Bulimia nervosa, or simply bulimia, is an eating disorder in which a person binge eats and then purges the food. While induced vomiting is the method most people associate with bulimia, people with this condition may also take laxatives. In addition, as we explain to people at our Bulimia recovery center in California, they may attempt to lose weight by using diuretics or stimulants, through water fasting, or by exercising excessively.
A Difficult Disorder to Recognize
Because people with bulimia tend to be very secretive about their behavior, and because it doesn’t always or immediately result in dramatic weight loss, it can be difficult to detect that anything is wrong. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2u7jTwf
While the support and encouragement of family, friends, and counselors can help you recover from an eating disorder, none of it will have much of an effect until you are ready to change your life. In our work with people at our bulimia recovery center in California, we talk about the stages of change and the person’s readiness to take action.
From Not Ready to Fully Recovered
Although the stages may be numbered and named differently, researchers and caregivers generally agree that there are roughly five to seven stages of change. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2llFa0i
While in recovery from bulimia, you will encounter the emotional “triggers” that led to your unhealthy eating behaviors in the past. While that is a virtual certainty, there is no reason you have to give in to them. As we tell people at our bulimia recovery center in California, the goal in recovery is not to learn how to avoid your triggers but to learn how to handle them.
The three strategies we find to be most successful for managing triggers are:
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If you try to avoid thinking about your triggers, you only give them more power over your life. On the other hand, if you explore what they are and how they developed, you weaken their control over you. Try making a list of your triggers as you encounter them. Give them a name and jot down what kind of emotions they stir up in you. Then, for each one, describe a healthy emotional response. That response won’t come naturally at first, but having written it down will help you remember it and over time you’ll get better at countering your triggers with healthier thought patterns.
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