Bulimia, tips to overcome it

David Holt
Bulimia, tips to overcome it

Bulimia is a dangerous disease that has plagued developed countries for a long time and the Latin American community for several years. The statistics show an increase in the last 5 years, and the proliferation of information on social networks and on television does not help much. It is important to bear in mind that anyone can be a victim of this disease, which starts mentally, but ends up physically affecting the person to unsuspected limits.

Symptoms of bulimia

The first and most important thing is to know what are the symptoms that can determine whether or not you have bulimia; The intervention of a professional is necessary, both for the initial diagnosis and for subsequent treatment, which includes a relationship between psychological and physical therapy..

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The main symptoms range from binge eating (excess ingestion of food in a short time), lack of control over the desire to overeat, use excessive methods to avoid gaining weight (and being able to continue eating more) such as vomiting after every meal or at least once or twice a week, use laxatives or diuretics so as not to gain weight, exercise excessively or always fast. Another important symptom that can be decisive in determining whether or not you suffer from bulimia has to do with the image you project in the mirror; people with this mental disorder have a disproportionate image of themselves and removed from social reality.

After a professional diagnosis that you have bulimia, you must convince yourself that you want help and that you are suffering from a disease that needs professional help. When you are in tune with your family in which you need help, all treatments are easier to execute and the results are given in less time than it usually takes to work a treatment.

Triggers of bulimia

You have to identify what are the factors that trigger your crises, for this, it is important to take into account:

  • If when you look in the mirror you experience negative thoughts or emotions.
  • If when having a family fight or with a friend, you feel like doing some type of activity related to bulimia
  • If negative moods are generated faster and last longer than normal: anxiety, sadness, melancholy, frustration ... And in those states you feel the desire to fill yourself with food to terrible limits and then purge or vomit.

Intuitive eating should help you improve your relationship with food and enjoy it properly. This type of therapy helps the mind to generate a certain type of deep bond with food, you can develop an interoceptive awareness, that is, you can understand and feel what happens inside your body according to what you eat. This sensation will give an adequate perception of what your body needs and, above all, what is the right amount so that your body is not saturated. Having this awareness of your body, it will be easier to control yourself, helping the body to obtain its own memory of what is really necessary, reducing the feeling of loss of control. And the most important thing is that through intuitive eating, you will improve your physical and mental health, reduce internal problems and improve your self-esteem..


It is recommended to keep a journal with events or situations that you feel in moments of crisis related to bulimia. This will help raise awareness about what is eaten and how it is eaten. In addition, it will help you as a sentimental expression of your internal sensations.

Another strategy is to buy only what is necessary in the market. It is not necessary to buy food in excess, this especially to avoid temptation in a crisis. Having only what is necessary at home, it is important to carry out periodic planning of the food that is going to be consumed, you must be clear about the amounts and stick to the programmed calendar, that makes discipline important to improve. The idea of ​​the diet is to handle three to four meals a day, added to two or three light snacks. This strategy helps to accelerate the metabolism so that body fat can be replaced by muscle mass, it also helps reduce anxiety; of course, you must always respect the routine in terms of quantities.

Of course you have to seek professional help, there are a variety of therapies that will help overcome the disorder in the short term. Cognitive-behavioral and intrapersonal therapies can strengthen the new relationship with food; Now, therapy should be considered an alliance, you should find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and with whom you can open up and be honest. This alliance must be the bastion to be able to overcome your problems.

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