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All Your Bulimia Questions - Answered

Do you have any weird, embarrassing or difficult bulimia questions that you want answered? Ask away!

I will try to answer every single question I receive. I can't promise I'll know every single answer - but I sure will try!

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Questions Other People Have Asked...

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How can I help my girlfriend? 
I'm not sure if this is the right spot or not to post this. If it's not I do apologize. I've never been one to leave messages over the Internet. I guess …

recovered for 5 years - am I safe? 
Hi, I had bulimia for over 5 years from the age of 19 till 26, I'm 32 now which means I quit it almost 6 years ago and I recovered. I feel great and so …

bloating and fluid retention in bulimia recovery 
I was wondering if anyone has serious bloating and fluid retention (all over the body)? if so how long does this last? I am in recovery and have been on …

Night time binges 
Hi Shaye Ive been in and out of recovery for a year now. Im happy to say that i am now able to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks with no trouble. …

3 months in, thank you! 
Hey : ), just like to say that I'm 3 months free of purging, which is the longest I've ever gone off it in the past 2 years of bulimia. Thankyou! Alot …

Bloating and pain in my digestive system 
I am working on recovering from Bulimia after 22 years and the biggest obstacle I'm having is the pain and bloating I am having from eating just a little …

symptoms of electrolyte imbalances in bulimia 
I am always so scared after I binge & purge that I am going to die from electrolyte imbalance or cardiac arrest. My question is how do I know when I should …

bulimia/starving recovery!! 
hello, my story has so many ups and downs im not evn sure if i was starving myself or anorexic bt i was bulimic!. it all started out since middle school …

gas after bulimia bloating! 
Hi Shaye! THANK YOU SO MUCH for this site...thanks to you i started recovering in April, had a few slip ups until july, and i haven't purged since …

Need help with bulimia at college 
Hi Shaye, I have been bulimic since I was in eighth grade and I'm now a sophomore in college. I have periods of extended recovery and last year when …

Bulimia in university  
I am a first year student living on campus in university, and I have bulimia. I've had it for about 7 months, was anorexic for a year before that. I'd …

bulimia BLOATING 
By reducing the amount that you eat, could you help fight the bloat from bulimia recovery? Also, what foods reduce the feeling? Shaye Says Hi Katie... …

Stuck in bulimia! 
Hi Shaye Hope you well... I'm really struggling, this weekend was an absolute disaster! I havnt made yet to getting through an entire day without bingeing/purgeing. …

Hair loss due to bulimia... 
Hello, I'm a 27 year old female. I'm about 7-months into my recovery. By recovery I mean that I've stopped myself from B/P. However, I haven't seeked …

bordem triggers binges?? 
Hi Shaye, I just have a tiny question to ask, can bordem trigger a b/p cycle?? I've been trying to recover for over a year now. And never made it through …

Is it normal to gain weight in bulimia recovery? 
ok, so I have been bulimic for a good 3 years. About 6-7 weeks ago I just got fed up with it and decided to stop and to be healthy. the past 5 weeks i …

Weight gain and bulimia 
I decided to stop being bulimic as I have been for the past 6 years - but the problem is I've stopped before and I gained around X pounds in two months …

weight gain only in my stomach? :( 
Hi, i just recently discovered your site, i love it so far! I have a question though, i am trying to over come exercise bulimia and anorexia. iv improved …

Is it dangerous to go on a diet after bulimia recovery? 
Hi Shaye, I'm on my way to recovery and it's already getting better...there were some times when I lost control but I always caught myself again and …

Can a fat person be bulimic? 
Hi...I can't believe I'm actually asking this question but I feel like after years of this, I need some answers and I think an anonymous post is a good …

Please share a structured eating sample 
Hello. Is there anyway you could post a sample of a daily structured eating plan? Also if you could provide a printable menu planner that's specifically …

im bulimic and trying to recover alone, im young help :( 
For 6 months I was on and off between bulimia and sort of anorexia... At first I barley ate then I discovered how to make myself throw up. I began taking …

Bulimia recovery - thanks Shaye! 
I've been clean from bulimia near consistently for the past three months, which is a huge improvement from my daily 6x b/p episodes in the past. Today …

Fear of recovery 
Hi :) I read your e-book thingy and it was amazingly close to home for me. I'm at one of my worst stages at the moment... bingeing and purging 3 or …

losing period in bulimia 
Hi there, First of all I think what you've done is very inspirational and admiring. But apart from that i have a question... You know how loss …

My parents are my biggest triggers. 
Hello Shaye, your site is always so comforting. I'm writing here on your site because i need to get this frustration out of my system... I've been …

