The better prepared you are for going into recovery the more likely you are to succeed. It’s important to have a clear direction, to understand exactly what to expect along the way, and most of all, to have a plan of action!
So if you’re ready to take those first steps towards your new bulimia-free life, but you’re unsure of where or how to get started, then this article is for you. Take some time to explore the wealth of helpful information below and you’ll be on your way to recovery in no time.
So, let’s get started with our 101 bulimia tips for recovery.
1. As long as you are willing to make recovery the biggest priority in your life then you CAN recover from bulimia.
2. You probably just ignored that first tip as a bit of nonsense, so I’m going to repeat it. You CAN recover from your eating disorder.
3. Also, it really doesn’t matter how long you’ve had bulimia for, or how intense it is, you can still recover. The point is to never give up hope for recovery.
4. It is very normal to feel nervous, scared and anxious about going into recovery, but fear is not always a bad thing. It can be the best indicator that you are about to grow, learn and experience something that you thought was completely beyond you.
5. It’s tempting to bury your head in the sand and ignore your eating disorder all together, but in recovery, you need to learn to be honest with yourself. You need to accept that you need help – and that it’s okay to need help. You have nothing to be ashamed of.
Be as honest and realistic as possible, you will do yourself no favors by glamorizing your eating disorder.
6. To recover from an eating disorder you need 3 things:
- The motivation to recover.
- A recovery plan.
- Support for when things get tough.
Don’t worry, we will help you with all of these and we will cover all these and more over the next 100 or so tips.
Here are some tips for getting motivated for recovery:
6. Pain is a very powerful motivator. That’s why it’s common to hear the phrase,* “I hit rock bottom before I decided to do something about my problem.” *Some people experience an awful lot of pain before they are motivated to take action, but you don’t need to wait around until things get that bad. Instead, take a moment to imagine your life 5 years from now if you continue down this path. Use that visual image to encourage yourself to take action now.
7. Don’t think of recovery as some sort of ordeal, or a burden to overcome. Yes it will be hard, but it will also be the greatest gift you will ever receive.
Take a look at what one of our Recovery Coaches has to say on what it feels like to be recovered from bulimia.
8. Imagine yourself in 5 years time fully recovered. Life is good. You feel strong, you are healthy, and you live comfortably at your natural weight. You are living life to the full. Everyone comments on this new, healthier, happier you. What do you see? What have you have achieved? How have your relationships improved? Make this visual image really bright and vivid. Use this visual image to motivate yourself to take action towards recovery today.
9. If you find it difficult to feel motivated, then perhaps try imagining that a family member or loved one is suffering from an eating disorder.
- How would that make you feel?
- How and why would you want to help them?
- What action would you suggest they take to help themselves?
Write down an imaginary recovery plan for them. Then use it on yourself!
10. Just try out recovery for the next 6 months. That’s all. From our experience with the Bulimia Help Recovery Program once you get to the 6 month point there is nothing that will hold you back from a full recovery.
11. There is such a thing as 100% full recovery. As in complete and total life long recovery. Many of our recovered members even say that they’ve forgotten what it feels like to be bulimic. Their brain chemistry has changed. Their inner dialogues have changed. Their lives have changed. They no longer crave, desire or want to binge or purge. Food is just food to them. No matter how impossible it seems, this can and will happen for you too if you choose recovery.
12. In the end it doesn’t matter how long your recovery takes. Some people do recover faster than others, but you will still begin to notice the benefits of recovery in just a few weeks. In the end you won’t even care how long it took, you’ll just be thankful that you stuck with it.
13. Check out these recovery stories for more inspiration and motivation.
14. The best time to start your recovery is now. Seriously, right now. Not tomorrow, not next week, not when you’re less stressed. The sooner your start recovery the sooner you will recover. It’s that simple. Don’t let excuses and fears hold you back any longer.
15. The chances are you’re thinking… “I can’t start recovery now! I’m too weak/miserable/depressed/anxious/broken/heavy/stressed to start treatment now.”
