Tag Archives: binge eating disorder

Keto Vitamin C Smoothie Update

This  is an update on my Keto vitamin C smoothie.

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One Of My Favorite Supplements

Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite supplements, Resveratrol.  Talk about the fountain of youth! Resveratrol just may be it. 🙂 

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Friday, April 22, 2020

This Is going to be a short post… Not to complain, but I’ve been working all freaking day on a new PowerPoint.   My eyes are falling out of their sockets, my butt hurts and my knees are stiff.  

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Change can be a good thing!

Hot Tea

I was devastated!  How was I going to work out? How was I going to get any research or writing done on my books? Who would make my tea? How could I start my day seeing patients without this respite that was such an important part of my morning , my life? It is literally what motivated me to get up every morning…

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The Best Vitamin C

In our newsletter this week we talked about the importance of vitamin C. 

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In this blog I want to give you some ideas about how to source the best vitamin C. The best vitamin C comes from Kakadu Plum from Australia or Camu Camu from the Amazon Rainforest.

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Scrumptious and Super Easy Chicken Parmesan

Super Easy Chicken Parmesan

Today we are going to do a Chicken Parmesan that is scrumptious and super easy. 

I used only two chicken breasts which is enough to last me for three meals.  You could easily double the recipe. Here are the ingredients as I used them:

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When Is “Bingeing” Actually Binge Eating Disorder?


We use the word “binge” very casually in our society.  We “binge” watch episodes of our favorite shows on DVR or Netflix.  We “binge” listen to podcasts.   Most of us probably “binged” on Star Wars movies before.

But when is bingeing on food actually Binge Eating Disorder?

Consider a time when you thought you were bingeing and ask yourself the following questions:

*. Did you consume an abnormally large amount of food in a short period of time as compared with what others might eat in the same amount of time under similar circumstances?

*.  Did you experience a loss of control over eating during these episodes?Do you consume food faster than normal?

*.  Do you feel fuller than usual?

*.  Are you consuming large amounts of food when not hungry?

*.  Are you consuming food alone due to embarrassment over the amount of food you are eating?

*.  Do you feel disgusting, guilty or depressed after the binge?

*.  Do you feel distressed about the binge?

Finally, think about your behavior over a period of time.

Has the binge eating occurred at least once a week for 3 months?

It is important to note that weight gain may or may not be associated with BED. And while there is a correlation between BED and weight gain, not everyone who is overweight binges or has BED.

If you find yourself answering yes to these questions, I am here to help.

Email me at drnorton@eatingdisorderpro.com or call 513-205-6543 to schedule an appointment.  Tele-therapy phone sessions available.

-Dr. Norton


How Many GMOs Do You Think You Are Eating?

How Many GMOs Are You Eating?

Did you know that most Americans eat their weight in genetically modified organisms (GMOs) each year?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) calculated that the average adult American annually consumes genetically engineered foods in these quantities: 68 pounds of beet (table) sugar, 58 pounds of corn syrup, 38 pounds of soybean oil, and 29 pounds of corn-based products, for a total of 193 pounds per year.[1]

In other words, most U.S. adults consume more than their weight in GMO foods. It may be that children consume even more, relatively speaking. Around the world, GMOs are considered so dangerous that they are banned, or at the very least heavily regulated and labeled, so informed citizens can avoid them. In the U.S. they are not labeled or regulated, and those who support labeling face an uphill battle.

In contrast to the healthiest developed nations, which either prevent or strictly regulate genetically engineered crops, the U.S. takes the opposite tack. We can claim that 91 to 93 percent of our soybeans and canola (Rapeseed)[1], 85 percent of our corn, and up to 95 percent of our sugar beets are now genetically engineered. Most people do not realize that 50% of the sugar supply in this country comes from sugar beets, so a majority of all table sugar is genetically engineered. Not only is the table sugar genetically engineered, but it is also primarily a chemical with no nutritive value whatsoever.

Our foods are loaded with GMOs and pesticides. GMOs were designed to fatten livestock. They do the same thing to us. Pesticides contain Glyphosate, which, has been shown to cause weight gain. Eliminating them from your diet will change the way you think about eating. Eating clean allows me, as well as the majority of my patients, to eat 1/3 to ½ more calories per day without weight gain. There are a few exceptions. Cheese and nut butters as well as nuts, must still be eaten in moderation. But organic vegetables and fruits, and sea vegetables (seaweed, kelp, etc.) as well as 100% grass-fed animal protein, wild-caught fish, seeds, good fats, and eggs can be eaten in significantly larger portions than the polluted versions with no weight gain or dangerous health hazards.

Foods that are certified organic must be 100% Organic and Non-GMO to be as safe as possible. Loopholes that still exist in the laws mean that we can still be ingesting GMOs unless it says Non-GMO. The worst part is that GMOs may take over completely and we will not be able to get GMO-free foods, especially if the labelling laws don’t change.

My advice?


-Dr. Norton




[1] The word ‘canola’ was coined in 1978 from ‘Canadian oil, low acid’. Canola Oil actually comes from the Rapeseed plant, which causes severe allergic-like reactions in most humans and animals, possibly resulting from the high levels of erucic acid it produces. Euric acid damages cardiac muscle and glucosinolates, the nutrients that cleanse the body of free radicals. Sahasrabudhe, M. R. (1977). “Crismer values and erucic acid contents of rapeseed oils”. Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society 54 (8): 323–324.