Other addictive behaviors during bulimia recovery 
Dear Shaye, This is N, the girl who wrote about 'Straght A's, gold medal's, wedding bells, and Bulimia' a few months ago! I have been doing quite well...I …

Hunger in bulimia recovery 
Hey Shaye, how are you? I need your help again :) coz I am a little confused Today is day 101 and I am very happy about it, but it's stil hard sometimes. …

Recovery symptoms for a bulimic who used to hold down some meals 
Hey Shaye! I am a recovering bulimic who used to binge/purge approximately once per day for about 4 years. I usually held down about one light meal …

22 years of hell 
I had binge eating disorder at 8 developing into anorexia at 17 and bulimia at 20. I have been bulimic for the past 10 years now and simply cannot cope …

bulimic, young and scared! PLEASE HELP! 
I am suffering from bulimia just now. It's been happening for 2 months. I'm just so scared when I look at the posts on this site. It makes me think will …

Did you have problems with "structured eating?" 
I have had many treatments for my bulimia...enough to write a book. I know exactly what I should eat, 3 meals and 3 snacks. The amount of protein, fat, …

Overcoming self-disgust in bulimia recovery 
Hi Shaye, I have had an eating disorder for 7/8 years now and it has now evolved into predominately bulimia. I keep relapsing and I don't know where …

bulimia recovery progress? 
Hi there. So I went 14 days without a binge. I basically had a set eating plan, but when I strayed outside of my plan, which I actually did for most …

HELP :( I am at the bottom. 
Hi my name is Angela. I'm all alone and never confided in anyone in my life about this (only to support groups online) and I'm so so scared :( I can't …

Making the right decision about dieting in recovery 
Hey Shaye! I first wanna thank you for being a life saver during my recovery. You are a real angel! Where am I in recovery? From 9 March I had just …

Does this sound normal - in terms of recovery? 
Hi shaye I have been trying to establish a healthier eating pattern for about two weeks now, and I suppose I've been doing okay. I have only purged …

Begginers Luck? 
Dear Shaye, I've recently decided I'm way too fat and ugly for todays society and my school. I'm aware it's awful and you shouldn't do it but I'm hoping …

Dental issues and bulimia 
Hey Shaye, First of all, thank you for making this website. It has been a huge comfort and inspiration to me and I’m sure to many others out there. …

Digestion Problems in bulimia recovery 
Hello Shaye, Let me start by saying that i absolutely love your site. It has giving me a lot of comfort and support. I've been suffering from bulimia …

Periods and bulimia 
Hi Shaye, You are such an inspiration! You really help me feel not so alone in this recovery process. I was seriously bulimic for about a year and …

Why does food not fill me up? 
After I have eaten a decent sized, healthy meal ,why do I still feel "hungry"? I know it's not real hunger but I get an empty feeling that won't go away. …

Don't know what to do to recover from bulimia 
Hi I first started purging three months ago. I started because i thought of myself as fat. I think it started off with purging some things I ate at …

What foods to avoid in bulimia recovery? 
Hi Shaye, So I am recovering right now, and you probably guessed it, i have a question related to the bulimia bloat. My stomach is so large and hard …

Health risks of bulimia 
Ello... I've been bulimic for a few months more than 4 years now. I read things in the past about how bulimia can cause esophageal problems, stomach …

Are slips part of bulimia recovery? 
Hi Shaye, I have been tring to recover from bulimia for years. I can confidentley say I am beginning to have more healthy days then binge purge days. …

I feel my head is very distorted... 
Hi Shaye, Hope you are well. I really enjoy exercise and like to go to the gym around 5/6 days a week and do a mixture of cardio and weights. I …

fat or boating in bulimia recovery? 
I have heard that bulimics get fat or at least gain a lot of weight when in recovery, is that true or is it just boating? Shaye Says Hi Ash, …

How to help a bulimic friend 
My best friend has confided in me that she has bulimia. She said she is doing her best at solving it on her on and is against the idea of going to a counselor. …

bulimia metabolism.. 
I have had bulimia and before that anorexia for over 2 years. I have had periods when I haven't binged at all. My Mum found out about it and since then …

how to eat by following a structured plan? 
My work always has lots of entertainment for lunch and dinner, and also sometimes has event dinners. How can I follow the structure eating plan through …

Not a Bulimic but keep thinking about it 
I know this sounds really silly and to be honest it doesnt make sense even to me. But i find myself obsessing about my weight constantly. I have recently …

Feeling sick in bulimia recovery 
I am in my 4th week of recovery. I am proud to be here. I haven't been bloated as much as I've been nauseated. I'm not pregnant, I just feel sick in my …

Dieting during bulimia recovery 
Hey! Thanks for having this site, it puts a lot of hope and motivation in me because I am not alone. I have been in a recovery phase for a few …

