What causes my food binges?

May 1, 2021

What is really causing your food binges?

Have you ever stopped to consider your ‘why’?

The best compliment a client can give me (and thankfully I had the joy of receiving) is this:

“Thanks to you I understood why I have such a difficult relationship not only with food but also with myself. And this helped me so much.”

One thing I know for sure is that, with my work, I want to help you more and more to figure out what is your why, what causes your food binges and the way you use food the way you do right now.

Those of you who have been following me for a while might know that I’m not an advocate for quick fixes and fad diets.

For a long time, I tried myself to change my habits with food in order to change my life (and I speak about it in this article).

I purchased plans, read books, downloaded apps, thinking they could be the final answer to the hatred for my body.

Yet, even with diets plans, calorie apps, books, I remained profoundly unhappy and always exhausted.

Most importantly, any time I lost weight I didn’t like myself any better.

Why is that?

If you don’t understand why you’re using food the way you’re doing, you’ll always regress to your old ways, no matter the habits you’ve changed.

If you don’t understand why you’re treating your body with no kindness, you’ll always go back to the old ways of treating it.

The moment I’ve clearly understood and worked on the real problems underneath the surface (MY WHY), on the actual causes of my food binges, I could go of the several solutions I was offered from every possible corner.


Food is just the tip of the iceberg

Culturally we’re conditioned to always grow and grow, to do, more and more.

How many times you’ve been told?

“Just do it!”

Believe me, the doing, the “how”, is only one face of the coin.

After trying all the different plans and systems and books, we’re often left again to our own devices when it comes to maintain whatever results we’ve achieved in our daily life.

The lasting change brought by awareness of what’s really causing the issue, is far more important than the action driven by habit change.

Let me make an example to explain the difference.

Let’s take diets for weight-loss.



The diet (habit change) doesn’t make you any happier, neither solves the problem. You shed a few pounds, and at first you’ll see many benefits, I’m sure. Then sometime later, a month, a year, when a new obstacle gets in the way, you will start to totter and ask yourself: Why the change didn’t stick? Why the pounds are back?


Understanding that ‘chasing your happiness through shrinking your body’ was the underlying problem can help you act on the root cause.

You can work at identifying where true and lasting happiness lies for you; and that will make you happier with yourself.

This is just an example of the insights you can get when you become serious about bringing true change into your life by exploring your own unique WHYs.

Ready to start exploring your why?

Download the workbook I created for you here.

And don’t forget to let me know what you find out!

With kindness,

Dona 🌷

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Written by Donatella Porceddu

I am a registered psychologist and life coach specialised in binge and emotional eating, body kindness, and mindful eating. I empower women to become the best version of themselves through my comprehensive approach, which combines personal coaching and psychology, leveraging my client’s strengths and building around their opportunities.

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If you have any questions, reach out to me today. I’ll be more than happy to connect with you and see how I can help.

Donatella Porceddu Psychologist & Eating Coach specialised in Binge Eating, Overeating, Emotional Eating, Food freedom, anti-diet approach. 1:1 support through my Make Peace with Food program.

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