Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by compulsive bingeing behavior followed by some form of compensation for the food consumed: purging, exercising, and/or using laxatives or restricting. I can personally attest to the devastation, shame, and pain that comes from struggling with bulimia, but I also know that it is possible to be fully free of this eating disorder.
Here are some of the signs that you or a loved one might be struggling from bulimia:
- Frequent episodes of consuming very large amount of food followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, restricting food, compulsive exercise, or use of laxatives.
- A feeling of being out of control during the binge-eating episodes.
- Self-esteem overly related to body image.
What does life look like in recovery from bulimia?
- Freedom to go out to eat and enjoy your entire dining experience without eating disordered behaviors
- No compulsion to hide information or be deceptive as due to the eating disorder
- Having more time, money, energy, sense of self, sustaining relationships and health in recovery from bulimia
- Confidence to be yourself, love your body, and express your emotions in ways that feel authentic and affirming
- And So Much More!!
Do you think you might struggle with Bulimia Nervosa and want to find freedom from this disorder and gain your life back? You are not alone and there is hope to find full, lasting recovery.
Promoting Healthy Recovery From Bulimia Nervosa
I have a deep understanding of what it is like to suffer from bulimia, and I empathize with the feeling that your relationship with food can seem like it is out of control. When working towards recovery from bulimia, I encourage my clients to assess some of the reasons for the initial development of this disorder: what felt out of control in your life at that time and why do you need to compensate for this? What feelings, emotions, fears, were being held inside and yearned to be released? What function is this eating disorder still fulfilling in your life? Before we can take away the disorder, we need to evaluate its purpose; it is a coping mechanism and was developed to help ease some type of feeling. The compulsive behaviors of bulimia need careful attention, utilizing small and systemic steps to reduce the frequency and intensity of the behaviors. My goal is to help you find healthy alternatives for coping while promoting body image acceptance and nourishing self-esteem.