Many people convince themselves that they need to work on personal issues like this before starting recovery.
This is not true.
It’s the other way around.
FIRST recover from bulimia, THEN watch as your well-being is naturally restored! How much happier, healthier, stronger will you feel once you break free from your eating disorder? You do not need to feel 100% ready to start recovery!
Let’s expel some of the common myths that people use to avoid recovery.
16. Myth: “Bulimia controls my weight.”
Nope. Not true. Most people with bulimia are within their normal weight range. This is the weight they would be if they DIDN’T have bulimia, and often they maintain body weights that are actually higher than their pre-bulimia weight (Garner et al. 1985, p. 539) (Loro & Orleans, 1981 ). Yes, your read that correctly. Bulimia can make you gain weight.
17. Myth: “Bulimia helps me lose weight.”
Purging may temporarily lower the number on your scale, but this is almost always impossible to maintain, not to mention the fact that it’s often a direct result of water loss. Furthermore restricting, bingeing and purging all appear to reduce base metabolism making the maintenance of a healthy body weight more difficult ( wooley & wooley, 1985, P. 394). Yes, your read that correctly. **Bulimia makes it harder to maintain or lose any weight. **
18. Myth: “Recovery will make me fat.”
We are happy to report this one as false. Research shows that most people with bulimia, in the healthy weight range, who adopt regular eating habits and don’t purge, end up within 1kg of where they started, and some even lose weight. You may experience initial weight fluctuations as your body gets used to digesting food again, but these even out within the first few months of recovery.
19. Myth: “My eating disorder gives me control over food.”
Lets think about this for a second. Here are two examples below, can you tell me which person has more control?
Example 1: Lucy eats what she wants, when she feels like it, she does not count calories or fat grams, she eats when she is hungry and stops eating when she is full. She doesn’t worry about weight, which is at her natural set point.
Example 2: Jenny obsesses about food, she continually counts calories and restricts her food intake. Jenny also tries to keep away from ‘bad’ food yet finds she can’t, which leads to binge eating. Afterwards Jenny feels really guilty so purges to regain control. She is constantly obsessed about her weight.
Who has more control?
The answer is obvious.
20. Myth: “Bulimia helps me look good”.
Really? Water retention, a bloated face, constant weight fluctuations, bloodshot eyes, thin hair, rotting teeth, chronic tiredness, erratic moods, low self-esteem, anxiety, insecurity… what part of this looks good?
21. Myth: “Bulimia helps me to control my emotions.”
In that case you must be blissfully happy and someone who can happily control their emotions. I am guessing you are not! Bulimia actually makes you more anxious, creates warped thoughts, lowers your confidence and in general makes you much more miserable. Bulimia doesn’t help you to control your emotions at all, even though it may feel that way. Once recovered, your emotions will be much more manageable, you’ll have less mood swings and be less prone to anxiety and depression.
22. Myth: “Bulimia helps me to cope with stress.”
Well if that was true then you would be totally stress-free, really relaxed, never bored and able to concentrate fully all of the time. Again, I’m guessing this is not the case. Everyone experiences stress, and we all need a release for it, but bulimia is not the answer. Bingeing and purging does not help you cope with stress; it only ADDS to it.
23. Myth: “I can’t recover, bulimia is my only coping mechanism.”
Let’s look at this for a second. Is bulimia really helping you cope?
Or is it just that it works as a distraction from your other problems?
These are perhaps other problems that wouldn’t feel so BIG if you were not bulimic. Or other problems you would be able to cope better with if you weren’t using all of your energy bingeing and purging. Bulimia is making your life harder to cope with, not easier. With bulimia small challenges can seem SO much bigger. The constant stress, anxiety, obsession, hunger and panic only add further burden to your everyday life.
24: Myth: “It’s what I know best and I can not change.”
It’s normal and natural to fear change, especially if you are not sure what benefits change will bring. Everyone feels recovery will be impossible at first and that they won’t be able to function without bulimia, but change is ALWAYS possible.
What if I was to tell you that you have won the lottery and you are now a millionaire? Is this the sort of change you could easily accept?
