’s a very common FAQ.

What kinds of benefits can I expect from Eating Enlightenment?

Eating Enlightenment prides itself on objective success, primarily measurable reductions in binge eating frequency. 

This one measure is sufficient in and of itself in assessing the effectiveness of Eating Enlightenment.  But then think about all the wonderful consequences! 

Let’s remember the proven scientific benefits listed above:

  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Lower rates of emotional and disordered 
  • Better body image
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved metabolism
  • Higher levels of contentment and satisfaction

In addition to less binges and these proven benefits, there are so many harder to measure benefits:

What would your life look like if you no longer binged? What would your life look like if all the mental energy you spend thinking about food was redirected towards creative projects? How would you live if you felt confident in social situations around food?

Eating Enlightenment clients report many other benefits, in addition to the concrete measurable reductions in binge eating, such as:

  • Becoming better parents
  • Better co-workers
  • Saving money to pay off debt because they no longer go on crazy binges
  • Not being shackled by obsessive thoughts
  • Simply enjoying food with family and friends
  • Developing a compassionate voice instead of inner criticism
  • Finding a greater sense of spirituality
  • Much less depression
  • Much greater self-esteem and appreciation for life

Overall, the benefit I think that’s most heart warming to me is getting to know someone and see their true personality emerge over time.

Usually when someone is trapped by bingeing, they are a shell of their true selves. 

Who is Eating Enlightenment for?

After working at an Eating Disorder treatment center and hundreds of individual clients, I notice certain trends of the types of people really benefit from Eating Enlightenment:

  • Hard-working folks who struggle with overeating and who are willing to try a simple new approach to food journaling based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Extremely empathetic people who struggle with overeating but struggle setting personal boundaries and also struggle with overeating
  • Bulimia, where you binge and compensate oftentimes by purging.
  • People who don’t know why they can’t stop overeating even though they are not officially dieting
  • People who are obsessed with food thoughts and feel at constant war with food
  • People with a history of dieting, oftentimes a truly long and painful history of dieting, restricting and self-sabotaging
  • People who have been abusing food, oftentimes starting  in high school or middle school, but perhaps earlier. 
  • People who are very secretive about their food abuse. Food abuse is a secret that is kept from others at all costs, including lying and hiding behaviors and often gets worse during stressful life transitions.
  • People who live chaotic lifestyles, with tons of work, who support tons of people but don’t have a developed support system themselves. 

If you match these general characteristics please schedule a call below. There are definitive, well-defined, treatment approaches to Binge Eating Disorder.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of working with a coach, instead of a therapist?

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. The primary disadvantage is financial, because Eating Enlightenment is exclusively a coaching treatment model and does not accept insurance.

The second advantage is uncertainty. In working with a coach, you may be working with an unlicensed professional. While there are constraints to working with a licensed therapist in that therapists are limited in their communication and oftentimes boxed into certain rigid ways of thinking, at least you know what you are getting. 

For more information about Jared and his educational and experience qualifications, please see his About page here.

Now for the good news. The primary advantage of Eating Enlightenment is that you get more connected with yourself and this sets the stage for a much healthier approach to eating and life in general. 

Of course, the other benefits come directly from the five points listed above as to what makes Eating Enlightenment unique:

  1. Unique, simple approach
  2. In-The-Moment Support®
  3. Friendship
  4. Measurable results
  5. Personalized learning

What is Intuitive Eating and how is it related to Eating Enlightenment?

Intuitive Eating and Eating Enlightenment are different, but similar.

As stated above, Eating Enlightenment teaches clients Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods first.

After gaining food stability and greater awareness with CBT techniques, then a person is properly prepared for a broader range of food training which is where Intuitive Eating comes in.

Essentially, Intuitive Eating is the second stage of Eating Enlightenment.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most popular and researched therapy treatment approach for all disorders in the United States. CBT also has been extensively researched for eating disorders as well.

Overall, CBT is very simple and highly effective. 

