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May 25, 2012 6:14 AM
Hi all,
I have had bulimia for many years. At 17 years old I went away for treatment for 3 months (this was aug 2010). Since then I have relapsed but my symptoms have not been nearly as sever.
I really want to get back on track with food but I have no idea where to start. I know that between aug 2010 and now i have gained about 15 pounds. I realize some of this may be because i am not completely ocd about going on the elliptical right now. But i feel so uncomfortable at this weight. BUT i also know i cant/shouldn't focus on weight loss. (sorry for this ramble... ed is just pretty loud)
So my question is, what does your meal plan look like? and what do you focus on, ex food groups or calories goals? I feel very lost when it comes to food atm.
Also how do you cope with when you binge and dont purge. This makes me want to restrict the next day but i know then i get caught in the cycle.
Any ideas or stories would be greatly appreciated
May 25, 2012 7:10 AM
I am going to say bluntly, but with love and having been in your shoes - You might need to get some professional help with this. Not anything as intense as IP or even OP, but maybe just get under the supervision of someone licensed to handle bulimia recovery. It is definitely a long-term process and even if you aren't as severe as when you were in IP, it doesn't mean you don't still probably need a little help.

Message/friend me if you ever want to talk, about this or dance or anything else. I know it's really, really hard.
May 25, 2012 7:30 PM
I eat 6 meals a day.

Breakfast: Oatmeal (fat burner) w/fresh strawberries or blueberries or granny smith apple chunks (less sugar content)
B - Snack: 8 almonds unsalted
Lunch: Tuna & celery & with low fat helmeinn's mayo (yes, I eat the same thing most days). A full can. You can add some wheat bread if you like, but I don't.
L - Snack: 8 almonds unsalted
Dinner: Most of my calories. I eat one bigger meal a day. I'm not cheating but I do alright.
D - Snack: Something (a graham cracker, sugar free jello, yogurt, a square of dark chocolate and 1/2 a graham) I us whatever cals I have left and redi-whip canned whipped cream (i love me some redi-whip). Also like sugar free hot cocoa at this time if it's that time of the month.

About bulimia. Do whatever you need to do to get healthy. I had my heart attack at 35 yrs old. I'm pretty certain my eating disorders contributed. Is there a support group you attend or could attend? Do you keep a diary. Will you see someone who can help you? I'm thinking of you. Eating disorders are a b*tch to beat but you can do it because it sounds like you want to do it. {{{{HUG}}}}

May 26, 2012 1:52 PM
I had bulimia for 20 years and finally found my way to lasting recovery in 2005. I never went into a treatment center, but tried just about every other means to find recovery. Now I share my recovery story and what works for me on my blog. I'm not a therapist, but I hope if I can offer you supportive ideas and tools to help you along your journey, please stop by sometime (

I will say here that if you're still focused on food as much as it sounds like you are and concerned about dieting and weight, you may have lingering struggles you haven't healed that are causing you to turn to food for comfort. I've read a ton of bulimia recovery stories over the years and one thing's clear to me and that is no one size fits all - whether it's treatment or meals plans. I think it's great that you're asking others for their ideas, try them on and see what's best for you. If you find that your ED is still loud in your head, then I'd also invite you to do some more inner work and explore what is causing ED to be a voice in your life - one that you may or may not be able to talk over or make decisions in opposition to. That's where your power lies. When you come to a place where you can speak your truth from your inner knowing of what's best for you, regardless of what your ego self or ED have to say, you've mastered your life. it's an evolution, but it's a place of being that will leave you forever empowered to live in the face of food, life's upsets and breakdowns that life sends your way to teach you.

i hope to hear from you on my blog sometime.

Wishing you the best on your journey,

May 26, 2012 3:32 PM
What helped me was being able to spread my food out throughout the day. I used to eat a small breakfast (if any), nothing for lunch and then binge when I got home from school, throw up and then have a small dinner after a workout.

I now eat 5-6 meals a day, 3 300-500cal meals and 2/3 snacks. I also found myself wanting structure so, knowing that my purges were sometimes workout purges, I started following diet/exercise plans that were meant for each other. I have been binge/purge free for 3 years now, and I am currently following p90x..

Yes, I still worry about food and diet its on my mind a lot (but what person isn't worrying about it in this day and age). Instead of only going by what the scale says, I go by my measuring tape. In the past 3 weeks, I have gained 2lbs and lost 3 inches.

This is not meant to replace anything a doctor may tell you, it's just what has helped me. Also, my husband helped a lot. He still checks on my eating randomly asking what i've eaten for the day. Is there someone you can trust to tell the truth to?

Message me if you want to talk.
November 15, 2013 10:00 AM
Hi, I know I can't help but I need help. I have secretly been struggling with bulimia for 6 years now and didn't realize it until recently. I don't want to tell my parents because it would cause more problems, and I can't see a clinician do to the fact that it costs money. I live in a low income home so going to a clinician or going to a gym is out of the question. I need help with a meal plan, support, and an exercise plan. I feel like I am getting worse. I purge after every meal now. I make excuses for why I go to the bathroom so much. I've read on bulimia and it scares me. I know it's bad but I can't get it to stop. Will someone help??
November 17, 2013 7:04 PM
hey @grlscout2nv,

I know first-hand how tough this disease can be. We all struggle, in secret. It's part of the disease.

Of course I'm not a doctor nor a medical professional authorized to give advice, but I can tell you a few things that have helped me, personally, work through this disease. Like you, I can't afford the cost of therapy and I don't have a lot of people I can tell or ask for help. Here are a couple of things I hope might help you get through:

Take small steps. Just for today or the next time you eat, please don't purge. Do anything else. Listen to music. Read a book. Go to sleep. Write. Paint your fingernails. Take a shower. Go for a leisurely walk.

Give yourself unconditional permission to eat, and do so regularly. There's is NO guilt or shame in eating! We have to eat to live and be nourished, healthful, happy people. Food and eating are inherently good! :)

Don't go more than a few hours without food. When your body constantly fears starvation, it's hard to fight the binge cycle.

If you're unable to get professional help, I'd encourage you to seek out other free group recovery programs like or maybe look for websites/books on eating disorder recovery. I rented books from the library! You might like these books/sites:

I am thinking about you and hoping you are ok! Hugs!!!


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