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Our team regularly posts blogs on all aspects of bulimia, sharing our particular insights and inspiring recovery.

In need of a healthy dose of bulimia recovery inspiration? In this article we take a look at some truly inspiring blog posts from members of Bulimia Help

Does the thought of ditching your weighing scale send your anxiety levels through the roof? This article explores some excellent strategies that will help you to reduce the amount of times you check your weight.

Today I wanted to talk to you about something you’ve probably given a lot of thought to -

What does it mean to be fully recovered?

When you think about recovery how does it look?

How is it different to your life now?

What does being fully recovered really mean to you?

The truth is there is a lot of confusion out there in regards to what it means to really recover from bulimia. It doesn’t help that we have a lot of people (even professionals) telling us that recovery will require a life long commitment.

Everywhere I look I hear people talking about how recovery is “a battle for life” – well let me just clear this up right now:

To most people the answer to this question seems obvious. If you throw up the food you eat then you’re going to lose weight, right?

Sorry to burst your bubble, but thats wrong.

The fact is that ultimately, throwing up does not help you to lose weight, and that actually, over time, it could cause you to gain weight.

Shocking, I know. But in reality, the theory that throwing up after eating helps you lose weight is just another common misconception that we desperately need to raise awareness of.

While it is true that sometimes when you first start to throw up you can experience initial weight loss, it’s so important to realize that this is usually due to dehydration and is almost always impossible to sustain.

The first time I learned the surprising facts about self-induced vomiting I found them difficult to accept. After all I’d been bulimic for over a decade, convinced that purging was allowing me to maintain my weight, certain that my weight would balloon out of control if I stopped. But I was wrong.

Now, as a recovered bulimic I may seem a little biased, so I don’t just want you to just take my word for it, instead let’s take a look at some solid scientific facts.   

What researchers have to say...

In a study conducted at the Pittsburgh Human Feeding Laboratory, 18 bulimic women were asked to binge and vomit as they normally would, while the calories they consumed were carefully monitored. 

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How to Quit Abusing Laxatives

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How to Quit Abusing Laxatives

People who abuse laxatives often find themselves in a no-win situation. They use laxatives to "feel thin," which is an immediate, positive result. Eventually, however, the exact opposite occurs. They find themselves "feeling fat" from excessive water retention, a delayed, negative result.

Here are some steps to help you to quit abusing laxatives:






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