CBT is based on the idea that your subconscious thoughts underneath conscious awareness control your behavior without you even realizing it.

So while it’s possible to eat mindfully or avoid bingeing for a short period of time, eventually you revert back to your subconscious beliefs and self-sabotage.

In The Eating Enlightenment philosophy, we start with CBT because when people try Intuitive Eating first, they usually totally fall off the wagon because deep down they haven’t uprooted their negative subconscious beliefs about food.

Is there any hard science behind Cognitive Therapy? 

As for the science behind Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, check this meta-analysis of meta-analysis studies on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This synthesis about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy looked at 269 meta-analyses! 

This alone is insane!! Most therapeutic approaches, even if they are highly effective, have only a few meta analysis studies, but Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is so simple, popular and effective that there are over 269 meta analysis studies!

Want to know the conclusion of over 269 meta analysis studies on CBT? 

“In general, the evidence-base of CBT is very strong.” 

Silly scientists, they always speak in such boring language!

What is Intuitive Eating?

There are 10 principles to Intuitive Eating, and over 125 scientific studies from major universities that have focused on this revolutionary way of eating. 

Here is a brief overview of the 10 Principles Of Intuitive Eating:

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality:

It’s time to give up on quick, easy and permanent weight loss. You need to see how “following” an external plan whether that be a diet, detox, meal plan or any other restrictive eating set of eating rules only causes you to lose connection to your body, self-sabotage and regain back all the weight you lost. Become familiar with the terrifying long-term science of weight loss and dieting so that you can gain the confidence you need to commit to your body.

  1. Honor Your Hunger:

Oftentimes people blame themselves for losing control around food. But Intuitive Eating teaches you that if you do not keep your body well-fed with enough energy then your body can think that it’s starving and trigger a survival response. A survival response then causes you to overeat far beyond what is normal. Think of a baby – a baby needs nourishing meals a few times per day, and needs to feel secure and content when feeding.

  1. Make Peace with Food:

Oftentimes people hear about “eating whatever they want, whenever they want.” This is not what Make Peace With Food means. While part of this third principle does involve giving yourself permission to eat any food, you also need to go slow and feel safe while you learn that all foods are permissible.

The key thing about this principle is understanding that deprivation is the real cause of binge eating. Binge eating is a symptom of deprivation. If you tell yourself that you can’t have food, you’ll feel deprived. Then this feeling of deprivation will build and build until the pressure becomes too much. Eventually you make one little mistake and then say “what-the-hell” I already screwed up so why not eat and eat and eat? This is a pattern you can learn to spot and overcome with proper training and support.

  1. Challenge the Food Police:

Since when did having a piece of pizza mean that you were a terrible person? The Food Police are a symptom of how our Western culture moralizes food. You need to learn to pay attention to how you feel physically around food, instead of getting caught by the guilt and shame patterns that prevent learning and only keep you stuck in misery.

  1. Discover the Satisfaction Factor:

One of the most important steps of Intuitive Eating is connecting to the pleasure found in eating. Mindful eating is a component of satisfaction, but this principle also includes paying attention to what you really want and what types of foods make you feel well after eating. If you can separate guilt and shame from your eating, and learn to connect to how your body feels, your body’s compass and taste preferences will gradually and naturally adjust to where you crave ‘healthier’ foods which make your body feel physically better.

  1. Feel Your Fullness:

As you learn to reconnect to your body, you’ll start coming in touch with the feeling of fullness. This fullness is now able to be respected because you have given yourself permission to eat. Previously you didn’t have permission to eat so you didn’t have permission to stop eating either. But now with permission you can also have permission to stop. And your body will give you signals to stop, and since you aren’t deprived and are mindful and satisfied, you’ll be able to listen to these signals and stop eating as you get full.