Recovering from bulimia will be so much better than winning the lottery. You will be winning back your self esteem, confidence, personality, energy, vibrancy, happiness. You are winning back your life.
25: Myth: “Bulimia is a habit; it’s hard to change habits.”
Habits are easily changed. People can switched from driving from the left hand side of the road to the right in seconds. It is 100% possible to break free from bulimia and to create new, healthy, positive habits in your life.
26: Myth: “Bulimia is a comforting friend who is always there for me.”
You only feel this way because you believe that bulimia is giving you something in return. This is an illusion. Why would you want to be friends with someone who just takes, takes and takes? Bulimia takes your pride, self-respect, and confidence, and never gives you anything in return.
27: Myth: “Bulimia provides a sense of achievement or ownership.”
Bulimia is behavioral; it isn’t something that you can own. Overcoming bulimia will be the biggest achievement you will ever make – you are getting your life back! Let your new strength and resilience define you, not your eating disorder.
28: Myth: “Bulimia gives me control over my life.”
Really? If bulimia gives you control over your life then why can’t you stop? Why do you often feel so out of control? We need to be clear, it is ‘bulimia’ that is really in control of your life, not you. It’s time to take that control back.
29: Myth: “I deserve to be punished for eating bad foods.”
You never deserve to be punished! Plus, there is no such thing as bad foods. It’s just a label some diet manufacture invented. You are not bad for eating what you want. A desire to eat ice cream or other types of food is perfectly normal and through recovery you can learn to eat these previously “bad” foods normally, without bingeing on them.
30: Myth: “Bulimia fills a void in my life.”
Bulimia has destroyed your well-being, confidence and self-esteem, so much that you feel like you can’t cope without it. It is bulimia that is making you feel this way. The reality is there will not be a void. You were not born with a void in your life, so why would there be one if you got rid of bulimia?
Here are some tips for getting into the right mindset:
31: The truth is there are no good reasons to be bulimic. Bulimia has NO benefits. None what so ever. It just takes, takes and takes. If you think that bulimia gives you something, then recovery will feel like you are giving up something of value. Remind yourself that you are NOT giving up anything of value. Bulimia is just misery.
It can be helpful to look at bulimia this way…
Could you convince a non-bulimic to become bulimic?
If you had children would you encourage them to be bulimic?
“Come on kids, it will help you deal with your emotions, it will give you more control over food and it will fill a void“
Can you see how detrimental these excuses are and how much of your thinking has been distorted by the bulimia illusion?
32: Not only are you not giving anything up, in recovery you will be gaining everything!
- Your journey into recovery will bring thousands of discoveries, with new ones arriving each day.
- You will gain back yourself respect, your confidence, your freedom, your personality, your spark, and your life.
- You will discover what calm feels like, what balance feels like, what contentment feels like.
- You will discover that you can easily engage in activities that previously struck fear into the deepest recesses of your heart.
- You will discover what it feels like to have an abundance of energy and a lightness of spirit. * You will discover new interests and new passions.
- You will discover your inner strength and self-reliance.
- You will discover all the amazing fantastic things that make you the truly wonderful, caring, loving, soulful person you are.
33: Keep in mind that YOU DESERVE TO RECOVER. Why? Because recovery is just taking back who you already are. You were not born with bulimia. This is who you were ALWAYS MEANT TO BE. This isn’t a new you. You aren’t changing into someone else. Bulimia was holding you back, robbing you of your true life and soul. Bulimia changed you and now you are just getting YOU back!
34. So are you ready to start recovery right now? Getting started is really easy. All you need to do is get a blank piece of paper and write along the top, “My Recovery Plan.” If you don’t have any paper handy just use the Notes App on your phone. We will use this to brainstorm some ideas for your recovery.
That’s it. It’s official. Congratulations you have now made your first step towards recovery.
35. Give yourself the best chance at recovery. Try simplifying your life over the next 6 months. Avoid taking on unnecessary responsibilities during this time and start asking for help when you need it.
