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Get Your Bowels working again after Laxative addiction and Bulimia

laxative addiction

Laxative addiction can be form of bulimia nervosa. Most bulimics vomit or exercise excessively to get rid of calories... But, some abuse laxatives to clear out the food.

If you take laxatives after eating in order to prevent weight gain - You are probably suffering from Laxative Bulimia.


My experience with laxative addiction and bulimia

My first experience with laxative abuse occurred when I was 11 years old. I wanted to have a feast, but I didn't want to gain any weight...

My friend and I ate candy, marshmallows and popcorn like there was no tomorrow. After our feast, we took 2 laxative pills each.

I remember waking up in the night to my friend crying. She thought she was going to die. Her tummy was running like crazy and she had terrible cramping.

It took an hour before the laxatives hit me... But my reaction was quite different...

I liked the experience... Afterwards I felt clean and empty.

I took laxatives on and off until the age of 20. By this stage I was vomiting, abusing laxatives and obsessively exercising to avoid gaining weight. I was living in the hell of bulimia.

After a decade, I was ready for my laxative addiction and bulimia recovery. I felt close to death and knew it was now or never...

When I first began recovering from bulimia, I found it difficult to digest anything. After eating, my tummy would ache for hours and I'd have wind that would put any guy to shame!

It took a while for my digestive system to return to normal... But, now I can eat what any other normal person eats. Thank goodness!


My Top Tips to get your bowels working again

  1. Increase your fiber intake... Eat plenty foods that are high in fiber... Raw fruit and vegetables are perfect. Some cereals are also high in fiber... But cereals bloated and hurt my tummy. It might take time before you can handle them.

  2. Have a hot drink in the morning... Peppermint or green tea is perfect. Try to drink 2 or 3 cups about 30 minutes before eating. This will stimulate your digestive system and help flush out any left overs. It works like magic!

  3. Eat a healthy wholesome breakfast... This will help to stimulate your bowels and get your metabolism prepared for the day ahead.

  4. Aim at eating about 5 small meals a day... If you eat small meals you will feel less bloated. This will help you to resist the urge to take laxatives.

  5. Exercise... Try to do a bit of exercise every day. Exercise increases your metabolism and gets your bowels moving. It also releases endorphins which make you feel happy. When you're feeling happy, you'll be less likely to abuse laxatives.

  6. Give yourself positive reinforcement... Boost your morale if you manage to resist taking laxatives. Yell at the top of your voice 'You bloody legend!' You might feel like a dork at first... But fake it till you make it! This reinforcement will help keep you off laxatives and give your bowels time to recover.

  7. Keep a food and #2 diary... Keep track of the food you eat and how it feels in your tummy. Also track when you go for number 2's. This will help you find foods which you digest easily and can use during your recovery.

  8. Decide 100% that you want to recover... Then take the steps necessary to do this. Lean more about bulimia recovery here.

When you CAN'T stop cold turkey...

I understand it's hard to stop doing anything cold turkey. Especially something laxative addiction.

If you do take the odd laxative pill during recovery, don't be too harsh on yourself. As long as you continually work on cutting them down.

You could even substitute laxative pills for a more natural choice like senna tea. Be CAREFUL not to drink it too often... If you overdose on it, you'll blow your bowels out! Sorry for the crude description - but consider yourself warned!

I believe that you have what it takes to recover from bulimia and laxative addiction. If I recovered, you can too. Just remember, life is beautiful beyond the walls of bulimia :)

I wish you the best of luck and all the happiness in the world.

Shaye :)





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

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