  1. Cope with Your Emotions:

Your emotional needs are at the heart of Intuitive Eating. You’ll need to learn to reconnect with what triggers you to lose control and what emotional needs food is temporarily helping you to meet. You’ll need to practice different forms of mindfulness to reconnect with what you really need, and practice skills to soothe, distract, and heal your emotions. A core principle in this step is ‘open awareness’ where you let yourself lean into the discomfort of the cravings in order to learn the deeper message that these cravings are trying to communicate. Of course, this comes after you regain a sense of stability with eating and aren’t so overwhelmed by your cravings so you actually have the presence of mind to do this successfully.

  1. Respect Your Body

If you only find value and self-esteem in how you look, you’re in for a long ride my friend. You can become healthier, more active, and yes, lose weight. But these are all byproducts that come on their own accord and they can’t be seen as measures of success. Success is where you learn what your body needs and are able to give your body what it needs. Here’s the bottom line: your body is a vehicle for your soul. As such, it deserves respect. And trying to squeeze your body into a smaller shape only backfires with yo-yo dieting and self sabotage which causes you to gain more weight anyways.

  1. Movement—Feel the Difference:

Screw exercising to burn calories. Exercise is not meant to be homework! Movement is mood boosting. It’s great for mental health and can enhance happiness. Focus on how you feel from moving your body whether that’s lifting weights or gardening or walking. As you pay attention to what makes you feel satisfied in terms of eating, you’ll also be able to notice what feels good in terms of food too.

  1. Honor Your Health—Gentle Nutrition:

Nutrition is important, but it’s important to notice how nutrition makes you feel. If you are no longer dieting and see food through moral perspectives, you can listen honestly to how food makes you feel. In general the more wholesome foods will give you more stamina and energy and you’ll start to crave these ‘healthier foods’ more over time.

Do CBT and Intuitive Eating have any hard science for eating?

Both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Intuitive Eating are well established treatment models that have shown a variety of measurable benefits.

For example, a “Meta-analysis of the effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy for binge-eating-type disorders” of over 27 studies found that:

“Findings suggest that CBT for eating disorder can be effectively delivered in real-world settings. This study provides evidence for the generalizability of CBT from controlled research settings to routine clinical services”.

Now perhaps even more promising is the author’s actual scientific research. 

Yes, you can see this for yourself immediately on the first page in the link above:

“The percentage of treatment completers who achieved abstinence at post-treatment was 42.1% (95% CI = 34.7-50.0).”

This is crazy stuff, ladies and gentlemen. 

42% of people who completed treatment achieved abstinence. 

Plus, there are many other reliably measurable benefits including:

  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Lower rates of emotional and disordered 
  • Better body image
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved metabolism
  • Higher levels of contentment and satisfaction

How long does it take to ‘graduate’ from CBT to Intuitive Eating?

What’s unique to Eating Enlightenment is putting the relatively more simple CBT training first, and then moving onto Intuitive Eating once a client has gained proficient skills.

This process of course varies from person to person, but in general you can expect 15-20 sessions of CBT first before ‘graduating’ onto the Intuitive Eating training. 

How does an EE counselor decide which techniques to use with a client?

There are 4 main, initial conditions, which 99% of clients fall into fairly neatly:

  1. Done with dieting, still bingeing
  2. Dieting and bingeing
  3. Bulimia (by definition dieting)
  4. Emotional eating (where you binge but not in large amounts)

Depending on your presenting struggles, proper techniques and treatment methodologies will be devised accordingly.

What does In-The-Moment Support® mean?

Frequent communication is often missing in your typical relationships with therapists, or your infrequent visits to the doctor.

For example, you meet with your therapist once a week, but what if you need help during the other 6 days?

By working with a coach, you can have a more frequent communicative relationship. This is because a coach can and will communicate via text or email in between sessions.

In-The-Moment Support® goes a step further, to the moment before a binge when you can still make a different decision but you are having a hard time actually making that decision to not binge. 

With In-The-Moment Support® you can email or text when you are having urges and have a little conversation in-the-moment. Calling is reserved for the weekly or twice-weekly sessions.

For example, one video testimonial that you can see on my website shows a woman who had binge eating problems for 40 years. She never had anyone to talk to about her struggles.

