Exercising

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Emily753113
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Exercising

Hi all....I was wondering what do you all about working out during your own recovery?
Do you stop totally or carry on?
I'm just thinking for myself it might be easier if I stop doing anything strenuous and carry on walking...surely working out too much will effect the structured eating and mean you have to consume more food?
Hope your all having a good day x

Emily x

alana62
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Exercise is excellent for

Exercise is excellent for your mind and body so continue your normal routine. Make sure you're staying hydrated while you exercise. I have been recovered for years and this site was very helpful. Having a community that understands your struggle and being so supportive will be instrumental to recovery. What I discovered through my own research and the hp of William Davis MD who wrote the books Wheat Belly and Wheat Belly Total Health is that all grains wheat, rice, corn and all the other grains such as quinoa have 3 proteins in them that affect the brain, blood sugar, and our satiety hormone. They tell your brain that you need more, make you constantly hungry and block the ability to feel full. I feel strongly that anyone who has an eating disorder should stay away from all grains. They are the true enemy and the real triggers to make you binge eat and purge. I have been grain free for 7 mos. and before that I continued to be free of the eating disorder, but every time I ate any grain at all I had to fight the urge not to binge. I no longer have any urge to binge or purge. I highly recommend you get the above mentioned book, the 2nd one he wrote. You deserve to be happy. Healthy.
I wish you much success on your road to recovery!
Best
Alana

Feel Great in Your Skin

Emily753113
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Thank you so much Alana your

Thank you so much Alana your blog is amazing so inspiring for us ones still in recovery! I've been reading it off and on all day :-) xxx

Emily x

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this is so tough, i am an

this is so tough, i am an exercise addict, i dont do it to counter anymore what i eat, but it falls into that body perfection for me which is not consistent with loving care of ones body. i dont know the answer to this! any other ideas?

Emily753113
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Yeah I do yoga now to try and

Yeah I do yoga now to try and help with mindfulness and relaxation but part of me wants to just walk out and go for a run haha but I'm sticking at it...how are you doing with your recovery 'workout'?x

Emily x

Angel333
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My nutritionist actually told

My nutritionist actually told me during the beginning of recovery you shouldnt do any exercise as this increases binge urges and you should start by getting your structured eating sorted and decreasing your binge urges then gradually introduce exercise again.

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

Emily753113
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Yeah I think I'm staying away

Yeah I think I'm staying away from anything strenuous and just going to try to stick to my eating plan....I haven't experienced any bloating so far...did you all experience bloating or did any of you not at the start of recovery?
Xxx

Emily x

Angel333
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Yes. Its comes and goes. But

Yes. Its comes and goes. But i learned sometimes the healthier you eat the more bloated you get! Google it. Fruit and veg although very healthy do infact cause bloating. but remeber. Bloating is NOT fat

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

freakyblonde88
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I used to work out a minimum

I used to work out a minimum of 2 hours everyday, if there was no time in the day I'd sacrifice sleep and be working out at midnight.
When I started to be serious about recovery I stopped working out for a year. Sure a walk now and then was all good, but it was too easy for me to go overboard.

Then after a year I joined a gym, but made a pact with hubby to never go more than every other day and an ABSOLUTE maximum of 1 hours per time. This was great cause using my body felt so good, our bodies are amazing and we need to remember that which for me using t helped to acknowledge. But I made sure I had guidelines that disabled ED from taking over. and by then I had already started to teach by body what it needed in terms of food and SE, so it was easier to continue that once I started exercise again.

I think we are all different, but for me one step at a time (first the food part, then the work out part) made it easier, so I didn't have to fight them both at once.

Life is too short to not be happy

Emily753113
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Already I feel like exercise

Already I feel like exercise just doesn't work well with my recovery so like you I've decided to only walk or do the odd yoga session. This month I have only b/p twice (3 months into recovery) I feel like my second b/p was caused by me exercising...I went for a jog and I few hours later because my snack after the jog wasn't satisfying enough it lead me to binge.
After this as much as l loved running again I've just decided for now it's not good for me. Structured eating in place like you said and then exercise months down the line if all is hopefully still going well on my journey to freedom of bulimia xxx

Emily x

Harrii
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Hi Emily :) I would focus on

Hi Emily :) I would focus on the food and the structured eating first. Get that right and begin to add exercise in slowly when you feel ready. I remember four years back when I did six weeks of no b/p I just put my focus into eating at my set times every few hours. I stopped all exercise at the time too. The portions were still very small from what I remember and I continued to lose weight and kept weighing myself which wasn't helpful. I was still in 'must lose weight mindset' hence why I slipped back into my bulimic ways again as I was still really restricting.
I do find when I train I do get a lot more hungry.. Its just controlling the food intake to not push it into a binge and then wanting to purge. Each individual copes with things differently. Have a strong positive day :) you're doing really great xx

Emily753113
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Thank you Harrii...I haven't

Thank you Harrii...I haven't had a good day but I won't bore anyone with the details back to SE as of this afternoon.
You comment helps though, portion size is important and I know I need to eat a little more sometimes.
I'm only 5 foot so I've always had in my head I don't need 2000 cals a day but I am active so maybe I do!
Have u managed to stop calorie counting yet?xx

Emily x

Harrii
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I've completely stopped

I've completely stopped calorie counting, weighing myself, excessive exercise, laxatives... Taken away and stopped all my routines and behaviours. Its taken me seven years of attempting recovery but this time I have jumped into it head first and is my main focus and priority this time. Any thoughts about my body image and feeling fat thoughts will have to wait. I want to get better. And I'm determined I will. Tomoro will be two weeks of no b/p. Keep to your structured meals and take away that restricted food label. And seriously the cravings and urges to binge will start to go. I honestly feel so much happier and mentally stronger right now and its only day 13. Tonite I'm testing myself going out with some friends for a meal and I'm feeling good about it.

I really hope you can stay strong and determined too. Keep those structured meals in. Be prepared :)

Harrii xx

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