How long until the life returns to your face after bulimia recovery? 
Hi Shaye, I am curious and wanting to know how long it usually takes for a bulimic's complexion to become plump and "juicy" once more, and not it's …

Throwing up blood 
Hey, I have thrown up a little blood a few times, but its just a little mixed with my vomit. I've done research but I am getting vague answers or stuff …

How do I get back on track after a bulimia slip 
Hi there, I am really trying hard to beat this condition. I am having regular CBT and really feel I am improving. However when I have a relapse my mood …

Weight gain, food intolerance, recovery food in bulimia recovery 
Hi Shaye, I wrote to you just a little while ago about gaining weight in the first few weeks of recovery here I've pretty much been at +7kg of …

my bulimia recovery tummy hurts 
Hi Shaye First I must say what an inspiration you and this website are to, I guess, hundreds of people. Knowing that someone has come through to the …

what is considered being in recovery? 
Hi Shaye! I haven't purged in 2 and a half weeks but unfortunately I am still binging but trying very hard... I'm disappointed in myself because …

hate the stomache bloat, constipation feeling in bulimia recovery, will it ever go away? 
I hate the stomach bloat feeling, constipation feeling, retaining water weight, will it ever go away? I've made 31 days of not throwing up, however I …

gaining weight in first 3 weeks of bulimia recovery 
Hi Shaye :) I came across your site a little while ago and have been reading everything - which has definitely been a great help in my recovery from …

warped face, puffy cheeks, bags, wrinkles... Will these go away when I recover from bulimia? 
I am 23 and have been bulimic for four years... Long story short I am embarrassed and fearing for my health... Today I set up three doctor's appointments …

I am not sure if i have bulimia, someone help me? 
I'm not sure if I'm bulemic or not but my relationship with food is weird. I don't binge eat ever which is why I don't think I'm bulimic. I barely ever …

is my recovery process normal? 
Hi there, I'm 17 and was struggling with bulimia since November of last year... It only just got worse about 3 months ago - But, I fight it pretty …

stomach pain- recovering bulimic 
I have had a really bad stomach ache the past week all throughout the day. Whether I'm full or not. Do you think this relates to my past bulimic behaviors …

Is it a good sign? Not so focused on bulimia recovery... 
Hi Shaye, I am a little confused. It is almost a month binge purge free with 3 or 4 single slip ups. I binge/purged 2 days ago, but I found out I was …

PMS linked to Bulimia 
Hello, I have been struggling with bulimia for a good amount of time now (roughly 2 years). It is not a constant struggle, seeing as though I have my …

How is your life now after bulimia - in regards to food 
Hi Shaye, I'm looking for more inspiration to start recovery and stick to it, I was wondering how, now after your years of bulimia and recovery, your …

I can't stand the weight gain in bulimia recovery! 
Hi, sweety! I am 23 days in recovery with one small slip up on the 16th day, and some of the days I feel great, but some days like this one are a nightmare... …

Does the body really repair after bulimia? 
I wanted to know if bowel function and the ability to eat all food types ever be a reality for me again... I have had an eating disorder for 16 years …

Lost in bulimia - is there hope? 
I have been bulimic since I was 15. I am now 40! Is there really a way out of this hell? I have tried and tried... I'm waiting for something to click. …

Back Pain in bulimia recovery? 
Hi, I'm two weeks into recovery, and lately my back has been aching. This may seem unrelated to the recovery, but I'm also extremely bloated... do you …

how to time bulimia recovery with upcoming events 
Hi sorry its me again, I wanted to add something else to my last question.. I seem to always have something in the way of my recovery. The latest one …

How to just start bulimia recovery? 
Hi Shaye, Every since I came across your site I have felt like I suddenly have 'friends' its a weird thing to say, but I mean like finally my doubts …

Chest Tightness at Night from Bulimia 
Dear Shaye, I have been bulimic for about two years and I have been suffering recently with what seem to be anxiety attacks during the night. When I …

How to initially break the bulimia cycle? 
Hi Shaye, First of all thank you so much for this website! I haven been desperately searching for help online for years and always find courses or …

How do I talk to someone who I truly suspect (for good reasons) has bulimia? 
Hi everyone, I have a concern about someone, maybe 2 people who I truly suspect has bulimia and, or anorexia. I want to help them, but I don't know how. …

So simple things are so complicated in the context of the recovery 
Hi, Beauty, how are you? I am here again, so confused. I cannot believe how simple things with simple answers for most of the people are so complicated …

bulimia doing permanent damage to my body 
I have been bulimic for about two and a half years. I am so worried I have done permanent damage to my body. I keep trying to quit but every time I go …

gaining 4 kg's in 4 days of bulimia recovery - why? 
Hey, darling! How are you? I am afraid I'm back with my questions. And this is a stupid one I know but it really stresses me out. After all the on …