Working with me, for the first time in her life, she could text someone and ask for help in the middle of a binge. Now she is binge free, after 40 years!

I know this sounds crazy, but that’s only because no one else is doing it.

But it works. Why? The most critical moment in ending binge eating is being able to catch yourself right before you binge, and to write out your thoughts on paper so that you can detach yourself from your thoughts.

However, this process is very difficult in the beginning and is much easier if you get some In-The Moment Support®! 

Please note: this is not mandatory, but simply a genuine offer of service. The best cure, at the end of the day, is confession. Being able to confess and open up without being judged, or being pressed to change faster than natural.

How long will it take to see results?

Jared loves the tools of Eating Enlightenment because of how quickly you can begin to see results. Often within 1 week of food journaling, a client will experience an ‘Eating Enlightenment’. After another week or two of work, binge eating frequency can go down dramatically. 

However, as with any real and deep process, these powerful effects deepen and spread over time.  Clients usually repeatedly access deep parts of themselves they didn’t even realize existed!

Over time, the effects become even more profound, including easier and even more consistent access to something Greater (whatever that is for you). 

Progressively deepening over time, Eating Enlightenment often shows up in life as a lightness of being and an opening of the heart and mind that delights you in a hard to describe way 😉 

Or being able to laugh again or relate or just not be so lonely, to giggle in your step. Or just being able to eat food with your family over the holidays and enjoy the experience!

What about weight loss?

Eating Enlightenment focuses on changing your deepest relationship with food. 

If you are anxious, trapped and restricting food, then you will binge.  And many people who diet and binge gain weight.  

In contrast, by ending the yo yo dieting cycle and by reducing binge eating frequency, you quite naturally lose a few pounds without even trying. 

In these situations, weight loss just happens as a natural byproduct of changing your relationship to food. 

However, sometimes people are thin and yet are terrible binge eaters, or have bulimia! In these situations, Eating Enlightenment treatment probably won’t result in weight loss; weight gain may be more probable.

Again, the primary objective measure of Eating Enlightenment treatment is measurable reductions in binge eating frequency. There are many, many other benefits like confidence, self-esteem, body image and so forth too – but weight loss is not being advertised here although it frequently does happen as a natural by product.

One last note: In order to change your deepest relationship with food, you’ll need to be willing to truly examine your fear about gaining weight. Oftentimes this fear of gaining weight actually causes weight gain! 

Who is Jared Levenson?

Hey, Jared is the guy writing these words you’re reading right now.

Here’s just a few of my qualifications:

Some other interesting facts about me include:

  • I lived as a Zen Monk for 13 months and am a Lay-Ordained Zen Buddhist Monk.
  • I’ve taken numerous, supervised, guided psychedelic journeys led by shamans, which have led me to profound life-changing insights.
  • I reached level 1420 in chess, which is within the top 28th percentile. 

To read more about Jared, visit my About Page.

How can I talk to Jared?

If you are burning to move forward in your life, if you “know” what to do but find that you really aren’t doing it, if you are ready willing and able to engage in a deep process now, please click here and fill out a quick application form for a complimentary “Enlightenment Discovery Call”. 

Together you and Jared will go over what you want, and how Eating Enlightenment, and working with Jared, might help you get there in a real and powerful way. 

As Jared works in close communication with a small number of private clients, he limits his work to people of heart and integrity who are burning to look, feel and be different inside and out, and want to see results. NOW.

Where does Jared work?

Jared works with clients all over the world; his practice is not location-specific. Most of his work is by phone or Zoom.

Can you give me some idea about cost?

Jared works with his private clients in personalized programs and packages carefully designed to fit their unique needs.  

When you meet with him for a complimentary Enlightenment Discovery Call, you and he will go over what you need and want and which Private Program works best for your concerns. 

Jared believes in deep, lasting, meaningful work and does not offer single stand-alone sessions.

Is this work covered by insurance?

While Jared’s work isn’t covered by insurance, many of his corporate clients are able to take advantage of their company’s discretionary health payments. Of course, you’ll need to discuss this with your own tax advisor.

