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Honest, raw bulimia nervosa information is hard to find. Normally you'll get a bunch of professionals sitting in their chairs, with their PHD's, telling you what bulimia is... Text-book style.
The truth is that until you've suffered the eye-popping puking and out-of-control binging... You can't truly explain bulimia.
I'm more than qualified to teach people about bulimia. My qualification didn't come from a four year degree... It came from spending 10 dark years with my head down the toilet... And coming out the other side healthy, happy and empowered.
I first started experimenting with bulimia when I was just 8 years old. I would sometimes use it as a party trick, throwing up food to shock my friends! I only did it every now and then... I thought it was harmless...
At the age of 11 I started the sport of springboard diving. I put pressure on myself to have the perfect body. This made my eating issues intensify and I suffered bouts of anorexia-bulimia over the next 4 years.
When I was 15 years old my family and I fled Zimbabwe to live in New Zealand. This trauma caused my anorexia and bulimia to spiral out of control. I began severely restricting my food... And, any food I did eat, I would throw up. I felt dirty and disgusting for doing it - but I felt even dirtier if I kept the food inside me.
By the age of 16, I no longer restricted my food. If I was going to throw up, I thought I may as well eat as much as I can. I had become a compulsive eater.
The compulsive eating years of my bulimia were by far the darkest... I was totally out of control. There was no limit to what I could consume...
But no matter how much I filled myself with food - I could never fill the deep pit of sadness that I felt inside.
After throwing up 15+ times a day for almost 4 years the side effects of bulimia were taking their toll. My heartbeat had grown irregular, I had severe bulimia teeth, terrible acid reflux and heartburn just to name a few.
Bulimia was killing me.
I knew recovery was now or never.
With a pounding and nervous heart, I made an appointment to see Amanda, the counselor at my university.
It took one year to completely recover from bulimia... It was hard, but rewarding work. My tummy had to remember how to digest again... It had been so long since I'd eaten normally! I had severe bloating, terrible wind and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Recovering from bulimia was no easy ride... But I'd made my decision... I'd chosen the journey back to life.
Had I not embarked on that journey - I doubt I would be sharing bulimia nervosa information with you today... I definitely wouldn't be running my effective bulimia recovery program! I think I would be 6 feet under the ground... And that's the honest truth.
I remember searching the internet for bulimia information that might help me recover. Searching for any site that would let me know I wasn't alone. Useful bulimia websites were few and far between. Honest sites were virtually non existent.
Those hopeless days of searching for helpful bulimia nervosa information is what inspired this website.
It took me 4 years to build up the courage to start on this site. I was nervous to share my deepest darkest secrets with the world - But I knew I had to do it.
The articles that I have written consist mostly of stories from my own bulimia experience.
Stories that I know other bulimics can relate to...
Stories that their families need to hear...
Stories that make them realize that if I can recover - they can too!
Sometimes my stories are embarrassing, I even blush as I'm writing them. But... they tell bulimia as it is.
Click here to see the list of all my articles, stories and recovery tips. I'm confident that they will help you or your loved one recover from bulimia.
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Article by Shaye Boddington
Author of your-bulimia-recovery.com
and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community