About Karen

  • About Karen R. Koenig

    Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed., an expert in the psychology of eating, is a psychotherapist, educator, motivational speaker, and author with nearly 30 years of experience helping chronic dieters and compulsive/emotional/restrictive eaters become "normal" eaters... Read More

    Books by Karen R. Koenig


    Starting Monday
    Seven Keys to a Permanent, Positive Relationship with Food
    Author: Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed
    order online at www.gurzebooks.com

    Starting Monday is based on the simple premise that when our behaviors don't align with our expressed intentions, we've got a conflict going on, often outside of our awareness... Read More


    Nice Girls Finish Fat
    Put Yourself First and Change Your Eating Forever

    Author: Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed.
    254 pages (paperback)
    order online at www.bulimia.com

    The first book to explain the link between overdoing and overeating, psychotherapist Karen R. Koenig gives women detailed advice on how to lose their extra baggage – both emotional and physical – by taking better care of themselves... Read More


    What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Treating Food and Weight Issues
    Author: Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed.
    240 pages (paperback)
    order online at www.bulimia.com

    Packed with insights and practical tips, this unique book teaches clinicians how to help clients make peace with food and the scale and balance nutrition and exercise inn a healthy lifestyle... Read More


    Food and Feelings Workbook
    Author: Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed.
    216 pages (paperback)
    order online at www.bulimia.com

    In this dynamic workbook, Koenig interweaves lighthearted discussion with mindful, reflective exercises to show readers how to identify, experience, and learn from these feelings instead burying them in food-related behaviors... Read More

    Rules of "Normal" Eating

    Rules of "Normal" Eating
    Author: Karen R. Koenig, LCSW,M.Ed.
    240 pages (paperback)
    order online at www.bulimia.com

    Koenig lays out the four basic rules that "normal" eaters follow instinctively, along with specific skills and techniques that help promote change and point the way toward genuine physical and emotional fulfillment... Read More

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July 31, 2009


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Karen, thank you for posting this today...I can't tell you how much I have needed to hear it. Especially the part about it being such arduous work and that it is possible to be recovered.

sue corning

Thanks, Karen. I also appreciate this post, because I'm one of those 60+ year old normal eaters who previously binged (and purged) for many years. I totally agree that arduous work is necessary to overcome the irrational beliefs which kept me using disordered eating habits.

I also REFUSED to believe that I had a 'mental disorder' like 'bulimia' which MADE me use those habits. I knew all along that I CHOSE to binge and I CHOSE to purge. I, not the food, chose to use those habits. I was NOT powerless over food or my habits. I just didn't know how much my beliefs influenced those habits. I also didn't know what else to believe.

I think that, more than anything else, taking personal responsibility for my eating habits gave me the power to change those eating habits. If I could choose to binge and purge, I knew that I could choose to eat intuitively according to hunger and fullness. When I put as much energy into intuitive eating as I had previously devoted to bingeing and purging, I found ways to eat intuitively and eliminate my disordered eating habits.


It's nice to hear from people who are not trying to be perfect eaters. I'm 40, was a severe dieter/binger, now am generally comfortable with food. I have occasional bouts of guilt because I overeat at parties, or skip dinner after a big lunch, or not in the mood for breakfast, but that feels normal to me. I'm glad to know that others who feel that they've attained "intuitive eating" also do similar things, and it's okay.

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