[1] Thursday, October 18, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer for NaturalNews.com http://www.naturalnews.com/037590_GMOs_Americans_consumption.html#ixzz2EaZxstrL


The Food is at Fault!

The Blame Game

We tend to blame the victims of disordered eating, no matter what form it takes. Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Emotional Eating and Obesity are all assumed to be the result of poor choices and/or emotional disturbances that lead to over eating. Anorexia is often perceived as a choice the patient makes to achieve cosmetic improvements.

The eating problems plaguing Americans are the direct result of the deficiencies and toxins in the food supply and are not the result of implusive choices or vanity.

The Big Pharma complex, industrial farming, and the food and beverage industries, (I call them Big Pharma, Big Farming and Big Food or the 3 Big Pigs) have worked hard to convince us that our foods, beverages and drugs are safe as long as we take/eat them in moderation.

The issue is serious. The United States has the distinction of being the unhealthiest wealthiest country in the world today. So, how can a country with so many economic and natural resources not maintain healthy eating habits? The answer is simple and scary. Not only are the foods and drugs constructed by the 3 Big Pigs not safe, they are driving the catastrophic decline in the health of Americans and seriously decreasing the quality of life for millions of people.

Clean food heals the dysfunction and diseases caused by polluted foods. One of the reasons my patients get well is that they learn to trust food again by learning how to “eat clean.” Clean eating empowers them—it frees them from the slavery of addiction, and it calms the anxiety they have about eating. The more clean food they eat, the fewer cravings they have because the systems that regulate eating behaviors and weight fluctuations stabilize in the presence of clean food. Under these circumstances my patients can learn new healthy eating patterns.

The sad thing is that most of the treatment for eating disorders completely ignores the role of food pollution during recovery. To highlight how important clean food is and how destructive therapies can be that ignore the problems with our food, I’m going to describe the experience of a young patient of mine (age 14) in a typical residential treatment program for eating disorders.

In the residential program MA was ingesting the majority of her calories in the form of Boost[1] as a behavioral consequence of refusing to eat. She was also being kept in bed, all day, every day, for 13 days in a row. Understand she was not being kept in bed because she was too medically unstable to be up and around; she was kept in bed because she refused to eat. Her parents, or their insurance company, were paying a small fortune for this “treatment.”

Her treatment with me began by giving her choices about her food. She could pick whatever she wanted, as long as it was clean and had the necessary nutrients for her to slowly regain her weight. She slowly but consistently has expanded her foods to include everything she needs to thrive while consistently gaining weight.

Here is her experience with my approach to eating disorder treatment:

 The Blame Game-2

Did I mention this patient is only 14? She wasn’t asked to write this, she felt compelled to. After having such a terrible experience in residential treatment and finally finding a treatment program that was really working for her she needed to express what was changing in her relationship with food.

Whether you are bingeing, purging, restricting or are addicted- I guarantee that polluted food is playing a part in your illness. The food is at fault!

-Dr. Norton



[1] These are the first 10 ingredients in Boost: water, sugar, corn syrup, milk protein concentrate, vegetable oil, (Canola, High Oleic Sunflower, Corn) soy protein isolate, and Carrageenan. The only ingredient that is not GMO or a form of processed L-Glutamine (MSG) which is highly addicting, is the water. (See Chapter _ Sources of Food Pollution)


News You Can Use: December 1-December 8 2013

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of December 1-8 2013!”

Children as Young as Nine Treated for Eating Disorders – It has been claimed that the NHS is treating children as young as nine for anorexia. Overall, the health service is dealing with ‘record’ numbers of patients with eating disorders, with 350 beds being taken up every night by people with eating-related illnesses. Learn More.

New Research Shows Obesity is Inflammatory Disease – In a new research report scientists show that there is an abnormal amount of an inflammatory protein called PAR2 in the abdominal fat tissue of overweight and obese humans and rats. Learn More.

Behind Closed Doors – Displays of Vulnerability Can be a Crucial Part of Dealing with an Eating Disorder. Learn More.

Anorexia: You are Not the Person You Were – There are many physical changes when it comes to anorexia — the symptoms of starvation, the lack of body warmth, the insomnia, the brittle bones and chemical imbalances. These can be life-threatening. But the effect on the mind can be just as deadly and maybe even more insidious. Learn More.

Past Weight Loss an Overlooked Factor in Disordered Eating –  Dieters and weight loss researchers are familiar with the principle: The more weight you’ve lost, the harder it is to keep it off. A complex and vicious cycle of biological and behavioral factors make it so. But eating disorder research has largely overlooked this influence, and Dr. Michael Lowe, a professor of psychology at Drexel University, has published a flurry of research studies showing that needs to change. Learn More.

Hunger Pains – Binge-eating disorder linked to lifelong impairments in 12-country study. Learn More.

Chemical industry expects BPA sales to increase over next six years – A report by Transparency Market Research shows that the chemical industry expects bispehnol A (BPA) sales to increase by 44 percent by 2019. Learn More.

Is Picky Eating the Newest Eating Disorder – Find out if your picky eater has Avoidant /Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and what to do about it. Learn More.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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