"Good job Kaylee you held down 2 meals so tonight u can binge and purge..." 
I need more advice from everyone... So, I manage to get down 2 meals... breakfast and lunch.. I actually like holding those down... Then, at night I'm …

Making Progress - but I still binge and purge every day - What am I doing wrong? 
Hey, darling. I haven't asked you anything for a long time, but I feel so lost now... After those 18 days bulimia free I relapsed and had 2 months …

Does anyone else ever feel hungry and full at the same time? 
I managed one whole day yesterday of bp free! I was so happy... Today though, I was not so lucky... I actually had a weird experience that made me binge/purge …

losing weight? 
I have another question... I am keeping in 2 meals a day and binge/purging at night... Trying to get that under control desperately.... Anyways.... …

Bulimia Bloat 
Hi Shaye, I've been doing alright, with some ups and downs recently, some pretty stressful situations going on in my life... But I'm feeling ok. Just …

Is bulimia really such a big deal? 
I've always had issues with my body and have tried just about everything to be skinny. My worst fear is to become fat so for the past few months I've thrown …

Wondering about health issues after recovery from bulimia 
Hi Shaye: There has definitely been something weighing on my mind lately, and I am considering seeing my family doctor and spilling the beans about …

A bulimia digestion question: Throwing up dinner the next morning... 
ok soooo I went home to my parents house for the night and was binge purge free for the entire day... Easier around family ya know? Well, anyways that …

bulemia teeth repair? 
I am very worried about my teeth and how quickly I have noticed a change in them. I purge 20+ times a day, but I also chew and sometime swallow my …

am I the only fat bulimic 
Really I am fat, 17 st at 5'4". I can't even do this right. I have been bulimic since I was 13 years old and am now 36. Shaye Says Hi there! …

bulimia recovery - bloating - eating - chipmunk cheeks 
Hello, I have been feeling excellent lately... Well actually ever since this day last week! Last week when I binged in the morning I developed (Quite …

peeing and bulimia recovery 
Hello shaye! Yesterday and today were my first days binge and purge free.... I still feel bloated and constipated ALL the time... but I guess this …

probiotics and "stuffed" feeling in bulimia recovery 
Ok, so I have 2 questions... The first is, what kind of pobiotics should I buy... There are soooo many kinds with 1 billion or 3 billion and some are …

alternative medicine for bulimia 
I began to drink aloe vera juice for my digestive health. Is this a safe product to use regularly Thanks. Shaye Says Hi Nicola, Interesting …

Mindful awareness 
Hi shaye, Hope all is well :) I just finished reading 'mom please help' and noticed that they mentioned something about the mindful awareness CDs, …

physical bulimia 
Hello, my name is Kaylee. I just read your story about recovery from bulimia. I am 24 and have had an eating disorder for 6 years. 4 of which have …

my weight in bulimia recovery! 
Hi Shaye, I have been on your website for the last few nights reading literally everything!! Its amazing and you are so inspiring. I have been in 'recovery' …

Eating out during bulimia recovery... 
Hi Shaye: Ok, so this weekend is a biggie, my son's birthday party, a family supper for 3 birthdays in our extended family, and going out for supper with …

severe bulimia bloating! 
I have been in recovery for about 3 weeks and the bloating is unbearable! Is this normal and how long will it last?? Is there anything I can do to help …

Temptation, treats and guilt foods in bulimia recovery 
Hi Shaye. So I'm here on my 13th day of binge/purge free and doing very well! (I'm the one who had this for 25 years) My daily food plan is helping …

Overeating During Bulimia Recovery 
Hi Shaye. I've been bulimic for 10 years now. It became worse last year because I really didn't have to force myself to throw up after meals. It just …

Has my bulimia gone so far that I need help? 
How do I know if my bulimia has gone so far that I need big help? I can't really recall when it may have started, maybe here and there but I don't …

Being "sick" after battling bulimia 
I have struggled with bulimia for many years, but, this past September I began a 3 month rehab for my eating disorder. Today is the first time I have …

A Mother Wanting To Help Her Daughters Bulimia Recovery 
My daughter just told me she is in therapy to battle bulimia... As a Mom, I feel like I should have known. Looking back from jr. high through her …

The last binge...is it possible? 
Hi Shaye, I hope all is well with you. I have been working on my recovery and I am feeling very frustrated because for every healthy step I take, I …

Bloated and uncomfortable - How do I beat Bulimia Bloating? 
Hi, I am recovering from bulimia and trying my best to eat regular meals... However at the end of the day when I go to bed my stomach bloats up and …

