Overcoming Severe Depression and Binge Eating Through Mindfulness

by | Sep 18, 2017

“A binge never happens in a peaceful, loving environment. So, if you can create that environment somehow for yourself that’s going to be the way.” – Maria

Have you tried everything to quit binge eating and nothing seems to work? Are you still on the fence about whether or not practicing mindfulness will actually help your situation?

If the answer is yes then today’s episode may change your life.

To say that Maria had it tough growing up would be an understatement. The torment she suffered as a child had such a huge impact that it penetrated every facet of her life, resulting in severe depression and a binge eating disorder.

One day after a particularly painful binge, Maria came to a crossroads with herself. She knew it was time to get better or her life would end.

A series of serendipitous events soon unfolded and she arrived into the world of practicing mindfulness. It was here that her healing process started to begin.

Today Maria speaks openly about her journey. She describes how mindfulness changed her mindset, her relationship with her body, and how it brought joy to her life literally for the first time.

She also reveals the exact tools she used that made it possible for her to quit bingeing for good.

Maria says that her life now amazing. She credits mindfulness for enabling her to finally find peace and create a loving environment that allows her to thrive, one that she’s realized she deserved all along.

Maria now takes the lessons she has learned and helps people with their binge eating disorders. She is an incredibly strong woman with an extraordinary story.

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:

Drawing on nearly a decade of strength training and nutrition, Maria Marklove helps people to stop binge eating for good. Join her at www.noctrlz.co.uk

Full Catastrophe living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

What I Learned from 10 Days of Silence

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By by James Pennebaker

Softly Sleeping by Daniel Conway

The Mindful Meal Challenge

7 Reasons Keeping a Food Journal is Better Than Counting Calories – What-the-Hell Effect

Loving Kindness Meditation  (Metta Meditation)



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4 Responses to “Overcoming Severe Depression and Binge Eating Through Mindfulness”

  1. Jaime says:

    I thought this was an interesting listen, with a different (i.e., non-weight loss) spin than other guests. One thing I wondered about was the relation of stress in this case. Maria described a 3-day symptom free period during a vacation with family when family seemed to be helping her care for her eating, vs when she was at home, it seemed like she did all of the meal planning and cooking for herself. I don’t doubt that there was some food sensitivity, but it seems like the whole process was creating a cycle of stress that could have been exacerbating the digestive issues.

  2. Madhavi Rao says:

    Wow! I’ve been following you for awhile now. I
    Listen to many podcasts and follow your blog.
    Yes! This is the most powerful podcast you have made! It can relate to many different issues! I can’t thank you enough!

  3. Kelly Mahan says:

    I never thought mindfulness would help with binge eating, this is such an incredible discovery. Thank you for sharing with us!

  4. Linda Fischer says:

    OMG! This podcast was AMAZING!
    What a beautiful, strong, courageous woman Maria is!! Thanks Darya for bringing us this life lesson – you were so kind and sensitive with your questions and responses. My eyes were welling with tears – I just want to give Maria a huge hug and tell her she is Amazing and brave; and telling her story and now helping others leaves a beautiful legacy xxxx

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