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How Do You Cure Bulimia? These 2 steps will help you find freedom...

"How do you cure bulimia?" was the question on my mind every night as I went to bed...

I simply couldn't bear another day of exhausting binging and purging...

But the days kept coming and going... And still, I remained bulimic.

I tried one diet after the next...

All of them revolving around the need to eat less, so that I wouldn't need to purge.

My 'recovery diets' toppled like dominoes (Especially the one where I was only allowed to eat fruit!)

Every morning by 10am I'd be stuffing my body so full of food that I was sure my stomach was going to burst...

I ate to the point of total physical pain... Every, single, day.

I continued to believe that the answer to my question "How do you cure bulimia?" lay in a diet.

I thought that the way to stick to this diet was to treat myself with such disrespect and such loathing, that I was scared to fail.

I'm a smart girl, but I was so brainwashed by the dieting mentality that I failed to notice that this strategy had NEVER worked in the past...

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results...

Then I would have been classified as insane!

Thank the Lord, there came a time in my journey when I realized that what I had been trying for years on end simply wasn't working...

I had to try something different.

The journey that followed lead to my full recovery...

Finally, I understood the answer to the question "How do you cure bulimia?"


Ditch The Diets and Be Kind To Your Precious Soul

How Do You Cure Bulimia? First Step, Ditch the Diets...

As human beings, we were not designed to be deprived of food... We were especially not designed to deprive ourselves of food!

Look at any famine stricken country - all hell breaks loose. People will go to all extremes to feed themselves.

When we impose famine (diets) on ourselves, the same sort of mental havoc takes place...

I went on my first diet when I was just an 8 year old kid. I didn't know what I was doing, but I decided it would be a good idea to cut back on food. Shortly after, I began bingeing.

Diets make us obsessed with eating. Our bodies don't realize that there's a burger joint just around the corner... They think that there is famine and it's a deadly serious situation.

Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch talk about this time and time again in their book "Intuitive Eating" - At one point they say that...

"Our need for food is so essential and primal that if we are not getting enough energy, our bodies naturally compensate with powerful biological and psychological mechanisms"...

Some of the mechanisms are

Now you might be thinking... "Well, I don't deny myself of food... I try, but I don't succeed - I never stop eating!"

This might be the case... But, the psychological fear of hunger is so deeply imprinted on our brains that even the mere threat of dieting (The intention to diet) can activate those powerful urges to binge.

The key to finding peace with food is rejecting the dieting mentality and replacing it with flexibility and freedom.

If you would like to follow a program that helps you learn this flexibility and freedom, you can check out The Bulimia Recovery Program (which I run online) here.

Your body is a magnificent piece of machinery... Treat it well, listen to it - and you will be amazed at how it thrives!

How Do You Cure Bulimia? Second Step, Be Kind To Your Soul...

I mentioned before that I tried to enforce my diets by being cruel towards myself.

This cruelty found it's way into all areas of my life... It was like walking around with a bully on my shoulder.

I can see so clearly now that being cruel to my precious soul only ever got me more deeply lost in the darkness of bulimia.

As I walked the journey to recovery and began practicing kindness, I noticed a warm flicker developing within my heart.

The more I practiced self love, the further that warmth spread.

I began to understand that cruelty only made my heart rebel...

Just like when I was a little kid...

My French teacher didn't treat me with kindness. I did badly in French and I never made an effort for this teacher.

I loved my Science teacher though... Mrs Coulson was so kind and caring! My Science grades were top of the class and I'd do anything to make Mrs. Coulson happy.

I realized, that I work with the same passion and enthusiasm when I am kind to this heart of mine...

My soul is more responsive when I treat it with the love and care it deserves.

You will be the same, this is guaranteed.

The next time you feel cruelty creeping into your inner voice, gently shift it to the loving kindness you deserve. Shift it to the loving kindness that we are all so responsive to.

For far too many years you've treated yourself less than you deserve. Apologize to that precious soul of yours. Remind yourself that you are a wonderful human being who deserves this place on earth.

It's as Deb from The Bulimia Recovery Community told me the other day "Shaye, self love has changed my life"

Allow it to change yours too :)



Article by Shaye Boddington
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and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community

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