Bulimia tips for recovery

Catherine Liberty's picture

While I was recovering from bulimia I was always on the look out for any bulimia tips and tricks I could get my hands on in order to make my recovery a little easier.

Now that I’ve been fully recovered for over 2 years I thought it would be a great idea to share some of my favourite bulimia tips with you all.

If you’re struggling with certain aspects of recovery right now then I’m sure you will find some of them helpful! You may have heard of some of these bulimia tips before while some may be new to you, but I promise you that they all really work!

I’ve split my recovery tips into three easy to follow categories which are anti bingeing tips, anti purging tips and tips to boost your body image and feelings of self worth.

Free tips to overcoming bulimia…

My number one tip to overcoming bulimia has to be becoming a member of Bulimia Help, after all it's what ultimately allowed me to cure my bulimia forever.

If you're not already a member you can check out our amazing free bulimia recovery ecourse now!

4 Tips to stop bingeing...

1. Never let yourself get too hungry
Excessive hunger will always lead to more bingeing. It can be a great idea to have some easy to prepare food at home and to make sure you always carry food with you when you’re leaving the house in case you’re out for longer than you expected.

2. Never skip a meal even if you feel full
As hard as it can be, at the start of recovery it is vital that you eat “mechanically” at set times regardless of whether you feel hungry or not. This is because it takes time to re-awaken your natural hunger signals.

3. Create a brand new after meal routine
If you’re anything like I was at the start of recovery, sometimes after eating a meal your "bulimic brain" can go into overdrive and command you to “binge, binge, BINGE!”

Creating a brand new after meal routine can really help you to pass some time until those urges lessen. This could be anything, cleaning up, going for a walk, chatting to a friend, writing in your journal.

4. If you want to binge after a meal or snack try drinking a warm drink
Tea became my best friend after meals while I was recovering because it helped to take the edge off my binge urges. If you’re sure that you are not experiencing binge urges due to hunger then try drinking a herbal tea or any other warm drink and see if it helps.

Top 3 tips to help you stop purging...

1. Try to limit your fluid intake around meal times
Of course drinking enough water is essential for hydration but when you’re initially getting used to digesting food you may want to limit your fluid intake around meal times so your stomach does not feel overly full.

2. Never ever have an excuse to visit the bathroom after a meal
Before eating ensure you use the bathroom and that you wont need to go in there for any reason for at least an hour after your meal. I often found that the visual cue of seeing the toilet was enough to make me “need” to purge.

3. Don’t be afraid to let your emotions out
That period of time after eating can be highly emotional. Sometimes it can really help to let anything you’re feeling out, it’s almost like a substitute for the physical act of purging.

You may wish to talk to someone you trust, write in your journal, paint a picture or even just have some quiet time alone and have a good old cry (that was something I did a lot at the start of recovery).

4 awesome tips to boost your body image

1. Wear clothes that make you feel beautiful AND comfortable
If you’re experiencing your recovery bloat or feeling a little unsure of yourself at the start of recovery then why make yourself feel even worse by wearing those jeans that always make you self conscious, or that dress that was always a little too small anyway?

How? Wear clothes that are comfortable and fit a little more loosely but still look wonderful - yes the exist!

2. Throw out the trash!
You know those trashy magazines, celebrity gossip columns and triggering websites? It’s time to remove them from your life forever because they only exist to fuel the fires of self hatred and obsession.

How? Pick up some inspirational reading, find an awesome new recovery blog to read, and focus on news stories that talk of success and change. If you're having a hard time saying goodbye to old triggering websites you could even get someone you trust to set a page block on your internet. This world is what you make it.

3. Do not, under any circumstances, allow yourself to get caught up in toxic conversations
A friend talking about diets, weight-loss, how much she hates her body? A family member counting calories, asking if he looks fat or bragging about how many lbs he lost this week? Unfortunatly there is no way to stop people from trying to engange us in triggering and unhealthy conversations like this but that doesn’t mean that you have to get drawn into them,

How? Make an excuse, leave the room, change the subject, suddenly remember you "forgot to do something", do anything it takes to protect yourself because you must put recovery first.

4. Limit the time you spend obsessing about your appearance in the mirror
Always changing your outfit, examining certain areas of your body and getting even more frustrated with how you look? Limiting the time you allow yourself to obsess over your appearance in the mirror can help

How? Set you own “mirror checking limits” perhaps allowing 5 minutes of mirror checking in the morning, or only allowing yourself to go back to check on your appearance once before leaving the house.


Pauline's picture
Thanks Catherine! This

Thanks Catherine!
This article is all I need ATM.
It's sometimes so hard to find the right balance in recovery with food quantities, mirror inspections, etc... And as you don't have any comparison to know if you are going back too far into you bulimic logic it can be very tricky and might even trigger a binge.

Your tips will help me to set up some rules and know what is good for me at the moment ;)

Thanks for all your amazing articles which help us every day!


Kates Story
Kates Story's picture
I have one tip that has

I have one tip that has really helped me. If i am hungry or think i am hungry after a meal or snack i make sure i leave at least 30 mins before i eat something else. I am generally not hungry and it helps me to not overeat.

NSW Australia

Anonymous's picture
I am in need of help and I do

I am in need of help and I do not know where to turn. No one in my life is aware of my eating habits and I would like to keep it this way. No one is even suspicious, because I am overweight. I have lost a significant amount of weight, mostly in a healthy way. I work out and eat better. I am currently a size 16, and have maintained it mostly for nearly 2 years. However, when I feel myself slipping, I start purging more. I've been doing it off and on (mostly on) since high school, which was about 10 years ago.

I've been slowly gaining back some of the weight I lost. So far, about 8-10 pounds of the 65 I lost. I cant seem to control my food intake, and my time for exercise has been lessened lately, so I am turning to purging more often than before.

I guess i am looking for info on some kind of bulimia blog spot or somewhere I can talk to others in the same position as myself. Any suggestions?

Anonymous's picture
the way od bulimia is strong

the way od bulimia is strong and every time I give in to purging or bingeing I feel like I betraying everyone who try's helping me expecily my best friend...no im not doing better

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