Reality Star’s Food & Addiction Struggles

(audience clapping) Dr Dooby, I want to ask, is there anything that she can do to lessen that desire? Absolutely: I think with these types of addictive behaviors, it's all about learning healthier replacement behaviors and retraining your dopamine system again

Yes Very interestingly, there's a, there's a calming and soothing effect to repetitiveness, and so some of that food intake– Oh, oh, yeah It makes your brain– You're not even tasting it, you're just– Yeah, it makes your brain calm, and so one thing you can do to substitute which is a healthy behavior is: adult coloring book Have you guys heard of this? Adult coloring books I actually have one

I've never used it (chattering together) This is a great replacement behavior for two reasons: one, it's repetitive, so it does calm your brain; and two, what people are drawn to with the coloring is that it is something that you can produce that's sort of a beautiful thing and you can really focus on it and it takes your hands away Your hands are busy You're coloring, so you can't also be eating at the same time; and that's a true replacement behavior if it stops you from doing the harmful behavior And for you, Jeremy, I know that you've been helping a lot with sort of trying to get her attention when she's sort of already gone into that zone, and one thing that you can do further is if she's not paying attention, just physically reach out, right? 'Cause that's the way you can really grab her attention if she's not focused on you

Yeah, I think that's even good to articulate 'cause I have done that in times you just feel like I noticed with the attention has gone on kinda just try to but even having talked about it now where it can be a known thing where if we're eating, and I touch you, that it's so like "I'm still here, you're still here, "we're all still present in this," you know And it doesn't feel like, and it never does from Jeremy or just for anybody watching, it doesn't feel like judgment then, right? It's not just like "Quit that behavior," 'cause you already feel shame about it

You know, that's why you're eating, basically is the shame, anxiety; and yeah, this feels like, "I love you, you're all right" Yeah, especially 'cause when you're in that moment whatever Jeremy says might be misconstrued, right, because you're in a certain momentum Oh I'm on one, yeah, I'm out, yeah But the physical touch is so important, to not only draw attention, but to say, "Hey, no judgment" just like you guys pointed out I mean, it really sounds like they've developed a lot of insight around it

Exactly, and I want to say– Strong relationship I think that Jeremy has undoubtedly been instrumental Can we give Jeremy a round of applause? (audience clapping) And so I do want to ask you before we wrap up, if there's someone watching at home and they're struggling right now with bulimia, or another eating disorder, can you give them any advice? First thing I would say before I even say advice is just that you're not alone, because so much of what's bad about this disease, and I do call it a disease because I think, I think that's accurate, is that it's so in your mind, and it's so much about the lie that you're alone, there's something really wrong with you, that you're never gonna get better, that you have to hide this And I would just dispel that lie: I would just say it's really common and it's unfortunate, but it's not forever; and a lot of how it gets better is sharing with someone that will love you through it, and just even if it's one person, just someone in your actual life that can look back and say, "Yeah, but you're still Britt," so we're just gonna get through this (audience clapping) Thank you so much for sharing your story

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