Do not restrict your calories

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AmMo's picture
Do not restrict your calories

Hey Y'all,

i can consider myself fully recovered! My 2 most important pieces of advice to you are these:


The hardest part of recovery for me was the not purging part.... but this is absolutely necessary. The urge to binge will disappear when you stop purging, it may take time.

It is also essential that you put your body image/ looks on the back burner during this time. Worrying about your looks will give you no help, and will only distract you from your recovery. Focus on how your body feels instead! Be gentle on yourself... get rid of the all or nothing dichotomy. if you screw up once....all is not lost! Keep going and your purges and binges will get fewer and far between.

"But won't this make me fat!?", you may ask....well it first! Accept that there will probably be a bit of weight gain in the beginning.
By restricting and bingeing, you are literally telling your body that you are in the midst of a famine and have very unreliable food sources. So anytime you binge, your body stores extra energy and nutrients. Know that when you start your recovery, your body might still want to store some of that energy you are feeding it. But that will go away. It has been a few years, and I can now eat all that I care for of WHOLE PLANT-BASED FOODS, such as: potatoes, fruit, vegetables. Eat clean, high carb, plant-based whole foods, and eat until you are content. You will be bursting with energy and have a new outlook on life. This is what happened to me and I feel healed.

"Will the urge to binge ever go away?" yes! you may feel bloated at first, but remember your digestive system is a bit messed up from all of that binging and purging (and it will stay this way unless you allow it to heal). Give your body what it needs and the urge to binge will disappear.

lola_16_16's picture
Thanks for the advice and

Thanks for the advice and encouragement :)!! I hope to be in your shoes one day. when you started did you follow a structured eating plan? were there any resources you used to make that eating plan?

have a great day :)


Annemarie's picture
Thank you for the tips and

Thank you for the tips and advice, and congratulations! I've just come back to BHM after a hiatus, and having realized such wonderful results at the onset, I'm so disappointed in myself for "falling of the wagon." You're absolutely right, the tips you gave must be followed, and some of us need to be reminded of them.

Best wishes in your future!


Angel333's picture
Awesome! Proof we can all do

Proof we can all do it if we stick at it and keep going setback after setback.
Cant wait to be in your shoes x

'We are each of us angels with only one wing, so we can only fly by embracing each other'

natascha's picture
For me it must not be only

For me it must not be only plant based whole foods!
I would feel to be on a diet again.I feel much better to eat all kinds of food
my body is able to digest.
It givesme much more safety to stick to recovery.
I ate rawfood,vegan,vegetarian and ayurvedic only-and all this food rules made
me miserable and kept binge and purging alive.
So, AMMo I am very happy for you that you are recovered and definitely you are right
that it is most important to stop restricting and purging,
But for me every healthy food plan at this stage only would lead to bingeing again.

Good luck and all the best,


Cookeve's picture
thank you

thank you


kelsey_h's picture
It was really important for

It was really important for me to get sufficient protein (and no longer restrict fats) and even though I had spent 6 years as a strict vegetarian, I slowly became more accepting of the idea of eating clean, humanely raised meats, such as turkey and chicken. This has helped reset my metabolism finally after 5 years of intentionally being in recovery from bulimia, and helps me stay full longer and not get shaky like I used too when blood sugar suddenly dropped too low and I didn't realize. There are certainly alternative vegan sources of protein but they require a large intake and a responsible ratio- It's totally possible!

Healing is a process, not an event

kelsey_h's picture
Also, to add that I tried

Also, to add that I tried many alternative diets that were based in restricting that it is hard to think of doing that while having a self-loving mindset, and not a self-punishing and restrictive one, although I know that it is a skill to cultivate.

Healing is a process, not an event

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