Bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterized by extreme overeating (bingeing) followed by self-induced vomiting. Often, but not always, bulimia is associated with anorexia, in which bingeing and dieting are both carried out to extremes.
Bulimics may be thin, normal, or slightly underweight. If anorexia is part of the eating disorder, there will be extreme loss of body weight. Bingeing and vomiting may occur several times a day, after most meals, or less frequently. Gastric symptoms, loss of menstruation, swollen face and neck especially after coming out of bathroom after eating meals, fatigue, dizziness, irritability, poor cold tolerance, severe food cravings, excessive exercise habits, poor stress coping skills, depression, and even suicidal tendencies may also occur in cases of chronic or severe bulimia. Vomiting exposes the teeth to gastric juice and there may be dental erosion. Using the hand to force vomiting may cause calluses on the back of the hands where the skin hits the teeth during the procedure.
Since bulimia is often performed in “secret,” the rate of occurrence is not fully established. However, it is much more prevalent in women between the ages of 12 and 30.
Nutrient deficiencies (especially zinc), food allergies, and amino acid imbalances can all result from or contribute to bulimia, and therefore should be screened for. In addition, although in both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, the underlying causative factors are commonly believed to be solely due to an obsession with body fat, a fear of being (or becoming) fat, or over-concern with perfectionism and are indeed important. Biology, emotional health, societal expectations and other factors increase your risk.
A whole foods diet with regular eating patterns is very important. Also avoid all products containing sugar and white flour, and be sure to obtain sufficient protein sources to adequately nourish the body.
Vitamin B1 (thiamin). Easily depleted by undereating, this is one of the nutrients that your body cannot make itself, so you must get B1 from foods, primarily the whole foods that chronic dieters and people with eating disorders rarely eat enough of: beans, whole grains, seeds, meats, and vegetables.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Vitamin C www.livonlabs.com
- Take Vitamin E – it is a powerful antioxidant and immune booster. (Unique E) www.acgrace.com
- Liquid ionic multi-mineral complex and multivitamin complex supplements can help overcome the extreme vitamin and mineral deficiencies associated with binge and purge eating and overuse of laxatives.
- Complex amino acids can also assist in balancing blood sugar levels, which helps reduce food cravings.
- Zinc supplementation has found to be very important in treating bulimia.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Repressed core emotions such as denied anger often lead to depression, anxiety, lethargy, mood swings, and disassociation. Embracing your feelings is the most important aspect of beginning to deal with eating disorders. Here are some things you can do to help you release old pain:
- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
- Try Alphabiotics – see article section for more information on this.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in helping people to overcome eating disorders. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful and has achieved some astonishing results in getting to the root of eating disorders and really healing from within. It gives the sufferer the feeling that they have overcome the problem themselves and has therefore been found to be very empowering. Find a local practitioner here.
- Learn to love yourself and stop berating yourself. What you say to yourself is what you are or what you become. Watch mindfulness films such as What the Bleep Do We Know www.whatthebleep.com and You Can Heal Your Life www.youcanhealyourlifemovie.com and start using powerful positive affirmations such as “I take loving care of my body” and “I am ready to change” Say the phrase over and over again until you start to believe them. Never underestimate the power of your mind.
- Meditate and allow yourself to be still. This may be really difficult for you at first but stick with it building up your time slowly. Often people create an eating disorder in order to fill a void, to stop them from thinking and feeling, and to give them something to focus on. Try guided meditations to help you to relax and let go of negative programming.
Compulsive Eating Disorder www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/compulsive_eating_disorder.php
Traumatic events can trigger eating disorders articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-25/health/31398645_1_eating-disorders-traumatic-events-new-girlfriend
Warning signs of an eating disorder www.healthyplace.com/eating-disorders/eating-disorders-overview/warning-signs-of-an-eating-disorder
Hello Alphabiotics goodbye stress NC_Newsletter_12-09.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT for stress NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Crystals for healing addictions lightworkers.org/blog/97978/crystals-and-healing-addiction
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Healing addition www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Five_Keys_to_Healing_Your_Addiction.html
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVSbn_kfNds
Bulimia Nervosa: Help Stop This Eating Disorder www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJuxZixBqGE
It Started With Pop-Tarts – A Story of Recovery from Bulimia www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJVPOYjA-bc&feature=related
Compulsive Eating and Substance Dependence Share Similar Brain Patterns news.yale.edu/2011/04/04/compulsive-eating-and-substance-dependence-share-similar-brain-patterns
Further Information (links and books)
Freedom from eating disorders www.freedomfromed.com/
You inspire me poem healingforeatingdisorders.com/you-inspire-me
The Diet Cure by Julia Ross
Constant Craving: What Your Food Cravings Mean and How to Overcome Them by Doreen Virtue
Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald G. May
(Pause Button Therapy (PBT is a proven, new therapy that empowers you to break out of negative habits and unconscious responses)
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L Hay
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – Herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic practitioner.
Bach Emotional Eating Support Kit available at www.amazon.com