Bulimia, Overeating and Alcoholism 
Hi Shaye, I have discovered your website a couple of days ago and first of all wanted to tell you congratulations on your recovery and all the information …

5 Months into bulimia recovery 
I eat 1500 calories per day spaced out, drink a lot of liquid, and even exercise about 30 minutes a day (cardio and lifting). But I have gained weight …

What made you finally stop bulimia? 
Hi Shaye, Your recovery and your support of others really inspires me. Will you please share what you felt when you finally had enough of life with …

electrolyte replenishing smoothie 
Hi Shaye Merry Xmas and a Happy new year, I was just looking for your recipe you had on ur site a while back to help with pottasium levels. I can't …

How to manage time alone in Bulimia Recovery? 
Hi Shaye, I have the next 2 weeks off for holiday which is exciting, and very scary at the same time because I will have much more time alone. I've …

how to stop bulimia? and lose 8 kilos? 
I have been bulimic for 2 years till now and I don't know how to stop :( I am 58 kilos and I just want to lose 8 kilos normally and stop that bulimia …

Help - I binged and purged 
Help! Help! Help! After 18 days free of bulimia I was feeling over my PMS and had a lot of stress... I binged and purged today! I had a really bad lunch, …

Bulimia Depression 
Hi Shaye, Thank you for being such a wonderful and helping person. You are helping me so much during my recovery. Every time I feel lost I know that …

Keeping in touch 
Hi Shaye Its Katie - just got your reply thanks for getting back to me so late i forgot the different times well its midday in the uk and iv'e read …

please help me beat bulimia 
Dear Shaye Firstly I'm on a road that's becoming a living nightmare and has taken away four years of my life. I feel ashamed to be doing this …

How do you know that you are bulimia free? 
Hi, darling! This is my third question at least, but I really find your story inspiring and I am sure you have gone the right way, so I would ask you …

When should I stop the supplements? 
Hi, I am in bulimia recovery, and it is my 11th day today. It is very difficult, but it's getting better. My body is getting healthier every day. I …

gaining weight in recovery from bulimia 
Hi! I am so afraid of recovery, for as many of you, I "go bananas" from the term "weight gain". It's common in recovery, so I need to know how much …

How Long Until My Bulimia Chipmunk Cheeks Go Away? 
Hi Shaye, How long will it be until my face goes back down to it's normal size. My face is still swollen - I have stopped bulimia for 1 week today. …

What about the physical bulimia recovery? 
I see all kinds of information about getting help and the mental aspect of it all... What I don't see is actual recovered bulimics sharing the physical …

What if there's no bulimia support group availabe? 
Hi darling! I've been struggling with bulimia for over 3 years now. Sometimes i manage to go without purging for 1-2 weeks (even though i still overeat), …

What can I eat that wont make me feel bloated??? 
Hi Shaye, Before I start, I'm going to begin with saying this website is amazing thank you!!! I really need help on what I can actually eat that …

Blood in vomit 
I've just vomited about a teaspoon of blood- I feel ok, do I really need to go to hospital? I promise I'll tell my own doctor tomorrow, if only it can …

still slip up with bulimia occassionally - can this harm my health 
I used to suffer quite badly with bulimia and anorexia. I have improved a great deal over time but still slip up and binge and purge once every couple …

Questions about my track to recovery 
Hey Shaye, I just want to say first off that this site has been really helpful. Now, I have been bulimic for about a year (extreme calorie restriction …

Dealing with the stress of change during recovery 
Hey Shaye! Thanks to the wonderful support of this website and my amazing boyfriend, I have been able to successfully recover from my bulimia. I have …

hungry or craving? 
Hi shaye I love the site, I have been on so many, and they all seem to be medically orientated doctors posing unempathising opinions and facts . I love …

bulimic 21 year old 
Should I stop my 21 yr old daughter from eating us out of house and home? If I try to stop her she gets violent and difficult and it becomes a scene. …

Relapse after long period of recovery 
I've been in recovery for a year and was doing really well, I had a few slip ups but over last 3 months I feel I have started going backwards, I now am …

I'm scared of weight gain in bulimia recovery!!!! 
I've had a problem with eating and throwing up for about 2 years now, some times its worst than other times but I fear gaining weight a lot. When I …

bulimia recovery? 
Hi shaye, I would like to begin with telling you what an inspiration you have been and how much this website has helped me, it has shown me that there …

should i bother getting help? 
Hi Shaye, I have been purging for a few years now, sometimes five times a day and sometimes none. It just depends on the day for me. I hit rough patches, …