Where can I find more content on Jared and this process?

To learn more about Jared, head on over to the About Jared page

And there also is a lot of small, easy-to-digest, thought-provoking content about Eating Enlightenment and the integration of Eating Enlightenment into your daily life on his blog. 

Plus, you can also check out the podcast ‘Eating Enlightenment’ on iTunes, Spotify, any podcast provider, where Jared interviewed 43 experts in 2020 alone!

What does the Eating Enlightenment treatment model look like?

Eating Enlightenment starts very simply. You will be asked to keep a ‘food thought journal’ and to eat one mindful meal per day without distractions.

A mindful meal can be thought of most simply as a meal without your cell phone or TV!

The mindful eating and food journaling exercise will bring up subconscious thoughts around food, which can be brought into the light of awareness.

As you literally ‘see’ your beliefs on paper then you will naturally start shifting your relationship with food. Intuitive Eating becomes possible then.

What is the toughest part about working with Eating Enlightenment?

There are a few incredibly challenging aspects in working through the Eating Enlightenment approach to food transformation:

  1. Food awareness journaling: Before you can move onto learning Intuitive Eating, you must be able to routinely pass this milestone which is being able to journal in real time right before bingeing what you are thinking, feeling and appraising. On paper this sounds difficult but possible, but in practice, this usually takes clients a month or two to actually be able to do themselves on a frequent basis. It can be incredibly frustrating, but it’s worth it!
  2. Confronting the truth: The food awareness journal will bring to light your darkest, most embarrassing, distorted beliefs and this process can be painful, but again, it’s worth it.
  3. Improper expectations: If you expect to stop bingeing within a few weeks, you’re in for a tough surprise. Think more in terms of 3-12 months, depending on your food history, history of dieting, trauma, current relationships and overall present quality of life. Most people can make significant progress on their binges, but residual binges will pop up from time to time.

Is my eating problem bad enough to merit treatment?

You have an eating problem that is interfering with your life and it has been going on for some time now. You know this.

If you have seen a doctor who has seen many other people with eating disorders and this doctor thinks that you would benefit from treatment, then yes.

You have a problem that needs treatment. 

Remember, to put it bluntly, who are the experts here.

What happens if I am not better by the end of treatment?

I’ve never seen a patient who doesn’t get significantly better. 

The simple fact of the matter is that practicing food journaling in real time for several weeks can dramatically shift your very perception of food.

I bet you have never done real-time journaling before?

Again, I’m not talking about a food journal, but journaling precisely the moments before eating.

It’s difficult, to be sure. Extremely frustrating.

But at the end of the day, this is the fundamental skill you need to learn:

Delay of gratification.

So if you are held accountable and practice this delay of gratification skill, you can really understand the mental game of warfare that is raging underneath.

Plus, it’s extremely common for patients to continue improving well after treatment!

Now, if a client did need further treatment, I would help arrange this.

Finally, Eating Enlightenment has a 100% money back guarantee.

Overall though, if you worry too much about when you’ll stop bingeing, you’ll just be getting in the way of treatment itself.

What’s best is just focusing on what needs to be done to overcome the problem itself.

Who will I be if I don’t have the eating problem? It’s so much a part of me.

I won’t have an excuse for anything anymore.

Such concerns are not uncommon among those with longstanding eating problems.

The main point is that the eating problem interferes with all aspects of functioning and that without the eating problem, you are much more capable and effective than you may assume! 

It is usual for there to be major improvements in mood, interpersonal functioning and self-esteem. You may not need an “excuse” for things anymore. As for patients not knowing “who they will be” if they no longer have an eating problem, there is some basis for this concern as your  true personality may have been masked by the eating problem. 

My stance when faced with this worry is to ask you about how exciting and interesting it will be to find out what your true personality is like and that they should look forward to discovering!

Do I need to keep a Food Awareness Journal?

Yes.

In the beginning CBT part, a daily food journal with mandatory.

