How to Recover from Bulimia

How to Recover from Bulimia
Bulimia is an eating disorder that keeps you stranded in a struggle between an overpowering pressure to binge eat and your frantic desire to purge and lose weight.  Recovering from this disorder can be quite a challenge that will require a lot of effort, time, and patience.  The question is, can someone really recover from this overpowering disorder?  The answer is yes.  Definitely yes.  It can be really tricky and challenging, but it is totally doable.  So if you want to know how to recover from bulimia and overcome all the bad things it comes with, read on and find out. 

Be honest

This is the very first step.  You have to be honest with yourself and acknowledge that your eating disorder is something that needs to be addressed; otherwise, you might end up compromising your health.  Not only will you need to be honest with yourself, but you also have to be honest to those who are close to you.  It is important that the people who surround you are aware of what struggle you are going through and, that despite the difficulties, you are willing to change and recover from it.  It takes honesty to start this not-so-easy task you are faced with.

Seek help

What better way to win a battle than to win it with people who can help you?  Recover from bulimia by simply asking for help.  For some people, this might be scary and embarrassing, but the truth is you can’t recover on your own.  The support of family, friends, a counselor, or anyone you trust plays a big role on your road to recovery.  Talk to someone you trust about your issue and let them fully understand that what you are going through is something difficult and that their support and help would greatly matter to you.  If seeking help means finding a professional who specializes in eating disorders, go right ahead and take that step.  There is no shame in asking for help.  There is only shame in not even trying.

Listen to your body

Another great way to recover from bulimia is by listening to your body.  What does your body need?  What makes you reach for bags and bags of chips?  What makes you purge and throw up what you just had?  Sometimes eating disorders are caused by stress or anxiety.  If you recognize what is causing you to react the way you do, then it is easier for you to create plans for you to cope with anything that stresses you out or causes anxiety.  I know this sounds easy, but it really isn’t.  You have to pay close attention to what your body is feeling and find a way to divert your thoughts to something healthy and more productive.

recover from bulimiaPlan your meals

You can also recover from bulimia by planning your meals ahead of time.  This requires a great deal of effort and some knowledge on what your body needs and what it doesn’t.  By planning ahead, you can control what you need to stock up on and focus on the foods that will bring the best nutrients that your body requires to stay fit and healthy.  Stay away from foods that are not healthy and are processed.  If you need to get some extra stuff in case you badly need to munch on something, pile up your fridge with some fruits and other healthy snacks.  Remember to nourish your body with the right elements, and your body will thank you for it.

Commit to a full recovery

Bulimia is no joke.  The roads ahead will be rough and tough, but if you are committed to recovering from this eating disorder, then that is all that matters.  Recover from bulimia by committing to your goal and following up on the actions you need to take to be free from this eating disorder.  If you have to convince yourself on a daily basis, go right ahead.  You can choose to write your commitment down or simply decide to constantly assure yourself that you are going to win this battle.  It’s up to you.  With determination and the help of the people who love you, you will be on your way to complete recovery. 

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.