Make a note
Write some ideas in your recovery plan as to how you can simplify and reduce the stress in your life over the next 6 months.
36. I know this can sound like such a boring tip so it’s easy to ignore but seriously, stress can have a hugely negative impact on your emotions. Appreciate the benefit of taking time each day for yourself, to relax and unwind. This is SO important for your recovery. Allow yourself a few rest times a day. Even if it is just 5 minutes where you sit and have a cup of tea. You have to be willing to prioritize this “you” time if you want to recover.
37. Sleep is crucial. Most people need somewhere between 7 and 8 hours of sleep every night. Getting adequate sleep lowers stress and reduces the binge urge, so make sure you are getting your 7-8 hours each night.
Make a note
Write down your ideal bedtime in your recovery plan and try to stick to it.
38. It’s good to get a general recovery time-frame in mind. From our experience with the Bulimia Help Recovery Program most of our members tend to fully stop their bulimic behaviors within the 6-12 month time frame. Many feel fully recovered around the 18 month mark.
39. Recovery is all about you, you and you. You are the number one priority in your life now. This isn’t being selfish or self centered. Once recovered everyone in your life will benefit from the happier, healthier, energized you. Your loved ones, your friends and your family will all benefit. In a way focusing on your recovery now is the most GENEROUS thing you can do for your friends and family. So do NOT feel guilty about it!
Make a note
Make a list in your recovery plan of all the people in your life who will benefit from your recovery.
40. It’s good to keep in mind that everyone’s recovery journey is unique. So try not to compare your recovery with others. There is no right or wrong way to approach recovery. As long as you are committed to the recovery process that’s all that matters.
41. Recovery is like a walking marathon rather than a short race or a sprint. You will have to be patient and take your time. You cannot rush recovery. Your body and mind need time to heal. Be the tortoise and not the hare.
42. The more support you have during your recovery the easier your recovery will be. It’s that simple.
43. Each time you tell a person about your eating disorder it gets easier and easier to open up about it. Practice telling health professionals first before opening up to loved ones and family members. You can use these talking about bulimia guides to prepare yourself for those initial conversations.
44. Don’t underestimate the extent of your problem. It’s really important to acknowledge the fact that any form of disordered eating and any classification of eating disorder can be just as life destroying as the next.
So whether you’re someone who binges and purges a couple of times a year, or a couple of times each day, you still deserve just as much help and support. Your weight doesn’t correlate with the severity of your eating disorder either, this is a completely false assumption. You don’t need to measure up to some “medical definition” of what an eating disorder is. If you are in anyway concerned that you may have an eating disorder then you need to seek treatment.
45. Telephone support lines are amazing. They are discrete, confidential and you can instantly talk to a highly trained professional who understands exactly what you are going through.
- If you’re based in the USA we recommend the NEDA support line: 1-800-931-2237
- If you’re in the UK we recommend one of the BEAT support lines: Call 0845 634 1414 if you’re 25 or over, or call 0845 634 7650 if you’re under 25.
- If you’re in Australia we recommend the EDV support line: 1300 550 236
- For other countries check your national eating disorder support charity if they offer helplines.
Make a note
Make a heading in your recovery plan to call a helpline within the next 3 days.
46. These support lines are also open for concerned family and friends. It can be a good idea to get them to call too.
47. Make an appointment to visit your local doctor. It’s important to get a full medical health check-up. It will put your mind at ease to know there is nothing medically wrong with you, and if there is something wrong, this appointment could end up saving your life.
If you have medical condition which is affected by eating e.g. diabetes, if you’re a pregnant woman with bulimia, if you ever experience any pain or if you see blood when your purge go see your doctor immediately.
Make a note
Make a note in your recovery plan of when you would like to visit your doctor and who you would like to see.
48. Telling your doctor or anyone about your eating disorder can be uncomfortable, but just remember that they are health professionals. This is their job. They hear similar stories every day. That’s why they exist. They are here to help people just like you. Remember there is NOTHING to be ashamed of. We ALL need help sometimes.
