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Article On Bulimia: Binges Caused by Taste Hunger and How to Get Rid of Them!

It's hard to find a good article on bulimia, with relevant info that actually helps the bulimia recovery process... So, I've made it my mission to answer the questions of people currently suffering from bulimia... Here's one of them...

"Shaye, can you talk a little about how to get rid of Taste Hunger? This is my main problem. I almost am never physically hungry, but my mouth is. I never knew what to call it, but I think Taste Hunger is a good word for it."

SO, what exactly is taste hunger?

Taste hunger is when your tummy isn't hungry, but you're taste buds are! It's craving a particular food - because it will satisfy your taste buds, rather than your tummy.

Taste hunger isn't a bad thing... It's natural to want to eat foods because they're yummy... But, when taste hunger is interfering with your bulimia recovery... It can become a problem...

 

I remember when I was bulimic, I would stand at the pantry door, gazing inside... .

I knew I wasn't physically hungry, but I wanted something yummy to satisfy my taste buds...

When I'd pick something out to satisfy my taste cravings, I'd feel guilty. This guilt would lead to a binge with the thought line "I'm going to throw this up anyway, so I may as well eat a whole lot more of it"...

Then of course, I'd sneak away to the toilet to get rid of it... Watering eyes, burning throat, and self worth in tatters.

I used to curse taste hunger... I hated it!

"Why couldn't all foods be bland and unappealing?"

Maybe then, I thought, I wouldn't be bulimic!

 

Why Do Bulimics get Extra Intense taste hunger?

Everyone gets taste hunger... Even normal eaters - including myself! It's natural - and it can be enjoyable if you learn to accept it and satisfy it - in the right way. But...

Bulimics often experience extremely distressing taste hunger...

A constant craving - calling you to eat - eat - eat - all the time!

Even when you are on the verge of popping, taste hunger can be saying... Just. One. More. Bite...

Taste hunger is often triggered or intensified when you begin to diet and restrict specific food...

For me, this was at the age of 8.

For many years after this, I managed to keep up restriction and mild bulimia... But, at the age of 14/15, my body went into extreme primal hunger and taste hunger mode...

The years of deprivation were hitting back with a vengeance!

My body was craving all my 'forbidden' foods... Until the urge became so strong that I became a compulsive eater...

Carrying forbidden foods in my handbag... Binging and purging constantly...

It was exhausting!

 

So, if taste hunger is Intensified by restriction, what's the solution? To just eat whatever you want, whenever you want?

No... I promise I won't suggest you do that! In this article on bulimia, I want to give real help... Which means realistic help!

It's not realistic to suggest that you can - and should - eat whenever and whatever you want. I know that this could result in massive binges and purges... And the cycle would continue...

The solution lies in balanced structured eating and the introduction of fun food...

If you are unsure of what structured eating is, you can read it in this article on bulimia: How to end Binge Urges.

In short, structured eating is planning 3 meals and 3 snacks each day... What they will be, where you'll eat them and most importantly, what time you will eat them. I suggest never leaving more than 3 hours in between a meal and a snack.

Structured eating can help satisfy taste hunger by enabling you to eat safe and natural amounts of the foods you're craving...

You just need to add these foods into your daily meal plan and work on allowing yourself to eat them without guilt.

I suggest adding between 1-2 fun foods into your daily structured eating plan.

Fun foods can be anything that you find really yummy. They could be foods that, in the past, you've considered bad or forbidden...

The point of this is to help you realize that no foods are 'good' or 'bad'... Food is just energy!

In time, you will probably find that you don't even like some of the foods you're craving now... Your body just wanted them - because you thought you shouldn't have them!

For example... I used to have frequent binges on cake... Now, most of the time, I won't eat cake because I simply don't like it!

Have you ever heard the saying...

"Want you want the most is what you can't have"

Well... I'm telling you it's true! Take all foods off the out-of-bound list and, gradually, they will lose some of their appeal...

I see this happening all the time in the online Bulimia Recovery Program and Community that I run...

The girls post online that as they move into recovery, their taste buds change... They move away from craving only sugar and fat towards more wholesome and well rounded foods. (You can lean more about joining my online program and recovery community here).

So give it a try... Allow yourself to eat 1-2 'fun foods' a day... You have nothing to lose and a whole life of happiness and freedom to gain!

P.S. If you found this article on bulimia helpful, I'd also suggest reading Trying to Kill Taste Hunger With Fake Foods.

 

 

Article by Shaye Boddington
Author of your-bulimia-recovery.com
and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community


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