The simple truth is that most bulimics don’t understand what bulimia is. They also don’t understand that bulimia is an eating disorder. The reason they don’t understand it is because they believe that what they are doing is the right thing to do, and that it is not their fault that they are doing it. In part that is true. Each bulimic has a unique reason for the condition that they are in. Every bulimic has put themselves into a box which somehow makes sense, even if the act of putting oneself inside the box does not make any sense.
From a bulimic’s perspective, the condition akin to an addiction or a membership in a secret cult. As an addiction, the bulimic is no longer responsible for their actions. The choice is no longer theirs. This gives them some degree of satisfaction. The things they do may be painful but after a while it gives them the reassurance that this makes it all right. For somebody suffering from bulimia, this is not a disorder because it creates order in that person’s world.
For somebody who has not gone through being a bulimic, this is hard to grasp. But without understanding this, there is very little chance of helping the friend or relative who has this disorder. There are several bulimia recovery tips a recovering bulimic has to be always aware of. But unlike a recovering addict, bulimics can fall or regress for a day and pull themselves back up again. A single incident does not mean that recovery is futile.
Getting Over Binging and Purging
For a regular person, the idea of purging is alien. However, this is something a bulimic does on a regular basis. Controlling the urge to purge is a constant struggle which requires conscious effort. Purging is usually associated with bingeing. This is one reason why some bulimics are able to make people believe that they don’t have this disorder. They eat normally, or even more than normal. Afterwards, they are able to hide their purging.
The most tempting time for bingeing/purging is usually when they are alone, or just before going to bed. For some, a change in habit, or the creation of a pre-sleep ritual works. For others, a cup of hot cocoa or milk, and a cookie, helps to stem this urge. Having small dinner portions also helps. In worst cases, having someone to talk to for support would be a great help.
Bulimia Teeth Tips
Purging has several side effects. Due to the stomach acids rising up and being expelled along with the food, the esophagus, throat and mouth may become damaged. The teeth are also vulnerable to the leaching effect of the acid. It might be necessary to see a doctor to check up on any damage to the throat and esophagus. A dentist would also be able to help with any teeth damage. There is also the increased chances of bad breath due to the purging. In this case, the bad breath would be due to the gases escaping from an empty stomach. This may be a temporary condition, and once regular eating habits resume the bad breath might go away.
Addressing Bulimia Laxative Use
Another bulimic trick is the use of laxatives. After a certain point this becomes a habit and once that happens, it can cause some health issues. The main problem with laxative use is that the body becomes dependent on it. Bowel movement becomes irregular and constipation ensues. This becomes a vicious cycle where the use of laxatives becomes necessary in order to move the bowels.
For a recovering bulimic, this might cause some degree of stress as the solutions to stop laxative dependence entails eating healthy food, more greens, fruits and vegetables. Increased water intake should also resorted to in order to help in digestion and bowel movement. Eating foods with natural laxative properties would also help, specially if the body has been damaged to the extent that constipation has become the norm.
Bulimia Weight Loss
Not all bulimics are thin. Some bulimics are overweight and have acquired this eating disorder because of their need to lose weight. It is not uncommon to be bulimic but not be able to lose weight. If there is a real need to lose weight, specially if the person is obese, then the other methods can be used instead. Whatever the weight, a more normal method can be used, in this case, that means eating well and healthy with a lot of exercise. The bulimic may not know it but exercise can be a big help for a recovering bulimic, specially if the thought and energy poured into bulimic practices is channeled to regular exercise, or time in the gym. Additionally, working out in a gym would create a support structure as well as a regimen and help the recovering bulimic with recovery.
Bulimia is not just a set of activities or a disorder, it is also a mindset. Creating different habits to supplant bulimia can keep recovery on the right track.