49. Not all doctors are created equal. Some are more supportive than others. Some doctors can be a little rusty on their knowledge, or a little insensitive when it comes to talking about your weight, but please don’t take it personally. If it doesn’t work out as planned keep in mind your doctor is just one part of your support team. If they react in an unsupportive or insensitive way this is not a reflection on you. You still did the right thing.
50. Make an appointment to visit a dentist. Bulimia over time destroys your teeth. Be honest with your dentist and let them know that you have an eating disorder. Start work on protecting your teeth now.
Make a note
Book an appointment with your dentist within the next 3 days. Put this under your “To Do List” in your recovery plan.
51. Recovery doesn’t automatically mean inpatient treatment. Not at all. There are different levels of recovery support and it’s important to find the level of support that works best for you.
52. If you prefer you can start your recovery with a more discrete online recovery program.
53. Alternatively you can use these online treatment finders to find a therapist and nutritionist in your local area:
54. If you would like extra support you might consider working with a personal Bulimia Recovery Coach.
55. Whatever you do, ensure your bulimia treatment program addresses these 3 core issues:
- Re-balances your body to reverse the effects of malnutrition.
- Teaches you skills to effectively manage your thoughts and emotions.
- Teaches you how to eat normally again without dieting, counting calories or restricting.
Make a note
Do a little research on your bulimia treatment options and write down your top preferences. Add this to your recovery plan.
56. Keep your support team in place even if you feel things are going “fine.” It’s always good to have a backup in place (even if you don’t end up needing it).
57. As well as professional support, it’s good to have the support of family and loved ones. Opening up and sharing your deepest secrets is very intimidating at first but ultimately it is one of the most incredible steps you will ever take. It’s not easy trying to figure out the best way to tell someone you have an eating disorder. We’ve created some free guides that you may find helpful.
Make a note
In your recovery plan, brainstorm some ideas of who you could open up to too about your eating disorder.
58. Eating disorders can be painfully lonely. It can be good to share and connect with people who are going through the same experiences as you. Online recovery communities can be really helpful here. Just make sure they are recovery focused.
59. Men get eating disorders too. In a way it can be more difficult for men to seek treatment as they may feel more embarrassed and ashamed. Don’t let these feelings hold you back. If you need help, you need help. Don’t let the fact that you are male hold you back from having the recovery you deserve.
It can be helpful to have some background understanding on food restriction and what it’s doing to your body:
60. Purging, restricting and not eating enough food keeps you in a permanent malnourished state. This makes you prone to massive urges to binge on food. Undoing the harmful effects of begin malnourished goes a LONG way to reducing your binge urges and moving you towards recovery.
61. That’s why structured eating programs can be so successful for treatment of bulimia. Really, a huge part of recovery is re-learning how to comfortably eat 3 balanced meals and 3 snacks daily. Structured eating can undo the damage of malnutrition and it teaches you how to eat normally again.
62. Give yourself around 4-8 months on a structured eating program, in this time your hunger will return to it;s normal function. When you follow a structured eating plan you can expect a HUGE reduction in your urge to binge on food.
63. It can be useful to know that dieting is the number one cause of eating disorders. “Girls who severely dieted were 18 times more likely to develop an eating disorder within 6 months than those who did not diet.” (BMJ 1999; 318:765-768, 20 March) (18 times!!!)
Getting rid of dieting could wipe out at least 70% of eating disorders. Get rid of dieting!”Dr Adrienne Key (Royal College of Psychiatrists).
64. Dieting causes eating disorders so during recovery you will need to** forget about dieting or setting a goal weight.**
65. Don’t feel bad about giving up dieting. Studies show that the diet failure rate is around 95%. This goes for all diet products and plans out there.
- Would you let a brain surgeon who had a 95% failure rate work on your brain?
- Would you get onto a plane that had a 95% chance of crashing?
Of course not! Yet, when a diet fails we blame ourselves and not the diet.