This is a very important topic so please see discussion questions below where various additional concerns are addressed. 

Basically, the Food Awareness Journal AND recording real-time are the two main driving forces behind the incredible CBT success rate. 

Remember, 42%!

As the Food Awareness Journal is such an important step in the beginning, please do familiarize yourself with the introductory concepts around this journal, also addressed down below.

I have done this before. It didn’t help then, why would it help now?

While you likely have recorded calories, that’s not what we are doing here.

The food awareness journal makes no mention of amounts or calories, and instead places emphasis on time, place and most importantly, feelings, thoughts and appraisals.

An appraisal is basically how you interpret a feeling or thought. For example, you have a feeling of sadness, but then what is your appraisal? Are you allowed to be sad? What does sad mean to you? This is how you begin to uncover your subconscious belief!

Furthermore, this is a real-time journal. This is to be done in real time! Not long after, but right before you eat.

Won’t the Food Awareness Journal make me even more preoccupied with eating than I am already?

It is true that starting to monitor in this way increases preoccupation with

thoughts about eating, but this is a constructive and illuminating preoccupation. 

It increases your awareness of your behavior and the thoughts and feelings that accompany it. 

It is the beginning of you becoming an expert on your eating problem and starting to understand it. And the preoccupation fades after a few weeks.

Do I have to carry the records around with me all the time?

Yes. This may be difficult under some circumstances but it should be possible. The day’s record can be stuffed into a pocket or wallet, for example. We have yet to encounter a situation in which recording was truly impossible.

For example, you can use the bathroom in a social situation to jot down notes.

Can’t I use a notebook or app instead of the Eating Enlightenment forms?

This is not to be recommended. These Eating Enlightenment forms are large enough to allow the detailed recording of behavior, thoughts and feelings and they are capable of being used flexibly. Notebooks tend to restrict the quantity and quality of the information obtained. The forms will be provided during the first session.

Ok, I know you may have questions still. But, you do need to take a leap of faith at some point. 

Don’t do so blindly of course, but all I am asking you to do is in the beginning, to keep a simple Food Awareness Journal. This method of keeping a Food Awareness Journal is backed by over 269 meta-analysis studies, and each meta-analysis study contains 30 peer-reviewed scientific studies!

You need to put your faith in Food Awareness Journaling, and to just persevere for just a few months as you completely re-wire your brain. This is tough, yes, but not impossibly so. It only need take a few minutes a day.

And what’s the alternative?

It’s taken me 10+ years to heal and overcome my core sense of shame and mend my eating habits. 

But there is definitely an easier path and I’ve simplified this path for you in a step-by-step system which I call Eating Enlightenment. Clients are asked to first follow the incredibly simple and effective system based on the robust, proven and effective science of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

Trust me, if you can follow this one simple rule – journal before you eat in the way prescribed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – then you can unlock rapid progress and stop binge eating. This practice will only take 1-3 months, and it won’t be easy, but it’s simple and you definitely can do it. 

There is no failure in this method. There is only learning and awareness. You cannot fail. I repeat. You cannot fail. There is no weight loss goal here. The goal is only awareness, and to trust and put all your faith in the power of increasing your awareness via journaling. 

If you can journal for a few months and increase your food awareness, you will stop binge eating. Then, you will be in position to truly succeed at Intuitive Eating. 

As you stop bingeing and transition onto Intuitive Eating, there will be so many benefits that will begin to unfold in your life. You will literally feel lighter in spirit, body and mind. You will enjoy food much more. Your core sense of self-esteem will rise dramatically as your inner critic starts to naturally evaporate. 

You’ll be able to enjoy vacations, friends and family outings that center around food. You’ll be more productive and courageous at work. You’ll be pursue your dreams.

It all starts with the simple, almost spiritual, discipline of food awareness journaling. 

If you’re a hardworking individual who struggles with overeating, and if you are willing to embrace a simple, effective Food Awareness method in the beginning for a few months, then let’s chat about how we can potentially work together and get you to stop overeating!


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