Bulimia and sleep disorder 
I have suffered with Bulemia for over 20 years off and on more on lately. When I go through periods where I do not purge and vomit - usually a couple of …

Weight Loss after bulimia - is it still possible? 
Hi Shaye, I find your story very inspiring. I became anorexic (from X pounds) I became X pounds when I was 13-15 years old, but after overcoming …

Coping with bloating 
Heya :) Just wandered, how you coped with the bloated feeling whilst trying to recover? My main thing to purge alot was/is liquids.. i HATE feeling …

Feeling lost in bulimia... 
Hi Shaye, I just wanted to say that I think you're a massive inspiration to all of us out there suffering from bulimia, and living proof that we can …

Normal Eating After a lifetime of ED 
Hi Shaye, I recently started eating a normal amount of calories. What a relief -- more energy, better sleeping, better able to deal with people, more …

Structured Eating and bulimia bloating 
I have been in many treatments for bulimia and have the proper eating plan to follow. I attempt to follow it by having a solid breakfast and still binge/purge …

Will the water retention go away? 
I have been diagnosed with anorexia however used laxative for 6 years. Progressively I used more and more until I was downing about 25 pills a day. I tried …

Heartburn after bulimia 
How long did you have bulimia for? Are you now heartburn free because I suffer terrible heartburn even though I am in recovery, which stops me from being …

Major slip up- 12 pound weight gain in one day 
Hi Shaye. Firstly, thank you for reaching out and offering support and sound advice to those of us battling with our demons. I have been regularly …

Telling Someone about bulimia 
I have not been diagnosed, nor do I really want to be. I do however want this behavior to go away. I binge and purge and starve and over exercise and I …

Going full circle from anorexia to bulimia to anorexia 
Hi I have been in recovery for nearly 4 months with only a couple of slip ups back in the first month or so. So going well :) To start with I stuck …

Advice on relapse 
I've been bulimia free for about a month now and I've been feeling great! I'm so happy and proud but today I relapsed. I have no idea why but I just lost …

digestive enzymes 
Is there a good digestive enzyme product you can recommend? I know after many years of bulimia, my stomach has a LOT of troubles digesting and its …

I am scared I will gain lots of weight 
This is probably a question you will get all the time. I am at a normal weight right now and I do not look like I am a bulimic. I am working out …

Eating during bulimia recovery 
Hi Shaye, I'm a 22 year old girl and I've been dealing with serious bulimia for the past 6 months, binging and purging about 5-6 times a day, but I've …

Chipmunk cheeks in bulimia recovery 
Hi, It's been 2 months and 3 weeks in total since i stopped purging. The first month was hell. My cheeks were bloated and my stomach had a bulge and …

bulimia cheeks 
Hi shaye, I haven't been bulimic for a very long time...probably the better part of 2 months. Even then, it wasn't full blown up until the last 2 weeks, …

Confused in bulimia recovery 
Hello I have been bulimic for 8 years . Recently started to recover but I'm going through hell with bloating, acne and wind... It seems so much easier …

Just gave birth 
My baby is 2 1/2 months old and i have been really worried about my weight i have always been a small girl and i am not used to looking in the mirror and …

laxative abuse 
Hey Shaye this is carley i was just wondering if taking so many laxatives can cause ur stomach to kinda look like those starving children in africa where …

help for an 18 year old with bulimia going off to college 
My 18 year old daughter has recently been diagnosed with bulimia. She actually developed it a couple of years ago, but stopped without anyone knowing. …

Parotid Glands! - chipmunk cheeks 
Hi Shaye, I've been p/free for just about two months now, but my cheeks have hardly gone down! I have noticed one thing however: on days when I don't …

B/p once every 2 weeks mean quicker recovery? 
Hey, I'm currently in day 4 of my recovery and I'm bloated as hell, I've gained about 4 lbs. I have been on and off bulimic for about 3 years. I was anorexic …

Is it possible not to get bloated in bulimia recovery? 
How long does it take during recovery to become bloated? Whenever I travel, I do not binge/purge at all. Last summer, I was at a camp for 5 days, and …

drinking lots of fluid in bulimia recovery 
Hi Shaye, Hope you are well. Can I ask did you drink a lot through recovery. I can drink loads of juice and cups of tea. I am unsure whether I am using …

Treatment a trigger for ED 
Hi Shaye, I'm really stuck at the moment in my recovery... I've been seeing a psychologist and my GP for a few months now, and all was good to begin …

Bulimia Recovery Temptations! 
Hey Shaye! First, I would like to thank you for having this site! It has pulled me to the longest road of successful recovery than what I have ever …

How do I recover from bulimia? I keep slipping... 
I just wanted to know how can I stop relapsing? I thought I was better but now I binge and purge again! How do I stop?! Shaye Says Hi …