66. Research shows that a restrictive diet can lead to every single symptom of bulimia.
In 1944 a famous physiologist Ancel Keys conducted a large study that proved every single behavior we associate with bulimia nervosa can be accounted for by a restrictive diet. The results showed that “many of the symptoms that might have been thought to be specific to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are actually the results of starvation (pirke & ploog, 1987).
67. Think back to when your bulimia began. Did it start with some sort of restrictive diet?
If the answer is yes, that’s good news. To escape from the “binge/purge cycle” and recover from bulimia you need to undo the damage of a restrictive diet. This is your number 1 priority for recovery.
68: After re-balancing your body via a structured eating program, ensure your bulimia treatment program teaches you skills to be comfortable eating food without counting calories or dieting. This ensures long term recovery and prevents relapses.
69. A useful skill we teach in our recovery program is intuitive eating. This is were you learn to eat food based on your hunger without any pain, suffering, rules or plans. This is a very advanced stage of recovery and we find many of our members are not truly ready to embrace this stage until they have been in successful recovery and using structured eating for 7-12 months.
For me this is the most important part of recovery. This is the way we are going to learn to eat going forward for the rest of our lives.
I am now in a position where I try to experiment with new foods every day, think about how full I am feeling and choose foods I really ‘love/feel/want’ to eat on a daily basis. Rather than eating what I ‘should’ eat because it’s low fat/low calorie. ”
Bulimia Help Member
70. Fact: Bulimia makes you malnourished which makes you miserable.
Large-scale studies from Harvard and Oxford universities have shown that people on restrictive diets can significantly deplete their serotonin levels within three weeks. As the brain continues to be starved this leads to psychological problems such as: obsessive and compulsive behavior, distorted body image, depression, anxiety, general moodiness and poor motivation.
71. The really great news is that in recovery 100% of the psychological symptoms can be reversed.
72. Just remember at all times “this too will pass”. Feeling full will pass. Feeling guilty will pass. Feeling anxious will pass.
73. Quit the self-blame cycle. It isn’t your fault that you have bulimia. You were not warned about the dangers of dieting and restrictive eating and you didn’t know that you would end up in the bulimia trap! Rather than blaming yourself for the past, start congratulating yourself on having the courage to finally turn your life around!
74. At times we all feel lost and unloved. At times we all struggle with a lack of purpose and self doubt. At times we all feel like we are not good enough, not strong enough or that we just can’t cope. This is called being human and it’s OK to feel that way sometimes. You don’t need to beat yourself up for feeling down.
75. Don’t be afraid to let your emotions out. That period of time after eating can be highly emotional. Sometimes it can really help to let anything you’re feeling out, it’s almost like a substitute for the physical act of purging. You may wish to talk to someone you trust, write in your journal, paint a picture or even just have some quiet time alone and have a good old cry.
A little on weight fluctuations.
76. During recovery you need to be prepared to experience some weight fluctuations, especially at the start. These fluctuations can occur for anyone at any weight. They often continue for a few months while your body is getting used to digesting food again. Your metabolism needs time to fire up again, your digestive system needs time to adapt to digesting food regularly and your body needs time to re-hydrate and re-balance.
77. Once you start a structured eating program chances are you will experience some bloating. This can be very uncomfortable and a very scary. Bloating tends to come hand in hand with the process of recovery and it’s to be expected. Your digestive system is a little sluggish, so give it time and it will heal. Bloating usually resolves itself within 4-6 weeks when eating patterns becoming normalized.
78. PLEASE REMEMBER: Bloating is a natural response to recovery and it’s to be expected. Feeling bloated will NOT turn to FAT. It will pass. Be patient with your body. Seriously, please do not give up on recovery due to a little bloating.
79. Trust that in time your weight will start to stabilize at your natural healthy set-point. This is a weight you can comfortably and happily maintain for the rest of your life without worrying about dieting, restricting or watching what you eat. You won’t even have to think about it!
80. Keep in mind any weight fluctuations are temporary.
81. Periods of weight loss and weight gain are different for everyone, so it is difficult to be specific but unless you are underweight it’s very unlikely that you will gain lots of weight. Most people find that once they have recovered they are within 2lbs of their pre-recovery weight.
