How Reshanda Overcame Binge Eating and Lost 28 Lbs

by | Apr 19, 2017

Reshanda had a very stressful job that ultimately led her to develop a binge eating habit and gain a significant amount of weight. The weight gain naturally led her to try to correct it with dieting, which instead led instead to more bingeing.

In her work to find the solution to her bingeing and weight gain, Reshanda stumbled upon Summer Tomato and started addressing her habits and psychology. As an active part of the community here and on Facebook, I’ve watched her develop new habits over the years from learning to cook in Foodist Kitchen to mindful eating in the Mindful Meal Challenge.

Today Reshanda shares her story of how she overcame bingeing, lost 28 lbs, and more importantly learned how to develop the self-compassion, mindfulness and habits she needs to live a fulfilling life that isn’t dictated by stress and avoidance.

Her story is incredibly powerful and full of wisdom and insights into how to develop the psychological tools to build a sustainable and life-affirming healthstyle. It’s an incredible story that shows the power of self-reflection to solve even the deepest and most intractable problems.

Wish you had more time to listen to the podcast? I use an app called Overcast (no affiliation) to play back my favorite podcasts at faster speeds, dynamically shortening silences in talk shows so it doesn’t sound weird. It’s pretty rad.


Related links:

Foodist Kitchen

Mindful Meal Challenge

The 4-Hour Body, by Tim Ferriss

Triggers, by Marshall Goldsmith

The “I Don’t Feel Like It” Fallacy

I Thought It Was Just Me and critical awareness by Brené Brown

Calm app



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5 Responses to “How Reshanda Overcame Binge Eating and Lost 28 Lbs”

  1. Allyson Rovetto says:

    Amazing podcast! It is so inspiring to listen to your journey, thank you!! I feel like I need to listen to this over and over to really dig into all the nuance and interplay between mindfulness, self compassion and establishing healthy habits. This was definitely one of the best!

  2. Stephanie says:

    OH – EM – GEE This story speaks sooo much to me. Like I’ve got goosebumps I feel like Reshanda is me. Binge eating, powerful feelings of shame, dieting on weight watchers (and now on slow carb), deprivation, perfectionism, anxiety. It’s all me. Reshanda is so articulate and gives me hope that maybe sometime I will figure it all out.

    This podcast has so much goodness in it it’s in-SANE. I need to listen to this a million more times – to remind myself about self-patience – to remind myself to be kind to myself, that I’m human and can’t be perfect – to remind myself to be less rigid and not an island.

    Thank you Reshanda for sharing your story and making me feel that I’m not the only one out there with these issues. Thank you, Darya, for your wisdom and guidance and dedicating your life to sharing science and psychological facts and research in a relatable way.

  3. Laura says:

    The first time I listened to this, I cried. And then I listened to it again lol. Thank you both so much for such a real conversation. I loved the part about accepting negative emotions/feelings for what they are instead of resorting to avoidance behaviors. Also loved hearing about Reshanda’s journey with patience and how she learned to focus on behaviors more than end goals. Truly inspirational.

  4. Donna Gasquet says:

    Quite possibly your most inspirational podcast ever…Reshanda’s intelligent reflection is incredibly powerful. Her insight and awareness..and your engagement Darya…via insightful, engaged questioning…make this particular episode worth MANY a re-play. Brilliant meeting of minds for a restorative Foodist life-loving mindset. Merci from France.

  5. Ruth Gruffin says:

    I have just listened again and found it so helpful. I have been struggling and suddenly feel hopeful again. Thankyou Reshanda & Darya . Darya , I wonder if it’s possible for you to pass on my email address to Reshanda please ? I would love to ask her more about her journey ( absolutely no worries if you prefer not to , of course )
    Thankyou again.

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