Am I recovering from bulimia? 
Hi Shaye, I've been bulimic for about 3 years, but extremely bulimic the last year or so. I'm heading to college this fall and the pressure's on to …

No Period, bulimia and babies 
I was bulimic for a decade. I am now 28 and married. We want to start a family, but I don't get my period. Did you lose your period when you were still …

bulimia thoughts 
just recently I've been trying to stop my bulimia, but everytime that I go a whole day without binging or purging at the end of the day i feel like I need …

Do you actually loose weight and get rid of food while purging? 
Hi you are such an inspiration to me and I just wanted to say that this website means alot to me. I've been bulimic for 3 months now and I feel sick, I …

Not really a question. For Shaye x 
You answered a ramble from me a little while ago. Ive been meaning to write something again for a long time but life, love, bulimia, got in the way. …

help! I'm scared 
Hi I'm gonna say my name is Emma, it isn't, but I have a rather unique name and I would rather no one I know finds this! I'm 18 years of age. over the …

What do I eat on my hike? 
Hi Shaye, I've got a big problem. I'm just making the beginning steps towards recovery (hopefully), but I have a five day hike coming up with my school. …

Help... a loved one is bulimic 
Hello, I am not a bulimia sufferer but i have a close loved one who is, although she does not know i know this. I think she has been suffering from …

bulimia and my heart 
Hey Shaye! I've been bulimia free for almost five months and it feels amazing! This is the longest I've gone without b/p-ing since I was 12 and I'm …

My belly looks weird 
I'm on the path to healthy recovery and I know I can't be in perfect shape so soon but there is one area that really bothers me. There are bubble-looking …

Will I ever experience hunger again? What is the best way to achieve this? 
Hi P again. Sorry to ask another question, but I'm having trouble getting help from any therapists or doctors where I live. Slightly overweight …

times for eating in bulimia recovery 
Dear shaye, I am doing pretty well with my recovery, your advice on binging on low fat foods like fruits and veggies just about saved me from relapsing …

Terrified of gaining weight in bulimia recovery... 
Hi Shaye, Just to say I think this website is wonderful and I thank yourself and everybody who contributes to this site, as I no longer feel alone. …

just saying thanks 
I'll be honest when I say that I honestly thought this was spam. Haha, it was just too good to be true! But i'd just like to say; thank you so much. I've …

Bulimia and pregnancy 
Hi Shaye! This website has been crucial in helping me be in recovery for 3 weeks after 10 looooong years of suffering and hiding. Thank you. Shaye …

should I throw away the scales during bulimia recovery? 
Hi there, Hope you are well. I was just wondering on your road to recovery did you still weigh yourself?. My fiance thinks I need to throw away the …

In recovery and bloating 
Hi Shaye, Thank you so much for all your advice and this wonderful advice, you are truly an angel sent from heaven! Summer is coming soon and im …

Bulimia bloatedness - will it ever end? 
Dear Shaye, I stopped bingeing and purging since the last week of march, with only three relapses until today (so it's been about 3 weeks with 3 days …

Scared of weight gain in bulimia recovery 
Hi... I have had bulimia for 18 years and can binge purge 15 plus times a day, however now I am having CBT and I am having good healthy days. My main concern …

Bulimia and Edema  
Hi Shaye! So after a good week (no purging :) ) i have noticed a very noticeable swelling in my legs and ankles! Its the dreaded edema.. Did you experience …

bulimia and circulation 
My hands and lower legs and feet are constantly "numb" or asleep... I've heard this is due to the imbalance of electrolytes (as is everything relating …

will my doctor tell my mom about my bulimia? 
I asked a question about my menstrual cycle and you advised me to tell my doctor... But, if I do, will my doctor tell my mom? Or, is there a kind of law …

bingeing/purging when you feel like you have no control 
My daughter has suffer from bulimia in the past but has not had an issue with it for over 4 years. She is now married and they recently moved overseas …

Menstrual Cycle loss due to bulimia - can I have babies? 
I've been Bulimic since I was 15 and now I am 18... I haven't had my period for almost 3 months... before this, my doctor gave me birth controls because …

when will my chipmunk cheeks go away!? 
Hi, I have suffered anorexia and bulimia for almost five years now and am really trying to stop completely. I have not been sick for five days now …

Re-eating in bulimia recovery 
So, I've been pretty much purge free for a while now, still lose control over one or two pieces of bread sometimes, but otherwise, doing pretty well in …

My friend struggles with the idea that eating "normally" again will lead to gaining weight 
At the minute I am trying to help my friend who suffers from bulimia... It is very difficult, but I am just trying to be there and support her in everything. …

is eating loads of fruit or vegetables still a binge 
I find I often eat excess amounts of fruit and vegetables... I don't vomit it up but am I considered a binge eater? I do it to try and help my constipation. …