RELAPSES IN RECOVERY
82. During your bulimia treatment, it doesn’t matter if you’re unable to stop bingeing and purging immediately. As you are not expected too. Your binging and purging will continue to decrease throughout your recovery and it will eventually stop altogether.
83. Be realistic. Relapses are very common in recovery. You need to prepare yourself emotionally for them. No one likes them, no one wants them to happen. If you don’t accept this part of recovery you may find it harder to accept when it does happen.
84. Understand that a relapse does NOT mean you have failed, it does NOT mean you are too weak to recover, it does NOT mean you are a “lost cause.” It means you are experiencing recovery normally, it means you are human, it means you have an opportunity to learn and grow.
85. Slipping up doesn’t mean you should give up for the rest of the day.
86. Forgive yourself for any relapses. It’s NOT your fault, it’s NOT your fault, it’s NOT your fault. It’s a natural reaction to restrictive eating and it takes time to get your body back in balance.
87. How often you Relapse is not a TRUE indication of recovery. Judge your recovery progress based on normalizing eating habits, your energy levels, your reduced anxiety around food, a reduction in checking behaviors, your ability to postpone a binge and any other positive changes you’ve noticed. This is so much more productive and accurate than simply focusing on how long it has been since your last relapse.
88. Many bulimics attempt to stop binging by using their willpower to resist the urge. They believe that if we hold out long enough and ignore the urge to binge that it will go away. But if you are malnourished from being bulimic the binge urge will NEVER disappear. The fact is willpower is only good for short term goals and it only works for so long. This is why the most fervent promises to stop bingeing so often fail.
89. Download this free meal planner to help you get started on your recovery.
90. Don’t skip meals because it might cause you to become too hungry and overeat at your next meal, crave less healthy foods, slow your metabolism, reduce your energy, result in missed nutrients that your body needs, strave your brain body and muscles, make it hard to concentrate and… it slows down recovery!
One research study showed bulimics were retaining an average of 1,200 calories per binge session (Kaye et al.,1993).While a separate study discovered that people who vomited after binge eating weighed more than those who didn’t!
91. Don’t be fooled by any changes to the number on your scale as a result of laxative or diuretic misuse either because this is always down to water loss. It is a sign of dehydration. Although this is often found listed as a bulimia weight loss tip, these methods are highly ineffective at removing calories from the body.
92. Bulimia does not define you. Humans are incredibly complex. There are millions of unique aspects to you; your humor, your job, your likes, your dislikes, your moods, your hobbies, your self image, how you treat others, your creativity and all of these wonderful things will only become magnified in the absence of bulimia. Embrace them – they are what define you.
93. We have all suffered in life. Some more so than others. Humans are resilient. Never give up hope that recovery is possible.
94. You deserve to recover. Never let anyone tell you otherwise (especially yourself!) Recovery is just you discovering your TRUE self. This is who you are without bulimia holding you back. This is who you are meant to be. This is who you were born to be.
95. The key to recovery is to keep going even when things seem impossible. In the end you’ll thank yourself for having the courage to stick with it.
96. We all learn from our mistakes. If you look at recovery as a learning process then it becomes impossible to fail. You will simply continue moving forward.
97. In the end so many people describe recovery from bulimia as an awakening. Long lost passions and interests make themselves known and you get to discover what truly makes you tick.
Make a note
Look at your recovery plan and decide what action you are going to take today to move you towards recovery.
98. Just think, what’s the worst that can happen? In reality you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
99. All you have to do is make the decision to commit to your recovery.
or even a year….
Lindsay at a year
101. Do something, anything today that will move you towards recovery. It doesn’t matter how small it is.
102. Bonus tip: Download up our free Recovery tools. It’s free and it will change your life (for the better).
If you’ve found these bulimia recovery tips helpful then please feel free to pass them on to anyone else you who you feel may benefit from them.
To your fantastic, amazing, adventurous, enlightening recovery!
Founder bulimia Help.org
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