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Recovering From Bulimia: My Top 5 Tips To Beat The Bloating

The worst side-effect of recovering from bulimia is the "bulimia bloat". Haven't heard of it? Allow me to introduce you. It's when your...

  • Tummy sticks out so far you feel pregnant
  • Jeans won't quite zip to the top.
  • Stomach feels full of stones from the constipation

Bulimia bloating sucks big time! Unfortunately, it's an un-avoidable part of recovering from bulimia.

The good news is that it doesn't last forever.

When I first stopped throwing up... My bulimia bloat hit with a vengeance. My tummy went from flat to 9-month-bun-in-the-oven in just a few days... It lasted for just over a month!

My Top 5 Tips On Kicking The Bulimia Bloat

There were times when I was recovering from bulimia that I felt fat, bloated and ready to give up...

These 6 tips helped me fight the urge to throw in the towel.

They're simple tips that ease the discomfort of bloating. They'll kick your near-dead bulimia metabolism back into action...

 

1) Buy some baggy clothes... Don't worry they'll just be temporary!

bulimia dangers
Baby doll dresses were
my clothes of choice to
hide my bulimia bloat!

Buying bigger clothes doesn't mean you're going to get fat...

What it does mean is that your tummy will feel fat for a while. It'll be bloated... and you'll probably feel embarrassed about it.

A simple way to overcome this is to wear clothes that allow your tummy to poke out without being noticed...

Think baby doll dresses and trendy sweatshirts... My checkered baby blue dress was a lifesaver when I was recovering from bulimia!

In fact, 5 years on, I still have this dress - now I wear it when I have my 'time-of-the-month' bloating!

 

 

2) Probiotics

Bulimia damages your insides...

Vomiting kills the healthy bacteria in your tummy - which is essential for digestion. When this bacteria is scarce, food sits in your tummy and ferments... It causes bloating, tummy pain and wind.

To restore your helpful community of bacteria, you can drink delicious coconut kefir or take probiotic pills. (The first option is much more fun!) You can buy probiotics from the pharmacy - ask the pharmacist for the best type they have available.

 

3) Catch Up On Your ZzZzZzzz

I remember feeling so revolting after eating that I couldn't stay awake. I used to sleep off the worst of the bulimia bloat.

Sleeping straight after eating isn't ideal, but during the first phase of recovering from bulimia, you can cut yourself some slack! Do whatever it takes to make yourself feel better and resist throwing up.

When you wake up, your food would have gone down - and things won't seem quite as serious.

Plus, your body needs the extra rest to recover... Bulimia has sent it to hell and back and the extra sleep will be much appreciated!

 

4) Drink 3+ cups of herbal tea before eating Breakfast

This is a bit of a weird one... But it kicked my lazy metabolism back into action each morning. It makes you need to go!

Allow about 30 minutes between drinking your herbal tea (peppermint or green tea is perfect) and eating breakfast. This will make sure that the liquid has had time to go down and clear the pathway ;)

 

5) Exercise!

recovering from bulimiaIt's no secret that exercise speeds up your metabolism... So, it makes sense that it's effective in helping with the bulimia bloat.

What is a secret though, is how much exercise makes you fart when you have the bulimia bloat... BUT, that's not a bad thing (er, except for maybe the guy on the treadmill next to you) 'Releasing wind' helps ease the pressure in your tummy.

Okay, enough of that - onto something more serious... ;)

 

 

Bulimia is a tough battle to fight alone, in the isolation of your mind...

Handling the bloating is just one part of a successful recovery from bulimia... There are lots of other important steps that you need to take... One of them is opening up about your bulimia...(Before you pass out in panic, read on!)

Could you open up to a trusted friend? A family member? A counselor? Or, online in The Bulimia Recovery Program's private community?

Opening up about your bulimia will help dissolve the shame that you feel. This is especially true when you open up in a support group or recovery community where other people are walking the recovery journey with you!

This is what inspired me to create the private Bulimia Recovery Program and Community...

Just the other day one of the members wrote a blog post that brought me to tears...

She said that she had found the missing link that was keeping her from recovering:

"A recovery community and accountability"...

I felt so privileged to be playing a role in her exciting bulimia recovery journey :)

To read more about this recovery focused community and program, click here. (Opens in a new window)

 

Have You Ever Felt 9 Months Pregnant From The Bulimia Bloat?

What's that? Yes? It sux big time - doesn't it! Share your bulimia bloating story here... Let others know that they're not alone... Lets beat the bloat together!

Enter the Title Of Your Story. ex: So Sick of Looking Pregnant!

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