I really don't know how to eat 
I came to the conclusion that my throwing up and re-eating is because of I'm a perfectionist... My appearance, academic level and relationship is the biggest …

Slipped up after 2 days bulimia free 
ok, so I blew it... I did it for 2 days...I can't believe it...binge/purge free for 2 days...I was like yay!!! Then tonight...came home and I had some …

carbs and bloating in bulimia recovery 
hello shaye! Today i did well throughout the day but when i came home i made a great dinner...brown rice...Brussel spouts and a sweet potato with cinnamon …

what does it mean when it's so easy to throw up 
I have been bulimic for around 6 years now... I never really have to force myself to throw up, all it takes is walking around a little. what does this …

Always hungry in bulimia recovery 
Hi Shaye, I'm in recovery from bulimia at the moment (go me!), but I'm finding that I'm ALWAYS hungry. However much I eat, I never feel satisfied! …

Stressful times before bulimia programs 
Hi Shaye, Your website is truly inspiring. I have a question about what's the best time to start treatment. You see, I've been bulimic for ten years …

Doing well in bulimia recovery, but just relapsed 
Hi Lindsey, I had been struggling with bulimia for 10 years, until about a year and a half ago when I just chose to stop cold turkey. I had not …

medication during bulimia recovery 
Hey Shaye, I really can't believe i found your website. I was mindlesses searching the internet for some answers on google this morning after a binge/purge …

Binging Relapse 
Hi Shaye, I had mild anorexia, which turned into binge eating and in turn bulimia. It all started about 2 years ago now and after a 4 month trip overseas …

bulimia and insomnia 
Shaye, did you experience insomnia when you had your bulimia? Shaye Says Hi Roxanne, Thanks for your questions... As a child I suffered …

Can't find underlying cause of my bulimia 
I've been throwing up usually five times a day for about two years now. Before that, it was and off and on thing with bulimia for about six years. I …

confused about bulimia 
I'm really confused about my whole "bulimia" I never considered myself having it and I would always convince myself I could stop purging whenever I wanted …

Being thin - beliefs that cause bulimia 
Hi Shaye! Can you please PLEASE correct these twisted thoughts for me? Thin = the only true definition of beauty A synonym for happy (indeed, …

I've been in bulimia recovery but still want to relapse... Feeling hopeless 
Hello, I want to say that I admire you so much. I have been living with bulimia since I was in 6th grade and now I'm in college. Its been 7 long years …

Should I tell my parents about my bulimia? How? 
Hi Shaye, These are my questions to you: a) When do I know that I've reached the point in my eating disorder (physically and emotionally) where I …

eating enough in bulimia recovery 
I find myself still restricting, like an apple or one of those small boxes of cereal (about 80 cals before milk), for breakfast, an apple or small salad …

When to start bulimia recovery again? 
Hi, Angel! How are you? Must must be very busy around Christmas as all angels are :) I am doing a little better in my life, trying to become more …

Bulimia Relapse 
Hi Shaye, I have found myself in deeper waters than I expected. I was so positive for a long time, but then things just started to get too hard with …

I must beat bulimia  
Hi Shaye Its Katie i've had a real tough week with the bulimia this week its been awful as usual... I went cinema with my boyfriend last night and …

a bulimia relapse 
Hi Shaye, Here I am, lost again, too many questions no answers. I feel so much better that there is a person like you, so good-hearted and helpful. …

Katies Bulimia Questions 
Hi Shaye, its Katie you had wrote back to me on my queries I sent you yesterday... Firstly I just wanna say how happy I am to have you here. I know …

PMS and bulimia recovery 
This PMS is driving me crazy! I have been doing so well and now, for the last 3 days I feel so bad. I am eating soooo much, I feel so bloated, irritated, …

Could I go back to my recomended diet for a sensitive stomach? 
Hey Shaye, You are making my life so much easier during those days. Thank you for that. There were all those questions hitting my mind and confusing …

Recipe Ideas 
Hello, I can see the book with bulimia-friendly recipes but can't locate it on your site. can you advise me please? Thank you. Shaye Shayes …

Binge without realising that it's happening 
Hi again, Thank you so much for answering my previous question. And as things are going further more questions rise. So yesterday was day number …

When can I start eating normally? 
Hi, I've been in recovery for about an year now, but I wasn't at the right set of mind. I would go 1 or maximum 3 days without b/p and then find a silly …

After a binge and purge? 
Hey, I was wondering what recommendations you have for what to do after a binge/purge to prevent it from happening again. I am trying to recover …

 

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